Final State Baseball & Softball Rankings

The 2002 season was another great one for California schools in baseball and softball. Check here to refer to all of our final rankings, including top 20 overall and top 10 for each division and top 10 for NorCal and SoCal (both baseball and softball).

FINAL OVERALL STATE TOP 20 (BASEBALL)

(All divisions; through games of June 4; last week's in parentheses)

1. (1) Bishop Amat (La Puente) 28-2

The eight graduating seniors on this squad were truly special as they led the Lancers to a 55-4 mark over two years with two CIF Southern Section titles and two No. 1 statewide ranking finishes.

2. (3) Rancho Buena Vista (Vista) 30-4

Longhorns first denied Rancho Bernardo its seventh straight league title, then they denied the Broncos their fourth straight CIF San Diego Section Div. I crown. RBV's 6-0 win also capped an unbeaten run through the double-elimination style playoffs and ensured an extremely high state and national ranking.

3. (4) Camarillo 30-4

All the excitement over this year's CIFSS Div. I title will be doubled next year as the Scorpions will attempt to repeat with the most watched player in the nation, Delmon Young, who is already being projected to be the top overall pick in the MLB draft.

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

Coach Dave Currie's club won their last two games in the CIF Central Coast Section Div. I playoffs over West Catholic Athletic League members Mitty and Serra.

5. (2) La Quinta (Westminster) 29-3

Aztecs had only committed 11 errors in their previous 31 games, so the three they had in their showdown vs. Bishop Amat had to be doubly disappointing.

6. (7) Mission Bay (San Diego) 30-4

Only two seniors were on this year's team, which wrapped up its season with an 18-1 romp past Clairemont in the CIFSD Div. III section finals.

7. (8) Clovis 27-6

Evan Bayless and Jordan Christensen were a potent 1-2 pitching punch for the Cougars, who won their second straight CIF Central Section Yosemite Division Large title.

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

There are some who think the Golden Hawks should be ahead of Clovis even though they won the Yosemite Division Small crown. They had a better overall record and they set a state record for most doubles hit by a team.

9. (6) Rancho Bernardo (San Diego) 29-7

Broncos have had four players in the last seven years chosen in the first round of the MLB draft. There are many colleges who would love to have that total.

10. (9) Lakewood 28-6

Jon Ortega pitched a two-hitter in a 4-1 win over Righetti that put the Lancers into the CIFSS Div. I final opposite Camarillo. Lakewood lost, 8-1, which was the third time the Lancers lost to that team this season.

11. (nr) Newark Memorial (Newark) 26-4-1

Cougars rallied from an early 5-0 hole to whip Clayton Valley of Concord, 12-7, in the CIF North Coast Section East Bay 3A finals.

12. (18) Eastlake (Chula Vista) 28-6

Eddie Solis cracked a three-run homer, his 11th of the season, as the Titans broke open a tight game and defeated Oceanside, 5-1 in eight innings, for the CIFSD Div. II crown.

13. (nr) Villa Park 24-7

Dane Ferguson blooped a couple of singles for two of the Spartans' three runs in a 3-2 win over Canyon of Canyon Country for the CIFSS Div. II title. Villa Park also won the CIFSS Div. III crown in 2000.

14. (10) Montgomery (San Diego) 31-5

The Aztecs wound up playing Rancho Bernardo three times in the CIFSD Div. I playoffs. They lost twice by 5-0 and 6-0 scores, but they won once by a 2-1 count in 11 innings.

15. (nr) Arlington (Riverside) 25-6

Joe Reyes notched a three-hitter and scored the game's only run as the Lions nipped Santa Margarita, 1-0, in the CIFSS Div. III finals. Reyes will join fellow junior Zack Zinicola on one of the state's top teams next year.

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

Mustangs battled for the top overall ranking in the CIF Central Section all season long, before settling for runner-up spot in Yosemite Div. Small playoffs.

