As usual, the EBAL league is deep with talent, both on the mound and at the plate. The fun part for fans is what figures to be the ever changing rankings as the teams take turns beating each other up.
1. De La Salle (1-1): The Spartans were on the top of the mountain least season so will get the call on top to start this campaign! A 3-2 loss to Buchanan is not a bad loss.
2. California (5-0): The Grizzlies have one of the best pitchers and one of the best field players – a great start towards contending for a title. Plenty of depth doesn’t hurt as well!
3. San Ramon Valley (3-0): The Wolves have several players that will head off to play in college next year. Deep and talented is a great combination for a contender. Offense has put up 36 runs in the first three games.
4. Foothill (3-0): The pitching staff has allowed two runs total in the first three games. The cupboards are never bare for Foothill.
5. Granada (3-1): No problems scoring runs through the first three games, but the pitching needs to tighten up to contend.
This is the first week of my EBAL Softball Power Rankings. I spoke with some of the coaches around the league to get their thoughts as to who are the best teams as we head into the season. As I have done with football, basketball, and soccer, I will dig into the results each week to keep my rankings current! I hope you enjoy this throughout the season!
1. Granada (4-0): The Matador are out of the gate in excellent form and look to be one of the teams to beat this season. Talent all around the field, let by Notre Dame-bound Makayla Winchell!
2. Livermore (2-0): The Cowboys may have the top overall player in the league in Taylor Rodriguez. In her fourth year on the varsity for Livermore, Rodriguez is a leader in the circle and at the plate.
3. Foothill (2-0): Greg Chandler takes over the program after serving as an assistant to former coach Matt Sweeney. The Falcons always have a talented roster and will need the younger players to step up this season.
4. San Ramon Valley (3-2): Some impressive wins mixed in with some tight losses begin the season for the Wolves. Losses to Castro Valley and Pittsburg.
5. California (2-1): Through the first three games the Grizzlies are either putting the hurt on teams or are getting hurt. The one loss was 9-3 to College Park.