A new softball season has produced a new series of WTH moments from around the county.
So, putting together a respectable Super 7 is a slightly challenging task. Here’s what I think I know after the first three weeks of games.
- The weather has crippled teams’ ability to get on the field and play games on a consistent basis. Some PIAA eligible squads have played as few three games. Trying to play all of those makeups won’t be easy.
- Great pitching still rules.
- Springfield is still the best in the Central League.
- Ridley is on the rise. The Green Raiders have won three in a row to begin the season and should have no problem contending for a District One Class AAAA playoff berth.
- Episcopal Academy lost to Bonner-Prendergast. I never would have expected that.
- Sun Valley is much improved from last year. That’s nice to see.
- Chichester could be this year’s Springfield in Class AAA. The Eagles should win their second straight Del Val League title, too.
- I can’t believe Episcopal Academy lost to Bonner-Prendergast.
- I also cannot believe Bonner-Prendie lost a 12-10 decision to Penncrest. Clearly, nobody saw the Lions coming, as they have won four in a row.
With all that in mind, here’s my latest softball Super 7.
1. Springfield (6-0)
All-Delco Tori DePietro has been swinging a hot bat and winning ballgames from the circle. I’m not breaking any news here. I’ve told you a bunch of times now the Cougars are the best in Delco, and that isn’t changing.
2. Chichester (5-0)
All-Delco Meghan Wimmer has pitched four shutouts in her first five starts. Alex Maher, Maddie Thornton, Nicole O’Donnell have provided plenty of thump.
3. Ridley (3-0)
Outside of Leigh Ann Jenkins’ strong pitching, the Green Raiders have gotten solid contributions offensively and defensively from Larissa Locke, Alissa Higgins and Jade Laughlin.
4. Episcopal Academy (10-1)
Notwithstanding the loss to Bonner-Prendie, EA has an impressive body of work, albeit mostly against out-of-state competition on a spring-break trip. Alex Viscusi, reigning Daily Times Player of the Year, has put up ridiculous numbers: Nine doubles, four triples, five homers … WAT?!
5. Garnet Valley (3-1)
Sluggers Sam Tomasetti, Reva Alderman and Ellie Oruska call themselves the Power Ally for good reason. Morgan Lovelace has pitched well.
6. Cardinal O’Hara (3-1)
The Lions were locked in a pitchers’ duel with Episcopal Academy Wednesday when inclement weather halted play. Kaela Kane has slugged five doubles.
7. Interboro (3-2)
The Bucs this week bounced back from a 6-0 loss to Chichester with impressive victories over Marple Newtown and Penn Wood. We’ll see if they can sustain.
IN THE PICTURE…
Marple Newtown (3-3)