Each week, azcentral sports will rank the top 10 Arizona high school softball teams, regardless of conference.
These rankings will be updated throughout the 2017 season.
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Through March 11
No. 1 Phoenix Pinnacle (12-0)
Went 4-0 on the week and has allowed just eight runs in its first 12 games.
No. 2 Mesa Desert Ridge (11-0)
Powerful team that has outscored its opponents 108-28.
No. 3 Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor (10-2)
Only two losses against out-of-state opponents, including Henderson (Nev.) Coronado last week in the TOC in Bullhead City.
No. 4 Chandler Hamilton (8-3)
Went 4-2 against tough out-of-state competition in the Bullhead City TOC.
No. 5 Oro Valley Ironwood Ridge (11-1)
Has scored 37 runs in its last three games.
No. 6 Oro Valley Canyon del Oro (12-1)
Has won six straight.
No. 7 Phoenix Desert Vista (7-2)
Lost to O’Connor 13-10 in eight innings.
No. 8 Phoenix Mountain Pointe (9-0)
Took home a tourney championship last week.
No. 9 Yuma Cibola (17-0)
Has shut out three of its past four opponents.
No. 10 Tucson Pusch Ridge Christian (7-0)
3A team moves into Super 10 for first time outscoring opponents 100-17.
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Through March 4
No. 1 Phoenix Pinnacle (8-0)
Just knocked off previous No. 1 Chandler Hamilton in 11 innings, 9-4, behind Marissa Schuld’s 4 2/3 innings of three-hit, no-run pitching.
No. 2 Chandler Hamilton (3-1)
Will use the loss to Pinnacle as motivation, heading into the Tournament of Champions this week.
No. 3 Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor (8-1)
Key win was against Phoenix Desert Vista, 13-10, in eight innings.
No. 4 Mesa Desert Ridge (9-0)
No slowing down sophomore Shaylee Ackerman, who has 20 RBIs and a 4-0 record and 1.58 ERA.
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No. 5 Oro Valley Canyon del Oro (9-1)
Has outscored last three opponents 34-7.
No. 6 Tucson Sahuaro (7-2)
Takes a step back after 14-7 loss to Canyon del Oro.
No. 7 Desert Vista (7-2)
Both of its losses have come in extra innings.
No. 8 Oro Valley Ironwood Ridge (4-1)
Turned in an impressive 4-0 win over Tucson Salpointe in only game last week.
No. 9 Yuma Cibola (8-0)
Has scored 92 runs through eight games.
No 10 Phoenix Mountain Pointe (8-0)
Led by junior Danielle Farinas (6-0, 1.56 ERA, .652 batting average), Pride is averaging 10 runs a game.
Through Feb. 25
No. 1 Chandler Hamilton (2-0)
Outscored its first two opponents 21-3.
No 2. Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor (4-1)
Only loss came against tough Texas team Eastlake, 4-3.
No. 3 Phoenix Pinnacle (6-0)
CC Cook gave up two earned runs in 20 innings the first week.
No. 4 Mesa Desert Ridge (6-0)
Scored 58 runs in the first week with sophomore Shaylee Ackerman driving in 19 of those.
No. 5 Tucson Sahuaro (5-1)
Breaks in on the strength of an eight-inning win over preseason No. 3 Phoenix Desert Vista.
No. 6 Desert Vista (5-1)
That 4-3 loss to Sahuaro ended a five-game win streak to open the season.
No. 7 Oro Valley Canyon del Oro (6-1)
Only loss on the week came against Texas power Eastlake, 6-4, after unable to hold onto a 4-2 leading entering the bottom of the seventh inning.
No. 8 Yuma Cibola (6-0)
Knocked Arcadia out of the Super 10 with a 14-5 win.
No. 9 Oro Valley Ironwood Ridge (2-1)
Giving up an eight-run inning to Desert Vista led to the 5A team’s only loss.
No. 10 Glendale Mountain Ridge (1-0)
Won its opener 21-2 in a run-rule, five-inning game against Goodyear Desert Edge.
No. 1 Chandler Hamilton
Loaded for another 6A title run with pitching, offense, speed and defense.
No. 2 Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor
Hayley Busby returns looking to add onto her career 144 RBIs.
No. 3 Phoenix Desert Vista
Motivated by losing a two-run lead in the final inning of last year’s semifinals.
No. 4 Phoenix Pinnacle
A 30-win team last year, returns pitchers C.C. Cook and Marissa Schuld, who had a combined 29 wins.
No. 5 Mesa Desert Ridge
Sophomore Shaylee Ackerman is a year older and better after hitting .462 with 13 home runs and 48 RBIs.
No. 6 Oro Valley Ironwood Ridge
This 5A juggernaut won 33 games last year when it hit .392 with a team ERA of 1.93.
No. 7 Tucson Catalina Foothills
Pitcher Nic Conway, last year’s Small Schools POY, is shaking off a basketball injury but should be good to go in the circle by season’s start.
No. 8 Goodyear Millennium
Fast, productive offense, led by Arizona State-bound infielder Denae Chatman.
No. 9 Phoenix Arcadia
Loses 31-game winner Emily Ingles, but 1-through-5 in the batting order returns from 32-6 team.
No. 10 Oro Valley Canyon del Oro
Tremendous junior class, led by catcher Alexis Kaiser (.561 batting average, 28 RBIs in 2016), should have Dorados knocking on 4A championship door.
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