New State Top 20 Overall Baseball Rankings

No. 1 Bishop Amat and No. 2 La Quinta could face each other in the CIFSS Div. IV finals. It's also a good bet that whoever wins in the loaded CIF San Diego Div. I playoffs also will earn an extremely high final state ranking. The CCS Div. I champ and the two Yosemite Division champs from the Central Section also are just about guaranteed berths in the final top 20.


(All divisions; through May 18; last week's in parentheses)

1. (1) Bishop Amat (La Puente) 24-2

Upsets in Florida give the Lancers an improved chance of being No. 1 in the nation this year, too. They began their quest for the CIF Southern Section Div. IV crown last week with 13-4 win over Nordhoff.

2. (2) La Quinta (Westminster) 26-2

Aztecs had an even easier time in their first CIFSS Div. IV playoff game than Amat with 13-0 romp past Daniel Murphy of Los Angeles. Ian Stewart clubbed his 13th homer of the season and also had a double and a triple.

3. (4) Rancho Buena Vista (Vista) 26-4

We know Montgomery got the top seed in tremendously loaded CIF San Diego Section Div. I playoffs, but we like RBV's strength of schedule better. Longhorns capped their run to the Palomar League crown with a 3-2 win over Poway.

4. (11) Montgomery (San Diego) 28-3

Pitching-rich Aztecs enter the CIFSD Div. I playoffs on a roll. And pitching depth should play an even bigger role in this year's playoffs since the San Diego Section has joined the Sac-Joaquin for offering a double-elimination format.

5. (5) Camarillo 26-4

Travis Sutton got the Scorpions off to a strong start in the CIFSS Div. I playoffs with a five-hitter in a 4-1 win over Aliso Niguel. He's now 12-0 for the year.

6. (6) Wilcox (Santa Clara) 32-3

Darrell Sales ripped a pair of homers to key an 18-1 romp past Santa Teresa of San Jose in the CIF Central Coast Section Div. I quarterfinals. Wilcox is slated to meet Mitty for the third time this season in the semis.

7. (7) Rancho Bernardo (San Diego) 26-5

With the pitching and hitting of players like Cole Hamels and John Peabody, the Broncos are certainly going to be a force in the CIFSD Div. I playoffs.

8. (9) Arcadia 23-3

Apaches almost blew it with four errors in their CIFSS playoff opener vs. Santa Ana, but held on for a 2-1 win.

9. (10) Crescenta Valley (La Crescenta) 23-3

There won't be another Arcadia-CV matchup in the CIFSS playoffs since the Falcons are Div. II and the Apaches are Div. I. Freshman Trevor Bell hit a solo homer in the sixth to key 2-1 win last week over Loyola.

10. (3) Mission Bay (San Diego) 25-4

That loss that was reported too late for last week's rankings winds up costing the Bucs in this week's compilations. They open the CIFSD Div. III playoffs as the top seed.

11. (12) Clovis 26-6

Cougars posted playoff wins last week of 4-0 over Mt. Whitney and 11-2 over Sunnyside and will meet Buchanan in this week's CIF Central Section Yosemite Div. Large final. They are looking to repeat.

12. (8) La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad) 26-5

The Avocado League title gave the Mavs the No. 3 seed in the CIFSD Div. I playoffs, but a loss last week knocked them behind No. 4 seed Rancho Bernardo in this week's rankings.

13. (13) Lakewood 25-5

Jason Wanamaker was the winning pitcher and improved to 10-0 for the season as the Lancers won their CIFSS playoff opener by 4-1 over Channel Islands of Oxnard.

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

The Conquistadors didn't play last week in preparation for the first games this week of the CIF L.A. City Section playoffs.

15. (15) Chatsworth 22-4

They didn't win their league and their hopes for a top 10 national ranking are shot, but there's still plenty to play for as the Chancellors open the CIF L.A. City Section playoffs. Primarily a third title in the last four years.

16. (16) Centennial (Bakersfield) 24-4

How can you top the Huskies winning their first two CIF Central Section Yosemite Div. Small playoff games by 14-0 and 16-0? By winning 21-0 and 18-0, which is what Stockdale did in its two games. Guess who plays each other in this week's final?

17. (17) Elk Grove 25-5

Mike Nelson came through with a grand slam and Jaime Huizar tripled with the bases juiced as the Herd won its CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. I playoff opener by 9-1 over El Camino of Sacramento.

18. (18) Stockdale (Bakersfield) 24-3

Whoever wins the CIFCS Yosemite Div. Small final between the Mustangs and Centennial will be guaranteed a high final state ranking. How high depends on which teams get upset in other sections.

19. (20) Mitty (San Jose) 26-5*

Monarchs won their CIFCCS Div. I quarterfinal, 17-5, over Bellarmine to completely erase any bad feelings about their recent 11-10 loss to Sacred Heart Cathedral in the WCAL playoffs.

20. (nr) Glendora 21-4

Tartans have been seriously on the bubble for about a month and finally break in for previous No. 19 Newark Memorial and for beating Rubidoux of Riverside, 7-0, in their CIFSS Div. I playoff opener behind Brandon Villalobos' two-hitter.

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