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All-State Softball: Underclass

July, 4, 2012
California high school softball,Cal-Hi Sports State Athlete of the WeekMorales Family/ESPNHSIndio's Heather Morales has put her name into the state record book.
With baseball done, it’s time to switch to softball and first up is the 2012 Cal-Hi Sports all-state underclass honorees. There is a first team of 30 players and a second team of 30 more. All are non-seniors.

CIF Southern Section powerhouse Pacifica of Garden Grove lands two pitchers and two position players on either first or second team to lead the way on the 2012 Cal-Hi Sports all-state softball underclass teams.

Amador Valley of the CIF North Coast Section has three players selected while other schools to have more than one player named are Chino Hills, Colton, Edison of Huntington Beach, El Diamante of Visalia, Mission Viejo and Norco.

With help from assistant editor Paul Muyskens, here are the 2012 Cal-Hi Sports All-State Softball Underclass Teams:

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New Cal-Hi Sports Softball Top 20

May, 2, 2012
California high school softball,Livermore StampedeHarold Abend/ESPNHSAmador Valley's Johanna Grauer was the MVP of the 2012 Livermore Stampede.
Tough call at No. 2 as Norco stays in that position despite loss to Corona Santiago. Highest rising newcomers are Los Osos and Del Oro.

Knee-jerk reactions in the rankings game are common, but looking way down the road is more important.

A knee-jerk reaction would have been to dump Norco from its No. 2 statewide ranking after a loss last week to Corona Santiago.

That move was seriously considered this week in favor of unbeaten Amador Valley, but Norco still has just two losses overall, beat Santiago 12-4 earlier in the season and still has a win over No. 1 Pacifica. Throw all that together and compare a possible final No. 1 decision if Norco were to win the CIF Southern Section Division I title and it still looks like the Cougars would have the edge over Amador due to strength of schedule. It’s also much smoother to leave the rankings as is now than the alternative, which would be to move up Amador now and possibly have to hop Norco in front later.

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