The Final 2022 GameTimeCT Top 10 Softball Poll: Masuk is No. 1 for the fourth-straight season

Preseason No. 1, Masuk lost their ranking to Ludlowe on opening day and, thanks in part to a regular-season victory over Southington, reclaim it on the final day

Masuk's Sarah Falcone, Emma West-Testo, Kat Gallant and coach Leigh Barone celebrate their fourth-straight Class L softball championship Saturday, June 11 at DeLuca Field in Stratford.

Masuk's Sarah Falcone, Emma West-Testo, Kat Gallant and coach Leigh Barone celebrate their fourth-straight Class L softball championship Saturday, June 11 at DeLuca Field in Stratford.

Photo: David G. Whitham / For Hearst Connecticut Media; Design Sean Patrick Bowley

When the preseason poll was released in April, three-time defending Class L champion Masuk was voted the No. 1 team in the state and received 12 first place votes. 

Masuk would lose its opening day game against Fairfield Ludlowe as well as its No. 1 ranking. But the Panthers persevered, winning 26 straight, including tournament championships in both the South West Conference and CIAC Class L to reclaim the top spot in final poll of the season. 

Masuk has now finished the year as the No. 1 team for a fourth consecutive season dating back to 2018 after claiming its fourth straight Class L title with a 4-0 win over Waterford and earns eight first-place votes with the dust settled. 

Masuk, Southington and Fairfield Ludlowe created a bit of a triangle during the season. When Ludlowe defeated Masuk 2-0 on opening day, Ludlowe took over the No. 1 spot and held it throughout the regular season. Ludlowe lost to Southington 7-3 in the Class LL semifinals, but Southington’s lone loss during the regular season came to Masuk 6-0. 

With both Masuk and Southington winning state titles, that regular season head-to-head matchup appears to be what has propelled the Panthers ahead of the Blue Knights in the final rankings. 

Class LL champion Southington finishes the year as the No. 2 team in the state with three first-place votes. Southington has now won three straight Class LL titles. 

Coming in at No. 3 is the only undefeated team, Woodland. The Hawks did not play fellow Top 4 mainstays Masuk, Southington or Fairfield Ludlowe. The Class M champions still received three first-place votes. 

Fairfield Ludlowe held the No. 1 spot for most of the year and carried it into the state tournament after winning its second straight FCIAC title. Ludlowe was eliminated by Southington in the Class LL semifinals and dropped to No. 4. 

Class L runner-up Waterford flirted with the Top 5 all season and ends the year as the No. 5 team after its impressive postseason run that was only derailed by No. 1 Masuk. 

No. 6 Bristol Central makes its Top 10 debut in the final poll, having made a run to the Class LL championship game by defeating the likes of Danbury, Trumbull and Cheshire before getting eliminated by No. 2 Southington. 

No. 7 Danbury fell short of its tournament goals, losing in the FCIAC title game and getting eliminated in the Class LL semifinals by Bristol Central, but the Hatters remain a Top 10 team after their impressive regular season in which they lost just one game. 

Class S champion Cromwell makes its Top 10 debut after being overshadowed by conference rival Haddam-Killingworth in the poll for most of the year. Cromwell won its first state title thanks to a complete game shutout by ace Lily Kenney, who allowed just one run in four tournament games. 

East Haven had its Class L tournament run cut short by blistering hot Bristol Eastern, but was still able to bring home its first SCC championship to finish the year at No. 9.

No. 10 Hall edged out potential newcomer Oxford by just one point to officially end the season as a Top 10 team. Hall was eliminated in the Class LL tournament by Fairfield Ludlowe 2-1. Oxford just misses as the Class M runner-up, having lost to Woodland 4-0. 

GameTimeCT Top 10 Softball Poll (Final 2022)

TEAM
REC
PTS
LAST
CLASS

1. MASUK (8)

26-1
406
2
L
Final Results: CLASS L Champion. Def. North Haven 4-0, St. Joseph 2-1, Bristol Eastern 3-0, Waterford 4-0.
The Bottom Line: Masuk opened the year as the pre-season No. 1 team but was bounced out after losing opening day to Ludlowe. Now in the final poll after winning the Class L tournament on a 26-game win streak, the Panthers finish as the No. 1 team in the state.

