OVERALL STATE TOP 20 SOFTBALL RANKINGS

Notre Dame of Salinas, Valencia and Clovis West move up to 4-5-6 slots as Corona and Rosary drop down. Newcomers this week are Clovis (uh-oh, here they come), Simi Valley and Don Lugo.

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

1. (1) Pacifica (Garden Grove) 25-2

If the Mariners and No. 2 Mater Dei both win CIF Southern Section titles, we wonder if there's any way the title game of the Arizona TOC can be played after all? That rainout could turn out to be one of the most significant rainouts in California softball history. On the other hand, if they both lose in the playoffs, it won't mean a thing.

2. (2) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 22-3

There are no ties in the state rankings, but the Monarchs have just about moved into one with Pacifica for the top spot. They finally got to play that Serra League showdown game against No. 5 Rosary and won, 4-3. Then on the weekend, Mater Dei won twice in the round-robin Thousand Oaks tourney. Sharee Zaleski seemed to get a number of the team's clutch hits during the week.

3. (3) Santiago (Corona) 21-3

After a 1-0 win earlier in the week over Norco, the Sharks went up against league rival and state-ranked Corona and won, 6-0. That's now two wins in three tries for Santiago against the Panthers. Taryne Mowatt pitched a three-hitter with 14 strikeouts and collected three hits herself in the big victory.

4. (6) Notre Dame (Salinas) 26-2

This might be as high as we can put the Spirits since they generally play in the CIF Central Coast Section Div. IV playoffs, not exactly the toughest bracket in the state to win. Kim Reeder began the week with a 0.00 ERA in league games and had a .400 league batting average.

5. (7) Valencia 24-3

Ashley Herrera and Danyale Peterson both homered in a 6-2 triumph over Burroughs of Burbank. The Vikings also won last week over Burbank's other public high school, Burbank High, 7-0. They figure to be seeded No. 2 in the CIFSS Div. I playoffs behind Mater Dei.

6. (8) Clovis West (Fresno) 33-3

Brooke McCrain crushed a grand slam homer as the Golden Eagles blanked Buchanan of Clovis, 5-0, to wrap up the Tri-City Athletic Conference title. Buchanan was just coming off a 1-0 win over previous state No. 12 Bullard.

7. (9) Mitty (San Jose) 24-2

The Monarchs are heavily favored to win this week's first West Catholic Athletic League girls softball playoffs. They haven't lost since a setback to Notre Dame of Salinas in the title game of a tournament last month.

8. (10) El Modena (Orange) 20-4

Locked in a battle vs. Anaheim Canyon for the Century League title, the Vanguards almost blew it in a game against Villa Park. They finally broke a 0-0 tie in the eighth inning on a RBI ground out by Lauren Smith and went on for a 1-0 win.

9. (11) Royal (Simi Valley) 18-4

Heather Erickson, Devon Hofland and Janessa Allen all went 3-for-4 in a 3-2 win over Moorpark. Earlier in the week, Nicole Hartfield had four hits in five at-bats in a 12-1 romp vs. Calabasas.

10. (13) Mt. Carmel (San Diego) 21-2

Vanessa Soto went 3-for-3 in one game and scored the winning run in the other as the Sundevils held on to the top ranking in the CIF San Diego Section. Soto's three hits keyed a 2-0 win over Oceanside. Then in a extra-inning battle against La Costa Canyon, she gave Mt. Carmel a 1-0 win in the eighth by racing home on a suicide squeeze bunt by Erin Flores.

11. (4) Corona 21-4

That one win against Santiago a few weeks back had the Panthers ranked very high, but now that they've lost two to the Sharks they have to go back behind several teams that are top-ranked in their section. Corona did get a win last week, 5-1, over Jurupa Valley.

12. (14) Bonita Vista (Chula Vista) 23-2

The Barons marched on toward the postseason in the CIF San Diego Section with a 13-0 rout of Montgomery. Emily Turner pitched a perfect game and had 12 strikeouts.

13. (15) University City (San Diego) 18-4-1

A three-win week for the Centurions was capped with Lisa Dodd hitting her 13th homer of the season in a 3-1 nonleague win over Rancho Bernardo. Dodd earlier had two homers and a double against Coronado. Dodd needs two more home runs to tie the state season record, but another girl from the San Diego Section, Yvonne Townsend of San Diego High, is right behind her with 12.

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

The Vikings revved up for this weekend's opening games of the CIF Sac Joaquin Section Div. III playoffs with wins of 10-0 over River City and 2-0 over Rio Linda. They could face another team with just three losses, East Union of Manteca, in a second-round game next week.

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

The climb back toward the top 10 continued for the Falcons with another perfect week in the Bay Valley Athletic League. It would be good for their final ranking if Vanden lost in the Sac-Joaquin and Clovis won in the Central Section playoffs.

16. (19) California (Whittier) 19-5

Jennifer Davis pitched a one-hitter with 13 strikeouts in one game and went 4-for-4 with three RBI in another as the Condors won twice on Saturday in the La Mirada pool play tourney. Earlier in the week, Davis notched her third perfect game of the season in a 1-0 win over Santa Fe.

17. (5) Rosary (Fullerton) 19-5

Looks like the CIF Southern Section Coaches Poll was wrong and the L.A. Times' Martin Henderson was right in the season-long ranking of this team, not so much due to the 4-3 loss to Mater Dei but more due to the other loss last week to Loara of Anaheim.

18. (nr) Clovis 26-7

The Cougars haven't lost in more than a month and are now finally starting to look like the preseason No. 1 team in the state. Wins last week were 8-0 over Central of Fresno and 7-0 over Clovis East. Jennifer Reynolds homered and pitched a two-hitter against Clovis East.

19. (nr) Simi Valley 17-6

This team was 14-13-1 a year ago, so you could say longtime Pioneers' coach Suzanne Manlet has done a good job this season. Pitcher Chanel Roehner began this week with a 0.50 ERA.

20. (nr) Don Lugo (Chino) 23-1

This is another one of those teams the CIF coaches like and the L.A. Times doesn't. We say 23-1 is 23-1, and since we're only talking about the No. 20 spot, why not Don Lugo? The Conquistadors were no-hit last week by Diamond Ranch's Amanda Klimczak, but they still won, 1-0, in eight innings due to an unearned run. They have a pretty good pitcher in their own right in Brittany Martinez.


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