High-SchoolCalifornia: James Patrick

Saluting state’s winningest baseball coaches

April, 14, 2012
With one coach knocking on the door of his 800th win, another close to 600, we thought it was a good time to update the Cal-Hi Sports state record book category for career coaching wins.

As compilers of the state’s only high school record book, it’s common for us to receive many questions each year when coaches achieve milestone victories.

We didn’t really have the exact answers earlier this season when two longtime outstanding coaches in their communities – Jeff Stout of Yucaipa and Jack Thomson from Sierra of Manteca – won their 700th and 500th games, respectively.

Now, with the legendary Sam Blalock of San Diego’s Rancho Bernardo High soon to become only the third coach in state history to reach 800 career victories and with Fresno High’s Ken Papi about to hit 600, here is an updated look (through reported games of Friday, April 13) at the all-time coaching list for most wins in a baseball career:

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New Clovis school is in the house as Clovis North debuts at No. 13 after beating nationally ranked district rivals. The Broncos’ getting this good shouldn’t be a surprise considering the last name of the coach.

Other highlights from this week’s baseball rankings include:

St. Francis of Mountain View improving to 10-0 and putting the pressure on No. 1 J.W. North and No. 2 Huntington Beach.

Redlands winning big at tournament in Arizona and going into this week’s rankings at No. 14.

Orange Lutheran edging Mater Dei in a Monday thriller that causes the preseason No. 1 Monarchs to almost drop completely out of the rankings.

Click here to see the complete list within the ESPNHS rankings tool.