Boras Classic, Other Easter Week Tournaments Shake Up NorCal Baseball Rankings And Put New Teams At Nos. 1 Through 5 •
NorCal Baseball Rankings
All records are through Monday, April 10 (via MaxPreps). Previous rank is in parenthesis.
PICTURED ABOVE: Wade Mountz Of No. 3 Bellarmine-San Jose. (David Gershon photo)
1. (2) Valley Christian-San Jose 13-3
2. (6) Cardinal Newman-Santa Rosa 14-0
3. (8) Bellarmine-San Jose 11-4-1
4. (5) Whitney-Rocklin 13-2
5. (16) Oak Ridge-El Dorado Hills 9-5-1
6. (1) Archbishop Mitty-San Jose 14-4
7. (7) Elk Grove 13-4
8. (11) St. Francis-Mountain View 10-6
9. (3) De La Salle-Concord 10-3
10. (NR) St. Mary’s-Stockton 10-5
11. (4) Franklin-Elk Grove 14-4
12. (9) Clayton Valley-Concord 4-2
13. (10) San Ramon Valley-Danville 10-6
14. (NR) Lincoln-Stockton 12-3
15. (NR) Serra-San Mateo 10-5
16. (14) Granada-Livermore 11-3
17. (12) Foothill-Pleasanton 9-4
18. (18) Marin Catholic-Kentfield 11-4
19. (19) Dublin 11-2
20. (NR) Los Gatos 12-6
No. 13 Hollister, No. 15 Pleasant Grove-Elk Grove, No. 19 St. Ignatius-S.F. and No. 20 Redwood-Larkspur
5 TEAMS KNOCKING:
21. Amador Valley-Pleasanton (11-1), 22. St. Ignatius-S.F. (10-5), 23. Davis (11-6), 24. Redwood-Larkspur (13-4) and 25. Liberty-Brentwood (8-3).
AROUND THE HORN
Knowing that the Boras Classic would be running Monday-Thursday of last week and would be including several ranked teams, in addition to it being a busy tournament week throughout the state, we took last week off and let the NorCal Baseball Rankings breathe for an extra week.
And good googly-moogly did we get a shakeup worth the wait.
Let’s start with the NorCal Boras Classic champion, Cardinal Newman-Santa Rosa. The Cardinals were the only team from our March 27 Top 20 that stayed unbeaten through both weeks. They went 6-0 overall and their four-win stretch at the Boras Classic included defeats over Oak Ridge-El Dorado Hills, St. Mary’s-Stockton and finally Bellarmine-San Jose in the championship. All three of those teams are now inside the Top 10.
Newman takes over at No. 2, right behind new No. 1 Valley Christian-San Jose. The Warriors reclaim the top spot after shutting out previous-No. 1 Mitty-San Jose 4-0 in West Catholic Athletic League play. The Monarchs also went just 2-2 at the Boras, with losses to Oak Ridge and St. Mary’s-Stockton.
The WCAL team that did shine at the Boras, Bellarmine, jumps up to No. 3. Whitney-Rocklin — which went 6-1 over the two weeks with its only loss coming to Mitty at the Boras — moves up one spot to No. 4. (Yes, ahead of Mitty since tournament baseball can get weird, plus they also have wins over De La Salle-Concord, Clayton Valley-Concord and Lodi).
Oak Ridge jumps 11 spots to round out the Top 5. The Trojans also went 6-1 over the last two weeks and now have wins over four ranked teams: No. 3 Bellarmine, No. 6 Mitty, No. 11 Franklin-Elk Grove and No. 18 Marin Catholic-Kentfield.
A pair of Stockton teams move into the rankings this week. St. Mary’s debuts at No. 10 after going 5-3 and chalking up Boras Classic wins over Mitty and Franklin. Meanwhile, Lincoln enters at No. 14 after going 6-0 and picking up a win over No. 8 St. Francis-Mountain View (which moved up three spots from No. 11 after sweeping a doubleheader vs. De La Salle).
Serra-San Mateo moves from the “5 Knocking” Space and back into the rankings at No. 15. They own a win over St. Francis, as well as Los Gatos. The latter took over No. 20 this week after going 6-0 and knocking off former-No. 13 Hollister 7-4.
Key matchups to watch this week: No. 16 Granada-Livermore and No. 17 Foothill-Pleasanton will play their two-game East Bay Athletic League series. No. 18 Marin Catholic will face No. 2 Cardinal Newman in a nonleague tilt. No. 19 Dublin faces No. 9 De La Salle before a pair of EBAL games against Amador Valley-Pleasanton (11-1 and leading the Knocking teams).