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

Robert Perry will return next season as one of the top leadoff-hitting outfielders in the nation. This year's squad also featured a promising freshman pitcher, Jason Codiroli.

18. (16) Canyon (Canyon Country) 24-6

Eric Ashbrook and Ryan Burke hammered back-to-back homers in 8-4 win over Mission Viejo in CIFSS Div. II semis. The same magic wasn't present in 3-2 loss to Villa Park in the final.

19. (15) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 23-7

Monarchs lost in CIFSS Div. III semis to Arlington, but they stayed in the rankings since Santa Margarita (which is from the same league that Mater Dei won) advanced to the final from the other side of the bracket.

20. (nr) Buchanan (Clovis) 26-6

Section titles by Merced (14 losses) and Cleveland of Reseda (11 losses) created some room for the Bears, who lost in their section final by just 1-0 to No. 7 Clovis.

*Losses or wins by forfeit not included.

FINAL STATE RANKINGS

BY DIVISION & REGION (BASEBALL)

(After games of June 4; previous rank in parentheses)

Division I

1. (1) R. Buena Vista (Vista) 30-4

2. (2) Camarillo 30-4

3. (4) Clovis 27-6

4. (8) Centennial (Bakersfield) 25-4

5. (3) Rancho Bernardo (San Diego) 29-7

6. (5) Lakewood 28-6

7. (nr) Newark Memorial (Newark) 26-4-1

8. (nr) Canyon (Cyn. Country) 24-6

9. (nr) Buchanan (Clovis) 26-6

10. (7) E.C. Real (Woodl. Hills) 25-5

Division II

1. (1) Bishop Amat (La Puente) 28-2

2. (2) Wilcox (Santa Clara) 34-3

3. (4) Eastlake (Chula Vista) 28-6

4. (nr) Villa Park 24-7

5. (nr) Arlington (Riverside) 24-6

6. (5) Stockdale (Bakersfield) 25-4

7. (6) Mitty (San Jose) 26-6*

8. (3) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 23-7

9. (7) Clayton Valley (Concord) 22-6

10. (8) Folsom 28-5-1

Division III

1. (1) La Quinta (Westminster) 29-3

2. (2) Mission Bay (San Diego) 30-4

3. (3) Chaminade (West Hills) 23-8

4. (4) Rio Linda 25-5

5. (5) North (Bakersfield) 19-6-2

6. (6) Monterey 29-5

7. (9) Miramonte (Orinda) 23-4

8. (7) Tehachapi 22-5

9. (8) Yosemite (Oakhurst) 22-10

10. (nr) Vanden (Travis AFB) 20-4-2

Division IV

1. (1) Valley Christian (San Jose) 28-7

2. (3) Christian Brothers (Sacto.) 27-8

3. (2) Oak Park (Agoura Hills) 22-5

4. (4) St. Paul (Santa Fe Spr.) 22-9

5. (5) Lutheran (Orange) 18-9

6. (8) Carmel 23-8-1

7. (nr) St. Bonaventure (Ventura) 20-6

8. (nr) Marian Catholic (San Diego) 26-9

9. (7) Christian (El Cajon) 26-7-1

10. (nr) St. Joseph (Santa Maria) 20-10

Division V

1. (1) Central Catholic (Modesto) 29-2

2. (3) Immanuel (Reedley) 25-3

3. (8) St. Bernard (Eureka) 20-6

4. (6) Fresno Christian 23-4

5. (2) Head-Royce (Oakland) 25-3

6. (7) Durham 15-4

7. (nr) Grace Brethren (Simi V.) 17-10

8. (5) Bloomington Christian 22-3

9. (8) Biggs 23-2

10. (10) Santa Fe Chr. (Solana Bch.) 24-7

Northern California

Overall Top 10 (Final)

