HomeTeam 25: Softball rankings for Tampa Bay
1. Newsome (1-0)
This week: Tuesday vs. Brandon; Thursday at Alonso
Scoop: The Wolves, the defending Class 8A state champions, opened their season with a resounding 24-0 win over Tampa Bay Tech that ended early because of the mercy rule. It was the most runs Newsome has scored in the past decade. On Thursday, the Wolves start play in Class 9A, District 8 with a game against Alonso.
2. Gaither (1-0)
This week: Monday at Tampa Bay Tech; Thursday at Hillsborough
Scoop: Jalyssa Autie, Elizabeth Mason and Carolyn O’Neal each had two hits, and Bethany Kursch had a three-run homer in the Cowboys’ 8-1 win over Jefferson in the season opener. The pitching also was strong with Sammi Grat and Hailee DeCicco coming on a two-hitter and striking out eight against the Dragons.
3. Chamberlain (1-0)
This week: Tuesday at Strawberry Crest; Thursday vs. Leto
Scoop: In the season opener, the Chiefs rallied with three runs in the seventh inning to beat Alonso 3-1. The schedule remains tough with games against Strawberry Crest on Tuesday, followed by the Class 7A, District 9 opener against rival Leto on Thursday.
4. Canterbury (0-0)
This week: Friday at Hagerty; Saturday at Winter Springs
Scoop: The Crusaders are going through a transitional period after losing the bulk of their pitching from last season. There is no time to ease into things with a brutal schedule that starts Friday against defending Class 8A state semifinalist Hagerty.
5. Plant (0-0)
This week: Monday at East Bay; Tuesday vs. Jefferson; Friday at Bloomingdale
Scoop: The Panthers’ opener against East Bay was postponed last week because of rain and will be played Monday. It is part of a tough schedule that includes two games against playoff contenders this week.
6. Springstead (2-0)
This week: Tuesday vs. South Lake; Thursday at Lecanto; Friday at Nature Coast Tech
Scoop: It was a solid start for the Eagles, who beat Land O’Lakes 1-0 in nine innings on a homer by North Florida commit Paige Pfent. Springstead followed that up with a 10-0 win over Citrus. Kama Woodall has pitched two shutouts and has a combined 23 strikeouts. Pfent already has two home runs.
7. Nature Coast (2-0)
This week: Tuesday vs. Fivay; Wednesday at Crystal River; Friday vs. Springstead
Scoop: The Sharks opened the season wins against Weeki Wachee (4-0) and Hernando (3-0). Chyloe Gonzalez hit .500 with three RBIs for the week. Abbey Primavera was dominant on the mound, allowing just four hits while striking out 14 in her first two starts. Nature Coast has a big game against rival Springstead on Friday.
8. Land O’Lakes (1-1)
This week: Tuesday at Wesley Chapel; Thursday at Pasco; Friday vs. Academy of the Holy Names
Scoop: The Gators had to work extra this week, losing to Springstead in nine innings and beating Mitchell in 11. Tayler Holt hit .333 for the week with a triple while Shannon Saile and Callie Turner allowed a combined five hits and struck out 33 batters.
9. Seminole (1-0)
This week: Thursday vs. Largo
Scoop: Vanessa Shipley was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Savannah Farkas allowed two hits and struck out six in a 6-2 win over rival Osceola to open the season. The Warhawks’ schedule is light at the start of the season with only one game this week.
10. Academy of the Holy Names (2-0)
This week: Monday vs. Brooks DeBartolo; Friday at Land O’Lakes
Scoop: The Jaguars, who made the region final last season, have started off well. They beat defending Class 2A state semifinalist Canterbury in the preseason, then opened the regular season with wins against Calvary Christian and Tampa Prep by a combined 29-5.
11. Osceola (1-1)
This week: Tuesday at Pinellas Park; Thursday at Clearwater; Friday vs. Sunlake
Scoop: The Warriors split their two games to open the season, beating Admiral Farragut 10-2 and losing to Seminole 6-2. Hannah Ciatto, a Peru State commit, is batting .800 (4-of-5) with a double and a homer.
12. Steinbrenner (1-0)
This week: Tuesday vs. Robinson; Thursday at Sickles
Scoop: The Warriors started off the season with a 16-0 win over King. It is a relatively easy start to the season with Steinbrenner not facing a playoff team from last year until meeting Chamberlain on Feb. 18. The game against Wharton on Feb. 16 also will be one to watch considering the Wildcats won 5-4 in the preseason.
