OVERALL STATE TOP 20 BASEBALL RANKINGS

Jason Dominguez has a big week and his team from Chatsworth High is now No. 2 overall in the state. Top-ranked La Costa Canyon, meanwhile, pulled out the heavy lumber in three wins and remained in the No. 1 position.

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

1. (1) La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad) 18-1

The Mavericks celebrated their rise to the top last week with scorefest wins of 14-8 over Fallbrook, 15-11 over Carlsbad and 21-8 over Oceanside. Against Oceanside, Andrew Nacario went 4-for-5 with six runs scored and five RBI, Joey Burke went 3-for-4 with three runs and four RBI and Johnny Zepeda went 4-for-5. La Costa Canyon started this week on a 13-game winning streak.

2. (3) Chatsworth 22-1

Jason Dominguez pitched a two-hitter and smacked a two-run homer as the Chancellors completed a two-game sweep of Reseda Cleveland with a 3-0 triumph. The next day Chatsworth wrapped up a title romp through its own tourney with a 13-1 win in five innings vs. Marshall of Los Angeles. Dominguez hit a three-run homer.

3. (5) El Capitan (Lakeside) 16-2

Like La Costa Canyon, El Cap has had some hot bats. The team rang up five homers, including two from Jordan Abruzzo, in a 10-9 win over Christian of El Cajon. Then in a 10-6 victory vs. West Hills of Santee, Abruzzo didn't see many good pitches, but Vern Wengeler did (who hits behind him) and delivered a pair of three-run homers.

4. (2) Capistrano Valley (Mission Viejo) 18-2

Even though the Cougars split a pair of games with San Clemente last week, they still only have two losses for the season so we kept them in front of onrushing Orange County rivals like Edison, Canyon and Mater Dei. One more loss could result in a major slide.

5. (6) Edison (Huntington Beach) 18-3

Garrett Young was the hitting standout for the Chargers in a pair of wins over Fountain Valley. Young had two doubles in a 11-7 win and then went 3-for-4 with a homer, a double and six RBI in a 15-2 triumph.

6. (8) La Quinta (Westminster) 19-2

It looks like pitcher/hitter Ian Kennedy will get to play this week after missing more than half the season with an injury. La Quinta won last week 5-2 and 8-1 over Garden Grove. Brian Wason picked up the pitching win in the first game of the week and improved to 8-0.

7. (10) Serra (San Mateo) 21-3

It would have been a good thing for Serra's ranking this week and down the road if either WCAL rival Mitty or St. Francis was able to win last week's West Coast Classic. Mater Dei beat both, which is a good thing for all teams in the CIF Southern Section.

8. (11) Canyon (Anaheim) 16-4

After beating Capistrano Valley the week before, this team stayed hot last week with a pair of victories over previous No. 4 El Dorado. Justin McClure's 4-for-4 batting performance sparked the first win, by a 9-6 score, and a grand slam by Chris Winger keyed the second, which was 7-4.

9. (13) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 17-4

There were some anxious moments in both the semifinal and final of the West Coast Classic, but the Monarchs prevailed. In a 14-9 win in nine innings over St. Francis of Mountain View, Tim Stewart's grand slam broke open a tight game. In the final, Mater Dei downed host Mitty of San Jose, 7-5, behind the clutch relief pitching of Kyle Nash.

10. (16) Clayton Valley (Concord) 17-3

The Eagles rapped out 35 runs on 35 hits in three outings of the Willie Stargell Classic in Alameda and won the tourney title. They defeated Freedom of Oakley, 8-1, in the final, beating a team they had lost to just the week before in a league game.

11. (14) Armijo (Fairfield) 20-2

Rain and mud didn't prevent the Indians from playing a league game against Will C. Wood of Vacaville and it didn't slow down their winning ways, either. In the bottom of the eighth inning, Mike Engell connected for a home run with two aboard that erased a 7-6 deficit and resulted in a 9-7 victory.

12. (9) Buchanan (Clovis) 21-4

The Bears are still No. 1 in the CIF Central Section despite splitting a pair of games against Madera. Coach Tom Donald's team dropped the first game, 5-4, but won the second, 5-3. Jason Donald had home runs in both games and went a combined 4-for-8.

13. (4) El Dorado (Placentia) 15-5

The only highlight during the week for the Golden Hawks was provided by Ray Kaptur, who collected four hits in the team's first loss of the week to Canyon of Anaheim.

14. (18) Rancho Bernardo (San Diego) 15-3

Johnny Drennen now has nine homers on the season for the Broncos after hitting a pair in a 6-0 victory over Vista. Brandon Burke pitched that game and finished with a three-hitter.

15. (12) Montgomery (San Diego) 16-4

A 13-game win streak by the Aztecs came to an end with a 2-1 loss to Chula Vista. Earlier in the week, though, all was good as David Julio pitched a no-hitter in a 2-0 victory over Bonita Vista of Chula Vista.

16. (7) Mission Bay (San Diego) 17-4

Since making it to the semifinals of the National Classic, the Bucs have been slipping. They blanked Clairemont, 4-0, but then dropped one by a 2-1 count to University of San Diego.

17. (19) Camarillo 15-3

The Scorpions took a 15-game winning streak into this week. The big news, though, was that coach Scott Cline has decided he won't use superstar Delmon Young as a pitcher anymore. The probable No. 1 draft choice in June has developed some tendonitis and the coach says he wants to take no chances.

18. (nr) Leland (San Jose) 19-2

Kyle Woodruff might be the state's winningest pitcher after he improved to 9-0 by throwing a five-hitter in a 5-3 nonleague win by the Chargers last Saturday over Gilroy.

19. (nr) Marina (Huntington Beach) 15-5

The Vikings got ready for this week's two-game set against No. 5 Edison by winning 4-0 and 9-0 over Huntington Beach. Wes Etheridge tossed a three-hitter in the first game. Jason Jordan went 3-for-3 with a homer and three RBI in the second.

20. (nr) Arlington (Riverside) 13-3

Lucas Duda was one happy dude after he dug down and deposited a pair of home runs in the Lions' 4-3 win over Riverside Poly. Zach Zinicola won a pitching matchup vs. former teammate JoJo Reyes and finished with nine strikeouts.


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