New State Baseball Top 20

First loss suffered by Stockdale of Bakersfield and strange result from final game of the West Coast Classic creates room for Bishop Amat and Rancho Bernardo to move up to No. 2 and No. 3 behind No. 1 Chatsworth in this week's rankings.


(All divisions; through April 6; last week's in parentheses)

1. (1) Chatsworth 16-0

Chancellors' wins over Taft and Granada Hills overshadowed by school bus drivers' strike that cancels game this week vs. El Camino Real.

2. (3) Bishop Amat (La Puente) 13-2

Second straight Toyo National Classic crown puts Lancers back in the hunt on the national scene.

3. (5) Rancho Bernardo (San Diego) 14-2

Broncos put two losses at Mike Morrow Lions tourney behind them with a 3-0 week that returned them to familiar territory in the rankings.

4. (9) Buchanan (Clovis) 18-1

Bears were battling toward the top of the rankings for almost all of last year and it looks like they'll be doing that again this season.

5. (7) Wilcox (Santa Clara) 21-1

We keep wanting to hold back the Warriors because they're so young, but Valley Christian tourney title makes that impossible.

6. (14) La Quinta (Westminster) 15-2

Fellow Orange County coaches usually gripe about La Quinta's record and ranking for what is perceived as a weak schedule. After second-place showing at Toyo National Classic, they can't say that this year.

7. (2) Stockdale (Bakersfield) 16-1

First loss of the season, which came to Centennial, knocks back the Golden Hawks a few spots but 16-1 is still 16-1.

8. (4) Mitty (San Jose) 16-2*

We have to drop the Monarchs a bit since they did lose on the field to Dana Hills in the final of their own West Coast Classic.

9. (15) Mission Bay (San Diego) 15-2

The CIF San Diego Section's No. 2 team is just a few plays removed from being 17-0 and probably being No. 2 in the state.

10. (8) Edison (Huntington Beach) 12-3

The L.A. Times didn't drop the Chargers at all (in fact they moved up) for losing to 4-9 Saratoga at West Coast Classic.

11. (nr) Crescenta Valley (La Crescenta) 13-1

Freshman Trevor Bell improved to 5-0 with a victory over Peninsula in 1st round of Babe Herman tourney.

12. (nr) Dana Hills (Dana Pointe) 13-3*

It would be easy to say we're rewarding honesty of coach Zeke Barragan with this ranking, but the Dolphins did win perhaps the state's toughest tourney this year on the field.

13. (16) Elk Grove 13-3

It may be one of those back-and-forth rivalries all spring with Delta League rival Woodland.

14. (17) Canyon (Canyon Country) 13-2

Cowboys hoping Sergio Almanzar continues to improve as a pitcher to complement ace Jake Coash.

15. (18) Camarillo 13-3

Scorpions had a 1-1 week, but we've been staring at Delmon Young's hitting stats so much that we still bumped them up a few spots.

16. (13) La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad) 13-4

You're not going to find much tougher competition anywhere in the nation than there is in the northern part of San Diego County.

17. (nr) North (Bakersfield) 13-2-2

Coach Tony Silver's squad deserves mention for beating Centennial after it knocked off Stockdale and for win earlier in the year over Clovis.

18. (nr) Woodland 13-3

Rob Rinaldi is back coaching the Wolves and they are now back in the state rankings.

19. (19) El Dorado (Placentia) 12-4

Golden Hawks downed Esperanza, 9-5, to take third at the Toyo National Classic and lost in the semis to eventual champ Bishop Amat.

20. (6) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 13-4

Trip to Tennessee may have been good on many fronts, but losing twice pushed the Monarchs almost out of the top 20.

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