Arizona Republic Three-Week Super 10 HS Softball Rankings

Arizona’s high school softball season lasts three weeks, and already last year’s state champions stand out from the pack. They’re not the only teams that have impressed so far, though. Here’s a look at the top 10 teams in the state so far:

1. Surprise Willow Canyon (13-2)

After going 22-1 last year, Willow Canyon could be even better in 2022. The Wildcats have only suffered two losses in games ace Marissa McCann didn’t start. And while McCann isn’t the only reason for Willow Canyon’s early success, the Wildcats are virtually unbeatable when she’s on the mount. In 48.1 innings, she is pitched at 0.43.

2. Tucson Salpointe Catholic (9-1)

Like Willow Canyon, Salpointe Catholic’s only loss came when their favorite pitcher — junior Gianna Mares — wasn’t on the frame. And although the Lancers bats didn’t show up that day in a 4-2 loss to Mesa Mountain View, they have one of the most explosive offenses in the state, scoring 12.9 points. per game.

3. Phoenix Xavier Preparation (9-2)

Xavier Prep shared two February games with Willow Canyon. Unsurprisingly, the Gators won when they pitched ace Riley Flynn, while the Wildcats won when McCann pitched. Sophomore third baseman Lauren Putz was a revelation for the defending 6A champions, hitting .594 with nine extra hits and 18 RBIs.

4. Tucson Canyon Gold (15-1)

At 15-1, 2021 semi-finalist 4A Canyon del Oro is the first non-reigning state champion to appear on the leaderboard. The Dorados are a small-ball heavy team that features a rarity on the mound: Two pitchers, junior Sydnee Wendel and rookie Amelia Streuber, who receive an equal share of the workload. Both are excellent, with ERAs of 1.15 and 1.36, respectively.

5.Gilbert Perry (14-2)

Last season, Perry only went 8-12 and barely snuck into the 6A playoffs as the No. 14 seed. This year was a completely different story. The Pumas have already knocked out Gilbert, Queen Creek and Phoenix Pinnacle, while only losing to an out-of-state opponent.

6. Mesa Mountain View (9-2)

Toros’ Feb. 25 win over Salpointe Catholic remains one of the state’s most impressive results this season. Since then, however, they’ve been inconsistent, giving up a 12-point loss to Canyon del Oro and Tempe Corona del Sol.

7. Phoenix Desert Vista (10-4)

Like Perry, Desert Vista took a bit of a beating from California schools, losing three games in last week’s Dave Kops Tournament of Champions. That, however, shouldn’t eclipse a 9-1 record against the Arizona Schools that includes a split with Canyon del Oro. Junior pitcher Jocelyn Briski is the real deal, with a 0.31 ERA in 45.1 innings.

8. Waddell Canyon View (8-2)

After last year’s run at the 5A State Championship, coach John Jacobs pitched the Jaguars again. Having players like Sadie and Savannah Groshong doesn’t hurt. The sisters both hit over .600 early on.

9. Phoenix Sunnyslope (8-1)

Sunnyslope is a 1-0 overtime loss to Phoenix Greenway that’s far from undefeated in nine games. The Vikings’ shooting has been incredible, with just 14 runs allowed this season.

10. Chandler Hamilton (6-2-1)

Hamilton gave up two sixth-inning runs to drop a 4-2 at Willow Canyon on Saturday. But while that win would have been an impressive result for the Huskies, they had a great start to the season, with no further losses to the Arizona Schools.

Others to watch out for: Queen Creek, Phoenix Pinnacle, Yuma Cibola, Cottonwood Mingus Union, Chadnler Basha, Tempe Corona del Sol, Phoenix Greenway, Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor, Mesa Red Mountain, Tucson Sabino.

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.