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 31; last week's ranking in parentheses)

1. (3) Clayton Valley (Concord) 25-5

2. (1) Serra (San Mateo) 30-5

3. (6) Mitty (San Jose) 25-9

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

5. (7) Casa Grande (Petaluma) 25-2

6. (9) Las Lomas (Walnut Creek) 21-4

7. (5) Wilcox (Santa Clara) 29-8

8. (2) St. Francis (Mountain View) 27-8

9. (10) De La Salle (Concord) 21-9

10. (4) Leland (San Jose) 24-4

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

12. (13) Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland) 22-7

13. (nr) Castro Valley 26-5

14. (nr) Deer Valley (Antioch) 23-8-1

15. (nr) Monterey 27-9

16. (18) El Cerrito 19-5

17. (20) Skyline (Oakland) 20-7

18. (nr) Benicia 18-7-1

19. (14) San Ramon Valley (Danville) 18-12

20. (nr) Campolindo (Moraga) 17-6-1

Notes & Highlights

Here's how this race for No. 1 looks: If Clayton Valley wins the NCS East Bay Class 3A title, the Eagles would finish No. 1 in the Bay Area. That's due to Serra losing in the CCS Div. I semis. If Clayton Valley loses, Serra wouldn't be No. 1 because a team should be a section champ to be No. 1 in this poll. In that case, Mitty might get the nod or a team like Casa Grande or Las Lomas might get to jump in front. Serra can be ahead of Mitty for the overall season it had compared to the Monarchs, but cannot be No. 1.

Clayton Valley's 4-3 win over Bishop O'Dowd last weekend in the semis was protested by the Dragons, who argued that Sam Ray should have been out on a third strike instead being able to hit a three-run double in the fifth inning. It's not that the Dragons were arguing the umpire's ball-and-strike calls, but that Ray should have been given an automatic third strike for leaving the batter's box (thinking he'd just gotten ball four) when the second strike was called.

Mitty's CCS Div. I title, which the Monarchs achieved on Saturday with their 9-1 romp of defending champ Wilcox, was not a surprise as the team was picked in the preseason. Of course, the Monarchs suffered through a lot of ups and downs in the West Catholic League and they won their last two games with head coach Bill Hutton in the hospital. Hutton, also Mitty's athletic director, was diagnosed with a heart valve infection and underwent open heart surgery on Monday. Our best wishes go out to him and his family.

The five teams that dropped out from last week's ratings were previous No. 12 Redwood of Larkspur (lost 1-0 to Rancho Cotate); No. 15 Monte Vista of Danville (lost 7-3 to Deer Valley); No. 16 Freedom of Oakley (lost 5-2 to Castro Valley); No. 17 Antioch (lost to 3-2 to Castro Valley); and No. 19 Carmel (lost 13-1 to Santa Cruz). In Redwood's loss, Brandon Morrow of Rancho Cotate threw a one-hitter and lowered his ERA to 0.79. Morrow has signed a letter of intent with Cal and is regarded as a high draft choice.

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