Baseball, Softball State Top 20s

Santiago softball player Marissa Varrati helped her team win CIFSS title last season while Mountain View St. Francis pitcher John Gavin is off to a strong start. Photos: Mark Tennis.

Santiago softball player Marissa Varrati helped her team win CIFSS title last season while Mountain View St. Francis pitcher John Gavin is off to a strong start. Photos: Mark Tennis.


St. Francis of Mountain View moves to No. 1 for baseball while Mission Viejo stays No. 1 in softball. Results from Tuesday of this week were accounted for in both new rankings. Five new baseball teams and six new softball teams are now in the spotlight.

Check below for this week’s new list of the State Top 20 rankings for baseball and softball.

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Coach and trainer Chris Asher works with state stat stars and players from state-ranked teams of all ages, helping them to improve their speed, quickness and agility. He is based in Hollywood, also has a role with the UCLA track program and serves athletes within many miles of his location. For more about him, CLICK HERE. For more about his Gold Medal Excellence training program, CLICK HERE.

Coach and trainer Chris Asher works with state stat stars and players from state-ranked teams of all ages, helping them to improve their speed, quickness and agility. He is based in Hollywood, also has a role with the UCLA track program and serves athletes within many miles of his location. For more about him, CLICK HERE. For a video about his Gold Medal Excellence training program, CLICK HERE.


NEW BASEBALL STATE
TOP 20 OVERALL RANKINGS

With wins last week over league rivals Bellarmine and Valley Christian, St. Francis of Mountain View has taken over the top position in the state in this week’s new rankings.

Previous No. 1 Harvard-Westlake, which edged St. Francis to earn the final No. 1 ranking last season, fell twice at the Horizon National Invitational Tournament in Arizona. A matchup between the Lancers and a top Southern California opponent could take place in the finals of this year’s Boras Baseball Classic (starting this week in Southern California).

There were several Tuesday results that impacted this week’s state rankings and that is why these state rankings do not match the FAB 50 national rankings, which also were released Wednesday. This includes JSerra of San Juan Capistrano losing to Vista Murrieta, Archbishop Mitty losing to Valley Christian and Clovis North defeating Clovis West. Note that any results from Wednesday or later this week are not accounted for yet.

(Compiled with assistance from Paul Muyskens; updated through games played Tuesday, April 1; previous rating in parentheses)

1. (4) St. Francis (Mountain View) 8-1

2. (6) Loyola (Los Angeles) 10-1

3. (1) Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood) 10-2

4. (9) Clovis 17-3

5. (4) Buchanan (Clovis) 13-2

6. (12) Hart (Newhall) 10-0-1

7. (15) Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) 7-1

8. (5) JSerra (SJ Capistrano) 8-2

9. (10) Temecula Valley (Temecula) 10-1

10. (8) Clovis North (Fresno) 13-3

11. (17) Chatsworth 11-2-1

12. (18) Huntington Beach 8-2

13. (2) Rancho Bernardo (San Diego) 8-2

14. (NR) Valley Christian (San Jose) 8-4

15. (NR) Elk Grove 4-2

16. (NR) Clayton Valley (Concord) 9-0

17. (13) Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 10-3

18. (14) Clovis West (Fresno) 13-3-1

19. (NR) Gahr (Cerritos) 9-1

20. (NR) Vista 9-1

Dropped Out: Previous No. 7 Bellarmine (San Jose); No. 11 Vista Murrieta (Murrieta); No. 16 Granada (Livermore); No. 19 Esperanza (Anaheim); No. 20 Wilcox (Santa Clara).
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NEW SOFTBALL STATE
TOP 20 OVERALL RANKINGS

As these rankings were being completed on Wednesday, play was already underway in the annual Michelle Carew Classic, especially with a matchup between state-ranked Chino Hills and Vista Murrieta. None of those scores are accounted for in this week’s rankings.

Results from Tuesday games were included, the most significant of which was Marina of Huntington Beach losing to La Mirada and causing the Vikings to fall a few positions.

If the top-ranked teams get to the final of the Carew Classic (which usually doesn’t happen in elite tourneys such as this one), it would be a matchup between No. 2 Amador Valley and No. 4 Pacifica.

(Compiled with assistance from Paul Muyskens; updated through games played Tuesday, April 1; previous rating in parentheses)

1. (1) Mission Viejo 13-0

2. (3) Amador Valley (Pleasanton) 7-0

3. (4) Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 9-0

4. (2) Pacifica (Garden Grove) 11-2

5. (5) Esperanza (Anaheim) 11-1

6. (8) Santiago (Corona) 11-2

7. (10) Chino Hills 10-3

8. (7) Yorba Linda 9-1

9. (18) Vacaville 10-0-1

10. (NR) Clovis 10-0

11. (9) Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) 11-1

12. (NR) Los Osos (Rancho Cucamonga) 10-2

13. (6) Marina (Huntington Beach) 14-2

14. (NR) Roseville 11-1

15. (14) Canyon (Anaheim) 7-3

16. (15) Vista Murrieta (Murrieta) 9-2

17. (11) North (Torrance) 11-3

18. (NR) Alhambra (Martinez) 8-1

19. (NR) James Logan (Union City) 5-1

20. (NR) Poway 11-3

Dropped Out: Previous No. 12 Chino; No. 13 Mater Dei (Santa Ana); No. 16 Rocklin; No. 17 California (San Ramon); No. 19 San Benito (Hollister); No. 20 El Modena (Orange).

Mark Tennis is the co-founder and publisher of CalHiSports.com. He can be reached at markjtennis@gmail.com. Don’t forget to follow Mark, Ronnie Flores and Harold Abend on the Cal-Hi Sports Twitter handle: @CalHiSports


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2 Comments

  1. CWClassof2007
    Posted April 3, 2014 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    What’s the reasoning behind Clovis West dropping 4 spots & having 6 teams pass them after a 2-0 loss to a Clovis North team that’s ranked in the top 10? They also have won three of four including a win over the 5th ranked team? Those four Clovis schools are going to lose games but that’s what happens when you’re in probably the deepest league in the state.

    • Mark Tennis
      Posted April 4, 2014 at 11:19 am | Permalink

      This is California and there are a lot of great teams and great leagues. Just not much difference between teams going up five or six spots in one week and dropping a few spots. I agree that TRAC is probably deepest league in the state, but not by that much of a margin. WCAL in Bay Area is still loaded so is Mission League in SoCal (Harvard-Westlake, Loyola, others). It’s not like the TRAC is so much stronger that it has to have four top 10 teams or even four top 20 teams. And don’t forget about Frontier of Bakersfield in the section, either. We’ll be checking that team for next week for sure.

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