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The O.C. rules baseball’s D-1

West Ranch stares up at some of Orange County’s best teams

Posted: April 7, 2009 1:07 a.m.
Updated: April 7, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
It was a bit of a surprise to see West Ranch so highly ranked in the CIF-Southern Section Division I baseball poll two weeks ago.

The No. 3 ranking was the highest ranking of any team in the school's history.

In the newest poll, released Monday, the Wildcats settle in at No. 6.

Wins against Valencia and Golden Valley kept the Wildcats tied for the top spot in the Foothill League.

The Foothill League season hasn't started yet for softball, it begins April 14, but two teams are rated high in the Division I poll.

Hart comes in at No. 2 and Valencia No. 4.

All local baseball and softball teams are staring up at powerful Mater Dei - yes, the school is also dominant in other sports.

Mater Dei owns the No. 1 spots in baseball and softball.

Valencia finds itself positioned in two sports its used to being ranked in.

The Vikings boys volleyball team is No. 7 in the Division II poll and is No. 6 in the Division II tennis poll.

Today, we focus on the baseball poll and look at the top three teams in the division to shed a little light on what the local teams are up against come playoff time.

No. 1 Mater Dei of Santa Ana
Record: 11-1 overall, 4-1 in the Trinity League
Last game: Saturday, 10-1 win over Orange Lutheran
As many of the squads are at Mater Dei, the baseball team is chock full of talent. Most notably, on the mound. Pro prospect Aaron McCarthy led the Monarchs to the 11-1 victory, allowing no earned runs in six innings. There are four pitchers on the team committed to four-year colleges.

No. 2 Edison of Huntington Beach
Record: 10-1 overall, 7-0 in the Sunset League
Last game: Saturday, 4-2 win over Esperanza
The Chargers have been near untouchable this season. After a 3-1 season-opening loss to Vista Murrieta, Edison has rattled off 10 wins in a row. Edison has outscored its opponents 80-16 this year. The Chargers have also been bolstered by a strong pitching staff, as Kurt Heyer (4-0, 0.58 ERA) and Henry Owens (4-0, 0.48 ERA) are leading the way.

No. 3 Tesoro of Rancho Santa Margarita
Record: 9-2 overall, 4-1 in the South Coast League
Last game: Friday, 10-8 loss to Dana HillsThe Titans have five players hitting .475 or higher. Ryan Olive has two home runs with 17 RBIs and batting .538, while Anthony Hutting is at .514 with three home runs and 19 RBIs. Kris Paulino is batting .640. Tesoro has scored 110 runs this season.

Some info for this report was gathered from maxpreps.com, ocvarsity.com and latimes.com.


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