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Orange County softball Top 25: Canyon, El Modena, Esperanza rise entering Carew Classic, March 25

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This week’s Orange County softball rankings.

Notable this week: Pacifica remains No. 1 entering the Michelle Carew Classic, which starts Wednesday. … Canyon, El Modena and Esperanza — tied in the Crestview League with 1-1 records — each climb spots. … Esperanza opens the Carew Classic against No. 10 Mission Viejo on Wednesday.


(Records through Sunday, March 24)

1. Pacifica (13-0): Freshman leadoff batter Mattea Stern had three hits and four stolen bases last week to raise her average to .472 and stolen base tally to 11.

Previous ranking: 1

2. Orange Lutheran (10-2): Brianne Weiss pitched the fifth no-hitter of her career last week to improve to 8-1 and lowered her ERA to 0.60.

Previous ranking: 2

3. Los Alamitos (13-3): Gabby Terrones and Cari Ferguson starred in a 5-2 win against Huntington Beach last week in a Sunset League showdown.

Previous ranking: 3

4. Huntington Beach (9-2): Senior shortstop Liah Lummus went 7 for 9 with two doubles and a home run in three Sunset League games last week.

Previous ranking: 4

5. Canyon (12-3): The Comanches could face Pacifica on Thursday if they win their Carew Classic opener against Yucaipa on Wednesday.

Previous ranking: 6

6. El Modena (12-4): The Vanguards showed their resolve last week by defeating Esperanza 5-2 after falling to Pacifica.

Previous ranking: 7

7. Capistrano Valley (12-3): The Cougars are in the Gold Bracket this week in Woodbridge’s Dugard tournament.

Previous ranking: 8

8. Marina (11-5-1): Mia Valbuena returned to the circle in a 3-2 win against Fountain Valley in the Sunset League.

Previous ranking: 9

9. Esperanza (8-6): The Aztecs showed progress by going 1-1 against Canyon and El Modena last week.

Previous ranking: 14

10. Mission Viejo (11-2-1): The Diablos travel to South Coast rival Aliso Niguel on Tuesday before playing in the Carew Classic.

Previous ranking: 11

11. Fullerton (8-5)

Previous ranking: 10

12. JSerra (11-10)

Previous ranking: 5

13. Tesoro (9-2-1)

Previous ranking: 12

14. El Toro (10-5)

Previous ranking: 16

15. Santa Margarita (11-5)

Previous ranking: 17

16. Aliso Niguel (8-3-1)

Previous ranking: 15

17. Cypress (8-7)

Previous ranking: 18

18. La Habra (8-6)

Previous ranking: 19

19. El Dorado (12-7)

Previous ranking: 20

20. Villa Park (8-7)

Previous ranking: 21

21. Mater Dei (8-4)

Previous ranking: 13

22. Fountain Valley (7-10)

Previous ranking: 22

23. Rosary (11-2)

Previous ranking: 23

24. Edison (6-9)

Previous ranking: 24

25. Sonora (6-6)

Previous ranking: 25

Also considered: Whittier Christian

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