13. Countryside (2-0)
This week: Thursday at East Lake
Scoop: The Cougars beat Dunedin and Clearwater by a combined 26-1 to open the season. Alice Gannaway, Makenzie Griffin and Cheyenne Blumberg each have two hits to start the season. On Thursday, Countryside plays East Lake in a big rivalry game.
14. River Ridge (1-0)
This week: Tuesday vs. Pasco; Wednesday vs. Fivay; Thursday at Anclote
Scoop: Breana Blakenship provided the big bat in the season opener with a triple, a home run and four RBIs in a 12-0 victory over Ridgewood. The Royal Knights are busy this week with three games, including two against Class 6A, District 7 foes Pasco and Anclote.
15. Plant City (2-0)
This week: Tuesday vs. Tampa Bay Tech; Friday at Durant; Saturday at King
Scoop: With an offense that averaged nearly seven runs per game last season, the Raiders have the firepower to put up some big numbers. That was evident last week with Plant City slugging its way to wins over Leto and Hillsborough by a combined 24-7.
16. Palm Harbor University (3-1)
This week: Wednesday at Boca Ciega; Thursday vs. Pinellas Park; Friday at Sarasota Riverview
Scoop: The Hurricanes beat Clearwater 16-0 in the opener that was called because of the mercy rule. At the Lake Mary Early Bird Tournament, PHU went 2-1, beating DeLand and Lake Mary and losing to Lake Howell.
17. Freedom (2-0)
This week: Thursday vs. Strawberry Crest
Scoop: The Patriots held on for a 3-2 win over East Bay in the opener, then beat Jefferson 18-6. Gracie Seidl was 2-for-3 with a double against the Indians and scored three runs against the Dragons. Freedom starts its Class 8A, District 4 schedule against Strawberry Crest on Thursday.
18. Wharton (1-0)
This week: Tuesday vs. Riverview; Friday at Wiregrass Ranch; Saturday vs. Middleton
Scoop: Ysa Dominguez was 2-for-2 with a double, a triple and three RBIs in a 24-0 win over Spoto to open the season. Hannah Perkins and Mackenzie Allen combined on a perfect game that was called after three innings because of the mercy rule.
19. Sickles (4-0)
This week: Thursday vs. Steinbrenner
Scoop: The Gryphons are the surprise of the season in the first week, beating Bloomingdale in the opener and going 3-0 at the Lake Mary Early Bird Tournament. Morgan Noah, an FSU commit who missed nearly all of last season with an injury, is hitting .769 (10-of-13) with three triples so far.
20. Mitchell (2-1)
This week: Tuesday vs. Sunlake; Wednesday vs. Hudson; Friday at Zephyrhills
Scoop: After beating Wesley Chapel 14-3 and Fivay 18-5, the Mustangs fell to Land O’Lakes 3-2 in 11 innings the first week of the season. Mitchell starts play in Class 7A, District 10 with a game against Sunlake on Tuesday.
21. Riverview (2-0)
This week: Tuesday at Wharton; Thursday at East Bay; Friday at Gaither
Scoop: The Sharks got through an emotional week with the death of longtime, beloved coach Angela Slater. Riverview beat Robinson 3-2 and Spoto 16-1. This week, the Sharks have three games, the biggest coming against Class 8A, District 6 rival East Bay on Thursday.
22. East Lake (2-1)
This week: Thursday vs. Countryside
Scoop: The Eagles started with season with a 16-0 win over St. Petersburg. They followed that up with an 8-0 win over host Lake Mary at the Early Bird Tournament. East Lake lost 2-1 to Viera in nine innings in its other game at the tournament before it was called because of rain.
23. Bloomingdale (1-1)
This week: Friday vs. Plant
Scoop: The Bulls lost 6-0 to Sickles before beating Strawberry Crest 5-4 in eight innings the first week of the season. Tyler Farrell is hitting .429, and Jamaria Harris and Taylor Engman are each hitting .400 to lead Bloomingdale.
24. Strawberry Crest (0-1)
This week: Tuesday vs. Chamberlain; Thursday at Freedom; Friday vs. Middleton
Scoop: The Chargers allowed Bloomingdale to score three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning in a 5-4 loss to open the season. Brandy Ashmore was 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs, and Scottie Todd was 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs.
25. East Bay (0-1)
This week: Tuesday at Blake; Thursday vs. Riverview
Scoop: The Indians lost 3-2 to Freedom to open the season. Makayla Neumann was 2-for-2 with an RBI. This week, the Indians open play in Class 8A, District 6 against Riverview.
On the bubble: Alonso (0-1), Boca Ciega (1-0), Gulf (1-0), Leto (0-1), Pinellas Park (0-0), Tampa Catholic (0-0), Tarpon Springs (1-0), Wiregrass Ranch (0-1)