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Section Playoffs Deliver Big Changes To NorCal Softball Rankings, Including A Brand New No. 1 Out Of The Central Coast • NorCal Softball Rankings... SportStars NorCal Softball Rankings | May 30

Section Playoffs Deliver Big Changes To NorCal Softball Rankings, Including A Brand New No. 1 Out Of The Central Coast •

NorCal Softball Rankings

All records are through Saturday, May 27 (via MaxPreps). Previous rank is in parenthesis.
PICTURED ABOVE: Your New No. 1, The Hollister Haybalers. (Central Coast Section photo/Twitter)

1. (3)  Hollister   27-3

2. (1)  St. Francis-Mountain View   26-3

3. (2)  Archbishop Mitty-San Jose   21-4

4. (20) Whitney-Rocklin   21-7

5. (11)  Vacaville   29-2

6. (18)  California-San Ramon   21-8

7. (4)  San Ramon Valley-Danville   23-6

8. (8)  East Nicolaus  28-1-1

9. (7)  Pleasant Grove-Elk Grove   24-7

10. (NR)  Ponderosa-Shingle Springs  23-4-1

11. (6)  Granada-Livermore   21-6

12. (10)  Vista del Lago-Folsom  26-3

13. (NR)  Oak Ridge-El Dorado Hills   17-8

14. (16)  Willow Glen-San Jose   20-7

15. (5)  Sutter   26-2

16. (9)  Amador Valley-Pleasanton   15-12

17. (17)  Notre Dame-Salinas   20-7

18. (NR)  Inderkum-Sacramento   22-8

19. (19)  Granite Bay   20-7

20. (NR)  Monterey   20-7

DROPPED OUT:

No. 12 Central Catholic-Modesto, No. 13 Oakdale, No. 14 Redwood-Larkspur and No. 15 Milpitas

5 TEAMS KNOCKING:

21. Central Catholic-Modesto (27-4), 22. Casa Grande-Petaluma (25-4), 23. Pinole Valley (28-1), 24. Pleasant Valley-Chico (18-7) and 25. Cardinal Newman-Santa Rosa (18-9).

AROUND THE HORN

What a wild two weeks inside of the NorCal Softball Rankings. We need to start with Hollister — for obvious reasons.

The Haybalers didn’t come from nowhere, of course. They’ve been in our Top 5 for most of May and entered the section playoffs at No. 3. That doesn’t mean we saw them knocking off both the No. 1 and 2 teams en route to a CCS Open Division title. BIG hat tip to pitcher Sophia Mariottini and the Hollister defense that allowed just one run total in wins over St. Francis-Mountain View and Mitty-San Jose.

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Will the West Catholic Athletic League get its revenge in this week’s CIF regional playoffs? We’d wager that either St. Francis or Mitty will get a shot.

As we crunched numbers and examined full bodies of work over the weekend, we came to the conclusion that the Sac-Joaquin Section was just a deeper section than the North Coast Section this season. That’s reflected in both Whitney-Rocklin and Vacaville skyrocketing into the Top 5. Vacaville had a 7-1 win over NCS Division I champion, new-No. 6 California-San Ramon, this season. Meanwhile, 7-1 was the score of the SJS Div. II final with Whitney beating Vacaville.

SJS Division I finalists Oak Ridge and Inderkum-Sacramento both enter the rankings — the second time for OR and the first for Inderkum. Ponderosa-Shingle Springs also rises from the “5 Knocking” category to debut at No. 10. The Bruins defeated former No. 12 Central Catholic-Modesto and Raiders’ ace Randi Roelling 1-0 in the SJS Div. III final. They also have a number of other quality wins on the season, and a notable tie against No. 8 East Nicolaus.

Sutter was one of the few SJS teams to drop this time around. The Huskies’ Div. V quarterfinal upset loss to Orestimba was the first big shock of the two-week section playoff window.

Unlike last season, the regional playoffs have a real chance to significantly reshape the NorCal Softball Rankings one last time. Final rankings will post by next Wednesday.

Chace Bryson is the managing editor of SportStars Magazine. Reach him at Editor@SportStarsMag.com

Chace Bryson

Chace Bryson is the managing editor of SportStars Magazine. Reach him at Chace@SportStarsMag.com

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