Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Alexander Central moves up to No. 3
By Mark Tennis and Doug Huff
The most difficult choice in this week's POWERADE FAB 50 was which team to put in the No. 3 position after previous No. 3 Plano East (Plano, Texas) suffered its third loss of the season and fell to 26-3.
Beech (Hendersonville, Tenn.) joins the top 10 in this week's rankings.
It's always with reluctance to move up a team that isn't from one of softball's four power states -- Arizona, California, Florida, Texas -- but this was a week that No. 5 Amador Valley (Pleasanton, Calif.) was idle.
That left No. 4 Alexander Central (Taylorsville, N.C.) to be considered. The Cougars have shown more enthusiasm for playing teams from other states and they are led by a pitcher, Chelsea Wilkinson, who is headed to the Southeastern Conference to play at Georgia. Since Alexander Central improved to 17-1 (Wilkinson didn't play in the only loss), it gained the No. 3 ranking.
Another team on an even more rapid rise is new No. 9 Beech (Henderson, Tenn.). It was just two weeks ago when that team was sitting at No. 45, but since then the Buccaneers have won two tournaments and their record has snowballed to 38-1.