Softball State Division Rankings

Dixon players get their team photo taken last Saturday at Sacramento City College after they won Sac-Joaquin Section D4 title. Photo: Mark Tennis.

The timing of these going out isn’t great, but here’s a look at what our divisional state rankings in softball would look like after Tuesday’s first round of the CIF regional playoffs (north & south) but before Thursday’s semifinals. 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 softball rankings released later next week.


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(After games of Tuesday, May 31)
*Indicates season complete; **Indicates forfeits not included; ***Indicates forfeits not included & season complete.

UCLA-bound Rylee Pinedo has been one of the top players at Camarillo for the last three seasons. Photo: @scorpsoftball /

1. St. Francis (Mountain View) 29-2
2. Roosevelt (Eastvale) 27-3
3. Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) 32-1
4. Los Alamitos 24-8*
5. Sheldon (Sacramento) 28-5
6. Camarillo 25-4
7. Clovis 25-6
8. Del Oro (Loomis) 27-4
9. Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 26-5*
10. Murrieta Mesa (Murrieta) 25-6*
11. Villa Park 24-5*
12. Pacifica (Garden Grove) 26-5*
13. Norco 20-9*
14. Clovis North (Fresno) 21-3*
15. Mission Viejo 27-5
Bubble: Beaumont 23-5*, El Camino Real (Woodland Hills) 24-7*, Elk Grove 21-7-1*, Canyon (Anaheim) 23-6*, Central (Fresno) 20-10, Gahr (Cerritos) 23-10*, Granada (Livermore) 26-5*, Heritage (Brentwood) 23-4-1*, Lincoln (Stockton) 25-5-1, Livermore 24-4-1*, San Marcos 18-10*, St. Francis (Sacramento) 26-5*.
NorCal D1 semifinals (Thursday): St. Francis vs Sheldon & Del Oro vs. Clovis. Tuesday winners were St. Francis over St. Francis (Sac), Sheldon over Archbishop Mitty, Del Oro over Granada and Clovis over Heritage.
SoCal D1 semifinals (Thursday, Friday): Roosevelt vs. Camarillo & Oaks Christian vs. Mission Viejo. The Oaks Christian game has been moved to Friday due to the school’s graduation. CIF Southern Section D1 runner up Los Alamitos opted out.
Notes: The Saturday championship games could still see teams playing with lineups that are depleted with players who are with their travel ball teams that day instead of their high school teams. It seems like it will be a case-by-case basis and we will just have to wait and see.

1. Benicia 23-6
2. Notre Dame (Salinas) 20-7**
3. Otay Ranch (Chula Vista) 23-8*
4. Millikan (Long Beach) 22-11*
5. Torrance 25-8
6. Bonita (La Verne) 28-5-1
7. Vista del Lago (Folsom) 24-5-1*
8. Central Catholic (Modesto) 27-4-1
9. Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 22-4*
10. Mater Dei Catholic (Chula Vista) 21-11
Bubble: Aragon (San Mateo) 18-6*, Bullard (Fresno) 24-9, Del Norte (San Diego) 26-6-1*, Helix (La Mesa) 22-9*, La Habra 19-8, Los Gatos 22-4, Poway 20-11-1*, Redwood (Larkspur) 21-7*, Roseville 21-8*, Santa Teresa (San Jose) 22-6, South Hills (Covina) 24-5, Tesoro (Mission Viejo) 21-13, Yucaipa 20-9-1
NorCal D2 semifinals (Thursday): Notre Dame vs Benicia & Lincoln vs Central Catholic. Tuesday winners were Notre Dame over Foothill (Palo Cedro), Benicia over Vista del Lago, Central Catholic over Aragon and Lincoln over Pleasant Valley (Chico). Lincoln is D1 in just about all sports due to enrollment and section division.
SoCal D2 semifinals (Thursday): Torrance vs. Bonita & Tesoro vs. Mater Dei Catholic. Tuesday winners were Torrance over Cathedral Catholic, Bonita over Rancho Buena Vista, Tesoro over South Hills and Mater Dei Catholic of Del Norte.
Notes: San Diego Open Division champ Otay Ranch, which opted out of the CIF playoffs, has usually been D2 for these rankings and has been placed there again. CIFSS runner-up Millikan, which lost to Mission Viejo (ranked in D1) in the CIFSS D2 final, also opted out.

