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State Gets 14 In Final Softball FAB 50

Posted Saturday, June 21, 2008 by Coach Gerez
June 20, 2008

State Gets 14 In Final Softball FAB 50
Mark Tennis
CalHiSports Editor

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Contributing; Doug Huff, Christine Jinbo, Paul Muyskens

Unbeaten teams Broad Run of Virginia and Butler of North Carolina top the final 2008 Rivals.com FAB 50 national softball rankings.

All the reasons for why Broad Run was chosen at the top were previously released, so this week's final rankings are spotlighting several of the teams that made major moves upward since the next to last FAB 50 was compiled.

Kamerin and Kristin May's team at Santiago of Corona was just a few plays removed from being a national No. 1 contender.
The only new team to the final top 10 was previous No. 14 Valencia of California, which was last year's mythical national champ. The Vikings jumped up after winning their second straight CIF Southern Section Div. I title with a 3-0 triumph in the final over Simi Valley, which was unbeaten and would have been this year's mythical national champ with a win in that game.

The major mover from among the next set of teams was previous No. 48 Alvin of Alvin, Texas. The Yellowjackets were the lowest ranked team from among the four who made it to this year's Class 5A state championships, but they won the coveted crown with wins over Odessa in the semifinals and then Bowie of Austin in the final. Bowie was the team that took out two-time defending champ and previous FAB 50 No. 10 Garland in the other semifinal.

Alvin's state title forced that team all the way up to No. 14 in the final FAB 50. Bowie ended up not dropping at all for the final rankings, but Garland had to go down to No. 23.

Another team that moved up in the final rankings was previous No. 29 Hoover of North Canton, Ohio. That team avenged an earlier loss with a classic 1-0 win in 10 innings over previous No. 19 Elyria in this year's Division I state championship. Led by pitcher Jessica Simpson, Hoover basically went up to the same spot in the rankings that Elyria occupied while Elyria dropped back close to where Hoover was placed.

In addition to the FAB 50, this week's final softball rankings have been expanded to include 20 additional teams from around the country listed alphabetically that are considered high honorable mention.

California has the most teams in the FAB 50 with six among the top 25, another five that are between No. 26 and No. 50 and another three that are in the 20 high honorable mention.

These rankings also, as usual, are far different than the top 25 that was released on June 12 by USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association. Those rankings, in our opinion, violated a cardinal rule of any organization that releases these types of lists and that's to drop a No. 1 team after that team had finished its season.

The team in question is Aledo High of Aledo, Texas. The student-athletes from that team celebrated after their last game when they were No. 1 in USA Today/NFCA and won in their state championship. Then when the final rankings from that group came out, Aledo was bumped down to third.

While we haven't had Aledo ranked No. 1 at any point this season, it's hard not to feel bad for the players from that school to be treated in such a disrespectful manner. If the folks at USA Today/NFCA did their homework in the first place (they do not), those types of things would never happen.

Read below for the final Rivals.com FAB 50 national rankings for softball:

(Previous FAB 50 ranking in parentheses)

