1. (1) La Quinta (Westminster) 15-0
The power bombs kept on coming last week as Cole Garner homered twice and Ian Stewart went yard three times in wins over Rancho Alamitos. This week's National Classic will be critical to La Quinta's mythical state and national title hopes as its CIFSS divisional playoffs won't be as strong a test as many of the other top teams will face in their playoff brackets.
2. (3) Capistrano Valley (Mission Viejo) 15-0
After homering twice in a game earlier in the week against Trabuco Hills, Jason Corder struck for another homer and scored three runs in a 8-1 win over Huntington Beach that was Capo Valley's first-round game in the Irvine tourney.
3. (4) Chatsworth 13-0
The Chancellors swept a pair of games from Birmingham (7-0 and 3-2) and then won the Blue Division crown of the Westside tourney with a 4-3 victory over Moorpark. Chris Fredericks scored the winning run in that game on a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh. The 3-2 win over Birmingham was achieved on a hit batter with the bases loaded in the seventh.
4. (2) Rancho Buena Vista (Vista) 13-1
Mitch Einertson ripped his sixth homer of the season and was the winning pitcher as the Longhorns bounced back from their first loss with an 8-3 triumph over Vista. RBV's 3-1 loss to Poway earlier in the week snapped a 25-game win streak that is tied for the longest in San Diego Section history. Making it 26-of-27 also makes it too tough to drop the Longhorns behind Mission Bay.
5. (6) Mission Bay (San Diego) 13-1
Matt Bush pitched a three-hitter and Henry Sanchez cracked a three-run homer as the Bucs revved themselves up for this week's National Classic with a 9-1 win over La Jolla.
6. (7) Serra (San Mateo) 17-2
The Padres stayed one game up on St. Francis in the rugged West Catholic Athletic League with a come-from-behind 3-2 win in eight innings over Div. IV state No. 1 Valley Christian. Mike Palladino's seventh inning homer tied the score and David Stirling's RBI single won it in the eighth. Oh yes, and super junior Chuck Lofgren whiffed seven of the last 12 batters he faced.
7. (5) Arlington (Riverside) 11-1
Losing a game 8-7 in eight innings to a good team (Mater Dei) shouldn't drop someone that far in the rankings, and on top of that Arlington also had a 24-game winning streak that ended. The Lions won their first round game of the Villa Park tourney last Saturday, 16-0 in five innings, over Harbor of Santa Cruz.
8. (12) Rancho Bernardo (San Diego) 11-2
Johnny Drennen was the latest Bronco to swing a hot bat as he tripled in three runs during a 10-3 win over Torrey Pines and then crushed a pair of homers in a 15-4 win over Poway.
9. (13) La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad) 12-1
Michael Scherbarth has been the Mavericks' top hitter so far with a .505 average and last week hit his third homer of the season in a 3-1 triumph over Mt. Carmel. LCC scored its other two runs of the game with the help of a throwing error.
10. (nr) El Dorado (Placentia) 12-2
The Golden Hawks made major moves within Orange County and in Southern California due to a sweep of Brea-Olinda and other teams losing, most notably league rival Villa Park. El Dorado's other loss is to Servite, a team the Golden Hawks have also beaten.
11. (14) Clayton Valley (Concord) 12-2
Jim Gilbert's two-hit shutout of De La Salle was the Eagles' most impressive individual outing of the season. They won last week 9-2 over Ygnacio Valley to improve to 5-0 in the Bay Valley Athletic League.
12. (16) El Capitan (Lakeside) 10-1
Jordan Abruzzo rapped out three doubles and went 4-for-4 with four RBI as the Vaqueros held on to the No. 5 spot in the San Diego Section with a 12-3 victory over Santana. There won't be five of the top 12 in the state from San Diego all season, but it does look like a very good year in Bordertown.
13. (nr) Edison (Huntington Beach) 11-3
The Chargers have emerged from a tight bunch in the Sunset League that includes the likes of Marina, Fountain Valley and Los Alamitos. In a 5-1 win last week over Esperanza, David Huff hit a home run and pitched a five-hitter. Huff began this week with 37 strikeouts and no walks in his last five starts.
14. (10) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 11-4
Splitting a doubleheader with Amat certainly wasn't good, but we decided not to drop the Monarchs that far because earlier in the week they ended Arlington's 24-game win streak. Arlington led 6-1 entering the sixth inning in that game, only to see Mater Dei rally for an 8-7 win in extra innings. Jessie Mier had the game-winning RBI on a single.
15. (nr) Clovis 13-4
The Cougars have taken over as the No. 1 team in Central Section above Buchanan. Head coach James Patrick started this week needing just three more wins to become just the 11th in section history with 400 for a career.
16. (8) Buchanan (Clovis) 15-3
We're cheating a little bit with this ranking since we already know the Bears blanked Woodland, 5-0, early this week in a first-round game at the Clovis Easter Classic.
17. (17) Woodland 12-2
If we didn't know the Wolves had already lost to Buchanan, we probably would have ranked them in the No. 16 slot. Before heading south, coach Rob Rinaldi's bunch improved to 9-0 in league play with an 8-1 victory over Yuba City.
18. (9) Valencia 11-3
The Vikings split a pair of games vs. league rival Canyon of Canyon Country and had to take a short tumble in this week's rankings. Matt Aidem pitched a six-hitter and walked just one in a 4-0 win over the Cowboys, who bounced back to win the second game, 3-2.
19. (nr) Woodcreek (Roseville) 15-1-1
The Timberwolves were fortunate to survive a 3-2 game vs. Granite Bay as the Grizzlies loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the seventh. One run did score on a sacrifice fly, but two fly ball outs preserved Woodcreek's win. The Timberwolves won earlier in the week against Granite Bay, 6-3.
20. (nr) St. Francis (Mountain View) 16-4
The Lancers won a slugfest, 10-6, over St. Ignatius of San Francisco to stay one game behind Serra in the WCAL and remain in front of Valley Christian, Mitty, Bellarmine and others. With Valley Christian joining this year, the WCAL may have become the best league in the state.