Final Softball Rankings By Divisions

Notre Dame of Salinas, which set the state record with nine straight CCS titles from 1998-2006, got back into the winner's circle this year. Photo: Harold Abend.

Notre Dame of Salinas, which set the state record with nine straight CCS titles from 1998-2006, got back into the winner’s circle this year. Photo: Harold Abend.

These are expanded for each division as well. Biggest boosts given for Marina of Huntington Beach (D1), Moorpark (D2), Hemet (D3), Salesian of Richmond (D4) and Bellarmine-Jefferson (D5).

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Please note that the Cal-Hi Sports five-divisions will not match the same divisions in some CIF sections because some of those sections have more than five divisions in its playoffs. In the CIF Southern Section, for example, Division I is Division I and Division II is Division II for our state rankings. The CIFSS Division III and Division IV teams, however, are combined for our format. This means that Division V for the CIFSS is the same as Division IV for us and that Division VI is the same as Division V.

Here are the final rankings for the 2013 season (previous rank in parentheses):

DIVISION I
1. (1) Santiago (Corona) 30-5
2. (2) James Logan (Union City) 26-1
3. (3) Vintage (Napa) 34-1
4. (4) Norco 27-8
5. (5) Pacifica (Garden Grove) 28-6
6. (6) Yorba Linda 24-4
7. (7) San Benito (Hollister) 25-3
8. (8) California (San Ramon) 21-6
9. (9) Amador Valley (Pleasanton) 22-3
10. (13) Marina (Huntington Beach) 25-4
11. (14) Esperanza (Anaheim) 24-4
12. (10) Lutheran (Orange) 24-8
13. (11) M.L. King (Riverside) 24-7
14. (15) Great Oak (Temecula) 17-4
15. (NR) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 23-5
Expanded Next 10 Teams: 16. Rosary (Fullerton) 19-13; 17. Cypress 19-9-1; 18. Etiwanda 19-9; 19. Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove) 22-11; 20. Rocklin 26-5; 21. West Ranch (Valencia) 20-12; 22. Central (Fresno) 19-10; 23. El Diamante (Visalia) 28-2-1; 24. Canyon (Anaheim) 18-11; 25. Torrey Pines (San Diego) 21-9-1.
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Notes & Highlights: Pacifica was the preseason No. 1 team in the state and reeled off a long winning streak after a slow start. The loss to Norco in the CIF Southern Section Division I semifinals, however, probably makes the entire season a bit of a disappointment, considering the talent on the roster. There’s no doubt that the state’s best league is the Big VIII with Santiago, Norco, M.L. King and more. But which one is No. 2? We’d give a slight edge to the Empire (Pacifica, Yorba Linda, Cypress, Kennedy, etc) over the Trinity (Mater Dei, Orange Lutheran, Rosary, etc.).

DIVISION II
1. (1) Chino 26-2
2. (3) Mission Viejo 26-2
3. (2) Lakewood 26-7
4. (4) Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 27-1
5. (7) Chino Hills 25-8
6. (5) Casa Roble (Orangevale) 24-5
7. (6) Rancho Bernardo (San Diego) 25-8
8. (NR) Moorpark 23-4
9. (10) Concord 22-4
10. (9) Bonita Vista (Chula Vista) 23-5-1
Expanded Next 5 Teams: 11. Petaluma 26-2; 12. Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) 25-8; 13. Clayton Valley (Concord) 22-4; 14. Ayala (Chino Hills) 19-8; 15. Alhambra (Martinez) 23-3.
More Bubble Teams: See list on new softball message board. CLICK HERE.
Teams To Watch for 2014: See Inside the State Softball Rankings for Gold Club. To check out details of a membership, CLICK HERE.
Notes & Highlights: Led by Kelly Drake in the circle and at the plate, No. 9 Concord captured the North Coast Section Division II championship for the third time in the last four years last weekend with a 9-2 win over Clayton Valley of Concord. Drake allowed just the two runs while getting two hits and driving in four runs to help her own cause. During the regular season, the Minutemen finished tied for first in the Diablo Valley League with the Eagles.

