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SBLive’s California Baseball Top 25: No. 7 Sherman Oaks Notre Dame off to 6-0 start

Scorebook Live 3/7/2023 Bodie De Silva
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The 2023 high school baseball season in California is underway across the state. Many schools in the Southern Section have begun league play while other sections are beginning non-league tournaments.

Here’s a look at the top baseball teams in California. SBLive’s statewide California high school baseball rankings are compiled by SBLive reporter Bodie DeSilva and are released weekly throughout the season.


March 6, 2023

1. Villa Park (4-0)

The Spartans shutout Esperanza in their lone game last week. Senior Brandon Luu tossed a complete game while AJ Krodel picked up two hits.

Next game: 3/7 vs. Hart

2. JSerra (3-1)

After a dominant first three games this season, JSerra dropped their second of two games against Cypress. Three Trinity League games against Mater Dei are up this week.

Next game: 3/7 vs. Mater Dei

3. Orange Lutheran (5-1-1)

The Lancers were off last week. They'll open up Trinity League play this week with a three-game series against Santa Margarita.

Next game: 3/6 vs. Santa Margarita

4. Aquinas (3-1)

The Falcons will end a 15-day layoff with a home league game against Woodcrest Christian on Thursday.

Next game: 3/9 vs. Woodcrest Christian

5. Corona (4-1)

The Panthers shutout Foothill on Saturday, their fourth of the season. They'll head to Las Vegas midweek for a game against Bishop Gorman, ranked eighth nationally in the SBLive Power 25.

Next game: 3/8 at Bishop Gorman

6. De La Salle (1-0)

The Spartans beat Folsom 6-3 in Friday's season opener. Freshman Tyler Spangler homered in his first career varsity game.

Next game: 3/7 vs. Clayton Valley Charter

7. Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) (6-0)

Notre Dame swept three games from Alemany last week. They'll look to stay unbeaten this week with a three-game series against Chaminade.

Next game: 3/7 vs. Chaminade

8. Harvard-Westlake (5-2)

The Wolverines opened Mission League play by taking two of three games from St. Francis. They'll play three games against Loyola this week.

Next game: 3/7 at Loyola

9. Santa Margarita (3-1)

Santa Margarita handled Hart and Damien last week in home non-league games. They'll begin a three-game Trinity League series on Monday night against Orange Lutheran.

Next game: 3/6 at Orange Lutheran

10. Cypress (5-4)

Cypress split two games at JSerra last week, knocking the Lions from the top spot in the California rankings. They'll start Empire League play with two games against Kennedy this week.

Next game: 3/8 at Kennedy

11. Gahr (3-1-1)

Gahr lost to Huntington Beach on Friday, 6-3. They'll take on Tesoro, South Hills and Glendora later on this week.

Next game: 3/8 vs. Tesoro

12. Foothill (Pleasanton) (4-0)

Arizona commit Nate Novitske is 6-13 with two home runs in the first four games of the season.

Next game: 3/8 at Acalanes

13. Granite Hills (2-0)

Granite Hills opened the season with an impressive 10-3 win over La Costa Canyon and followed it up with a 4-1 win against Hilltop a day later.

Next game: 3/7 vs. Cathedral Catholic

14. Etiwanda (2-2)

The Eagles will have been off for more than two weeks when they return to the field against Northview on Wednesday.

Next game: 3/8 vs. Northview

15. Norco (2-2)

The Cougars will be off for a second straight week before they begin Big VIII League play against Santiago next Monday.

Next game: 3/13 at Santiago

16. Foothill (Santa Ana) (4-3)

The Knights went 1-1 last week, getting shutout by Corona on Saturday. They'll play Canyon, Brea Olinda and Yucaipa later this week.

Next game: 3/1 at Esparanza

17. La Costa Canyon (0-1)

The Mavericks dropped their opener to Granite Hills in a rematch of last season's San Diego Section Open Division championship game. They'll play four times this week starting with a trip to Del Norte on Tuesday.

Next game: 3/7 at Del Norte

18. Whitney (Rocklin) (1-0)

Whitney had 10 hits and three stolen bases in Wednesday's season-opening 8-2 win over Lincoln. They'll play three games this week including a massive non-league game against Franklin on Wednesday.

Next game: 3/7 vs. Vacaville

19. La Mirada (4-1)

Columbia-signee Eric Jeon struck out nine batters in Thursday's 7-0 win against Warren. They'll play in the West Coast Showdown this week starting on Wednesday.

Next game: 3/8 vs. Bonita

20. Frankin (Elk Grove) (2-0)

Cal commit Jordan Lopez has reached base in all seven plate appearances this season. The Wildcats beat Folsom and Rocklin last week and will play three times this week.

Next game: 3/7 vs. Granite Bay

21. St. Francis (Mountain View) (4-0)

UNC-Charlotte commit Elias Duncan has five doubles in his first four games of the season. The Lancers travel to Palo Alto on Tuesday before hosting Los Gatos and Buchanan later in the week.

Next game: 3/7 at Palo Alto

22. Archbishop Mitty (4-0)

UC Davis commit Matteo Blandino is hitting .556 with a home run so far for the Monarchs. Games against Menlo-Atherton and Palo Alto are schedule for this week.

Next game: 3/7 at Menlo-Atherton

23. Rancho Bernardo (1-0)

USC-signee Kevin Takeuchi hit for the cycle in his senior season debut on Saturday. The Broncos will play a two-game series with Mission Hills this week.

Next game: 3/7 vs. Mission Hills

24. Valley Christian (San Jose) (4-1)

Stanford commit Tatum Marsh is hitting .462 with a home run and a double through five games for the Warriors.

Next game: 3/8 vs. Elk Grove

25. Eastlake (2-0)

Eastlake has showcased their hitting through two games, combining for 23 runs in wins over Coronado and Westview. Senior Daniel Mora has four hits and five runs batted in.

Next game: 3/6 vs. Helix

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