Video: Devyn Netz hits walk-off home run
Arizona commit Devyn Netz and Ironwood Ridge continue to climb up the rankings.
California annually has some of the best softball teams and talent from throughout the country. Case in point: last week's 25th Annual Dave Kops Tournament of Champions in Arizona featuring many of the top high school teams from the West Coast where seven of the final eight teams were from the Golden State.
The lone non-Southern California squad left standing was Ironwood Ridge (Tucson, Ariz.)
. The Nighthawks beat Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) in the third-place game and their lone loss was 4-2 to champion Los Alamitos (Calif.)
. Ironwood Ridge, led by Arizona commits Allie Skaggs
and Devyn Netz
, enters this week's rankings at No. 23 overall.
Los Alamitos, meanwhile, rolled off five-straight wins to take home the championship. Senior Tyler Denhart
, a Southern Utah commit, pitched complete games in both the semifinals and the Griffins' 6-2 title win over Crescenta Valley (La Crescenta, Calif.)
as they move up to No. 3 overall.
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The Mustangs have hit 14 home runs and are batting over .450 as team.
It will be tough for any team to score on Foothill when Oklahoma commit Nicole May
is in the circle.
3. (25) Los Alamitos (Calif.), 10-0
The Griffins remain perfect after winning Tournament of Champions in Arizona.
4. (2) Norco (Calif.), 11-1
Norco lost its first game of the season, 2-1 to Mater Dei. The Cougars bounced back with two impressive wins.
Trenton now has five shutout wins on the season.
The Falcons fell to No. 3 Los Alamitos in Tournament of Champions final in Arizona.
Forney dropped four spots after losing two close games to start March.8. (6) Barbers Hill (Mt. Belvieu, Texas), 18-2
Both Barbers Hill's losses were 1-0 games.
Sophomore pitcher Jordyn Hustey
and Cooper City are off to a 6-0 start, including a 6-1 win over previously No. 11 Coral Springs Charter.
The Saints are loaded with talent and have outscored their opponents 101-8.
Season begins March 23.
Winter Springs dropped its first game of the season but have already bounced back.
Dropped out: O'Connor (Phoenix), Hartsville (S.C.), Bradshaw Mountain (Prescott Valley, Ariz.), Oakleaf (Orange Park, Fla.)
On the bubble
Oakleaf fell for the first time this season on Tuesday.
Seven-straight wins since season opening loss.
Lost to two ranked teams at the Tournament of Champions in Arizona.
Two losses have come to Southern California teams.
Off to a 6-0 start. Will be tested over the next few weeks.
10-5 record but just beat No. 23 Ironwood Ridge.
The Wildcats are off to a 17-1-1 start.