In support of our weekly TV show that airs on Sundays at 4:30 p.m. on KRON TV Channel 4 (San Francisco), here's the latest top 20 rankings for S.F. Bay Area baseball. Note: These rankings are for all schools in the CIF Central Coast Section, all schools in the CIF North Coast Section (except Humboldt-Del Norte) plus schools in Solano and Napa counties of the Sac-Joaquin Section.

(After games of April 12; first rankings of the 2003 spring season)

1. Serra (San Mateo) 17-2

2. Clayton Valley (Concord) 12-2

3. St. Francis (Mountain View) 16-4

4. Leland (San Jose) 15-2

5. Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland) 13-2

6. Casa Grande (Petaluma) 12-0

7. Amador Valley (Pleasanton) 11-3

8. Leigh (San Jose) 14-3

9. Las Lomas (Walnut Creek) 10-0

10. Armijo (Fairfield) 14-2

11. Wilcox (Santa Clara) 14-4

12. Valley Christian (San Jose) 13-6-1

13. Deer Valley (Antioch) 12-4-1

14. California (San Ramon) 9-4

15. Carmel 19-3

16. North Monterey County (Castroville) 16-4

17. Mitty (San Jose) 9-6

18. Terra Nova (Pacifica) 13-2

19. Ukiah 9-2

20. Skyline (Oakland) 11-3

Notes & Highlights

Serra stayed a game in front of St. Francis in the West Catholic Athletic League standings thanks to a dramatic win last Friday over Valley Christian. With the Padres trailing 2-1 entering the bottom of the seventh, Mike Palladino tied it up with a home run. Then in the bottom of the eighth, David Stirling stroked a game-winning RBI single. Chuck Lofgren struck out seven of the last 12 Valley Christian batters he faced in picking up the win and remaining unbeaten on the season.

Eric Walterhouse hammered a pair of home runs after being walked twice as Bishop O'Dowd improved to 7-0 in the Hayward Area Athletic League with an 8-1 win over San Leandro. The loss was the first for San Leandro after 23 straight HAAL victories.

Matt Bush of Amador Valley is one of the top pitchers in the East Bay this season and is part of a terrific staff for the Dons. Matt Bush also is the name of a junior at Mission Bay High of San Diego who last spring was voted the State Sophomore Player of the Year.

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