Mitty Ends St. Francis’s Season-Long Stay Atop The NorCal Softball Rankings + Three Previously Unbeaten Teams Suffer Losses •
NorCal Softball Rankings
All records are through Monday, April 23 (via MaxPreps). Previous rank is in parenthesis.
PICTURED ABOVE: Pitcher Ava Markert (center) And McKenna Woliczko Share A Handshake For No. 1 Mitty. (Ben Enos photo)
1. (2) Archbishop Mitty-San Jose 14-2
2. (1) St. Francis-Mountain View 17-2
3. (3) Granada-Livermore 15-3
4. (4) Hollister 18-2
5. (5) San Ramon Valley-Danville 15-3
6. (7) Sutter 18-1
7. (9) East Nicolaus 20-0-1
8. (NR) Pleasant Grove-Elk Grove 18-5
9. (10) Notre Dame-Salinas 13-4
10. (8) Vista del Lago-Folsom 16-2
11. (NR) Vacaville 17-1
12. (11) Oakdale 14-5
13. (6) Central Catholic-Modesto 17-3
14. (14) Pinole Valley 20-0
15. (15) Whitney-Rocklin 15-3
16. (NR) Ponderosa-Shingle Springs 13-2-1
17. (12) Franklin-Elk Grove 17-3
18. (13) College Park-Pleasant Hill 12-4
19. (NR) Freedom-Oakley 12-6
20. (20) Amador Valley-Pleasanton 10-10
No. 16 Granite Bay, No. 17 Heritage-Brentwood, No. 18 Benicia and No. 19 Marin Catholic-Kentfield.
5 TEAMS KNOCKING:
21. Del Oro-Loomis (9-8), 22. Redwood-Larkspur (13-4-1), 23. Casa Grande-Petaluma (16-3), 24. Monterey (13-5) and 25. Marin Catholic-Kentfield (10-5).
AROUND THE HORN
Well, after opening our last rankings 11 days ago by writing that St. Francis-Mountain View was the “unquestioned top dog of NorCal Softball,” the Lancers were finally beaten by a NorCal opponent for the first time in more than a year — and just the second time since 2019.
Mitty-San Jose beat St. Francis 3-2 in a No. 1 vs. 2 showdown within West Catholic Athletic League play on April 19. The teams swap places as St. Francis drops to No. 2 in the rankings for the first time since spending a five-week stretch there behind Granada-Livermore after the Matadors won the 2022 Livermore Stampede (where St. Francis suffered a 6-4 loss to Sheldon-Sacramento in the semifinals). St. Francis reclaimed No. 1 on May 17, 2022, and had been there ever since.
The two teams will meet again at St. Francis on May 5. Before that clash, Mitty will face WCAL threats Valley Christian-San Jose (11-5) and Sacred Heart Cathedral-S.F. (9-5) in addition to No. 4 Hollister in a non-league tilt on May 1.
The rest of the Top 5 held its ground over the last week-plus, as No. 3 Granada, Hollister and No. 5 San Ramon Valley-Danville combined to go 10-0. Small school powers Sutter and East Nicolaus each moved up to take over No. 6 and No. 7, respectively. Neither should be tested until they face each other on May 4 at Sutter. Sutter did take on its first defeat of the season, though it was to a very good Huntington Beach team at the Best Of The West tournament hosted by Righetti-Santa Maria.
Two other undefeated teams from our last rankings also took on their first losses. More than one, actually — for both teams. Previous No. 8 Vista del Lago-Folsom dropped to No. 10 after falling to both Ponderosa-Shingle Springs (now debuting at No. 13) and Cordova. Franklin-Elk Grove slipped from No. 12 to 17 after losses to Vista del Lago, Del Oro-Loomis and St. Francis-Sacramento.
In addition to Ponderosa, three other teams also debut this week. Pleasant Grove-Elk Grove gained the highest entry point at No. 8 following a 6-1 mark over its last two weeks. The Eagles’ body of work includes being the only team to beat new-No. 11 Vacaville. And finally, as previous-No. 17 Heritage-Brentwood exits, another Bay Valley Athletic League team joins the Top 20 in Freedom-Oakley. The Falcons are 12-3 in April with all three losses coming to ranked opponents, including No. 1 St. Francis and No. 3 Granada.