1. (1) Wilcox (Santa Clara) 34-3

2. (2) Clovis 27-6

3. (3) Centennial (Bakersf.) 25-4

4. (7) Newark Memorial (Newark) 26-4-1

5. (5) Stockdale (Bakersf.) 25-4

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

7. (7) Buchanan (Clovis) 26-6

8. (8) Clayton Valley (Concord) 22-6

9. (nr) Valley Chr. (San Jose) 28-7

10. (4) Elk Grove 29-7

Southern California

Overall Top 10 (Final)

1. (1) Bishop Amat (La Puente) 28-2

2. (3) R. Buena Vista (Vista) 30-4

3. (4) Camarillo 30-4

4. (2) La Quinta (Westminster) 29-3

5. (6) Mission Bay (San Diego) 30-4

6. (5) Rancho Bernardo (S.D.) 29-7

7. (7) Lakewood 28-6

8. (nr) Eastlake (Chula Vista) 28-6

9. (nr) Villa Park 24-7

10. (8) Montgomery (S.D.) 31-5

*Indicates loss or win by forfeit not included.

Explanations for the

final state rankings

1. In most cases, schools have been listed according to their state CIF enrollment (same as basketball). But there are exceptions. Central Catholic of Modesto, for example, actually is Div. IV, but we consider all of the schools in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. IV playoffs to be Div. V since most of those schools are, in fact, Div. V.

2. Newark Memorial, Villa Park and Arlington of Riverside all moved up significantly after winning section titles. Newark also would be the No. 1 overall from its section so it was considered first among those three teams. Villa Park was next since it has now won two titles in three years and it appeared that the Div. II playoffs of the CIF Southern Section contained just a few more highly-ranked teams than were in Div. III (which is the one Arlington won).

3. Special consideration was given to CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. I champion Merced and CIF L.A. City Section champion Cleveland of Reseda. The final ratings were even held up for a couple of days to account for the L.A. City finals, which were played on Tuesday at Dodger Stadium and were won by Cleveland, 1-0, over Sylmar on a shutout by Byron Grubman. But Merced, which finished 24-14 overall after downing Elk Grove in two games for the section crown, and Cleveland, which was just 21-11 overall, did not gain spots in the final top 20. In our rankings, the playoffs are most important, but they cannot completely erase loss totals as high as those for Merced and Cleveland. We congratulate those teams for getting hot at the right time. If we had state playoffs, who knows how far they'd go?

FINAL OVERALL STATE TOP 20 RANKINGS (SOFTBALL)

(All divisions; through June 1; last week in parentheses)

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

With so many players back next year, led by P Lisa Dodd and C Lyn Morris, we'd love to see the Marauders in the Bullhead City, Arizona or Santa Maria Best of the West tourneys.

2. (3) Clovis 37-3-1

Cougars had the best overall season among the many favored teams that were upset in various section playoffs. This year had the most of those since we began doing rankings in the 1980s.

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

Second guessers are wondering why No. 1 pitcher Emily Turner wasn't in the circle vs. Poway in key playoff game the Barons lost. Turner returns next year and should be one of state's most dominant players.

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

Everything fell into place for the Knights to get such a high final ranking: 1. Mira Mesa wound up on top; 2. All the top-ranked Southern Section teams lost; 3. They faced a 28-0 team in the playoffs and won.

5. (nr) M.L. King (Riverside) 26-2

With their record, with the fact they beat previous No. 1 Pacifica, and with the fact that El Dorado wound up winning in its division, how can the Wolves not be considered the No. 1 team overall in the CIFSS for this year?

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

Like Clovis and Bonita Vista before them, the Mariners succumbed to the pressure of being No. 1 in the playoffs and lost a 3-0 game to King in the CIFSS Div. III semifinals.

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

It helped in the final rankings that the team the Knights were upset by in the playoffs, El Dorado of Placentia, went on to win the CIFSS Div. II crown.

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

The CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. I champions might have finished as high as No. 2 had they been able to beat Thousand Oaks in the final of the Best of the West tourney.

