Baseball: State Division Rankings

Players and coaches from Tesoro of Las Flores celebrate after winning CIF Southern Section title. If they do the same this Saturday with a CIF SoCal regional title, they also will finish No. 1 in the state in their state rankings division. Photo: Fernando M. Donado / For OC Sports Zone.


In keeping with our longstanding tradition of providing divisional state rankings in baseball, here’s a look at what they look like after Tuesday’s first round of the CIF regional playoffs (north & south) but before Thursday’s semifinals. Sitting at No. 1 are St. Francis of Mountain View (D1), McClatchy of Sacramento (D2), Tesoro of Las Flores (D3), Colusa (D4) and St. Bernard’s of Eureka (D5). There are some teams that have to be in different divisions than the ones the CIF has them in for criteria we’ve used for many years. There will be final divisional state baseball rankings released later next week.

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(After games of Tuesday, May 31)

DIVISION I
1. St. Francis (Mountain View) 30-4
2. JSerra (SJ Capistrano) 24-10
3. Villa Park 28-5
4. Lutheran (Orange) 25-5*
5. De La Salle (Concord) 25-6
6. Foothill (Pleasanton) 26-5
7. Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) 25-8-1
8. Huntington Beach 23-9
9. Valley Christian (San Jose) 25-7-1
10. Stockdale (Bakersfield) 26-5*
11. Harvard-Westlake (Studio City) 22-8-1*
12. California (San Ramon) 23-6*
13. Palo Alto 26-7*
14. Buchanan (Clovis) 25-5*
15. La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad) 24-11*
Bubble: Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 22-10, Bellarmine Prep (San Jose) 22-9-1, Chatsworth 16-15*, Cypress 23-6-2*, Eastlake (Chula Vista) 22-10, Foothill (Tustin) 20-10*, Franklin (Elk Grove) 24-9*, Granite Hills (El Cajon) 24-7*, Rancho Bernardo (San Diego) 21-12, Servite (Anaheim) 17-12*, Torrey Pines (San Diego) 21-12, Whitney (Rocklin) 28-6*.
NorCal D1 semifinals (Thursday): St. Francis vs Valley Christian (San Jose) & De La Salle vs Foothill. Tuesday winners were St. Francis over Cardinal Newman (Santa Rosa), Valley Christian over Whitney, De La Salle over Del Campo (Fair Oaks) and Foothill over Palo Alto.
SoCal D1 semifinals (Thursday): JSerra vs. Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) & Villa Park vs. Huntington Beach. Tuesday winners were JSerra over Granite Hills, Notre Dame over Chatsworth, Villa Park over Stockdale and Huntington Beach over La Costa Canyon.
Notes: NorCal D2 teams Bellarmine and Mitty and SoCal D2 teams Torrey Pines and Rancho Bernardo are from D1 leagues, are from D1 section playoffs and have to be D1 for these rankings.

Etiwanda head coach Don Furnald points to crowd after receiving CIFSS D2 title plaque in 2017. Photo: Mark Tennis.


DIVISION II
1. McClatchy (Sacramento) 29-4
2. Etiwanda 26-8
3. Cardinal Newman (Santa Rosa) 24-6*
4. Del Campo (Fair Oaks) 29-6*
5. Birmingham (Lake Balboa) 22-10
6. Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) 26-4*
7. Torrance 25-7-1*
8. Arlington (Riverside) 27-2*
9. Righetti (Santa Maria) 26-7*
10. Vanden (Fairfield) 29-6*
Bubble: Aptos 23-7, Canyon Crest (San Diego) 24-8*, Carlmont (Belmont) 20-7-1, Central (Fresno) 16-16-1, El Camino Real (Woodland Hills) 18-13, Granite Bay 20-13, Grossmont (El Cajon) 16-18-1, Hart (Newhall) 20-10*, La Quinta 25-8*, Maranatha (Pasadena) 24-8*, Millikan (Long Beach) 22-9*, Newport Harbor (Newport Beach) 20-12, Norco 24-6*, Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) 22-11, Palos Verdes (PV Estates) 21-12.
NorCal D2 semifinals (Thursday): Bellarmine Prep (San Jose) vs Granite Bay & McClatchy vs Archbishop Mitty (San Jose). Both Bellarmine & Mitty have to be D1 for these rankings. Tuesday winners were Bellarmine over Vanden, Granite Bay over Ukiah, McClatchy over Pleasant Valley (Chico) and Archbishop Mitty over Clovis East (Clovis).
SoCal D2 semifinals (Thursday): Etiwanda vs. Birmingham & Rancho Bernardo (San Diego) vs Torrey Pines (San Diego). Both RB and Torrey Pines have to be D1 for these rankings. Tuesday winners were Etiwanda over Maranatha, Birmingham over Righetti, Rancho Bernardo over Torrance and Torrey Pines over Palos Verdes.
Notes: McClatchy could have been D1 for the NorCal playoffs, but wasn’t placed there. The Lions were D1 for their section but have been in a D3 to D2 league and can be D2 if they were to win a NorCal D2 title. Etiwanda also is in prime position to end No. 1 in these rankings with a SoCal D2 title.

