Logan, 29-5 last year and the Class AAA state runner-ups, were rated No. 1 in the preseason poll. The Lady Cats are scheduled to open the season on Wednesday at Scott. Logan lost 1-0 to St. Albans in last year’s Class AAA state finals at Vienna.
Cabell Midland is second, St. Albans third, Lincoln County fourth and Parkersburg South fifth. East Fairmont is sixth, Ripley seventh, Jefferson eighth and Hedgesville ninth while University and Nicholas County are tied for 10th.
In the Class AA poll, two-time defending state champion Chapmanville Regional is first. The Lady Tigers opened the season with a 2-0 win at home over No. 10-ranked Point Pleasant on Saturday afternoon. It was the first ever game at Chapmanville’s new softball field. CRHS was 25-14 last season and beat Ritchie County in the state championship game.
Ritchie County is second in the poll, while Sissonville is third, Scott fourth and Herbert Hoover fifth. Independence is sixth, Shady Spring seventh, Wayne eighth and Magnolia ninth.
A whopping six of the state’s top 10 ranked Class AA softball teams are members of the Cardinal Conference. Those include: Chapmanville; Sissonville; Scott; Hoover; Wayne and Point Pleasant.
In the Class A poll, state runner-up Man is third. Buffalo is first, while defending state champion South Harrison is second. South Harrison topped the Lady Billies 8-7 in the Class A state title game at Vienna last season. Wheeling Central is fourth, Charleston Catholic fifth, Fayetteville sixth, Moorefield seventh, St. Marys eighth, Madonna ninth and Cameron 10th.