OC Top 10 4/10/17

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.
Dana Hills
Los Alamitos
San Clemente

Email me at socalhsbaseball@gmail.com


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