Huntington Beach (7-0): Continue to be the best team in
Orange County. Hagen Danner is off to a Player of the Year type season for the
Orange Lutheran (5-1): Only loss is to the top team in the
county. The Lancers have a ton of talent in their offensive lineup and it
appears the pitching is beginning to catch up too.
Beckman (7-1): Winning the Lerner Division of the Newport
Elks Tournament is no joke, and neither are the Patriots. Matt McLain is a
superstar waiting to happen and Zach Espinoza is a bona fide ace.
Mission Viejo (6-3): One loss is to Beckman and another
happened with a lot of starters on the bench. Coach Aschbach has plenty to be
excited about with this team. Tanner Bibee is off to a Pitcher of the Year type
Mater Dei (6-1): The Monarchs are quietly off to a great
start. Their only loss came in a 3-2 contest against Beckman. Jonathan Schiffer
is excelling both on the mound and at the plate.
Foothill (8-2): The Knights are playing tough for head coach
Vince Brown after having to deal with some nonsense before the season started.
Junior Sean Higgins is tearing the cover off the ball in the early going.
Servite (9-2): The Friars are rolling heading into Trinity
League play after scoring a big win over Chatsworth last week. Coach Shawn
Gilbert has his best team since he’s been at Servite, we’ll see just how good
in the coming weeks. My guess is they’ll be more than competitive in league.
JSerra (0-3): How can an 0-3 team be ranked, you ask? Easy,
they were in both games against the #1 team in OC and played tough against
highly ranked De La Salle. The Lions are not going to go quietly, you can count
Los Al (7-3): After winning the Loara Tournament the
Griffins had a three-game week including a matchup with top ranked Huntington
Beach. Pitching depth may be a concern for LosAl, but for now they’re in the
Top 10 for me.
Newport Harbor (7-4): The Sailors crack the Top 10 for me
after sweeping neighbor CdM in the Battle of the Bay played at UC Irvine. This
may be the best team Harbor has had in the last few years, in my opinion.
Johnny Olmstead is a flat-out player.