High-SchoolCalifornia: Faith Canfield

New Cal-Hi Sports Softball Top 20

March, 21, 2012
Unbeaten Orange Lutheran surges to No. 4 after another week of significant victories. Highest rising newcomers are West Ranch of Valencia and James Logan of Union City.

A great deal of the movement in this week’s state softball top 20 revolves around teams from the Sunset League in the CIF Southern Section.

Sunset member Los Alamitos, which was No. 1 in the state two weeks ago, lost its second straight game on Monday and fell down to No. 19 in this week’s rankings. Sunset teams going up, however, would be new No. 13 Edison of Huntington Beach plus bubble team Fountain Valley.

Combined with Marina of Huntington Beach, which stayed at No. 5 in this week’s state rankings, the Sunset has four teams close to being among the top 20 in the state.

(Through games played Tuesday, March 20)
(Previous ranking in parentheses)

1. (1) Norco 7-0
With the help of a nine-run inning, the Cougars picked up a 12-4 win over defending CIF Southern Section Division I champ Santiago of Corona to end the week after earlier defeating Roosevelt of Corona 6-0. In their first five games, the Cougars had failed to score more than four runs in a game before having their bats come alive in a big way last week.

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