Three area softball teams among top 10 in latest coaches' poll


Three area teams are ranked among the top 10 in their respective divisions in the latest state softball coaches poll.

In Division I, preseason Northern Lakes League favorite Springfield (18-3) is ranked No. 5, and Three Rivers Athletic Conference leader Clay (17-2) is ranked No. 8.

In Division III, perennial Northwest Ohio Athletic League power Archbold (20-1) in ranked No. 2.

Springfield and Clay both open tourney play in D-I sectional finals on Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Rolf Park in Maumee. Springfield faces the winner of a sectional semifinal between Bowsher and Waite, and Clay takes on the winner of Central Catholic and Start.

Archbold opens D-III tourney play with a sectional semifinal at home against Paulding at 5 p.m. Tuesday.