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.