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P2P CCS Baseball Top 25

Prep2Prep CCS Rankings

THROUGH WEEK 9


By NATE SMITH
Prep2Prep.com

April 23, 2018


The topsy-turvy world of the WCAL has proven just one thing - the top five teams from this section can all beat each other on any given day, and they are all among the best programs in the state, if not the nation. Meanwhile, San Benito is nipping at their heels, and Palo Alto and Los Gatos are engaged in a heated battle for SCVAL-De Anza supremacy. At least two other leagues bear close watching right now, as Carlmont and Sacred Heart Prep are deadlocked atop the PAL-Bay, while Willow Glen and Leland are in the same position in the Mt. Hamilton.


1 (last week: 1) VALLEY CHRISTIAN (20-2-1)
Last: def. Mitty, 6-3; next: at St. Francis (4/24)

It would be tempting to drop the Warriors after getting swept by Serra, with its loss to the Padres last week, but then there was that extra-inning win over Mitty to finish the week. We're keeping them in the top spot for now, after junior Steven Zobac's eighth-inning home run broke the tie against the Monarchs. Valley Christian faces Saint Francis and Sacred Heart Cathedral this week.

2 (2) ARCHBISHOP MITTY (17-4-0)
Last: lost to Valley Christian, 6-3; next: at Bellarmine (4/24)

The Monarchs had won 11 straight games and were oh-so-close to becoming our top-ranked team if they could have pulled off the win over Valley Christian, but an extra-inning loss to the Warriors is not going to budge them from our two spot. They also posted wins over Riordan and Sacred Heart Cathedral last week. Mitty faces Bellarmine and Serra this week.

3 (5) SERRA (15-5-0)
Last: def. Bellarmine, 5-2; next: at Sacred Heart Cath (4/24)

The Padres have won five in a row on the field, after Saturday's 5-2 win over Bellarmine came after consecutive shutout wins over Valley Christian and Riordan. They get a two-spot bump this week, still behind Valley Christian, but also ahead of the Saint Francis team which beat them two weeks ago. Such is life in the WCAL. Nicolas Lopez struck out eight in a complete game one-hitter against Riordan, right after Mitchell Scott struck out nine in a four-hit performance against Valley Christian. Serra faces Sacred Heart Cathedral, Mitty, and Terra Nova this week.

4 (3) BELLARMINE COLLEGE PREP (18-4-0)
Last: lost to Serra, 5-2; next: vs. Mitty (4/24)

The Bells posted a big win over Saint Francis last week, as Wes Harper and Josh Mollerus combined on a three-hitter in the 1-0 victory, but fell to Serra on Saturday. Bellarmine faces Mitty and Riordan this week.

5 (4) ST. FRANCIS (16-6-0)
Last: def. Riordan, 4-1; next: vs. Valley Christian (4/24)

The Lancers sandwiched wins over Sacred Heart Cathedral and Riordan around the loss to Bellarmine last week. Saint Francis faces Valley Christian and St. Ignatius this week.

6 (6) SAN BENITO (14-5-0)
Last: lost to Palma, 6-1; next: at Christopher (4/24)

After shutting out both St. Francis-Watsonville and Palma last week, the Balers were halted temporarily with a 6-1 loss to Palma on Friday, but still lead the MBL-Gabilan standings by two games. San Benito faces Christopher, Monte Vista Christian, Gilroy, and Los Gatos this week.

7 (10) PALO ALTO (14-6-0)
Last: def. Los Altos, 4-2; next: vs. Milpitas (4/25)

The Vikings swept a two-game set from Los Altos this past week, as Niko Lillios had four hits combined in the identical 4-2 victories, keeping them ahead of Los Gatos in the De Anza standings. Palo Alto has a two-game set with Milpitas this week, and hosts Mountain View on Saturday.

8 (12) LOS GATOS (16-5-0)
Last: def. Santa Cruz, 11-4; next: at Los Altos (4/25)

The Wildcats have now won six in a row after sweeping two games with Mountain View and adding a big win over Santa Cruz on Saturday. Quinn Olesek and Tommy Troy both homered in the win over Santa Cruz. Los Gatos has a pair with Los Altos this week, plus a Saturday date at San Benito.

