Scheduling nausea still leaves Seton searching for identity
Now that most high school baseball and softball tournaments are done for the spring season — except those kinda-big ones which start at the end of this month — it’s time for teams to somehow find fluidity inside three more weeks of jam-packed power rankings schedules.
Possibly no group seeks answers about itself more than Seton Catholic’s softball team.
The Division II-Sentinels went 1-6 in Red Mountain’s Lion Country Classic (the win was a forfeit) and were outscored 70-20 against the likes of Deer Valley, Basha, Salpointe Catholic and Corona del Sol (plus Mesquite and Campo Verde).
Aided in-part by Notre Dame and Saguaro teams that haven’t been as good as their respective recent history, the Sentinels went 6-0 in the first set of power rankings games beginning in late February.
They outscored their opponents 75-8. Then Seton played in the always-difficult Desert Mountain tournament in late March. The Sentinels went 1-4 and were outscored 42-11 in those five games.
Since the tournament, the Sentinels went 2-0 in power rankings games with a 33-2 scoring advantage heading into Thursday’s matchup against Higley.
All told, Seton is 2-10 with a minus-81 run differential in tournaments, and 8-0 with a plus-98 run difference in power rankings games. Despite the undefeated mark in power rankings games, the Sentinels are No. 14 in power rankings because of a Division II-worst rating in strength of schedule (-9.1822 as of Tuesday) which obviously doesn’t take tournaments into account.
It’s exactly why coach Jerry Mullin likes to play in top tournaments against bigger, better schools, and have most of his 18-player roster see playing time.
“I think this week we’ll know a little more about ourselves,” he said. “I think we’ll find out more.”
Given this nauseating ride to date, how could they not?