(For the purposes of our TV show, which does not reach many cities beyond the San Francisco Bay Area, we define Northern California for these rankings as not to include schools from the CIF Central Section. For our own geographically-based rankings, we include the CIF Central Section as Northern California)
Here's the up-to-date baseball rankings after Sat night games:
1. Wilcox (Santa Clara) 30-3 (3)
2. Elk Grove 24-5 (5)
3. Newark Memorial (Newark) 20-2-1 (6)
4. Mitty (San Jose) 24-5*
5. Woodland 23-6 (7)
6. California (San Ramon) 19-3 (8)
7. St. Francis (Mountain View) 25-8 (11)
8. Bellarmine (San Jose) 26-7 (2)
9. Clayton Valley (Concord) 17-5 (12)
10. Serra (San Mateo) 23-8 (4)
11. Folsom 23-5-1 (10)
12. Valley Christian (San Jose) 23-7 (9)
13. Casa Grande (Petaluma) 20-3 (14)
14. Deer Valley (Antioch) 16-5 (18)
15. Rio Linda 25-4 (17)
16. Davis 23-5-1 (19)
17. Menlo-Atherton (Atherton) 22-2 (20)
18. Hollister 22-5 (nr)
19. Lincoln (Stockton) 22-6 (nr)
20. Christian Brothers (Sacramento) 24-6 (16)
How many teams in the entire state last year won 30 games or more? The answer is just four, so for Wilcox to do it last week after a 1-0 win over Gunn of Palo Alto already puts the Chargers in rarified air. Darrell Sales pitched a four-hitter to get the shutout and improved his own mound mark to 8-0.
Wilcox needed some help, though, to move back up to No. 1 in this week's rankings and got it in the West Catholic Athletic League playoffs when previous No. 1 Mitty was upset, 11-10, in its very first game by Sacred Heart Cathedral. St. Francis, which has split with the Chargers so far this year, wound up winning the WCAL playoff title with a 4-3 win last Thursday over Bellarmine. Jimmy Buckley's RBI single in the seventh put the Lancers ahead and Ben Lundquist shut the door on the Bells in the bottom of the inning.
Spike McDougall clubbed a two-run homer in the first inning and California of San Ramon went on to beat Amador Valley, 7-3 in eight innings, and clinched the East Bay Athletic League title. The Grizzlies last won the EBAL crown in 1996, which was the first season for current head coach Dave Hamilton.
We mentioned Eddie Browne of Menlo-Atherton in this spot last week after the Bears' standout had a one-hitter and a pair of doubles in one game. He was even better in a game last week against South San Francisco. In leading M-A to a 15-0 win, Browne pitched a no-hitter and struck out 14 batters. On offense, he tripled and singled.
Here's the up-to-date softball rankings (through Saturday's games):
1. Sheldon (Sacramento) 24-3-1 (1)
2. Brookside Christian (Stockton) 29-1 (3)
3. Ceres 21-1 (4)
4. Notre Dame (Salinas) 25-3 (3)
5. Vanden (Travis AFB) 26-0 (5)
6. Valley Christian (San Jose) 24-3 (6)
7. East Union (Manteca) 24-3 (12)
8. College Park (Pleasant Hill) 18-3 (13)
9. Freedom (Oakley) 17-4 (9)
10. Deer Valley (Antioch) 18-2 (11)
11. Campolindo (Moraga) 18-2 (7)
12. Fairfield 22-7 (8)
13. Merced 25-5 (10)
14. North Salinas (Salinas) 22-6
15. Mercy (Burlingame) 23-4 (16)
16. Burlingame 24-3 (17)
17. Petaluma 16-2 (18)
18. Mitty (San Jose) 26-5 (19)
19. Foothill (Pleasanton) 15-5 (20)
20. Lynbrook (San Jose) 17-3 (nr)
Campolindo had one of those weeks that was tough to guage. The Cougars had to drop in the ratings slightly because they lost a 4-3 game to College Park. But they sure came back strong the next day in the completion of a suspended game and regularly scheduled game against Northgate. The Cougars won the first game, 4-1, in 17 innnings and then cruised in the second, 5-0. Becky McCullough notched a perfect game and whiffed 11 in the second game. It also was her second perfect game in her last four starts.
Top-ranked Sheldon opens the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. I playoffs on Saturday against Grace Davis of Modesto. Fairfield will be going for its third straight title and is one of 16 other entrants in the division.
Freedom of Oakley has been in existence for just five years and last week the girls softball team earned just the second league title for the school after a 5-2 win over Liberty. The school's only other league title also was won by the softball team and came in 2000.
It's our goal each week to complete these rankings on the same day in which the show airs. But often there are missing scores as well as other missing information, which require us to wait until Monday so we can call schools to fill in the blanks.
Have a great week and be sure to check this site througout the week for our updated state rankings.