New Softball State Top 20

Clovis takes over No. 1 ranking after Foothill loses in semifinal of Woodbridge tourney. Teams on the rise include El Modena (which won Woodbridge tourney), Thousand Oaks (which won Best of the West tourney in Santa Maria) and Livermore (which won the Livermore Stampede).



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

1. (2) Clovis 25-2-1

Those two losses to Foothill now seem like ancient memory. Latest win over Tennessee power St. Benedict's. Cougars also moved up to No. 1 in Student Sports FAB 50.

2. (3) Bonita Vista (Chula Vista) 18-0

As long as the Barons have the chance to run the table and win CIF San Diego Div. I title they're going to be ranked high.

3. (7) El Modena (Orange) 14-1

Who's No. 1 in OC? Could have stayed with Foothill or gone with Mater Dei. We decided to reward Woodbridge tourney title and went with Vanguards.

4. (1) Foothill (Tustin) 14-2

Loss to El Modena wasn't the end of the world as Knights can avenge in Century League and law of averages may catch up to Clovis and Bonita Vista.

5. (4) Mira Mesa (San Diego) 22-1

Marauders got shuffled down one spot to make way for El Modena being ahead of Foothill.

6. (5) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 12-2

The L.A. Times went with Monarchs at its No. 1, which could be right as we have a lot of respect for compiler Martin Henderson.

7. (8) Poly (Riverside) 12-1

Mindy Cowles pitched a five-hitter and collected three hits herself with two RBI in 7-1 win over Riverside North.

8. (13) Hart (Newhall) 12-3

Indians are one of several highly-ranked squads who will play this weekend at Foothill tournament.

9. (9) Carlmont (Belmont) 15-1

Monique Castillo threw a no-hitter against Los Gatos and came through with clutch hit in extra-inning win vs. Mitty.

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

No scores during the week for the Wildcats, so they stay put at No. 10 in this week's rankings.

11. (12) Deer Valley (Antioch) 11-0

Look for the Wolverines to move up if that perfect record keeps getting higher and higher.

12. (17) Torrey Pines (San Diego) 18-2

Falcons are one of those teams that plays in a league in which they could get stunned at any time.

13. (20) Santiago (Corona) 13-3-1

Coach John Perez hopes to take his program to a more national platform next year, especially with soph Taryne Mowatt in the pitching circle.

14. (nr) Thousand Oaks 9-4-1

Lancers won Best of the West tourney in Santa Maria and are 5-0 since pitcher Mandy Kilioski rejoined the team.

15. (nr) Sheldon (Sacramento) 14-3-1

Strong showing at Best of the West tourney re-established Huskies as a team to beat in the CIF Sac Joaquin Section. 16. (16) Notre Dame (Salinas) 9-1

Spirits have a loss to Atascadero, but they have strong argument they should be above Carlmont in CCS as they've beaten Scots in last three meetings, including a win this season.

17. (nr) Livermore 13-2

They call it the Livermore Stampede and the host Cowboys took the crown this year. Now they must refocus for tough EBAL schedule.

18. (18) Brookside Christian (Stockton) 20-1

There may not be much competition left for BC, so it may be tough moving them up in the rankings until the end of the season.

19. (nr) Woodbridge (Irvine) 15-7

Could be higher after second-place showing in own tourney, but seven losses just a little too high at this point of the season.

20. (6) Canyon (Anaheim) 15-5

Commanches dropped two last week, so they had to fall behind four others in ever-changing Orange County pecking order.

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