New State Top 20 Overall Softball Rankings

It's down to one game for No. 1 Clovis and No. 2 Bonita Vista still has a shot at finishing 33-0. The only two new teams to this week's top 20 are Valley Christian of San Jose and Dana Hills. Going out are previous No. 11 Canyon of Anaheim and previous No. 15 Ceres.


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

1. (1) Clovis 37-2-1

Jennifer Reynolds made it 29 shutouts for the Cougars by getting 11 Ks in a 3-0 win over Delano and posting her sixth no-hitter of the season in a 1-0 win over Buchanan. The two wins put Clovis into this week's CIF Central Section Yosemite Div. Large finals.

2. (2) Bonita Vista (Chula Vista) 30-0

Top-seeded Barons opened the CIF San Diego Section Div. I playoffs on Tuesday of this week. They could finish 33-0 and if they do they'd have the best record of any team in California history.

3. (3) Pacifica (Garden Grove) 26-2-1

Brittney Weil improved to 21-0 with a two-hitter as the Mariners opened the CIF Southern Section Div. III playoffs with a 4-0 victory vs. Bellflower.

4. (4) Foothill (Tustin) 28-3

In a 9-0 CIFSS Div. II playoff opening win over Nordhoff of Ojai, Caitlin Lowe had three hits, two steals and two runs scored. Jamie Dotson also came up big with two hits and two RBI. 5. (5) Mira Mesa (San Diego) 32-1

Marauders could finish 35-1 if they win the CIFSD Div. II title, although the Div. I field with unbeaten Bonita Vista plus two-time defending champ La Costa Canyon as well as Torrey Pines and Carlsbad is much stronger. 6. (6) Poly (Riverside) 25-2

Lindsey Urbrun smacked a two-run double in support of Mindy Cowles' three-hit pitching as the Bears moved on in the CIFSS Div. II playoffs with a 3-0 win over Norco.

7. (9) Royal (Simi Valley) 24-5-1

We decided we had to move Royal ahead of Sheldon since Sheldon's last loss was to Thousand Oaks and Royal just beat Thousand Oaks twice.

8. (7) Sheldon (Sacramento) 26-3-1

Huskies won their opening two games of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. I playoffs by 11-0 in five innings vs. Grace Davis of Modesto and 7-1 vs. Johnson of Sacramento. Johnson was good enough earlier in the spring to be No. 1 in the Sacramento Bee's rankings.

9. (8) El Modena (Orange) 25-5

Norelle Dixon and Elizabeth Walters both had two hits and two RBI as the Vanguards began the CIFSS Div. III playoffs with a 9-0 romp past Garden Grove.

10. (10) California (Whittier) 24-5

Jennifer Davis tossed a one-hitter in 4-0 win over Edison of Huntington Beach in the CIFSS Div. II playoffs. Condors were on track to perhaps play No. 4 Foothill in Friday's quarterfinals.

11. (12) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 24-5

Previous No. 11 Canyon of Anaheim was upset by Loara in the CIFSS playoffs, so the Monarchs, who won their first playoff game by 14-0 over North Torrance, were able to move up that much closer to the top 10.

12. (14) Valencia 23-4-2

It was high drama for the Vikings, who edged Hoover of Glendale, 1-0, in the CIFSS Div. I playoffs on a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning by Peri Laval.

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

Forget the CIF Sac-Joaquin Div. III label for a moment. The Knights have one of the best 1-2 combos anywhere in Carly Harmon and Katie Cotta.

14. (16) Wilson (Hacienda Heights) 24-2-1

Based on their effort in the first round of the CIFSS playoffs, it looks like the Wildcats bounced back nicely from their recent league loss to Charter Oak.

15. (17) Notre Dame (Salinas) 26-3

Erin Sigala has been battling shoulder problems, but sucked it up to strike out 11 of 13 batters in a relief role during ND's 5-0 win over Pacific Grove in the CIF Central Coast Section Div. III playoffs.

16. (18) Kennedy (La Palma) 21-5-1

The way Michelle Turner is going right now, it won't be surprising at all to see the Irish continue to do well in the CIFSS playoffs and climb closer to the top 10.

17. (20) La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad) 23-5

Mavericks were seeded No. 2 in the CIFSD Div. I playoffs, behind unbeaten Bonita Vista but ahead of Torrey Pines.

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

Super sophomore Angelica Selden was not able to keep her shutout streak going last week since the Vikings did not play.

19. (nr) Valley Christian (San Jose) 25-3

Whoever wins the CCS Div. III title -- if it's either VC or No. 15 Notre Dame -- will be regarded as the section's No. 1 team, regardless of enrollment.

20. (nr) Dana Hills (Dana Point) 22-7-1

Dolphins are the No. 2 seed in the CIFSS Div. I playoffs and won their opener, 4-2, over Aliso Niguel, thanks mainly to some clutch hitting from Lauren King.

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