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Sports Blog: Softball power rankings

In light of the stormy weather this week that’s rained out its fair share of games, I figured it’d be a perfect time to see where the softball teams are at as the postseason approaches. Here’s this version of the softball power rankings:

1. Lynden (13-1, 7-0 NWC) -- Lynden really hasn’t been challenged a whole lot this season. Ferndale and Mount Baker have been the Lions’ only threats of taking a loss in conference play. Anacortes lies ahead on May 8, but Lynden won the last meeting 7-1. It’s looking like an undefeated conference year for the Lions. Last: 1

2. Ferndale (10-1, 4-1) -- It would have been interesting to see how the Ferndale-Anacortes game played out, but the hail and rain was too much on Friday. Still, the Golden Eagles remaining slate has Anacortes, Nooksack Valley, Mount Baker, Burlington-Edison and Sehome in Northwest Conference play. The Golden Eagles are about to find out where they stand real quickly. Last: 2

3. Anacortes (10-3, 5-0) -- The Seahawks are just one of two remaining undefeated teams in conference play. Ferndale, Lynden, Nooksack Valley and Sehome are still on the slate though. Wins over Burlington-Edison and Mount Baker have to be positive signs though. Last: 7

4. Sehome (9-4, 5-1) -- The Mariners had to face Lynden at some point. It wasn’t the most positive outing in a 10-2 loss but if they can put the result behind them, they are in excellent position going forward. Ferndale and Anacortes are the only top-tier teams left on the schedule. Last: 3

5. Mount Baker (9-4, 3-3) -- Sure, the Mountaineers are just .500 in conference, but look at those losses. A 13-5 to Sehome, a 1-0 to Lynden and a 5-4 to Anacortes. Those aren’t exactly big knocks on who the Mountaineers are, but more telling of what those teams are made of. An 8-5 win over Burlington-Edison is more the Mountaineers style. Last: 6

6. Sedro-Woolley (3-6, 2-3) -- Admittedly, giving up 20 runs to Ferndale wasn’t great. But the Cubs also shutout Nooksack Valley just five days prior. This is a team that has talent and can compete with the top-level teams. The Seahawks might just be a step below. Last: 8

7. Nooksack Valley (11-2, 4-2) -- The only thing holding the Pioneers back from being higher in these rankings is the fact they haven’t really beat any big NWC names. The best wins were probably topping Blaine twice. I need to see more from the Pioneers to rank them higher, but they’re certainly capable. An 11-9 loss to Sehome and a 1-0 loss to Sedro-Woolley prove it. Last: 5

8. Burlington-Edison (6-6, 3-3) -- Right in the middle. This is probably the middle point of the Northwest Conference. Above this line are teams that can make a serious run at state, below it is probably teams that are going to have to wait another year. As for Burlington-Edison, who knows? The Tigers are competitive — close games with Anacortes and Mount Baker make the resume look good — but maybe not quite there yet. Last: 4

9. Bellingham (7-6, 1-5) -- The Red Raiders picked up their first conference win over Blaine on Tuesday and that vaults them to No. 9 in this ranking. Bellingham is still above .500, which is incredible considering the Red Raiders haven’t finished with a winning record in forever. Things are looking up. Last: 10

10. Blaine (4-8, 2-4) -- This season hasn’t been exactly what the Borderites have hoped for. They’re currently on a three-game losing streak with Sedro-Woolley, Mount Baker, Anacortes, Ferndale (twice) and Sehome still left on the schedule. Things may get worse before they get better for Blaine. Last: 9

11. Lynden Christian (3-5, 0-4) -- The Lyncs have played fewer games than any other team this year. With only eight contests completed, the Lyncs still have more than half their season left to play. That starts with Squalicum on Monday and with the Storm, Meridian and Bellingham still on the slate, the Lyncs should pick up a conference win or two before season’s end. Last: 11

12. Squalicum (2-10, 0-5) -- Things were looking good for a short while there. The Storm had won two of three. But the last four games, the Storm have lost by an average of more than 10 runs. The only close contest was a 5-4 loss to Friday Harbor. Last: 12

13. Meridian (1-10, 0-5) -- The losing streak has now hit 10 after a 20-1 loss to Lynden on Tuesday. The positive is that Squalicum, Bellingham and Blaine (twice) remain as winnable games. Last: 13