Mater Dei’s hopes for No. 1 state and national ranking are dashed by Newbury Park in CIFSS Tuesday upset. Vista, Cathedral Catholic (both from San Diego Section) could be next in line.
The Newbury Park baseball team did a favor for the rest of the state as its big upset of state No. 1 Mater Dei in Tuesday’s CIF Southern Section Division I semifinals essentially guaranteed that this year’s final No. 1 team in the Cal-Hi Sports rankings is going to come from outside of the Southern Section.
With the CIFSS D1 final on Friday night at Dodger Stadium coming down to the Panthers (20-7) and Corona (19-14), the next teams in line for the state’s highest ranking are both from the San Diego Section.
But that’s a complicated situation as well.
Vista entered this week at 29-3 and had a chance to finish 31-3 with a difficult Division I section title in hand. The Panthers have since lost to Carlsbad, but can still reach the section final (it’s double-elimination there until a single-game final) against Rancho Buena Vista by beating the Lancers in a Thursday rematch.
Cathedral Catholic, which was No. 2 in the state overall last year at 30-4, has already made it to Saturday’s Division III section final. If the Dons win, they’d be 30-5 and they might have to beat highly regarded El Capitan of Lakeside to do it.
If both Vista and Cathedral Catholic win titles, that will require a lot of phone calls to San Diego to figure out which one deserves to be the No. 1 team. If neither one wins, next in the on-deck circle appear to be Campolindo of Moraga and St. Mary’s of Stockton.
Meanwhile, here are the fourth and next-to-last divisional state rankings for the 2012 season (thanks to Paul Muyskens for contributions; previous rank in parentheses; through games of Tuesday, May 23):
1. (3) Vista 29-4
2. (5) St. Mary’s (Stockton) 25-6
3. (4) Chatsworth 27-4-1
4. (9) Newbury Park 20-7
5. (1) Lutheran (Orange) 23-5
6. (2) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 24-6
7. (NR) Bullard (Fresno) 26-7
8. (11) Clovis West (Fresno) 28-5
9. (12) Valley Christian (San Jose) 25-8
10. (8) St. Francis (Mountain View) 26-5-1
11. (14) De La Salle (Concord) 18-7
12. (NR) Franklin (Elk Grove) 23-10
13. (NR) Corona 19-14
14. (13) West Ranch (Valencia) 20-9-1
15. (NR) Carlsbad 21-10
Bubble: El Toro (Lake Forest) 25-7, El Dorado (Placentia) 19-11, Esperanza (Anaheim) 21-9, J.W. North (Riverside) 25-6, Palo Alto 27-7, San Benito (Hollister) 23-7, Saugus 18-11-1, Wilson (Long Beach) 23-8.
Notes: Two wins away from ending the season as the top team in the state and nation, Mater Dei took an early 2-0 lead on Tuesday against Newbury Park, but the Panthers responded with five runs in the bottom of the first off and held on for the 5-3 upset win. Zander Clarke had a two-run single in the win while Matt Haskins earned the pitching win and Luke Eubank got the save…..
Vista’s first loss in the double-elimination portion of the CIF San Diego Section playoffs was 1-0 to Carlsbad. The Panthers need to win Thursday in a rematch otherwise Carlsbad would advance to Saturday’s final against Rancho Buena Vista……
St. Mary’s of Stockton plays Franklin of Elk Grove in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section finals. The Rams are going for their third straight crown and could finish No. 1 in this division if Vista doesn’t get it done in San Diego….
1. (1) Campolindo (Moraga) 21-4-1
2. (2) Pacifica (Garden Grove) 27-5
3. (3) Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood) 24-5-1
4. (4) St. Ignatius (San Francisco) 23-8-2
5. (6) Foothill (Palo Cedro) 29-2
6. (8) Woodcreek (Roseville) 24-7
7. (9) Rancho Bernardo (San Diego) 23-9
8. (NR) Dougherty Valley (San Ramon) 20-6
9. (NR) College Park (Pleasant Hill) 20-6
10. (NR) Aliso Niguel (Aliso Viejo) 24-11
Bubble: Bella Vista (Fair Oaks) 20-7, Cardinal Newman (Santa Rosa) 18-7, Cypress 25-7, Granite Bay 23-8, Los Altos 22-9, South Hills (Covina) 20-8, Valencia (Placentia) 19-14.
Notes: The top-ranked Cougars picked up their second sraight 10-run victory of the postseason as they defeated Cardinal Newman of Santa Rosa 13-3 in the North Coast Section Division II quarterfinals. We already know that Campo has won Wednesday against College Park of Pleasant Hill and will play in the NCS finals on Saturday in Oakland. If results fall a certain way, there is a chance that in addition to being No. 1 in this division that Campo could be No. 1 overall for the state as well….
