CAL-HI SPORTS BAY AREA TOP 20 BASEBALL

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. 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 17; last week's ranking in parentheses)

1. (2) Armijo (Fairfield) 26-2

2. (3) Serra (San Mateo) 28-4

3. (1) Clayton Valley (Concord) 22-4

4. (4) St. Francis (Mountain View) 25-7

5. (5) Leland (San Jose) 22-3

6. (8) Wilcox (Santa Clara) 26-7

7. (nr) Casa Grande (Petaluma) 21-2

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

9. (7) Valley Christian (San Jose) 22-9-1

10. (10) De La Salle (Concord) 18-8

11. (12) Las Lomas (Walnut Creek) 18-4

12. (6) California (San Ramon) 16-6

13. (17) Leigh (San Jose) 22-8

14. (nr) Redwood (Larkspur) 20-4

15. (15) El Cerrito 18-4

16. (14) Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland) 18-6

17. (18) North Monterey County (Castroville) 26-7

18. (11) Deer Valley (Antioch) 19-7-1

19. (19) Carmel 26-6

20. (nr) Lowell (San Francisco) 24-6

Notes & Highlights

With a 19-game winning streak, including a 2-0 win over Yuba City in last Saturday's first-round of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs, Solano County's Armijo is the new No. 1 team in these rankings. Sophomore pitcher Tyrell Harris pitched the shutout for the Indians and remained unbeaten on the season. Fellow sophomore Morgan Lauer also is an unbeaten pitcher for the team as is junior Corey Jackson.

Previous No. 1 Clayton Valley dropped a 10-8 game to Antioch in the Bay Valley Athletic League, although the Eagles came back later in the week for a big 3-0 win over Freedom that kept them in first-place. Jimmy Gilbert tossed a three-hitter and Matt Reid threw out a runner at home plate from the outfield to lead Clayton Valley.

Serra also was able to move back in front of Clayton Valley due to the Padres winning the West Catholic Athletic League playoffs. They avenged a recent loss to St. Francis in the final with a dramatic 6-5 triumph. Chuck Lofgren pounded a home run to win the game leading off the bottom of the seventh inning and ended a 3-for-3 evening.

Casa Grande was accidentally omitted from last week's top 20 and we've now finally received some solid info out of Marin County. Redwood can go in ahead of El Cerrito for having a win over the Gauchos and for improved to 14-0 in the MCAL last week.

There are teams with nine losses in these rankings, but nobody yet with 10, which is why Live Oak had to drop out. Freedom of Oakley is a good team with nine losses, but the Falcons only have 13 wins, which isn't enough to be ranked. They still deserve a pat on the back for last week's 10-6 win over Deer Valley.


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