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Arizona high school baseball Super 10: Through March 25

Mason Gray from Pinnacle High School pitches against Stillwater High School at a Horizon High School baseball tournament in Scottsdale, Ariz. on March 16, 2017.

Mason Gray from Pinnacle High School pitches against Stillwater High School at a Horizon High School baseball tournament in Scottsdale, Ariz. on March 16, 2017.

Each week, azcentral sports will rank the Super 10 Arizona high school baseball teams.

Through March 25

No. 1 Phoenix Horizon (16-1-1)

Back on top with five-game winning streak since losing to Stillwater, Okla., in its tournament semifinal.

No. 2 Phoenix Pinnacle (14-2)

Falls from the top after 2-1 loss to Phoenix Brophy Prep.

No. 3 Glendale Mountain Ridge (10-2-2)

The Lions should have All-Arizona pitcher Tommy Lowe throwing innings for the first time this season after dealing with diabetes.

No. 4 Buckeye Verrado (12-1)

Is this now the team to beat in 5A with nine straight wins that included a mercy-ruling of Scottsdale Chaparral.

No. 5 Chandler Hamilton (10-4-1)

Two two steps forward and one step back going 2-1 with a 5-4 loss to Gilbert Perry sandwiched between blowout wins over Phoenix Desert Vista (11-1) and Mesa Desert Ridge (9-1).

No. 6 Chandler Basha (13-3-1)

Moves into the Super 10 after winning its last four.

No. 7 Mesa Skyline (11-5-1)

Senior pitcher Boyd Vander Kooi is turning Skyline into a big story with six consecutive wins in 6A.

No. 8 Chaparral (12-3-2)

One of the strangest teams. Great one game. Struggles the next. How do you explain an 8-4 loss to Peoria Centennial after a 9-7 win over  previously unbeaten Queen Creek?

No. 9 Queen Creek (15-1)

This is a big turnaround story after going 14-15 in coach Mikel Moreno’s first season last year.

No. 10 Tempe Corona  del Sol (15-3)

Followed up an eight-inning 6-5 win over Mesa Mountain View with a 5-1 loss to Mountain Ridge.

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Through March 18

No. 1 Phoenix Pinnacle (13-1)

Showed no weakness en route to Between The Lines national invitational tourney title at Horizon.

No. 2 Phoenix Horizon (13-1-1)

Lost its first game last week to a tough Stillwater team that Pinnacle beat by one in the final.

No. 3 Queen Creek (14-0)

This 5A team won the Bob Everett Classic last week, scoring 41 runs in four games.

No. 4 Tempe Corona del Sol (10-4)

Won its last four with most impressive coming against defending 6A champion Hamilton, 5-3, in eight innings.

No. 5 Chandler Hamilton (8-3-1)

Rough week, tying Glendale Mountain Ridge (2-2 in eight innings that was stopped due to darkness) and lost to Corona del Sol (5-3 in eight innings).

No. 6 Buckeye Verrado (8-1)

5A team had last week off, but has won five in a row that included a nine-inning, 5-1 win over Peoria Liberty, the only team to beat Pinnacle. Has given up just one run in four games.

No. 7 Glendale Mountain Ridge (9-2-2)

Starting to make its move with the 2-2, eight-inning tie vs. Hamilton, the team it lost to in last year’s 6A final.

No. 8 Scottsdale Chaparral (10-2-2)

Only losses were in blowouts — to Verrado (11-0, five innings) and unbeaten Broken Arrow (Okla., 10-1).

No. 9 Nogales (13-1)

This 4A team lost its only game to Chaparral.

No. 10 Peoria Liberty (12-4)

First-year coach Chris Raymond has 5A team on the right track, scoring 33 runs in the  last three games and beating a tough Scottsdale Desert Mountain team 10-8.

Through March 11

No. 1 Phoenix Pinnacle (9-1)

Climbs to No. 1 on strength of 7-3 victory over Hamilton.

No. 2 Phoenix Horizon (9-0-1)

A slugfest 12-12 tie with Mountain Ridge causes Huskies to lose grip of No. 1.

No. 3 Chandler Hamilton (7-2)

Losses were to Horizon and Pinnacle.

No. 4 Queen Creek (9-0)

Has been the surprise team in the state so far with outstanding pitching.

No. 5 Vail Cienega (8-0)

Will need to show pitching depth with four games this week after having last week off.

No. 6 Buckeye Verrado (8-1)

This 5A team showed it belongs after run-ruling Chaparral 11-0 last week.

No. 7 Oro Valley Canyon del Oro (9-1)

This 4A team has won four in a row.

No. 8 Glendale Mountain Ridge (9-2-1)

Should get big boost with return of pitcher Tommy Lowe.

No. 9 Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor (6-3)

Nolan Gorman’s hot bat gives the Eagles optimism in 6A.

No. 10 Scottsdale Chaparral (9-1-1)

Jacob Gonzalez had a pair of two-run homers in a rout of Page last week.