2. SOUTHINGTON (3)

27-1
390
4
LL
Final Results: CLASS LL Champion. Def. Wilbur Cross 22-0, Norwalk 10-0, Maloney 6-2, Ludlowe 7-3, Bristol Central 13-1.
The Bottom Line: Southington won its third straight Class LL title and its second straight CCC championship (winning both championships by 10 or more runs) to end the year at No. 2. The Blue Knights had a strong case for No. 1, but their only loss was 6-0 to eventual Class L champion Masuk on May 7.

3. WOODLAND (3)

27-0
372
3
M
Final Results: CLASS M Champion. Def. Wolcott 2-0, Watertown 5-2, Oxford 4-0.
The Bottom Line: Woodland was the only team in the state to finish the year undefeated, claiming its first state title with a 4-0 Class M victory over Oxford. The Hawks only allowed 18 runs all season while scoring 349.

4. LUDLOWE

25-2
328
1
LL
Final Results: Def. Darien 14-0, Warde 9-0, Hall 2-1, lost to Southington 7-3 in Class LL semifinals.
The Bottom Line: FCIAC champion Fairfield Ludlowe spent most of the season as the No. 1 team after defeating preseason No. 1 Masuk on opening day. A bad-luck draw in the state tournament, however, meant they had to face Southington in the Class LL semifinals and a 7-3 loss dropped them three spots in the final poll.

5. WATERFORD

22-5
302
7
L
Final Results: Def. Bullard Havens 20-0, Ledyard 6-2, Ellington 6-1, Avon 8-0. Lost to Masuk 4-0 in Class L final.
The Bottom Line: Maddie Burrows and the Lancers made a run to the Class L championship game but were shutout by Kat Gallant and Masuk. Nevertheless, the ECC Division I champions found an extra gear in the postseason tournaments and finished the year as a Top 5 team.

6. BRISTOL CENTRAL

22-4
263
NR
LL
Final Results: Def. Wilton 6-0, Cheshire 3-1, Trumbull 6-2, Danbury 4-1. Lost to Southington 13-1 (6) in Class LL final.
The Bottom Line: Speaking of finding another gear, Bristol Central had been receiving votes in recent weeks as one of the top teams in the CCC, but made an unexpected run to the Class LL final, knocking out Danbury, Trumbull and Cheshire in the process. Though they fell short of a title vs. CCC rival Southington, the Rams permanently etched themselves into the Final top 10 poll.

7. DANBURY

23-3
229
6
LL
Final Results: Def. Shelton 3-1, West Haven 5-2. Lost to Bristol Central 4-1 in Class LL semifinals.
The Bottom Line: Though Danbury didn't win any hardware, the Hatters had one of their best finishes in program history. With only three losses all season (Ludlowe twice, including in the FCIAC final, and Bristol Central in the class LL semifinals), the Hatters can stand proud as a top 10 team.

8. CROMWELL

22-3
205
NR
S
Final Results: CLASS S Champion. Def. East Windsor 12-0, Hale Ray 10-0, Old Lyme 3-1, North Branford 3-0.
The Bottom Line: Cromwell makes its Top 10 debut at the end of the season, having won the school's first state championship. After compiling the Shoreline Conference's best record, the Panthers fell short in the SLC tournament, but got their title against Shoreline champion North Branford in the Class S final.

9. EAST HAVEN

23-3
191
5
L
Final Results: Def. Bethel 12-1, Torrington 9-2. Lost to Bristol Eastern in Class L quarterfinal.
The Bottom Line: East Haven claimed its first SCC title in program history, but fell victim to Bristol Eastern's surprise run through the Class L tournament and were eliminated in the quarterfinals. The Yellowjackets only lost three games all year to Bristol Eastern, Waterford and Amity.

10. HALL

18-5
150
8
LL
Final Results: Def. New Canaan 6-0, Naugatuck 3-2. Lost to Ludlowe 2-1 in Class LL quarterfinal.
The Bottom Line: Hall rebounded from its early exit from the CCC tournament with a Class LL quarterfinal run before running into Fairfield Ludlowe. A mainstay in the Top 10 for most of the year, the Warriors manage to stay here for the final poll.