1. (1) Pacifica (Garden Grove) 26-2
In the Mariners' only game of the week, Brittany Weil and Camille Hundley combined for a perfect game in a 10-0 win over La Quinta of Westminster. Pacifica opens the CIF Southern Section Div. III playoffs Friday against La Habra or Magnolia of Anaheim (neither of which began this week with a winning record). No other top 20 teams are in the division, either, so in addition to trying to win their own title the Mariners also need to be rooting for plenty of upsets in the Div. I and Div. II playoffs to strengthen their case for a final No. 1 ranking.
2. (3) Santiago (Corona) 23-3
Taryne Mowatt made it 21 shutouts for the season as the Sharks blanked Jurupa Valley of Mira Loma, 3-0, and Centennial of Corona, 4-0, to close the regular season. Santiago begins the CIFSS Div. II playoffs Friday against 12-11 St. Lucy's of Glendora. The best case scenario for the Sharks for the end of the season would be to win the Div. II title, hope for a team like Simi Valley or Rosary to win in Div. I and for Pacifica to win it in Div. III. If all that happened, then Santiago's head-to-head win over Pacifica would become even more significant.
3. (5) Valencia 26-3
The Vikings were seeded No. 2 in the CIFSS Div. I playoffs behind Mater Dei and enter on a 17-game win streak. A 2-0 win over Saugus in eight innings kept it all going. Brienne Javier's two-run double accounted for the runs. We could have left the order the same as last week, but decided to reward Valencia for ending its regular season the way it did and knock down Mater Dei a few spots for a loss.
4. (4) Notre Dame (Salinas) 28-2
We said last week that it was going to be very tough for the Spirits to move up any more and it sure didn't take long to make that point with Valencia hopping them this week. If Notre Dame doesn't win its sixth straight CIF Central Coast Section Div. III title, it's going to be a major upset.
5. (2) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 23-4
Losing a 1-0 game last week to Rosary, a team the Monarchs have also beaten twice, didn't prevent them from being the top seed in the CIFSS Div. I playoffs. The fourth loss, though, might give Pacifica and Santiago an edge in comparisons down the road when it's time to choose which should be State Team of the Year. Mater Dei's second win over Rosary came last Saturday, 2-1 in nine innings, in the title game of the Michelle Carew tourney.
6. (6) Clovis West (Fresno) 34-3
Shannon Garvin collected three hits, including a double, and drove in four runs as the Golden Eagles won their first CIF Central Section Yosemite Division Large playoff game, 10-0, over Bakersfield. Clovis West would be another good State Team of the Year pick, but a bunch of teams have to get upset over the next two weeks for that possibility to arise.
7. (7) Mitty (San Jose) 28-2
It looks like the main threat to the Monarchs in the CIF Central Coast Section Div. II playoffs is Monterey, a team with a 29-2 record. In one of the team's wins last week, 10-0 over Sacred Heart Cathedral of San Francisco, three different pitchers combined for a perfect game. Christy Murray started and got the win. Chelsey Barclay and Rachel Moeller also pitched.
8. (8) El Modena (Orange) 24-4
The big win of the week for the Vanguards was the first one, 1-0, over Canyon of Anaheim. Lindsey Klein struck out eight in pitching the shutout. They also turned back Tustin, 9-1, as Klein won again and went 2-for-4 on offense.
9. (10) Mt. Carmel (San Diego) 24-2
The Sundevils had it in cruise control last week in victories of 13-0 over El Camino of Oceanside and 15-0 over Fallbrook. They remain No. 1 in the CIF San Diego Section.
10. (12) Bonita Vista (Chula Vista) 25-2
Kristi Kendall went 4-for-5 as the Barons bombed Sweetwater of National City, 24-0, in four innings. Bonita Vista's other game of last week wasn't much more difficult as the Barons defeated Chula Vista, 14-0.
11. (13) University City (San Diego) 21-4-1
Pitcher-hitter Lisa Dodd continues to pile up record-eating hitting and pitching totals, but whether she ends the year officially with 14, 15 or 20 homers won't make a difference. The key for her being national or state player of the year will be what happens in the playoffs.
12. (14) Vanden (Travis AFB) 19-3-1
We already know that the Vikings won their big Sac-Joaquin Section Div. III playoff game this week against East Union of Manteca. That puts them in the driver's seat of the double-elimination style tourney. With Anjelica Selden pitching, it's becoming increasingly obvious that Vanden can play with anyone.
13. (18) Clovis 27-7
Nichole Willis, one of the top catchers in the state, went 3-for-4 with a triple and four RBI as the Cougars began their quest to regain the Central Section Yosemite Large Division title with a 10-0 romp past Delano. Jennifer Reynolds also starred by pitching a two-hitter.
14. (16) California (Whittier) 23-5
The Condors won their last league game, 1-0, over El Rancho of Pico Rivera as Jennifer Davis whiffed a career-high 19 batters. Then in the title game of the La Mirada tourney, Davis had a two-hitter with nine Ks and had two hits herself in leading California to a 3-0 triumph.
15. (19) Simi Valley 18-6
The Pioneers completed their improbable run to the Marmonte League title -- remember, Thousand Oaks and Royal were the picks in the preseason -- with a 2-1 victory over Royal. Lisa Modglin rapped out three hits and was part of a seventh inning rally that won the game. Kristyn Kubiak slid home with the game and league winner with two outs.
16. (17) Rosary (Fullerton) 21-6
Lindsay Nuckolls drove in the only run on a double and Darcie McClelland pitched a four-hitter in the Royals' 1-0 win over Mater Dei. McClelland also had a three-hitter in a 2-0 win over Santa Margarita, but the week wasn't a complete bonanza as the Monarchs came back to win a 2-1 game in eight innings in the Michelle Carew tourney final.
17. (9) Royal (Simi Valley) 20-5
After losing the 2-1 game to their crosstown rivals, the Highlanders bounced back with a 2-1 win in eight innings over Camarillo in a Thousand Oaks tourney game. Devon Hofland had the game-winning RBI.
18. (11) Corona 22-5
Britney Bargar's one-hitter with 10 strikeouts in a 2-0 win over La Sierra of Riverside was a distant memory after the Panthers were beaten, 5-0, by Norco. That loss almost caused Corona to fall out of the top 20 completely, but the CIFSS Div. II playoffs are now beckoning. All would be forgotten with a strong run.
19. (20) Don Lugo (Chino) 24-1
Another CIFSS Div. II playoff team to watch, the Conquisadors ended the regular season with a 12-3 romp past Ontario. Vanessa Briones had a triple, a single, scored four times and knocked in five.
20. (15) Freedom (Antioch) 20-3
Jordanna Freemer's RBI double brought home the go-ahead run in the Falcons' 3-1 win in eight innings over Clayton Valley of Concord. They really needed that win, too, as the Falcons had lost 2-1 to Deer Valley of Antioch earlier in the week. Freedom started this week still in first-place by itself in the Bay Valley Athletic League and still on track to be the top seed in the CIF North Coast Section playoffs.