9 (7) SANTA CRUZ (14-4-0)
Last: lost to Los Gatos, 11-4; next: at St. Francis SCP (4/24)

The Cardinals have been dominant in SCCAL play, cruising past Watsonville in non-league play and then improving to 6-0 in league with a win over Harbor, but Saturday brought a loss to Los Gatos. Ricky Parra and Clayton Ray combined on a four-hit shutout against Harbor. Santa Cruz faces St. Francis-Watsonville, Scotts Valley, and Westmont this week.

10 (8) WILLOW GLEN (16-4-0)
Last: def. Los Altos, 10-6; next: vs. Live Oak (4/25)

The Rams split a pair with Branham last week, which kept them tied with Leland atop the BVAL-Mt. Hamilton standings, and added a non-league win over Los Altos. Sal Munoz homered in the win over Branham. Willow Glen has a home-and-away with Live Oak this week.

11 (9) SACRED HEART CATHEDRAL (11-10-0)
Last: def. St. Ignatius, 2-1; next: vs. Serra (4/24)

After losses to Saint Francis and Mitty, the Fightin' Irish got a big win on Saturday at AT&T Park, beating St. Ignatius in the bottom of the seventh inning to capture the Bruce-Mahoney trophy for the first time in six years. Pinch runner Connor Gregorio scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch. SHC faces Serra and Valley Christian this week.

12 (11) SACRED HEART PREP (15-5-0)
Last: def. Pacific Grove, 7-3; next: vs. Capuchino (4/25)

The Gators split a pair with Carlmont this past week, to remain tied with the Scots for the PAL-Bay lead. They added a win over Pacific Grove on Saturday. Sacred Heart Prep has a two-game set with Capuchino this week.

13 (13) ST. FRANCIS SCP (13-4-0)
Last: def. Westmont, 6-5; next: vs. Santa Cruz (4/24)

The Sharks won three of four games last week, falling to San Benito, but notching victories over Harbor, San Lorenzo Valley, and Westmont. CJ Gomez struck out 15 in a no-hit performance against Harbor. St. Francis faces Santa Cruz and Soquel this week.

14 (15) LEIGH (12-8-0)
Last: def. Homestead, 7-2; next: vs. Leland (4/25)

The Longhorns swept a pair from Santa Teresa last week, and added a win over Homestead. Tyler Mead struck out 10 in a no-hit performance against Santa Teresa, keeping the Longhorns just one back game in the Mt. Hamilton standings. Leigh has a home-and-away with Leland this week, plus a Saturday game at Los Altos.

15 (18) CARLMONT (10-9-0)
Last: def. Sacred Heart Prep, 9-3; next: vs. Burlingame (4/25)

The Scots earned a split with Sacred Heart Prep to keep pace with the Gators in the Bay Division standings, as Jordan Brandenburg tripled, homered, and drove in five runs during a 9-3 victory. Carlmont has a home-and-away against Burlingame this week.

16 (16) MONTEREY (13-7-0)
Last: lost to Salinas, 5-4; next: at Monte Vista Christ (4/24)

The Toreadores completed a sweep of Palma last week, and then split a pair with Salinas, ending their four-game win streak on Friday. Monterey faces Monte Vista Christian and Christopher this week.

17 (17) WILCOX (14-6-0)
Last: vs. Fremont, not available; next: at Lynbrook (4/24)

The Chargers did not play last week. Wilcox faces Lynbrook before a two-game set with Homestead this week.

18 (21) HILLSDALE (13-6-0)
Last: def. Sequoia, 18-4; next: at Menlo (4/25)

The Fighting Knights scored 30 runs in two games to sweep Sequoia last week, and pull within one game of the lead in the Bay Division. Antonio Paolinelli and Jeremy Chong each drove in four runs during an 18-4 victory. Hillsdale has a two-game set with Menlo this week.

19 (22) APTOS (12-4-0)
Last: def. Santa Clara, 10-4; next: at Saratoga (4/23)

The Mariners swept four games last week, taking down Soquel, King City, Scotts Valley, and Santa Clara. David Reckers struck out eight in five no-hit innings during the win over Soquel. Aptos, which trails Santa Cruz by one game in the SCCAL standings, has four games this week again, facing Saratoga, Harbor, San Lorenzo Valley, and Leland.

20 (19) LOS ALTOS (13-9-0)
Last: lost to Willow Glen, 10-6; next: vs. Los Gatos (4/25)

Playing against two higher-ranked opponents, the Eagles dropped a pair to Palo Alto, by identical 4-2 scores, before falling to Willow Glen on Saturday. Los Altos sees two more higher-ranked opponents this week, a two-game set with Los Gatos and a Saturday game against Leigh.

