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Dragon Softball Climbs to No. 14 in NJCAA Rankings


Hutchinson CC Sports Information


Entering the final week of the 2023 regular season, the Hutchinson Community College softball team moved up one spot to No. 14 in the latest NJCAA Division I Rankings released on Monday.

The No. 14 ranking is the second-highest rank of the season for the Blue Dragons. Hutchinson was ranked as high as No. 13 on March 27.

The Blue Dragons are riding an eight-game winning streak entering a busy final week of the regular season with Jayhawk Conference doubleheader against Seward County at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sophomore Day on Friday against the McPherson College JV and the regular-season and KJCCC finale on Saturday at Pratt.

The Blue Dragons are 37-6 overall and remain atop the Jayhawk Conference standings with a 25-3 record, one game ahead of second-place Butler.

Last week Hutchinson run-ruled Northwest Tech 9-1 and 30-0 on Wednesday. The Dragons rallied to win Game 1 on Saturday at Garden City 8-4 after trailing 4-0 after two innings. The Dragons then run-ruled The Broncbusters 13-0 in Game 2.

Butler (35-10) is the only other Jayhawk Conference team ranked in the poll at No. 18.

Odessa (40-4) takes over as the new No. 1 team in the NJCAA Rankings. Wallace State (43-5) moves up to No. 2. Previous No. 1 Florida SouthWestern (43-5) dropped to No. 3.