Preseason State Ratings

The spring season is now well underway throughout the state. We won't be releasing any updated baseball or softball state rankings until we're done with basketball. So until then, check out what we had for the preseason -- which teams we were right about and which ones we weren't.

These ratings were not based on any other preseason rankings in local newspapers since we didn't wait until any of those lists were done. Besides, it's more fun for us to compile our rankings, then compare to the others. Once the regular season starts, though, we will adjust our rankings to more accurately reflect the opinions of others.

If your school wasn't included and you think it should have been, just beat a few of the teams on the list and make sure to let us know about it. This is baseball and softball, too, so nonleague games in and of itself can be meaningless. Coaches often use their lower-echelon pitching in such games so their pitching staffs will be deeper and more prepared for the playoffs.

We've been doing California state baseball and softball rankings since the 1980s and our State Team of the Year lists date back nearly 100 years in baseball and back before even Title IX in softball.

The team at the top of the baseball list for 2001, Bishop Amat of La Puente, stands a good chance of being on the top again for 2002. The Lancers were No. 1 in the state for the preseason overall top 20 and for schools with CIF Div. III enrollments.

In softball, the preseason No. 1 ranking went to Fairfield, which returns strikeout phenom Alicia Hollowell but has questionmarks at the catching a leadoff hitting positions.

We are using the same enrollment divisions that the CIF state office uses for basketball, so some schools could be in a different division within their section. After all, this is California so every section within the CIF has its own way of doing things. And since most sections for baseball and softball use enrollment-based playoff divisions, we do the same for the state rankings. There will always be exceptions, but we do try to come up with the best statewide rankings system that fits in well with the most schools.

As always, if you have questions, feel free to call (209) 463-9050. You can e-mail either of us, too, with rankings questions. For Mark Tennis, it's mark@studentsports.com. For Nelson Tennis, it's nelsontennis@yahoo.com. Thanks to all and have a great spring season.

Baseball Overall State Top 20

(Listed with 2001 win-loss records)

1. Bishop Amat (La Puente) 27-2; 2. Chatsworth 31-2; 3. Edison (Huntington Beach) 22-8-1; 4. Clovis 24-11; 5. Chaminade (West Hills) 25-4; 6. Mater Dei (Huntington Beach) 25-5; 7. Mitty (San Jose) 28-6; 8. Rancho Bernardo (San Diego) 28-5; 9. El Dorado (Placentia) 26-5; 10. Elk Grove; 11. Capistrano Valley (Mission Viejo) 23-8; 12. Granada (Livermore) 17-10; 13. Buchanan (Clovis) 32-5; 14. Bellarmine (San Jose) 27-8-1; 15. La Quinta (Westminster) 26-4; 16. Camarillo 24-7; 17. Bullard (Fresno) 22-6-1; 18. Fountain Valley; 19. Grossmont (La Mesa) 23-10; 20. Rancho Buena Vista (Vista).

Baseball State Rankings

By Division & Region

Div. I -- 1. Chatsworth; 2. Edison (Huntington Beach); 3. Clovis; 4. Rancho Bernardo (San Diego); 5. El Dorado (Placentia); 6. Elk Grove; 7. Buchanan (Clovis); 8. Capistrano Valley (Mission Viejo); 9. Bellarmine (San Jose); 10. Bullard (Fresno).

Div. II -- 1. Mater Dei (Santa Ana); 2. Granada (Livermore); 3. Grossmont (La Mesa); 4. Del Campo (Fair Oaks); 5. Jesuit (Carmichael); 6. Clayton Valley (Concord); 7. St. Francis (Mountain View); 8. Wilcox (Santa Clara); 9. Golden West (Visalia); 10. Casa Roble (Orangevale).

Div. III -- 1. Bishop Amat (La Puente); 2. Chaminade (West Hills); 3. Mitty (San Jose); 4. La Quinta (Westminster); 5. Mission Bay (San Diego); 6. Santa Cruz; 7. Sierra (Manteca); 8. South Hills (West Covina); 9. Encinal (Alameda); 10. El Dorado (Placerville).

Div. IV -- 1. Valley Christian (San Jose); 2. Christian Brothers (Sacramento); 3. Pacific Grove; 4. Fowler; 5. St. Paul (Santa Fe Springs); 6. Piedmont; 7. Amador (Sutter Creek); 8. Crespi (Encino); 9. L.A. Baptist (West Hills); 10. Sacred Heart Prep (Atherton).

