Final State Division Baseball Rankings

June, 11, 2012
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California high school baseballScott Kurtz/ESPNHSJames Marvel led Campolindo to 2012 CIF North Coast Section Division II title.
Cal-Hi Sports’ mythical champs for 2012 are Vista (D1), Campolindo (D2), Cathedral Catholic (D3), Escalon (D4) and Desert Christian of Lancaster (D5).

This year’s only repeat winner as a Cal-Hi Sports divisional state team of the year in baseball is Escalon in Division IV. Both Campolindo (D2) and Cathedral Catholic (D3) also have been No. 1 in the state previously.

For the final rankings, five extra teams have been ranked in each division.

Here are the final divisional state rankings for the 2012 baseball season (thanks to Paul Muyskens for contributions; previous rank in parentheses; through games of Monday, June 4):
DIVISION I
1. (1) Vista 31-4
2. (2) St. Mary’s (Stockton) 27-6
3. (4) Newbury Park 21-7
4. (5) Lutheran (Orange) 23-5
5. (6) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 24-6
6. (7) Bullard (Fresno) 26-7
7. (8) Clovis West (Fresno) 28-5
8. (9) Valley Christian (San Jose) 25-8
9. (10) St. Francis (Mountain View) 26-5-1
10. (11) De La Salle (Concord) 20-7
11. (NR) El Toro (Lake Forest) 25-7
12. (NR) J.W. North (Riverside) 25-6
13. (NR) El Camino Real (Woodland Hills) 22-12
14. (13) Corona 19-15
15. (3) Chatsworth 28-5-1
The Next 5 Teams: 16. West Ranch (Valencia) 20-9-1; 17. Palo Alto 27-7; 18. Esperanza (Anaheim) 21-9; 19. Franklin (Elk Grove) 23-11; 20. Rancho Buena Vista (Vista) 25-10.
Special Mention: Agoura (Agoura Hills) 23-5-1, Carlsbad 21-11, El Dorado (Placentia) 19-11, San Benito (Hollister) 23-7, Saugus 18-11-1, Wilson (Long Beach) 23-8.
Notes: Vista already has been chosen as the 2012 State Team of the Year. The Panthers, who were No. 19 in the final top 20 for this division one year ago, are the fifth team since 2000 from the CIF San Diego Section to end No. 1 in the state for Division I. Those other four are Poway in 2008, La Costa Canyon of Carlsbad for 2003, Rancho Buena Vista for 2002 and Rancho Bernardo for 2000.

DIVISION II
1. (1) Campolindo (Moraga) 23-4-1
2. (2) Pacifica (Garden Grove) 28-5
3. (3) Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood) 24-5-1
4. (NR) La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad) 22-9-1
5. (4) St. Ignatius (San Francisco) 23-8-2
6. (5) Foothill (Palo Cedro) 29-2
7. (6) Woodcreek (Roseville) 24-7
8. (7) Rancho Bernardo (San Diego) 23-10
9. (8) Dougherty Valley (San Ramon) 21-7
10. (10) Aliso Niguel (Aliso Viejo) 24-12
The Next 5 Teams: 11. Los Altos 22-9; 12. Cypress 25-7; 13. Granite Bay 23-8; 14. South Hills (West Covina) 20-8; 15. Trabuco Hills (Mission Viejo) 18-14.
Special Mention: Bella Vista (Fair Oaks) 20-7, Cardinal Newman (Santa Rosa) 18-7, College Park (Pleasant Hill) 20-7, Glendora 18-11, Redlands 24-6, Valencia (Placentia) 19-14.
Notes: This was a historically great season for Campolindo and it’s obvious the school knew it was going to have a very good team because the schedule was strengthened. Still, it’s not the first time that the Cougars have been tops in the state in baseball in their division. In 1988, Campo went 24-5 and was No. 1 in Division II for the first time. The only other CIF North Coast Section schools to end No. 1 statewide in Division II have been Petaluma for 1972 and Albany for 1944. No, we weren’t doing rankings in 1944, but our founder, the late Nelson Tennis, went back and did retroactive selections based on research in the 1980s and 1990s at the California state library.

