FIRST BASEBALL STATE RANKINGS

It's a start. The first regular season state baseball rankings of 2003 feature at least two unbeaten teams who've already lost their first games this week. Those results won't be reflected until next week's rankings and we should get back on a Tuesday (boys) and Wednesday (girls) schedule.

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OVERALL STATE TOP 20 BASEBALL RANKINGS

(After games of April 5; first list of 2003 regular season)

1. La Quinta (Westminster) 13-0

Aztecs scored 33 runs in their first two league games last week, so they won't need injured standout Ian Kennedy to keep on winning those games. At next week's National Classic, though, he'll be missed.

2. Rancho Buena Vista (Vista) 12-0

Sophomore Tim Murphy pitched a five-hitter as the Longhorns won the North County tourney with a 3-1 victory over Mt. Carmel. We already know their win streak ended at 25 this week in a 3-1 loss to Poway.

3. Capistrano Valley (Mission Viejo) 12-0

Adam Sorgi went 3-for-5 with three RBI and Jason Corder had a home run and four RBI as the Cougars crushed Foothill of Tustin, 14-1, in the title game of the Newport Elks tournament.

4. Chatsworth 13-0

Thomas Cassidy had a three-run double in a 5-1 win over Highland of Lancaster. Chancellors' big feather in their caps so far was winning the Westside tourney.

5. Arlington (Riverside) 10-0

The Lions edged Riverside Poly last week, 6-5, in a hyped game since former Lion JoJo Reyes is now at Poly. Arlington entered this week with impressive 24-game winning streak and we already know it lost an 8-7 game in eight innings to Mater Dei.

6. Mission Bay (San Diego) 12-1

Our preseason No. 1 team dropped its only game in a one-run decision to Rancho Bernardo. The Bucs won the USDHS/OMBAC tourney last week by downing La Jolla, 5-1, in the final. Lorenzo Church picked up the pitching win, which was his second of the day.

7. Serra (San Mateo) 15-2

Junior Chuck Lofgren has been providing weekly highlights for the Padres as both a hitter and pitcher. Al Orozco also has been a very good No. 2 pitcher.

8. Buchanan (Clovis) 13-2

Jared Wood has emerged as an ace for the Bears, who according to coach Tom Donald still haven't hit their stride offensively. Buchanan is the top-ranked team overall in the Central Section.

9. Valencia 10-2

Everytime you look at a write up of the Vikings, there's this kid Matt Aidem who's either pitching or hitting in some outstanding way. One of Valencia's losses was to La Quinta by a 2-0 score in the final of the North Orange County tourney.

10. Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 9-3

Armando Carrasco pitched a four-hitter and USC-bound Daniel Perales was one of three players who homered in a 9-1 triumph over Servite of Anaheim.

11. Peninsula (Rolling Hills Estates) 11-2

The Panthers closed the week with wins of 8-1 over Culver City and 3-2 over Alta Loma. They remain ranked high everywhere we look, but Mira Costa is actually ahead of them in league standings.

12. Rancho Bernardo (San Diego) 9-2

Brandon Burke picked up the pitching win as the Broncos ended the week with an easy 12-2 triumph over El Camino of Oceanside.

13. La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad) 10-1

The Mavericks, under coach Justin Machado, seemed to have turned the corner as a program and now can be mentioned almost in the same breath as Mission Bay and Rancho Bernando as one of those teams you look for each and every season.

14. Clayton Valley (Concord) 11-2

The Eagles have done just as well so far this season as they did last year when they were led by touted prospect Adam Elliott.

15. Poly (Riverside) 8-3

A key out here and there and the Bears would have knocked off Arlington last week and would have ended their rivals' long win streak.

16. El Capitan (Lakeside) 9-1

The Vaqueros may be only the fifth-highest ranked team in the San Diego Section, but their record and the section's terrific reputation -- both within California and nationally -- is still good enough for them to be in the top 20 in the state.

