It’s down to just two or three teams who can finish No. 1 in each division of the Cal-Hi Sports rankings heading into the final weekend of the season.
Section softball championships have been decided everywhere in the state except for the CIF Southern Section and the CIF North Coast Section entering the upcoming weekend.
No. 1 teams by division with one more week to go are Norco (D1), Archbishop Mitty (D2), Chino Hills (D3), La Canada (D4) and Pomona Catholic (D5).
Here are the fourth and next-to-last divisional state rankings for the 2012 season (with contributions from Paul Muyskens; through games of Wednesday, May 30):
1. (1) Norco 30-2
2. (3) Amador Valley (Pleasanton) 26-0
3. (6) James Logan (Union City) 23-1
4. (11) Santiago (Corona) 23-9
5. (2) Pacifica (Garden Grove) 28-3
6. (7) Edison (Huntington Beach) 26-5
7. (4) Lutheran (Orange) 27-5
8. (8) Vista Murrieta (Murrieta) 23-5-1
9. (9) Royal (Simi Valley) 25-3
10. (13) San Benito (Hollister) 23-3
11. (5) Esperanza (Anaheim) 24-7
12. (10) Los Alamitos 23-7
13. (14) Central (Fresno) 28-6
14. (15) Sheldon (Sacramento) 21-9
15. (NR) El Diamante (Visalia) 30-2
Bubble: California (San Ramon) 16-10, Carlmont (Belmont) 24-4, Clovis West (Fresno) 28-11, Foothill (Tustin) 14-14, Simi Valley 21-6-1, Torrey Pines (San Diego) 31-6, West Ranch (Valencia) 22-5.
Notes: All of the upsets around the state also have given James Logan of the CIF North Coast Section a chance to make some major noise in all of the final rankings. After both the Colts and unbeaten Amador Valley clinched their spots with wins on Wednesday for Friday’s NCS D1 final at St. Mary’s College in Moraga (we’ll be there to see it), Logan moved up to No. 3 in the divisional rankings. The team’s only loss is to Amador Valley so an avenging win in the final would make a big statement indeed…..
The race for No. 1 in the state and nation will set up first by what current No. 2 in both Amador Valley does in its game against Logan on Friday. If the Dons win, then they have to wait until No. 1 Norco meets Santiago of Corona in Saturday’s CIFSS D1 final in Irvine. Norco is the team that controls its own destiny. If the Cougars beat their Big VIII League rivals, then they’ll be collecting all the hardware from a POWERADE FAB 50 national title presentation. If they lose, then that presentation may be held in Pleasanton….
1. (1) Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 28-2
2. (2) Bonita Vista (San Diego) 25-3-1
3. (4) Woodcreek (Roseville) 26-4
4. (8) Petaluma 24-3
5. (9) Chino 23-9
6. (NR) Concord 23-4
7. (NR) Don Lugo (Chino) 23-5
8. (6) Lakewood 26-6
9. (NR) Valley View (Moreno Valley) 25-7
10. (10) Mission Viejo 24-6
Bubble: Alhambra (Martinez) 22-5, Camarillo 26-6, Del Oro (Loomis) 19-5-2, Gilroy 14-12, Leigh (San Jose) 20-10, Los Altos 24-5, Northwood (Irvine) 17-8-2, Rancho Cotate (Rohnert Park) 21-3, Monache (Porterville) 19-5-1.
Notes: The race to be No. 1 in this division is essentially over after top-ranked Mitty defeated Leigh of San Jose 7-1 in the CCS Division II championship last Saturday. The Monarchs not only are the only team in this division with two losses, but one of those losses is to unbeaten D1 No. 2 Amador Valley…..
There is still a possibility for a lot of movement in next week’s final rankings, however. No. 4 Petaluma is playing No. 6 Concord in the NCS finals while No. 5 Chino is meeting its arch-rival from Don Lugo (No. 7) in the CIFSS D2 championship. Previous No. 3 Camarillo was upset by Valley View of Moreno Valley earlier in the CIFSS D2 playoffs, then Valley View lost to Don Lugo. Previous No. 5 Newark Memorial fell to Concord in the NCS while previous No. 7 Alhambra of Martinez lost to Petaluma…..
