Midway through the league schedules for most teams, we begin to see the best baseball teams rise to the top. The most competitive leagues around the Bay are always up for grabs until the end: the West Catholic, and East Bay leagues, for example. But with 15 games (including tournament play) in the scorebooks, we can take a look at how things stack up in the Bay Area.
In the East Bay League, Granada has jumped out to a 4-0 record with big wins over teams like Amador Valley and San Ramon. The Matadors have a strong core led by Senior Vince Fernandez, who is hoping to cap a nice career at Granada with an NCS Championship. Right behind the Matadors in the league standings are an impressive Amador Valley team, and mighty De La Salle. This league will come down to the wire, as it usually does. Granada and De La Salle will face each other this week in their first league meeting.
The West Catholic league is headlined by the Bay Area's top ranked team, St Francis. The Lancers rolled through Bellarmine and Valley Christian this past week, posting 11-0 and 10-0 wins respectively. They are the #11 team in the nation, according to Maxpreps.com's Xellent 25. Behind them, the waters get a bit murky. And in true WCAL fashion, everybody is beating everybody else which makes differentiating the teams difficult. Serra earned a victory over St Francis earlier this season, but have also had some trouble with big opponents like College Park and Mitty. Valley Christian, Bellarmine, and St Ignatius all have a chance to finish third, and it wouldn't surprise me if one of these teams takes the WCAL tournament at the end of the year. Either way, the Lancers are definitely the team to beat in this league, and Mike Oakland's squad shows no signs of slowing down.
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