1. Springfield (6-0) – No change
I don’t know how else to say it — this team can hit.
In case you missed my game story on Springfield’s 16-8 win over Cardinal O’Hara Friday, click here.
And check out what coach Todd Odgers had to say about his lineup, which raked against an All-Delco pitcher.
“That today, one through nine, was the best hitting performance that I’ve ever had. You always have years that you might have your one through five (produce), but one through nine, there were smart at-bats all day long. It really was impressive. They were smart, making the pitcher work and throw strikes, and they were hitting the ball hard.”
There was some concern that Springfield would slip a little against a legit opponent like O’Hara. Wrong.
Can the Cougars sustain their early-season dominance? You never know in softball. That much I’ve learned. But, you know, I will say this is the best team in Delco (as of 10:42:39 p.m. Monday, April 7, and totally subject to change)…
2. Cardinal O’Hara (2-1) +1
Even though they lost ugly to Springfield, this is a tremendous team that should be there in the end competing for a Catholic League title. That hasn’t changed and probably won’t.
Oh, and is there a better hitter in Delco at the moment than Lauren DelRomano? Point me to that person, because I haven’t seen them. The All-Delco second baseman is hitting to all fields and producing runs. She’s fun to watch
3. Chichester (3-0) +1
The Eagles beat down Penncrest and defeated Archbishop Carroll, and now they’re ready for Interboro. Oh, never mind, it rained again…
4. Upper Darby (2-2) – Unranked
The Royals blasted Bonner-Prendergast Saturday after pulling out an upset victory against Haverford. You know, the same Fords team that was ranked No. 2 in the Super 7 last week. Upper Darby wasn’t even listed under Honorable Mention. Yeah, yeah, yeah… I messed up there.
All-Delco first baseman (Olivia Chase) went 4-for-4 with two HRs and five RBIs the other day against B-P. Watch out for the Royals, who have two wins over Super 7 teams in three days.
5. Haverford (3-1) – 2
The loss to Upper Darby bumped them down three spots, but the Fords will be just fine.
6. Radnor (4-0) – Unranked
Very dangerous team led by pitcher Izzy Schaefer and shortstop Bari Margolis, who has been one of the top sluggers in the county the last two seasons. The Raiders have to show they can hang with the Springfields and Haverfords of the league.
7. Garnet Valley (3-1) – Unranked
So, after a season-opening loss to Haverford, coach Mike DiLuzio said to me, to paraphrase, “It’s one game, we’ll be fine.” He was right. The Jags defeated Upper Darby, Penncrest and Conestoga.
Agnes Irwin (1-0) and Episcopal Academy (1-0) have done nothing to be removed from the Super 7; rather, they just haven’t played enough to fend off more deserving teams at this point.
Marple Newtown (3-2) beat Interboro in a pitchers’ duel, 2-1, and is a team that should only keep improving at this point. I’d like to see them take down an upper-echelon Central League opponent, though.