Since we did our second set of divisional state softball rankings just over previous weekend, we don’t have new rankings this week but do have a rundown of which teams are line to be No. 1 in this year’s final divisional state rankings. Here’s how each division stacks up entering the final weekend of the 2017 season:
Division I – State and national No. 1 Norco (34-0) plays Los Alamitos (27-3) for the CIF Southern Section Division I title. The winner will end No. 1 in the state and No. 1 in the FloSoftball national rankings.
Division II — Right before Norco and Los Al play on Saturday, it will be Camarillo (25-3) vs. Riverside Poly (27-6) for the CIFSS D2 title. Results around the state also have favored both of those teams and like the D1 final it will be a winner-take-all matchup for final No. 1 D2 state ranking.
Division III — It more complicated for the final No. 1 spot among these teams. Buena of Ventura (26-0-1) may be D4 in the CIFSS playoffs, but would be ahead of even the CIFSS D2 champ (no matter which team wins) in the final rankings. If the Bulldogs are upset by San Marcos of Santa Barbara, the final No. 1 ranking for our D3 goes to Benicia of the Sac-Joaquin Section. Benicia’s season is complete. In the CIFSS D3 final, it will be Murrieta Mesa (23-10) playing Hart of Newhall (20-12).
Division IV — South of Torrance was No. 1 heading into the week and got past West of Torrance in Tuesday’s semifinal to improve to 23-7-1. The Spartans play Heritage Christian of Northridge (24-4) in the CIFSS D5 final. If they lose, the No. 1 ranking may go to Heritage, but could also go to Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth (25-5-2), which is playing St. Anthony of Long Beach (23-8) for CIFSS D6 title.
Division V — The CIFSS D7 final is between Village Christian of Sun Valley (19-10) and Santa Ynez (21-7). If Village Christian wins, it would be No. 1 in this state division. Santa Ynez, however, is ineligible for our D5 (school size too large and is D4) so if it wins the final No. 1 ranking becomes an evaluation that involves Northern Section champion Colusa, perhaps the CIF North Coast Section D5 champ or even a team that lost earlier in the CIFSS D7 or D6 playoffs that is eligible for our D5.