DIVISION III

1. (1) Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) 30-5
2. (2) Bonita (La Verne) 31-2
3. (3) El Capitan (Lakeside) 30-7
4. (6) Oakdale 27-5
5. (5) Alhambra 24-4
6. (4) St. Augustine (San Diego) 26-9
7. (8) Palm Desert 26-8
8. (7) Temple City 24-4-1
9. (9) Garces (Bakersfield) 27-6
10. (10) Fresno 27-3
The Next 5 Teams: 11. Beckman (Irvine) 22-8; 12. Monrovia 20-6; 13. Bishop Amat (La Puente) 20-10; 14. Acalanes (Lafayette) 19-7; 15. Rodriguez (Fairfield) 23-9.
Special Mention: El Camino (Sacramento) 20-11, El Dorado (Placerville) 26-4-1, Gahr (Cerritos) 19-11, Lancaster 17-11, Madison (San Diego) 26-7, Sonora 20-11, Tamalpais (Mill Valley) 21-7, St. Bonaventure (Ventura) 19-10-1.
Notes: While Cathedral Catholic came up short to San Diego Section rival Vista for No. 1 overall in the state, the Dons are No. 1 in Division III for the second time in four seasons. Their previous No. 1 finish was in 2009 when they went 26-6. They were almost No. 1 last year as well at 30-4, but the No. 1 honor went to Bishop Amat of La Puente at 29-4, which was considered the top team overall in the CIF Southern Section regardless of class. This year, the Lancers were not much of a factor in the rankings, especially after 2011 State Junior of the Year Rio Ruiz had to miss the rest of the season with a blood clot. Cathedral Catholic also was No. 4 in the final state rankings for this division in 2008.

DIVISION IV
1. (1) Escalon 27-1-1
2. (2) Santa Fe Christian (Solana Beach) 28-5
3. (5) Woodcrest Christian (Riverside) 25-3
4. (3) Paraclete (Lancaster) 26-3
5. (6) Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 20-7-1
6. (4) St. Mary’s (Berkeley) 22-6
7. (8) Kerman 22-9-1
8. (9) Pacific Grove 20-10
9. (10) Menlo School (Atherton) 22-8
10. (NR) Monte Vista Christian (Watsonville) 25-5
The Next 5 Teams: 11. Corcoran 22-6; 12. Salesian (Richmond) 20-6-1; 13. Tahquitz (Hemet) 19-10; 14. Cathedral (Los Angeles) 23-6; 15. Capital Christian (Sacramento) 24-5.
Special Mention: Bakersfield Christian 23-7, Hilmar 16-9, La Jolla Country Day (La Jolla) 21-11, Palma (Salinas) 21-6, Sacred Heart Prep (Atherton) 16-12-1.
Notes: For the last four seasons, no school in the state at any level has had the run that Escalon has had. The Cougars are No. 1 in Division IV for the second straight time and in the previous two seasons before that they were No. 2 and No. 4. Escalon’s combined record in those four seasons also is a remarkable 107-8-1. Coach Greg Largent has been at the helm for all of those seasons. This year’s senior class at Escalon also was especially outstanding. Not only were several of them on the last two championship baseball teams, but they also were on the school’s 2010 CIF Division III state bowl game champion football team. Josh Miguel, a running back in football, was one of the captains of this year’s baseball team.....
After capturing the San Diego Section Division V championship last season, No. 2 Santa Fe Christian captured the San Diego Section Division IV title this year with a 4-3 win over Madison of San Diego. San Diego State-bound Nolan Gannon had 14 strikeouts while also driving in a run while Josh Estill drove in three runs…..
Starting pitcher John Davis had to have nine stitches on his throwing hand after being injured in No. 3 Woodcrest Christian’s semifinal win over Tahquitz but he was on the mound and struck out seven as the Royals defeated Paraclete 6-1 in the CIFSS Division V championship. Paraclete had won 21 straight entering the finals.

DIVISION V

1. (1) Desert Christian (Lancaster) 26-3
2. (2) Calvary Christian (Vista) 28-5
3. (4) Valley Christian (Roseville) 23-6
4. (5) Durham 19-1
5. (3) Capistrano Valley Christian (SJ Capistrano) 24-7
6. (8) Head-Royce (Oakland) 18-7
7. (NR) Mariposa County (Mariposa) 19-5-1
8. (6) Valley Christian (Dublin) 21-5
9. (9) Fall River (McArthur) 17-6
10. (NR) Bradshaw Christian (Sacramento) 26-6
The Next 5 Teams: 11. St. Vincent de Paul (Petaluma) 22-3; 12. Firebaugh (Lynwood) 22-6; 13. Maxwell 19-8; 14. Rock Academy (San Diego) 23-5-1; 15. Hillcrest Christian (Granada Hills) 19-4.
Special Mention: Desert Christian Academy (Burmuda Dunes) Mendota 15-13-1, Point Arena 17-4, St. Margaret’s (SJ Capistrano) 18-9, Thomas More (San Jose) 18-5.
Notes: It took extra innings but it was more than worth it for top-ranked Desert Christian as the Knights defeated Capistrano Valley Christian for the first CIFSS Division IV championship in school history. Kiel Alcaraz scored three times, including the game-winning run after hitting a triple in the 8th inning. Desert Christian was No. 6 in last year’s final state rankings for this division and was No. 3 two years ago. The Knights are just the third team ever from the Antelope Valley to be No. 1 in the state in baseball. The other two are Paraclete of Lancaster for 1980 and Rosamond in 1990….
Trailing 1-0 after one inning, No. 2 Calvary Christian scored five runs in the second and never trailed again during an 8-4 win over Rock Academy in the San Diego Section Division V finals. Matt Hartman drove in three runs and Russell Harmening drove in two runs in the win….

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