A week into the first high school softball season with Class 6A, and already it’s shaping up to be competitive across the state.
Realignment has had a major impact on every classification with numerous teams moving up and down a classification. Class 4A could benefit the most in quality with the consolidation of some of the top programs into the state all into the same classification.
Bingham, West, Bear River, Grantsville and Gunnison begam the season ranked No. 1 in their respective classifications in the Deseret News coaches preseason rankings.
Here’s a closer look at each classification heading into the season.
6A softball team previews
Without defending champion West participating in the state’s highest classification this season, there’s an obvious power shift in Class 6A toward the southwest corner of Salt Lake Valley.
Bingham, Herriman and Copper Hills begin the season as the top three teams in the Deseret News coaches preseason rankings, and they’re talented enough and experienced enough to remain there all season.
Bingham is the clear front-runner. Led by returning first team all-state pitcher Nicole Wall, the Miners return a bevy returning senior contributors from last year’s 5A runner-up team.
“Having been to the finals last year, the team certainly hopes their experience will help them return, but knows that it won’t be easy. With strong teams all around, we will have to work harder than ever to fend off the talented contenders in 6A,” said Bingham coach Mikki Jackson.
Bingham’s pitch staff also includes talented senior Karly Wightman and freshman Emily Dority. Their battery mate, Kenadee Moore, was a second-team all-state catcher last season.
Coach Jackson believes depth will be the key to a strong season.
“The team’s strength is not in a single or even a couple flashy superstars but rather a solid group of players that take care of the routine plays. …read more
Source:: Deseret News – Sports News