Beginning our top ten is a team that has created quite unfavorable conditions for its opponents, the Salinas Storm - Satow. The Northern California club has compiled a 47-11 record, with 1015 USSSA points and a 1181 power rating.
The Storm won the Fall/Winter State Championship with a 5-0 record, outscoring its opposition 34-12. It also went 6-0 to take the State/World Series Qualifier 2011 tournament.
Managed by Martin Satow, the team includes Josselyn Barriga, Gina Bruno, Marissa Bruno, Jordan Enos, Alissa Foster, Madisyn Gutierrez-Urban, Malia King-Jones, Demelza Perez, Tina Ramirez, Olivia Satow, and Nicole Sayre.
The first of two Illinois teams to make an appearance on our list is the Sterling Steam 98 at number nine. The team may have less games under its belt than the other squads on the countdown, but it rushed the rankings by winning all 14 of its games. That's enough for a power rating of 1183 and 900 USSSA points.
The Steam captured the USSSA Central Illinois State Championship by recording shutouts in all four of its games. The team also went 6-0, with a 63-11 run differential, to take the PV X-Plosion 6X Points NIT, and also won the Line Drive to Fight Hunger tournament.
Manager Eric Staples guides a team that consists of Emily Berogan, Kylie Burkett, Hannah Escamilla, Abree Hale, Cheyenne Harrington, Shannon Long, Sydnie Nailor, Mya Pearson, Alexis Staples, Erin Stroup, and Nadia Trujillo.
The pride of Arkansas, Van Buren's own Ladybacks, come in at number eight. The team has pieced together a very good season, with a 35-9 overall record (8-1 vs. class A opponents), a 1194 power rating, and 1035 USSSA points.
The Ladybacks finished second to the Arkansas Outkast for the State Title, but they have collected a number of other championships this season. The club went 6-0, with a 34-11 run differential, to take the TG SF Throw Out The Clock tournament for girls 14 and under. It also took first place at the Poney Tail Classic (14U), March Bash, and the Treasure Hunt Xtravaganza tournaments.
Managed by Jason Aaron, the the roster is comprised of Emilee Aaron, Coco Calhoon, Bailee Crawford, Mikayla Dietz, Lindsey Eveld, Hannah McClung, Abbye Ostrander, Ashdon Ross, Ashton Sangster, and Andee Tiffee.
It's not a day at the beach playing this team, as the Lady Sandites crack the rankings at number seven. This Sand Springs, Oklahoma club has put together a robust season, going 29-9 overall (7-3 vs. class A), with a 1198 power rating and 995 USSSA points.
The team won a pair of trophies in the spring, going 5-0, with a 25-12 run differential, to win the TG SF May Daze tournament for ages 14 and under. The squad also took the TG SF Competitive League crown.
Manager Vicki Boyd fields a team that includes Rachel Blair, Brookelyn Boyd, Cheyanne Busby, Cody Cheatham, Jessica Collins, Hayleigh Galvan, Tatianna Gilford, Kalli Mallory, Baylee Mudd, Sydney Pennington, Kennedy Salyers, and Cierra Scott.
The KC Blaze have brought the heat in all facets this season and has found its way onto our list at number six. The Olathe team has compiled a sterling 52-11 overall record, with 840 USSSA points and a 1214 power rating.
The Blaze captured the Kansas USSSA State Tournament crown by sweeping three games and outscoring its opponents 16-2. The team also won a pair of tournaments in the fall, going a combined 12-1 to take the Mizuno Softball Series and MSP Fall Opener tournaments.
Manager Jeff Wallace leads a team that consists of Alexa Binckes, Molly Chevalier, Ryley DeMaro, Caroline Hoppock, Bailey Kleinschmit, Alex Larson, Alyssa Menninger, Hailey Reed, Jadyn Smith, and Paige Wallace.
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