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Final East Bay Baseball Poll

By Ben Enos
Monday, June 4th, 2012 at 1:58 pm in Baseball.

Here is the final baseball poll. I thought there were a few surprises in the final vote, so have at it.

Team Record Points Last week
1. Campolindo (5) 23-4-1 89 1
2. De La Salle (1) 20-7 85 4
3. Dougherty Valley 21-7 78 2
4. College Park 20-7 68 5
5. California 15-13 66 15
6. Acalanes 21-7 61 9
7. Monte Vista 16-11 56 10
8. Deer Valley 21-4 49 3
9. Newark Memorial 21-6 40 8
10. Granada 17-10 30 12
11. San Ramon Valley 16-9 27 6
12. Clayton Valley 20-6 26 13
t13. Foothill 16-9 15 NR
t13. St. Mary’s 23-6 15 NR
15. Northgate 20-5 11 7

Also receiving votes: Head-Royce (19-7, 2 points), James Logan (15-10, 2). The East Bay High School Baseball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group-East Bay.

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  • catball05

    That one vote for DLS must have heard the Bay Preps interview with the Campo coach!

  • Prep Fan

    The Campo coach would not be pleased to see College Park, Northgate and Clayton Valley all in the final top 15. 6 of the 8 EBAL teams also made the final top 15.

    Congrats to Campo, DLS, Acalanes, MC, Head-Royce & Point Arena on their NCS championships. And DV, Cal, Tamalpias, SMB, VC & Ferndale on making it to the finals. Some great baseball played this season.

  • Voice of Reason

    Interesting, one of the CC Times sportwriters switched their vote to DLS since the last poll was published. De La Salle went 4-1 during that stretch and Campo went 6-0 with both teams winning their section.

    Perhaps it was the now infamous phone interview that changed the vote; there really is no other justification.

  • Ben Enos

    In case you were wondering, I voted for Campo up top. I had them No. 1 in every poll this year.

  • Prep Fan

    As good as DLS was this year, I agree Campo was clearly the class of the East Bay (their coach’s comments aside). Campo not only had the pitching but their batting order was a murderer’s row. And they won NCS without their top pitcher, Marvel.

    I would like to see Campo petition up for D1 next season, especially since Dougherty is already slated to move up to D1 due to enrollment. They’ve won D2 now 3 years in a row, and have nothing left to prove in D2. With the players they have coming back, they should try to raise the bar and play with the big boys. Or at the very least, schedule some top local D1 teams (such as Deer Valley, Logan or any EBAL team except Livermore who moves down to D2 next year) in addition to the tough out of area schedule they played this season.

  • EastBay Ray

    Pretty funny interview, worth a listen: http://www.baypreps.com/2012/06/baseball-ncs-division-ii-championship1-campolindo-vs-2-dougherty-valley-preview/
    The coach (Max Luckhurst) comes across like a comprehensive ahole, and never should have done the interview if he was going to torment the poor guy trying to ask him some reasonable questions. I have to agree with him about the young freshman pitcher, though. He has good potential, and had a great freshman year, but essentially was throwing batting practice to Campo before he was pulled. I am not quite sure why Luckhurst had to rub this fact in so thoroughly with the Bay Preps guy. He seemed to imply that he was angry that his pitcher wasn’t getting the same hype that the freshman was….sounds like an angry dude.

  • w. jones

    What an ass!!!

  • http://CCTimes Pride Baller

    Wow, the guy has the best team in the area, routinely wins the section, and he’s completely insufferable. I wonder how those kids can stand him. That reporter was paying some heavy dues to have to interview him. I’m sure Ben was thinking “thank God it wasn’t me…”

    He mentioned that kids throwing 90 is the norm; in the BSAL we only had one kid (Flemer) throwning at that velocity. Is that truly the case, lots of pitchers in the EBAL and DFAL throwing that hard?

  • Robert

    ‘Outstanding?!?!’

  • Dudleydawson

    Cant believe the coach didnt schedule any ebal teams in non league. Campo should be playing someone from the ebal but it doesnt surprise me dfal always running from the ebal. Ebal vs dfal challenge next year in non league lets see it coaches.

