The GameTimeCT Top 10 Softball Poll (May 17): With an assist from Masuk, Ludlowe consolidates hold on No. 1; Law debuts

Masuk shortstop Julie Bacoulis tags out Southington's Emily Moskal trying to steal second base during the first inning of their girls softball game at Masuk High School in Monroe, Conn. on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.

Masuk shortstop Julie Bacoulis tags out Southington's Emily Moskal trying to steal second base during the first inning of their girls softball game at Masuk High School in Monroe, Conn. on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.

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This week will mark the end of the regular season for the majority of softball teams in the state, with many of them looking to improve their positioning in the upcoming conference and state tournaments. 

This week’s poll introduced Jonathan Law to the Top 10 for the first time this season. Sitting atop the SCC standings, Law has won 14 straight games and breaks in at No. 9 after knocking off Haddam-Killingworth. 

Fairfield Ludlowe has set itself above the rest, earning 12 of 15 first place votes after Masuk defeated Southington last week. 

No. 2 Masuk and No. 3 Woodland both moved up one spot following the Southington loss, as the Blue Knights settle in at No. 4 for now. 

Undefeated Danbury holds steady at No. 5 this week, but will be tested in Tuesday’s matchup against Ludlowe which could shake things up significantly should the Hatters pull off the upset. 

East Haven moved up two spots with its mercy-rule victory over Cheshire, jumping over No. 7 Waterford and No. 8 Hall, which both suffered losses last week and 

Waterford and Hall both fell one spot and have difficult schedules to end the regular season, including games against Southington. 

No. 9 Law’s appearance pushes St. Joseph down to No. 10. The Cadets have been heating up lately having won seven games in a row. 

GameTimeCT Top 10 Softball Poll (May 17)

TEAM
REC
PTS
LAST
CLASS

1. LUDLOWE (12)

17-1
436
1
LL
Last Week: Def. Warde 5-0, Wilton 14-0, New Canaan 2-0, Westhill 11-2.
This Week: at Danbury, Tuesday, 4:30 p.m.; vs Staples, Wednesday, 4 p.m.
The Bottom Line: With an undefeated week and a Southington loss, Ludlowe has established itself as the clear No. 1 in the state as of now, receiving 12 first place votes.

2. MASUK (2)

17-1
414
3
L
Last Week: Def. Weston 17-1, Southington 6-0, Pomperaug 13-0.
This Week: at Newtown, Wednesday, 4:30 p.m.; vs Staples, Thursday, 4 p.m.
The Bottom Line: With its 6-0 shutout victory over previous No. 2 Southington, Masuk increased its winning streak to 17 games since a 2-0, opening day loss to Ludlowe.

3. WOODLAND (1)

19-0
382
4
M
Last Week: Def. St. Paul 13-0, Kennedy 13-0, Seymour 20-0.
This Week: vs Crosby, Wednesday, 5 p.m.
The Bottom Line: Woodland is one win away from its second straight undefeated regular season in a row. With three more shutout victories last week, Woodland was able to move up one spot following the Southington loss.

4. SOUTHINGTON

15-1
370
2
LL
Last Week: Def. Berlin 6-0, Conard 15-0, Simsbury 11-0. Lost to Masuk 6-0.
This Week: vs RHAM, Tuesday, 5:45 p.m.; vs Bristol Central, Wednesday, 4:45 p.m.; at Waterford, Friday, 4:45 p.m.
The Bottom Line: Southington fell two spots after its first loss of the season 6-0 loss to Masuk. With four more games left in the regular season, all against teams receiving votes, Southington will look to bounce back.

5. DANBURY

17-0
344
5
LL
Last Week: Def. Greenwich 9-1, Westhill 3-0.
This Week: vs Ludlowe, Tuesday, 4:30 p.m.; at Ridgefield, Wednesday, 4 p.m.; vs Bridgeport Central, Thursday, 4:30 p.m.
The Bottom Line: Danbury will look to finish off the first undefeated regular season in program history this week, but it will need to get through No. 1 Fairfield Ludlowe on Tuesday to accomplish the feat.

6. EAST HAVEN

15-2
274
8
L
Last Week: Def. North Haven 8-3, Shelton 6-3, Cheshire 15-2.
This Week: vs Branford, Tuesday, 5:15 p.m.; at Amity, Wednesday, 4:15 p.m.; at North Branford, Thursday, 6 p.m.
The Bottom Line: East Haven moves up two spots after a 3-0 week that included a mercy-rule victory over conference rival Cheshire. With Amity and North Branford this week, the Yellowjackets will look to remain the SCC favorite heading into the postseason.

7. WATERFORD

14-3
232
6
L
Last Week: Def. NFA 1-0, East Lyme 11-0, Windsor 17-5. Lost to Fitch 6-5.
This Week: at Woodstock Academy, Tuesday, 4:15 p.m.; at Stonington, Thursday, 5 p.m.; vs Southington, Friday, 4:45 p.m.
The Bottom Line: Waterford fell one spot after its one-run loss to Fitch. The Lancers will finish the regular season on Friday against No. 4 Southington after facing Stonington the day before, which is currently second in the ECC standings.

8. HALL

14-2
216
7
LL
Last Week: Def. Enfield 5-4, NWC 13-5, Farmington 14-2. Lost to Berlin 2-1.
This Week: vs South Windsor, Wednesday, 3:45 p.m.; vs Conard, Friday, 3:45 p.m.; at Southington, Monday, 5:30 p.m.
The Bottom Line: Hall falls one spot after being jumped by East Haven. Hall lost its second game of the season last week, a nine inning 2-1 loss to Berlin, but bounced back with two wins. Hall will end the regular season on Monday against rival No. 4 Southington.

9. LAW

16-1
201
NR
L
Last Week: Def. Amity 11-3, Platt Tech 20-2, Career Magnet 18-4, SHA 1-0.
This Week: at Foran, Tuesday, 3:45 p.m.; at North Haven, Thursday, 7 p.m.; at West Haven, Saturday, 7 p.m.
The Bottom Line: At long last Jonathan Law breaks the Top 10 while currently riding a 14-game winning streak since its 4-1 loss to North Haven. This week it will look for revenge against North Haven and could finish the regular season with the best record in the SCC should it also get past Foran and West Haven.

10. ST. JOSEPH

13-5
185
8
L
Last Week: Def. Trumbull 8-2, Darien 18-1, Staples 6-0, Ridgefield 9-5, McMahon 12-0.
This Week: at Wilton, Wednesday, 4 p.m.; vs Greenwich, Thursday, 4:30 p.m.
The Bottom Line: St. Joseph seems to have hit its stride at the right time, having won seven consecutive games since losing three-of-four to Ludlowe, Danbury and Masuk.