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Amador Valley softball named mythical national champion

After finishing the season a perfect 27-0, Amador Valley High’s softball team has earned a mythical national championship by MaxPreps.com.

Led by a stellar senior class, the Dons won the North Coast Section Division I title for the second time in four years. Their national recognition grew after winning the prestigious Michelle Carew Classic against some of Southern California’s top teams in early April.

Amador Valley beat out unbeaten North Carolina state champion Alexander Central for the top national ranking.

Dons pitcher Johanna Grauer has also been piling up the awards. Besides being a finalist for MaxPrep.com’s national player of the year, she was recently named Ms. Softball state player of the year by Cal-Hi Sports. Grauer is just the second East Bay player to be named Ms. Softball, joining Freedom’s Amanda Williams (2006).

Our All-East Bay softball selections will be published in tomorrow’s paper. Will Amador Valley have a few more honors to add?

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Final 2014 East Bay softball poll

With an unbeaten season, Amador Valley completes a perfect run as our No. 1 ranked East Bay team.

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Amador Valley (5) 27-0 75 1
2. Alhambra 25-2 70 2
3. Granada 19-9 65 6
4. Foothill 16-11 58 4
5. James Logan 23-2 57 3
6. Salesian 18-1 50 9
7. Carondelet 15-13 41 12
8. San Ramon Valley 17-9 38 7
9. Heritage 19-5 37 5
10. Arroyo 19-8 34 15
11. Newark Memorial 19-7 23 10
12. Castro Valley 18-10 22 8
13. Redwood Christian 20-2 12 NR
14. Encinal 14-8 10 NR
t15. Concord 16-10 3 13
t15. Dougherty Valley 12-10 3 NR

Also receiving votes: Freedom (13-6-2, 2 votes), California (7-14, 1). The East Bay Softball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.

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East Bay softball poll — 5/13

Here’s a look at our latest East Bay softball poll.

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Amador Valley (5) 22-0 75 1
2. Alhambra 20-2 70 2
3. James Logan 20-2 65 3
4. Foothill 14-8 59 6
5. Heritage 16-4 53 5
6. Granada 15-7 51 4
7. San Ramon Valley 14-8 41 11
8. Castro Valley 16-8 39 9
9. Salesian 13-1 37 10
10. Newark Memorial 16-6 32 7
11. Monte Vista 10-11 26 15
12. Carondelet 11-11 20 8
13. Concord 16-8 15 12
14. Livermore 11-11 10 13
15. Arroyo 15-7 4 NR

Also receiving votes: Freedom (13-6-2, 2 votes), California (7-14, 1). The East Bay Softball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay. Records are through Saturday.

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East Bay Softball Poll — 5/6

Here’s a look at our latest East Bay softball poll.

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Amador Valley (5) 20-0 75 1
2. Alhambra 17-2 70 2
3. James Logan 18-2 65 3
4. Granada 15-5 58 5
5. Heritage 14-4 52 t6
6. Foothill 12-8 51 4
7. Newark Memorial 15-5 43 t6
8. Carondelet 10-9 40 9
9. Castro Valley 12-7 34 11
10. Salesian 12-1 32 12
11. San Ramon Valley 13-7 29 10
12. Concord 15-7 17 13
13. Livermore 10-10 16 8
14. Bishop O’Dowd 14-5-1 11 15
15. Monte Vista 9-10 5 NR

Also receiving votes: Dougherty Valley (11-7, 1 vote), Encinal (13-7, 1). The East Bay Softball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay. Records are through Saturday.

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East Bay softball poll — 4/30

Here’s a look at our latest East Bay softball poll.

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Amador Valley (5) 17-0 75 1
2. Alhambra 15-2 70 2
3. James Logan 15-2 65 3
4. Foothill 12-6 60 5
5. Granada 14-4 55 4
t6. Newark Memorial 14-3 46 8
t6. Heritage 12-4 46 7
8. Livermore 10-8 39 9
9. Carondelet 9-7 36 10
10. San Ramon Valley 11-6 33 6
11. Castro Valley 9-7 24 11
12. Salesian 10-1 21 12
13. Concord 13-7 15 13
14. Arroyo 12-3 8 NR
15. Bishop O’Dowd 11-5-1 4 15

Also receiving votes: Clayton Valley Charter (8-5, 3 votes). The East Bay Softball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay. Records are through Saturday.

