OVERALL STATE TOP 20 BASEBALL RANKINGS

Due to previous No. 4 Serra of San Mateo losing last week to St. Francis, the No. 3, No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 teams in the top 20 are all from Orange County. We also welcome Quartz Hill and Foothill of Tustin into the top 20 for the first time this season.

(After games of May 10; last week's rank in parentheses)

1. (1) La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad) 23-1

Andrew Nacario got the week off to a strong start with a first-inning homer in a 6-5 triumph over Mt. Carmel of San Diego. Later, the Mavericks swept a double-dip from Fallbrook, winning 9-4 and 16-12. An 11-run outburst in the fourth and fifth innings sealed the final victory. A possible tough call for the final No. 1 ranking is brewing if both La Costa Canyon and Chatsworth run the table and win section titles.

2. (2) Chatsworth 26-1

We'll be asked so here's why we have the Chancellors behind La Costa Canyon right now: If the Mavericks go on and win the San Diego Section Div. I title with one loss, that would be a tougher path than Chatsworth doing the same in the L.A. City Section. Remember, the San Diego Section now has double-elimination playoffs. La Costa Canyon could drop a game and still win its section title. A loss like that, though, would force Chatsworth to go to No. 1 if it were to keep winning.

3. (3) La Quinta (Westminster) 23-2

Poor ‘ol Bolsa Grande got fed to the Aztecs as coach Dave Demarest was preparing them for the two-game series this week against Pacifica. The Aztecs won by scores of 17-0 and 13-0. Pacifica won't be unbeaten for this week's games, either, as it fell for the first time this year in a 2-0 loss to Ocean View of Huntington Beach.

4. (5) Canyon (Anaheim) 20-4

The Comanches capped a strong week with a 12-3 triumph over Brea-Olinda of Brea. Justin McClure had two doubles among three hits and drove in three runs. Garrett Green also had two RBI. Canyon won the first game of the week against Brea-Olinda, 7-2.

5. (6) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 20-4

The Monarchs look like the top-seeded team in the CIF Southern Section Div. I playoffs. In its 20th win of the season, Mater Dei pounded St. John Bosco of Bellflower, 13-2. Mike Torres had three doubles and a triple and scored three runs while Ian Stewart smashed his 10th homer of the season.

6. (7) Edison (Huntington Beach) 21-4

Coach Matt Mosiello's team stayed strong in the Sunset League with wins of 3-0 and 12-5 over Huntington Beach. Tommy Palica, just a sophomore, struck out eight in pitching the shutout. The second win was highlighted by J.P. Moreno's grand slam.

7. (9) Clayton Valley (Concord) 21-3

The Eagles have a nice cushion in the Bay Valley Athletic League and have built themselves into a favorite's role for the upcoming North Coast Section Class 4A playoffs.

8. (10) Armijo (Fairfield) 25-2

Patrick Lemelle had both RBI as the Indians completed a terrific regular season with a 2-1 triumph over Davis. Tyrell Harris gave up four hits in six innings to earn the pitching win. On Saturday, Armijo will open the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. I playoffs against Yuba City.

9. (13) Rancho Bernardo (San Diego) 20-3

Got to give a little bump to the Broncos this week as rankable teams with four losses are starting to pile up. Rancho Bernardo kept its loss total at three after defeating Poway, 5-1, and San Marcos, 7-3. Chris Boros tossed a five-hitter against Poway and Brett Lysander had a four-hitter against San Marcos.

10. (11) Buchanan (Clovis) 25-4

It's hard to see why the Bears weren't seeded No. 1 in the CIF Central Section Yosemite Division playoffs. Most in the local media felt that was the case after a 4-3 win over Clovis West that closed the regular season. Jason Donald's two-run homer in the fifth inning was the key blow of that game. It was his 10th home run of the season.

11. (4) Serra (San Mateo) 25-4

See what we get for making a big deal about the Padres going up to the No. 4 spot last week? They fell to St. Francis of Mountain View, 13-9, and the loss dropped them into a tie with the Lancers for the regular season title of the West Catholic Athletic League. The WCAL playoffs are this week and on the weekend the CIF Central Coast Section playoff pairings will be determined.

12. (14) Capistrano Valley (Mission Viejo) 21-3

The Cougars are primed to make another strong run at the CIFSS Div. I title. Wins last week were by 6-4 and 4-1 over El Toro. In the 4-1 victory, Jason Corder smacked a home run to lead off the fifth inning and also struck out seven in five innings of mound duty.

13. (16) Mission Bay (San Diego) 21-4

The Bucs are back up to No. 2 in the San Diego Section after El Capitan lost another one. More good news is that both of last week's wins were on shutouts, 6-0 vs. Morse and 5-0 vs. Christian of El Cajon. In the first one, Matt Bush had a two-hitter and fanned 10 while the second featured Henry Sanchez allowing three hits in five innings.

14. (17) Camarillo 19-3

A 5-5 score heading to extra-innings turned into a 14-5 win for the Scorpions as they scored nine times in the eighth. The 2002 CIFSS Div. I champs have certainly come together in recent weeks and are ready to defend their crown.

15. (18) Leland (San Jose) 21-2

We found out that the Chargers had another 2-0 week in a unique way. One of the players, Darren Gemoll, attended last Saturday's Nike Football Training Camp at Stanford and gave us the info while standing in a line to have his photo taken.

16. (nr) Clovis 21-6

This is the team that did get the No. 1 seeding for the CIF Central Section Yosemite Division playoffs. And since the Cougars are the defending champs, maybe it's not so off-base after all. Clovis won its Tri-River Athletic Conference finale, 8-2, over Clovis East behind Josh Smith's pitching (eight Ks) and Jordan Lee's hitting (HR).

17. (nr) St. Francis (Mountain View) 23-6

A win earlier in the week over St. Ignatius was No. 600 for longtime Lancers' coach Chris Bradford, but Bradford had to be more happy about No. 601 as his team banged around Serra ace Chuck Lofgren and eventually emerged with a 13-9 win. A seven-run sixth inning was capped with back-to-back homers by Steve Schields and Kyle Spraker.

18. (nr) Quartz Hill 18-3

The Rebels are actually ranked No. 1 in the CIFSS Div. II coaches poll, even ahead of Anaheim Canyon. We can't see that one, but Quartz Hill can slide into the top 20 this week. The Rebels completed a perfect run through the Golden League with a 14-7 win over Palmdale. Michael Costales homered with two on base and tripled in a run to lead Quartz Hill.

19. (nr) Foothill (Tustin) 21-3

Coach Vince Brown used to be at nearby Tustin High where one of his players was current L.A. Dodger Sean Green. He now has the Knights playing well. They're on a 12-game win streak to start this week and pitcher Phil Hughes is 10-0 with a 0.69 ERA and an 18-inning scoreless streak.

20. (12) El Dorado (Placentia) 18-6

Tustin High fits into this capsule, too, as the Tillers were the ones who knocked off the Golden Hawks, 4-2. That sixth loss would drop out most teams from the rankings, but El Dorado still has that second-place finish at the National Classic on its resume.


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