OVERALL STATE TOP 20
(All divisions; through April 13; last week in parentheses)
1. (1) Clovis 27-2-1
Nation's No. 1 team survived 22-inning marathon vs. Madera with 1-0 win. Jennifer Reynolds pitched all 22 innings and is now 20-1. Jenna Cervanez went 5-for-9 at the plate.
2. (2) Bonita Vista (Chula Vista) 20-0
Emily Turner's perfect game vs. Mar Vista was followed by Briana Carrera throwing a no-hitter vs. Marian Catholic.
3. (4) Foothill (Tustin) 18-2
Knights could play Mater Dei this weekend in matchup that would clarify Orange County rankings. Wins last week were routs. Whitney Radcliff went 4-for-4 in one of them. Tiffany Haas had two triples in another.
4. (6) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 15-2
The bats were swinging well in a 10-0 win last week vs. Santa Margarita as Sharee Zaleski and Riki Paredes both had three hits. One of Zaleski's hits went for a homer.
5. (5) Mira Mesa (San Diego) 23-1
Marauders stayed on the heels of BV in San Diego with a 2-1 win in 12 innings vs. Serra. Lyn Morris was credited with both RBI and had two hits. Lisa Dodd pitched a four-hitter and struck out 11.
6. (5) El Modena (Orange) 16-2
Last week's rankings made it look like the only two good teams in the Century League were the Vanguards and Foothill. Of course, we know that Canyon is awfully strong, too, as we've ranked the Commanches this year. And of course, Canyon confounded things further in Orange County last week by knocking off El Modena.
7. (8) Poly (Riverside) 14-1
Other than perhaps Canyon Springs, the Bears probably won't have too many tough tests in the Ivy League.
8. (10) Wilson (Hacienda Heights) 17-1-1
Jamie Juarez does it all again in a 4-0 triumph over Charter Oak with a home run and a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts.
9. (20) Canyon (Anaheim) 17-5
Commanches followed up their win over El Modena by blanking Villa Park, 4-0, on Lisa Geer's three-hit pitching.
10. (12) Torrey Pines (San Diego) 20-2
It's getting tougher and tougher to hold the Mayo at Torrey Pines as freshman infielder Oona Mayo is developing into quite a player.
11. (13) Santiago (Corona) 13-3-1
Sharks were idle last week, so soph pitcher Taryne Mowatt's scoreless innings streak remained at 73.
12. (15) Sheldon (Sacramento) 15-3-1
It's getting difficult finding a NorCal team -- other than Clovis -- to rank very high as the frontrunners seem to be taking losses each week.
13. (18) Brookside Christian (Stockton) 22-1
It didn't look like the Knights would get tested in a league game this year, but they sure did last week as Calaveras hung tough before falling by a 3-1 count.
14. (nr) Pacifica (Garden Grove) 15-2-1
Brittany Weil tossed shutouts against Esperanza and Rosary in pool play games of the Foothill tourney. Jodi Legaspi's two-run double accounted for the only runs vs. Esperanza.
15. (11) Deer Valley (Antioch) 13-1
Freedom of Oakley handed the Wolverines their first loss, but it will take another one to completely knock them out of the rankings.
16. (16) Notre Dame (Salinas) 12-2 The week began great with a win over North Salinas and ace Monica Abbott, but a loss on Saturday meant the Spirits had to stay put in this week's top 20.
17. (9) Carlmont (Belmont) 17-2
Surprises abounded everywhere in last weekend's Wilcox tourney as Div. IV Valley Christian emerged with the championship. Carlmont did pick up two wins, so the rankings drop was not that severe.
18. (14) Thousand Oaks 11-5-1
After losing a meaningless nonleague game, the Lancers returned to Marmonte League action and clipped Royal, 1-0, in nine innings. Mandy Kilionski pitched a two-hitter and struck out 15.
19. (nr) Fairfield 11-4
Alicia Hollowell will take her new national career strikeout total to Ohio this week for three games at the Wendy's Classic, perhaps the nation's top tourney east of the Mississippi.
20. (nr) Dana Hills (Dana Point) 16-5
Recent wins over Canyon, Esperanza and El Toro enable the Dolphin girls to be a top 20 team -- just like the Dolphin boys in baseball.