CAL-HI SPORTS BAY AREA TOP 20 BASEBALL & SOFTBALL

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 and 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.

BASEBALL

(After games of May 24; last week's ranking in parentheses)

1. (2) Serra (San Mateo) 30-4

2. (4) St. Francis (Mountain View) 27-7

3. (3) Clayton Valley (Concord) 23-5

4. (5) Leland (San Jose) 24-3

5. (6) Wilcox (Santa Clara) 28-7

6. (8) Mitty (San Jose) 23-9

7. (7) Casa Grande (Petaluma) 23-2

8. (1) Armijo (Fairfield) 28-4

9. (11) Las Lomas (Walnut Creek) 20-4

10. (10) De La Salle (Concord) 19-9

11. (9) Valley Christian (San Jose) 23-10-1

12. (14) Redwood (Larkspur) 22-4

13. (16) Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland) 21-6

14. (nr) San Ramon Valley (Danville) 17-11

15. (nr) Monte Vista (Danville) 22-9-1

16. (nr) Freedom (Oakley) 15-9

17. (nr) Antioch 15-9

18. (15) El Cerrito 18-5

19. (19) Carmel 27-6

20. (nr) Skyline (Oakland) 19-7

Baseball Notes & Highlights

It looks like if either Serra or St. Francis wins the CCS Div. I title, that team also will be considered No. 1 for the Bay Area for the season. Both are in the semis this week with Mitty and Wilcox also in the mix. Wilcox is the defending champion. If Serra wins and finishes 32-4, the Padres also will be high in the various final national rankings.

Previous No. 1 Armijo of Fairfield reached the final round of the double-elimination Sac Joaquin Section Div. I north playoffs. The Indians were riding a 21-game win streak and had to lose twice to Elk Grove in order to be denied a spot in this week's best two-out-of-three final series against the south winner. Armijo was ahead 5-3 going to the bottom of the seventh against Elk Grove, too, but then got tied and wound up losing, 6-5, in nine innings. The Indians then lost again, 6-1, and their season is now done. A fielding error allowed the winning run to score in the first game.

San Ramon Valley's 17-11 overall season mark doesn't look that great, but the Wolves don't care because their 9-3 record in the East Bay Athletic League is good enough for an outright league championship. SRV blanked Monte Vista in what turned out to be the title-decider, 7-0, on a five-hitter by Josh Butler. Josh also had an RBI single and struck out nine. Monte Vista has been up-and-down all year, but in its up mode has been good enough to win twice against No. 1 Serra.

Jeff Wilkerson threw a complete game over nine innings and Bryan Lee smacked a game-winning RBI single as Las Lomas completeted the first-ever undefeated run through the Diablo Foothill Athletic League with a 5-3 win last week over Acalanes. The Contra Costa Times ranks the Knights ahead of Clayton Valley in its rankings, but looking ahead we'd have to go with the Eagles if they were to win the NCS Class 3A East Bay title and Las Lomas were to win the 2A crown. That 3A bracket looks like a killer.

SOFTBALL

(After games of May 24; last week's ranking in parentheses)

1. (1) Notre Dame (Salinas) 29-2

2. (2) Mitty (San Jose) 29-2

3. (3) Vanden (Travis AFB) 22-3-1

4. (4) Freedom (Oakley) 23-3

5. (5) Deer Valley (Antioch) 20-4

6. (6) Carlmont (Belmont) 29-5

7. (7) Moreau Catholic (Hayward) 22-3

8. (8) Alameda 23-3

9. (9) Monterey 30-2

10. (10) Rancho Cotate (Rohnert Park) 19-4*

11. (14) Acalanes (Lafayette) 22-2

12. (15) Arroyo (San Lorenzo) 21-3

13. (17) Newark Memorial (Newark) 22-4

14. (19) North Salinas (Salinas) 22-7

15. (13) Campolindo (Moraga) 17-5-1

16. (20) San Ramon Valley (Danville) 18-7

17. (11) Foothill (Pleasanton) 18-8

18. (18) Hollister 22-9

19. (12) Livermore 21-6

20. (16) Napa 24-6-2

*Indicates forfeit losses not included.

Softball Notes & Highlights

The race for No. 1 in these rankings got chopped down to only a handful of teams after Vanden completed its season by winning the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. III championship. The Vikings won a pair of games over East Union of Manteca to wrap it all up and both were shutouts by stellar sophomore pitcher Anjelica Selden. She did not give up an earned run for the entire season. Selden also pitched Vanden to a win over Freedom, so if Freedom wins the NCS Class 3A title once again that's going to make Vanden look even better. Two of Vanden's losses took place when Selden was still playing for the school's basketball team.

Notre Dame has no other top 20 teams in its CCS Div. IV playoff bracket and the only ranked team in Mitty's Div. II playoff is Monterey. Both the Spirits and Monarchs will play semifinal games early this week with the championships on the weekend. The best CCS final might be in Division I if it's defending champ North Salinas and star pitcher Monica Abbott going up against Carlmont and legendary coach Jim Liggett.

What a day last Friday was for San Ramon Valley. On the same day the Wolves won the East Bay Athletic League crown in baseball, the softball team made it a sweep by winning the completion of a suspended game, 4-3 in 11 innings, over Foothill. Results from earlier in the week made the completion of the suspended game necessary to determine the league champion. The two teams met with the score tied 3-3 in the ninth inning. The Wolves won it on a game-winning RBI single by AuBrey Sargent. It's safe to say AuBrey was one Sargent who deserved a salute.


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