Richard Stroud

Grove Sun

The first rankings for the 2010 softball season are out and several local teams find themselves in good company near the top of the polls.

The rankings, compiled by okrankings.com, are based on the votes of softball coaches around the state and are the official rankings used by the OSSAA to determine seeding during the playoffs.

Leading the way among local teams are the Grove Lady Red, who are tied for ninth in Class 5A. Though they have a 5-4 record through nine games, GHS’s early-season schedule has apparently been enough to convince voters that the Lady Red are among the elite.

Grove has played six ranked teams in their nine games, going 2-4 in that span. Two of those losses were by one run each to Sequoyah Claremore (ranked tenth in 4A) and Owasso (ranked seventh in 6A), the latter occurring last Saturday at the Broken Arrow Tournament.

The Lady Red’s most impressive win so far this year was a 6-1 decision over Bixby in their second game of the season at the Grand Lake Festival. The Lady Spartans are ranked 12 in 6A.

The Lady Red will get a chance to make a significant move up the rankings when they travel to Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City for this weekend’s Hall of Fame Shootout. The Lady Red are scheduled to take on three teams ranked in Class 5A; top-ranked Lawton MacArthur, eighth-ranked El Reno and 11th-ranked Duncan.

Other area teams in the rankings include the Kansas Lady Comets, who have ridden their hot start to the 11th spot in Class 3A. Coach Steve Odle’s squad has won 10 of their first 11 games.

Also in the rankings are Commerce and Wyandotte, ranked eighth and 15th, respectively, in Class 2A. The Lady Tigers are 10-2 after beating the Lady Bears on Monday. Wyandotte currently sports a 6-3 record.