Chase (7-1, 4-1) has scored at least nine runs in every game so far this season except at R-S, which they lost. They host East Gaston (3/29) and visit East Rutherford (4/2).
East Rutherford (7-1, 4-1) has won four in a row which includes a victory over rival R-S Central. They have South Point (3/29) and Chase on (4/2) at home.
R-S Central (7-3, 3-2) has won five of their last six including a big win over Chase. They play Shelby at home on Friday (3/29).
Chase (5-1, 5-0) looks like the team to beat in Southwestern 2A play. The hitting of Talayla Forney and the pitching of Faith Harrill has put them right back on the map in 2A. They host East Gaston (3/29) and go to East Rutherford (4/2).
East Rutherford (4-4, 3-2) has lost three close games, but right now they're battling Central for second. They have South Point (3/29) and Chase (4/2) at home.
R-S Central (4-1, 7-4) is still young, but only has one loss so far in conference play. They also have home-run hitters in Sara Holmstrom, Kadence Hopper and Maddie Summers.
Thomas Jefferson (5-1-1, 5-1) has allowed just nine goals, but are second in the Southern Piedmont 1A. Next home game versus Cherryville 4/2.
R-S Central (5-1-1, 2-0) has gotten off to a great start. An early loss to Hendersonville might have awoken them as Hendy went to the 2A Semis last season. They have Shelby on the 29th at home.
Chase (3-2, 1-0) has played well so far. They had just 5 wins a year ago. Next at home: R-S on 4/2.
East Rutherford (0-6, 0-2) has played much better defensively as of late despite the slow start. They lost by two in a shootout to Chase and two to R-S. They gave up just one goal to Patton in a loss. Next home game: East Gaston on 4/2.
The ACC has shown how good they are as five teams still remain in the NCAA Tourney of 16. Four went to the Sweet 16 last year. Duke could easily be on the outside as they almost lost to Central Florida this weekend. They now get Virginia Tech and likely Michigan St. I remain to like Duke in both. In light of that, Central Florida is a top 16 team this year as far as I am concerned.
UNC has Auburn then either Houston or Kentucky. As with Duke, I still like UNC. Virginia has Oregon. The Ducks play defense well, but not like UVA. I like UVA in at least one more round. Florida State upset Gonzaga a year ago to make the Elite 8, but not this year. I think FSU might even be better than a year ago, but Gonzaga is just as improved and the better overall team.
Although, I will say what an incredible performance by Ja Morant in the first round for Murray St. A triple-double in the NCAA Tourney. I certainly can't remember the last time that happened. A South Carolina product who made it to Murray St. How did so many recruiters miss him? Wofford also put up a heckuva fight against Kentucky. They won in the first round, but couldn't overcome the Wildcats as they fell by 6.
Martinsville is still Martinsville. However, I called it in saying Keselowski would be the winner of the STP 500. There was some good racing this past weekend at the short track despite Brad Keselowski's dominance. Chase Elliott and Kyle Busch and even Ryan Blaney were in the running, but nobody was as consistent as Kes. Elliott was catching, but waited a little too late to make a bid at passing for the lead in the closing laps.
Three dramatic things to notice on the day. 1) Keselowski ran into Jimmie Johnson while lapping him. The car got sideways for Kes, but he managed not to get much damage and not even lose a position in the error of judgment. 2) I have no idea why Kyle Larson ran all over the side of Erik Jones, which caused Jones multiple laps after having two flat tires on the exchange. 3) It seemed like Bubba Wallace was in the middle of a number of spats for some reason. He may have finished 17th, but it was an entertaining day for him nonetheless. While it wasn't the best, I figure when they show up under the lights later this fall at Martinsville, it is likely to be a much crazier event.