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After finding itself on the edge of MaxPreps Xcellent Preseason Top 50 Softball Rankings, Oakleaf (Orange Park, Fla.) didn't waste any time in getting noticed. The Knights didn't just break into the Top 25, they exploded all the way to No. 10.
After opening the season with an 8-7 win, Oakleaf has produced four shutouts in five games, outscoring opponents 58-2. And done so with pitching and power.
Leading the hitters are senior and four-year, All-State pick Rebecca Koskey
(Florida International signee), senior Angela Agurkis
(Florida Atlantic signee) and future Florida Gators Baylee Goddard
and Katie Kistler
Junior Madi Davis
(Central Florida commit) and junior pitcher Cambria Arturo
(Jacksonville commit) have handled the pitching. Arturo was 4-0 and did not allow an earned run in 2017, while Davis was 10-0 as a sophomore with a 0.83 ERA. In two seasons at Oakleaf, she is 21-0.
If you're counting, Oakleaf has 11 players who have signed or committed to play Division 1 softball.
While the Knights were making headlines, No. 1 Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) remained atop this week's Xcellent Top 25 by opening the season with a convincing win. However, preseason No. 2 Pinnacle lost its opener before rebounding with three wins and dropping to No. 16.
Unbeaten The Colony (Texas) took advance of Pinnacle's loss and jumped to No. 2. Canyon (New Braunsfels, Texas), claimed to No. 3.
Also new to the Top 25 this week are unbeatens Barbers Hill (Mt. Belvieu, Texas) and Gainesville (Fla.).
MaxPreps Xcellent 25 National Softball Rankings presented by the Army National Guard
1. (Last week 1) Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.), 1-0
The Huskies opened the season with a 9-0 win over Highland (Gilbert, Ariz.) as Abigail Andersen
and Katelyn Woodard
combined on a two-hitter with nine strikeouts. Lorena Vasquez-Inzunza
hit a three-run homer and MaxPreps preseason All-American Taylor Gindlesperger
doubled and triples. The Huskies play again today against 5-1 Horizon, which spoiled last week's No. 2 Pinnacle's season opener.2. (7) The Colony (Texas), 5-0-2
MaxPreps Preseason All-American Jayda Coleman
has 17 hits and 17 runs scored in seven games. Teammate Madi Hirsch
has eight extra base hits (four homers) and 13 RBIs.3. (9) Canyon (New Braunfels, Texas), 9-0
Despite inclement weather, the Cougars won the Canyon-Steele Classic tournament last weekend. Brooke Vestal
went 4-0 on the mound, including a no-hitter, and 26 strikeouts in 17 innings. She batted .533 with a home run, two doubles and seven RBIs.4. (4) Marist (Chicago), 0-0
Opens play March 14.5. (5) Foothill (Pleasanton, Calif.), 0-0
Falcons begin their season Thursday. 6. (6) Cathedral Catholic (San Diego), 0-0
The Dons open on Saturday in California's Best of the West tournament.7. (10) Valencia (Calif.), 2-0
The Vikings opened with a pair of lopsided wins, 10-2 and 10-0. Up next is the prestigious Stu Penter Classic in Corona.8. (8) Hurricane (W.Va.), 0-0
Season begins March 8.9. (11) Fort Myers (Fla.), 3-0
Senior Hannah Perkins
is 3-0 with 33 strikeouts in 11.2 innings. She has faced 38 batters and has allowed one hit.10. (NR) Oakleaf (Orange Park, Fla.), 5-0
Opened with a squeaker, but in high gear now.11. (24) Ridge Point (Missouri City, Texas), 11-0
Getting it done despite a battle with the flu bug.12. (16) Los Alamitos (Calif.), 2-0
The MaxPreps defending national champions opened with a pair of shutouts, 19 hits, no errors and nine stolen bases. A quartet of pitchers has allowed six hits and have 14 strikeouts in 11 innings. Up next is the Cypress Tournament.13. (13) East Carter (Grayson, Ky.), 0-0
Season opens March 19.14. (14) Norco (Calif.), 0-0
The Cougars open today.15. (15) Barrington (Ill.), 0-0
The Phillies' season opener is March 17.16. (2) Pinnacle (Phoenix), 3-1
After losing its opener 5-3 to Horizon, the Pioneers erupted for a trio of run-run wins in which they scored 61 runs. They play Xavier College Prep (Phoenix) on Wednesday, then No. 1 Hamilton on Friday.17. (17) Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), 0-0
The Monarchs open their season on Tuesday.18. (18) Gahr (Cerritos, Calif.), 0-0
The Gladiators open the season on Tuesday.19. (NR) Barbers Hill (Mt. Belvieu, Texas), 10-0
The Eagles outscored their opponents 83-6 and have won a pair of preseason tournaments, including the Katy Tournament where they outscored their opponents, 67-3.20. (20) Eustis (Fla.), 5-0
The Panthers opened with five wins, including 2-1 over West Orange (Winter Garden, Fla.).21. (21) West (Salt Lake City), 0-0
West opens on March 16. 22. (NR) Gainesville (Fla.), 6-0
The Hurricanes are cruising behind sophomore Alissa Humphrey's
three no-hitters and 78 Ks in 36 innings.23. (23) King's Academy (Seymour, Tenn.), 0-0
King's Academy begins play on March 6.24. (3) Keller (Texas), 7-1
The Indians won their first six, then lost to No. 11 Ridge Point (Missouri, Tex.), 6-3. And bounced back with a 7-3 win over Burleson (Tex.).25. (19) Katy (Texas), 9-1
Won first eight before losing.Dropped out:
Krum (Texas), Forney (Texas), Deer Park (Texas).