New Top 20 Overall State Baseball Rankings

La Quinta sweeps Pacifica for Garden Grove League title and moves up to No. 2 in this week's rankings behind top-ranked Bishop Amat. The only new team to this week's list is L.A. City Section power El Camino Real.


(All divisions; through May 4; last week's in parentheses)

1. (1) Bishop Amat (La Puente) 22-2

Mark Esparza's two-run double keyed a five-run uprising in the ninth inning as the Lancers beat Bishop Montgomery, 7-2. The second game of the week between the two wasn't as close as Mike Lange tripled, doubled and singled in a 15-1 romp.

2. (3) La Quinta (Westminster) 23-2

Aztecs won their 10th straight league title with a two-game sweep of Garden Grove Pacifica. Ian Kennedy's two-hitter was the story in the first win, while Mike McCurran had a four-hitter in the second.

3. (4) Mission Bay (San Diego) 22-3

Brock Ungricht went 3-for-3 with a double and three runs scored as the Bucs defeated University City, 13-4, and figured to remain No. 1 in this week's SD Union-Tribune top 10.

4. (5) Chatsworth 22-3

Joe Guntz came back strong after the first loss of his three-year prep career to pitch the Chancellors to a 3-2 win last week over Granada Hills.

5. (6) Stockdale (Bakersfield) 22-2

Finally, somebody stayed No. 1 in the CIF Central Section for more than week. That was possible because the Mustangs rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the seventh to beat North, 4-3. Big hit was three-run double by Jeff Earnest.

6. (7) Crescenta Valley (La Crescenta) 20-2

Falcons will meet Arcadia Friday in a crucial matchup of ranked teams that will decide the Pacific League title.

7. (8) Rancho Buena Vista (Vista) 20-4

How's this for two all-time school firsts in the same game: a triple play and someone hitting for the cycle. It all occurred in RBV's 19-1 romp vs. Vista. Mitch Einertson hit for the cycle and added an additional homer.

8. (9) Rancho Bernardo (San Diego) 21-5

Three-win week highlighted by another impressive outing from pitcher Cole Hamels. Some think he's now moved up to as high as the top 15 for the first round of the next MLB draft.

9. (10) Mitty (San Jose) 24-4*

Danny Dressman pitched 2 2/3 innings of perfection as the Monarchs completed their 3-2 win over previous No. 2 Wilcox. Also picked up two more WCAL wins.

10. (11) La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad) 22-4

Will Stoffel and Anthony Alvarez both finished with four RBI as the Mavericks broke a 7-7 tie with six runs in the sixth and went on to beat Fallbrook, 13-9, for their third win of the week.

11. (12) Camarillo 23-4

There was some impressive slugging from someone other than Delmon Young last week as Justin Frash bashed a homer and two doubles and had seven RBI in 14-0 rout of Oxnard Hueneme.

12. (13) Lakewood 23-4

No games on the docket last week for the Lancers, who get usually tough Millikan of Long Beach twice this week.

13. (14) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 19-5

Daniel Perales established a new school record for home runs in a single-season by blasting his 12th in an important 12-5 win over Servite in Serra League action.

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

Bells put some distance between themselves and St. Francis in the WCAL by beating the Lancers, 6-1, to close out last week.

15. (2) Wilcox (Santa Clara) 28-3

Why did the Warriors fall so far? It was much more than finalizing that loss to Mitty. An additional loss to Los Gatos plus the unusual occurrance that none of the other top 15 teams from last week also lost should explain a lot.

16. (17) Montgomery (San Diego) 25-3

The record is nice, but 12 shutouts and a combined team ERA of 1.52 shows that the Aztecs can play with anybody.

17. (18) Clovis 22-6

If the Cougars can win a second straight Central Section title this year, they will have emerged from perhaps the deepest field of top teams ever.

18. (19) Buchanan (Clovis) 23-4

Two more wins for the Bears, who could move back up into the top 10 at any time the way the Central Section teams have been playing all season.

19. (20) Arcadia 18-3

Brent Dohling went 3-for-3 and scored six times as Apaches won one of those unfortunate routs, this one by 31-0 in five innings, over Muir of Pasadena.

20. (nr) El Camino Real (Woodland Hills) 21-4

Conquistadors are leading the same league that contains Chatsworth, so some think they should be ranked higher. Good point, but we still think Chancellors have had a better all-around season.

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