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Softball: So Cal Sidelines Rankings (4/10/18)

USD-commit Sara Rusconi of Cathedral Catholic of San Diego. Photo/Patrick Takkinen.


(Records through Monday, April 9, games)


1. (NR) Cathedral Catholic of San Diego (City-Western) 13-3

UCLA-bound Megan Faraimo threw five shutouts and led the Dons to victories over Roosevelt of Eastvale, 10-0, Rio Mesa of Oxnard, 1-0 (9 innings), Amador Valley of Pleasanton, 1-0, Gahr of Cerritos, 1-0, and Orange Lutheran, 2-0, to capture the Michelle Carew Classic title and take over the top spot in the So Cal Top 20. Cathedral Catholic has tons of momentum heading into City-Western League games against Point Loma of San Diego on Wednesday and Patrick Henry of San Diego on Friday.

2. (2) Orange Lutheran (Trinity) 18-2

The Lancers reached the Carew Classic finals for the third consecutive year before losing to Cathedral Catholic, 2-0. OLu has a nonleague game at Bishop Amat of La Puente on Thursday and hosts JSerra of San Juan Capistrano in the Trinity League opener on Friday.

3. (4) Gahr (San Gabriel Valley) 12-4

The Gladiators went 4-1 in their debut at the Carew Classic, stunning defending champion Norco, 6-4, in the quarterfinals before losing to eventual champion Cathedral Catholic, 1-0, in the semifinals and bouncing back to beat Chino Hills, 11-3, in the third-place game.

4. (3) Norco (Big VIII) 15-2

The Cougars went 4-1 and took fifth place at the Carew Classic. Norco has tough Big VIII League games at King of Riverside on Wednesday and at Santiago of Corona on Friday.

5. (1) Los Alamitos (Sunset) 16-1

The Griffins had some costly errors, fell behind early and got stunned by Mater Dei Catholic of Chula Vista, 3-2, in the second round of the Carew Classic. Los Al ended up going 4-1 and pulling out a 6-5 win over Cienega of Vail, AZ, for ninth place. The Griffins have Sunset League games against Edison today and against Marina of HUntington Beach on Thursday.

6. (6) San Marcos (Avocado-East) 13-2

The Knights were off last week and open Avocado-East North County League play at home against Vista on Thursday.

7. (11) Los Altos of Hacienda Heights (Hacienda) 16-2

The Conquerors rallied from a 4-0 deficit to beat Mater Dei of Santa Ana, 7-4, in the championship game of the Alan Dugard Classic on Saturday at Bill Barber Park. Los Altos has Hacienda League games at Diamond Ranch of Pomona today and against Walnut on Thursday.

8. (5) Mater Dei of Santa Ana (Trinity) 16-4

After losing to Los Altos in the finals of the Dugard Classic this past weekend, the Monarchs need to be ready for Santa Margarita in the Trinity League opener today.

9. (10) Chino Hills (Baseline) 17-4

The Huskies beat Murrieta Mesa, 6-5, Canyon del Oro of Tucson, AZ, 8-4, and Mater Dei Catholic of Chula Vista, 12-0, before losing to Orange Lutheran, 5-3, in the semifinals and they didn’t pitch their No. 1 pitcher in an 11-3 loss to Gahr of Cerritos in the third-place game of the Carew Classic. It was a fine showing for Chino Hills, which has Baseline League games at St. Lucy’s of Glendora on Wednesday and against Etiwanda on Thursday.

10. (8) Camarillo (Coastal Canyon) 9-1

The Scorpions were off the past two weeks and get back to Coastal Canyon League play at Simi Valley today and at Royal of Simi Valley on Thursday.

11. (13) Huntington Beach (Sunset) 10-5

The Oilers went 3-2 and beat Santiago of Corona, 3-2, in the 11th-place game of the Carew Classic last week. Huntington Beach has Sunset League games at Marina of Huntington Beach today and against Fountain Valley on Thursday.

