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Orange County softball top 25, May 16

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SOFTBALL TOP 25

(Records through Sunday, May 15)

1. Los Alamitos (24-7): The Griffins jump to No. 1 after knocking off undefeated Oaks Christian, ranked No. 1 in the state, to reach their first CIF-SS Division 1 final since 2017.

2. Orange Lutheran (21-9): The Lancers showcased their talent in beating Villa Park during a run to Division 1 quarterfinals.

3. Villa Park (24-5): The Spartans’ sizzling start to the season included beating Division 1 finalists Los Alamitos and Roosevelt.

4. Pacifica (26-5): The Mariners showed plenty of fight in the quarterfinals, scoring four runs in the seventh to tie host Roosevelt before losing on a walk-off sacrifice fly.

5. Esperanza (19-12): The Aztecs fell in the second round of the Division 1 playoffs but savored first-round win against Mater Dei.

6. Huntington Beach (21-8): The Oilers illustrated the parity that dominated the spring by sweeping Los Alamitos in the Surf League.

7. Canyon (23-6): The Comanches’ win at the Carew Classic against Saint Francis of Mountain View — which beat Los Alamitos — is aging well.

8. Mission Viejo (25-5): The Diablos outscored their four opponents a combined 20-0 to reach the CIF Division 2 final this week.

9. Mater Dei (17-10): The Monarchs’ Anika Ewert and Madison Rodriguez were among the selections for the O.C. all-star game May 25.

10. La Habra (20-8): The Highlanders lost to Division 2 finalist Millikan 6-5 in eight innings in the second round of the Division 2 playoffs.

11. Kennedy (18-11)

12. JSerra (19-10)

13. Whittier Christian (18-9)

14. Marina (10-15)

15. Fountain Valley (23-5-1)

16. Segerstrom (22-2-1)

17. Tesoro (19-11)

18. Newport Harbor (19-7)

19. El Toro (20-9)

20. Sunny Hills (17-10-2)

21. Capistrano Valley (18-9-1)

22. San Juan Hills (16-12)

23. Sonora (13-12)

24. Beckman (20-7)

25. Aliso Niguel (15-13)

Also considered: Rosary 12-16, Yorba Linda 18-10

Please send feedback on rankings to Dan Albano at [email protected] or @ocvarsityguy on Twitter

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