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My 8th Region baseball/softball rankings

During basketball season I ranked my top five boys’ and girls’ teams in the 8th Region on a weekly basis, so now I’m going to try my hand at baseball and softball during the spring. Here is the first installment of rankings.

Baseball

1. Collins (16-3 through Thursday) – No team in the region has had a more impressive start to the season than the Titans, who had outscored their foes by 98 runs and had won eight straight games through Wednesday. However Collins, whose three losses came by a total of four runs, began a difficult end-of-week slate Thursday night against No. 20 Trinity - whom it beat 4-3 - and continuing with tonight’s 6 p.m. game at eighth-ranked Eastern before it hosts Nelson County at noon Saturday.

2. Oldham County (15-4) – The Colonels, last year’s region runners-up, have won 14 of their last 16 games since losing two of their first three games to start the season.

3. Walton-Verona (17-7) – The Bearcats had won seven straight.

4. North Oldham (7-4) – The Mustangs, the defending region champs, have four losses to four very good teams – Eastern, Franklin County, Oldham County and Collins.

5. Shelby County (12-6) – The Rockets are one of, if not the, most improved team in the region. Shelby County, which is well on its way to surpassing last season’s victory total of 16, has won six of its last seven games. 

Softball

1. Oldham County (18-6) – The Colonels had won 15 of their last 16 games. Of Oldham’s losses, two were to second-ranked Ballard and one was to fifth-ranked Assumption.

2. Walton-Verona (15-6) – The Bearcats, the reigning region champs, had won five of their last seven games. 

3. Gallatin County (10-3) – The Wildcats have won five straight games, including a 2-0 victory over Owen County in the 8th Region All “A” Classic championship game.

4. Owen County (11-6) – The Rebels have won 11 of 13 games since losing their first four.

5. Grant County (12-6-1) – The Braves, who lost to Collins in last year’s 8th Region semifinals, had won five of their previous six games heading into last night’s game against 12th-ranked Scott County.