El Diamante is the first major upset victim, but more could be on the list very quickly. Two divisional state titles also are already down to two possible winners.
This week’s new Cal-Hi Sports divisional state rankings for softball were compiled after games of Wednesday but before the CIF Southern Section quarterfinals played on Thursday.
There are no new No. 1 teams, but on Wednesday highly-regarded El Diamante of Visalia saw its hopes for a second straight CIF Central Section Division I title wrecked with a 7-6 upset loss to Clovis West of Fresno.
Here are the third divisional state rankings for the 2012 season (with contributions from Paul Muyskens; through games of Wednesday, May 15):
1. (1) Norco 28-2
2. (2) Pacifica (Garden Grove) 28-2
3. (3) Amador Valley (Pleasanton) 24-0
4. (4) Lutheran (Orange) 27-4
5. (7) Esperanza (Anaheim) 24-6
6. (8) James Logan (Union City) 21-1
7. (10) Edison (Huntington Beach) 25-4
8. (13) Vista Murrieta (Murrieta) 22-4-1
9. (6) Royal (Simi Valley) 25-3
10. (9) Los Alamitos 23-7
11. (NR) Santiago (Corona) 21-9
12. (14) Heritage (Brentwood) 22-2
13. (15) San Benito (Hollister) 21-3
14. (NR) Central (Fresno) 27-6
15. (NR) Sheldon (Sacramento) 21-9
Bubble: Carlmont (Belmont) 24-3, Clovis West (Fresno) 28-10, El Diamante (Visalia) 30-2, Foothill (Tustin) 14-13, Simi Valley 21-6-1, Torrey Pines (San Diego) 28-6, West Ranch (Valencia) 22-5.
Notes: El Diamante will have to drop out for now, but probably will come back up for the final rankings due to the overall outstanding season that the Miners had. They’ll be back next year since most of the team is comprised of juniors and sophomores. Clovis West will meet Central of Fresno on Friday for the CIF Central Section title…
Another championship team already decided is Sheldon in the Sac-Joaquin. The Huskies started out high in the preseason, seemed to struggle for much of the regular season (by their standards), but absolutely tore it up in the playoffs. Sheldon’s title-game win of 8-1 on Wednesday over Ponderosa of Shingle Springs followed up earlier playoff wins of 16-1, 18-1, 10-2 and 18-1. Only the team’s very first postseason game, a 5-3 win against Tracy, was close…
Sheldon’s run also is good news for Amador Valley. The Dons’ hopes to be No. 1 in the state (and the nation) continue to rest on their own performance in the CIF North Coast Section playoffs plus they need Norco and Pacifica to lose in the Southern Section. But Sheldon winning and Archbishop Mitty probably winning in the CCS will come into play for the final national No. 1 ranking should Amador finish unbeaten because the Dons have beaten both….
1. (1) Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 26-2
2. (3) Bonita Vista (San Diego) 23-3-1
3. (4) Camarillo 26-5
4. (8) Woodcreek (Roseville) 26-4
5. (6) Newark Memorial (Newark) 19-4
6. (NR) Lakewood 25-5
7. (10) Alhambra (Martinez) 21-4
8. (NR) Petaluma 21-3
9. (NR) Chino 21-9
10. (2) Mission Viejo 24-6
Bubble: Del Oro (Loomis) 19-5-2, Gilroy 14-11, Leigh (San Jose) 19-9, Los Altos 24-5, Los Altos (Hacienda Heights) 19-7, Northwood (Irvine) 17-7-2, Rancho Cotate (Rohnert Park) 21-2, Monache (Porterville) 17-5-1.
Notes: Mitty is scheduled to play Gilroy in the CCS semifinals on Thursday with the championship set for Saturday. If the Monarchs win out, they’ll be No. 1 in the state for this division……
Woodcreek has locked up no worse than a No. 4 final ranking by winning the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section D2 title on Wednesday. The Timberwolves topped Del Campo of Fair Oaks 3-2. They had slipped in the rankings due to losing twice in league play to Del Oro of Loomis, but in the playoffs Del Oro was upset early and Woodcreek picked it up a notch. Woodcreek also will get a bump in the next overall state top 20 because the team owns a head-to-head win over Sac-Joaquin D1 champ Sheldon…..