1. (1) Chino Hills 31-3
2. (5) Oakdale 27-3-1
3. (7) San Marin (Novato) 23-1
4. (NR) Garden Grove 23-5
5. (10) Bear River (Lake of the Pines) 26-2
6. (NR) South (Torrance) 23-10
7. (2) St. Lucy’s (Glendora) 24-6
8. (NR) Hanford West (Hanford) 24-9-1
9. (4) Ridgeview (Bakersfield) 30-4-1
10. (6) Bishop Amat (La Puente) 24-7
Bubble: Atascadero 25-4, Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland) 19-6, Buena (Ventura) 18-10, Dos Pueblos (Goleta) 26-4, El Capitan (Lakeside) 21-9, Kaiser (Fontana) 22-8, Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach) 24-8, North (Torrance) 25-8, Sierra (Manteca) 18-6-1, Soquel 21-9.
Notes: With the game tied in the sixth inning, Paige Gumz hit a three-run homer as top-seeded Chino Hills
advanced to the CIFSS Division III championship game with a 7-3 win on Tuesday over Bishop Amat of La Puente. The Huskies will face South of Torrance in Saturday’s finals….
With previous No. 2 St. Lucy’s, No. 3 Dos Pueblos of Goleta and No. 4 Ridgeview all losing last week, if Chino Hills were to get upset by South Torrance, it looks like Oakdale would get to move up to No. 1 for the final rankings. We also may have to check out San Marin closer, too. The Mustangs are in the NCS D3 final against Bishop O’Dowd and have just one loss overall. This will be the final game for longtime San Marin coach Randy Willis, who is retiring….
In Garden Grove’s 5-1 win over Buena of Ventura that put the Argonauts into the CIFSS D4 finals, Jasmine Antunez limited a Bulldogs offense that had scored a combined 39 runs in their previous three games. Garden Grove is facing Kaiser of Fontana in the championship game…..
1. (1) La Canada 25-4
2. (2) Hughson 27-1
3. (3) Beaumont 25-4
4. (5) Santa Catalina (Monterey) 23-1-1
5. (6) Citrus Valley (Redlands) 26-2
6. (7) Anderson 28-6
7. (8) St. Patrick/St. Vincent (Vallejo) 25-3
8. (NR) Kern Valley (Lake Isabella) 24-5-1
9. (NR) Mater Dei (Chula Vista) 22-8
10. (NR) Salesian (Richmond) 18-4
Bubble: Calvary Chapel (Downey) 18-8-1, Exeter 24-5, Fowler 19-15, Imperial 25-5-1, Linden 23-8, Monrovia 17-9-1, San Marino 18-9-1, Taft 28-3-1, Wheatland 21-9.
Notes: Nothing has changed in this division from last week. La Canada has advanced to the CIFSS Division V championship and will play No. 3 Beaumont. If La Canada wins, it would end No. 1. If Beaumont wins, Hughson would come up to No. 1 …..
Lauren Cox has been beyond impressive for La Canada so far in the postseason. She struck out 20 and allowed just one hit in the Spartans’ 7-0 win over Mary Star of the Sea in the quarterfinals and in the semifinals she allowed just two hits while striking out 13 in a 1-0 win over Nipomo…..
Despite falling behind early, Santa Catalina scored five runs in the fourth inning as it won the first CCS Division III championship in school history with a 5-3 win over Soquel. Sophomore Chase LeeHong singled and drove in two runs during the five-run fourth inning…..
1. (1) Pomona Catholic (Pomona) 25-7
2. (2) Jim Elliot Christian (Lodi) 22-2
3. (3) Bellarmine-Jefferson (Burbank) 24-5-2
4. (4) Port of Los Angeles (San Pedro) 19-7
5. (6) Liberty (Madera Ranchos) 23-6-1
6. (8) Millenium (Tracy) 13-5
7. (NR) Ferndale 15-6
8. (9) Colusa 17-6-1
9. (NR) St. Vincent (Petaluma) 16-9
10. (NR) College Prep (Oakland) 17-5-1
Bubble: Archer (Los Angeles) 16-3, Mesa Grande Academy (Calimesa) 23-5, Mount Shasta 21-4, Rolling Hills Prep (San Pedro) 17-2, Valley Christian (Dublin) 14-5.
Notes: This late in the playoffs you don't expect to see very many lopsided scores but No. 1 D5 team Pomona Catholic continues to put up football-type scores. The Pacers defeated Mesa Grande Academy 24-0 in the CIFSS Division VII semifinals. Freshman Vanessa Juarez was 5-for-6 with two home runs and nine runs batted in for the Pacers, who have outscored their opponents by a combined 103-0 in their four playoff games…..
If Bellarmine-Jefferson can pull off one of the biggest upsets ever seen in recent state history in the CIFSS finals, then Jim Elliot Christian of Lodi (which ended its season on May 19) would be able to come up for the final No. 1 ranking….
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