New State Top 20 Overall Baseball Rankings

Birmingham of Van Nuys knocks off Chatsworth so Bishop Amat returns to the No. 1 position. Camarillo is up six spots and Rancho Buena Vista climbs 10 spots as both are now among top 10.

OVERALL STATE TOP 20

(All divisions; through April 20; last week's in parentheses)

1. (2) Bishop Amat (La Puente) 17-2

Thanks to Birmingham of Van Nuys and their own 5-1 win over league rival St. Paul, the Lancers are now back in the same position they were at the end of last season and at the beginning of this season.

2. (1) Chatsworth 19-1

Before losing 5-4 to Birmingham later in the week, the Chancellors beat the Patriots, 5-3, behind pitcher Joe Guntz, who won his 31st straight game.

3. (3) Wilcox (Santa Clara) 25-1

Warriors closed the week with 11-6 win over Saratoga, the same team that beat Huntington Beach Edison a few weeks ago. That protested game against No. 5 Mitty will be resumed on May 2 with Mitty ahead 3-2 in the fifth inning.

4. (8) La Quinta (Westminster) 19-2

Aztecs are expected to win twice this week against Bolsa Grande before Garden Grove League showdown the following week vs. Pacifica.

5. (4) Mitty (San Jose) 20-3*

No one goes unbeaten in the WCAL and the Monarchs finally went down 7-6 last week to Serra. It took a run in the seventh to win it, though, and Mitty is still the league's first-place team.

6. (10) Buchanan (Clovis) 21-2

We'll know a lot about the Bears this week as they play Clovis twice. They beat Madera twice last week in league play and in the first game pitcher Garrett Olson struck out 11 and improved to 8-1.

7. (9) Rancho Bernardo (San Diego) 17-4

Who's No. 1 in San Diego? We went back to RB after Cole Hamels pitched a three-hitter in 6-0 win over Vista.

8. (14) Camarillo 19-3

Scorpions stung Rio Mesa to keep rolling in the CIFSS's Channel League as junior phenom Delmon Young homered -- his 14th of the season -- and pitched four scoreless innings.

9. (19) Rancho Buena Vista (Vista) 17-3

Longhorns won 13th straight, 21-5, over Mt. Carmel and get to play Rancho Bernardo once again on Saturday.

10. (7) Mission Bay (San Diego) 18-3

Bucs lost in the fourth game they played last week, so maybe they shouldn't have dropped at all. The Union-Tribune kept them at No. 1, but it's not clear-cut as RBV-RB winner on Saturday might have the strongest argument.

11. (nr) Centennial (Bakersfield) 18-3

Revolving door in Kern County swings again as Golden Hawks knocked off Stockdale, 8-3, behind pitcher Garrett White's 13 strikeouts.

12. (6) Stockdale (Bakersfield) 19-2

Not all 18-1 teams that lose fall this far in the rankings, but the Mustangs had to go behind Centennial in the CIF Central Section.

13. (15) La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad) 19-4

What's this.....four San Diego teams in the top 13? You bet. Mavs rolled on last week with 9-3 win over Carlsbad as Paul Oseguera went 4-for-4 and drove in five.

14. (nr) Birmingham (Van Nuys) 18-2

You beat the No. 1 team so it's only natural to reward who beat them. A number of other ranked teams losing helps, too.

15. (nr) Arcadia 16-2

Blake Lloyd's hit that glanced off the glove of center fielder Nigel Orozco was the game winner for the Apaches in their 4-3 win in 12 innings over previous No. 8 Crescenta Valley.

16. (8) Crescenta Valley (La Crescenta) 17-2

Falcons' only other loss this year was by 1-0, so they are still only a handful of plays from being 19-0.

17. (11) Dana Hills (Dana Pointe) 16-4*

Ryan Green stroked a two-run double as the Dolphins salvaged their week with a 5-1 win over Mission Viejo.

18. (12) Elk Grove 18-4

A 3-2 loss to Sheldon dropped the Herd a few spots this week, but they also won twice and were expected to stay at No. 1 in the Sacramento area.

19. (13) Canyon (Canyon Country) 16-3

Sergio Almanzar's four-hitter helped the Cowboys beat Hart of Newhall, 2-1, and eased the pain of an 8-0 loss to Hart earlier in the week.

20. (nr) St. Francis (Mountain View) 21-5

Lancers stayed within striking distance of Mitty in the WCAL with 7-2 win last Saturday over Sacred Heart Cathedral.


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