1. (1) Chino Hills 29-3
2. (2) St. Lucy’s (Glendora) 23-5
3. (3) Dos Pueblos (Goleta) 26-3
4. (5) Ridgeview (Bakersfield) 30-3-1
5. (10) Oakdale 27-3-1
6. (8) Bishop Amat (La Puente) 23-6
7. (NR) San Marin (Novato) 21-1
8. (NR) North (Torrance) 25-7
9. (NR) Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach) 24-7
10. (NR) Bear River (Lake of the Pines) 21-6-2
Bubble: Atascadero 25-4, Hanford West (Hanford) 23-9-1, Madison (San Diego) 24-5, San Dimas 22-7, Santana (Santee) 27-6, Sierra (Manteca) 18-6-1, Soquel 21-8, South El Monte 19-3, South (Torrance) 21-10.
Notes: Chino Hills and St. Lucy’s are both in Thursday’s CIFSS quarterfinals for Division III while Dos Pueblos is the same in Division IV. Remember that for this state rankings division both the CIFSS Division III and Division IV teams are put in together….
Ridgeview had advanced to Friday’s CIF Central Section Division III final. It may be hard for the team to get up to No. 1 in the state, though, because one of its losses was to an Atascadero team from the Southern Section that has already been eliminated from the Division IV bracket…..
Oakdale has made a big move up to No. 5 after the Mustangs won the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section title on Wednesday. The girls lost a game earlier in the playoffs to Sierra of Manteca, but beat Sierra twice on Saturday to win the crown….
1. (1) La Canada 23-4
2. (2) Hughson 27-1
3. (3) Beaumont 23-4
4. (4) Taft 28-2-2
5. (6) Santa Catalina (Monterey) 22-1-1
6. (5) Citrus Valley (Redlands) 24-2
7. (NR) Anderson 28-6
8. (9) St. Patrick/St. Vincent (Vallejo) 23-3
9. (NR) Selma 18-6
10. (NR) Monrovia 17-8-1
Bubble: Calvary Chapel (Downey) 18-7-1, Clear Lake (Lakeport) 19-2, Exeter 24-5, Imperial 25-4-1, Linden 23-8, Mater Dei (Chula Vista) 20-8, San Marino 18-9-1, Wheatland 21-9.
Notes: Hughson has already wrapped up its season by defeating Linden last Saturday for the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division V title. The Huskies have a strong argument to be No. 1 in this division, but there’s a strong argument for La Canada as well and we won’t drop a team that is in the No. 1 position like La Canada unless that team loses. If La Canada were to lose, then Hughson would become an easy choice to be the No. 1 team….
Checking through enrollments and other factors, we have determined to place CIF Northern Section Division III champion Anderson as a D4 team for the state rankings. The Cubs beat Wheatland 3-1 last Saturday to win their section title behind Unversity of Oregon-bound pitcher Cheridan Hawkins…..
1. (1) Pomona Catholic (Pomona) 23-7
2. (2) Jim Elliot Christian (Lodi) 22-2
3. (3) Bellarmine-Jefferson (Burbank) 22-5-2
4. (5) Port of Los Angeles (San Pedro) 19-7
5. (7) Rolling Hills Prep (San Pedro) 16-1
6. (9) Liberty (Madera Ranchos) 22-6-1
7. (8) Mesa Grande Academy (Calimesa) 22-4
8. (6) Millenium (Tracy) 13-5
9. (NR) Colusa 17-6-1
10. (10) Valley Christian (Dublin) 14-4
Bubble: Archer (Los Angeles) 16-3, College Prep (Oakland) 15-5-1, Ferndale 14-6, Mount Shasta 21-4, Redwood Christian (Castro Valley) 14-7.
Notes: Just like in Division IV in which a Sac-Joaquin champion has just about eliminated everybody but one other team for the final No. 1 ranking, the same scenario exists for Division V. Jim Eliot Christian is that team after it won its fifth straight section crown last Saturday with an 8-0 win over Millenium of Tracy…..
It sure doesn’t look likely so far, however, that Pomona Catholic is going to even have a close game in the CIFSS Division VI playoffs. The Pacers have outscored their opponents 221-0 over the last 10 games….
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