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April 28, 2014

S.C. softball rankings, April 28

Plenty of Grand Strand softball teams are going into the playoffs with a chip on their shoulder, even if it is real or imaginary.

The final regular-season state rankings were released late Monday, and as it has been for much of the season, only one area team was included. Waccamaw was No. 9 in Class AA. As for the other 11 programs, at least eight of whom are playoff-bound, they'll be on the outside looking in, at least as far as the state's voting coaches are concerned.

Waccamaw, which on Monday defeated Aynor in the regular-season finale and then again in a one-game playoff to determine postseason seeding, will open the postseason at home on Thursday.

The local team with maybe the best shot at a state ranking, North Myrtle Beach (19-3) fell at home Monday night to Georgetown. The Chiefs can still reach 20 wins for the season on Tuesday, when they play host to Wilson.

THIS WEEK'S RANKINGS:

CLASS AAAA
1. Mauldin
2. Northwestern
3. Byrnes
4. Dutch Fork
5. Boiling Springs
6. Summerville
7. Bluffton
8. Laurens
9. South Florence
10. Clover
 
CLASS AAA
1. Hartsville
2. Union County
3. Seneca
4. Chapin
5. Chapman
6. Belton-Honea Path
7. Gilbert
t8. Blue Ridge
t8. Wren
10. Pickens
 
CLASS AA
1. Dillon
2. Andrew Jackson
3. Crescent
4. Buford
5. Chesterfield
6. Pendleton
7. Landrum
8. Ninety Six
9. Waccamaw
10. Silver Bluff
 
CLASS A
1. Dixie
2. East Clarendon
3. Lewisville
4. Johnsonville
5. St. Joseph's
6. Lake View
7. Latta
8. Fox Creek
9. McBee
10. Wagener-Salley

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