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 softball. 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. (1) Notre Dame (Salinas) 28-2

2. (2) Mitty (San Jose) 28-2

3. (3) Vanden (Travis AFB) 19-3-1

4. (4) Freedom (Oakley) 20-3

5. (8) Deer Valley (Antioch) 18-4

6. (6) Carlmont (Belmont) 28-5

7. (9) Moreau Catholic (Hayward) 20-3

8. (10) Alameda 22-3

9. (14) Monterey 29-2

10. (13) Rancho Cotate (Rohnert Park) 18-4*

11. (7) Foothill (Pleasanton) 17-6

12. (5) Livermore 19-5

13. (11) Campolindo (Moraga) 16-4-1

14. (12) Acalanes (Lafayette) 20-2

15. (15) Arroyo (San Lorenzo) 19-3

16. (16) Napa 23-4-2

17. (17) Newark Memorial (Newark) 20-4

18. (19) Hollister 20-9

19. (20) North Salinas (Salinas) 20-7

20. (nr) San Ramon Valley (Danville) 16-7

Notes & Highlights

If No. 1 Notre Dame loses in the CCS Div. III playoffs it would be the same as the Cincinnati Bengals winning the Super Bowl. The Spirits have won the title in that division for five straight years and they took last years final by an 8-0 score. Second seed Half Moon Bay does have a pitcher, Sarah Adams, who could give Notre Dame a test in the final, but the Cougars have lost nine times this season. The rest of the best teams in the CCS are in the Div. I or Div. II playoffs.

Monterey was bumped up five spots this week after receiving the No. 2 seed in the CCS Div. II playoffs behind Mitty. The Toreadors also were aided by some of the top East Bay teams taking a loss. Previous No. 11 Campolindo, for example, earned a nice 4-3 win last week over No. 12 Acalanes, but the Cougars then turned around and got upset, 1-0, by College Park.

Rancho Cotate has an asterisk next to its record because the Cougars now have 12 losses officially due to forfeits. We only go by on-the-field results for these rankings.

Anjelica Selden of No. 3 Vanden still has not given up an earned run this season. The junior pitching phenom had a two-hitter and struck out 15 last Friday in a 4-0 win over Sierra of Manteca in the first round of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. III playoffs. This week, Vanden will meet East Union of Manteca in the second round, although that matchup in reality could turn out to be for all the marbles. Sorta like Lakers-Spurs in the NBA.

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