DIVISION III
1. (1) Sierra (Manteca) 25-2
2. (2) Santana (Santee) 26-5
3. (7) Hemet 28-5
4. (3) Righetti (Santa Maria) 27-7
5. (4) California (Whittier) 26-5
6. (5) Sunny Hills (Fullerton) 21-9
7. (6) Bishop Amat (La Puente) 22-5
8. (8) Kimball (Tracy) 25-8
9. (NR) La Serna (Whittier) 21-8
10. (NR) Burbank 24-3
Expanded Next 5 Teams: 11. Santa Monica 19-11; 12. Dos Pueblos (Goleta) 24-4-1; 13. Pioneer (Woodland) 24-6; 14. La Habra 23-9; 15. Highland (Palmdale) 22-2.
More Bubble Teams: See list on new softball message board. CLICK HERE.
Teams To Watch for 2014: See Inside the State Softball Rankings for Gold Club. To check out details of a membership, CLICK HERE.
Notes & Highlights: Those who saw both Hemet and Righetti last weekend seemed to favor Hemet. After going through both teams’ season schedules, we would favor Hemet as well and moved up the Bulldogs to No. 3 for the final rankings. After being held scoreless and trailing 1-0 after two innings in the CIFSS Division IV finals, the Bulldog offense went crazy to pick up the 16-2 win. Seventeen of their 20 hits were singles and they had two innings were they put up seven runs. Righetti won its title the night before. The Warriors battled their way to 14 straight wins to end the season as they captured the CIFSS Division III championship with a 6-2 win over Sunny Hills. Katie Chenault picked up the 24th win of the season in the circle as she allowed just the two unearned runs.

DIVISION IV
1. (1) Aquinas (San Bernardino) 26-2
2. (2) Hughson 24-4-1
3. (3) Notre Dame (Salinas) 18-6
4. (4) Mater Dei Catholic (Chula Vista) 25-7
5. (5) Francis Parker (San Diego) 21-4
6. (6) Calvary Chapel (Downey) 22-5
7. (9) Salesian (Richmond) 21-2
8. (7) Taft 26-6
9. (8) Wheatland 31-3-1
10. (10) Santa Catalina (Monterey) 25-3
Expanded Next 5 Teams: 11. Half Moon Bay 23-7; 12. Liberty (Madera Ranchos) 24-7; 13. Nipomo 20-6; 14. Linden 21-10; 15. San Dimas 23-7.
Bubble Teams: See list on new softball message board. CLICK HERE.
Teams To Watch for 2014: See Inside the State Softball Rankings for Gold Club. To check out details of a membership, CLICK HERE.
Notes & Highlights: With two wins over St. Patrick/St. Vincent of Vallejo already this season, Salesian of Richmond regained its pride from a 5-4 loss in the league playoffs against the Bruins with a 7-1 win over the Bruins for the NCS Division IV championship. Zoe Conley didn’t allow a run through six innings in the circle and also drove in two runs as the Pride captured their second section championship in program history. They were moved up two spots in this week’s final rankings.

DIVISION V
1. (1) Port of Los Angeles (San Pedro) 28-8
2. (4) Bellarmine-Jefferson (Burbank) 23-10
3. (2) Sierra Pacific (Hanford) 24-3
4. (3) Waterford 20-5-1
5. (6) Ferndale 20-6
6. (5) Mary Star (San Pedro) 20-9
7. (NR) St. Vincent (Petaluma) 17-8
8. (7) Redwood Christian (San Lorenzo) 22-1
9. (8) Pomona Catholic (Pomona) 20-10
10. (9) Woodland Christian 17-2
Expanded Next 5 Teams: 11. Rosamond 26-4; 12. Santa Paula 21-5; 13. St. Anthony (Long Beach) 17-6; 14. Kern Valley (Lake Isabella) 26-4-1; 15. LeGrand 18-11-1.
Bubble Teams: See list on new softball message board. CLICK HERE.
Teams To Watch for 2014: See Inside the State Softball Rankings for Gold Club. To check out details of a membership, CLICK HERE.
Notes & Highlights: After two seasons in a row losing in the CIFSS Division VII finals, Bell-Jeff made sure its season ended with a win this time as they defeated Mary Star 8-4 final in last weekend’s CIFSS Division VI championship game. Monique Landini ended her high school career in a big way as she hit two home runs and will be headed to St. John’s next season. Bell-Jeff’s biggest win, however, may have come in March when the team upset D1 power San Benito of Hollister.

Harold Abend & Paul Muyskens contributed to this report.

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