SBLive’s California Baseball Top 25: Buchanan moves up to No. 3 in statewide rankings

No. 1 Thousand Oaks moved into the top spot last week in SBLive’s statewide baseball rankings and hasn’t looked back, winning all four games last week in dominating fashion.

No. 2 Orange Lutheran followed suit by starting league play and sweeping Servite as they head into this week’s series against Mater Dei. Riding an eight-game winning streak, Buchanan jumped up to No. 3 this week.

SBLive’s statewide high school baseball rankings are compiled by SBLive California reporter Bodie DeSilva and will be released weekly throughout the season.

SBLIVE CALIFORNIA TOP 25 BASEBALL RANKINGS

May 4, 2021

1. Thousand Oaks (16-0)

The Lancers have outscored their opponents 62-6 over their last six games.

Last week: 1

2. Orange Lutheran (16-2)

The Lancers swept Servite last week to extend their winning streak to seven games.

Last week: 2

3. Buchanan (14-1)

The Bears have won eight straight games since losing to Bullard.

Last week: 7

4. Santa Margarita (15-2)

The Eagles have won 13 in a row as they enter this week’s series against JSerra.

Last week: 5

5. Ayala (13-1)

The Bulldogs have scored six runs or more in every game during their nine-game winning streak.

Last week: 8

6. Harvard Westlake (15-4)

The Dolphins will be off until they take on Long Beach Wilson on May 1st.

Last week: 9

7. San Joaquin Memorial (11-2)

The Panthers only two losses have come against Buchanan.

Last week: 12

8. Ayala (13-1)

The Bulldogs have scored 66 runs during their current seven-game winning streak.

Last week: 8

9. Rancho Bernardo (16-2)

The Broncos split with San Marcos last week during their league opening series.

Last week: 3

10. JSerra (13-5)

The Lions swept Mater Dei last week to continue their winning streak.

Last week: 21

11. Serra (San Mateo) (10-1)

The Padres offense has been on fire, averaging ten runs per game this season.

Last week: 17

12. Grossmont (16-2)

The Foothillers scored 27 runs during their Saturday doubleheader sweep of Valhalla.

Last week: 15

13. Cardinal Newman (Santa Rosa) (9-0)

The Cardinals have won eight of their nine games by more than one run during their undefeated start.

Last week: 24

14. Valley Christian (San Jose) (13-2)

The Warriors swept Bellarmine Prep last week in their second league series.

Last week: 14

15. Heritage (Brentwood)

The Patriots took both games from Antioch in league play last week.

Last week: 19

16. Elk Grove (11-1)

The Thundering Herd have reeled off 12 straight wins after being shutout in their opener.

Last week: 16

17. Live Oak (9-0)

The Acorns have been dominant during their nine-game winning streak to start the season.

Last week: NR

18. Tamalpais (12-0)

The Red Tailed Hawks have outscored their opponents 44-8 over their last four games.

Last week: 18

19. Sierra Canyon (12-3)

The Trailblazers split with Paraclete before shutting out El Camino Real on Saturday.

Last week: 11

20. Bullard (10-2-1)

The Knights took down Edison, 15-2, in their only game last week.

Last week: 20

21. Villa Park (15-4)

The Spartans scored ten runs or more in all three wins last week.

Last week: NR

22. Dana Hills (13-3)

The Dolphins have only played once since April 17th and are on a two-game losing streak.

Last week: 6

23. San Marcos (11-4-1)

The Knights split with Rancho Bernardo during their opening series of league play.

Last week: NR

24. Huntington Beach (12-4)

The Oilers won their two games by a combined score of 35-1 last week.

Last week: NR

25. Elk Grove (13-2)

The Thundering Herd lost to De La Salle on Saturday, their second loss of the season.

Last week: 16

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