Baseball, Softball State Rank Updates

Retiring coach Bill Hutton and his team at Archbishop Mitty (baseball) and pitcher Brooke Bollinger and her team at Yucaipa (softball) are on the move this week. Photos: Katie Collins/Prep2Prep.com & NevadaWolfPack.com.

Retiring coach Bill Hutton and his team at Archbishop Mitty (baseball) and pitcher Brooke Bolinger and her team at Yucaipa (softball) are on the move this week. Photos: Katie Collins/Prep2Prep.com & NevadaWolfPack.com.

JSerra moves up to No. 1 in baseball after College Park suffers shutout loss to San Ramon Valley. Mission Viejo, meanwhile, stays on top in softball after winning prestigious tourney for second year in a row. Highest ranked newcomers are Archbishop Mitty (baseball) & West Ranch of Valencia (softball).

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

To read our breakdowns on each Top 20 team (starting next week), why some of these rankings moves were made, which teams are on the bubble and for divisional state rankings (once basketball is complete), you need to be a member of our Gold Club. Join our team today by CLICKING HERE.

NEW CAL-HI SPORTS BASEBALL
TOP 20 OVERALL RANKINGS

On the heels of sweeping a much-anticipated double-header on Tuesday of this week over Huntington Beach, the JSerra of San Juan Capistrano baseball team has moved up to the No. 1 position in the California state rankings by Cal-Hi Sports.

The Lions won their games over the Oilers 8-3 and 5-2. In the 5-2 win, JSerra trailed early before rallying for the win. Jake Pries had the game-tying RBI and then knocked in the go-ahead run in the next inning.

JSerra’s rise had more to do, however, with previous No. 1 College Park of Pleasant Hill dropping a 4-0 game to San Ramon Valley of Danville. The Falcons were shut down by SRV ace Joey Matulovich, who tossed a one-hitter and struck out 12.

Both JSerra and College Park will be playing later this month at the National High School Invitational in Cary, N.C.

(Compiled by Mark Tennis with assistance from Paul Muyskens; updated through games played Tuesday, March 17; previous rating in parentheses)
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1. (2) JSERRA (SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO) 4-0

2. (8) SAN CLEMENTE 7-0

3. (7) BELLARMINE (SAN JOSE) 6-0

4. (9) HARVARD-WESTLAKE (NORTH HOLLYWOOD) 7-0

5. (1) COLLEGE PARK (PLEASANT HILL) 2-1

6. (5) DANA HILLS (DANA POINT) 8-1

7. (12) BUCHANAN (CLOVIS) 10-1

8. (6) LA COSTA CANYON (CARLSBAD) 3-1

9. (10) VALLEY CHRISTIAN (SAN JOSE) 8-1

10. (14) ELK GROVE 4-2

11. (17) CATHEDRAL CATHOLIC (SAN DIEGO) 4-0

12. (NR) ARCHBISHOP MITTY (SAN JOSE) 6-1

13. (18) CENTENNIAL (BAKERSFIELD) 9-1

14. (20) OAK RIDGE (EL DORADO HILLS) 5-0

15. (NR) SAN RAMON VALLEY (DANVILLE) 3-1

16. (11) RANCHO BERNARDO (SAN DIEGO) 3-1

17. (NR) FOOTHILL (PLEASANTON) 5-0

18. (3) ALEMANY (MISSION HILLS) 7-2

19. (13) GRANITE HILLS (EL CAJON) 3-1

20. (NR) SAN BENITO (HOLLISTER) 8-1

Dropped Out:
Previous No. 4 De La Salle (Concord); No. 15 Chatsworth; No. 16 Santa Margarita (Rancho SM); No. 19 Foothill (Tustin).

Baseball Teams On The Bubble
(Goes to Gold Club expanded post next week)
Aliso Niguel (Aliso Viejo) 4-3
Chatsworth 5-3
De La Salle (Concord) 1-2
Edison (Huntington Beach) 8-1
Foothill (Tustin) 4-2
Franklin (Elk Grove) 4-1
Heritage (Brentwood) 5-1
Huntington Beach 2-4
Jesuit (Carmichael) 3-2
Lincoln (Stockton) 6-1
Maria Carrillo (Santa Rosa) 3-1
Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 5-2
Milpitas 7-1
Murrieta Valley (Murrieta) 5-0
Norco 6-1
Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) 6-2
San Dimas 6-0
Santa Margarita (Rancho SM) 4-1
Santa Ynez 7-0
Serra (San Mateo) 5-2
St. Francis (Mountain View) 4-2
St. Mary’s (Stockton) 4-4
Tesoro (Las Flores) 7-2
Vintage (Napa) 8-1
Vista 4-1

