NEW Baseball State Top 25 Rankings

You could say the biggest upset in the first round of the CIF Southern Section D1 playoffs was when Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach (players celebrating above) defeated state No. 11 JSerra, but in that division it’s hard to call any of the teams that much of an underdog. Photo: @costa_baseball / Twitter.com.

As the CIF Southern Section playoffs already will be in the quarterfinal round by the end of this week, some of the state’s other section playoffs will not even have begun yet. CIFSS Division I playoff teams continue to hold down the No. 1, No. 3, No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 positions with De La Salle (Concord) and Valley Christian (San Jose) looking like the top teams in the north that can hang with the best of the south.

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(Previous ranking listed in parentheses)
(Through reported results of Saturday, May 4)
(Results from any games played on Monday, May 6 or later not included)
(Thanks to correspondents Chuck Nan for Orange County, Daniel Poulter for Northern California & Bill Hutton for CIF Central Coast Section for providing writeups & information)

1. (1) Lutheran (Orange) 26-4
The combined hitting and pitching of Max Rajcic and Evan Adolphus was more than enough for Orange Lutheran to get past San Clemente, 3-0, in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs. Each player had one RBI as the Lancers scored single runs in the second, fifth and sixth innings to put the game away. Rajcic pitched 5 1/3 innings and earned the win, while Adolphus pitched 1 2/3 innings and notched the save. The Lancers will hit the road and travel to 18-10 Etiwanda for a Tuesday matchup. People outside of the Southern Section always find it odd that a top-seed, top-ranked team like OLu has to go on the road, but it’s also always been part of the tradition in the CIFSS that a championship team should have to win at least once on the road.

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