BAY AREA TOP 20 SOFTBALL (2003 FINAL)

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 final top 20 rankings for S.F. Bay Area softball for the 2003 season. 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. (1) Notre Dame (Salinas) 31-2

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

3. (4) Freedom (Oakley) 26-3

4. (14) North Salinas (Salinas) 24-7

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

6. (13) Newark Memorial (Newark) 26-5

7. (2) Mitty (San Jose) 29-3

8. (5) Deer Valley (Antioch) 22-5

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

10. (16) San Ramon Valley (Danville) 21-8

11. (18) Hollister 24-10

12. (nr) Burlingame 23-8

13. (nr) Carondelet (Concord) 19-9

14. (nr) Alhambra (Martinez) 20-7

15. (7) Moreau Catholic (Hayward) 23-4

16. (8) Alameda 24-4

17. (15) Campolindo (Moraga) 19-6-1

18. (11) Acalanes (Lafayette) 23-3

19. (nr) Justin-Siena (Napa) 24-2

20. (nr) Petaluma 18-5

Notes & Highlights

Sophomore Kim Reeder threw a two-hitter with nine strikeouts as No. 1 Notre Dame won its sixth straight Central Coast Section Div. III title with a 3-0 triumph in the final over Half Moon Bay. The Spirits may not have won the toughest playoff division around, but they did win one of the toughest leagues around. That was shown in the CCS Div. I playoffs as North Salinas won its second straight crown with a 3-0 victory vs. Hollister. Monica Abbott capped a terrific prep career with a two-hitter for North Salinas. Look for Notre Dame now to finish either first or second in the entire state as numerous upsets have shaken up the playoffs in the Southern, Central and San Diego sections.

The No. 2 and No. 3 spots in these final rankings also fit together easily as Freedom won its second straight NCS Class 3A East Bay title with a 4-1 win over Newark Memorial. The Falcons have to be No. 3 because one of their losses was to No. 2 Vanden, a CIF Sac-Joaquin Section team. Amanda Williams tossed a one-hitter with 12 strikeouts in Freedom's win.

Burlingame pulled off perhaps the biggest upset locally with its 6-4 victory in the CCS Div. II semifinals over previous No. 2 Mitty. The Panthers then won the title by blanking Pioneer of San Jose, 6-0. Allison Smith and Alyssa Fonseca both tripled in the first inning to produce a 3-0 lead, which was all N.C. State-bound pitcher Jennifer Chamberlin would need. She finished with a six-hitter.

Dropouts from last week's rankings were previous No. 9 Monterey (lost to Pioneer, 3-0); No. 12 Arroyo of San Lorenzo (lost to Carondelet, 5-3); No. 17 Foothill of Pleasanton (lost to Antioch, 4-2); No. 19 Livermore (lost to California, 7-1); No. 20 Napa (did not play but dropped in favor of Petaluma).


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