Here’s a quick look at the top 10 teams that will be highlighted in this week’s new Cal-Hi Sports State Top 20 rankings for baseball and softball.
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(After games of Saturday, April 30)
(Previous ranking in parentheses)
TOP 10 STATE
1. (1) Buchanan (Clovis) 23-1
Even if Bears split with Clovis this week, it will be hard to dislodge them from top rankings.
2. (3) Redondo Union (Redondo Beach) 20-1*
Schedule for Seahawks toughens in next two weeks, beginning this week with Peninsula.
3. (5) Davis 18-3
A 2-1 win over Elk Grove prevented a two-loss week. Could win Boras Classic state title on Saturday.
4. (9) JSerra (San Juan Capistrano) 19-6
Three-game sweep of previous No. 2 Orange Lutheran puts the Lions back up near the top.
5. (6) Clovis North (Fresno) 20-4-1
Broncos are eyeing a two-game series next week against No. 1 Buchanan.
6. (7) De La Salle (Concord) 15-3
Wins against California (San Ramon) and San Ramon Valley (Danville) keep Spartans on top of CIF North Coast Section.
7. (10) Clovis 21-5
Cougars will get a shot in two games vs. Buchanan this week. Don’t think Clovis Unified has ever had three of state’s top seven ranked baseball teams before.
8. (12) J.W. North (Riverside) 18-6
This team could be similar to school’s 2011 squad that won CIFSS D1 title.
9. (13) El Toro (Lake Forest) 18-5
Super week for Chargers with wins against Mission Viejo, San Clemente and Tesoro (twice).
10. (14) La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad) 17-5
In recent weeks, Mavs have become solid No. 1 from CIF San Diego Section.
TOP 10 STATE
1. (2) Lutheran (Orange) 22-3
Walk-off grand slam by Lauren Espalin in bottom of seventh gave Lancers their 6-2 win over previous No. 1 last Friday.
2. (1) Mission Viejo 19-3
It’s just a flip-flop at the top after Diablos lost that 6-2 game to Orange Lutheran in Michelle Carew Classic semifinal.
3. (4) La Habra 22-1
Highlanders go back to where they were two weeks ago with another 2-0 week combined with Huntington Beach taking a loss to Marina of Huntington Beach.
4. (5) Los Alamitos 19-2
Griffins, who still have another game vs. Huntington Beach to play in Sunset League, won twice last week.
5. (6) Etiwanda 24-2
Only reported score of the week for Eagles was 14-3 win vs. Upland.
6. (3) Huntington Beach 19-3
A loss to Marina (Huntington Beach) causes the Oilers to lose a few positions. They still have a sterling overall record and will play new No. 1 Orange Lutheran next week.
7. (7) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 21-4
No change for Monarchs after wins against Rosary and JSerra.
8. (8) Amador Valley (Pleasanton) 15-2
One swing of the bat is perhaps all that prevented Amador from having a win when it played new No. 1 Orange Lutheran a couple of weeks ago.
9. (9) Grand Terrace 17-1
It was a great win for the Titans when they stepped up last week and beat Corona Santiago.
10. (10) Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) 23-0-1
Westlake and Newbury Park were latest Marmonte League foes who fell to the Lions.