Mansfield's eight consecutive wins, combined with the emergence of Trisha Hansen as a legitimate ace, helped the Lady Hornets (10-1) jump from No. 5 to No. 3 in the Globe softball Top 20.
King Philips (12-0) and Norwood (9-0) are virtual locks to stay No. 1 and No. 2 unless something drastic happens.
No. 4 Reading, which lost a 5-4, heart breaker to Stoneham last week, and No. 5 Chelmsford, which dropped a game to Methuen, both fell a spot to make room for Mansfield.
Two undefeateds made the jump to the Top 20 in Hopkington (9-0) and Lynn Classical (11-0). Classical had to take down Saugus (8-1) to get the nod.
Plymouth South (8-3), led by the pitching of Noelle Christmas made the biggest jump, going from unranked last week to No. 13. South put an end to Sandwich's perfect season last week and now sit atop the Atlantic Coast League. There's a rematch of these two teams on Friday in Plymouth that will certainly shake things up in the rankings next week.
King Philip takes on Mansfield Wednesday in what should be an excellent pitching matchup as Meg Rico throws against Trisha Hansen. Game starts at 3:30 p.m. in Wrentham.
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