High-SchoolCalifornia: Simi Valley

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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New Cal-Hi Sports Softball Top 20

April, 4, 2012
There’s limited movement in this week’s rankings, but that could change after this weekend’s Michelle Carew Classic and the Livermore Stampede.

As rankings compilers, it sure is nice sometimes when just about every team from the week before doesn’t lose. In most weeks, especially in baseball and softball, it’s the opposite.

For this week’s new top 20 for California softball, the only team to lose and drop was previous No. 8 Torrey Pines. The Falcons didn’t drop far after losing to San Marcos on Monday because it was just their first loss of the season.

Previous No. 15 Simi Valley didn’t lose, but had to take a tie when weather forced a halt to a tie game between the Pioneers and El Segundo in the title game of the Savanna tourney in Anaheim.

Next week’s rankings don’t figure to be as calm. Many top teams will be in the brackets of the Michelle Carew Classic in Anaheim Hills and the Livermore Stampede in Livermore.

(Through games played Monday, April 2)
(Previous ranking in parentheses)

1. (1) Norco 14-0
The Cougars, who were idle last week, hope to add the Michelle Carew Classic title to previous tournament crowns they’ve won at Bullhead City, Ariz., and Torrance, Calif.

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