Chatsworth, Foothill top first spring state ranks

We know it's late in the week, but we still wanted to get the ball rolling on our state baseball and softball rankings. Topping the list in baseball is unbeaten Chatsworth, while No. 1 in softball is Foothill of Tustin. These rankings don't include any results from this week, including the Toyo National Classic and West Coast Classic in baseball and the Best of the West and Woodbridge tourneys in softball.

All of the divisional rankings are the same as in basketball. Our policy for divisional rankings is to base them on league strength when most of the state's section playoffs are broken that way or to base them on enrollments when most of the state's sections are split by enrollments.

Since the Southern Section has enrollment-based divisions for baseball and softball, we also have enrollment-based divisions for the state rankings. Of course, the Southern Section could never have just five divisions for its playoffs (like there is in the CIF state playoffs in volleyball and basketball), so its schools are broken into six divisions.

With a state as screwy as California (with 10 different sections and each section doing things differently), the real challenge for us is to come up with a rankings system that fits most of the schools statewide in that sport.

Therefore for baseball and softball, we have five divisional state rankings with each division broken up according to each school's state CIF enrollment. To clarify, if your school is Div. IV in basketball it will be Div. IV for baseball and softball.

This also means that if you're Division VI in the Southern Section, you're not going to be Division VI for the baseball and softball state rankings since there is no Div. VI statewide. In fact, many Southern Section schools are going to be ranked statewide with a different divisional number than they have within their section.

Hopefully, this explanation will prevent the usual calls from confused coaches and parents wondering why their team is ranked in Div. IV in the Southern Section and not in Div. IV in the state. Check your CIF state enrollment division and then give us a call if your school is in the wrong division.

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STATE BASEBALL RANKINGS

OVERALL TOP 20

(All divisions combined; through games of March 31)

1. Chatsworth 14-0

Jared Halpert and Brian Lee both had three hits as the Chancellors downed Palo Verde of Las Vegas, 13-8, last Saturday to win the championship of the Bishop Gorman tourney.

2. Stockdale (Bakersfield) 15-0

A team from out of the preseason woodwork, Stockdale is No. 1 in CIF Central Section (ahead of some strong squads) and began this week as the only other large school unbeaten in the state other than Chatsworth.

3. Bishop Amat (La Puente) 9-2

A 5-2 win last week over Mater Dei in which Adam Simon starred on the mound pushed the Lancers even closer to their preseason No. 1 ranking. They were hoping to erase memories of 2-2 start at this week's Toyo National Classic.

4. Mitty (San Jose) 13-1

Leadoff hitter Robert Perry has been spectacular so far for the Monarchs, who are No. 1 in San Jose Mercury-News rankings.

5. Rancho Bernardo (San Diego) 11-2

Broncos would have been No. 2 behind Chatsworth and also among nation's top five but they lost twice in last week's Mike Morrow Lions tourney.

6. Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 11-2

Orange County's No. 1 team also was No. 3 this week in the L.A. Times top 25 (which covers all schools in Southern and L.A. City sections).

7. Wilcox (Santa Clara) 16-1

Warriors are behind Mitty in CCS partly because of a 9-2 loss to the Monarchs that was protested and upheld. That result isn't reflected in either teams' record and in fact could eventually turn out to be a Wilcox win.

8. Edison (Huntington Beach) 9-2

David Huff threw a four-hitter as Chargers took over first-place in Sunset League with win last week over Fountain Valley.

9. Buchanan (Clovis) 15-1

Jason Donald was up five times against Clovis West and finished with five hits and four runs scored.

10. Chaminade (West Hills) 8-2

Cody Haerther's incredible hitting so far this season almost makes you forget this team also has Bobby Paschal as a pitcher.

11. St. Francis (Mountain View) 14-2

Lancers have split with Wilcox and look ready to mix it up in usually great WCAL race, which this year will be mainly between themselves, Mitty, Bellarmine and Serra.

12. Granada (Livermore) 8-1

Matadors pounded out 17 hits in win last week vs. defending NCS champ Logan and had 19 against Livermore.

13. La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad) 11-3

Mavericks won the Classic Division of last week's Mike Morrow Lions tourney in San Diego with 7-6 win over Mission Bay.

14. La Quinta (Westminster) 12-1

Mike McKernan put the Aztecs into a good mood heading into this week with a no-hitter against Rancho Alamitos.

15. Mission Bay (San Diego) 15-2

Matt Bush of the Bucs alreadly looks like one of the best sophomores in the nation.

16. Elk Grove 13-3

Herd showed what they could do with win over Silverado of Vegas at Mike Morrow Lions tourney -- just after Silverado beat Rancho Bernardo.

17. Canyon (Canyon Country) 11-1

Looks like Cowboys have some punch in their lineup to go with pitching led by all-stater Jake Coasch.

18. Camarillo 12-2

Delmon Young is putting up Barry Bonds-type numbers so far this year and he's still just a junior.

19. El Dorado (Placentia) 9-3

This ranking was influenced by what we already know happened at this week's Toyo National Classic.

20. Bellarmine (San Jose) 13-4

Bells probably have strongest pitching in WCAL, but that's no guarantee it will get them even a third-place finish.

