OVERALL STATE TOP 20 BASEBALL RANKINGS

Serra of San Mateo is sort of like the Long Beach Poly of baseball because of its famous alums and this week Padre fans everywhere should be happy as their team is now No. 4 (up from No. 7) in this week's state top 20. Also on the rise are La Quinta of Westminster, Canyon of Anaheim and Mater Dei.

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

1. (1) La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad) 20-1

There's some tough games coming up this week for the Mavericks, but last week that wasn't the case as they rolled over Oceanside, 9-1, and El Camino of Oceanside, 9-2. The win streak was up to 15 games.

2. (2) Chatsworth 24-1

Jordan Sisson led coach Tom Muesborn's club to two more high-scoring wins. Sisson first went 4-for-4 and scored four runs in a 9-0 win over Granada Hills and then smacked a pair of homers in a 7-5 win over the same team. Justin Cassel's pitching in the first game also was huge. He finished with a one-hitter and struck out seven.

3. (6) La Quinta (Westminster) 21-2

There's still one more week to go before the Aztecs will play unbeaten Pacifica in a two-game series that will decide the Garden Grove League title. If Pacifica wins even one of those games, it's going to make a lot of us who do rankings look pretty bad. La Quinta won last week 25-0 in six innings and 5-2 over Santiago of Garden Grove.

4. (7) Serra (San Mateo) 23-3

Two swings of the bat from Chris Dubon helped the Padres make a major move in this week's rankings. Dubon's grand slam against St. Ignatius in the seventh inning and a two-run double against Mitty (also in the seventh inning) gave Serra two more big West Catholic Athletic League wins. And with El Capitan, Capistrano Valley and Huntington Beach Edison all taking losses last week, Serra and La Quinta were able to jump up three spots.

5. (8) Canyon (Anaheim) 17-4

Chris Morinello and Ryan Thompson both had two hits and a home run as the Comanches stayed on top in the nails-like Century League with an 8-1 win over Tustin. It wasn't that long ago when Canyon wasn't even in the top 20 and now it's in the top five.

6. (9) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 18-4

Give the Monarchs credit for playing Div. V Arrowhead Christian in a nonleague game. They had little to gain, but a lot to lose. MD took care of business with a 4-1 win, paced by Kyle Nash's two-hit pitching over five innings of work.

7. (5) Edison (Huntington Beach) 19-4

After losing the first game of a two-game set to Marina, the Chargers came back to take the second game, 2-1 in nine innings. Both runs came in separate innings when Robbie Blauer connected on two-out RBI doubles. Winning pitcher David Huff fanned eight and upped his own record to 8-1.

8. (3) El Capitan (Lakeside) 17-3

The San Diego Union-Tribune dropped the Vaqueros down behind Montgomery in its own rankings after they lost 5-3 in 10 innings to Santana of Santee. If we did the same, though, that would drop El Capitan way down to No. 16. We decided that's too much since it was still only their third loss of the season.

9. (10) Clayton Valley (Concord) 19-3

Coach Bob Ralston's bunch had a strong week with wins over De La Salle and Deer Valley, two of their toughest opponents in the Bay Valley Athletic League. Against Deer Valley, Sonny Mares was the winning pitcher (he's now 4-0) and Chris Salmon went 2-for-4 with a run scored.

10. (11) Armijo (Fairfield) 22-2

Chalk up two more wins for the Indians. In a 8-0 victory vs. Fairfield, Morgan Lauer pitched a two-hitter. Then in a 10-3 romp vs. Vallejo, Patrick Lemelle went 3-for-4 and Bino Thompson 2-for-3.

11. (12) Buchanan (Clovis) 23-4

A nip-and-tuck affair against Bullard resulted in a 3-2 Bears' win. A double and an RBI from Jeremiah Lapomardo gave them a two-game sweep of that series. In the first game of the week, Brett Prieto and Dominic Foster both had two RBI as Buchanan won, 7-3.

12. (13) El Dorado (Placentia) 17-5

El Modena wasn't feelin' very funky after the Golden Eagles won by 11-4 and 9-4 in a pair of Century League games. Frank Lonigro roped a pair of doubles and had five RBI in the first game. Brendon Schnebly had three hits, including a grand slam homer, in the second.

13. (14) Rancho Bernardo (San Diego) 17-3

We don't want to jinx them, but the Broncos may be starting to get on the kind of end-of-season roll many in the San Diego area have become familiar with in recent years. Note: We already know they have a big win this week over Rancho Buena Vista.

14. (4) Capistrano Valley (Mission Viejo) 19-3

The Cougars gave up a six-spot in the top of the seventh inning and lost, 8-2, in the first game of a two-game set against Mission Viejo. They came back to take the second game, 12-6, which saved them from dropping out of the state top 20. Gary Gattis led Capo in that one with a pair of homers.

15. (15) Montgomery (San Diego) 18-4

Kevin Fox got his knocks, two of which went for homers, in a 13-8 win in eight innings over Grossmont of La Mesa in a nonleague game. The Aztecs also won last week 2-1 over Sweetwater of National City, thanks mostly to Arturo Reyes tripling in the fourth inning.

16. (16) Mission Bay (San Diego) 19-4

Pitching keyed the Bucs to a pair of wins. Jared Suwyn improved to 8-0 with a five-hitter in a 12-2 win over Serra and Matt Bush tossed a three-hitter with 11 strikeouts in a 5-1 triumph over Kearny.

17. (17) Camarillo 16-3

The way the Scorpions are dominating so far in the Pacific View League, they may be in the ratings and on the rise for the next two weeks prior to the start of the playoffs.

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

The Chargers belted Willow Glen of San Jose, 12-0, in their only reported action of the week and are still No. 2 in the CIF Central Coast Section behind Serra.

19. (20) Arlington (Riverside) 17-3

Steve Goins and Chris Lopez both had four hits and three RBI as the Lions had their way with J.W. North of Riverside, 16-3. Arlington also won last week 11-0 over Moreno Valley as Dan Montenez hurled his fourth shutout of the season.

20. (19) Marina (Huntington Beach) 16-6

We almost moved up the Vikings for having a 1-1 week since both games were against state-ranked Edison. In the game they won, 7-3, Daric Barton connected for a three-run homer and Wes Etheridge pitched a five-hitter.


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