Softball: A wild and wacky week causes all sorts of Super 7 questions

Here’s what happened:

Cardinal O’Hara defeated Bonner-Prendergast, but lost to Archbishop Carroll, which lost to Bonner-Prendergast. O’Hara then lost to Episcopal Academy, which defeated Agnes Irwin.

In the Central League, Garnet Valley was 10-run ruled by Haverford High, and last year’s District One Class AAA finalist Springfield lost to a Marple Newtown squad that is supposed to be rebuilding.

Meanwhile, Upper Darby recovered from last week’s season-opening loss to O’Hara with impressive wins over Garnet Valley, Ridley and Conestoga.

What I’m trying to say is this: it’s hard to figure out who the best team is in Delaware County.

. Last week, I started with a questionable preseason No. 1 (questionable in the sense that a few softball followers asked, “What???”) OK, so Agnes Irwin isn’t exactly the first team people think about when discussing who the top team in Delco is, but I’ll contend they are pretty deserving. The problem is, not one team has separated itself from the pack or has giving me a reason to believe they are truly the best team in the county. And this, I fear, will go on all season long. Softball is always difficult to predict.

Next week’s Super 7 will be revealed on Monday (I hope), when we publish the 2013 Softball Outlook (another word for Preview, which is what it is but we’re not going to call it that because we’re two weeks into the season). Anyway, I’ll have a story on Episcopal’s promising season ahead and the Inter-Ac landscape in general. Agnes Irwin is the five-time defending champion, so that’s another reason why I was compelled to initially rank them No. 1.

I think Upper Darby has the most talent, and I think they’ll be the new No. 1 (don’t quote me on that). They suffered a loss to O’Hara, so you can make a case, then, that Upper Darby shouldn’t be the top team because it didn’t beat O’Hara. Had O’Hara not lost to Carroll and Episcopal, after an impressive win over Prendergast, the Lions would be the clear favorite for the No. 1 spot.

Oh, let’s not forget Bonner-Prendergast. After losing to O’Hara, they responded with a blowout of Neumann-Goretti. Also, the Pandas beat Carroll (do you see why this is so difficult?).

Also worthy of discussion is Haverford, Interboro and Chichester.

Keep reading the Daily Times for softball coverage throughout the season. Next week, I’ll have the aforementioned Softball Outlook, a couple game stories and my first Softball Notebook of the season.


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