New State Division Softball Rankings

May, 18, 2012
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There’s at least one new team in every top 10 this week, but none of the newcomers are entering any higher than ninth.

Changes should be fast and furious in the Cal-Hi Sports divisional state softball rankings as the section playoffs get through with the early rounds.

That wasn’t the case this week, though, as nearly all teams didn’t play or had little trouble in regular season finales.

Here are the second divisional state rankings for the 2012 season (with contributions from Paul Muyskens; through games of Tuesday, May 15 and including other results from this week):

DIVISION I
1. (2) Norco 26-2
2. (1) Pacifica (Garden Grove) 26-2
3. (3) Amador Valley (Pleasanton) 23-0
4. (4) Lutheran (Orange) 25-4
5. (5) El Diamante (Visalia) 29-1
6. (6) Royal (Simi Valley) 24-2
7. (7) Esperanza (Anaheim) 22-6
8. (8) James Logan (Union City) 20-1
9. (9) Los Alamitos 22-6
10. (10) Edison (Huntington Beach) 23-4
11. (14) West Ranch (Valencia) 21-4-1
12. (11) Simi Valley 21-5-1
13. (13) Vista Murrieta (Murrieta) 20-4-1
14. (15) Heritage (Brentwood) 21-2
15. (NR) San Benito (Hollister) 20-3
Bubble: Carlmont (Belmont) 22-3, Central (Fresno) 25-6, Davis 19-5, Los Osos (Rancho Cucamonga) 20-6, Saugus 21-7, Torrey Pines (San Diego) 26-5.
Notes: The flip at the top is somewhat meaningless as both teams are in the CIF Southern Section Division I playoffs. It was based, though, on Pacifica losing a game to Cypress and not just on the seedings, which had Norco at No. 1…..
Edison didn’t drop in these rankings, but did slip a couple of positions in the overall top 20 due to losing in a Sunset League showdown to Los Alamitos….
Newcomer San Benito, which has won seven straight CIF Central Coast Section D1 titles, replaced previous No. 12 Los Osos, which lost its last two regular-season games in Baseline League action….

DIVISION II
1. (1) Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 25-2
2. (2) Mission Viejo 23-5
3. (3) Bonita Vista (San Diego) 21-3-1
4. (5) Camarillo 24-5
5. (6) Del Oro (Loomis) 19-4-2
6. (4) Newark Memorial (Newark) 18-4
7. (7) Rancho Cotate (Rohnert Park) 20-1
8. (8) Woodcreek (Roseville) 22-4
9. (NR) Wilson (Long Beach) 21-7
10. (NR) Alhambra (Martinez) 20-4
Bubble: Aliso Niguel (Aliso Viejo) 21-8-1, Casa Roble (Orangevale) 16-4, Colton 20-5, Garces (Bakersfield) 25-4-2, Lakewood 23-5, Los Altos 23-4, Petaluma 20-3, Wilcox (Santa Clara) 22-5.
Notes: Mitty’s only loss of the season with Vanessa Alvarez pitching remains the one to D1 No. 3 Amador Valley at the Livermore Stampede. Alvarez did not pitch in the team’s other loss, which was to Clovis West of Fresno. The Monarchs are favorites in the CIF Central Coast Section Division II playoffs….
Previous No. 9 Wilcox of Santa Clara and previous No. 10 Aliso Niguel were the teams that dropped from last week’s initial top 10…..
New No. 10 Alhambra is led by Kylie Perez, a sophomore slugger who already has committed to UCLA….

DIVISION III
1. (1) Chino Hills 27-3
2. (2) St. Lucy’s (Glendora) 21-5
3. (3) Dos Pueblos (Goleta) 24-3
4. (4) Atascadero 24-3
5. (5) Ridgeview (Bakersfield) 29-3-1
6. (6) Valley Christian (San Jose) 24-6
7. (8) Pioneer (Woodland) 16-3-1
8. (9) Bishop Amat (La Puente) 21-6
9. (10) Burroughs (Burbank) 23-3
10. (NR) Oakdale 23-2-1
Bubble: Aquinas (San Bernardino) 24-2, Hanford West (Hanford) 21-9-1, Madison (San Diego) 22-5, North (Torrance) 23-7, Prospect (Saratoga) 17-7, San Marin (Novato) 19-1, Santana (Santee) 25-6, Segerstrom (Santa Ana) 20-4-1, Westmont (Campbell) 18-4.
Notes: There were two teams that lost in this division last week but only one had to be replaced. Valley Christian was the team that lost that doesn’t have to drop because it fell to D2 No. 1 Archbishop Mitty in its league playoffs and won in two other games. Previous No. 7 Santana of Santee was the team that had to go after the Sultans lost to El Capitan of Lakeside…..
No. 1 Chino Hills has already beaten No. 2 St. Lucy’s twice this season and may have to make it 3-for-3 in the CIFSS Division IV playoffs in order to end with a No. 1 state ranking…..

DIVISION IV
1. (1) La Canada 21-4
2. (2) Hughson 23-1
3. (3) Beaumont 22-4
4. (4) Taft 27-2-2
5. (5) Citrus Valley (Redlands) 22-2
6. (6) Santa Catalina (Monterey) 21-1-1
7. (7) San Marino 17-8-1
8. (8) Exeter 23-4
9. (10) St. Patrick/St. Vincent (Vallejo) 22-3
10. (NR) Argonaut (Jackson) 22-6
Bubble: Calvary Chapel (Downey) 16-7-1, Clear Lake (Lakeport) 18-2, Imperial 23-3-1, Mater Dei (Chula Vista, Calif.) 18-8; Monrovia 15-8-1, Wheatland 20-8.
Notes: There were few changes in this division for this week. After the top eight, the only team to fall was previous No. 9 Marysville. The Indians were defeated in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoffs earlier this week by Argonaut of Jackson, which has now taken Marysville’s place in the rankings…..
Santa Catalina is the top seed in the Central Coast Section Division III playoffs. If the Cougars can win the title, they would be doing it against many bigger schools and would have to get a bump in this division….

DIVISION V
1. (1) Pomona Catholic (Pomona) 21-7
2. (2) Jim Elliot Christian (Lodi) 21-2
3. (3) Bellarmine-Jefferson (Burbank) 20-5-2
4. (4) Mount Shasta 30-3
5. (5) Port of Los Angeles (San Pedro) 17-7
6. (6) Millenium (Tracy) 11-4
7. (7) Rolling Hills Prep (San Pedro) 12-1
8. (8) Mesa Grande Academy (Calimesa) 20-4
9. (9) Liberty (Madera Ranchos) 20-6-1
10. (NR) Valley Christian (Dublin) 14-4
Bubble: College Prep (Oakland) 15-5-1, Faith Baptist (Canoga Park) 14-9, Ferndale 11-4, Notre Dame (San Jose) 16-9, Redwood Christian (Castro Valley) 13-7.
Notes: No. 4 Mount Shasta needed to win a game on Thursday, but is expected to be going for the CIF Northern Section Division V title on Saturday. It also will be the culmination of an outstanding career by Bears’ senior Kayla Spini…..
If Mt. Shasta wins its title, it won’t knock everyone out of the running to be No. 1 at the end of the season, but probably everyone who isn’t in the same playoff division as Pomona Catholic or Jim Elliot Christian….

Corrections or comments? Email Mark.Tennis@espn.com.

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