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story.lead_photo.caption Capital City softball players gather around home plate to wait for Camryn Sharp after she hit a home run during last week's game against Blair Oaks at Capital City High School. Photo by Ethan Weston

The Missouri High School Fastpitch Coaches Association released its first state rankings of the fall season during the weekend.

Three Mid-Missouri teams came away with a No. 2 ranking in their respective classes.

The Capital City Lady Cavaliers entered the rankings at No. 2 in Class 4. On Monday, Capital City (9-2) knocked off Rock Bridge, the top-ranked team in Class 5 and the defending state champion, 6-5.

The Blair Oaks Lady Falcons came in at No. 2 in Class 3. Blair Oaks (6-1) opened its season with six straight wins before dropping a 5-3 decision to Fulton, the No. 4 team in Class 3.

The Russellville Lady Indians were also No. 2 in Class 2. Russellville (10-1) also began its season with six straight wins, before losing 4-2 to the Vienna Lady Eagles (6-1), the defending Class 1 state champion who also open the season ranked No. 7 in Class 1.

The St. Elizabeth Lady Hornets open the season ranked No. 3 in Class 1. St. Elizabeth (6-2) suffered its first loss of the season, 5-3, on Monday at home against Jefferson City.

In Class 2, the Iberia Lady Rangers (6-2) are ranked No. 6, while the New Bloomfield Lady Wildcats (6-3) are ranked No. 9.

The Helias Lady Crusaders (7-2-1) are receiving votes in Class 5, while the Fatima Lady Comets (6-2) and the Versailles Lady Tigers (7-3) are both receiving votes in Class 3.

Joining Rock Bridge as No. 1-ranked teams in the state are Rockwood Summit in Class 4, Logan-Rogersville in Class 3, Sherwood in Class 2 and Platte Valley in Class 1.

The Lady Jays Classic, a 16-team tournament scheduled to be played Friday and Saturday at Binder Park, will feature 11 teams that are either state-ranked or receiving votes in the state rankings.

In addition to Capital City and Blair Oaks, other state-ranked teams in the Classic include: Cape Girardeau: Notre Dame (No. 7 in Class 5), Lee's Summit North (No. 9 in Class 5), Farmington (No. 3 in Class 4), Sullivan (No. 3 in Class 3), Macon (No. 7 in Class 3) and Marceline (No. 4 in Class 2).

Along with Helias and Fatima, Class 5 Oakville also received votes in the state rankings.

The next MHSFCA state rankings will be released Oct. 2.

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