21 (20) THE KING'S ACADEMY (12-4-1)
Last: def. Gunderson, 6-1; next: vs. Aragon (4/24)

The Knights won three of four games last week, and remain unbeaten in the PAL-Ocean, but a loss to Cupertino puts a damper on the sweep against Woodside and a non-league win over Gunderson. TKA has a home-and-away with Aragon this week, plus a Saturday game at Monta Vista.

22 (23) MOUNTAIN VIEW (10-9-0)
Last: lost to Los Gatos, 4-2; next: vs. Woodside (4/23)

The Spartans dropped a pair to Los Gatos last week, but did squeeze in a 10-4 win over Monta Vista between the two losses. Tristan Silveira and Aran Cox each had three hits in the lone victory. Mountain View faces Woodside on Monday, then a two-game set against Cupertino, and a Saturday game at Palo Alto.

23 (24) PIONEER (12-7-0)
Last: def. Scotts Valley, 7-3; next: at Santa Teresa (4/25)

The Mustangs split with Leland last week, giving them two wins in three games against the Chargers this season, and added a Saturday win at Scotts Valley. Ryeland Drake had a three-hit game in the win over Scotts Valley. Pioneer plays at Live Oak before a two-game set against Santa Teresa.

24 (25) LELAND (10-6-1)
Last: def. Pioneer, 6-1; next: at Leigh (4/25)

The Chargers remain tied for the Mt. Hamilton lead after splitting a pair with Pioneer last week. Justin Kuhns struck out seven in a complete game victory. Leland has a pair with Leigh this week, plus a Saturday contest against Aptos.

25 (NR) SOLEDAD (13-4-1)
Last: def. Stevenson, 8-4; next: at Marina (4/24)

The Aztecs break into our rankings on a six-game winning streak, after cruising past Stevenson twice, and Alvarez last week. Soledad has a three-game lead in the MTAL standings, and faces Marina and Harbor this week, the latter as a non-league game.


BVAL-MH Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
7-2-0
17-4-0
7-2-0
11-6-1
6-3-0
14-7-0
5-4-0
12-9-0
4-5-0
9-11-0
3-6-0
9-11-1
2-7-0
7-12-0
2-7-0
5-14-0
MBL-Gabilan Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
9-3-0
15-5-0
8-5-0
14-7-0
7-5-0
12-7-1
6-6-0
11-9-0
5-8-0
8-11-1
5-8-0
8-12-0
PAL-Ocean Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
6-3-0
12-8-0
6-3-0
9-9-1
5-4-0
14-8-0
5-4-0
11-8-0
3-6-0
8-11-0
2-6-0
5-9-0
SCVAL-DA Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
8-1-0
15-6-0
9-2-0
17-5-0
7-4-0
15-7-0
5-4-0
12-9-0
6-5-0
15-8-0
4-7-0
13-10-0
1-9-0
9-10-0
1-9-0
5-14-1
PSAL-South Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
9-0-0
18-0-0
4-1-0
6-3-0
3-4-0
3-7-0
1-4-0
1-5-0
0-0-0
3-2-0
0-5-0
0-8-0
BVAL-ST Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
8-1-0
14-4-0
7-2-0
12-7-0
6-3-0
10-8-0
5-4-0
8-8-0
4-5-0
10-10-0
3-6-0
8-14-0
2-7-0
8-7-0
1-8-0
2-14-1
PAL-Bay Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
6-3-0
14-6-0
5-3-0
10-10-0
4-4-0
10-7-0
4-4-0
7-12-0
4-5-0
9-10-0
2-5-0
6-11-0
1-6-0
2-16-0
SCCAL Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
7-0-0
15-4-0
5-1-0
13-5-0
4-2-0
13-5-0
4-2-0
6-12-0
2-4-0
4-12-0
1-7-0
7-13-0
WCAL Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
8-3-0
20-3-1
8-3-0
18-4-0
8-3-0
16-5-0
7-4-0
17-6-0
6-5-0
18-5-0
3-7-0
11-11-0
2-9-0
8-14-0
1-9-0
9-13-1
MTAL-MT Standings

TEAM
DIV
OVERALL
10-1-1
13-4-1
10-3-0
13-9-0
9-3-1
14-6-1
8-4-0
9-11-0
7-6-0
9-10-0
6-6-0
9-6-0
4-5-0
4-11-0
2-10-0
4-13-0
2-10-0
2-10-0
0-10-0
0-12-0