14. (NR) Esperanza of Anaheim (Crestview) 11-4

The Aztecs went 3-2 with wins over San Diego powers Poway and Mater Dei Catholic of Chula Vista to finish in sixth place at the Carew Classic. Esperanza has league games against Yorba Linda todayand at Canyon of Anaheim on Thursday.

15. (NR) Pacifica of Garden Grove (Empire) 11-6

The Mariners are back in the So Cal Top 20 after going 3-2 with wins over Great Oak of Temecula, Rio Mesa of Oxnard, Poway, at the Carew Classic last week and they added a nonleague victory over Santiago of Corona on Monday. Pacifica has Empire League games at Valencia of PLacentia today and against Western of Anaheim today.

16. (7) Murrieta Mesa (Southwestern) 12-6

The Rams went 2-3 at the Carew Classic last week and have Southwestern League games against Temecula Valley today and at Temecula Valley on Thursday.

17. (9) Great Oak of Temecula Valley (Southwestern) 12-3

The Wolfpack went 3-2 at the Carew Classic last week and gets back to Southwestern League action with a pair of games against Chaparral of Temecula today and Thursday.

18. (14) Valencia of Magic Mountain (Foothill) 13-7

After losing to Gahr and Great Oak, the Vikes bounced back with three straight wins over Villa Park, Lakewood and Canyon of Anaheim to finish 3-2 at the Carew Classic. Valencia has Foothill League games at Hart of Newhall today and against West Ranch of Valencia on Thursday.

19. (15) Rio Mesa of Oxnard (Pacific View) 13-6

The Spartans had asolid showing in their Carew Classic debut, going 2-3 with three one-run losses. RioMesa should get back on track with Pacific View League games against Pacifica of Oxnard on Wednesday and Oxnard on Thursday.

20. (16) Upland (Baseline) 11-3-1

The Scots beat Chino, 4-0, in a nonleague game last week and have Baseline League games at Rancho Cucamonga today and against St. Lucy’s of Glendora on Friday.

DROPPED: Crescenta Valley (Pacific) 15-1; King of Riverside (Big VIII) 12-3; Poway (Palomar) 13-3-1; Santiago of Corona (Big VIII) 11-9; and West Torrance (Pioneer) 17-2.


Oklahoma-commit Kinzie Hansen of Norco. Photo/Patrick Takkinen.

1. (1) Norco (Big VIII) 15-2

2. (4) Chino Hills (Baseline) 17-4

3. (2) Murrieta Mesa (Southwestern) 12-6

4. (3) Great Oak of Temecula Valley (Southwestern) 12-3

5. (5) Upland (Baseline) 11-3-1

6. (6) King of Riverside (Big VIII) 12-3

7. (7) Santiago of Corona (Big VIII) 11-9

8. (8) Redlands East Valley (Citrus Belt) 11-5

9. (9) Yucaipa (Citrus Belt) 12-6

10. (10) Etiwanda (Baseline) 15-3

11. (NR) Roosevelt of Eastvale (Big VIII) 7-10

12. (11) Vista Murrieta (Southwestern) 10-8

13. (13) Riverside Poly (Inland Valley) 10-7

14. (12) Grand Terrace (Sunkist) 5-9

15. (15) Jurupa Hills of Fontana (San Andreas) 10-2

16. (16) Paloma Valley of Menifee (Sunbelt) 11-6

17. (17) Centennial of Corona (Big VIII) 10-4

18. (20) Beaumont (Mountain Pass) 9-7

19. (19) Valley View of Moreno Valley (Inland Valley) 7-10

20. (NR) Alta Loma (Mt. Baldy) 9-3

DROPPED: Bonita of La Verne (Palomares) 8-5 and La Quinta (Desert Valley) 10-4.


San Jose State-bound Jenessa Ullegue of Buena of Ventura. Photo/Patrick Takkinen.

