With the final week of the regular season coming to a close, there is some movement in the softball Top 20. Bridgewater-Raynham and Milford remain locked in the No. 1 and No. 2 positions after completing another week unbeaten. Scarlet Hawk pitcher Shannon Smith has earned herself a spot in the record books, setting the all-time career strikeout record at 1,128.
Taunton earned the biggest jump this week, moving from No. 13 to No. 4 as the Tigers defeated Hockomock foe and No. 6 King Philip, 9-5, Monday.
No. 15 Tewksbury earned a spot on the poll after defeating No. 16 Central Catholic, 11-9. Central Catholic also dropped in the poll after losing to No. 8 Burlington, 7-0.
Amesbury climbed up to No. 14, finishing the week with two easy wins. Abington dropped from No. 10 to No. 19 after losing to Plymouth South, 9-8, Wednesday.
Tournament pairings come out Tuesday.
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Then there are our winter correspondents:
- Emily McCarthy | @EmilyMcCahthy | BPS correspondent
- Jake Fischer | @GlobeFischer | Boys basketball
- Michelle Fenelon | @michfenelon | Girls basketball
- Andrew MacDougall | @Andy_MacDougall | Boys hockey
- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls hockey
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