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Softball rankings May 10

OVERALL TOP 10

1. Stockdale 22-4-2

2. Frontier 31-2

3. Ridgeview 25-5

4. Hanford West 5-20

5. El Diamante 24-4

6. Buchanan 31-5-1

7. Clovis 20-11

8. Clovis West 21-9

9. Central 19-7-1

10. Madera 16-10-1

DIVISIONAL RANKINGS

D-I: 1. Stockdale; 2. El Diamante; 3. Buchanan

D-II: 1. Frontier; 2. Clovis North 13-13; 3. Monache 16-4

D-III: 1. Ridgeview; 2. Hanford West; 3. Kerman 27-7

D-IV: 1. Chowchilla 23-7; 2. Independence 13-12; 3. Mission Oak 17-10

D-V: 1. Liberty-Madera Ranchos 20-8; 2. Woodlake 19-2; 3. Exeter 17-8

D-VI: 1. McFarland 13-8; 2. Laton 8-5; 3. Kings Christian 8-8

THE BUZZ

Barring any upsets during this final week of regular-season play by Independence, Stockdale should be a lock for Division I's top seed, which will be announced Saturday. The defending champion Mustangs have two losses to section opposition this season (Centennial and Frontier) and feature one of the best pitchers in the section in Justine Vela.

After Stockdale, several teams have a shot at the No. 2 seed, including El Diamante, which was promoted from D-II this season, last year's runner-up Buchanan, Clovis and Clovis West.

A surprise team in D-I could be Madera, which has won eight straight after a slow start and would wrap up the CMAC title with victories over Sunnyside (today) and Bullard (Friday).

D-II looks just as clear-cut at the top, with Southwest Yosemite League co-leader Frontier head and shoulders above the rest of the field.

D-III will be interesting. Hanford West was the class of the field before Ridgeview went on a surprising run to the finals of the Clovis Easter Classic. The Huskies host El Diamante at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

A key small-schools game takes place 4 p.m. today in Kerman, where the Lions host Liberty-Madera Ranchos. Kerman secures the North Sequoia League title with a win; the Hawks would receive a seedings boost in D-V with a win over the D-III Lions.

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