Sharks are behind only Red Mountain of Arizona in original 50-team deep final national rankings. Four other California teams are in the top 10 and there are 13 that made the cut above 50. FAB 50 national rankings will be back every week next season.
No. 1 Amador Valley heads into Carew Classic with six shutouts in seven games. No. 5 Norco also is in that event. With Amador gone, Livermore Stampede will still go on with top field, led by No. 6 Mitty.
With huge tourneys right around the corner, there are few changes in this week’s rankings. Vintage of Napa stays among elite after winning eight games in four days. Preseason No. 1 Pacifica, meanwhile, falls out after Monday loss.
Amador Valley is a little light on offense, but doesn’t give up a run in winning the Queen of the Mountain tournament to remain the state’s top-ranked team. Highest-rising newcomers this week are California of San Ramon and Los Osos of Rancho Cucamonga.
Due to section rules, some NorCal teams are just getting started while many top SoCal teams already have played in perhaps the strongest tournament in the nation. Highest-rising newcomers this week are Huntington Beach Marina and Riverside Poly.
Pacifica of Garden Grove leads the pack with not one not two but three pitchers headed to major colleges. Defending State Team of the Year Norco, however, may have the best offensive lineup. A new coach, meanwhile, will lead top-ranked preseason team in Northern California.