Prep2Prep CCS Rankings
THROUGH WEEK 9
By NATE SMITH
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.