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

A late-season injury to ace pitcher Erin Sigala might have limited her innings, but the Spirits came on strong anyway and won their fifth straight CIF Central Coast Section Div. III title.

10. (5) Kennedy (La Palma) 24-6-1

With its strength of schedule and the presence of Michelle Turner, the Irish might have been able to be No. 2 in the final rankings. Loss to El Dorado in CIFSS Div. II final wrecked that possibility.

11. (15) Poway 23-6

Big-time kudos to Mandy Brown, who pitched two one-hitters for the Titans to close the year and played well all season even though her father, Mike, died suddenly of a heart attack just before it started.

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

With Mindy Cowles returning next season, the Bears should be able to put together another strong squad.

13. (nr) El Dorado (Placentia) 21-9

Amanda Watkins outdueled Michelle Turner as the Golden Hawks upset Kennedy, 2-1, in the CIFSS Div. II finals. Kennedy can still be ranked higher, though, due to beating El Dorado twice in league play.

14. (18) Etiwanda (Rancho Cucamonga) 24-6

Maybe it's time the Inland Empire is regarded on equal terms with Orange County. Etiwanda won the CIFSS Div. I title by 2-1 over Dana Hills to go with M.L. King winning it all in Div. III.

15. (9) El Modena (Orange) 28-6

Highlights of the season for this squad included winning the Woodbridge tourney and making it to CIFSS Div. III finals where they lost to King.

16. (11) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 26-6

Monarchs' playoff loss last week was 2-0 to No. 10 Kennedy of La Palma. Since at one point Mater Dei was contending for the No. 1 ranking, you could label the season somewhat disappointing.

17. (10) California (Whittier) 26-6

Watch out for the Condors next season as top pitcher-hitter Jennifer Davis will return for her senior season.

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

This team's playoff loss was by just 1-0 to No. 6 Pacifica and pitcher Jaime Juarez only gave up two hits. It's just that those hits were in the same inning.

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

With Fairfield ace Alicia Hollowell moving on to college, Vanden's Anjelica Selden will now be the pitcher to watch in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section. She's just a sophomore.

20. (nr) Freedom (Oakley) 23-4

It was a real whirlwind for the Falcons to win the CIF North Coast Section East Bay 3A title as they played four games in four days.

FINAL STATE RANKINGS

BY DIVISION & REGION (SOFTBALL)

(After games of June 1; previous rank in parentheses)

