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, May 28)
(Previous ranking in parentheses)
TOP 10 STATE
1. (1) Buchanan (Clovis) 29-1
Five years ago, the Bears were the FAB 50 national champs. They’ll go for USA Today’s crown and our final No. 1 ranking on Tuesday against Clovis North in CIF Central Section D1 championship.
2. (2) JSerra (San Juan Capistrano) 27-6
The Lions are the only top four seed still going in the CIFSS D1 playoffs.
3. (4) De La Salle (Concord) 23-3
Conner Roberts pitched a shutout, the team’s fifth in a row, in CIFNCS D1 quarterfinal win vs. California of San Ramon.
4. (7) Clovis North (Fresno) 24-6-1
There’s a chance the Broncos could finish No. 1 in the state if they can upset Buchanan on Tuesday.
5. (6) Redondo Union (Redondo Beach) 27-2*
The Sea Hawks scored all nine runs with two outs in one inning when they beat Culver City 9-2 in CIFSS D3 quarterfinals.
6. (11) Eastlake (Chula Vista) 28-3
We have to put the Titans ahead of Vista since they have a chance to go 30-3 and win the CIFSD Open Division title.
7. (8) Vista 26-6
Sorry, Panther fans. We mistakenly put your team at No. 5 on our ticker. Still could finish that high, just not yet.
8. (13) St. Francis (Mountain View) 24-8
The Lancers repeated as CCS Open Division champs behind Mr. Baseball State POY candidate Jeremy Ydens.
9. (19) El Camino Real (Woodland Hills) 28-7
It also was a repeat title for the Conquistadors in the L.A. City Section.
10. (15) Heritage (Brentwood) 21-4
This team is seeded No. 2 in NCS D1 bracket and could face De La Salle in Saturday’s championship.
TOP 10 STATE
1. (1) Lutheran (Orange) 29-3
It will be a No. 1 vs. No. 2 for our state rankings when the Lancers play Los Al in Tuesday’s CIFSS D1 semifinals.
2. (2) Los Alamitos 26-2
Just like OLu is in line to finish No. 1 in the FAB 50 national rankings by winning the CIFSS D1 title, the same applies for the Griffins.
3. (4) La Habra 29-1
The four semifinalists in the CIFSS D2 playoffs are No. 3, No. 4, No. 11 and No. 12 in the state this week.
4. (5) Grand Terrace 26-1
For the Titans to get final No. 1 consideration, they’ll need Mater Dei or Norco and perhaps Valley View or Oaks Christian to win the CIFSS D1 and D2 titles.
5. (6) Mission Viejo 25-4
It was an avenging win of sorts for the Diablos when they beat Yucaipa 11-5 in the CIFSS D2 quarterfinals. Yucaipa was the team they were upset by in last year’s final that cost them mythical state and national titles.
6. (8) Norco 26-5
Head coach Richard Robinson only needs one more win to reach 500 for his career.
7. (16) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 25-7
Knocking off previous No. 3 and top seed Etiwanda in CIFSS D1 playoffs has to get the Monarchs back up into the top 10.
8. (3) Etiwanda 29-3
This looks like an obvious spot to place the Eagles after their upset loss to Mater Dei.
9. (12) Amador Valley (Pleasanton) 21-4
The Dons have a head-to-head win over Sheldon and need just two wins this week to win another NCS D1 title.
10. (9) Sheldon (Sacramento) 28-2
The Huskies were rolling at the end of the season, not dropping a game en route to the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section D1 title (which has a double-elimination format).
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