CIF-SS Preseason Softball Polls: Trib rankings next week, who’s our No. 1?

The Tribune softball polls will be published March 3, opening day of the high school softball season. For now, check out the CIF-SS pre-season polls and tell us what you think. You’ve got a week to tell us who deserves to be No. 1 in the Tribune area, and take your crack at the top ten

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  • http://sgvtribune.com/ Galileo

    Fred, while Jesse is a very good coach, Amat lost a ton of talent….actually, the new coach arrives with far superior credentials and it will be interesting to see them perform,of course Amat is the only FP team in the fishbowl that dares to play with the top schools….sigh

    • FredJ

      There is still a lot of talent on that team and pitching too

      • http://sgvtribune.com/ Galileo

        pretty sure the catcher, by far their best player and the fish bowls best player last year is playing D1 in Oregon now….talent there still? , yes! big hole behind the plate?,yes! looking forward to seeing how WC does this year with Jesse, a very classy guy.Will the trib cover any games not involving Azusa HS ?

        • TheCloser

          “By far their best player”, really? Lexi Gonzalez was a great player at Amat but where’s the love for Amanda Sanchez? Here are the stats from last year. She’s also going to play at one of the top softball programs in the country in Mizzou.
          Lexi .532 Avg vs Amanda .569
          Lexi 34 RBI vs Amanda 30
          Lexi 42 Hits vs Amanda 41
          Lexi 6 HR vs Amanda 6
          Lexi .936 Slg Pct vs Amanda .949

          • http://sgvtribune.com/ Galileo

            Sanchez had a great year too offensively but Gonzalez was the defensive stalwart and the emotional leader….

          • TheCloser

            That wasn’t my point, you said by far their best player so I challenged that point. As far as the catching position, they have a Sophomore who it .343 last year as a Freshman and can fill the void defensively but Lexi was at another level with her stick.

  • http://sgvtribune.com/ Galileo

    Mr. Libero, what happened to the SHills girl who went to UCLA? I went to the Cathedral City tournament over the weekend and she was nowhere in sight, she’s not on this years roster…do you have a clue ? Thanks

  • TheCloser

    Yes, Amat lost Lexi Gonzalez and Sabrina Anguiano but don’t be surprised to see some unknowns step up this year especially in the circle. Amat has Sophomore pitcher Samaria Diaz (Corona Angels) who can throw as hard as anyone in the Valley and lefty Anissa Sanchez who can spin it. At the plate where’s the love for University of Missouri signee Amanda Sanchez who’s arguably the best hitter in the Valley and returning starters Alyssa Barrera So. (Utah commit), Julia Valenzuela So., Eryn Sustayta Jr., and Miranda Larios Jr. Expect this team to win league and make a surprise run in the playoffs as they’re playing the toughest schedule in the Valley and will be prepared for the playoffs. Additionally, don’t be surprised to also see two or three freshman with good travelball pedigrees to have an impact on the team this year which means that the next few years of Amat softball look good.

  • TheCloser

    Trying to figure out how Mission Viejo is ranked #1 in the nation by Student Sports in Softball but not ranked in the top 10 in Division 2. Looks like the coaches don’t know crap.

    • Ray_Morehart

      Coaches don’t have anything to do with this, genius…

      • TheCloser

        Enlighten me, it’s called the coaches poll so who votes on it? Second, do you know who Mission Viejo has on their team?

        • Ray_Morehart

          The majority of the preseason polls are based on last season. Once the season starts, coaches/ADs email in their scores and season records. They also email in information regarding seasonal information (i.e. Won the Best of the West Tournament, 2nd place in the Charter Oak Tournament, etc). These rankings WILL change. The rankings in the Valley WILL change. I guarantee that both rankings will change as the season plays out. The Valley rankings won’t change as much as the CIF rankings will because of the lack of teams in the Valley compared to each CIF division. Coaches make up the CIF committee but only one of them does the polls.

  • My Name

    @the closer…….what happened to F. Garcia in the circle? I’m sure AMAT has a group of talented girls but they need to look out for St Paul. They have a few talented girls going to D1 schools that can hit the ball. I think this season will be a building season for AMAT. I didn’t see AMAT at any of the preseason tournaments or the Monday night games in HB.

    • TheCloser

      Franny is solid but just pointing out certain girls have stepped up their game and have made huge improvements and one of them is Samaria Diaz, she throws ched. New coach, new approach, so she didn’t get them in any of those Monday night games or preseason tournaments but they do play Mission Viejo on Saturday and played down at Capo Valley this past Saturday and did very well. They’ll surely be tested this year with a schedule that includes Orange Lutheran, Corona Santiago, and are in the Best of the West tournament.

  • Yellow Balls

    It’s going to be an interesting year. This is the way I see the Del Rey League shaking out.
    St. Paul- Forget about the power driven lineup the return of Jim Maier is already proving to be a huge upgrade. They have solid returning pitching and the best sophomore pitcher in the league. Lineup is lights out 1-8 no weaknesses. If pitching holds up this team can go all the way in division.

    Amat- Solid girls 1-4 but lack much else. Their pitching is suspect and they wont be able to keep SP down. They will battle with SJ for #2 spot.

    SJ- Solid hitter and player in AP but pitching is suspect and overall hitting is young and developing.Will battle for #2 spot must hold off LS for 3rd spot

    LS- Very young team with the best frosh in the league playing SS in KW. Will battle for #3 spot

    BM- working hard solid bunch but I think overall out manned by 3 other league foes.

    Just my 2 cents…after watching these teams over the past 10 years I expect a dog fight all the way through.

    • TheCloser

      Pretty good assessment of the league. I will say that I was surprised as anyone to see the growth in some of the girls from last year especially the pitching but yes they don’t have a proven arm like in previous years so it’ll be interesting to see how they respond at Amat when the real season starts. Still, I think there’s more upside in the pitching that they have now then what they had last year in Sabrina A. who was pretty accomplished.

  • My Name

    I agree with Yellow Balls. St Paul is stacked with players and a good coaching staff. I can see Orozco (P) having a successful pitching season for St. Paul with huge bats and one of the best slappers around backing her up with runs

  • Yellow Balls

    I see the debate of leadership at Amat and make no mistake about it, Amanda Sanchez when its all said and done will be up for league player of the year along with Lovie Lopez from SP. Those are the top 2 players in the league that is full of Division 1 talent.