STATE RANKINGS

BY DIVISION & REGION

Division I

1. Chatsworth 14-0

2. Rancho Bernardo (San Diego) 11-2

3. Edison (Huntington Beach) 9-2

4. Buchanan (Clovis) 15-1

5. La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad) 11-3

6. Elk Grove 10-3

7. Canyon (Canyon Country) 11-1

8. Camarillo 12-2

9. Bellarmine (San Jose) 13-4

10. Crescenta Valley (La Cr.) 10-1

Division II

1. Stockdale (Bakersfield) 15-0

2. Bishop Amat (La Puente) 9-2

3. Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 11-2

4. Wilcox (Santa Clara) 16-1

5. St. Francis (Mountain View) 14-2

6. Granada (Livermore) 8-1

7. El Dorado (Placentia) 9-3

8. Serra (San Mateo) 14-6

9. Del Campo (Fair Oaks) 6-2-1

10. San Ramon Valley (Danv.) 7-2

Division III

1. Mitty (San Jose) 13-1

2. Chaminade (West Hills) 8-2

3. La Quinta (Westminster) 12-1

4. Mission Bay (San Diego) 11-2

5. Monterey 11-2

6. North (Bakersfield) 11-2-2

7. Tehachapi 12-1

8. El Cerrito 9-2

9. Gladstone (Covina) 10-0

10. Rim of the World (Lake Arrowh.) 13-2

Division IV

1. Christian Brothers (Sacto.) 11-3

2. Valley Christian (San Jose) 11-5

3. Lutheran (Orange) 9-5

4. Calvary Chapel (S. Ana) 8-2

5. Carmel 11-2

6. Mojave 7-2

7. St. Paul (Santa Fe Spr.) 9-5

8. Oaks Christian (Westl. Vill.) 9-0

9. Ripon 9-2

10. Salesian (Richmond) 11-2

Division V

1. Immanuel (Reedley) 12-2

2. Avalon (Catalina Island) 9-3

3. Bloomington Christian 8-1

4. Central Catholic (Modesto) 11-2

5. Etna n/a

6. Biggs 11-2

7. Santa Fe Chr. (Solana Bch) 7-3

8. Hesperia Christian 7-3

9. Boron 7-3

10. Head-Royce (Oakland) 8-2

Northern California

Overall Top 10

1. Stockdale (Bakersfield) 15-0

2. Mitty (San Jose) 13-1

3. Wilcox (Santa Clara) 16-1

4. Buchanan (Clovis) 15-1

5. St. Francis (Mtn. View) 14-2

6. Granada (Livermore) 8-1

7. Elk Grove 13-3

8. Bellarmine (San Jose) 13-4

9. Centennial (Bak.) 13-2

10. Clovis 13-4

Southern California

Overall Top 10

1. Chatsworth 14-0

2. Bishop Amat (La Puente) 9-2

3. Rancho Bernardo (San D.) 11-2

4. Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 11-2

5. Edison (Huntington Bch) 9-2

6. Chaminade (West Hills) 8-2

7. La Costa Canyon (Carlsb.) 11-3

8. La Quinta (Westminster) 14-1

9. Mission Bay (San Diego) 11-2

10. Canyon (Canyon Country) 11-1

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STATE SOFTBALL RANKINGS

OVERALL TOP 20

(All divisions combined; through games of March 31)

1. Foothill (Tustin) 13-1

Only loss to Saugus at Arizona Tournament of Champions in a stunner. Knights are No. 1 mainly due to two wins over Clovis, which won that major tourney.

2. Clovis 24-2-1

Sophomore Jennifer Reynolds coming into her own as pitching ace and falls in nicely among school's all-time greats like Amanda Scott and Jaime Southern.

3. Bonita Vista (Chula Vista) 16-0

Barons have come out of nowhere and are No. 1 in San Diego County. Could this be a repeat of 2000 volleyball season when Barons did same, then finished unbeaten and ranked No. 1 in the nation?

4. Mira Mesa (San Diego) 16-1

Marauders have lived up to expectations behind pitchers Lisa Dodd and Natalie Sevco. Only loss has been to Bonita Vista and both programs got a boost last weekend when Mira Mesa won Fred Davison Memorial Tournament in Las Vegas.

5. Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 12-2

All-American Christina Clark went 3-for-3 in win last weekend over La Habra.

6. Canyon (Anaheim) 14-3

Commanches had a strong showing at Arizona TOC and Heather Sletvett has been swinging a hot bat with five home runs already.

7. El Modena (Orange) 11-1

Lindsay Klein threw a one-hitter last weekend in 6-0 win over El Toro, another team that did well at Arizona TOC.

8. Poly (Riverside) 11-1

Bears have one of the best batteries in the nation with catcher Elizabeth Peterson and pitcher Mindy Cowles.

9. Carlmont (Belmont) 13-1

Coach Jim Liggitt, the all-time leader on state career win list, currently has squad that is No. 1 in San Jose Mercury-News poll for CIF Central Coast Section.

