Last Two Weeks Of April Was A Battle Of Attrition For Several Teams Within NorCal Baseball Rankings, Leading To Shakeup •
NorCal Baseball Rankings
All records are through Monday, May 1 (via MaxPreps). Previous rank is in parenthesis.
PICTURED ABOVE: Senior Infielder Derek Pham Of No. 8 Franklin-Elk Grove. (David Gershon photo)
1. (1) Valley Christian-San Jose 22-3
2. (2) Cardinal Newman-Santa Rosa 21-0
3. (5) De La Salle-Concord 18-4
4. (7) St. Mary’s-Stockton 20-5
5. (3) Archbishop Mitty-San Jose 19-5
6. (4) Whitney-Rocklin 21-5
7. (6) Bellarmine-San Jose 14-8-1
8. (8) Franklin-Elk Grove 24-4
9. (9) Clayton Valley-Concord 15-4
10. (19) St. Francis-Mountain View 14-10
11. (14) Foothill-Pleasanton 15-6
12. (17) Elk Grove 18-8
13. (NR) Amador Valley-Pleasanton 16-4
14. (12) Granada-Livermore 16-6
15. (NR) Lincoln-Stockton 20-6
16. (18) Marin Catholic-Kentfield 16-5
17. (20) Los Gatos 17-6
18. (10) San Ramon Valley-Danville 14-8
19. (11) Serra-San Mateo 17-6
20. (NR) Hollister 19-3
No. 13 Oak Ridge-El Dorado Hills, No. 15 Lodi and No. 16 Dublin
5 TEAMS KNOCKING:
21. Dublin (15-7), 22. Woodcreek-Roseville (16-7-1), 23. Sacred Heart Prep-Atherton (16-6-1), 24. Casa Grande-Petaluma (17-4) and 25. Redwood-Larkspur (16-6).
AROUND THE HORN
If your team was ranked on April 20 and its only suffered one loss (or less) since, then consider that team among the elite or the very lucky.
Baseball, more than any sport, is going to have the random losses here or there. Catch a pitcher who’s locked in, or run into a hot hitting team in a small park. Losses just happen in baseball. But these last two weeks featured a lot of them happening to some really good teams. (All of which makes No. 2 Cardinal Newman-Santa Rosa look even better right now).
Four of the teams who didn’t lose over last two weeks just so happen to be our newest Top 4. Valley Christian-San Jose and Cardinal Newman continue to hold down the top two spots, respectively, while De La Salle-Concord and St Mary’s-Stockton climb up to Nos. 3 and 4. The Spartans and Rams benefited from former No. 3 Mitty suffering a 12-1 loss to then-No. 19 St. Francis-Mountain View.
Former No. 4 Whitney-Rocklin took on two defeats, dropping games to Del Oro-Loomis and Oak Ridge-El Dorado Hills. Bellarmine-San Jose also lost twice and dropped from No. 6 to 7.
Teams that moved up after nice weeks include St. Francis, which had a win over Bellarmine in addition to topping Mitty. The Lancers jumped up nine spots to No. 10. Lincoln-Stockton also returns to the rankings, slotting into No. 15 after six straight wins.
And while one East Bay Athletic League team dropped out (Dublin), another has jumped in. Amador Valley-Pleasanton makes its 2023 season debut at No. 13 after going 4-0 over the last two weeks. They’ll close out regular season play with a two-game set against arch-rival No. 11 Foothill-Pleasanton on Wednesday and Friday of this week. Foothill has also won its last four games.
Hollister wasn’t perfect, but a 5-1 stretch was enough to get the Haybalers back inside the Top 20. They slot in at No. 20 with a chance to avenge two of their three losses (Carmel and Salinas) over their last four games.