Pacifica gets the bats sizzling at Michelle Carew Classic and moves up to No. 1 in this week’s state rankings.
After a quiet week of the state top 20 softball rankings, the order at the top had to be re-shuffled after the outcomes of the Michelle Carew Classic in Anaheim Hills and the Livermore Stampede in Livermore.
Previous No. 2 Pacifica of Garden Grove is the new No. 1 after winning the Michelle Carew Classic title. Previous No. 1 Norco lost its first game of the season earlier in the tournament 2-1 to Lutheran of Orange.
Moving up into the No. 2 spot is unbeaten Amador Valley of Pleasanton, which topped previous No. 3 Archbishop Mitty of San Jose in the semifinals and then beat Livermore in the final.
(Through games played Monday, April 9)
(Previous ranking in parentheses)
(Writeups also by Harold Abend, Paul Muyskens)
1. (2) Pacifica (Garden Grove) 19-1
The Mariners didn’t avenge their only loss to Norco at the Michelle Carew Classic, but they battered the field that included Norco and are an easy call to replace the Cougars as the state’s No. 1 team. Pacifica won the title with a 13-4 victory over Los Alamitos behind tourney MVP Rebecca Lee and most valuable pitcher Kaylee Carlson. The semifinal win was 7-2 against host Canyon of Anaheim.
2. (7) Amador Valley (Pleasanton) 12-0
Former UCLA player Julie Marshall was beaming, and why not. Her young squad had just beaten previous No. 3 Archbishop Mitty 8-1 in the semis, and Livermore Stampede host Livermore 11-0 in the title game. A team that has been winning on the arm of pitcher Johanna Grauer, but not always scoring runs, had little trouble in Saturday’s two games. “We didn’t leave a lot of runners on base. That was a key,” Marshall told Cal-Hi Sports. Amador Valley now adds the Stampede to the Queen of the Mountain tournament it won last month.
3. (1) Norco 17-1
It could have been just a one-spot drop for the Cougars after their loss to Orange Lutheran at the Michelle Carew Classic, but Amador Valley was just as impressive in winning a tourney title up north as Pacifica was down south. If they don’t lose again, though, and were to win the CIF Southern Section Division I title, it is likely that strength of schedule would carry Norco back up in front of Amador even if the Dons finish unbeaten.
4. (13) Royal (Simi Valley) 12-1
Making a big move up in the rankings this week is the Highlanders, who went 6-0 last week and captured the Arroyo Grande Tournament championship. Their streak of six straight shutout wins came to an end but Keyln Filmore drove in two runs as they defeated La Mirada 8-3 in the finals. Royal has been No. 1 in the state before and while the schedule hasn’t been as difficult as some other teams we know it will be a team that will face the best in the CIFSS Division I playoffs.
5. (4) Lutheran (Orange) 20-4
Despite two losses last week, the Lancers dropped just one spot because they also had four wins at the Michelle Carew Classic, which included the biggie that knocked No. 1 Norco off its perch. Heather Hall and Bryn Gornick each drove in a run in their 2-1 win over the Cougars.
6. (20) Los Alamitos 14-5
Six wins last week and an appearance in the Michelle Carew Classic championship game has the Griffins jumped back up to No. 6 in the state. They also started the week with a Sunset League win over state-ranked Marina of Huntington Beach. Although many of the five losses came when the team was not at full strength, it’s still five losses so it was determined not to jump them all the way back up to No. 4 or higher. Besides, if the team keeps winning in the Sunset League, the ranking will go up regardless.
7. (8) Woodcreek (Roseville) 13-1
After ending the month of March with a win over Marysville, the Timberwolves have yet to play a game as they had last week off. A game on Tuesday against Granite Bay will kick off a week that sees them play five games. Coach Art Banks also still has to be happy about getting his 600th win.
8. (3) Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 16-2
This is where the Monarchs land after the loss to Amador Valley at the Livermore Stampede. “It is what it is,” said Monarchs’ coach Brian Yocke in reference to the loss, and just prior to his girls overcoming a 2-0 first-inning deficit to take third-place with a 3-2 victory over a very talented Alhambra of Martinez team. This week, Mitty had a non-league game scheduled for Tuesday at Gilroy before getting back to WCAL play next week.
9. (10) Chino Hills 16-3
In their lone game last week, the Huskies went on the road and defeated Ayala of Chino Hills 5-0. They scored all five runs of their runs in the third inning while allowing the Bulldogs to get just one hit.
10. (6) El Diamante (Visalia) 20-1
After opening the season with 20 straight wins, including a 5-3 win last week over Buchanan of Clovis, the Miners’ girls suffered a 4-2 loss in the semifinals of the Clovis Easter Tournament at the hands of 18-4 Central of Fresno, the eventual champion. In the win over Buchanan, Sierra Hyland was 3-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs. Stevi Johnson also had a solo home run.