NEW CAL-HI SPORTS SOFTBALL
TOP 20 OVERALL RANKINGS

In preparation for this week’s State Top 20 as well as the new FAB 50 national rankings we are doing for the FullCountSoftball.com web site, we stumbled upon a twitter feed of a game going on Tuesday afternoon between Santiago of Corona and Murrieta Valley of Murrieta.
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After some quick calculations, it became obvious that the winner of that game would be a strong choice to be No. 2 in this week’s state rankings. Santiago, which came into the game at 9-1 and had avenged its only loss, had to score three runs in the seventh inning to beat Murrieta Valley 7-6.

Had the Nighthawks won, they would have improved to 7-1 and would have avenged their only loss. Instead, it was Santiago going to 10-1 and this week has indeed been ranked No. 2.

Those two teams and all others in California and the nation, of course, continue to fall in behind No. 1 Mission Viejo. The Diablos went to the Dave Kops Tournament of Champions last weekend in Bullhead City, Ariz., and won their second straight TOC title with a 1-0 win in the final over Yucaipa. Taylor McQuillin pitched a three-hitter in that game and struck out 11.

Yucaipa, which also got strong pitching all week from Brooke Bolinger in getting to the TOC championship game, went from No. 19 to No. 7 in this week’s state rankings.

(Compiled by Mark Tennis with assistance from Paul Muyskens; updated through games played Tuesday, March 17; previous rating in parentheses)

1. (1) MISSION VIEJO 8-0

2. (4) SANTIAGO (CORONA) 10-1

3. (5) PIONEER (SAN JOSE) 4-0

4. (6) ARCHBISHOP MITTY (SAN JOSE) 4-1

5. (2) NORCO 7-1

6. (13) LUTHERAN (ORANGE) 11-0

7. (19) YUCAIPA 8-2

8. (12) CANYON (ANAHEIM) 5-2

9. (18) LOS ALAMITOS 9-3

10. (3) PACIFICA (GARDEN GROVE) 3-2

11. (11) MURRIETA VALLEY (MURRIETA) 6-2

12. (NR) WEST RANCH (VALENCIA) 9-1

13. (8) SAUGUS 8-2

14. (NR) RANCHO BUENA VISTA (VISTA) 7-0

15. (9) LOS OSOS (RANCHO CUCAMONGA) 10-2

16. (NR) SAN BENITO (HOLLISTER) 2-0

17. (NR) JAMES LOGAN (UNION CITY) 4-0

18. (NR) BENICIA 6-0

19. (7) VACAVILLE 4-1

20. (NR) SAN CLEMENTE 7-3

Dropped Out:
Previous No. 10 Amador Valley (Pleasanton); No. 14 Moorpark; No. 15 M.L. King (Riverside); No. 16 Chino Hills; No. 17 Foothill (Tustin); No. 20 Clovis.

Softball Teams On The Bubble
(Goes to Gold Club expanded post next week)
Amador Valley (Pleasanton) 3-1
Bonita Vista (Chula Vista) 5-1-1
Buchanan (Clovis) 9-2
Camarillo 6-1
Carlmont (Belmont) 7-2
Castro Valley 3-1
Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) 5-2
Chino 8-3
Chino Hills 5-2
Clovis 7-1
Clovis West (Fresno) 7-2
Cosumnes Oaks (Elk Grove) 5-0
East Union (Manteca) 7-0
El Modena (Orange) 4-3
Etiwanda 6-2
Foothill (Tustin) 7-3
Frontier (Bakersfield) 14-1
Gahr (Cerritos) 10-4
Heritage (Brentwood) 5-1
Highland (Palmdale) 6-1
Huntington Beach 7-2
La Serna (Whittier) 3-1
M.L. King (Riverside) 6-2
Moorpark 3-3
North Salinas (Salinas) 6-1
Notre Dame (Belmont) 8-1
Patrick Henry (San Diego) 4-1
Petaluma 4-1
Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove) 6-2
Poway 4-1
Rancho Bernardo (San Diego) 5-1-1
Redwood (Larkspur) 7-0
Salesian (Richmond) 4-0
St. Mary’s (Stockton) 11-1
Upland 7-0
Villa Park 6-4

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 on the Cal-Hi Sports Twitter handle: @CalHiSports


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