Final State Division Softball Rankings

June, 13, 2012
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California high school softballHarold Abend/ESPNHSBridget Pacchetti and Dani Albini of NCS D3 champion San Marin (Novato).
Cal-Hi Sports’ mythical champs for 2012 are Norco (D1), Archbishop Mitty (D2), Chino Hills (D3), La Canada (D4) and Pomona Catholic (D5).

Being No. 1 in the state in a rankings division in softball is old hat for Archbishop Mitty of San Jose. This year’s top finish statewide in Division II, based mostly on being 27-2 and winning a CIF Central Coast Section Division II title, is the school’s seventh in the last nine years and makes it two in a row.

It also might be getting to be old hat for Pomona Catholic in Division V, which also ends No. 1 for a second straight year.

Here are the final divisional state rankings for the 2012 season (with contributions from Paul Muyskens; through games of Saturday, June 2):
DIVISION I
1. (1) Norco 31-2
2. (3) James Logan (Union City) 24-1
3. (2) Amador Valley (Pleasanton) 26-1
4. (5) Pacifica (Garden Grove) 28-3
5. (7) Lutheran (Orange) 27-5
6. (4) Santiago (Corona) 23-10
7. (7) Edison (Huntington Beach) 26-5
8. (9) Royal (Simi Valley) 25-3
9. (8) Vista Murrieta (Murrieta) 23-5-1
10. (10) San Benito (Hollister) 23-3
11. (13) Central (Fresno) 28-6
12. (15) El Diamante (Visalia) 30-2
13. (11) Esperanza (Anaheim) 24-7
14. (12) Los Alamitos 23-7
15. (NR) Torrey Pines (San Diego) 31-6
The Next 5 Teams: 16. Sheldon (Sacramento) 21-9; 17. West Ranch (Valencia) 22-5-1; 18. Canyon (Anaheim) 18-9; 19. Saugus 22-8; 20. Simi Valley 21-6-1.
Special Mention: California (San Ramon) 16-10, Carlmont (Belmont) 24-4, Clovis West (Fresno) 28-11, El Camino Real (Woodland Hills) 26-5, Foothill (Tustin) 14-14, Heritage (Brentwood) 22-3, Valencia 20-11.
Notes: This is Norco’s second No. 1 finish in Division I. The first was in 2009 when the Cougars finished 32-2 and were led by current Stanford star Tegan Gerhart. They weren’t No. 1 overall in the state because Division II Mitty went 32-0. This also is the second straight year for a Riverside County and Big VIII League team being No. 1 in this division. Santiago of Corona, the team Norco beat in this year’s CIFSS Division I final, was No. 1 a year ago.

DIVISION II
1. (1) Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 27-2
2. (2) Bonita Vista (San Diego) 25-3-1
3. (3) Woodcreek (Roseville) 26-4
4. (5) Chino 24-9
5. (6) Concord 24-4
6. (10) Mission Viejo 24-6
7. (8) Lakewood 26-6
8. (7) Don Lugo (Chino) 23-6
9. (4) Petaluma 24-4
10. (9) Valley View (Moreno Valley) 25-7
The Next 5 Teams: 11. Camarillo 26-6; 12. Del Oro (Loomis) 19-5-2; 13. Alhambra (Martinez) 22-5; 14. Millikan (Long Beach) 24-9; 15. Northwood (Irvine) 17-8-2.
Special Mention: Del Campo (Fair Oaks) 16-9-1, Gilroy 14-12, Leigh (San Jose) 20-10, La Mirada 23-8, Los Altos 24-5, Rancho Cotate (Rohnert Park) 21-3, Monache (Porterville) 19-5-1.
Notes: The last time that Mitty wasn’t No. 1 in this division was in 2010 when Pioneer of San Jose won the CCS Division II crown. Bonita Vista also was No. 2 in this division last year, but even though the Barons were 34-2 they were upset in the CIF San Diego Section playoffs….
In one of the more higher scoring section championship games in the state, No. 4 Chino defeated Don Lugo of Chino 10-6 in the CIFSS Division V championship game for its first section championship in program history. Sophomore pitcher Miranda Viramontes hit a three-run home run to help herself pick up her 20th win of the season in the circle…..
Making the most of their two hits, No. 5 Concord scored two first-inning runs and held on for a 2-1 win over Petaluma in the CIF North Coast Section Division II finals for its second section title in three years. Jeanna Leavit picked up the win as the Lady Minutemen avenged a season-opening loss to the Trojans with the win that mattered the most…..

