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Dragons Remain in Rankings; Add Tuesday Doubleheader

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By Hutchinson CC Sports Information

 

HUTCHINSON, Kan. – The first NJCAA Division I Softball regular-season rankings were released on Monday and the Hutchinson Community College softball team added a doubleheader for Tuesday at Fun Valley.

The Blue Dragons (10-3) dropped three spots from the preseason NJCAA Rankings to No. 20 in the first regular-season poll of the season.

Also on Monday, after losing four games on the schedule last week to the Bethany College JV and Hesston College, the Blue Dragons have added a doubleheader with the Sterling College Junior Varsity at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Fun Valley.

Both games will be streamed on the Blue Dragon Sports Network beginning at 1:15 p.m.

BLUE DRAGON SOFTBALL
No. 20 Hutchinson (10-3) vs. Sterling JV
When: Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023
Where: Fun Valley
Times: 1:30 & 3:30 p.m.
Video: Blue Dragon Sports Network, 1:15 p.m.
Game 1 Video
Game 2 Video

The Blue Dragons have now been ranked in nine-straight NJCAA polls dating back to last season. The Dragons started the 2023 season ranked No. 17 in the preseason rankings.

The three games the Blue Dragons have lost this season have been to a Division I Team receiving votes in Eastern Oklahoma State and the NJCAA Division II-No. 1-ranked team in Murray State.

With the addition of the Sterling JV games, the Blue Dragons will play six games this week.

Hutchinson opens Jayhawk Conference play on Wednesday at Colby and then plays No. 17 Butler at 1 and 3 p.m. on Saturday in the conference home opener.

NJCAA DIV. I SOFTBALL RANKINGS

PointsLast Poll
1. Grayson (8)
2. Northwest Florida State
3. Florida SouthWestern
4. Wallace State-Hanceville
5. Odessa
6. Walters State
7. McLennan
8. Seminole State (OK)
9. Central Florida
10. Chattanooga State
11. Seminole State (FL)
12. San Jacinto
13. Southern Idaho
14. Lake Land
15. Indian Hills
16. Utah State Eastern
17. Butler
18. Galveston
19. Crowder
20. Hutchinson
160
133
126
119
112
105
98
91
84
77
70
63
56
49
42
35
28
21
14
2
8
NR
1
5
3
NR
2
4
12
6
NR
20
1-
18
13
NR
7
NR
NR
17
     Receiving Votes: Indian River State, Volunteer State, Pensacola State, Eastern Oklahoma State, Wallace State-Dothan
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