So, can you name the best high school softball team in the state?
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser has run its weekly Softball Top 10 since March 10, and since that time three teams have made it to the top.
But it’s a revolving door. Mililani has been the No. 1 team four times in the eight weeks, and Kamehameha and Campbell have ruled the roost twice.
But a fourth team — Marykoll — has threatened to get there nearly every week. Second is the highest the Spartans have climbed.
In the last six polls since March 24, those four teams have been in the top four slots.
Further proof of the closeness: in five of the polls, at least three teams received first-place votes. In the April 21 Softball Top 10, all four earned at least one first-place vote.
Since the April 7 poll, the four teams have never been separated by more than 18 points. From a panel of coaches and media members, the teams receive 10 points for a first-place vote, nine for a second, eight for third and so on to one point for 10th.
Kamehameha (13-1-1) holds the top spot in the latest poll to be released Tuesday. Campbell (11-1) is second, followed by Maryknoll (12-2-1) and Mililani (10-1-1).
The four teams have a total of five losses, and the following list shows which teams they’ve suffered defeats to:
>> Kamehameha (loss to Maryknoll)
>> Campbell (loss to Mililani)
>> Maryknoll (losses to Punahou and Kamehameha)
>> Mililani (loss to Campbell)
The poll won’t matter so much when the season concludes at the DataHouse/HHSAA Softball State Championships, May 12-15. The Division I competition will be held at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
That’s when the best team will rise to No. 1.