There’s a new No. 1 team in this poll following Phoenix’s Sandra Day O’Connor loss to Chandler Basha. Then Basha lost two games, including an overtime game in which they lost to Queen Creek Casteel on Thursday.
The losses of said teams lifted other teams from last week and Surprise Paradise Honors debuted in the poll.
Here’s a look at the rankings of the top 10 high school softball teams in the Arizona Republic, regardless of conference, after Week 2:
1. Phoenix Pinnacle, 5-0
The Pioneers kicked off their 17-1 rout of Peoria Liberty on Tuesday and an 11-0 shutout of Glendale Mountain on Friday.
2. Peoria Centennial, 5-0
The Coyotes moved up two spots from last week after picking up three blowout wins Tuesday at home and Friday away sweeping Glendale Apollo for the season, 15-5 and 14-2, and Wednesday at Chandler Hamilton, 10 -2.
3. Phoenix Xavier Prep Gators, 4-0
The Gators had a 9-0 shutout of Chandler Basha on Tuesday. Xavier remains in the same place as last week in this ranking.
4. Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor Eagles, 3-1
The Eagles fell three spots after being eliminated by Chandler Basha, 4-3, and ahead of Peoria Liberty, 7-6.
5. Oro Valley Canyon del Oro, 4-0
The Dorados won three games on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday beating Tucson Sunnyside, 17-2, then 11-1 against Sahuarita and a 19-0 shutout of Nogales. They gain two places compared to last week.
6. Tucson Salpointe Catholic, 4-0
Salpointe moved from 8th to 6th place this week after crushing Phoenix St. Mary’s and Tucson Catalina Foothills in two shutouts, 26-0 and 11-0, Wednesday and Friday.
7. Surprise Willow Canyon, 7-0
Willow Canyon jumped into the seventh-highest-ranked team in the state this week and has the most wins in this poll. The Wildcats scored 60 points in shutout wins beating Buckeye Verrado, Glendale Deer Valley and Phoenix Washington (16-0, 13-0 and 31-0) on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.
The Tigers fell three spots in this week’s poll after winning and then losing in two games to Glendale, 19-0, and Gilbert Higley, 10-8, respectively.
9. Marana Mountain View, 4-1
The Mountain Lions fell three spots after losing Oro Valley Ironwood Ridge on Tuesday, 8-7, and bounced back Thursday in a 6-3 win over Tucson Catalina Foothills.
10. Surprise Paradise Honors, 6-0
The Panthers allowed only two runs and scored a total of 106 points to start the season. They picked up three wins, including a home-and-away against El Mirage Dysart, 12-0 and 21-0 on Tuesday and Thursday, and a 7-0 win at Goodyear Desert Edge on Friday.
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