New State Top 20 Overall Baseball Rankings

Wild week includes losses by Chatsworth, Stockdale, Crescenta Valley and Mitty. Biggest benefactors are Rancho Buena Vista, Camarillo, Wilcox and Arcadia. Bishop Amat still rolling along at No. 1 and this week starts the CIF Southern Section Div. IV playoffs.


(All divisions; through May 11; last week's in parentheses)

1. (1) Bishop Amat (La Puente) 23-2

Anthony Hidalgo and Adam Simon both rang up shutouts as the Lancers beat St. Paul of Santa Fe Springs 6-0 and 10-0 to close the regular season.

2. (2) La Quinta (Westminster) 25-2

What a final it would be in the CIF Southern Section Div. III playoffs if its the Aztecs vs. Bishop Amat. La Quinta's final regular season win was 2-0 over Saddleback as Ian Kennedy pitched a four-hitter and Ian Stewart blasted his 12th homer.

3. (3) Mission Bay (San Diego) 23-4

A loss on Saturday to Point Loma was not reported in time for this week's rankings. It was in a meaningless game as the Bucs have already taken care of top seeds and league titles and there's not much difference between the top four teams in San Diego anyway.

4. (7) Rancho Buena Vista (Vista) 24-4

Longhorns wrapped up the Palomar League title with 12-8 win over Mt. Carmel and this week jumped to No. 19 in the nation in the Student Sports FAB 50.

5. (11) Camarillo 25-4

Scorpions are the top seed in the CIF Southern Section Div. I playoffs. In first game of last week, they won 15-0 over Rio Mesa as Delmon Young homered for the 15th time, went 5-for-5 and set a Ventura County record with 58th hit of the season.

6. (15) Wilcox (Santa Clara) 30-3

Chargers became the first team in the state this year to reach 30 wins after 1-0 victory over Gunn. Last year only four were able to win 30 or more.

7. (8) Rancho Bernardo (San Diego) 24-5

Scott Robinson cracked a grand slam homer as the Broncos beat Vista, 7-4, last Saturday and may be getting more and more primed for the postseason.

8. (10) La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad) 25-4

Paul Oseguera hasn't pitched at all this season for the Mavs, but he's still swinging the bat well. The UCLA-bound senior homered last week in a 5-4 win over Carlsbad.

9. (18) Arcadia 22-3

Gary Kim and Alex George put the clamps on previous No. 6 Crescenta Valley with a combined two-hitter in a 5-0 win that makes the Apaches a team to watch in the CIFSS playoffs.

10. (6) Crescenta Valley (La Crescenta) 22-3

Before dropping that game to Arcadia, the Falcons put two more wins on their slate by rolling past Hoover of Glendale (7-1) and Muir of Pasadena (12-1).

11. (16) Montgomery (San Diego) 26-3

Justin Suarez tossed a three-hitter in a 2-0 win over Bonita Vista. The week before he had a two-hit shutout and struck out 11.

12. (17) Clovis 24-6

With Stockdale taking another loss in Bakersfield, the Cougars are now back in the No. 1 position of the CIF Central Section as the postseason begins.

13. (12) Lakewood 24-5

Split last week with Millikan doesn't deny Lancers a Moore League title. Congrats to coach Spud O'Neill for being one of CIF's first Model Coach Award winners.

14. (20) El Camino Real (Woodland Hills) 23-4

Jeremy Boyle's bases-loaded single in the bottom of the last inning handed Joe Guntz of Chatsworth his second loss in three starts (5-4) after never before having lost during his high school career.

15. (4) Chatsworth 22-4

We were apprehensive leaving the Chancellors so high after recent three-game losing streak. Latest loss to ECR made big drop unavoidable.

16. (nr) Centennial (Bakersfield) 22-4

A 3-2 win last Friday over North gave Centennial the title in the tough Southwest Yosemite League. Another double would give the team a season total of 87 and would tie a state record.

17. (nr) Elk Grove 24-5

The Herd won three league games last week -- 10-0 vs. Florin plus 5-4 and 5-2 vs. Laguna Creek -- and would have to be considered the favorite in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. I playoffs.

18. (5) Stockdale (Bakersfield) 22-3

Mustangs have been this year's best version of a yo-yo in the state rankings. Now, since Centennial won the league, it's back down below the Huskies in this week's top 20.

19. (nr) Newark Memorial (Newark) 21-2-1

Cougars wrapped up 12-0 record in the same league as defending CIF North Coast champ Logan of Union City. Top-ranked team in S.F. East Bay won last week 11-1 in five innings vs. Mission San Jose and 8-0 over Irvington.

20. (9) Mitty (San Jose) 24-5*

An 11-10 loss to Sacred Heart Cathedral quickly knocked the Monarchs out of the West Catholic League playoffs, but they still figure to be a force in the CIF CCS playoffs.

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