Division I

1. (1) Clovis 37-3-1

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

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

4. (7) Poway 23-6

5. (5) Poly (Riverside) 26-3

6. (10) Etiwanda (R. Cuc.) 24-6

7. (nr) California (Whittier) 26-6

8. (9) Santiago (Corona) 22-6-1

9. (8) Dana Hills (Dana Point) 25-8-1

10. (6) Royal (Simi Valey) 25-6-1

Division II

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

2. (nr) M.L. King (Riverside) 26-2

3. (2) Foothill (Tustin) 29-4

4. (nr) Kennedy (La Palma) 24-6-1

5. (nr) El Dorado (Placentia) 21-9

6. (3) El Modena (Orange) 28-6

7. (5) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 26-6

8. (6) Wilson (Hacienda Hgts) 25-3-1

9. (9) College Park (Pleas. Hill) 23-4

10. (10) North Salinas (Salinas) 24-6-1

Division III

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

2. (2) Vanden (Travis AFB) 28-1

3. (3) Freedom (Oakley) 23-4

4. (4) Campolindo (Moraga) 23-2

5. (9) Atascadero 23-4

6. (5) St. Francis (Sacto.) 26-9-1

7. (7) Petaluma 19-3

8. (8) Half Moon Bay 22-7

9. (nr) Rio Linda 23-6

10. (10) Roseville 20-10-1

Division IV

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

2. (2) Notre Dame (Salinas) 28-3

3. (3) Lutheran (Orange) 27-6

4. (4) Valley Christian (San Jose) 25-4

5. (5) El Segundo 23-4

6. (6) Taft 28-3-1

7. (8) Garces (Bakersfield) 16-6

8. (9) Templeton 28-5

9. (nr) Pomona Catholic 23-5

10. (nr) Clear Lake 22-5

Division V

1. (4) Faith Baptist (Canoga Park) 22-5

2. (1) Biggs 19-3

3. (2) St. Vincent (Petaluma) 22-4

4. (3) East Nicolaus 19-3

5. (5) Arrowhead Chr. Acad. (Redl.) 24-3-1

6. (7) Ferndale 22-3

7. (8) La Jolla Country Day 20-6-1

8. (6) Linfield (Temecula) 15-8

9. (9) Orestimba (Newman) 21-9

10. (10) Berean Chr. (Waln. Creek) 19-3-2

Northern California

Overall Top 10 (Final)

1. (1) Clovis 37-3-1

2. (2) Brookside Chr. (Stockton) 32-1

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

4. (4) Notre Dame (Salinas) 28-3

5. (5) Vanden (Travis AFB) 28-1

6. (6) Freedom (Oakley) 23-4

7. (8) College Park (Pleas. Hill) 23-4

8. (9) Campolindo (Moraga) 23-2

9. (10) North Salinas (Salinas) 24-6-1

10. (7) Stockdale (Bakersfield) 28-7

Southern California

Overall Top 10 (Final)

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

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

3. (nr) M.L. King (Riverside) 26-2

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

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

6. (4) Kennedy (La Palma) 24-6-1

7. (nr) Poway 23-6

8. (9) Poly (Riverside) 26-3

9. (nr) El Dorado (Placentia) 21-9

10. (nr) Etiwanda (R. Cucam.) 24-6

Explanations for the

Final Rankings

1. A school doesn't have to win a section title to be No. 1 in its division, but it sure does to be the overall State Team of the Year.

2. It's preferable to have each No. 1 team win a section title, but with so many upsets that's not always possible. A school also can finish No. 1 in its division if its playoff loss was to a school with a higher state CIF enrollment. Such was the case for Pacifica in Div. III as its loss was to Div. II King.

3. In most cases, schools have been listed according to their state CIF enrollment (same as basketball). But there are exceptions. Mira Mesa, for example, actually is Div. I by a handful of students but we left the school in Div. II since it's in the San Diego Section Div. II playoffs. Brookside Christian is actually Div. V by enrollment, but plays in an almost exclusive Div. IV league so we left the Knights in Div. IV. Two schools that were switched to different enrollment divisions this week due to updated enrollment information were California of Whittier (from Div. II to Div. I) and Kennedy of La Palma (from Div. I to Div. II).

4. M.L. King of Riverside had to come up all the way to No. 5 in the final overall top 20 even though it wasn't ranked at any time during the season. How did that happen? Mainly because the Wolves were considered behind teams like Riverside Poly, Santiago of Corona and Etiwanda in the Inland Empire for the entire season and did not play in any major tourneys. They wound up beating a team that could have been No. 1, Pacifica, then knocked off another state-ranked team, El Modena, and had a better overall record than any of the other CIFSS champions.

5. Another difficult decision needed to be made for the final No. 1 ranking in Division V. And after going over as much information on the two teams that could be gathered, the nod went to Faith Baptist of Canoga Park. Biggs was No. 1 for last week, but that was the first time the CIF Northern Section school was listed in that spot and once in a while a change is made for the final rankings. Faith Baptist won its final two playoff games last week by 11-1 over Linfield of Temecula and 2-0 over Oaks Christian of Westlake Village. Linfield has been a traditionally-strong small school power in Southern California and winning 11-1 certainly carried a lot of weight for Faith Baptist. Biggs' team is mostly underclassmen and figures to start out the 2003 preseason in the No. 1 position.


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