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Sunday, May 5, 2013
B-R claims No. 1 in latest softball Top 25

By Scott Barboza

Undefeated Bridgewater-Raynham assumes the top position in our latest MIAA softball Top 25 poll, the first time the Trojans have ever claimed the No. 1 spot.

B-R takes the top billing from Milford, which saw a 35-game win streak go by the wayside in a 1-0, 10-inning loss to new No. 2 North Attleborough. It also marks the first time since the midway point of last season that Milford wasn't No. 1. The Red Rocketeers jump 10 spots from No. 12 following the win over the defending Division 1 state champions.

The shakeup at the top wasn't the only movement in this week's poll, however, as six new teams enter the rankings.

COME ON DOWN

Among those six teams entering the Top 25 this week, five are making their season debuts. Sandwich checks in at No. 17, in their first appearance of the season, bolstered by the three no-hitters spun by Julia Sullivan during the first month of the season.

Danvers makes its first-ever Top 25 showing, sporting a 10-0 record in the Northeastern Conference and check in at No. 20. Methuen and Nashoba -- also making first-time Top 25 appearances -- follow at Nos. 21 and 22, respectively. Leister returns to the poll at No. 23, while Dual County League power Boston Latin cracks the poll for the first time this season at No. 25.