11. (11) San Benito (Hollister) 10-0
The Haybaler girls continued their winning ways. Last Saturday, they won two games in the Mission City Invitational and qualified for the finals that should have been played two weekends ago but were rained out, and may or may not be re-scheduled. First, they blanked Prospect of Saratoga 5-0 and then Megan Sabbatini pitched a three-hitter with nine strikeouts in a 3-1 victory over Homestead of Cupertino.
12. (12) Torrey Pines (San Diego) 19-2
Showing the parity in the CIF San Diego Section, the Falcons lost 1-0 in the championship game of their Falcon Fiesta to a West Hills (Santee) team with only three losses (all good teams), one of which was 2-1 to Torrey Pines in early March. Prior to the loss that ended the week, they rebounded from last Monday’s loss to San Marcos with 4-3, 10-0 and 4-1 wins over El Cajon Granite Hills, Vista, and San Diego Mira Mesa, respectively.
13. (15) Edison (Huntington Beach) 15-2
Two league wins by a combined 27-0 score and three wins at the Woodbridge Softball Classic helped the Chargers rack up five wins in a perfect week of play. Samantha Cordova allowed just two runs while striking out six and Mercedes O'Connor drove in two runs in their 5-2 win over Palos Verdes Peninsula.
14. (17) Mission Viejo 20-3
Enjoying their Saturday at the field, the Diablos posted a 6-0 win over Norwalk and then defeated Marina of Huntington Beach 1-0. Freshman Taylor McQuillin allowed just one hit in the win over the Vikings. Earlier this week, they picked up another shutout win 3-0 against Thousand Oaks.
15. (5) Marina (Huntington Beach) 11-3
Not only did the Vikings suffer their second loss of the season last week but they also dropped their third as they lost by one run margins to Los Alamitos and Mission Viejo. They did pick up two wins as well and don’t drop out of the rankings because both Los Al and Mission Viejo are now higher.
16. (16) James Logan (Union City) 5-1
The game against Washington of Fremont was rained out so coach Terri Johnson and the girls don’t play until this Friday when they open in Nevada at the Reed Spring Tourney against Carson of Carson City, Nev. Hopefully, it won’t be snowing there this week and Johnson’s girls can get some games under their belts.
17. (NR) Newark Memorial (Newark) 9-0
Veteran coach Rachel Kahoalii and her Cougars have outscored opponents 67-1 combined, and a number of their wins are against very respectable teams. The leader of the pack is pitcher Marissa Chapa. She’s 6-0 as a starter and also has a save. Last week, in a 7-1 win against Washington of Fremont, Chapa pitched a one-hitter, and because the run was unearned, she still has a 0.00 ERA this season. The girls will be joining Logan, Alhambra of Martinez, Carondelet of Concord and Castro Valley in Nevada this weekend at the Reed tourney.
18. (NR) Esperanza (Anaheim) 15-6
This is a young team and two of the losses were to Orange Lutheran. What jumps the Aztecs into the rankings are wins against two top 20 teams from last week – Sheldon of Sacramento and Simi Valley – at the Michelle Carew Classic.
19. (NR) Lakewood 14-4
The Lancers lost twice at the Michelle Carew Classic, but those losses were to No. 1 Pacifica and No. 3 Norco. They also defeated Cabrillo of Long Beach, Ayala of Chino Hills and Cienega of Vail, Ariz., during the week. The other factor that came into play is owning a double-header sweep of Fresno Central. That team is now up to 18-4 and just handed the first loss of the season to El Diamante of Visalia.
20. (NR) West Hills (San Diego) 15-3
Coach Mike Applebaum and his girls snag the final spot this week after upsetting host Torrey Pines 1-0 in the championship game of the two-week Falcon Fiesta. To get to the title game, they squeaked out a 2-1 victory over Ramona. This week, the Wolf Pack girls already have a Monday 7-0 win over Lakeside El Capitan in the Grossmont Conference Tournament.
Previous No. 9 Sheldon (Sacramento); No. 14 Vista Murrieta (Murrieta); No. 18 Simi Valley; No. 19 Atascadero.
Teams on the Bubble
Aliso Niguel (Aliso Viejo) 15-6-1, Camarillo 11-3, Central (Fresno) 18-4, Clovis West (Fresno) 18-6, Etiwanda 13-3, Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 9-4, Mira Mesa (San Diego) 13-2-1, Petaluma 10-1, Redlands 9-0, Simi Valley 14-3-1, St. Lucy’s (Glendora) 15-3.
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