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 & softball. Note: 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.


(After games of May 3; last week's ranking in parentheses)

1. (1) Serra (San Mateo) 23-3

2. (2) Clayton Valley (Concord) 19-3

3. (3) Armijo (Fairfield) 22-2

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

5. (6) St. Francis (Mountain View) 20-6

6. (9) California (San Ramon) 12-4

7. (8) Valley Christian (San Jose) 19-7-1

8. (7) Deer Valley (Antioch) 18-5-1

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

10. (14) Wilcox (Santa Clara) 20-6

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

12. (11) Mitty (San Jose) 18-8

13. (15) El Cerrito 13-3

14. (5) Las Lomas (Walnut Creek) 14-4

15. (17) Benicia 16-6-1

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

17. (20) North Monterey County (Castroville) 22-6

18. (nr) Castro Valley 17-4

19. (nr) Ukiah 15-4

20. (16) De La Salle (Concord) 14-8

Notes & Highlights

Chris Dubon's big-time clutch hitting not only gave Serra two more wins last week in the West Catholic Athletic League, but they should help the Padres make a major move upward in this week's state rankings. In a week in which three teams ranked in the state ahead of Serra all lost, Dubon smashed a grand slam in the top of the seventh in a win over St. Ignatius and hit another grand slam against Mitty. His biggest hit of the week, though, was a double with two runners on in the bottom of the seventh in that same game against the Monarchs. Duhon's double scored both Tony Cozzolino and Chuck Lofgren as Serra went from being 5-4 down to a 6-5 win.

Foothill of Pleasanton was the only team from last week's top 20 to drop out. Foothill had to go following a 3-1 loss to Livermore. In the up-and-down EBAL, though, Foothill could be back up again with only a two-game win streak.

Wilcox pitcher Don Brandt had the unusual pleasure of being the winning pitcher twice in the same day last week. Brandt was the pitcher of record as the Chargers won the completed portion of a game that had previously been halted against Los Gatos. Then in the actual scheduled game against the Wildcats, Brandt tossed a five-hitter as Wilcox blanked Los Gatos, 11-0.

We have to admit we were a little ticked that none of Las Lomas' three losses at the San Luis Obispo tournament from the previous week were called in to the Contra Costa Times. We got those scores instead from a different newspaper after we had already posted last week's Bay Area rankings. All is forgotten, though, now that photos and details of the team's state record-tying performance against Alhambra of Martinez were sent in.

In that game, a 21-2 win by the Knights, the team smacked 10 combined homers to tie the single game state mark of 10 homers first done in 2000 by Temecula Valley of Temecula. Jeff Wilkerson cracked three of the 10 homers and also pitched a complete game win. Bryan Lee hammered three home runs as well while Diallo Fon's homer came with three on base. Tyler Anderson, Darren Graffuis and Sam Thomas also sent the ball deep during the game, too.


(After games of May 3; last week's ranking in parentheses)

1. (1) Notre Dame (Salinas) 23-2

2. (2) Mitty (San Jose) 21-2

3. (4) Vanden (Travis AFB) 16-3-1

4. (5) Moreau (Hayward) 15-2

5. (6) Freedom (Oakley) 17-2

6. (3) North Salinas (Salinas) 16-5

7. (16) Livermore 18-4

8. (8) Casa Grande (Petaluma) 17-1-1

9. (9) Carlmont (Belmont) 23-4

10. (7) Foothill (Pleasanton) 12-4

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

12. (11) Alameda 15-3

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

14. (14) Campolindo (Moraga) 13-3-1

15. (15) Acalanes (Lafayette) 17-1

16. (18) Monterey 23-2

17. (nr) Napa 18-4-2

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

19. (20) Arroyo (San Lorenzo) 15-3

20. (17) San Ramon Valley (Danville) 13-6

Notes & Highlights

By the time the season is over, Freedom could be placed ahead of the two teams it has lost to -- Vanden and Moreau -- if the Falcons win their second straight NCS Class 3A title in an impressive manner. Both Vanden and Moreau will be playing in playoff divisions that aren't quite as tough as the NCS 3A, although the Sac-Joaquin Div. III and NCS Class 2A will still offer some good competition.

No. 1 Notre Dame survived another encounter with All-American pitcher Monica Abbott and her mates at North Salinas in a Tri-County League showdown last week. Neither team scored in 10 innings of action until the Spirits came up with a four-spot in the top of the 11th. The Vikings answered with a run in the bottom of the inning, but lost, 4-1. Kim Reeder was the winning pitcher. The loss for North Salinas was another frustrating one for a team that's no doubt good enough to be No. 1. A few key hits here and there and just a little more run support for Abbott and the Vikings could be the team at 23-2 and not Notre Dame.

The only team to drop out from last week's rankings was previous No. 12 Carondelet of Concord. The Cougars lost one by a 2-1 score to Liberty of Brentwood.

Sophomore Joelle Goodman of Livermore pitched a no-hitter against Monte Vista and then came back strong with a two-hitter in a 1-0 win for the Cowboys over previous No. 7 Foothill. Livermore still has two league losses, but the win over Foothill and a second-place finish at the Livermore Stampede is enough for us to jump coach Charlie Foscalina's team into this week's top 10.

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