It was a crazy week last week in Orange County High School baseball. A couple of Top 10 teams were swept in league play while others had a tough time against what would be considered lesser competition.
In other words, just another week in SoCal baseball.
Below is how I voted in this week’s Orange County Top 10 Baseball Poll.
Huntington Beach: The Oilers returned from the NHSI and went 2-1 in league play to keep their top spot in the rankings. The Sunset League is proving once again to be one of the top leagues in Orange County.
Mission Viejo: The Diablos did what they had to do against Laguna Hills beating them twice before losing to a very good El Toro team in dramatic fashion. The class of their league in my opinion.
Mater Dei: All the talk going into last week was that Servite was a team to reckon with, and they are. Well then it’s about time people start recognizing the Monarchs as a top team after sweeping Servite in Trinity League action last week.
OLu: The Lancers were swept at the hands of St. John Bosco – a team that would be #1 in this poll if they qualified for the Orange County poll. Despite that, OLu still has a chance to make a lot of noise in league.
El Dorado: All the Golden Hawks continue to do is rack up non-league wins while battling Foothill for the top spot in league. Matt Lucas’s club is talented.
JSerra: The Lions appear to be hitting their stride heading into this week’s National Classic after winning a series against Santa Margarita in league play. Coach Kay’s young guys are learning quickly.
Servite: It’s never good to be swept in league, but when it happens to the #3 team in the county you’re given some slack. I fully expect the Friars to be in contention for a playoff spot in the brutal Trinity League.
Corona del Mar: The Sea Kings are a very good team that nobody ever talks about. They’re loaded with Division I talent and beat a very good Beckman team twice last week to stake a claim of the Pacific Coast League race.
El Toro: The Chargers scored a huge win against Mission Viejo last week and appear to be gaining momentum and consistency just in time for the second round of league play.
Sage Hill: I get a lot of grief from people for ranking a Division 3 club in the Top 10, but when they win as consistently as the Lightning do and do it against teams in higher divisions, you’re going to get my attention.
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