Week 4: Softball Power Index
1.Pratt (LW: 1) - Pratt continued to stay dominant with sweeps against rival Kingman and Hillsboro last Tuesday and Thursday, respectively. The Greenbacks defeated Kingman, 6-1 and 8-4, and beat Hillsboro, 11-0 and 8-0. Pratt hosts undefeated Haven in a critical doubleheader this Tuesday that will likely decide the Central Kansas League crown.
2. Bishop Carroll (LW: 2) - The Golden Eagles has rebounded against overmatched City League opponents after the 11-8 loss to Maize South on April 13. Since then, Carroll defeated West, 16-0 and 22-0, Heights (14-0, 12-1) and East (11-0, 10-0).
Carroll is off this week and has road games against North and Maize on May 2 and May 4, respectively. The May 8 doubleheader against Northwest could decide the City League title. Senior Meghan Gutierrez leads the team with a .659 average for the 13-1 Golden Eagles.
3. Maize (LW: 5) - On Friday, Maize defeated Shawnee Mission Northwest, 5-1, and Shawnee Mission North, 12-1. The Eagles (10-0) permitted just six hits, including one in the second contest. Maize tallied 23 hits. Eight starters had at least one hit in the 5-1 win and Lauryn Ogden worked five innings without permitting an earned run. Savannah Hughes homered in the first game, Sadie Ast in the second contest.
In the second game, Madi Arnold worked a complete game and seven of the nine players recorded a hit. Maize has outscored opponents 100-17. The Eagles travel to Newton on Tuesday and Campus on Friday. Freshman McKensey Glass has hit well in a veteran lineup with a .419 average and a team-high five triples after nine games.
4. Valley Center (LW: 3) - Valley Center (9-1) took its first loss last Tuesday when it split with Andover Central with a 7-5 win and a 5-4 loss. The Hornets had played 10 games between April 7 and last Thursday. VC’s games at Andover last Friday were postponed. This week, Valley Center starts at Campus on Tuesday.
5. Maize South (LW: 4) - Maize South (11-3) rolled over Shawnee Mission South, 18-0, and SM East, 25-1. The first game lasted three innings as the Mavericks tallied 11 runs in the first inning. In the second contest, it was 1-1 after the first inning and 2-1 following the second before the Mavericks tallied five, eight and 10 runs. Maize South is at Goddard on Tuesday. The Mavericks are 8-2 at home and have outscored teams 140-73.
6. Haven (LW: 6) - Haven remained undefeated at 10-0 and set up a key doubleheader at Pratt on Tuesday that will likely decide the Central Kansas League title. Last Tuesday, the Wildcats’ lone results came on Tuesday when they defeated Hesston, 25-8, and 15-8. Haven has tallied double-digit runs in every contest.
7. Sterling (LW: 7) - Sterling stayed perfect at 9-0. Last Tuesday, the Black Bears defeated Bennington, 14-0 and 13-0. On Friday, the Black Bears won at Marion, 14-4. This week, Sterling will play host to Inman on Tuesday. Sterling, in its first year of Heart of America League play, has won all but one game by at least eight runs.
8. Great Bend (LW: NR) – The Panthers are 8-4 overall and 6-0 in Western Athletic Conference play, a league that features three teams at 6-4, 6-4 and 7-3, and another Hays High, which went to state last season and is 4-6 this year.
GB has dominated the CIK area with an 7-1 record. The Panthers have split with Cheney, and swept Liberal, Dodge and Hays High. Last week, Great Bend stepped out of WAC play against some Kansas City schools and went 1-3 with an 8-7 victory against Olathe North.
The Panthers are at Garden City (6-4, 2-0) on Thursday in a matchup that will decide the WAC crown. Through the first 10 contests, freshman Aleah Urban carried a .782 average and pitcher Hunter Marcum carried a 7-1 record.