Patterson Mill remains No. 1; Century, Manchester Valley, Francis Scott Key and Mercy all claim a spot


Weather has taken center stage over the last two weeks as area softball teams have had to manage numerous postponements and busy weeks of makeups, but the season marches forward.

No. 1 Patterson Mill and No. 2 Chesapeake-Anne Arundel remain the cream of the crop as both improved to 12-0 to remain in our top two positions. Reservoir also is undefeated at 10-0 and remains at No. 3. Arundel suffered its first loss of the year, but held its No. 4 ranking and Archbishop Spalding remains at No. 5.

Previously unranked Wilde Lake made a big splash this week with its strong performances in Howard County, debuting at No. 13.

No. 9 Fallston and No. 10 South River each cracked the Top 10, while Carroll County leaders Century (No. 17), Manchester Valley (No. 18) and Francis Scott Key (No. 19), along with No. 20 Mercy each entered or returned to the rankings this week.

Here is the complete Week 5 VSN Softball Top 20:


1. PATTERSON MILL

Record: 12-0

Previous rank: 1

This week: vs. North East,
April 25; at No. 8 Rising Sun, April 28, vs. Bel Air, April 29


2. CHESAPEAKE-ANNE ARUNDEL 

Record: 12-0

Previous rank: 2

This week: at Annapolis, April 27; at No. 4 Arundel, 4/29


3. RESERVOIR

Record: 10-0

Previous rank: 3

This week: at Marriotts Ridge, April 25; vs. No. 7 Howard, April 27; at No. 14 Mount Hebron, April 29


4. ARUNDEL

Record: 10-1

Previous rank: 4

This week: at No. 16 Crofton, April 25; at Southern, April 26; at Northeast, April 27, vs. No. 1 Chesapeake-Anne Arundel, April 29


5. ARCHBISHOP SPALDING 

Record: 9-2

Previous rank: 5

This week: at No. 6 McDonogh School, April 26; vs. Mount de Sales Academy, April 28


6. MCDONOGH SCHOOL

Record: 8-1-1

Previous rank: 7

This week: vs. No. 5 Archbishop Spalding, April 26; vs. Winters Mill, April 27


7. HOWARD

Record: 5-1-1

Previous rank: 6

This week: at Long Reach, April 25; at Marriotts Ridge, April 26; at No. 3 Reservoir, April 27; vs. Atholton, April 29


8. RISING SUN

Record: 10-1

Previous rank: 9

This week: at Elkton, April 25; vs. No. 1 Patterson Mill, April 28


9. FALLSTON

Record: 9-1

Previous rank: 11

This week: at Joppatowne, April 25; at Havre de Grace, April 26; vs. Havre de Grace, April 29


10. SOUTH RIVER 

Record: 7-3

Previous rank: 12

This week: at Severna Park, April 25; at Old Mill, April 27; vs. Meade, April 29


11. GLENELG

Record: 9-3

Previous rank: 18

This week: at Oakland Mills, April 25; vs. Wilde Lake, April 26; vs. Centennial, April 27; at Marriotts Ridge, April 29


12. CATONSVILLE 

Record: 8-2

Previous rank: 8

This week: vs. Perry Hall, April 25; at Sparrows Point, April 26; at Towson, April 27; vs. No. 15 Carver Center A&T, April 29


13. WILDE LAKE

Record: 7-3

Previous rank: Not ranked

This week: at No. 14 Mount Hebron, April 25; at No. 11 Glenelg, April 26; at Hammond, April 27; at Oakland Mills, April 29


14. MOUNT HEBRON 

Record: 7-3

Previous rank: 10

This week: vs. No. 13 Wilde Lake, April 25; at Long Reach, April 27


15. CARVER CENTER A&T

Record: 7-1

Previous rank: 12

This week: at Sparrows Point, April 25; vs. Western Tech, April 26; at No. 12 Catonsville, April 29


16. CROFTON

Record: 6-3

Previous rank: 14

This week: vs. No. 4 Arundel, April 25; at Severna Park, April 27; vs. Old Mill, April 29


17. CENTURY

Record: 8-5

Previous rank: Not ranked

This week: vs. No. 18 Manchester Valley, April 25; vs. Westminster, April 27; at South Carroll, April 29


18. MANCHESTER VALLEY

Record: 8-3

Previous rank: Not ranked

This week: vs. No. 17 Century, April 25; at No. 19 Francis Scott Key, April 27; vs. Winters Mill, April 29


19. FRANCIS SCOTT KEY

Record: 8-3

Previous rank: Not ranked

This week: at Westminster, April 25; vs. Smithsburg, April 26; at No. 18 Manchester Valley, April 27


20. MERCY

Record: 5-2

Previous rank: Not ranked

This week: at Friends School, April 26; vs. St. John’s Catholic Prep, April 28; vs. John Carroll School, April 29