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Orange County baseball Top 25: Santa Margarita takes over top spot, March 25

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This week’s Orange County high school baseball rankings.

Notable this week: Santa Margarita moves into the No. 1 spot, up from No. 3 last week. … The Eagles beat then-No. 1 Orange Lutheran in two of their three Trinity League games last week. … San Juan Hills, winner of 11 games in a row, moves up to No. 5. … El Modena is up to No. 12 this week. … Los Alamitos climbs two places after wins over Newport Harbor and Edison.


(Records through Sunday, March 24)

1. Santa Margarita 10-4-1: The Eagles defeated Orange Lutheran by scores of 14-4 and 6-3 last week, and lost to the Lancers 4-3 in eight innings. Jake Lavin was 4 for 8 with four RBIs over the three games. Ethan Russell pitched five scoreless innings with six strikeouts in the 14-4 win.

Previous ranking: 3

2. Orange Lutheran 11-3: The Lancers lost twice last week against Santa Margarita. They are 3-3 in league, one game behind league-leading JSerra and Santa Margarita. Orange Lutheran plays Servite this week in a three-game league series.

Previous ranking: 1

3. JSerra 8-5-1: The Lions swept Mater Dei in a three-game league series. Their pitching, including a fine outing by Matt Champion, and hitting was good in their 5-1, 4-3 and 11-4 wins.

Previous ranking: 2

4. Huntington Beach 9-4: The bats came back to life for the Oilers as they beat Corona del Mar 7-3 in a nonleague game and followed with a 7-1 Surf League win over Fountain Valley in which Ethan Porter homered.

Previous ranking: 4

5. San Juan Hills 13-1: The Stallions extended their winning streak to 11 games last week with two Sea View League wins over El Toro. They have outscored teams 58-9 this season.

Previous ranking: 6

6. Mater Dei 7-5: The Monarchs were swept by JSerra in a three-game Trinity League series. They are 2-4 in league.

Previous ranking: 5

7. Cypress 8-5-1: The Centurions scored 43 runs over two one-sided wins over Valencia in the Empire League. Cypress plays in the Desert Classic National Invitational in Nevada this week.

Previous ranking: 7

8. Los Alamitos 11-3: The Griffins beat Newport Harbor 8-3 in a nonleague game and defeated Edison 5-1 in the Surf League. Senior Jack Lorenz struck out seven over 6⅓ innings in the win over Edison.

Previous ranking: 10

9. Servite 7-6: The Friars went 1-2 in a three-game Trinity League series against St. John Bosco. The losses were close ones, 2-1 and 4-3. They won the third game 14-5 as sophomore catcher Jaden Liu hit a bases-loaded triple and an RBI single.

Previous ranking: 9

10. Villa Park 8-6: The Spartans beat Foothill 3-1 and lost to El Dorado 1-0 in the Crestview League.

Previous ranking: 8

11. Aliso Niguel 10-4

Previous ranking: 11

12. El Modena 11-4

Previous ranking: 15

13. Tesoro 8-3

Previous ranking: 12

14. Pacifica 10-4

Previous ranking: 16

15. La Habra 13-4

Previous ranking: 17

16. Foothill 7-5

Previous ranking: 13

17. El Dorado 6-8

Previous ranking: 18

18. Fountain Valley 7-7

Previous ranking: 17

19. Edison 8-8

Previous ranking: 21

20. Fullerton 10-4-1

Previous ranking: Not ranked

21. Canyon 7-7-1

Previous ranking: 19

22. Marina 5-6

Previous ranking: 22

23. Corona del Mar 8-6

Previous ranking: 25

24. San Clemente 7-8

Previous ranking: 23

25. Ocean View 9-5

Previous ranking: 24

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