Stephen Nogosek tossed a two-hitter and struck out six as Woodcreek of Roseville won the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section D2 title by beating league rival Granite Bay 9-2….
1. (2) Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) 29-5
2. (3) Bonita (La Verne) 30-2
3. (1) El Capitan (Lakeside) 30-6
4. (NR) St. Augustine (San Diego) 26-8
5. (9) Alhambra 24-3
6. (6) Oakdale 27-5
7. (7) Temple City 24-3-1
8. (8) Palm Desert 25-8
9. (10) Garces (Bakersfield) 27-6
10. (4) Fresno 27-3
Bubble: Beckman (Irvine) 22-8, Bishop Amat (La Puente) 20-10, El Camino (Sacramento) 20-11, El Dorado (Placerville) 26-4-1, Gahr (Cerritos) 19-11, Lancaster 17-11, Madison (San Diego) 26-6, Monrovia 20-6, Rodriguez (Fairfield) 23-9, St. Bonaventure (Ventura) 19-10-1.
Notes: Making sure a third-game wasn't needed, Cathedral Catholic swept University City of San Diego with wins of 8-2 and 2-1 in the D3 section playoffs. Brandon Nelson was the hero in the second win as he blasted a two-run walkoff hit in the bottom of the seventh inning that erased a 1-0 deficit…..
Cathedral Catholic’s foe in Saturday’s final will be the winner of a Thursday game between El Capitan and St. Augustine. Bouncing back from a 4-3 loss to the Saints, the Vaqueros defeated West Hills of Santee 2-0 and then got revenge by defeating St. Augustine 7-5 to
force a third game on Thursday….
The Bonita vs. Alhambra game in the CIFSS Division IV championship on Friday afternoon at Dodger Stadium also will have a big impact on the final state rankings in this division. If St. Augustine wins in San Diego and Bonita beats Alhambra, then Bonita looks like it would be No. 1 for the division….
1. (1) Escalon 27-1-1
2. (2) Santa Fe Christian (Solana Beach) 27-5
3. (3) Paraclete (Lancaster) 26-2
4. (6) St. Mary’s (Berkeley) 22-5
5. (7) Woodcrest Christian (Riverside) 24-3
6. (NR) Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 19-7-1
7. (NR) Salesian (Richmond) 20-5
8. (10) Kerman 22-9-1
9. (NR) Pacific Grove 20-10
10. (4) Menlo School (Atherton) 22-8
Bubble: Capital Christian (Sacramento) 24-5, Cathedral (Los Angeles) 23-6, Hilmar 16-9, La Jolla Country Day (La Jolla) 21-11, Monte Vista Christian (Watsonville) 25-5, Palma (Salinas) 21-6, Sacred Heart Prep (Atherton) 16-12-1, Tahquitz (Hemet) 19-10.
Notes: Matthew Valencia allowed just three hits while striking out nine as Escalon defeated Hilmar 2-1 in the Sac-Joaquin Section finals on Monday. Phillip Kimble had Escalon’s lone run batted in as his two-out single scored Robbie Steves for the eventual game-winning run. This is one division in the state rankings in which results from this weekend won’t matter at the top. Escalon’s body of work plus wrapping up its title will give the Cougars the edge.
1. (1) Desert Christian (Lancaster) 25-3
2. (2) Calvary Christian (Vista) 26-5
3. (3) Capistrano Valley Christian (SJ Capistrano) 24-6
4. (5) Valley Christian (Roseville) 23-6
5. (6) Durham 19-1
6. (7) Valley Christian (Dublin) 20-4
7. (8) St. Vincent de Paul (Petaluma) 22-3
8. (NR) Head-Royce (Oakland) 18-7
9. (9) Fall River (McArthur) 17-6
10. (10) Hillcrest Christian (Granada Hills) 19-3
Bubble: Bradshaw Christian (Sacramento) 26-6, Desert Christian Academy (Burmuda Dunes) 20-8, Mariposa County (Mariposa) 19-5-1, Maxwell 19-8, St. Margaret’s (SJ Capistrano) 18-9, Thomas More (San Jose) 18-5.
Notes: It was the battle of the Desert Christians as the No. 1 Knights defeated Desert Christian Academy of Bermuda Dunes 8-7 in the CIFSS Division VI semifinals. The boys from the Antelope Valley will now take on Capistrano Valley Christian for the CIFSS Division VI title. If Capo Valley wins, that would set up a tough choice between the Eagles and possibly Calvary Christian of Vista. Yes, there is a chance that the city of Vista could have two of the five No. 1 baseball teams in the state this season.
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