New State Softball Overall Top 20 Rankings

Beating Foothill and Mater Dei on the same day wins a tourney for Pacifica and forces the Mariners to be moved from No. 14 to No. 3 in this week's ratings. Clovis and Bonita Vista hold on to No. 1 and No. 2.

OVERALL STATE SOFTBALL TOP 20

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

1. (1) Clovis 29-2-1

School thinks the record should be 30-2, but CIF Central Section historian Bob Barnett is counting a tie so that's what we'll go with for now.

2. (2) Bonita Vista (Chula Vista) 23-0

Sure, we wish the Barons would have ventured outside San Diego to play a strong CIFSS team, but there comes a point where you have to reward execution -- like them being unbeaten -- over strength of schedule.

3. (14) Pacifica (Garden Grove) 19-2-1

Coach Rob Weil is no stranger to success. His 1997 team, with current UCLA standout Amanda Freed leading the way, went 31-1-1 and was No. 1 in the state.

4. (3) Foothill (Tustin) 21-3

After losing to Pacifica in the semis of its own tourney, Knights bounced back to beat California, 1-0, in third-place game.

5. (5) Mira Mesa (San Diego) 26-1

Combined with BV, Torrey Pines and La Costa Canyon, the Marauders are helping San Diego softball approach the level of respect people have for San Diego baseball.

6. (4) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 18-3

Christina Clark is adding to her laurels as an All-American infielder with five saves so far this season as a pitcher.

7. (7) Poly (Riverside) 18-1

New school Chino Hills played the Bears tough last Saturday in the Downey tourney but lost, 3-2.

8. (8) Wilson (Hacienda Heights) 17-1-1

Wildcats had the week off so they had to stay where they were in this week's rankings.

9. (9) Canyon (Anaheim) 19-5

Commanches were scheduled to play Foothill this week with first-place in the Century League on the line.

10. (6) El Modena (Orange) 16-3

A 1-0 loss to No. 4 Foothill in a Century League game was followed by an 11-0 win over Orange.

11. (10) Torrey Pines (San Diego) 20-2

Because of Pacifica winning the Foothill tourney, a few teams this week had to drop a spot even though they didn't lose. This is the place where that starts.

12. (13) Santiago (Corona) 15-3-1

It was reported that Taryne Mowatt needed just four more scoreless innings this week to tie the CIFSS record of 91. Sorry, but we've got Keira Goehrl of Moreno Valley Valley View with a 124-inning streak from 1999.

13. (12) Sheldon (Sacramento) 18-3-1

We're sticking with the Huskies even though the Sacramento Bee has Johnson as its No. 1 team.

14. (13) Brookside Christian (Stockton) 21-1

It's almost May, but last week the Knights were actually snowed out when their scheduled game vs. Summerville of Tuolomne City couldn't be played.

15. (15) Deer Valley (Antioch) 14-1

There are some who think Campolindo or Livermore is tops in the East Bay and that might be right. The good news is that the NCS softball playoffs aren't watered down with too many divisions so all the top teams will play each other.

16. (16) Notre Dame (Salinas) 20-2

What a double play for the Spirits: Coach Joe Given got his 500th win and Erin Sigala got second straight perfect game on the same day.

17. (18) Thousand Oaks 15-5-1

Lancers swept Highland of Lancaster in a doubleheader last Saturday. Jenny Cochran bashed two homers in game one.

18. (19) Fairfield 17-5

So how great is California softball? Falcons beat top teams from three Midwest states at the Wendy's Classic in Ohio and are barely in the top 20 back home.

19. (nr) Johnson (Sacramento) 18-2-2

Warriors have lost only to Thousand Oaks and Fairfield and are led by senior Christa Hunter, one of the state's top pitcher/hitter combo players.

20. (nr) East Union (Manteca) 20-2

Lancers are the top-ranked team by the Modesto Bee (above 17-1 Ceres) and feature dominant pitcher Brittney Tachara.


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