Div. V -- 1. Immanuel (Reedley); 2. Poly (Pasadena); 3. St. Vincent (Petaluma); 4. Lutheran (La Verne); 5. St. Bernard (Eureka); 6. Central Catholic (Modesto); 7. Woodcrest Christian (Riverside); 8. Santa Fe Christian (Solana Beach).

NorCal (overall) -- 1. Clovis; 2. Mitty (San Jose); 3. Elk Grove; 4. Granada (Livermore); 5. Buchanan (Clovis); 6. Bellarmine (San Jose); 7. Bullard (Fresno); 8. Del Campo (Fair Oaks); 9. Jesuit (Carmichael); 10. Serra (San Mateo).

SoCal (overall) -- 1. Bishop Amat (La Puente); 2. Chatsworth; 3. Edison (Huntington Beach); 4. Chaminade (West Hills); 5. Mater Dei (Santa Ana); 6. Rancho Bernardo (San Diego); 7. El Dorado (Placentia); 8. Capistrano Valley (Mission Viejo); 9. La Quinta (Wesminster); 10. Camarillo.

Softball Overall State Top 20

(Listed with 2001 win-loss records)

1. Fairfield 35-3; 2. Foothill (Tustin) 30-3; 3. Esperanza (Anaheim) 27-6-1; 4. Clovis 29-12; 5. Bullard (Fresno) 36-1; 6. Mira Mesa (San Diego) 22-4-1; 7. Canyon (Anaheim) 24-9; 8. College Park (Pleasant Hill) 28-1; 9. Carlmont (Belmont) 25-8; 10. Kennedy (La Palma) 23-6; 11. El Toro (Forest Lake) 22-7; 12. Buchanan (Clovis) 32-6-1; 13. Capistrano Valley (Mission Viejo) 23-6-1; 14. Sheldon (Sacramento); 15. Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 20-9; 16. Poly (Riverside) 24-3; 17. Rio Mesa (Oxnard) 19-7; 18. Pacifica (Garden Grove) 23-7; 19. Johnson (Sacramento); 20. Poway.

Softball State Rankings

By Division & Region

Div. I -- 1. Fairfield; 2. Esperanza (Anaheim); 3. Clovis; 4. Bullard (Fresno); 5. Canyon (Anaheim); 6. Kennedy (La Palma); 7. El Toro (Lake Forest); 8. Buchanan (Clovis); 9. Capistrano Valley (Mission Viejo); 10. Sheldon (Sacramento).

Div. II -- 1. Foothill (Tustin); 2. Mira Mesa (San Diego); 3. Carlmont (Belmont); 4. Mater Dei (Santa Ana); 5. Rio Mesa (Oxnard); 6. Livermore; 7. North Salinas (Salinas); 8. Wilson (Hacienda Heights); 9. Montgomery (Santa Rosa); 10. East Union (Manteca).

Div. III -- 1. College Park (Pleasant Hill); 2. Pacifica (Garden Grove); 3. Mitty (San Jose); 4. Del Oro (Loomis); 5. Vanden (Travis AFB); 6. La Canada; 7. Petaluma; 8. San Dimas; 9. University (San Diego); 10. Half Moon Bay.

Div. IV -- 1. Notre Dame (Salinas); 2. Paraclete (Lancaster); 3. Village Christian (Sun Valley); 4. Campolindo (Moraga); 5. Oaks Christian (Westlake Village); 6. St. Paul (Santa Fe Springs); 7. Salesian (Richmond); 8. Sacred Heart Prep (Atherton); 9. Lutheran (Orange); 10. Fowler.

Div. V -- 1. East Nicolaus; 2. Brookside Christian (Stockton); 3. Poly (Pasadena); 4. Orestimba (Newman); 5. Linfield (Temecula).

NorCal (overall) -- 1. Fairfield; 2. Clovis; 3. Bullard (Fresno); 4. College Park (Pleasant Hill); 5. Carlmont (Belmont); 6. Buchanan (Clovis); 7. Sheldon (Sacramento); 8. Johnson (Sacramento); 9. Merced; 10. Livermore.

SoCal (overall) -- 1. Foothill (Tustin); 2. Esperanza (Anaheim); 3. Mira Mesa (San Diego); 4. Canyon (Anaheim); 5. Kennedy (La Palma); 6. El Toro (Lake Forest); 7. Capistrano Valley (Mission Viejo); 8. Mater Dei (Santa Ana); 9. Poly (Riverside); 10. Rio Mesa (Oxnard).


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