Cal-Hi Sports released its final state baseball rankings for 2007 this morning and the East Bay is well represented in the Top 50. Heading the list is Acalanes as the Dons check in at No. 14 after cruising to the NCS 2A East Bay title. Next are the two schools who met in the NCS 3A East Bay championship, with De La Salle at No. 19, followed by Alameda at No. 29. Rounding out the list is Clayton Valley at No. 36. Also of note are the division rankings because Acalanes finished the year as the No. 1 ranked team in Division III. In case you’re wondering, the No. 1 team in California this season was Wilson-Long Beach. As is normally the case, these rankings will probably be a lightning rod for debate since the season is now over and everyone has an opinion of how things went down. I think what these rankings show is that while some felt this was a down year on the diamond in these parts, we did have some extremely good talent to watch. You’re going to see several players off these ranked teams playing at the next level.
Also, as an aside, I got a chance to get out and see the Giants and Blue Jays last night at AT&T Park and got to see San Ramon Valley grads Nate Schierholtz and Randy Winn make quite an impact. Schierholtz got his first major league hit in the first inning and Winn made a leaping catch at the wall to keep the Giants in front, 3-2, in the ninth inning. Somewhere, Rick Steen is smiling.