Fri. Feb 23rd, 2024

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Buford defended its Georgia state 7A championship to finish an undefeated season and preserve the No. 1 rating within the NFCA Summer season/Fall Excessive Faculty High 25 Coaches Ballot for all the 2023 season.

The (32-0) Wolves defeated Mill Creek, 12-4, final Thursday, then scored late in a Friday’s 3-2 semifinal victory over East Coweta that matched top-10 ballot groups. After the (32-5) Indians beat Brookwood for the second time in three days, Buford beat East Coweta, 9-1, in Saturday’s state closing, to win its thirty ninth straight recreation and sixty fourth in its final 65 over the previous two seasons.

The Wolves’ final loss was a 1-0 defeat to Lambert on Oct. 20, 2022 within the 7A Tremendous Regionals. Buford and East Coweta have now accounted for 5 of the final seven Georgia state 7A titles.

In the meantime, new No. 3 Washington beat Helias Catholic, 3-1, on Friday to say its second Missouri Class 4 championship prior to now three years. In final Thursday’s state semis, the (37-1-1) Bluejays soared previous Parkway West, 16-1.

Beforehand-unranked Francis Howell (27-6) jumped into the combo for the ultimate ballot after cruising previous defending state titlist Blue Springs South, 8-0, within the Missouri Class 5 championship. The 2 groups additionally met within the 2022 closing.

Blue Springs South (27-3) edged then-No. 7 Raymore-Peculiar, 5-4, within the state semis, whereas Francis Howell defeated Troy Buchanan, 3-2 in its semifinal.

Pope (33-5) gained 4 straight elimination video games earlier than falling simply in need of a second consecutive state crown, shedding 1-0 in Saturday’s Georgia 6A championship to ballot newcomer Newnan (27-7) and senior pitcher Maddie Veal’s 57 straight shutout innings within the playoffs. Considered one of Pope’s victories was a 3-1 triumph that ousted Lassiter (29-4) from each the double-elimination occasion and the rankings.

State rankings submitted by the 2023 NFCA Excessive Faculty Steering Committee are used to compile the NFCA Summer season/Fall Excessive Faculty High 25 Coaches Ballot. Groups are chosen based mostly on efficiency, roster high quality, power of schedule, and energetic NFCA membership. 5 states — Colorado, Georgia, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Missouri — play a fall fastpitch schedule, whereas Iowa not too long ago accomplished its summer season season.

NFCA Summer season/Fall Excessive Faculty High 25 Coaches Ballot – Closing 2023
1. Buford (Ga.)

Report: 32-0 | PR: 1

2. Caddo (Okla.)

Report: 39-2 | PR: 2

3. Washington (Mo.)

Report: 37-1-1 | PR: 5

4. Owasso (Okla.)

Report: 33-1-1 | PR: 4

5. Piedmont (Okla.)

Report: 39-3 | PR: 6

6. Francis Howell (Mo.)

Report: 27-6 | PR: NR

7. Blue Springs South (Mo.)

Report: 27-3 | PR: 3

8. East Coweta (Ga.)

Report: 32-5 | PR: 10

9. Raymore-Peculiar (Mo.)

Report: 31-3 | PR: 7

10. Newnan (Ga.)

Report: 27-7 | PR: NR

11. Pope (Ga.)

Report: 33-5 | PR: 15

12. Lutheran (Colo.)

Report: 23-5 | PR: 9

13. Chatfield (Colo.)

Report: 23-6 | PR: 11

14. Holy Household (Colo.)

Report: 26-2 | PR: 12

15. Eaton (Colo.)

Report: 28-1 | PR: 13

16. Moore (Okla.)

Report: 32-3 | PR: 14

17. Papillion-LaVista (Neb.)

Report: 29-8 | PR: 16

18. Gretna (Neb.)

Report: 32-4 | PR: 17

19. Erie (Colo.)

Report: 23-6 | PR: 18

20. Riverdale Ridge (Colo.)

Report: 26-3 | PR: 19

21. Columbine (Colo.)

Report: 22-5 | PR: 20

22. Arvada West (Colo.)

Report: 22-5 | PR: 21

23. North Linn (Iowa)

Report: 39-6 | PR: 22

24. Ankeny Centennial (Iowa)

Report: 36-5 | PR: 23

t-25. Millard North (Neb.)

Report: 28-6 | PR: 24

t-25. Regina Catholic (Iowa)

Report: 30-8 | | PR: 25

Dropped out: Lassiter (Ga.).

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