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East Bay softball poll — 4/15

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

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.

Posted on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
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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.

Posted on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
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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)

Posted on Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
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Johanna Grauer, Zoe Marrott earn state softball honors

Amador Valley High pitcher Johanna Grauer and Campolindo infielder Zoe Marrott each earned state honors from Cal-Hi Sports on Friday. Grauer was named the state junior of the year while Marrott was tabbed the state’s top freshman this season.

Here’s the full story from Cal-Hi Sports.

Grauer, who was the state sophomore of the year last season, was dominant throughout the year and a state player of the year candidate. But her season was cut short by an ankle injury suffered just before the start of the NCS playoffs. Marrott helped underdog Campolindo win the NCS Division III title. Both players have committed to Arizona State, according to Cal-Hi Sports.

Norco’s Kylie Reed, who will play at Cal next year, was given the Ms. Softball award, honoring the state’s top player.

Posted on Friday, June 21st, 2013
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Final 2013 East Bay softball poll

Team Record Points Last week
1. James Logan (5) 26-1 75 3
2. Amador Valley 22-3 67 1
3. California 21-5 66 2
4. Concord 22-4 59 6
5. Freedom 19-6-1 58 7
6. Clayton Valley 22-4 50 4
7. Alhambra 23-3-1 45 5
8. Castro Valley 18-8 35 8
9. San Ramon Valley 15-12 33 14
t10. Monte Vista 15-11 27 11
t10. Salesian 21-2 27 12
12. Campolindo 15-9 21 NR
13. Pinole Valley 20-6 18 15
t14. Heritage 14-10 7 NR
t14. Carondelet 13-13 7 NR

Also receiving votes:  Livermore (14-12, 5 votes). The East Bay SoftballPoll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay.

Posted on Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
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East Bay softball poll — 5/7

Team Record Points Last week
1. California (4) 17-3 60 1
2. Amador Valley 18-2 56 2
3. James Logan 19-1 52 3
4. Clayton Valley 16-2 48 5
5. Alhambra 16-2-1 44 4
6. Concord 15-3 38 t7
7. Monte Vista 12-8 36 6
8. Freedom 13-5-1 34 t7
9. Arroyo 17-4 28 9
10. Castro Valley 14-7 23 10
11. Livermore 11-9 20 12
12. Granada 11-9 17 11
t13. Newark Memorial 12-8 10 13
t13. Salesian 17-1 10 15
15. Pinole Valley 14-5 4 NR

Also receiving votes:  None. The East Bay SoftballPoll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay. Records are through Saturday.

Posted on Tuesday, May 7th, 2013
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East Bay softball poll — 4/30

Team Record Points Last week
1. California (4) 15-3 60 1
2. Amador Valley 16-2 56 2
3. James Logan 17-1 52 3
4. Alhambra 15-1-1 48 4
5. Clayton Valley 15-2 44 5
6. Monte Vista 11-7 40 6
t7. Concord 15-3 33 t8
t7. Freedom 11-5-1 33 10
9. Arroyo 15-4 30 t8
10. Castro Valley 12-7 23 12
11. Granada 10-8 21 t13
12. Livermore 10-8 15 7
13. Newark Memorial 10-8 11 t13
14. Heritage 9-7 9 11
15. Salesian 14-1 5 15

Also receiving votes:  None. The East Bay SoftballPoll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay. Records are through Saturday.

Posted on Tuesday, April 30th, 2013
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East Bay softball poll — 4/23

Here’s a look at this week’s softball poll. We have a new No. 1 team, but not a lot of significant movement besides that.

Team Record Points Last week
1. California (4) 13-3 60 2
2. Amador Valley 14-2 56 1
3. James Logan 14-1 52 3
4. Alhambra 13-1-1 48 4
5. Clayton Valley 11-2 44 5
6. Monte Vista 10-6 40 6
7. Livermore 10-6 34 7
t8. Arroyo 13-4 28 9
t8. Concord 14-3 28 10
10. Freedom 9-5-1 27 t11
11. Heritage 8-6 23 t11
12. Castro Valley 10-7 12 13
t13. Newark Memorial 8-7 10 t14
t13. Granada 8-8 10 t14
15. Salesian 12-1 4 NR

Also receiving votes:  Alameda (9-9, 2 votes), San Ramon Valley (10-6, 2). The East Bay SoftballPoll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay. Records are through Saturday.

Posted on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013
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East Bay softball poll — 4/17

Here’s a look at our latest East Bay softball poll. Note that this poll reflects games through last Saturday, so games played earlier this week will be accounted for in next week’s poll. There could be some movement at the top with Cal High beating No. 1 Amador Valley 1-0 yesterday.

Team Record Points Last week
1. Amador Valley (4) 13-1 60 1
2. California 11-3 56 3
3. James Logan 12-1 52 2
4. Alhambra 11-1-1 45 7
5. Clayton Valley 9-2 44 t5
6. Monte Vista 7-6 42 t5
7. Livermore 9-5 37 4
8. Carondelet 10-4 25 8
9. Arroyo 12-4 24 14
10. Concord 10-3 23 13
t11. Freedom 7-5-1 22 10
t11. Heritage 6-6 22 11
13. Castro Valley 10-7 16 9
t14. Granada 7-7 4 15
t14. Newark Memorial 6-7 4 NR

Also receiving votes:  Alameda (7-9, 2 votes), Pinole Valley (9-3, 1), Bishop O’Dowd (10-5, 1). The East Bay SoftballPoll is voted on by the prep sports staff of Bay Area News Group East Bay. Records are through Saturday.

Posted on Wednesday, April 17th, 2013
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Softball: Final national/state rankings

A great year for softball in the East Bay ends with James Logan and Amador Valley both ranked in the top five of the ESPN Powerade Fab 50 poll. Logan is ranked No. 4 nationally, just ahead of No. 5 Amador Valley. Logan beat Amador Valley 1-0 on June 1 for the North Coast Section Division I championship.

The Colts and Dons were also highly ranked in the final Cal-Hi Sports state rankings, coming in at No. 2 and 3 respectively.

Cal High and Concord cracked the final state rankings, as well. Cal is No. 27 after making the NCS Division I semifinals while NCS Division II champion Concord finished at No. 28.

 

Posted on Wednesday, June 13th, 2012
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