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After a busy week for several teams in the Top 10 which led to some losses at the top, we have a new number one team for the first time this season. On the heels of winning two games, Huntington Beach, takes over the top spot from JSerra which was 2-1 last week.

Other teams moving around the Top 10 include San Clemente, Dana Hills, Trabuco Hills. Dropping out of the polls this week are Servite, Esperanza, and Laguna Beach.

It is important to note that I vote on where a team stands this week. If they're the best team right now, that's where they'll be ranked. 

Below is how I voted in this weeks poll. Previous rankings in parentheses. Records are as of Sunday, April 13th. 

1. Huntington Beach - 13-2 (2) - The Oilers haven't lost in five weeks and are getting it done with pitching and hitting. Noah Davis (UCSB) and Sean O'Toole (St. Mary's) are providing quality innings as starters and Logan Pouelsen (UCLA) and Hagen Danner (UCLA) are proving they're the best closers in the county. The offense has come alive in the last two weeks for Huntington Beach who has scored 55 runs in their current 11 game win streak. 

Next Up: National Classic


2. JSerra 12-3 (1) - The Lions dropped a tough one to a streaking Santa Margarita team last week before bouncing back to win its next two league games. The encouraging sign was seeing Quentin Longrie (UCLA) on his game in a marvelous 2-1 win against Mater Dei. The offense continues to stay hot for JSerra who appears to be vulnerable at times although they're still the favorites in one of the best leagues in the country. 

Next Up: 4/16 - Cypress (DH)

3. Dana Hills 14-4 (7) - The Dolphins defeated then number three, San Clemente, in what can only be described as a classic, walk-off fashion. Dana Hills is the surprise team for many this year, but when you break down their roster you'll see plenty of talent there. With a team ERA under 2.40 and a batting average just under .300, it's easy to see what's carrying this team. We'll how legit a title contenders they are after this week.

Next Up: 4/15 - Aliso Niguel; 4/17 @ Aliso Niguel 

4. Trabuco Hills 14-3 (5) - After splitting their two league games last week, the Mustangs entered the Ryan Lemmon Classic looking to make a deep run. Matt Torretto provided a spark throwing a no-hitter against Tustin in the first game of the tournament. Pitching and defense is the name of the game for the Mustangs who have the potential to break out at the plate,

Next Up: Ryan Lemmon Classic.

5. San Clemente 15-5 (3) - A rough week against the top two teams in league sees the Tritons take a little drop in this weeks polls. This is still a very strong team with not only league, but CIF, title aspirations. The good news for San Clemente is they'll have a shot at redemption and that league title as they'll face Dana Hills and Aliso Niguel the final two weeks of the season. 

Next Up: 4/16 @ Laguna Hills; 4/17 Laguna Hills


6. Fountain Valley 10-4 (NR) - I have purposely kept the Barons off the Top 10 because of their schedule with the thinking being that I wanted to see how they handle the better teams in league. Well, last week they destroyed Los Al (who is a good team despite their record) twice in league play. Pitching was a big question mark for Fountain Valley and they're getting plenty of it. The offense is loose and relaxed and seeing the ball incredibly well. 

Next Up: National Classic

7. Beckman 11-2 (NR) - The Patriots are back in the Top 10 on the strength of a 3-0 week including a win over a good Oak Park team. Beckman has scored 31 runs in it's last 5 wins to go with stellar pitching from their starters and bullpen. This is a team that will make noise come post-season time despite it's lack of many challenges so far. 


Next Up: Beach Pit Classic


8. Aliso Niguel 11-7 (NR) - The Wolverines are also back in the Top 10 because of the consistency they've shown the last couple of weeks. If you look at their schedule, two losses came to national powers in the NHSI, another came to the top team in OC, two more came to out of area teams in the Boras Classic. Aliso Niguel is taking care of business against teams it's going to face in the post-season. Blake Sabol is beginning to find his rhythm at the plate which, coupled with Kyle Molnar (UCLA) and the veteran seniors on the roster, could be dangerous. 

Next Up: 4/15 @ Dana Hills; 4/17 Dana Hills

9. Edison 13-5 (8) - Coming off a two-win week, Edison is continuing to cruise along despite no expectations from the outside world. What first year head coach, Cameron Chinn, has done with this program is simply remarkable. With many of the same kids as last year on the roster he has them believing they're a post-season caliber team that can make a run. The interesting thing is they're doing it with a young roster comprised of mainly sophomores and juniors. This is a very good team that should be around for a while. 

Next Up: 4/19 Tesoro

10. Santa Margarita 8-5 (NR) - The Eagles got hot at the right time last season and carried that momentum deep into the post-season and it looks like they're primed to repeat that performance in 2014. Going 3-0 in the Trinity League in a week is no joke. Mixing in JSerra and Mater Dei among the victims makes it eye-opening. Griffin Canning (UCLA) along with Dillon Miyashiro (APU) have found their form on the mound and at the plate. Santa Margarita is a genuine threat in the Trinity League.

Next Up: National Classic

Others: Tesoro (14-5), Capo Valley (11-8-1), Laguna Beach (14-2), Cypress (9-6), Pacifica (12-5), Mission Viejo (11-7), Servite (9-6)

--Les Lukach


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