Softball: Super 7, April 28

Kaela Kane has been one of the top sluggers in Delco, helping Cardinal O’Hara to a 6-3 start. (PHOTO CREDIT: NEWS OF DELAWARE COUNTY/DELCO NEWS NETWORK)

With less than two weeks to play in the regular season, the Delco softball landscape is littered with questions that need answering.

  • Can anyone beat Springfield? Heck, it’s been nearly a full calendar year (May 30, 2014, District One championship) since the Cougars’ last loss. If you’re counting at home (and I know you are…don’t lie!), Springfield has reeled off 17 straight wins dating to last season.
  • Will someone in the Central League please stand up? Who is the next-best team? Is it Ridley, which won its first six games but lost three of their last five? Garnet Valley or Penncrest? Maybe Upper Darby, which has been playing as well as ANYBODY in the league not named Springfield? Somebody else…? For the first time in a long while, the Central League seems like it’s a one-horse race.
  • Now that Chichester has destroyed the Del Val League, can the Eagles keep it going against stiffer competition? They have Garnet Valley and Episcopal Academy on the schedule, as well as Catholic League juggernaut St. Hubert and District One Class AAA foe Villa Maria. On Monday, the Eagles defeated a two-win Truman team, 3-1. Chi coach Jamie Blumenthal likes to load up the back-end of her schedule with tough, nonleague opponents as a pretest for the postseason.
  • Can O’Hara or Bonner-Prendie make some noise in the Catholic League playoffs? I find it hard that anyone can beat the likes of Archbishop Ryan and St. Hubert this year, but you never know. O’Hara visits B-P this afternoon, 3:45 first pitch.

1. Springfield (12-0)

The Cougars wish first baseman Ashley Scarpato a speedy recovery. Ashley suffered a broke nose after colliding with her sister, Courtney, and could miss some games.

2. Chichester (12-0)

“Best wishes, Chichester. Stay safe” – Rest of Delco.

That upcoming schedule is BRUTAL. If the Eagles can squeak two wins out of O’Hara, Episcopal,Garnet Valley, St. Hubert and Villa Maria… consider that a success.

3. Episcopal Academy (14-2)

Run support for Alex Viscusi is the biggest concern going forward. EA still has a chance to avenge its loss to Penn Charter last week and play for a tie in the Inter-Ac.

4. Cardinal O’Hara (6-3)

Nice win over Lansdale Catholic Monday. Gabby Levy, Annemarie Banes, and Kaela and Maura Kane are all swinging the bats very well.

5. Ridley (8-3)

The Green Raiders lost to Marple Newtown (6-5) and W.C. Rustin last week. Body of work keeps them at No. 5..

6. Garnet Valley (7-3)

It’s around this point of the Super 7 when I shrug my shoulders.

Who knows?

I do know Garnet Valley still has a very solid middle-of-the-order. Sure, the Jags somehow lost to Harriton last week, but I’m giving them the nod at No. 6 because nobody wants to grab it and make it their own.

7. Upper Darby (6-5)

Maybe a bit of a shocker here, but the Royals have won five of their previous six games entering play Tuesday. Fun team with some serious young talent.

IN THE PICTURE…

Bonner-Prendergast (4-3)

Interboro (6-4)

Marple Newtown (6-5)

Penncrest (6-7)

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