OVERALL STATE TOP 20 SOFTBALL RANKINGS

Newcomers this week are California of Whittier and Rancho Buena Vista of Vista. Another San Diego Section school, Mt. Carmel, had a chance to receive a strong bump (possibly into the top five) but an upset loss to Carlsbad spoiled the fun.

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

1. (1) Pacifica (Garden Grove) 23-2

Brittany Weil threw one-hit and three-hit shutouts as the Mariners posted a pair of Garden Grove League wins. In the first win, by a 2-0 score vs. Rancho Alamitos, Weil struck out eight. She added an RBI double in the second win, which was by 3-0 vs. Garden Grove.

2. (2) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 18-3

The Monarchs prepped for this week's showdown against Rosary with triumphs of 5-1 over Bishop Amat and 13-3 vs. Santa Margarita. Lauren Geer smacked a two-run homer in the first game and Heather Johnson went 3-for-3 with three RBI in the second.

3. (3) Santiago (Corona) 19-3

Justine Yacco went wacko with three hits and three RBI in a 7-0 win by the Sharks over La Sierra of Riverside. Earlier in the week, Taryne Mowatt pitched coach John Perez's team past Centennial of Corona, 4-0.

4. (4) Corona 20-3

Among the top four teams, the Panthers had the closest calls last week, winning by just 1-0 over Norco and 3-1 in 11 innings against Centennial of Corona. Centennial came into that game with just five wins on the season, but Corona coach Jo Ann Byrd used Katie Bowling as the pitcher and not ace freshman Brittney Barger.

5. (5) Rosary (Fullerton) 18-3

Lizzie Hagen hit for the cycle as the Royals crushed Santa Margarita, 10-0, and Kaitlin Cochran hit a three-run homer to account for all the runs in a 3-0 victory over St. Joseph of Lakewood. That set the stage nicely for this week's game against Mater Dei.

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

The Spirits broke open a pitcher's duel between their own Kim Reeder and All-American Monica Abbott of North Salinas with a four-spot in the top of the 11th inning. North Salinas came back for a run in the bottom of the inning, but Notre Dame wound up with a 4-1 win.

7. (8) Valencia 22-3

The Vikings get to move up one spot this week after winning twice and previous No. 7 Bonita Vista losing one to Mt. Carmel in the San Diego Section.

8. (11) Clovis West (Fresno) 31-3

The wins are starting to pile up for the Golden Eagles, so we gave them a push in the rankings this week ahead of Mitty. Last week's wins were 2-1 over Buchanan and 3-0 over Madera. Shannon Garvin was a key figure in both games as she scored the go-ahead run in the sixth inning against Buchanan on a single by Nikki Wilson and had two RBI against Madera.

9. (9) Mitty (San Jose) 22-2

Christy Murray pitched a three-hitter as the Monarchs won a nonleague game, 6-1, over Westmont of Campbell. It was a 1-1 game until the fifth when Mitty scored five times.

10. (12) El Modena (Orange) 18-4

Lindsay Klein cracked a two-run single and pitched a two-hitter as the Vanguards kept pace with the other highly-ranked teams from Orange County with a 3-0 win over Brea-Olinda. In El Modena's other game last week, Elizabeth Walters went 4-for-4 with three RBI in a 16-2 rout of Tustin.

11. (13) Royal (Simi Valley) 15-4

Anytime you have a 2-0 week in the Marmonte League it's a great feeling. The Highlanders didn't give up a run, either, as Newbury Park and Agoura were shut out.

12. (14) Bullard (Fresno) 24-3

Cori Haw stroked an RBI single in the 10th inning to give the Knights a 2-1 win over Madera. Don't look now, Bullard and Clovis West, but preseason state No. 1 Clovis is starting to come on, judging from Jennifer Reynolds' no-hitter against Clovis East.

13. (10) Mt. Carmel (San Diego) 18-2

It was a strange week for the Sundevils. They could have been bumped up among the top five after a 6-4 win early in the week over previous No. 7 Bonita Vista. Kristie Fox and Katie Vickers both had three hits as Mt. Carmel roughed up BV ace Emily Turner for 10 hits. In the next game, though, it was the Sundevils who fell in a 4-3 upset to Carlsbad in eight innings.

14. (7) Bonita Vista (Chula Vista) 22-2

After losing the game to Mt. Carmel, the Barons came back to beat Eastlake of Chula Vista, 4-2, on a two-hitter by Turner. The LSU-bound senior has been gritting her teeth a lot lately with a sore back and will have to gut it out for the rest of the season.

15. (15) University City (San Diego) 16-4-1

One week it's Lisa Dodd's pitching and the next it's hitting. Last week, it was hitting as Dodd smashed her 10th homer of the season in a 17-0 rout of Mission Bay. Dodd also finished 2-for-3 and raised her batting average to .542.

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

Anjelica Selden struck out 34 batters in a pair of league wins by the Vikings. The dominant junior had 17 Ks and one-hit allowed in a 1-0 win in eight innings vs. Foothill of Sacramento. She also had 17 Ks and a no-hitter in a 6-0 win vs. Dixon.

17. (19) Moreau Catholic (Hayward) 15-2

The Mariners, still fresh from their Livermore Stampede title, improved to 8-0 in the Hayward Area Athletic League with a 10-0 romp past Tennyson. Margaret Mascak pitched a no-hitter and Lizzy Prescott drove in three runs.

18. (20) Freedom (Oakley) 17-2

Rhiannon Thomas collected four hits and scored three runs in a 17-0 victory over Ygnacio Valley of Concord. If the Falcons win twice this week against Carondelet and Antioch, they'll probably wind up going unbeaten in the Bay Valley Athletic League.

19. (nr) California (Whittier) 15-5

We had the Condors in the preseason top 10 and most of their losses were in games they easily could have won. Last week, Jennifer Davis tossed a pair of no-hitters. The second one, which came in a 8-0 win over Whittier, also was her third straight.

20. (nr) Rancho Buena Vista (Vista) 18-2-1

Coach Dennis Snell's team is a solid No. 4 in the San Diego Section and with only two losses was chosen to go into this week's top 20 instead of keeping Simi Valley in there with six losses. The Longhorns moved closer to a Palomar League title last week with a 6-0 win over Poway as sophomore Katie Nelson tossed a five-hit shutout.


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