New State Overall Top 20 Baseball Rankings

The first five spots in the final top 20 are starting to fall into order as 34-3 Wilcox wins the CCS Div. I title. Arcadia, Crescenta Valley and La Costa Canyon were biggest upset victims in last week's playoffs. Bishop Amat and La Quinta still 1-2 heading into final week of their seasons.

OVERALL STATE TOP 20

(All divisions; through May 25; last week's in parentheses)

1. (1) Bishop Amat (La Puente) 26-2

Lancers had the state's best record in the 1990s at 231-56-1. They've started out the latest decade pretty strongly, too, at 24-4 and 27-2 heading into the current season.

2. (2) La Quinta (Westminster) 28-2

Both the Aztecs and Bishop Amat had to survive road games on Tuesday -- La Quinta vs. 22-4 Oak Park and Amat vs. 23-7 Chaminade -- to set up their mythical state championship game on Saturday at Edison International Field.

3. (3) Rancho Buena Vista (Vista) 28-4

Ace Jesse English didn't even pitch and the Longhorns -- with Charlie Watson and David Wysocki on the mound -- still held previously state-ranked La Costa Canyon to just three hits in a 8-2 win in last week's CIF San Diego Section Div. I playoffs.

4. (5) Camarillo 28-4

Delmon Young the hitter went 0-for-3 with a walk, but the Delmon Young the pitcher was a stud at the finish with 1 1/3 scoreless innings as he picked up the win in a 2-1 verdict over Peninsula in the CIFSS Div. I playoffs.

5. (6) Wilcox (Santa Clara) 34-3

The Chargers started the year with just four senior starters and finished as an impressive CIF Central Coast Section Div. I champion.

6. (7) Rancho Bernardo (San Diego) 28-5

Like No. 3 RBV, the Broncos also went 2-0 to start the first week of the CIFSD Div. I playoffs. In 5-0 win over previous No. 4 Montgomery, Cole Hamels pitched a three-hitter and struck out 11.

7. (10) Mission Bay (San Diego) 28-4

No surprises in the Bucs' first two CIFSD Div. III playoff games as they win both and remain a strong favorite to win the title.

8. (11) Clovis 27-6

A 1-0 win over Buchanan gave the Cougars their second straight CIF Central Section Yosemite Division Large title and fifth in the last eight seasons.

9. (13) Lakewood 27-5

Lancers moved into the CIFSS Div. I semis for the first time since 1994 with 2-0 win over Esperanza of Anaheim. Junior standout Jason Wanamaker pitched a three-hitter.

10. (4) Montgomery (San Diego) 30-4

A loss to Rancho Bernardo pushed the Aztecs down into the loser's bracket of the CIFSD Div. I playoffs, but they stayed alive on Saturday with a 1-0 victory over Torrey Pines.

11. (14) El Camino Real (Woodland Hills) 25-4

Conquistadors rolled to a 14-0 mercy rule win over Fremont in CIF L.A. City Section playoffs. Too bad they are playing Chatsworth in the quarters instead of later on.

12. (16) Centennial (Bakersfield) 25-4

Golden Hawks captured the CIF Central Section Yosemite Div. Small crown with a 10-8 win over Stockdale.

13. (17) Elk Grove 28-5

Bobby Cale capped a 5-for-5 day with a game-winning RBI single in the ninth inning as the Herd moved into the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. I title series vs. Merced with a 6-5 triumph over league rival Woodland.

14. (15) Chatsworth 24-5

Jared Halpert's home run in the seventh inning gave the Chancellors a 2-1 win over Kennedy of Granada Hills in the CIFLA playoffs.

15. (nr) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 23-6

Armando Carrasco did his best Mariano Rivera imitation in getting out of a jam and shutting down Fullerton in a 3-2 win that advanced the Monarchs to this week's CIFSS Div. III semifinals.

16. (nr) Canyon (Canyon Country) 23-5

Remember the Cowboys from earlier in the season? They were in the top 10 before encountering some losses in their league. Now they're in the CIFSS Div. II semis.

17. (nr) Sylmar 25-4

You can complain all you want about the Spartans' being seeded No. 1 in the CIFLA playoffs, but there's no doubt they have one of the state's best all-around players in Jamie Mah.

18. (nr) Eastlake (Chula Vista) 26-6

Top-seeded team in CIF San Diego Section Div. II playoffs was in good shape after 7-3 win last week over El Capitan.

19. (18) Stockdale (Bakersfield) 25-4

Mustangs' loss in Central Section final vs. Centennial was especially frustrating because they finished with an 0-4 mark in games against that team. They were 21-0 vs. everyone else.

20. (19) Mitty (San Jose) 26-6*

Offensively, the Monarchs were potent all year long. It turned out to be the pitching that came up just a little short in CCS playoff loss to Wilcox.


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