Softball Top 20

Grace Green is one of seven returning starters for Antioch, the No. 1 ranked team in the Daily Herald softball Top 20. Gary Middendorf/Shaw Local News Network

1. Antioch (34-2) Sequoits stacked again after taking 2nd in Class 3A

2. Barrington (35-7) Back-to-back 4th place at 4A state

3. Huntley (27-8) Ten straight 20-win seasons

4. Fremd (24-10) Vikings have won 5 straight regionals

5. Benet (25-12) Eight starters back from last year's 3A 3rd-place team

6. St. Charles North (22-8) Back-to-back DuKane titles

7. Wheaton North (25-10) Valpo recruit Metz had 1.48 ERA, 253 Ks last year

8. Downers Grove North (20-9) Few teans can match Trojans’ experience

9. Warren (27-7) Wisconsin recruit Conger leads talented group

10. Maine South (17-7) Pasier has 352 wins in 21 seasons

11. Buffalo Grove (25-6) Good core back from regional title team

12. Glenbard North (16-10) Northwestern commit Medina one of state's best

13. Naperville North (21-8) Went 10-0 to win DVC last year

14. Lake Park (26-12) All-DuKane picks Pytlak, Arenz back

15. South Elgin (24-6) Kahl (.506 avg) one of seven returning starters

16. St. Charles East (17-11) Sujack all-state as a freshman (14 HRs)

17. Libertyville (25-12) Higham set school strikeout record

18. Bartlett (23-8) Hawks feature two sets of talented twins

19. Palatine (17-15) Strong senior class for Capalbo

20. WW South (18-12) Eight starters back from sectional finalist

Others to watch: Hersey 21-9, Mundelein 26-6, York 18-15, Downers Grove South 18-9, Wauconda 27-10, Carmel 23-6, Neuqua Valley 17-12, IC Catholic 24-9, Willowbrook 18-12, St. Francis 21-13

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