17. Woodland 11-2

The Sacramento area's top-ranked squad lost its third and fourth games of the season, but then ripped off nine straight wins. The Wolves are playing this week at the Fresno Easter Classic, so we'll see if they belong this high in the state rankings.

18. Leland (San Jose) 13-1

The Chargers won a league showdown last week over Leigh, which made them a solid No. 2 in the CCS behind Serra.

19. Villa Park 9-3

League wins last week of 2-1 over El Modena of Orange and more significantly 2-0 over El Dorado of Placentia returned the Spartans to a high spot in the rankings.

20. Stockdale (Bakersfield) 12-1-2

The Mustangs still look strong after their stellar 2002 season. They moved up to No. 2 in the Central Section this week after previous No. 2 Central of Fresno lost its third game of the season.

STATE RANKINGS

BY DIVISION & REGION

Division I

1. Rancho Buena Vista (Vista) 12-0

2. Capistrano Valley (Mission Viejo) 12-0

3. Chatsworth 13-0

4. Arlington (Riverside) 10-0

5. Serra (San Mateo) 15-2

6. Buchanan (Clovis) 13-2

7. Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 9-3

8. Rancho Bernardo (San Diego) 9-2

9. Central (Fresno) 11-2

10. La Costa Canyon (Carlsb.) 10-1

Division II

1. Valencia 10-2

2. Peninsula (RH Estates) 11-2

3. Clayton Valley (Concord) 11-2

4. El Capitan (Lakeside) 9-1

5. Villa Park 9-3

6. El Dorado (Placentia) 10-2

7. Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach) 10-1

8. St. Francis (Mountain View) 14-4

9. Casa Grande (Petaluma) 10-0

10. Quartz Hill 8-2

Division III

1. La Quinta (Westminster) 13-0

2. Mission Bay (San Diego) 12-1

3. El Segundo 10-2

4. Crespi (Encino) 9-2

5. Las Lomas (Walnut Creek) 8-0

6. Pacifica (Garden Grove) 12-0

7. Terra Nova (Pacifica) 11-2

8. Cypress 9-3

9. Palm Desert 11-1

10. Acalanes (Lafayette) 6-2-1

Division IV

1. Valley Christian (San Jose) 11-4-1

2. Valley Christian (Cerritos) 11-3

3. Carmel 16-3

4. Bishop Diego (Santa Barbara) 8-1

5. Mojave 8-1

6. La Salle (Pasadena) 9-1

7. Cardinal Newman (Santa Rosa) 5-3

8. John Swett (Crockett) 9-1

9. Justin-Siena (Napa) 6-3

10. Ripon 14-1-1

Division V

1. Immanuel (Reedley) 10-3

2. Arrowhead Chr. Academy (Redlands) 11-3

3. Central Catholic (Modesto) 9-2

4. Head-Royce (Oakland) 7-1

5. Biggs 11-1

6. Oxford Academy (Cypress) 10-0

7. Bishop Quinn (Redding) 9-1

8. Thacher (Ojai) 4-0

9. Faith Baptist (Canoga Park) 11-1

10. Durham 10-2

Northern California

Overall Top 10

1. Serra (San Mateo) 15-2

2. Buchanan (Clovis) 13-2

3. Central (Fresno) 11-2

4. Clayton Valley (Concord) 11-2

5. Woodland 11-2

6. Leland (San Jose) 13-1

7. St. Francis (Mountain View) 14-4

8. Deer Valley (Antioch) 11-3-1

9. Casa Grande (Petaluma) 10-0

10. Woodcreek (Roseville) 14-1-1

Southern California

Overall Top 10

1. La Quinta (Westminster) 13-0

2. Rancho Buena Vista (Vista) 12-0

3. Capistrano Valley (Miss. V.) 12-0

4. Chatsworth 13-0

5. Arlington (Riverside) 10-0

6. Mission Bay (San Diego) 12-1

7. Valencia 10-2

8. Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 9-3

9. Peninsula (RH Estates) 11-2

10. Rancho Bernardo (San Diego) 9-2

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