  • EastBay Pride

    Pretty crazy stuff. The Campo boys lit up the CP freshman as he was struggling with command, but Campo struggled often in the middle of the season against kids with half as much talent or stuff as Demers. The young kid had a tough outing, and Campo hit like they were supposed to, as a bunch of D1 upperclassmen. That coach is the beneficiary/not the developer of a very talented group of kids. To treat the young reporter doing his job that way is inexcuseable.

  • Tough Luck

    “Cant believe the coach didnt schedule any ebal teams in non league. Campo should be playing someone from the ebal but it doesnt surprise me dfal always running from the ebal. Ebal vs dfal challenge next year in non league lets see it coaches.”

    Dudley, are you kidding me? That comment is as bad as the prepsports interview….the coach may be an idiot, but they didn’t need to play the EBAL this year. This is baseball, not football.

  • Chuck

    Campo was clearly #1. It’s not even debatable. Whoever voted DLS #1 should be fired. That’s like putting Miss Piggy over a hot chick. Campo finished #1 in the State and #10 Nationally. I know all the EBAL people are butt hurt, but this year the best team was not an EBAL team, it was Campo. Also, the EBAL looks at Dougherty Valley like it’s their step-child. Well, they finished #3, deal with it.

    I believe NCS has a rule that schools winning multiple titles in a row have to move up. So Campo may be in D1 next year. Looking forward to seeing Campo & Dougherty in D1. That opens D2 up for College Park to make a run at it along with Casa Grande.

  • Chuck

    One other thing, why doesn’t Acalanes petition up to D2? That D3 is pathetic. Sorry, but I was at all 4 games Saturday and couldn’t believe how bad the team Acalanes played in the “Championship” game against was.

    Is Acalanes scared?

  • redandblue2

    Campolindo only had 3 non league games to play in the bay area since the other 9 were spent playing the top teams in the Central & Southern sections. Those 3 games were agaist Palo Alto, Serra & Petaluma. Somehow I don’t think there were any EBAL teams that played as difficult a schedule.

    Regarding the phone interview, the coach was attempting to keep from putting too high expectations on the freshman CP pitcher lest he didn’t reach the seemingly loft projections many have for him. Unfortunately, the delivery left a lot to be desired. I’m sure he wishes he could have the interview back.

    Finally, the comment about the coach not developing talent and inheriting it instead is interesting. In today’s world of travel ball, players show up on varsity fields ready to play. Was College Park a better team because Coach Lisle developed

  • redandblue2

    Campolindo only had 3 non league games to play in the bay area since the other 9 were spent playing the top teams in the Central & Southern sections. Those 3 games were agaist Palo Alto, Serra & Petaluma. Somehow I don’t think there were any EBAL teams that played as difficult a schedule.

    Regarding the phone interview, the coach was attempting to keep from putting too high expectations on the freshman CP pitcher lest he didn’t reach the seemingly loft projections many have for him. Unfortunately, the delivery left a lot to be desired. I’m sure he wishes he could have the interview back.

    Finally, the comment about the coach not developing talent and inheriting it instead is interesting. In today’s world of travel ball, players show up on varsity fields ready to play. Was College Park a better team this season because Coach Lisle developed his players or was it bacause of the arrival of Joe DeMers? I can tell you the Campo seniors who all started as freshman learned as much about life skills from Coach Luckhurst as they did improving their baseball skills over the 4 years in high school.

  • renegades10

    Re#13, While I agree that Campo was deserving of the #1 spot, I haven’t seen one EBAL person complain on here or any other board that DLS should have been #1. Campo played a much tougher non-league slate and had the results to show they deserved that spot. Interestingly enough however, DLS was the only team between the two beat a section champ outside NCS by defeating St. Mary’s (Stockton). I think a lot of people would have liked to have seen the two play each other as DLS had a fair amount of talent this year top to bottom and I’m not sure the difference between the two is as big as you make it seem. It would be the more glitzy Campo team vs a scrappy small-ball DLS team. Both teams return some very good players next year so hopefully they can get a game together as DLS’ non-league left a lot to be desired overall this year.

