New State Top 20 Overall Baseball Rankings

What a week as ranked teams lose throughout the state. But splitting a pair with a tough opponent might not get you dropped as far you might think.

OVERALL STATE TOP 20

(All divisions; through April 27; last week's in parentheses)

1. (1) Bishop Amat (La Puente) 20-2

Two wins over St. Bernard and another over St. Paul puts the Lancers in cruise control heading into their final two weeks of the regular season.

2. (3) Wilcox (Santa Clara) 27-1

If Wilcox comes from behind to beat Mitty this week in resumption of protested game and then runs the table to a section title, the Chargers will be a serious contender for State Team of the Year honors and a top five national ranking.

3. (4) La Quinta (Westminster) 21-2

Both the Aztecs and Pacifica won twice last week to set up two-game series that will decide Garden Grove League title. Ian Stewart bashed 11th homer of the year in second win vs. Bolsa Grande.

4. (10) Mission Bay (San Diego) 20-3

Thanks to the Bucs' nipping St. Augustine, 2-1 in 10 innings, and stopping that team's 14-game win streak, plus Rancho Bernardo and Rancho Buena Vista splitting a doubleheader, there's not much doubt they should be No. 1 this week in the CIF San Diego Section.

5. (2) Chatsworth 20-3

Was this far enough to drop the Chancellors after two more losses last week? We said no, since they're still the likely top seed in the L.A. City Section playoffs.

6. (12) Stockdale (Bakersfield) 21-2

Mustangs are locked in a three-way tie with North and Centennial in Southwest Yosemite League race, but moved back to No. 1 in the CIF Central Section after previous frontrunner Buchanan got swept by Clovis.

7. (16) Crescenta Valley (La Crescenta) 18-2

Another beneficiary of a lot of teams losing last week, the Falcons' big win was 1-0 over Hoover of Glendale, which then turned around and knocked off Arcadia, 10-9, to put CV in first-place in the Pacific League.

8. (9) Rancho Buena Vista (Vista) 18-4

Longhorns' 13-5 win over Rancho Bernardo in the second game of a doubleheader last Saturday kept them two games in front of the Broncos in Palomar League standings.

9. (7) Rancho Bernardo (San Diego) 18-5

Cole Hamels reached 94 mph on the gun in 11-strikeout win over RBV. Broncos shut down in game two, though, by RBV's Jesse English.

10. (5) Mitty (San Jose) 21-4*

Teams always seem to come back to the pack in the West Catholic League and that happened again last week as the Monarchs lost, 7-1, to Bellarmine and they're now tied with the Bells for first-place.

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

Anthony Alvarez pounded a pair of homers as the Mavericks belted El Camino of Oceanside, 19-4.

12. (8) Camarillo 20-4

Scorpions split a pair of games with Oxnard last week, but they're still leading the Pacific View League so they didn't drop too far in this week's rankings.

13. (nr) Lakewood 23-4

This program always seems to sneak up in the rankings at this point of the season. It won the Redondo tourney last weekend, 19-1, over Oxnard Rio Mesa as Jay Lopez had five hits and six RBI.

14. (nr) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 17-5

All-American Sergio Santos connected for a three-run homer and Warren Chenier pitched a four-hitter as Monarchs defeated St. John Bosco, 7-2.

15. (nr) Bellarmine (San Jose) 22-6

Mitch Ponza was the hero in the Bells' big win over Mitty with a grand slam homer. Pitcher Andrew Slorp shut down the Monarchs' offense.

16. (nr) North (Bakersfield) 19-3-1

Daniel Brown tossed a two-hitter and struck out 13 in a 5-0 win over West. The Stars made even more noise earlier in the week by knocking off previous No. 11 Centennial.

17. (nr) Montgomery (San Diego) 23-3

Aztecs aren't in quite as tough a league as the Palomar, but they've been ranked high in the San Diego Section all year and have shown in the past they can play with anybody.

18. (nr) Clovis 20-6

Cougars forced their way into this week's rankings by beating previous No. 6 Buchanan twice and thus had to go ahead of Buchanan in the rankings.

19. (6) Buchanan (Clovis) 21-4

If you're counting, that's four from the Central Section in this week's top 20. And we could have had five if we elected to keep Centennial of Bakersfield after its most recent loss.

20. (15) Arcadia 17-3

If the Apaches hope to go far in the CIFSS playoffs, they need to close out games a lot better than last week against Hoover.


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