Mission Viejo (Calif.) has been dominant all season and that has continued through the early rounds of the California Southern Section playoffs so it’s no surprise the unbeaten Diablos remain atop the USA TODAY High School Sports/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Super 25 rankings.
Mission Viejo, which plays Sunny Hills (Fullerton) in the quarterfinals Thursday, entered the week at 27-0, led by reigning Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year Taylor McQuillin.
McQullin added to her impressive high school career in a 10-0 victory against Arroyo Grade in a Division 2 second-round game.
With the win, McQuillin picked up career victory No. 101, breaking the Southern Section mark for victories. Brittany Weil won 100 games for Pacifica from 2002 to ’05, according to The Orange County Register. It also was her 33 consecutive decision, dating back to last season. That broke the mark shared by Jackie Oakley from Ocean View in 1986 and Jordan Taylor from Valencia in 2007.
The Diablos have been good with the bat too, setting the Southern Section record for home runs in a season.
Beyond No. 1, though, there was a big shakeup in the rankings.
Alexander Central (Taylorsville, N.C.), which had been No. 2 most of the season, lost to North Davidson (Welcome, N.C.) in the state playoffs, ending its 95-game winning streak. Alexander Central defeated North Davidson in last year’s state 4A championship sweeping the best-of three series. No. 4 Aledo (Texas) also suffered its first loss and dropped in the rankings and No. 7 Cape Fear (Fayetteville) also lost in the playoffs.
Pioneer (San Jose) moves up from No. 3 to No. 2; LaGrange (Texas) moves up to No. 3 followed by Bishop Carroll (Wichita, Kan.) and Yucaipa (Calif.) to round out the top 5.
Other newcomers to the Top 10 are Sherwood (Sandy Spring, Md.) at No. 7, Santiago (Corona, Calif.) at No. 14 and South Cadlwell (Houston) at No. 10. South Caldwell had not been ranked last week.
Joining South Cadwell as newcomers to this week’s rankings are No. 16 Enka (N.C.), No. 23 Bald Knob (Ark.) and No. 25 Greenville (Ohio).