DIVISION III
1. (1) Chino Hills 32-3
2. (2) Oakdale 27-3-1
3. (3) San Marin (Novato) 24-1
4. (5) Bear River (Lake of the Pines) 20-6-2
5. (8) Hanford West (Hanford) 24-9-1
6. (9) Ridgeview (Bakersfield) 30-4-1
7. (NR) Kaiser (Fontana) 23-8
8. (7) St. Lucy’s (Glendora) 24-6
9. (4) Garden Grove 23-6
10. (NR) La Habra 23-9
The Next 5 Teams: 11. Dos Pueblos (Goleta) 26-4; 12. North (Torrance) 25-8; 13. South (Torrance) 23-11; 14. Bishop Amat (La Puente) 24-7; 15. Sierra (Manteca) 18-6-1.
Special Mention: Atascadero 25-4, Barstow 21-11, Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland) 19-7, Buena (Ventura) 18-10, El Capitan (Lakeside) 21-9, Madison (San Diego) 27-7, Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach) 24-8, Nipomo 19-10, Santana (Santee) 28-8, Soquel 21-9.
Notes: Chino Hills has never been No. 1 in the state in any division before, but two years ago rival Ayala of Chino Hills was No. 1 in Division I at 26-5 and also was the Cal-Hi Sports State Team of the Year. The Huskies’ best previous finish in the rankings was No. 10 in Division II last season…..
Head coach Randy WIllis of No. 3 San Marin will be retiring on top as he captured his sixth NCS title and victory number 303 as the Mustangs defeated Bishop O'Dowd of Oakland 13-8 in the NCS Division III finals. Dani Albini, in her final game before heading to UC Davis, hit three doubles and drove in five runs.

DIVISION IV
1. (1) La Canada 26-4
2. (2) Hughson 28-1
3. (4) Santa Catalina (Monterey) 23-1-1
4. (5) Citrus Valley (Redlands) 27-2
5. (3) Beaumont 25-5
6. (6) Anderson 28-6
7. (7) St. Patrick/St. Vincent (Vallejo) 26-3
8. (9) Mater Dei (Chula Vista) 22-8
9. (8) Kern Valley (Lake Isabella) 24-6-1
10. (NR) Linden 23-8
The Next 5 Teams: 11. San Marino 18-9-1; 12. Monrovia 17-9-1; 12. Salesian (Richmond) 18-5; 14. Argonaut (Jackson) 22-8; 15. Parker (San Diego) 18-9.
Special Mention: Calvary Chapel (Downey) 18-8-1, Carpinteria 21-6-1, Exeter 25-5, Fowler 19-15, Imperial 25-5-1, Jurupa Hills (Fontana) 16-14, Taft 28-3-1, Wheatland 21-9.
Notes: This is the second time that La Canada is a state team of the year in its division. The first was in 1995 in Division III. The Spartans were No. 3 in Division III last year and were No. 5 in Division IV in 2010.
The top seeded Spartans, with Lauren Cox leading the way in the circle, won their second straight CIFSS Division V championship with a 7-3 win over Beaumont. Headed to the University of San Diego next year, Cox struck out 10 to improve to 24-3 on the year in the circle while Kelsey Drange had three hits and drove in three runs….
Despite trailing 2-0 early on, No. 4 Citrus Valley scored the game's final five runs for a 5-2 win over Kern Valley of Lake Isabella in the CIFSS Division VI championship game. Freshman Taylor Troost pitched 4 1/3 innings of scoreless relief and struck out 10 as the Blackhawks won their first section championship while in just their third year of the program's history…..

DIVISION V
1. (1) Pomona Catholic (Pomona) 26-7
2. (2) Jim Elliot Christian (Lodi) 22-2
3. (3) Bellarmine-Jefferson (Burbank) 24-6-2
4. (5) Liberty (Madera Ranchos) 23-6-1
5. (4) Port of Los Angeles (San Pedro) 19-7
6. (6) Millenium (Tracy) 13-5
7. (7) Ferndale 15-6
8. (8) Colusa 17-6-1
9. (NR) Mount Shasta 31-4
10. (9) St. Vincent (Petaluma) 17-9
The Next 5 Teams: 11. Horizon (San Diego) 16-8; 12. Sierra Pacific (Hanford) 17-15; 13. College Prep (Oakland) 17-6-1; 14. Mesa Grande Academy (Calimesa) 23-5; 15. Rolling Hills Prep (San Pedro) 17-2.
Special Mention: Archer (Los Angeles) 16-3, Valley Christian (Dublin) 14-5.
Notes: The final rankings for Division V are almost a carbon copy of last year. After Pomona Catholic, last year’s final pecking order also had Jim Elliot Christian at No. 2 and Bellarmine-Jefferson at No. 4. The Pacers had not been No. 1 until last season…..
In the CIFSS Division VII championship, Amber Padilla pitched a perfect game and struck out eight in Pomona Catholic’s 1-0 win over Bell-Jeff. She was named the final ESPNHS West Region Player of the Week. The Pacers’ 1-0 triumph was a far cry from their 24-0 win in the semis plus earlier routs. It showed just how strong Bell-Jeff was this season, too.

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