Thunderstorms and rain throughout Northern California cause a disruption in section playoffs (some games rescheduled to Monday), but we decided to stay on our usual Monday schedule of doing a State Top 25 update. This will be the next-to-last rankings of the season since we will wait until all games in the state are done (next Monday) before compiling the final state rankings. De La Salle remains in the No. 1 position, while Cypress has clinched no worse than a No. 2 final ranking by winning CIF Southern Section D1 title.
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(Previous ranking listed in parentheses)
(Through reported results of Saturday, May 18)
(Results from any games played on Monday, May 19 or later not included)
*Indicates season complete.
(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) De La Salle (Concord) 27-1
The Spartans avoided an upset last week in the CIF North Coast Section Division I playoffs, but the top-ranked team in California now heads to the semifinals. Strong pitching has been a key all season for De La Salle and the playoffs have been no different. Eric Reyzelman threw six innings while allowing zero hits and striking out a game high 12 batters in a 5-0 victory over James Logan (Union City) in the opening round. Cole Silva allowed one hit in the seventh inning, but helped secure a combined one-hitter. Monte Vista (Danville) scored in the top of the first inning against the Spartans, but the hosts scored two runs in the following inning. De La Salle held on for a 2-1 victory over the Mustangs. Kyle Harrison threw a complete game while fanning 10 batters for the contest. DLS plays 20-7 Foothill of Pleasanton in the semifinals and could play No. 11 Amador Valley in Saturday’s championship. A 29-1 final record would be an all-time best for the school and one of the best for any Bay Area school. A fourth straight section title is another consideration in the way we’ve done state rankings for many years.