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East Bay softball poll — 4/22

Here’s a look at our latest East Bay softball poll.

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Amador Valley (4) 16-0 60 1
2. Alhambra 14-2 56 2
3. James Logan 15-2 52 3
4. Granada 14-2 48 4
5. Foothill 10-6 41 6
6. San Ramon Valley 11-4 38 7
7. Heritage 10-4 37 9
8. Newark Memorial 14-3 34 5
9. Livermore 9-8 29 8
10. Carondelet 9-7 25 10
11. Castro Valley 9-6 20 11
12. Salesian 10-1 16 12
13. Concord 13-7 10 15
14. Freedom 9-4-2 8 14
15. Bishop O’Dowd 8-5 4 NR

Also receiving votes: Arroyo (12-3, 2 votes). The East Bay Softball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay. Records are through Saturday.

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East Bay softball poll — 4/15

 

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Amador Valley (5) 14-0 75 1
2. Alhambra 11-2 70 2
3. James Logan 12-2 63 4
4. Granada 12-2 62 3
5. Newark Memorial 13-2 55 t5
6. Foothill 9-5 50 t5
7. San Ramon Valley 11-3 45 t10
8. Livermore 8-7 37 8
9. Heritage 8-4 34 9
10. Carondelet 8-6 32 12
11. Castro Valley 9-6 27 t10
12. Salesian 9-1 18 13
13. California 5-8 14 7
14. Freedom 8-3-2 9 NR
15. Concord 11-7 5 15

Also receiving votes: Arroyo (8-2, 3 votes), Bishop O’Dowd (8-5, 1). The East Bay Softball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay. Records are through Saturday.

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East Bay softball poll — 4/8

Here’s a look at our first East Bay softball poll of the season.

Team Record Points Last poll
1. Amador Valley (5) 12-0 75 2
2. Alhambra 11-2 70 7
3. Granada 11-1 64 NR
4. James Logan 9-2 61 1
t5. Foothill 7-4 52 NR
t5. Newark Memorial 11-2 52 NR
7. California 5-5 44 3
8. Livermore 7-6 36 NR
9. Heritage 8-4 31 t14
t10. Castro Valley 6-6 26 8
t10. San Ramon Valley 8-3 26 9
12. Carondelet 6-5 22 t14
13. Salesian 6-1 16 t10
14. Encinal 7-2 13 NR
15. Concord 6-7 6 4

Also receiving votes: Freedom (6-3-2, 4 votes), Monte Vista (5-7, 1), San Leandro (6-3, 1). The East Bay Softball Poll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay. Records are through Saturday.

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Queen of the Mountain softball tournament returns

The 2014 high school softball season will kick into gear for many local teams this weekend at the Queen of the Mountain tournament. One of the state’s best early-season tournaments — now in its 32nd year — starts Thursday and runs through Saturday at the Pleasanton Sports Park. The championship game is 5 p.m. Saturday. Another reason to be excited — warm weather with no rain in sight.

There will also be some great teams and exceptional players. The tournament includes two teams ranked in Cal-Hi Sports’ preseason state top 25 and two more on the bubble. That group is headlined by three-time defending tournament champion Amador Valley, which is No. 3 in the state and No. 7 in the nation in preseason rankings and features five college-committed seniors.

California High, ranked No. 10 in the state and led by standout pitcher Lindsey Chalmers, is on the other side of the bracket from Amador Valley. Cal High is part of one of the more intriguing opening-round games of the tournament. The Grizzlies face Rocklin, which has six college-bound players and made a deep run in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs last season.

Not to look too far ahead, but Amador Valley vs. Alhambra has the potential to be a second-round matchup very much worth the price of admission. The best pitcher in the area — Amador Valley’s Johanna Grauer — would face one of the very best hitters — Alhambra shortstop Kylee Perez. The travel ball teammates are both headed to UCLA. Their senior seasons are also off to fantastic starts. Grauer tossed a no-hitter with 16 strikeouts against Deer Valley in her opener, while Perez homered and drove in four runs as Alhambra beat defending NCS Division II champion Concord 12-0.

Other locals teams that could make some noise at Queen of the Mountain — Castro Valley, Clayton Valley, Newark Memorial, Livermore and Freedom.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students. For the complete tournament bracket, schedule, rosters and other information visit www.queenofthemountain.org

(And shout out to tournament director Julie Marshall for the excellent web site packed with great information)