10. Wilson (Hacienda Heights) 15-1-1

With Jamee Juarez in the circle, the Wildcats can play with anyone. They would have been perhaps as high as No. 2 were it not for a loss last week to Corona Santiago.

11. Johnson (Sacramento) 11-0-1

This ranking doesn't include what happened to the Warriors at Santa Maria tourney. They were no-hit in loss to Alicia Hollowell and Fairfield.

12. Deer Valley (Antioch) 11-0

Top-ranked team in East Bay of CIF North Coast Section is off to a hot start in competitive Bay Valley Athletic League.

13. Hart (Newhall) 11-3

All three losses for the Indians came when No. 1 pitcher wasn't being used.

14. El Toro 12-5

Chargers will be in one of the toughest leagues in Southern California with the likes of Capistrano Valley, Dana Hills and Trabuco Hills.

15. Ceres 8-0

There's more to this town than Gary Condit. Softball program at high school has always been strong and key recent win over Merced lands early state ranking.

16. Notre Dame (Salinas) 9-0

Joe Given has done it again as he's put together another very strong club, which currently ranks No. 2 in CCS behind Carlmont.

17. Torrey Pines (San Diego) 16-2

Still trying to believe Erin Snyder's perfect game in which she only threw six pitches that were balls.

18. Brookside Christian (Stockton) 18-1

Bob Regpala proved at Lincoln how good a coach he is. He's doing it again at small school Brookside, which has beaten a number of large school powers and made it all the way to last week's title game at Fred Davison Memorial tourney.

19. Pacifica (Garden Grove) 9-2-1

Coach Rob Weil's squad would have been in top 10 were it not for loss in Woodbridge tourney game last weekend to Corona.

20. Santiago (Corona) 11-3-1

Victory in last weekend's Charter Oak tourney made us squeeze in the Sharks as the final team on the list.

STATE RANKINGS

BY DIVISION & REGION

Division I

1. Clovis 24-2-1

2. Bonita Vista (Chula Vista) 16-0

3. Canyon (Anaheim) 14-3

4. Poly (Riverside) 11-1

5. Johnson (Sacramento) 11-0-1

6. Deer Valley (Antioch) 11-0

7. Hart (Newhall) 11-3

8. El Toro 12-5

9. Ceres 8-0

10. Torrey Pines (San Diego) 16-2

Division II

1. Foothill (Tustin) 12-1

2. Mira Mesa (San Diego) 16-1

3. Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 12-2

4. El Modena (Orange) 11-1

5. Carlmont (Belmont) 13-1

6. Wilson (Hacienda Heights) 15-1-1

7. North Salinas (Salinas) 8-1

8. California (Whittier) 9-3

9. Cordova (Rancho Cordova) 17-2

10. Livermore 8-2

Division III

1. Pacifica (Garden Grove) 9-2-1

2. Vanden (Travis AFB) 9-0

3. Mitty (San Jose) 12-2

4. Campolindo (Moraga) 9-1

5. Oakmont (Roseville) 8-2

6. Taft 16-1-1

7. Rancho Alamitos (Garden Grove) 7-3

8. Half Moon Bay 11-2

9. Atascadero 9-1

10. Notre Dame (Belmont) 6-1

Division IV

1. Notre Dame (Salinas) 9-0

2. Brookside Christian (Stockton) 18-1

3. Village Christian (Sun Valley) 10-4-1

4. Christian Brothers (Sacto.) 9-2

5. St. Paul (Santa Fe Springs) 10-4

6. Oaks Christian (Westl. Vill.) 12-2

7. Lutheran (Orange) 12-2

8. Templeton 15-1

9. Valley Christian (San Jose) 8-2

10. Calvary Chapel (S. Ana) 9-7

Division V

1. East Nicolaus 10-1

2. Arrowhead Chr. Acad. (Redlands) 14-0

3. Faith Baptist (Canoga Park) 3-1

4. LeGrand 10-5

5. Bakersfield Christian 12-4

6. Modoc (Alturas) 5-0

7. Boron 6-5

8. Linfield (Temecula) 6-2

9. Victory Chr. (Carmichael) 9-3

10. Calvary Chapel (Moreno V.) 7-3-1

Northern California

Overall Top 10

1. Clovis 24-2-1

2. Carlmont (Belmont) 13-1

3. Johnson (Sacramento) 11-0-1

4. Deer Valley (Antioch) 11-0

5. Ceres 8-0

6. Notre Dame (Salinas) 9-0

7. Brookside Chr. (Stockton) 18-1

8. North Salinas (Salinas) 8-1

9. Cordova (R. Cordova) 17-2

10. Sheldon (Sacramento) 7-2-1

Southern California

Overall Top 10

1. Foothill (Tustin) 13-1

2. Bonita Vista (Chula Vista) 16-0

3. Mira Mesa (San Diego) 16-1

4. Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 12-2

5. Canyon (Anaheim) 14-3

6. El Modena (Orange) 11-1

7. Poly (Riverside) 11-1

8. Wilson (Hacienda Heights) 15-1-1

9. Hart (Newhall) 11-3

10. El Toro 12-5

To report updates, corrections and state a case for your team, e-mail Mark Tennis at mark@studentsports.com or call (209) 463-9050.


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