Prep2Prep CCS Rankings
THROUGH WEEK 13
Playoff have settled the rankings, and after rainouts and upsets, we have some newcomers to end the 2019 season.Note: Last week's rankings in parentheses
For the second time in the three years since the CCS has gone to an Open Division the Monarchs have snagged the crown, and the 6-0 title-game victory. The victory reverses a 14-4 loss to St. Francis in the WCAL playoff semifinals and gets them to 2-2 on the season against their rivals. They started the run with a rain re-scheduled 5-4 win over top-seeded league rival and host Presentation. Next, Mitty roughed up Carlmont in a 12-3 semifinal win, and then came a three-hitter by senior Savanna Smith that handcuffed the potent Lancers offense and gave Mitty CCS title No. 16 in school history. Smith and Hannah Edwards graduate but Mitty returns a ton of talent led by the fleet-footed incoming senior duo of Savannah Whatley (.544 average, eight doubles, 26 RBI, 13 stolen bases) and Diamond Holland (.493 average, 35 runs scored, 26 stolen bases) For Gron, who is leaving Mitty after four years as head coach, it was his third CCS title after the 2016 team won the Division II title.
The defending CCS Open Division champions could not repeat when they couldn’t follow up a 14-4 six-inning win over Archbishop Mitty in the WCAL playoff semifinals, and fell after being shut out 6-0 at PAL in San Jose. For Coach Mike Oakland, who in three years since moving over from baseball has had his team in every Open Division championship game since the CCS went to an Open Division three years ago, his record goes to 1-2, all against Mitty. Pitcher and slugger Jordan Schuring is off to Boise State after missing most of the season, and Hannah Damore goes off to UC Santa Barbara, but Oakland probably returns the most talent in the CCS led by incoming seniors Hailey Prahm and Sophia Ross, his daughter and incoming sophomore Jessica Oakland, incoming junior pitcher Lauren Baker (18-4 last season), and incoming sophomore Sydney Stewart, plus even more. The Lancers will be tough to beat again next season.
Everything was in place for the top-seeded Panthers in their opening round match-up with eighth-seeded Mitty. The rained-out game was moved from a neutral site to their house, but although first-year Coach Ernie Garcia’s girls made it close, they fell 5-4 to end what was still a very solid season for a team that was .500 and not a factor last season.
The second-seeded Spirits were playing with the big girls in the Open Division. Coach Tom Cardinale and his girls took care of business in a 4-2 win over Silver Creek but just like we had them below St. Francis in the rankings the girls from the Salinas Valley lost 7-4 to the third-seeded Lancers. This is another young team that returns a ton of talent. Names to look for next season are incoming junior Angelita Fuentes sophomore Victoria Cervantes, incoming junior Corrine Sargenti, and incoming senior Logan Riggenbach.
The Saints went from No. 1 to No. 4 in the last rankings and now drop one more spot to fall in behind Notre Dame after the top public school in the rankings dropped a 9-2 decision to St. Francis. They do have wins over Presentation and Carlmont and the latter keeps them ahead of that team for the final rankings. Pitcher and slugger Cayla Williams graduates but Coach John Ambrose returns just about everyone else, including incoming seniors Adele Braun and Emma Ashley and incoming sophomores Kassandra Soria and Paris Uribe.
We saw Carlmont ahead of Mountain View and the No. 5 seeded Scots proved us right with a 5-3 victory, albeit the game went eight-inning. Then, despite a 10-0 head-to-head loss to Mitty earlier this season, they faced the Monarchs as the higher seed and just like last year, when Carlmont was the No. 1 seed and Mitty was eighth-seeded just like this year, they bowed out after a 12-3 loss. It was actually the third straight year the Scots lost to Mitty as they lost to the Monarchs in the 2017 Open Division semifinals when they were the No. 1 seed and Mitty was seeded fourth. Carlmont graduates most of its firepower and pitching but returns some solid players including incoming seniors Tayler Wise and Amanda Kondo.
The De Anza League champions were seeded fourth and they gave No. 5 seed Carlmont all the Scots could handle before falling 5-03 in eight innings in the first round of the Open Division. This is where the Spartans are rewarded for being in the Open Division and their showing. The result is after coming up seven spots in the last rankings they gain two more spots to finish behind Carlmont in the final rankings.
