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VX Baseball Rankings: Final

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Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 4:31 pm | Updated: 4:49 pm, Wed Apr 25, 2012.

Updated baseball rankings as of April 25:

Division I

1. Hamilton 21-7

2. Chaparral 22-7

3. Mesquite 21-7

4. Brophy 19-7

5. Desert Mountain 20-8

6. Pinnacle 15-11

7. Desert Ridge 20-10

8. Mountain Pointe 17-10-1

9. Mountain View 18-8

10. Red Mountain 19-8

Hamilton is riding high with six straight wins, including victories over Basha, Horizon and Mesquite, to take the No. 1 spot into the playoffs. Chaparral has looked the part of title contender all year and stays at No. 2. Mesquite moves up to No. 3, followed by Brophy and Desert Mountain. Those five teams have been at or near the top of the rankings for most of the season. Pinnacle has knocked off O’Connor, Chaparral, Boulder Creek, Horizon, Desert Mountain, Willow Canyon and Gilbert on its current seven-game winning streak, and with that jumps up to No. 6. Desert Ridge is also playing very well of late, winning eight in a row, to move up to No. 7. Mountain Pointe drops a spot to No. 8, followed by Mountain View and Red Mountain. Cienega and Corona del Sol drop from the top-10.

Division II

1. Liberty 18-3

2. Sunrise Mountain 23-5

3. Saguaro 23-7

4. Sunnyslope 22-4-1

5. Sabino 20-5

6. Salpointe 21-6

7. Canyon del Oro 21-7

8. Sahuaro 18-8

9. Notre Dame 16-12

10. Arcadia 20-7

Liberty has won 12 straight and will be the top-ranked team heading into the postseason. Sunrise Mountain and Saguaro are Nos. 2 and 3, and those were the three teams expected to be in the hunt from the start of the year. Sunnyslope drops a couple spots to No. 4 but has put together a very impressive regular season. Tucson powers Sabino, Salpointe, Canyon del Oro and Sahuaro follow, and Notre Dame and Arcadia round out the top-10.

Division III

1. Estrella Foothills 22-5

2. River Valley 24-3

3. Blue Ridge 20-5

4. Scottsdale Christian 17-6-2

5. Winslow 21-5

Estrella Foothills is playing well as the postseason beckons, including recent wins over Gila Bend and Scottsdale Christian, and stays at No. 1. River Valley continues to win to remain at No. 2, followed by a surging Blue Ridge team. Scottsdale Christian has lost twice recently, but those came to Notre Dame Prep and Estrella Foothills, so the Eagles only drop to No. 4. Winslow has won five straight games and stays at No. 5.

Division IV

1. Phoenix Christian 17-5

2. Yuma Catholic 18-3

3. Desert Christian 18-8

4. St. David 21-4

5. Arizona Lutheran 11-8

Phoenix Christian stays at No. 1, followed by a Yuma Catholic team that is playing well. Desert Christian moves up two spots to No. 3, followed by St. David, which dropped after a pair of losses recently. Arizona Lutheran moves in at No. 5, replacing Valley Lutheran.

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