The Times-Union softball Power Poll will run Thursday’s through the end of the regular season. Records are through April 19 games. District tournaments begin next week, and our district tournament picks are below in this final Power Poll.


Rank, School, Record, Classification, Previous

1. Oakleaf (21-2), Class 8A, 1

Notable wins: Atlantic Coast, Aucilla Christian, Bartram Trail, Chiles, First Coast (twice), Fletcher (twice), Lake Howell, Middleburg, Oviedo Hagerty, Scott County (Ken.), Timber Creek, Trinity Christian, Viera, West Nassau, Winter Springs.

Glance: The Knights end the final Power Poll of the season in the same position that they began in. Oakleaf has won 17 consecutive games entering its final two of the season (Mandarin on Thursday, and at Baker County on Friday). Pitcher Kelsey Sweatt fired no-hitters against two quality teams in the last nine days, against Atlantic Coast on April 11 and Trinity Christian on April 18. She hasn’t allowed a run since the bottom of the fifth inning against West Nassau on April 4, a streak of 33.2 consecutive innings.

2. West Nassau (18-6), Class 5A, 2

Notable wins: Baker County (twice), Bradford, Canterbury, Columbia, Coral Springs Charter, Creekside, Kissimmee Osceola, St. Cloud, Suwannee.

Glance: The Warriors atoned for earlier losses to both Bradford and Suwannee with victories this week, 6-2 over the Tornadoes, and 3-1 over the Bulldogs. They close out the regular season with a visit to Columbia. Entering this week, Amelia Olive (.389), Madison Dixon (.356), Emily Dixon (.338) and Ariel McCullough (.333) were the West Nassau players above .300 in batting. Skylar Whitty hit her team-best seventh homer of the season against Bradford on Tuesday. She and McCullough both have nine wins in the circle.

3. Baker County (17-6), Class 5A, 4

Notable wins: Apopka, Atlantic Coast, Bradford (twice), Clay (twice), Paxon, Suwannee, Trinity Christian, Yulee (twice)

Glance: Since last Power Poll, only one game, and one victory for the Wildcats, a 6-0 win over Atlantic Coast. They’ve won seven consecutive games, and they close with No. 1 Oakleaf on Friday. Macy Jackson and Liz McGovern combined on the five-hitter with five Ks. Baker is already in the state playoffs by virtue of its No. 1 seed in the three-team District 3-5A. Expect a Suwannee-Baker date in the district title game next week. Marissa Rhoden (.438), Emma Gipson (.368), Hayleigh Mulkey (.366), Madison Kennedy (.366), Tori Richardson (.328) and Kat Rhoden (.317) lead the Wildcats at the plate. Kennedy’s 9 HR are also an area high.

4. Bartram Trail (20-4), Class 7A, NR

Notable wins: Clay, Creekside, First Coast, Fletcher, Nease, Paxon, Ponte Vedra, Ridgeview, Trinity Christian.

Glance: The Bears finish the regular season in the Power Poll, courtesy of a solid close during their five-game winning streak that has included quality Ws over First Coast (3-0 on April 12), Ponte Vedra (8-1 on April 13) and Fletcher (4-1 on April 17). They pummeled Bolles 17-2 in five innings on Wednesday, with Reedy Davenport belting a pair of HRs and driving in 7 runs. She was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. She now has 6 HRs on the season, two behind power-hitting teammate Savannah Parker. The win over Bolles also pushed the Bears to another 20-win season. Since Bartram opened in 2000, with its first softball season in spring 2001, the Bears have won 20 games in all but one of those years (2016).

5. Trinity Christian (15-6, Class 4A), 4

Notable wins: Baker County, Creekside, Episcopal, Ponte Vedra, West Nassau (twice), Yulee (twice)

Glance: The Conquerors have played well all season, with a couple blips, but they closed in solid fashion. In addition to their 5-1 win over No. 2 West Nassau on April 11, they followed with a quality 9-0 win over previous No. 3 Creekside on April 13. Mo Smith scattered five hits in that game, Amaya Ross went 4 for 5 with a pair of RBI, and Kendall Johnson knocked in two more during a 2-for-4 day. Smith leads the team in batting (.440), followed by Alexis Ross (.412), Krystal Haynes (.377), Amaya Ross (.362), Madison Williams (.313), Bailey Reier (.308) and Madison Macik (.306).

Dropped out: Creekside (11-4, Class 7A), lost to Ponte Vedra and Trinity Christian.

Next four: Ponte Vedra (16-6, Class 6A); Union County (17-2, Class 1A); Atlantic Coast (17-7, Class 8A); Creekside (11-4, Class 7A).

On the bubble: Baldwin (15-8, Class 1A); Clay (14-7, Class 6A); Episcopal (15-2, Class 4A); Keystone Heights (15-9, Class 5A); Mandarin (14-6, Class 9A); Middleburg (14-8, Class 7A); Paxon (16-5, Class 6A); St. Johns CD (13-4, Class 2A); Suwannee (14-10, Class 5A).

District predictions

District tournaments begin Monday and here are our picks to make the state playoffs.

District 1-9A

Winner: Mandarin. Runner-up: Flagler Palm Coast.

Comment: While No. 3 seed Sandalwood has been playing well as of late, these two teams have been neck and neck all season.

District 2-8A

Winner: Oakleaf. Runner-up:

Comment: The time to get the Knights was early in the season. Behind Oakleaf, this

District 2-7A

Winner: Gainesville. Runner-up: Columbia.

Comment: Middleburg could make it interesting in the opener against Columbia, but the Broncos have been a bit all over the place down the stretch.

District 4-7A

Winner: Bartram Trail. Runner-up: Creekside.

Comment: The Bears, with the exception of a three-game losing streak in midseason, have been consistent. The Knights have hit a bit of a rough stretch to close, but these two teams are no doubt the leaders here. No. 3 seed Nease could make it interesting if it can keep the scores low.

District 3-6A

Winner: Paxon. Runner-up: Parker

Comment: Slight upset with No. 3 seed Parker over No. 2 White in the semifinals. Paxon is far and away the favorite here.

District 4-6A

Winner: Ponte Vedra. Runner-up: Clay.

Comment: These teams have split this season, PV winning 1-0 and Clay winning 2-1. It will be another pitcher’s duel between Michelle Holder and Morgan Crutcher, and another one-run game.

District 3-5A

Winner: Baker County. Runner-up: Suwannee.

Comment: Baker is already in the playoffs as the champ in a three-team district.

District 4-5A

Winner: West Nassau. Runner-up: Yulee.

Comment: Biggest upset in last year’s district tournament was West Nassau going out early. Warriors won’t this year.

District 5-5A

Winner: Keystone Heights. Runner-up: Santa Fe.

Comment: The Indians have swept Santa Fe this season, and, have an easier path to the title game.

District 2-4A

Winner: Trinity Christian. Runner-up: Episcopal.

Comment: Trinity is head and shoulders the area’s best team in 4A.

District 2-3A

Winner: St. Johns CD. Runner-up: Oak Hall.

Comment: From a seeding perspective, it’s No. 2 over a 1 here, but I like the Spartans here.

District 2-2A

Winner: Eagle’s View. Runner-up: Peniel

Comment: Peniel is the only team that can stay with the Warriors, although it has lost 8-5 and 8-6 this season. Every other game here should be by mercy rule.

District 6-1A

Winner: Baldwin. Runner-up: Union County.

Comment: Another upset because of how dominant Union has been in this district all season, including a pair of routs of Baldwin. But the Indians have played extremely well down the stretch.