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Dragons Climb to No. 15 in NJCAA Rankings

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By Hutchinson CC Sports Information

 

HUTCHINSON, Kan. – The Hutchinson Community College softball team tied for its highest ranking since returning to Division I in 2019 on Monday as the Blue Dragons were ranked No. 15 in the latest NJCAA Division I rankings released on Monday.

Riding an eight-game winning streak, the 23-4 Blue Dragons jumped two spots in the latest rankings, their third jump up in as many weeks.

Last week, the Blue Dragons swept Northwest Tech 16-1 and 22-0, both were five-inning games. The Blue Dragons then defeated Garden City 4-0 and 12-4 on Friday at Fun Valley.

Hutchinson, which leads the KJCCC with a 9-1 overall record, is the highest ranked Jayhawk Conference team this week. Butler dropped four spots to No. 19.

The No. 15 ranking matches the No. 15 rank the 2022 Blue Dragons finished with after a 41-8 season.

The ranking matches the highest Division I ranking the Dragons have had since the 1988 season when they finished the year at No. 7. The highest Division I ranking in Blue Dragon history is No. 5, which was achieved in 1987.

The Blue Dragons travel to Seward County on Wednesday and to Pratt on Saturday.

 

NJCAA DIV. I SOFTBALL RANKINGS

RecordPointsLast Week
1. Northwest Florida State (8)
2. Florida SouthWestern
3. Grayson
4. Walters State
5. Wallace State-Hanceville
6. Odessa
7. Seminole State (OK)
8. Central Florida
9. Seminole State (FL)
10. Chattanooga State
11. McLennan
12. Galveston
13. Volunteer State
14. Lake Land
15. Hutchinson
16. Salt Lake
17. Southern Idaho
18. Indian River State
19. Butler
20. Weatherford
35-3
29-3
22-4
26-0
22-4
24-4
14-2
31-8
31-6
20-7
20-8
24-4
19-5
16-6
23-4
16-7
16-9
29-7
15-7
22-7
160
133
126
119
112
105
98
91
84
77
70
63
56
49
42
35
28
21
14
2
2
3
1
5
6
4
7
9
10
12
8
14
15
16
17
RV
11
18
13
20
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