The Raiders are another team rewarded for not only going to the Open Division but also for a win over Santa Teresa at the end of the regular season that tied them at 11-3 with their rivals for first place in the Mt. Hamilton League. After an opening round 4-2 loss to Notre Dame, the Raiders, who dropped six spots two rankings ago and gained back five in the last rankings, come up two more spots for the finals rankings to give the San Jose public schools two spots in the top 10 this season.
The Dons are the No. 3 seed in Division I and in this group and now after moving up a spot last week they gain one more to fall in behind San Mateo heading a first round match-up with Alvarez on Friday.
The Division I top-seeded Wildcatz got to the finals as expected but couldn’t complete the journey with a championship after falling 6-1 to Aragon in the title game. Coach Scott Wilson loses a ton of talent with his top returner looking like incoming junior Maya Guerrero.
The No. 2 seed in the Division I playoffs gets to move past San Benito for the final rankings since their semifinal loss was 7-5 to PAL – Bay rival and eventual champion Aragon. After all is said and done the Bearcats hold tight for the final rankings.
After a 5-4 loss to Watsonville in the Division I semis the Balers lose one spot in the pecking order to fall in behind Watsonville and San Mateo and take a four-spot drop for the final rankings.
The Mustangs are the epitome of the topsy-turvy nature of the CCS this season. After cracking the rankings they dropped out because of some questionable losses. Then Coach Ed Barclay and his girls climbed back into the last rankings after snagging the No. 5 seed, we thought should be higher, in the Division II playoffs. All the Mustangs did from there is prance past top-seeded Valley Christian and into the title game where sophomore pitcher Mari Takeda-Bajan had a two-hitter with 12 strikeouts and was 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored in a 5-0 blanking of third-seeded Hillsdale. They now jump another five spots for the final rankings.
The Warriors did not make it to the championship game after the Division II top-seed bowed out 6-2 to and eventual champion Pioneer team they had beaten 5-2 and 7-5 earlier in the season. The result is they fall in behind Pioneer since the last game is the one that counts the most. Coach Rigo Gutierrez has some solid returning talent but he losses Cal-bound catcher and four-time WCAL Player of the Year and one of the leading candidates for Prep2Prep CCS Player of the Year Kacey Zobac.
The Garlic Town girls lose a spot to make room for Pioneer but after a 7-4 second round loss by the No. 6 seed to Aragon in the Division I playoffs their competitive equity resume still has them behind Valley Christian in the overall pecking order for the final rankings.
Because they were in Division III to move up or hold their spot the Fighting Knights were going to have to win the title, and they didn’t, but the penalty for their loss to Pioneer in the championship game is only a two-spot drop for the final rankings.
The fact Pioneer won the Division II title over Hillsdale and Bruins and Pioneer tied for third in the Mt. Hamilton League means Branham, a first round winner before falling to San Mateo in the Division I playoffs, gets to move past Hillsdale in the pecking order but holds tight for the final rankings.
For most of the season Aragon was considered one of the top teams on the Peninsula and they proved themselves down the stretch winning a Division I championship.
Despite only getting the No. 13 seed in Division I we felt their competitive equity resume deserved better. The Cowboys girls season ended before the last rankings in a 5-3 loss to Los Gatos.
The No. 9 seeded Pirates had won their first game over No. 8 seed Gunn prior to the last rankings and then they bowed out in a 4-0 loss to Watsonville
Alvarez moves up three spots for the final rankings with a respectable 7-3 loss to eventual champion Aragon.
Somehow the CCS point system seeded the Firebirds behind Gunn despite the fact they beat them twice and won the El Camino League at 11-1, but to us they have to be the next D1 team in line after their season ended in a 5-3 loss to Branham.
Here is why Gunn gets to come in despite a loss to Piedmont Hills in the Division I opening round. They are the next team in line in the D1 pecking order and they were seeded ahead of the Fremont team that won the El Camino League with the Titans finishing second
The Division II No. 13 seed upset fourth-seeded San Lorenzo Valley but got edged 2-1 in the semis by eventual champion Pioneer.
Homestead gets the nod by a whisker over their league rival Los Altos