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SBLive’s LA City Section Baseball Top 10: Granada Hills still No. 1 heading into home stretch of regular season

The Highlanders are 3-1 in the West Valley League so far this year.

SBLive’s LA City Section high school baseball rankings are compiled by SBLive reporter Connor Morrissette and are released weekly throughout the season.


April 18, 2022

1. Granada Hills (16-4-1)

Last week: 1

Granada Hills begins a two game series with Taft this week. 

2. Birmingham (14-8)

Last week: 2

The Patriots went 2-2 in Las Vegas last week. Birmingham plays a two game series against No. 3 El Camino Real this week. 

3. El Camino Real (14-8)

Last week: 3

ECR swept No. 5 Chatsworth with 6-5 and 8-0 wins two weeks ago. Last week, the Royals went 2-2 in the Lions Tournament in San Diego. Santana High School, one of the top teams in the state, beat ECR 6-5 on a walk-off single on the final day of the tournament. 

4. Roosevelt (15-5)

Last week: 4

Roosevelt has lost to No. 7 Palisades and No. 10 Cleveland this season, but beaten No. 5 Chatsworth and No. 6 San Pedro. The Roughriders are 6-0 in the Eastern League and have won five games in a row since senior pitcher Lino Zepeda threw 7 and 2/3 innings and struck out 13 in a 1-0 defeat against No. 1 Granada Hills on March 23.

5. Chatsworth (10-9)

Last week: 5

Chatsworth beat Alemany 9-7 last week. Barry Menjivar had three RBI's in the win. 

6. San Pedro (11-7)

Last week: 6

A week after losing to No. 1 Granada Hills 12-3, San Pedro responded with a 9-0 win over St. Paul last Saturday. Zack Geiss struck out eight and allowed only one hit on the mound. Matt Borges went 4-for-5 with three doubles and two RBI's. Gio Crow hit his third home run of the season. 

7. Palisades (13-6-1)

Last week: 7

Palisades went 1-3 in the Lions tournament in San Diego last week. The Dolphins lone win came against Vista Grande (Ariz.) 6-4. 

8. Sylmar (13-6-1)

Last week: 8

Sylmar took down Taft 1-0 (nine innings) and North Hollywood 5-1 last week. Frank Garcia threw eight innings and had ten strikeouts in the win over Taft. Matt Benzor got the win and Favian Pinon had the game-winning RBI. 

9. Poly (13-7)

Last week: 9

Poly beat No. 10 Cleveland 3-2 three weeks ago. Jessie Pineda threw a complete game and struck out seven in the win. Diego Ortega had the game-winning RBI. Two weeks ago, the Parrots beat North Hollywood and lost to Southern Section power Sierra Canyon

10. Cleveland (10-8)

Last week: 10

Cleveland swept Taft to get back to .500 (2-2) in the West Valley League two weeks ago.

Honorable mention: Marshall, Taft and Carson