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Central back in softball rankings

Softball | April 3, 2013

PELLA — Riding a seven-game win streak, Central College has climbed back into the NFCA Division III top 25.

The Dutch, 16-5, are No. 25, and are among four Iowa Conference schools in the rankings. Preseason favorite Luther (13-3) is No. 9, Simpson (21-3) is No. 12 and Coe (18-2) is No. 15. Central was ranked in the preseason but has been out of the top 25 the past two weeks.

Undefeated Montclair State (16-0) is a unanimous choice for No. 1 while Emory (Ga.) (37-1), which has already played 38 games, is No. 2 with Illinois Wesleyan (12-2) at No. 3. Two teams that defeated Central in the NFCA Division III Leadoff Classic March 8-10, Piedmont (Ga.) and East Texas Baptist are Nos. 11 and 13, respectively.

Central faces No. 12 Simpson at Indianola at 4 p.m.Wednesday.

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