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SBLive Florida Softball Rankings (April 18): Melbourne moves up to No. 4

Bartow remains at the top in this week's rankings. Lakewood Ranch, Oxbridge Academy, Melbourne and Doral Academy round out the top five.

Here are SBLive’s statewide Florida high school softball rankings, which span all classifications. SBLive’s Florida softball rankings are compiled by Ross Van De Griek and will be released weekly during the 2022 season:


April 18, 2022

1. Bartow (19-1)

Previous Rank: 1

Last Week: Defeated George Jenkins 9-4, Defeated Winter Haven 9-0, Defeated Lake Wales 3-2

This Week: at McKeel Academy (Tues.), at Lake Region (Fri.)

The Lady Jackets remain at No. 1 in this week’s SBLive Florida softball rankings.

2. Lakewood Ranch (16-2)

Previous Rank: 2

Last Week: Defeated Charlotte 11-0, Defeated Canterbury (St. Pete) 13-0

This Week: vs North Fort Myers (Mon.), vs Fort Myers (Tues.), at Gainesville (Sat.), at Buchholz (Sat.)

The Lady Mustangs picked up back-to-back shutouts last week, outscoring their opponents 24-0.

3. Oxbridge Academy (15-0-1)

Previous Rank: 3

Last Week: Defeated Archbishop McCarthy 11-0

This Week: at Boca Raton Christian (Mon.), at Olympic Heights (Tues.), at American Heritage Plantation (Thu.)

The Thunderwolves continue their five-game road stretch tonight, as they take on Boca Raton Christian.

4. Melbourne (15-1-1)

Previous Rank: 8

Last Week: Defeated Hagerty 7-0

This Week: at Spruce Creek (Mon.), vs Lake Howell (Wed.)

The Lady Bulldogs rise four spots to No. 4 in this week’s SBLive Florida softball rankings.

5. Doral Academy (15-2-1)

Previous Rank: 6

Last Week: Defeated Park Vista 7-0, Defeated American Heritage Plantation 4-0

This Week: vs Fort Lauderdale (Mon.)

The Firebirds round out the SBLive Florida softball rankings top five.

6. Cooper City (16-2)

Previous Rank: 15

Last Week: Defeated Cypress Bay 11-5, Defeated Fort Lauderdale 4-1, Defeated Coral Springs Charter 5-3

This Week: vs Stoneman Douglas (Mon.), vs Pembroke Pines Charter (Thu.), at Park Vista (Fri.)

The Cowgirls come into this week on a four-game winning streak.

7. Lake Brantley (13-4)

Previous Rank: 7

Last Week: Lost to Eustis 2-0, Defeated Keshequa (NY) 13-0

This Week: at Winter Springs (Mon.), vs Lake Mary (Wed.), vs Seminole (Sanford) (Thu.)

The Lady Patriots returned to the win column in their last game against Keshequa (New York).

8. Parrish Community (16-3)

Previous Rank: 4

Last Week: Defeated Sarasota Riverview 9-3, Lost to Manatee 9-4, Defeated McKeel Academy 3-1

This Week: vs Palmetto (Tues.), at Academy of the Holy Names (Wed.), vs Boardman (OH) (Thu.)

The Lady Bulls drops to No. 8 in this week’s SBLive Florida softball rankings, following their loss to Manatee last week.

9. Baldwin (16-1)

Previous Rank: 9

Last Week: Defeated Fletcher 7-6, Defeated Middleburg 1-0

This Week: No games scheduled

The Lady Indians come into this week on a 10-game winning streak.

10. Berkeley Prep (17-2)

Previous Rank: 5

Last Week: Lost to McKeel Academy 5-3, Defeated Osceola 12-6

This Week: vs Inspiration Academy (Tues.), vs Dunedin (Thu.), vs Academy of the Holy Names (Fri.)

The Lady Buccaneers kick-off a four-game home stretch tomorrow night, where they’ll host Inspiration Academy.

11. Coral Springs Charter (12-3)

Previous Rank: Not Ranked

Last Week: Defeated Stoneman Douglas 2-0, Defeated Pompano Beach 3-2, Lost to Cooper City 5-3

This Week: at Somerset Academy (Mon.), vs Franklin Academy (Tues.), at Spanish River (Wed.)

The Lady Panthers begin a stretch of three games in three days this afternoon.

12. Newsome (16-3)

Previous Rank: Not Ranked

Last Week: Defeated East Bay 5-0, Defeated Steinbrenner 6-2, Defeated Wharton 12-0

This Week: at Hillsborough (Mon.), at Bloomingdale (Tues.), at Sickles (Thu.)

The Lady Wolves check into the SBLive Florida softball rankings for the first time this season. The Wolves have won five straight games entering this week.

13. Wellington (14-2)

Previous Rank: 9

Last Week: Lost to Park Vista 4-3, Defeated American Heritage Plantation 8-2

This Week: at Boca Raton (Mon.), vs Palm Beach Central (Tues.), at Jupiter (Thu.)

The Lady Wolverines fall four spots to No. 13 in this week’s SBLive Florida softball rankings.

14. Venice (15-1)

Previous Rank: 13

Last Week: Defeated Lake Placid 11-1

This Week: vs Riverdale (Tues), at Palmetto (Wed.), vs Charlotte (Fri.)

The Lady Indians have won three straight games since sustaining their only loss of the season so far back on March 31.

15. Florida State University High- Tallahassee (15-2)

Previous Rank: 12

Last Week: Lost to Lincoln 5-3, Defeated Liberty County 8-4, Defeated Madison County 11-1

This Week: at Holmes County (Tues.), vs Taylor County (Thu.)

The Lady Seminoles round out this week’s SBLive Florida softball rankings, checking in at No. 15

On The Bubble: Academy of the Holy Names, Calvary Christian (Clearwater), Deltona, East Lake, Eustis, Fort Myers, Hagerty, Marianna, Pace, Spanish River, Steinbrenner, West Nassau, Westminster Christian, Union County