1. (1) Gahr of Cerritos (San Gabriel Valley) 12-4

2. (2) Camarillo (Coastal Canyon) 9-1

3. (3) Los Altos of Hacienda Heights (Hacienda) 16-2

4. (4) Valencia of Magic Mountain (Foothill) 13-7

5. (5) Rio Mesa of Oxnard (Pacific View) 13-6

6. (6) West Torrance (Pioneer) 17-2

7. (7) Crescenta Valley (Pacific) 15-1

8. (8) Oaks Christian of Westlake Village (Marmonte) 16-1

9. (12) Buena of Ventura (Channel) 9-5

10. (9) Newbury Park (Marmonte) 10-1

11. (10) Agoura (Marmonte) 9-7-1

12. (11) North Torrance (Pioneer) 12-6

13. (13) West Ranch of Valencia (Foothill) 10-2

14. (14) Saugus (Foothill) 11-4

15. (15) South Torrance (Pioneer) 15-4

16. (16) La Serna of Whittier (Del Rio) 9-4

17. (17) Cerritos (Suburban) 9-4

18. (18) Banning of Wilmington (Marine) 12-5

19. (19) St. Joseph of Lakewood (Del Rey) 11-5

20. (20) St. Lucy’s of Glendora (Baseline) 8-8


Notre Dame-commit Carli Kloss of Pacifica of Garden Grove. Photo/Patrick Takkinen.

1. (2) Orange Lutheran (Trinity) 18-2

2. (1) Los Alamitos (Sunset) 16-1

3. (3) Mater Dei of Santa Ana (Trinity) 16-4

4. (4) Huntington Beach (Sunset) 10-5

5. (15) Esperanza of Anaheim (North Hills) 11-4

6. (5) Pacifica of Garden Grove (Empire) 11-6

7. (6) Sunny Hills (Freeway) 12-3

8. (7) Aliso Niguel of Aliso Viejo (South Coast) 13-4

9. (8) Santa Margarita (Trinity) 17-1

10. (10) Cypress (Empire) 11-6

11. (9) La Habra (Freeway) 10-2

12. (11) Mission Viejo (South Coast) 7-5

13. (14) Yorba Linda (Crestview) 9-3

14. (13) Marina of Huntington Beach) 9-7

15. (NR) El Dorado of Placentia (North Hills) 9-4

16. (20) Sonora (Freeway) 11-2

17. (12) Edison (Sunset) 9-5

18 (16) Laguna Hills (South Coast) 8-4

19. (17) Kennedy of La Palma (Empire) 7-5

20. (19) Dana Hills of Dana Point (Sea View) 8-8

DROPPED: Woodbridge of Irvine (Pacific Coast) 8-9.


UCLA-commit Lexi Sosa of Mater Dei Catholic of Chula Vista. Photo/Patrick Takkinen.

1. (3) Cathedral Catholic of San Diego (City-Western) 13-3

2. (1) San Marcos of San Marcos (Avocado-East North County) 13-2

3. (2) Poway (Palomar) 13-3-1

4. (4) Eastlake of Chula Vista (Metro Mesa) 10-4-1

5. (5) Clairemont of San Diego (City-Western) 8-2

6. (6) Mater Dei Catholic of Chula Vista (Metro Mesa) 9-6

7. (7) Carlsbad (Avocado-West North County) 6-2-1

8. (8) Santana of Santee (Grossmont Hills) 12-3

9. (9) Mt. Carmel of San Diego (Palomar North County) 11-2

10. (10) Mission Hills of San Marcos (Avocado-East North County) 10-5

11. (12) Scripps Ranch of San Diego (City-Western) 8-5

12. (11) Steele Canyon of Spring Valley (Grossmont Hills) 11-4

13. (13) Southwest EC (Imperial Valley) 16-4

14. (NR) Rancho Buena Vista of Vista (Avocado-West North County)6-5

15. (14) Brawley (Imperial Valley) 11-6

16. (16) Grossmont of El Cajon (Grossmont Hills) 12-5

17. (15) Bonita Vista of Chula Vista (Metro Mesa) 6-4-2

18. (19) Torrey Pines (Palomar) 9-7

19. (NR) West Hills of Santee (Grossmont Hills) 7-4

20. (20) Granite Hills of El Cajon (Grossmont Hills) 7-6

DROPPED: Christian (City-Eastern) 9-7 and El Capitan of Lakeside (Grossmont Valley) 6-4-1.

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