A 3-0 start with two wins over Top 5 teams vaults Sparrows Point from unranked to No. 7; Chesapeake-AA, Rising Sun, South River, North County, Catonsville and Reservoir also debut in the Top 20


Shake-ups in the Top 20 rankings early in the season are not unexpected, as what is projected in the preseason takes shape in the cold light of early season action and such is the case in the official Week 1 VSN Softball Top 20.
Sparrows Point, off to a 4-0 start, including wins of Eastern Tech and Hereford, ranked No. 3 and No. 5, respectively in the preseason, is one of seven teams to enter our Top 20 this week and Pointers have landed all the way up at No. 7.

Chesapeake-AA, Rising Sun, South River, North County, Catonsville and Reservoir are all undefeated in the early going, which has gained each of them a place in the Week 1 poll and of the teams that were ranked, Howard made the biggest jump, going from No. 15 up to No. 6 after the Lions won their first four games.

Here is the entire 2018 VSN Week 1 Softball Top 20:

VSN SOFTBALL PRESEASON TOP 20

1. BO MANOR EAGLES


Previous rank:
#1

Current record: 1-0

Last week: def. Harford Tech, 19-0

On deck: at Edgewood, 4/3; vs. No. 15 Bel Air, 4/4; at Winters Mill, 4/5; at No. 14 Perryville, 4/6

2. C. MILTON WRIGHT MUSTANGS

Previous rank: #2

Current record: 2-0

Last week: def. Edgewood, 18-0; def. then No. 9 Mount de Sales, 24-7

On deck: at No. 13 Rising Sun, 4/4; vs. North East, 5/6; at River Hill Tourn., 4/7

3. LANSDOWNE VIKINGS


Previous rank:
#7

Current record: 2-0

Last week: def. Patapsco, 22-0; def. Perry Hall, 12-2

On deck: at No. 7 Sparrows Point, 4/4; at Towson, 4/6

4. SEVERNA PARK FALCONS


Previous rank:
#10

Current record: 2-0

Last week: def. then No. 11 Arundel, 4-0; def. Glenelg, 4-1

On deck: at McDonogh, 4/3; at No. 16 South River, 4/4; vs. Annapolis, 4/6

5. ARCHBISHOP SPALDING CAVALIERS


Previous rank:
#14

Current record: 2-0

Last week: lost to Bishop O’Connell, 14-0; def. then No. 4 John Carroll, 14-11

On deck: at McDonogh, 4/3; at Sussex Tech (DE), 4/6

6. HOWARD LIONS

Previous Rank: #15

Current record: 4-0

Last week: def. Centennial, 9-2; def. Hammond, 13-3; def. Atholton, 13-3; def. Long Reach, 15-0

On deck: at Centennial Tourn., 4/7

7. SPARROWS POINT POINTERS

Previous rank: Not ranked

Current record: 3-0

Last week: def. then No. 5 Hereford, 8-3; def. then No. 3 Eastern Tech, 7-6; def. Kenwood, 11-0

On deck: at Towson, 4/3; vs. No. 3 Lansdowne, 4/4; vs. Loch Raven, 4/6

8. EASTERN TECH MAVERICKS


Previous rank:
#3

Current record: 1-1

Last week: def. Carver A&T, 15-5; lost to Sparrows Point, 7-6

On deck: vs. Dulaney, 4/9

9. JOHN CARROLL SCHOOL PATRIOTS


Previous rank:
#4

Current record: 1-1

Last week: lost to then No. 14 Archbishop Spalding, 14-11; def. then No. 17 McDonogh, 6-5

On deck: vs. St. Paul’s School for Girls, 4/3; at Catholic, 4/5

10. HEREFORD BULLS

Previous rank: #5

Current record: 1-1

Last week: lost to Sparrows Point, 8-3; def. Patapsco, 22-4

On deck: at Carver A&T, 4/4; vs. No. 19 Catonsville, 4/6

11. CHESAPEAKE-AA COUGARS

Previous rank: Not ranked

Current record: 4-0

Last week: def. Glen Burnie, 8-6; def. Meade, 12-1, def. then No. 12 South Carroll, 14-4; def. Musselman (WV), 15-0

On deck: vs. Old Mill, 4/4; vs. No. 18 Northeast-AA, 4/6

12. ARUNDEL WILDCATS


Previous rank:
#11

Current record: 1-1

Last week: lost to No. 10 Severna Park, 3-0; def. Annapolis, 15-0

On deck: vs. Southern; vs. No. 16 South River, 4/6

13. RISING SUN TIGERS

Previous rank: Not ranked

Current record: 1-0

Last week: def. then No. 6 Perryville, 7-2

On deck: at No. 15 Bel Air, 4/3; vs. No. 2 C. Milton Wright, 4/4; vs. Elkton, 4/5

14. PERRYVILLE PANTHERS


Previous rank:
#6

Current record: 1-1

Last week: lost to Rising Sun, 7-2, def. Aberdeen, 4-0

On deck: at North East, 4/4; vs. No. 1 Bo Manor, 4/6

15. BEL AIR BOBCATS

Previous rank: #18

Current record: 1-0

Last week: def. North East, 8-1

On deck: at No. 13 Rising Sun, 4/3; vs. North Harford, 4/4; at No. 1 Bo Manor, 4/6

16. SOUTH RIVER SEAHAWKS

Previous rank: Not ranked

Current record: 4-0

Last week: def. Broadneck, 7-2; def. then No. 19 Southern, 2-1; def. Old Mill, 10-0; def. Fallston, 6-0

On deck: vs. No. 4 Severna Park, 4/4; at No. 12 Arundel, 4/6

17. NORTH COUNTY KNIGHTS


Previous rank:
Not ranked

Curren record: 2-0

Last week: def. then No. 8 Norhteast-AA, 11-1; def. Glen Burnie, 7-2

On deck: at Meade, 4/4; at Old Mill, 4/6

18. NORTHEAST EAGLES

Previous rank: #8

Current record: 2-2

Last week: def. Old Mill, 11-0; lost to North County, 11-1; lost to Sussex Tech (DE), 4-3; def. Liberty, 13-0

On deck: vs. Glen Burnie, 4/4; at No. 11 Chesapeake-AA, 4/6

19. CATONSVILLE COMETS

Previous rank: Not ranked

Current record: 2-0

Last week: def. then No. 19 Dulaney, 6-5; def. Carver A&T, 11-0

On deck: vs. Glen Burnie, 4/3; vs. Franklin, 4/4; vs. Manchester Valley, 4/5; at No. 10 Hereford, 4/6

20. RESERVOIR GATORS

Previous rank: Not ranked

Current record: 3-0

Last week: def. Long Reach, 16-4; def. Oakland Mills, 18-1; def. Centennial, 9-0

On deck: at Hammond, 4/4; vs. Marriotts Ridge, 4/5; at Centennial Tourn., 4/7