FAB 50 High School Rankings
Week 1: FAB 50 High School Rankings
The movie “Lady Bird” may not have won at the Academy Awards last weekend, but there’s a softball team in Texas—Lady Bird Johnson High of San Antonio—that is winning a lot.
Lady Bird is the highest newcomer in this week’s FAB 50 national softball rankings, which is the first of the 2018 regular season. The Jaguars, who improved to 13-0 earlier this week with a 12-0 romp over Roosevelt of San Antonio, went in at No. 13 in this week’s national rankings. They also have moved to No. 1 among Class 6A team in the Texas Girls Coaches Athletic Association state rankings.
Head coach Jennifer Fox’s squad has been tearing the cover off the ball with its bats. Junior Kendall Wiles has been hitting balls for miles and was hitting .559 with eight homers and 24 RBIs after the win against Roosevelt. The pitching has featured Bri Moore (8-0 with a 1.52 ERA) and Kailey Brown (5-0, 0.36). Brown also was hitting .500 with three homers.
Elsewhere in Texas, many of the teams highly ranked in the preseason have already suffered multiple losses. Two-time defending Class 6A state champ Keller has a loss and a tie in 15 games but is still in the top 20 of the FAB 50.
Preseason No. 1 Norco of California has begun at 4-0, including a 7-5 win over the Orange County Register's preseason No. 1 team, Orange Lutheran. The Cougars are starting play on Thursday of this week at the Dave Kops Tournament of Champions in Bullhead City, Arizona.
The early No. 1 national ranking will be determined by what happens in Bullhead City since preseason No. 3 and current No. 2 Hamilton of Chandler, AZ, is also in the field. The Huskies were 5-0 after a win earlier this week. Their biggest win was beating preseason No. 4 Pinnacle of Phoenix 12-8 in a slugfest in which Hamilton scored four times in the top of the seventh inning to break an 8-8 tie. Macy Simmons, Taylor Gindlesperger, and Lorena Vasquez-Inzunza all hit home runs for the Huskies.
Most of the significant early-season games involving top nationally ranked teams have been in California, Florida, and Texas. In addition to the Dave Kops TOC, many other teams that are still listed in the FAB 50 at 0-0 are starting their seasons this weekend.
By Mark Tennis
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