  • Prep Fan

    Chuck, the EBAL has no beef with Dougherty Valley, and it will be nice to have them in D1 next year. Not sure where the step-child comment came from. From the games I saw and their victory over Campo, they deserved the #3 ranking.

    Why would EBAL people be “butt hurt” about Campo being #1? They were clearly the top team. Just as Logan was last season. Neither were EBAL teams. Just because people want to see Campo play some local D1 teams doesn’t mean they are somehow hurt that they have an “outstanding” team.

    And you are also wrong about Campo being forced to move up to D1 next year, as that NCS rule was changed prior to this year. As I stated earlier, I would like to see them petition up to D1, as they have nothing more to prove in D2. And the reason I would like to see them schedule some top local D1 teams if they don’t petition up is so we can see how they would do agains the bigger schools, not because I think all the EBAL teams would beat them. It doesn’t have to be EBAL teams, except that 6 of the top 15 happen to be from the EBAL.

    Bishop O’Dowd is a smaller school than Campo and they have played D1 for years.

  • FNL680

    Cal played @ Campo as frosh in ’09 and the Cougars won that 4-3. Only four Grizzlies remained from that 20-4 frosh squad on the team playing in the Coliseum Saturday as seniors this year , Peter, Farley, Johnson and Tu. Peter and Johnson had two of the five hits at the Coliseum, while Farley scored the first run and finished playoffs with a .800 SLG and 2.23 OPS (4-7, 7 BBs, HBP.) DLS got two hits in their 3-2 W. One was misplayed into a triple, scored on a SF and the other was with IF in, could’ve been scored either way, and the two runners scoring on that were walked. Agree Campo was top EB team this year. With 11 hits in the final they looked very good despite some errors.
    The video is up @ http://www.cifnorthcoast.tv/events/35720

  • teeazaleezy

    great list!!! i just feel like u guys 4got about salesian. those young men played their butts off til the very end. congrads 2 the senior class.( TRAVIS ERBY, JOEY MARCHINI, CHRIS AND NICK BOYETT, MIKE POLAN, AND “BIG” CURRY). continued success 2 the program, from COACH JOHNSON!!!!

  • http://aol BigJoe

    yeah and St. Mary’s not voted in either and they went to the finals. Livermore at 14-12 is hard to figure.

  • http://aol BigJoe

    Correction, St. Mary’s did make it. Livermore at 14-12 was the girl’s softball rankings. Sorry.

  • EBALfan

    Anyone else hear California High coach Dan Ward “resigned” as varsity head baseball coach after taking his team to the brink of it’s first ever NCS D1 title? Can’t confirm, but thats the word on the street in San Ramon. If it’s true a big loss with a somewhat young team coming back next year.

  • redandblue2

    It appears as if Campo will step up their schedule next year with potential games against Serra, St. Francis, and De La Salle early in the season. Also, it appears as if the EBAL will be playing some of the top DFAL teams next year as well. With Acalanes, Dougherty Valley, and Campolindo each returning their respective top two starters for next season it should be another strong year for the upper tier of the DFAL.

  • Prep Fan

    I can confirm that Ward did resign at Cal High after 3 successful seasons at the helm. The wide sphere of parental influence in high school athletics isn’t limited to just the Lamorinda area.

    As far as Campo stepping up their schedule next year, they played as tough a schedule last year as anyone in NorCal. While it great to see them again playing a tough schedule, it would be nice to see them play more east bay area top D1 programs, or better yet petition up to D1 as they’ve won D2 3 years in a row now and with Dougherty moving up, it doesn’t appear they’ll be challenged in the postseason next year either. It is great to see DLS on their schedule, but a postseason challenge would be even better. Their apparently aren’t many “outstanding” pitchers to challenge them in D2.

  • Oh Boy

    @Prep Fan

    What do you mean by “outstanding”? What would make them “outstanding”? lol

  • East Bay Baseball

    DLS/Campolindo dispute settled yesterday 03/09/13. DLS shuts out Campo 2-0 at DV in the EBAL/ DFAL conference challenge. Matter put to rest.