New State Overall Top 20 Softball Rankings

Big upsets by Clovis West and Poway wreck postseason plans for previous No. 1 Clovis and previous No. 2 Bonita Vista and clear the way for new No. 1 Pacifica and No. 2 Mira Mesa. Kennedy of La Palma now up to No. 5 and the Irish can thank two league rivals for their help.


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

1. (3) Pacifica (Garden Grove) 28-2-1

Mariners were State Team of the Year in 1997 at 31-1-1. Two more wins (including game played Tuesday) and coach Rob Weil's program would have another top statewide honor.

2. (5) Mira Mesa (San Diego) 35-1

Junior Lisa Dodd finished the season with a 0.10 ERA and is the kind of player who makes the Marauders a legitimate squad that on any given day could beat anybody in the country.

3. (1) Clovis 37-3-1

One bad inning is all it took for the Cougars to go from being No. 1 in the nation to no higher than No. 2 in the state. They can still be ranked higher than section champ Clovis West due to a much stronger overall season.

4. (2) Bonita Vista (Chula Vista) 31-1

Ocean View of Huntington Beach, which finished 32-0 in 1985, still has the best record of any softball team in California history, thanks to a 2-0 win by Poway over BV in the CIF San Diego Section Div. I semifinals.

5. (16) Kennedy (La Palma) 23-5-1

No, we didn't leap up the Irish because we love Michelle Turner. Real reason was because Irish won Empire League over likes of Loara (which beat Canyon of Anaheim and Thousand Oaks) and El Dorado of Placentia (which just upset Foothill).

6. (4) Foothill (Tustin) 29-4

Who would have thought that the highlight for the Knights' season would turn out to be that doubleheader sweep of Clovis way back in early March.

7. (13) Brookside Christian (Stockton) 32-1

No one laughed when Modesto Christian was ranked in the top five in boys basketball, so don't laugh now. Brookside in softball is akin to MC in hoops, except there haven't been nearly as many controversial transfers.

8. (8) Sheldon (Sacramento) 29-4-1

Too bad the Huskies weren't able to go unbeaten in the CIF Sac Joaquin Section Div. I playoffs. If they had, they would have finished ahead of Brookside in the final rankings.

9. (9) El Modena (Orange) 27-5

Lindsay Klein had two hits herself to back her own three-hit pitching in 1-0 win over Dos Pueblos of Goleta in CIFSS Div. III playoffs.

10. (10) California (Whittier) 26-5

Jennifer Davis pitched a one-hitter for her third straight shutout as Condors moved on in CIFSS Div. II playoffs with 1-0 win over previous No. 7 Royal.

11. (11) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 26-5

See that No. 5 slot now occupied by Kennedy? That could be the Monarchs' if their pitching stays solid and they win the CIFSS Div. II title. Whoever wins that title (unless it's El Dorado) will be given that ranking.

12. (6) Poly (Riverside) 26-3

Tough to drop the Bears this far as they did score a run against Kennedy's Michelle Turner and lost in 16 innings. Others above them will lose this week, though, so their final ranking will be higher.

13. (15) Notre Dame (Salinas) 28-3

Make it five CCS Div. IV crowns in the row for the Spirits, who won the final by 8-0 over Capuchino of San Bruno.

14. (7) Royal (Simi Valley) 25-6-1

Playoff loss was by just 1-0 to No. 10 California and the Highlanders had one of the top 1-2 pitching combos around in Kirstie Kenton and Jordan McPherson.

15. (nr) Poway 23-6

After ruining the plans of Bonita Vista, the Titans captured the CIFSD Div. I crown with a 5-0 win in the final over two-time defending champ La Costa Canyon.

16. (20) Dana Hills (Dana Point) 24-7-1

Dolphins advanced to the CIFSS Div. I semis for the first time in school history after a 1-0 win last week over Chino.

17. (nr) Santiago (Corona) 22-5-1

Taryne Mowatt struck out 12 and pitched a three-hitter in 3-0 win over Paramount. Could be Sharks vs. Dolphins (Dana Hills) in CIFSS Div. I final.

18. (nr) Etiwanda (Rancho Cucamonga) 22-6

Cougars nudged their way into the CIFSS Div. I semis with victories of 3-2 over Fontana and 1-0 over previous No. 12 Valencia.

19. (14) Wilson (Hacienda Heights) 25-3-1

This should be another of those teams that is able to move up in the final rankings, especially if Pacifica goes ahead and wins the CIFSS Div. III crown.

20. (18) Vanden (Travis AFB) 28-1

Only loss wound up being in the last game, by a 2-0 score, to Brookside Christian in CIFSJ Div. III final.

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