OVERALL STATE TOP 20 SOFTBALL RANKINGS

The crazy scramble for the top spots could widen to more teams (including Mt. Carmel of San Diego and Notre Dame of Salinas) before games between the top teams start to settle down the order.

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

1. (1) Pacifica (Garden Grove) 21-2

Coach Rob Weil's club has to win out the rest of its season for a shot to be No. 1 in the final rankings since the CIF Southern Section Division III playoffs it will be in is not as strong as Division I or Division II. The Mariners won 20-0 over La Quinta of Westminster and 14-0 over Los Amigos of Fountain Valley in mercy-rule games after their loss early in the week in the Woodbridge tourney final.

2. (4) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 16-3

There still lacks a clear-cut No. 1 right now, but the Monarchs may be in the best position to build a case for themselves in the next few weeks. They are in the Thousand Oaks tourney, they play Rosary next week and they will be in the CIFSS Division I playoffs. Win all that and a mythical state crown may be painted red even if Pacifica doesn't drop a game.

3. (3) Santiago (Corona) 17-3

The Sharks can still be ahead of Corona even though they lost last week to the Panthers, 1-0, in 11 innings because Corona lost the day before and two days before that. Santiago still has a win over Pacifica and doubleheader split with Mater Dei. In the second game of last week, Santiago downed Jurupa Valley of Mira Loma, 7-0, behind Taryne Mowatt's perfect game. The junior struck out 16 and posted her 15th season shutout.

4. (2) Corona 18-3

That's what we get for trying to be cute last week and including some early week scores. Seems that one of them -- a 2-0 loss by Corona to El Modena in the third-place game of the Woodbridge tourney that occurred the day before the Panthers nipped Santiago, 1-0, in that league game -- wasn't reported anywhere we looked. The Panthers are still in the hunt to be No. 1, but they shouldn't have been second last week.

5. (5) Rosary (Fullerton) 16-3

The last time the Royals played was April 8 when they blanked Bishop Amat, 2-0. This week, they are returning to action with games vs. Santa Margarita and St. Joseph of Lakewood. Rosary is still No. 1 in the CIFSS Div. I coaches poll (ahead of Mater Dei), but isn't even in the top 10 in the L.A. Times top 25 (which Mater Dei leads).

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

Kim Reeder pitched a one-hitter and collected three hits herself as the Spirits captured top honors at the Watsonville tourney with an 8-0 romp in the final over Monterey. Notre Dame won in the semis, 1-0, over Gilroy in eight innings and topped Watsonville 4-0 in the quarters.

7. (7) Bonita Vista (Chula Vista) 20-1

It was an easy week for the Barons as Kristine Minter fired a one-hitter and homered in a 9-0 triumph vs. Sweetwater and Kristi Randall went 3-for-4 in a 11-0 win vs. Montgomery. There won't be a debate next week about San Diego's No. 1 ranking, though, as Bonita Vista has already lost this week to Mt. Carmel.

8. (10) Valencia 20-3

Ashley Herrera had the hot bat for the Vikings in wins of 8-0 over Burroughs of Burbank and 2-0 over Saugus. She had six hits in the two games, including a homer.

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

The Monarchs return to West Catholic Athletic League play this week with a firm hold on first-place. They've been either first or second in the Central Coast Section rankings since the opening weeks of the season.

10. (11) Mt. Carmel (San Diego) 17-1

Here's a team that we already know is going to make a significant jump in next week's rankings. The Sundevils only have one loss on their record and they just beat Bonita Vista (that result won't get reflected in the rankings until next week). If they end the year with one loss and a Division I section title, they'll have a legitimate shot to be State Team of the Year.

11. (12) Clovis West (Fresno) 29-3

Shannon Garvin scored the game's only run on a wild pitch in the sixth inning as the Golden Eagles edged Bullard, 1-0, in a battle of state-ranked teams.

12. (16) El Modena (Orange) 16-4

After losing twice to Canyon of Anaheim the week before, the Vanguards bounced back to beat Corona in the third-place game of the Woodbridge tourney. Later in the week, El Modena downed El Dorado of Placentia, 3-1, as Lindsey Klein gave up no earned runs and went 3-for-4 on offense.

13. (14) Royal (Simi Valley) 13-4

The Highlanders are involved in so many close games in the Marmonte League they can go way up or way down in the rankings based on one or two crazy bounces of the ball.

14. (13) Bullard (Fresno) 23-3

That 1-0 loss to Clovis West didn't hurt the Knights that much in this week's rankings. All it did was basically flip-flop them with Royal.

15. (15) University City (San Diego) 15-4-1

Lisa Dodd has made headlines mostly as a hitter this year, but the All-American, of course, also can pitch. Last week in a 1-0 win by the Centurions over University, Dodd rang up 14 strikeouts in a no-hitter. It was her second no-hitter of the season and ninth of her prep career.

16. (17) North Salinas (Salinas) 15-4

Coach Keith Berg's club had a big game looming this week vs. Notre Dame of Salinas. Both teams, though, could go on to win CCS titles as they will likely be competiting in different divisions.

17. (18) Vanden (Travis AFB) 14-3-1

The Vikings returned to action after spring break with a 10-0 rout of Antelope Center. It was their 11th straight win and 10th straight shutout. The team's first two losses of the year (in the first two games) came when ace pitcher Anjelica Selden was still on the school's basketball team.

18. (19) Simi Valley 14-5

Heidi Knabe smacked a pair of solo homers to account for both runs the Pioneers would need in a 2-1 victory over Hueneme of Oxnard.

19. (nr) Moreau Catholic (Hayward) 13-2

Lizzy Prescott pitched three straight shutouts as Moreau beat previous No. 8 Freedom in addition to Foothill of Pleasanton and Livermore to win the annual Livermore Stampede tourney.

20. (8) Freedom (Oakley) 15-2

The Falcons had to drop this far in the rankings to go behind the team they lost to at the Livermore Stampede. They did post a nice win in the tourney, though, over Foothill of Pleasanton.


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