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VX Baseball Rankings 3/5

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Posted: Monday, March 5, 2012 11:56 am | Updated: 6:08 pm, Tue Mar 6, 2012.

Updated baseball rankings, as of March 5:


Division I

1. Desert Mountain 7-1

2. Brophy 4-1

3. Hamilton 5-1

4. Horizon 4-3

5. Chaparral 5-3

6. Red Mountain 6-1

7. Basha 6-1

8. Cienega 8-1

9. Mountain Pointe 2-2-1

10. Mesquite 4-3

Desert Mountain has been the most impressive team in the early-going, downing Desert Ridge 6-3 on Saturday to win the Scottsdale Invitational. Brophy, Hamilton and Horizon are playing well and stay near the top of the rankings. Chaparral has won three straight games, but questions remain about the eligibility of slugger Dylan Dozens. If he is sidelined for a significant stretch, it could impact the Firebirds. Unranked Red Mountain made the biggest jump after very impressive play early on and Cienega is playing well. Basha’s strength of schedule isn’t great, but the Bears have won six of seven so move up a few spots. Mesquite has been inconsistent and drops to No. 9. Defending champion Mountain Pointe is off to a rough start, sliding all the way to the bottom of the rankings. Pinnacle is under .500 to drop out and Boulder Creek left the top-10 as well. Perry, Westwood and St. Mary’s have gaudy early-season records, but will need to prove their worth against tougher competition before entering the top-10. Desert Ridge is also knocking on the door.

Division II

1. Saguaro 4-2

2. Sunrise Mountain 3-0

3. Sunnyslope 6-1

4. Arcadia 5-1

5. Canyon del Oro 5-1

6. Sabino 6-2

7. Liberty 2-2

8. Shadow Mountain 5-2

9. Salpointe 5-3

10. Paradise Valley 6-1

Saguaro has two losses but held its own against some of the state’s elite in the Scottsdale Invitational. Sunrise Mountain has played well, while Sunnyslope’s pitching has been top-notch. Arcadia, Canyon del Oro and Sabino are playing at a high level like many assumed they would, while Liberty has stumbled a bit early on but should be fine. Shadow Mountain was unranked to start the year but has impressed, and Salpointe and Paradise Valley. Seton Catholic and Notre Dame have not fared well against tough schedules.

Division III

1. Payson 5-0

2. Estrella Foothills 5-1

3. Mingus 5-0

4. Blue Ridge 2-2

5. Scottsdale Christian 1-0

Payson has been a juggernaut early on and takes over the top spot. Estrella Foothills stays at No. 2 with some impressive early-season play. Mingus jumps in at No. 3 by starting out undefeated, while Blue Ridge falls a few spots. Scottsdale Christian sticks at No. 5 after winning its first game of the year, while Valley Christian falls out but is 3-1 so is still in the mix.

Division IV

1. Desert Christian 5-0

2. Gila Bend 3-0-2

3. Phoenix Country Day 5-0

4. Gilbert Christian 4-0

5. Yuma Catholic 0-1

Desert Christian keeps its hold at No. 1 with a hot start, including an impressive win over Valley Christian. Gila Bend, Phoenix Country Day and Gilbert Christian join the rankings with undefeated starts to the season and will try to stay there. Yuma Catholic lost to a solid River Valley club but hangs on at No. 5.

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[Stats Courtesy of MaxPreps]