DIVISION III
1. Tesoro (Las Flores) 27-8
2. Fullerton 25-9
3. Burroughs (Burbank) 23-10
4. Moreno Valley 23-12
5. Rio Americano (Sacramento) 21-12
6. Aquinas (San Bernardino) 28-3*
7. Pleasant Valley (Chico) 27-4*
8. Ukiah 20-10*
9. Buhach Colony (Atwater) 24-9*
10. Kingsburg 24-6-1
Bubble: Branham (San Jose) 21-9*, Central Catholic (Modesto) 22-10-1, Christopher (Gilroy) 13-16, El Modena (Orange) 20-10*, Flintridge Prep (La Canada) 20-8*, Francis Parker (San Diego) 26-7*, Garfield (Los Angeles) 23-10*, Mar Vista (Imperial Beach) 23-12*, Mission Bay (San Diego) 22-11*, Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 21-4*, Monterey 17-14*, Petaluma 21-10*, Rodriguez (Fairfield) 26-4, Walnut 20-6-1*.
NorCal D3 semifinals (Thursday): Rio Americano is only D3 state ranked team that is in it. Central (Fresno) is D2, St. Bernard’s (Eureka) & Alpha Charter (Sacramento) are both D5. Tuesday winners were Central over Monterey, St. Bernard’s over Foothill (Palo Cedro), Rio Americano over Sutter and Alpha Charter over Petaluma.
SoCal D3 semifinals (Thursday): All four teams are D2 for these rankings. Eastlake (Chula Vista) is playing Newport Harbor & Grossmont (El Cajon) is playing Oaks Christian.
SoCal D4 semifinals (Thursday): The four teams going are also the four teams at the top of these D3 state rankings. Tesoro (Las Flores) meets Moreno Valley & Burroughs is playing Fullerton. The eventual winner will be the D3 state rankings team of the year. In Tuesday semis, Tesoro topped Mission Bay (San Diego, Moreno Valley defeated Garfield, Burroughs beat Bakersfield and Fullerton downed Mar Vista.

Ethan Lay delivers a pitch for Colusa. Photo: Jennifer Correia.


DIVISION IV
1. Colusa 31-0
2. Estancia (Costa Mesa) 29-5
3. Kerman 28-1*
4. Bradshaw Christian (Sacramento) 24-4
5. St. Mary’s (Berkeley) 19-9-1
6. Anaheim 22-10-1
7. Baldwin Park 21-11
8. Calaveras (San Andreas) 28-4*
9. Monte Vista Christian (Watsonville) 22-8-1
10. Liberty (Madera Ranchos) 23-8
Bubble: Arcata 23-4*, Branson (Ross) 14-13*, Calexico 23-8*, Hueneme (Oxnard) 17-11*, Kennedy (Delano) 22-7, Legacy (South Gate) 20-12*, Linden 25-6*, Los Amigos (Fountain Valley) 23-5*, Marysville 26-6*, St. Francis (Watsonville) 23-7*, Sutter 25-7-1*, Taft 20-9-1*, Viewpoint (Calabasas) 17-8*.
NorCal D4 semifinals (Thursday): Colusa vs Christopher (Gilroy) & St. Mary’s (Berkeley) vs Bradshaw Christian. Tuesday winners were Colusa over Branson, Christopher over Calaveras, St. Mary’s over St. Francis (Watsonville) & Bradshaw Christian over Madera South. Christopher and Madera South would be in higher divisions in our system. If Colusa ends 33-0, it would have the second-best perfect record in state history. The only total higher is the 35-0 mark by Chatsworth from 2004.
SoCal D5 semifinals (Thursday): Estancia vs Kennedy (Delano) & Anaheim vs Baldwin Park. Tuesday winners were Estancia over Mendez (San Fernando), Kennedy over Legacy, Baldwin Park over Palo Verde Valley and Anaheim over Hueneme.

DIVISION V
1. St. Bernard’s (Eureka) 25-4
2. Alpha Charter (Sacramento) 27-3**
3. Turlock Christian 23-4
4. Berean Christian (Walnut Creek) 19-10
5. Hesperia Christian 18-5*
6. Fremont Christian 21-4
7. Arrowhead Christian (Redlands) 20-6*
8. Durham 12-7
9. Maranatha Christian (San Diego) 19-14*
10. Mariposa County (Mariposa) 19-10
Bubble: Cornerstone Christian (Wildomar) 21-9, Etna 21-7*, Mendota 20-12*, Milken (Los Angeles) 14-2, Redwood Christian (Castro Valley) 18-7-1*, Valley Christian (Roseville) 18-12*, Wiseburn DaVinci (El Segundo) 19-6*.
NorCal D5 semifinals (Thursday): Monte Vista Christian vs. Durham & Turlock Christian vs Berean Christian. MV Christian is D4 for these rankings but the other three are D5. St. Bernard’s & Alpha Charter qualify as D5 for these rankings but are D3 for the NorCal and also are in semifinal games on Thursday.

Mark Tennis is the co-founder and publisher of CalHiSports.com. He can be reached at markjtennis@gmail.com. Don’t forget to follow Mark on the Cal-Hi Sports


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