CAL-HI SPORTS BAY AREA TOP 20 BASEBALL

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. 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 all week since we just returned from a trip to the East Coast.

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

1. (1) Serra (San Mateo) 21-3

2. (5) Clayton Valley (Concord) 17-3

3. (3) Armijo (Fairfield) 20-2

4. (4) Leland (San Jose) 19-2

5. (8) Las Lomas (Walnut Creek) 12-0

6. (2) St. Francis (Mountain View) 18-6

7. (11) Deer Valley (Antioch) 17-4-1

8. (10) Valley Christian (San Jose) 18-6-1

9. (13) California (San Ramon) 11-4

10. (9) Leigh (San Jose) 18-5-1

11. (14) Mitty (San Jose) 17-8

12. (nr) Rancho Cotate (Rohnert Park) 11-4

13. (7) Casa Grande (Petaluma) 17-1

14. (12) Wilcox (Santa Clara) 18-6

15. (19) El Cerrito 12-3

16. (16) De La Salle (Concord) 13-7

17. (18) Benicia 14-6-1

18. (6) Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland) 15-5

19. (nr) Foothill (Pleasanton) 11-6

20. (15) North Monterey County (Castroville) 20-6

Notes & Highlights

Armijo kept on rolling in the Monticello Empire League of the Sac-Joaquin Section with a 9-7 win last Friday over Will C. Wood of Vacaville. Bino Thompson went 4-for-5 and Mike Engell had a double and a homer for the Indians. So why did Armijo get jumped in this week's rankings by Clayton Valley? Not only did the Eagles wrap up a first-place finish at the Willie Stargell Classic in Alameda, but one of Armijo's losses was by 13-3 to De La Salle, a team that Clayton Valley had defeated and is currently leading in the Bay Valley Athletic League.

John Irby collected seven RBI and was the winning pitcher (upping his season record to 6-0) as Valley Christian won the Valley Christian Crown Classic with an 18-6 triumph in the title game over Wilcox. It was the first time the Crusaders have beaten the defending CCS champs in eight games. Angel Bravo's three-run homer ignited a scoring barrage by Valley Christian that included 15 runs in the second, third and fourth innings.

Bishop O'Dowd stayed in the top 20 despite losing three times in the West Coast Classic. It is one of the toughest tournaments in the state, after all, and the Dragons can still be a force the rest of the season. Two teams that did drop from last week were previous No. 17 Ukiah and previous No. 20 San Ramon Valley.


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