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 softball. 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. Note: We're going to be behind schedule all week since we just returned from an East Coast trip.

(After games of April 26; last week's ranking in parentheses)

1. (1) Notre Dame (Salinas) 22-2

2. (3) Mitty (San Jose) 20-2

3. (4) North Salinas (Salinas) 15-4

4. (5) Vanden (Travis AFB) 14-3-1

5. (9) Moreau (Hayward) 13-2

6. (2) Freedom (Oakley) 12-2

7. (7) Foothill (Pleasanton) 10-3

8. (8) Casa Grande (Petaluma) 16-1-1

9. (6) Carlmont (Belmont) 21-4

10. (14) Deer Valley (Antioch) 12-4

11. (10) Alameda 14-2

12. (11) Carondelet (Concord) 12-4

13. (13) Rancho Cotate (Rohnert Park) 12-4

14. (16) Campolindo (Moraga) 11-3-1

15. (12) Acalanes (Lafayette) 15-1

16. (15) Livermore 15-3

17. (17) San Ramon Valley (Danville) 11-4

18. (nr) Monterey 23-2

19. (19) Newark Memorial (Newark) 15-4

20. (20) Arroyo (San Lorenzo) 14-3

Notes & Highlights

After winning last weekend's Watsonville tourney, No. 1 Notre Dame has rung up 16 straight shutouts and is starting to make some moves in the Student Sports FAB 50 national rankings. Top pitcher Kim Reeder also is among the team's leading hitters. She had three hits against Monterey in the Watsonville tourney final and had three hits recently in a shutout win against Live Oak.

The region's other major tourney of last week was the Livermore Stampede and Moreau's title-game win of 5-0 over Livermore also resulted in the Mariners' getting a nice bump in this week's rankings. Lizzy Prescott pitched a three-hitter in a final and Maggie Godfrey went 3-for-4 with a double. Raksha Patel of Moreau was named the tourney MVP. Earlier in the tourney, Moreau beat previous No. 2 Freedom, 1-0, and also handed a loss to Foothill, another ranked team. Moreau was the only NCS 2A team in the field at the Stampede. All of the others were NCS 3A squads.

Monterey isn't ranked very high by the Mercury-News, but its 1-0 win over Carlmont at the Watsonville tourney and its outstanding season record made us stick the Toreadors in there this week. The team's loss to Notre Dame in the tourney final was its first in 17 outings. Coach Tu'u Sava'taesi has done a great job utilizing the varied skills of three pitchers -- Kelly Albert, Michelle Dampier and Danielle Coustette -- in making Monterey a team to watch.

The only team to drop out from last week's top 20 was previous No. 18 Alhambra of Martinez, which lost 4-0 to Acalanes. It wasn't all a great week for Acalanes, though, as the Dons lost their first game of the season, 1-0, to Campolindo.

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