New State Top 20 Overall Softball Rankings

Riverside Poly loses a league game to Canyon Springs and Hacienda Height Wilson loses a league game to Charter Oak. Find out why one of them was meaningless and didn't cost that team in this week's rankings and why the other was significant and forced that team to drop.


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

1. (1) Clovis 35-2-1

Cougars start the playoffs No. 1 in the Student Sports FAB 50 national rankings. Fellow Central Section member Bullard was No. 1 in the nation a year ago.

2. (2) Bonita Vista (Chula Vista) 29-0

A 9-2 win over Montgomery kept the Baron express on track. Emily Turner pitched and struck out 13.

3. (3) Pacifica (Garden Grove) 25-2-1

Mariners clubbed Los Amigos, 18-0, and La Quinta, 14-0, in mercy-rule routs to close the season. They open the CIF Southern Section Div. III playoffs Friday vs. Bellflower.

4. (4) Foothill (Tustin) 27-3

Autumn Champion had three hits and scored three runs in 5-1 win over Canyon of Anaheim. Tiffany Haas had two triples and three hits in 9-0 shutout of Villa Park.

5. (5) Mira Mesa (San Diego) 31-1

Two points bear repeating: Marauders are only team to beat No. 13 Brookside Christian and their only loss is to No. 2 Bonita Vista.

6. (6) Poly (Riverside) 24-2

Bears dropped a very meaningless 7-4 game to Canyon Springs as they'd already wrapped up a league title. They were still seeded No. 2 in the CIFSS Div. II playoffs behind No. 1 Foothill.

7. (8) Sheldon (Sacramento) 24-3-1

Joanna O'Neill knocked in a pair of runs and Nikki Cinque pitched a three-hitter in 3-1 win over Woodland, a finalist from last year's CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. I playoffs.

8. (11) El Modena (Orange) 23-5

Freshman Jessica Foley could be a player to watch down the road as she had two hits and pitched a two-hitter last week in 9-1 romp vs. Orange.

9. (10) Royal (Simi Valley) 23-5-1

Jordan McPherson tossed a one-hitter in a 7-0 win over Thousand Oaks that gave the Highlanders the Marmonte League title.

10. (9) California (Whittier) 23-5

Two playoff wins for the Condors in the CIFSS Div. II bracket and their likely opponent will be No. 4 Foothill, same team they knocked out of last year's playoffs.

11. (12) Canyon (Anaheim) 23-8

Comanches finished the Century League 0-2 vs. Foothill and 1-1 vs. El Modena.

12. (17) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 23-5

Monarchs have the offense to make a run in the CIFSS Div. II playoffs, but the questionmark is the pitching.

13. (13) Brookside Christian (Stockton) 29-1

Carly Harmon stars in doubleheader vs. Summerville with an 11-K perfect game and eight more strikeouts in three additional innings of the other game.

14. (nr) Valencia 23-4-2

Vikings are the top-ranked team by the L.A. Daily News and they earned the top seed in the CIFSS Div. I playoffs (although Div. II is much tougher and Div. III might be tougher, too).

15. (18) Ceres 22-1

Omaira Estremera pitched her seventh no-hitter of the season, striking out 16 Patriot batters, as the Bulldogs defeated Beyer of Modesto, 8-0.

16. (7) Wilson (Hacienda Heights) 23-2-1

Some late season league losses are indeed pretty meaningless. But Wilson's last week to Charter Oak wasn't. It wound up giving Charter Oak the Valle Vista League's No. 1 playoff berth.

17. (14) Notre Dame (Salinas) 25-3

The future is bright for the Spirits as four varsity team members helped the Salinas Storm finish fourth last summer at the ASA 14-under nationals.

18. (nr) Kennedy (La Palma) 20-5-1

Coach Sue Hall's team didn't allow a run in 10 league games and is led by State Player of the Year candidate Michelle Turner.

19. (nr) Vanden (Travis AFB) 26-0

This team's record has been done against mostly small school competition, but there are some potential tests looming in the playoffs so a final state ranking in the 15-20 range -- if they finish unbeaten -- would be warranted.

20. (15) La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad) 21-5

Mavericks are looking for third straight CIFSD Div. I title, but that won't be easy with Bonita Vista, Torrey Pines, Carlsbad and others lurking in the same bracket.

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