Temple City already has secured its spot to try to win the CIF SoCal D4 crown with a win Wednesday vs Temescal Canyon. Photo:

1. Sutter 29-1
2. Vanden (Fairfield) 20-1*
3. East Nicolaus (Nicolaus) 29-2
4. Oakdale 25-3*
5. Temple City 26-6
6. Moorpark 23-5*
7. Temescal Canyon (Lake Elsinore) 23-7*
8. Cajon (San Bernardino) 24-7*
9. San Rafael 24-6*
10. Monache (Porterville) 24-7-1
Bubble: Burroughs (Burbank) 22-11-1*, Capuchino (San Bruno) 19-10*, Carlmont (Belmont) 17-11, Elsinore (Lake Elsinore) 22-9, El Toro (Lake Forest) 20-11*, Fountain Valley 23-5-1*, Granite Hills (El Cajon) 20-12-1, Hanford 22-8*, Hillcrest (Riverside) 19-14, Pinole Valley (Pinole) 24-3-1*, Pleasant Valley (Chico) 18-9*, Ponderosa (Shingle Springs) 22-4-1*, St. Anthony (Long Beach) 17-10, Wheatland 27-5*, Yorba Linda 18-10.
NorCal D3 semifinals (Thursday): Sutter vs Bullard & East Nicolaus vs Central (Fresno). Tuesday winners were Sutter over San Rafael, Bullard over Wheatland, East Nicolaus over Hanford and Central (Fresno) over Alvarez (Salinas). Both Bullard and Central are clearly schools that have to be higher than D3 for these rankings (especially Central with more than 4,000 enrollment).
SoCal D3 semifinal (Thursday): Granite Hills vs. St. Anthony. Temple City has already defeated Temescal Canyon in the other semifinal played on Wednesday. Tuesday winners were Granite Hills over Calexico, St. Anthony over Burroughs, Temescal Canyon over Cajon and Temple City over El Toro.
Notes: Vanden handed East Nicolaus one of its two losses (other was to Sutter), but did not qualify for NorCal tourney due to loss to Vista del Lago in Sac-Joaquin Sec D3 semifinals. Moorpark opted out of the SoCal tourney after finishing as runner-up in CIFSS D4 playoffs to Temple City.

1. Dixon 23-1-1
2. Eureka 27-2
3. Liberty (Madera Ranchos) 26-4*
4. Orange Cove 27-6
5. Monterey 23-8-1
6. Wasco 28-4*
7. Marysville 20-5*
8. Fowler 23-6*
9. McKinleyville 20-8
10. Flintridge Sacred Heart (Montebello) 19-9*
Bubble: Calaveras (San Andreas) 21-6-1*, Calexico 24-8*, Hilmar 18-9*, Holtville 21-10, Fillmore 13-5*, Indio 24-6*, Mission Prep (San Luis Obispo) 20-9*, Orestimba (Newman) 19-7, Our Lady of Peace (San Diego) 19-11, Viewpoint (Calabasas) 12-8*.
NorCal D4 semifinals (Thursday): Dixon vs. Carlmont (Belmont) & Eureka vs Monterey. Tuesday winners were Dixon over Woodland Christian (other than travel not sure why that matchup was played), Carlmont over McKinleyville, Eureka over Hoopa Valley. Carlmont is in a higher division for these rankings.
SoCal D4 semifinal (Thursday): Hillcrest vs Orange Cove. Monache (Porterville) already has won in a semifinal game on Wednesday over Elsinore and had a bye on Tuesday. Other Tuesday winners were Elsinore over Chavez, Hillcrest over Escondido Charter and Orange Cove over Legacy (South Gate).
Notes: Dixon’s only loss was 11-0 to D3 East Nicolaus. Monache is considered D3 for these rankings as is Hillcrest of Riverside.

1. Capistrano Valley Chr. (SJ Cap.) 28-1
2. Hoopa Valley (Hoopa) 22-6*
3. Woodland Christian 25-4*
4. Big Valley Christian (Modesto) 20-6
5. Caruthers 22-11
6. Stone Ridge Christian (Merced) 19-2***
7. St. Helena 18-8
8. Linfield Christian (Temecula) 16-10*
9. Tri-City Christian (Vista) 18-5*
10. Rio Hondo Prep (Arcadia) 19-6*
Bubble: Bethel Christian (Riverside) 15-6*, Boron 22-3*, Chavez (San Fernando) 20-11*; Escondido Charter (Escondido) 23-5*; Foothills Christian (El Cajon) 19-3*, Fort Bragg 23-5*, Legacy (South Gate) 20-10*, Los Molinos 20-11*, Mercy (Burlingame) 16-6*, San Jacinto Valley Academy (San Jacinto) 18-5*, Santee (Los Angeles) 21-4*.
NorCal D5 semifinals (Thursday): Big Valley Christian vs. Lowell (San Francisco) & St. Helena vs. Los Altos. Big Valley Christian (which won the title in a lower section division than Woodland Christian) also had bye on Tuesday. Lowell won over Skyline (Oakland), Los Altos won over Los Molinos and St. Helena won over Point Arena in other Tuesday games.
SoCal D5 semifinals (Thursday): Capistrano Valley Christian vs. Nipomo & Caruthers vs Garfield (Los Angeles). Tuesday winners were Capo Valley Christian over Camino Nuevo Dalzell Lance Campus (L.A.), Nipomo over Fallbrook, Garfield over Linfield Christian & Caruthers over Santee.
Notes: Lowell and Los Altos would have to be in higher divisions for us based on school size. The same is true of Garfield (L.A.), but have to give that team some credit for traveling out to Linfield for its Tuesday game and then going out to Caruthers in the Central Valley for the semifinals.

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

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