New State Top 20 Overall Softball Rankings

Thousand Oaks tourney shakes up top 20 as Royal emerges with Green Division crown. Sheldon of Sacramento moves up to No. 8 and California of Whittier is up to No. 9 in other key developments. Clovis still No. 1 in the state and nation.


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

1. (1) Clovis 33-2-1

The shutouts keep comin' for coach Mike Noel's squad. Last week's were 7-0 over Central of Fresno as Nichole Willis went 3-for-3 with a triple and 3-0 over Buchanan as Jennifer Reynolds pitched a one-hitter.

2. (2) Bonita Vista (Chula Vista) 27-0

If they win out, the Barons should be able to post the best season record ever for a California team. The current all-time best is 32-0 by Ocean View of Huntington Beach for 1985.

3. (3) Pacifica (Garden Grove) 23-2-1

Mariners won Anaheim Canyon tourney with 3-0 win in the final over state-ranked Mater Dei. Brittney Weil tossed a two-hitter and struck out nine.

4. (4) Foothill (Tustin) 25-3

Going unbeaten in league is one thing but Knights are doing it in the same league as El Modena and Canyon. Last week saw them defeat Canyon, 5-3.

5. (5) Mira Mesa (San Diego) 28-1

Games against league rival Serra are usually close, but Desiree Fajota's double keyed a five-run inning and Lisa Dodd struck out 12 as Marauders cruised, 5-0.

6. (6) Poly (Riverside) 23-1

Ace Mindy Cowles took a day off, so it was Samantha Parks who pitched a three-hitter and had 11 Ks in a 3-0 victory over Arlington.

7. (8) Wilson (Hacienda Heights) 20-1-1

Jamee Juarez smashed two triples and pitched a one-hitter in a 7-0 win over Diamond Ranch. She hurled another shutout, this one 8-0, over crosstown rival Los Altos.

8. (11) Sheldon (Sacramento) 23-3-1

Ten different players got at least one hit in a 12-0 win over Laguna Creek, which was the team's sixth straight shutout.

9. (15) California (Whittier) 21-5

This team was a CIFSS finalist last year and has an excellent 1-2 pitching punch in Jennifer Davis (0.29 ERA) and Christina Wann (0.40).

10. (nr) Royal (Simi Valley) 21-5-1

A loss to Simi Valley to start the week was followed up by wins over state-ranked El Modena and Thousand Oaks, which earned the Highlanders top honors in this year's Thousand Oaks tourney and a big jump in the rankings.

11. (7) El Modena (Orange) 21-5

Vanguards didn't drop that far since Ashley Van Boxmeer's three-run homer gave them an early lead in what turned out to be a close loss to No. 5 Foothill.

12. (12) Canyon (Anaheim) 21-7

Remember, this team took third at the Arizona Tournament of Champions in March and three of its losses have come in the very tough Century League.

13. (13) Brookside Christian (Stockton) 26-1

One of the reasons we're going so high with Brookside is that the Knights will be in the same Sac-Joaquin Section playoff division as unbeaten Vanden.

14. (14) Notre Dame (Salinas) 24-2

Perennial power for schools with Div. IV enrollment stands a good chance of finishing No. 1 in that division for the third straight time, providing Brookside loses.

15. (16) La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad) 21-4

With the Mavs, Torrey Pines and Bonita Vista, the upcoming CIF San Diego Section Div. I playoffs could be as strong as almost any other playoff division in the state.

16. (17) Torrey Pines (San Diego) 26-3

Erin Snyder only had 15 balls called out of 82 pitches in a perfect game 1-0 win over Rancho Buena Vista. She struck out 18 and notched her second perfect game of the season.

17. (9) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 21-5

Either the Monarchs were way overrated earlier in the season or they've just hit a two-week funk. We'll find out which one it is in the team's next few outings.

18. (20) Ceres 21-1

With East Union losing to West of Tracy, the Bulldogs were expected to move up to No. 1 in this week's large schoool rankings by the Modesto Bee.

19. (nr) Santiago (Corona) 18-4-1

It was another no-hitter, this one her fifth of the season, for sophomore Taryne Mowatt in Sharks' 2-0 win over Jurupa Valley.

20. (10) Thousand Oaks 20-7-1

Lancers had the chance to bounce back against Royal as the two played early this week for the Marmonte League title.

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