Through March 4

No. 1 Phoenix Horizon (8-0)

Went 3-0 on the week with impressive pitching, hitting and defense to remain No. 1.

No. 2 Chandler Hamilton (6-1)

Doesn’t move spots after winning three games. Huskies now yet to lose since dropping season opener to Horizon.

No. 3 Queen Creek (5-0)

Former Arizona State player and assistant coach Mikel Moreno has a special group in 5A.

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No. 4 Vail Cienega (8-0)

This 5A team is hitting .422 and has a 2.80 ERA.

No. 5 Scottsdale Chaparral (6-0-1)

Gave Nogales its first loss Saturday behind strong pitching from senior Casey Candiotti, who had a no-hitter through 6 2/3 inning.

No. 6 Gilbert Campo Verde (2-0)

Started season with wins over fellow Gilbert schools, Gilbert (8-3) and Highland (5-4).

No. 7 Peoria Liberty (6-2)

Has won five in a row since dropping a 3-1 decision to No. 1 Horizon.

No. 8 Phoenix Pinnacle (5-1)

Bounced back from a 5-4 loss to Liberty with a 10-0 rout of Glendale Mountain Ridge.

No. 9 Tempe Corona del Sol (5-2)

Climbs back in after winning five in a row by a combined score of 46-12.

No. 10 Oro Valley Canyon del Oro (5-0)

This 4A team has outscored its opponents 33-7.

Through Feb. 25

No. 1 Phoenix Horizon (5-0)

Beat defending 6A champion and then-No. 1 Chandler Hamilton 4-2 during a 5-0 week to open the season.

No. 2 Hamilton (3-1)

Bounced back from the Horizon loss with three straight wins and allowed a total of six runs in four games.

No. 3 Queen Creek (4-0)

The only team to go undefeated in Brophy Prep’s Adam Donnenfield Baseball Tournament.

No. 4 Vail Cienega (6-0)

Moves into the Super 10 after winning the Cowboy Up tournament, beating Oro Valley Ironwood Ridge and Tucson Salpointe in the final two games.

No. 5 Phoenix Pinnacle (3-0)

Beat Gilbert Perry and Phoenix Shadow Mountain twice, allowing a total of four runs.

No. 6 Scottsdale Chaparral (3-0-1)

The tie came in the opener in a 2-2 game shortened by darkness, facing arguable the best pitcher in the  state, Mesa Skyline’s Boyd Vander Kooi.

No. 7 Glendale Mountain Ridge (3-1)

Will bounce back from the 9-5 loss to Scottsdale Desert Mountain that left a sour taste to end the first week.

No. 8 Gilbert Campo Verde (0-0)

Season gets going Tuesday at Gilbert.

No. 9 Ironwood Ridge (3-1)

Only loss was to unbeaten Cienega in the Cowboy Up tournament.

No. 10 Nogales (5-0)

This 4A team outscored its first five opponents 59-10.

MORE: Final high school baseball Super 10 rankings for 2016 season

This is the  initial rankings for the 2017 season.

Preseason 

No. 1 Chandler Hamilton

The defending 6A champs return Big Schools Player of the Year Nick Brueser and everybody from the pitching staff but ace Zane Strand (now at ASU).

No. 2 Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor

Great offensive team, led by All-Arizona junior third baseman Nolan Gorman.

No. 3 Glendale Mountain Ridge

Will miss pitcher Tommy Lowe to start the season, but still has big lefty Matthew Libertore to shut down offenses.

No. 4 Oro Valley Ironwood Ridge

Won 22 games last season behind Jacob Allen’s big bat. Expect more of the same in 5A.

No. 5 Tempe Corona del Sol

Experienced team that should give Hamilton a run in 6A.

RELATED: Hamilton’s Brueser driven by high baseball expectations

No. 6 Scottsdale Chaparral

Moves down to 5A, where it will have a good chance at winning state, behind All-Arizona infielder Jacob Gonzalez.

No. 7 Gilbert Perry

Very strong up the middle and possesses as good a middle infield (Trevor Hauver and Tommy Sacco) as you will find in Arizona.

No. 8 Phoenix Pinnacle

Top level pitching with Calvin Schapira and Jake Holmes.

No. 9 Chandler Basha

Gage Workman reclassified up a year, ready to break out with his best year yet for a team that struggled down the stretch last year because of injuries to the pitching staff.

No. 10 Gilbert Campo Verde

Stacked pitching staff hopes to lead Coyotes to the 5A crown.

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Hamilton High School first baseman Nick Brueser completes batting practice in Chandler, Ariz. on Feb. 17, 2017. Brueser was named Arizona Player of the Year after his team won the state championships last year.

Hamilton High School first baseman Nick Brueser completes batting practice in Chandler, Ariz. on Feb. 17, 2017. Brueser was named Arizona Player of the Year after his team won the state championships last year.