Re: EMASS H.S. Softball 2013
posted at 5/17/2013 11:57 PM EDT
In response to NNDad's comment:
In response to hawksoftballdad's comment:
NNdad it's pretty simple can the Bay State Teams score more runs than the avg runs given up for Milford (.20), KP ( .90) North Attleboro (1.3) and Taunton (1.6)? All these teams have lower runs against per game than Framingham (1.9) Weymouth (3.0) and Newton North (2.1) There's no way Framingham will score one more run than Milford.
I just put it out there for fun, but it's not really that simple because these runs per game were against two completely different sets of teams, and my only valid point above is that there is really very little crossover play to make a judgement. I could just argue that the Bay State is a stronger offensive conference than Hockomock, so that is why Bay State teams have higher runs against numbers. In our one data point Weymouth has a 0.0 runs against when facing Hockomock teams.
The real weakness in my arguement is that, because OA didn't score against either Weymouth or Milford, we can't tell much about the relative pitching and defense of Weymouth and Milford. I actually know that Milford no hit OA, but I don't know how many hits OA got against Weymouth.
I'm not saying that you not right (Milford is actually better than Framingham, Weymouth ...). But I am saying that there is not enough crossover play to really tell from stats like runs allowed which conference and therefore which teams are actually stronger. I do think that the good Bay State teams will be able to compete with Hockomock teams. People who have actually seen the best teams in each conference play, and know more about softball than I do might be able to make a more informed judgement.
This year I have seen games involving Milford, KP, N Attleboro, Taunton, Norwood, Fairhaven, Case, Apponoquet, Weymouth, NN, Feehan, Hopkinton, Grafton, Bridgewater- Raynham, Dracut, Coyle Cassidy, Silver Lake, Bellingham, and Tewksbury. Some teams I have seen more than once. Milford, Bridgewater-Raynham(despite a pitifully weak schedule) KP and N Attleboro are extremely strong teams that are head and shoulders above the rest. Taunton High has one of the best pitchers in the state, who this year alone has out dueled top two D1 bound pithcers, with a lesser known supporting cast around her and last year lost two heartbreakers against GW's Rico, including a 1 -0 loss in the States. Milford and BR, have 18U Gold travel players at almost every position. BR has more depth than any other team in the state. They have kids on their bench and JV, who would be league all stars at other schools or in other conferences. It is tough to compare conferences, but Milford, KP, NA, Franklin and Taunton in the Hock and Fairhaven, Case, APP, and GNB in the SCC are two very strong ones. ESPNBOSTON.com is pretty accurate in their top 25 rankings. I haven't seen the Worcester based teams to comment, but the tournament will tell.