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1016sports preseason baseball/softball rankings
March 31, 2014By Brad Laux of 1016sports
Welcome to the inaugural 1016sports' Top-10 rankings for baseball and softball. As was the case in both the fall and winter, each program in the 10th and 16th Regions (regardless of whether or not it is competing in regional play), as well as Wolfe County, is included. Unlike last year, all 34 schools will field a baseball team, while everyone but Rose Hill will also play softball. Each squad is evaluated individually regardless of enrollment or affiliation.
The rankings reflect my opinion of the order of teams by overall talent. Individual records and post-season titles are a factor, but the primary criteria I have used is whether or not I think the No. 1 team would beat the No. 2 team (and on down the line) in head-to-head competition at a neutral site.
The rankings aren’t derived from anything scientific. They are simply based on preseason information I have collected from coaches, interviews I have done, current rosters, previews from other media outlets, as well as my own observations. At the time of this release, there are still multiple coaches with whom I have not spoken about this season, so the selections are merely educated guesses, and very possibly off base. But, as the season progresses and I see more teams compete, hopefully, the polls should balance out.
Please note, this is only done for fun and a conversation piece.
With that said, here are the 2014 preseason rankings, including honorable mention selections, with last season's record in parenthesis and a note about both No. 1 teams: