Huntington Beach and Rancho Bernardo are now putting some pressure on Buchanan of Clovis for the No. 1 ranking while one of this week’s newcomers to the State Top 20 — unbeaten Foothill of Pleasanton — jumps all the way up into the Super 8.
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(Through games of Saturday, April 22; Previous ranking in parentheses)
1. (1) Buchanan (Clovis) 22-1
The Bears swept a pair last week from Clovis East. Their next test probably will be in two weeks when they have to play state-ranked Clovis twice.
2. (5) Huntington Beach 19-3
Big-time prospect Hagen Danner led the Oilers to the SoCal title of the Boras Classic last week. They beat Mira Costa (defending Boras Classic state champs) 9-4 in the final and will play Bellarmine of San Jose on May 6 at UCLA in the Boras Classic state final.
3. (4) Rancho Bernardo (San Diego) 20-2
In two of the dominant wins last week vs. Mission Vista of Oceanside, Alika Williams went 5-for-5 with four doubles in one game and in another went 4-for-7 with five runs scored, seven RBI, two homers and a double.
4. (7) Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood) 17-3-1
Returning from the IMG Academy Tournament two weeks ago, the Wolverines had last week off before they return to Mission League play this week.
5. (9) Moorpark 20-2
When we updated the ticker on this site on Monday, we were going off of St. John Bosco being 17-3 and not 18-4. That’s now been changed again and now it’s the Musketeers showing in the fifth spot. Bosco is actually ninth in this week’s rankings.
6. (11) Torrey Pines (San Diego) 18-4
The winning scores over Carlsbad last week were 2-1 in 13 innings, 2-1 in seven innings and 5-3 in nine innings. Wins are wins so the Falcons move up.
7. (12) Eastlake (Chula Vista) 18-3
Already this week the Titans have defeated Montgomery of San Diego 4-1 in a game played at Petco Park.
8. (NR) Foothill (Pleasanton) 16-0-1
A combination of factors — including an admission by us that we lost track of the Falcons for a few weeks after they had that tie — results in this team going from unranked all the way up to No. 8. They also are now the No. 1 ranked team in the San Francisco Bay Area.