1. Broad Run (Ashburn, Va.) 28-0 (2)

2. Butler (Charlotte, N.C.) 29-0 (3)

3. Aledo (Aledo, Texas) 38-1-1 (4)

4. Sheldon (Sacramento, Calif.) 32-2 (5)

5. Sunrise Mountain (Peoria, Ariz.) 34-2 (6)

6. Naples (Naples, Fla.) 28-3 (7)

7. Pembroke Pines Charter (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) 30-1 (8)

8. Canyon del Oro (Tucson, Ariz.) 32-4 (9)

9. Valencia (Valencia, Calif.) 29-5 (14)

10. Simi Valley (Simi Valley, Calif.) 30-1 (1)

11. Ooltewah (Chattanooga, Tenn.) 46-3-1 (13)

12. Central Davidson (Lexington, N.C.) 29-0 (16)

13. Santiago (Corona, Calif.) 26-4 (17)

14. Alvin (Alvin, Texas) 35-9 (48)

15. Bowie (Austin, Texas) 32-5 (15)

16. Basha (Chandler, Ariz.) 32-4 (16)

17. Palmetto (Miami, Fla.) 26-3 (18)

18. Hueytown (Hueytown, Ala.) 61-5-2 (20)

19. Hoover (North Canton, Ohio) 32-2 (29)

20. Bartram Trail (Jacksonville, Fla.) 30-3 (21)

21. Venice (Venice, Fla.) 31-1 (22)

22. Burlington Central (Burlington, Ill.) 32-1 (23)

23. Garland (Garland, Texas) 31-6-2 (10)

24. Norco (Norco, Calif.) 29-6 (24)

25. Escondido (Escondido, Calif.) 27-1-1 (43)

26. Klein Oak (Klein, Texas) 24-2 (11)

27. Cibola (Albuquerque, N.M.) 31-1 (25)

28. Elyria (Elyria, Ohio) 28-2 (19)

29. San Benito (Hollister, Calif.) 28-4 (26)

30. Mt. Carmel (San Diego, Calif.) 27-4 (27)

31. Smithson Valley (Spring Branch, Texas) 32-4 (28)

32. Eastlake (Sammamish, Wash.) 26-4 (30)

33. Shadle Park (Spokane, Wash.) 28-1 (31)

34. Hickory (Chesapeake, Va.) 28-1 (32)

35. Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.) 23-3-1 (33)

36. Palm Beach Gardens (Palm Beach, Fla.) 30-5 (34)

37. South Panola (Batesville, Miss.) 30-4 (35)

38. Elk Grove (Elk Grove, Calif.) 27-4 (37)

39. Mandarin (Jacksonville, Fla.) 26-3 (38)

40. Eau Gallie (Melbourne, Fla.) 28-2 (40)

41. Mt. Carmel Academy (New Orleans, La.) 29-5-2 (41)

42. Byrd (Shreveport, La.) 31-2-1 (42)

43. El Modena (Orange, Calif.) 24-8-1 (nr)

44. Kennedy (La Palma, Calif.) 29-4 (44)

45. Spanish Springs (Sparks, Nev.) 31-5 (45)

46. Sandra Day O'Connor (Glendale, Ariz.) 27-5-1 (46)

47. Williamstown (Williamstown, N.J.) 26-1 (nr)

48. Hatboro-Horsham (Horsham, Pa.) 25-2 (nr)

49. Bingham (Salt Lake City, Utah) 28-3 (49)

50. Eagan (Eagan, Minn.) 24-2 (nr)

Dropped Out: Previous No. 36 Ryle (Union, Ky.); No. 39 Odessa (Odessa, Texas); No. 47 St. Joseph (Hammonton, N.J.); No. 50 Plainfield Central (Plainfield, Ill.).

Honorable Mention Next Top 20 Teams
(Listed in alphabetical order)
Brazoswood (Brazoswood, Texas) 34-6; Corona del Sol (Tempe, Ariz.) 27-9; Coronado (Lubbock, Texas) 37-4; Freedom (Oakley, Calif.) 26-2; Galesburg-Augusta (Galesburg, Mich.) 40-3; Goodpasture (Madison, Tenn.) 43-6; Grants Pass (Grants Pass, Ore.) 27-4; Greenwood (Bowling Green, Ky.) 37-9; Hart (Newhall, Calif.) 24-5; Huntington (Huntington, W. Va.) 26-5; Loyola Academy (Wilmette, Ill.) 25-3; McCutcheon (Lafayette, Ind.) 31-5; Mortimer Jordan (Morris, Ala.) 50-4; Odessa (Odessa, Texas) 33-5-3; Park Vista (Boynton Beach, Fla.) 24-3; Piedra Vista (Farmington, N.M.) 30-2; Plainfield Central (Plainfield, Ill.) 28-2; Roseburg (Roseburg, Ore.) 24-5-1; San Pedro (San Pedro, Calif.) 29-3; Toms River East (Toms River, N.J.) 25-2.

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