High-SchoolCalifornia: La Canada softball

New Cal-Hi Sports Softball Top 20

April, 24, 2012
It’s a new order for the top five as Norco and Amador Valley have to swap spots behind No. 1 Pacifica of Garden Grove.

When the margins of victory between top teams are so close, frequent changes in the rankings are common.

That’s true on the local level in addition to state and national. In Orange County, for example, where the competition is among the best in the country, the pecking order for the local rankings changes every week.

This week’s hottest teams in Orange County – at least coming into the week – were Edison of Huntington Beach and Esperanza of Anaheim. Those teams were up to No. 3 and No. 4 in the county and also were up to No. 5 and No. 9 in the state.

The biggest changes in this week’s rankings were to put Norco back up to No. 2 and to move up previous bubble team Simi Valley in front of previous No. 4 Royal of Simi Valley. The Pioneers beat the Highlanders last week 2-0 and avenged an earlier loss.

(Through games played Monday, April 23)
(Previous ranking in parentheses)
(Writeups also by Paul Muyskens, Harold Abend)

1. (1) Pacifica (Garden Grove) 20-1
While the Mariners didn’t play last week, they are likely getting some good news this week in the POWERADE FAB 50 national rankings. A good number of teams ranked in the top 20 lost last week so maybe it was a good time not to play. When Pacifica took the field on Tuesday for an Empire League contest against Cypress it broke a two-week break from games.

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