After two months, here we are. The final Super 10 before the playoffs begins with Wednesday’s play-offs. Here are the top 10 teams in the state at the start of the playoffs:
1. Surprise Willow Canyon (27-2)
The absurdity of Willow Canyon’s run to end the season cannot be overstated. Over the past month, their closest result was a 13-0 win over Phoenix North Canyon. Say what you will about competing in 5A’s Central Division, but winning every double-digit game in a month isn’t easy.
2. Tucson Salpointe Catholic (26-2)
Speaking of eruptions, how about Salpointe Catholic? Tucson Canyon del Oro is probably the best team in 4A, but for the second time in two weeks, they were no match for the Lancers on Thursday, losing 7-1, thanks to three home runs and seven one-run innings. . of junior Gianna Mares.
3. Phoenix Desert Vista (25-6)
Desert Vista rebounded well from its Sept. 12 loss to Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor, winning its final five games of the season by an average of 9.6 points. The Thunder aren’t 6A favorites like Willow Canyon and Salpointe Catholic are 5A and 4A, respectively, but they have all the makings of a state champion.
4. Queen’s Creek (23-4)
Beating Gilbert Perry and Mesa Mountain View by 13 runs combined is a hell of a way to pace your regular season. And while Jenae Berry isn’t quite the untouchable ace that teams like Desert Vista have, she’s still been amazing this season with a 1.79 ERA. This will give the Bulldogs every chance in the 6A tournament.
5. Tucson Canyon del Oro (29-3)
Losing twice to Salpointe Catholic isn’t how Canyon del Oro wanted to end their season, but the Dorados still have every reason to be proud of the past two months. Other than those losses, they are 29-1 with the only loss to Desert Vista.
6. Phoenix Xavier Preparation (19-5)
Xavier Prep’s season-long rollercoaster continued this week. Just days after falling at Tucson High, they successively knocked out Perry, Phoenix Sunnyslope and Chandler Hamilton. Every time the Gators have put on a run like this they have come down to earth with a surprising loss, but thankfully the return of the double-elimination playoffs after last year’s single-elimination format gives the Bradley Downes team a slight buffer against those types of disappointments.
7. Tucson High School (24-3-1)
The Badgers beat Tucson Desert View, 6-5, Monday night to end their regular season with an impressive 24-3-1. It’s a huge improvement over last year’s 10-9 effort and positions Tucson High well for a run in the 6A tournament as the holder of one of the competition’s eight byes.
8. Waddell Canyon View (24-5)
Amid a sea of non-competitive games, Lake Havasu’s visit to Waddell last week provided the Jaguars with a needed test before the rigors of the playoffs. For the second time in three weeks, the pitching duo of Taylor Jacobs and Lauren Ervin stopped the Knights, proving Canyon View’s championship abilities.
9. Mesa Mountain View (25-6)
While Mountain View’s 4-0 loss to Queen Creek on Wednesday was undoubtedly disappointing, it was still a positive week for the Toros, who ended a season sweep against rivals Mesa Red Mountain on Tuesday. Carried by 11 scoreless fly ball innings and two hits behind senior Hina Huber, Mountain View won 3-0.
10. Phoenix Green Lane (25-3)
If there’s a formula for winning the playoffs, it’s having an unbeatable starting pitch. And no one in Arizona has been more untouchable this year than Greenway junior Kaitlyn Terry, who has a 0.35 ERA and 13 — yes, 13 — non-hitters.
Theo Mackie covers Arizona high school sports and Phoenix Rising FC. He can be reached by email at [email protected] and on Twitter @theo_mackie.