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The Times' Rankings

March 07, 2003|MARTIN HENDERSON

*--* THE TIMES' RANKINGS MARTIN HENDERSON'S PRESEASON TOP 25 SOFTBALL RANKINGS AND COMMENTS Rank Team (2002 rec.) Comment 1 EL MODENA (28-6, SS-Div. II) Six Division I college players reached finals last two years 2 G.G. PACIFICA (28-3-1, SS-Div. III) Shortstop Jodi Legaspi & Co. could easily be No. 1 3 ETIWANDA (24-7, SS-Div. I) Pitcher Jackie Rogers is good reason to like Division I champions 4 FOOTHILL (29-4, SS-Div. I) Pitching will be better than most critics think 5 COR. SANTIAGO (22-6, SS-Div. II) Eight starters return to Inland Empire power 6 CALIFORNIA (26-6, SS-Div. II) Pitcher Jennifer Davis is one of top players anywhere 7 THOUSAND OAKS (20-8-1, SS-Div. I) Mandy Kilionski, Suzanne Kominski should pile up Ks 8 VALENCIA (25-5-2, SS-Div. I) Nine starters back for last season's No. 1-seeded team 9 ROYAL (25-6-1, SS-Div. I) Took an error for California's Davis to beat them last year 10 MATER DEI (26-6, SS-Div. I) Scoring shouldn't be a problem for the Monarchs 11 RIVERSIDE POLY (26-3, SS-Div. I) Trying to overcome graduation of catcher Elizabeth Peterson 12 H.H. WILSON (25-3-1, SS-Div. III) Need marquee games to show off Jamee Juarez 13 HART (22-9, SS-Div. I) All the starters are back, so the Indians will be too 14 ANAHEIM CANYON (23-9, SS-Div. II) Lisa Geer returns, but the infield doesn't 15 WESTLAKE (20-8-2, SS-Div. I) Five returning starters, none of them seniors 16 LAKEWOOD (20-7, SS-Div. I) Lancers in tough league but boast pitcher Kelsey Anderson 17 SAN PEDRO (26-2, City) Junior pitcher Ashley Esparza keyed third City title 18 CAMARILLO (26-6, SS-Div. I) Among seven returning starters is outfielder Krystle Chamberlain 19 ROSARY (16-15, SS-Div. I) Tough schedule skews record, but Royals solid 20 ESPERANZA (20-10, SS-Div. I) Kristen Dedmon can beat any team on any day 21 KING (27-2, SS-Div. III) Wolves have talent, but pitcher Heather Booth graduated 22 LAGUNA HILLS (26-5, SS-Div. I) Hawks were one strike away from going to title game 23 WOODBRIDGE (22-11, SS-Div. I) Kendra Singley one of the top hitters around 24 CORONA (19-9, SS-Div. II) Dena Tyson leads the way for the Panthers 25 EL TORO (18-13, SS-Div. I) Pitcher/shorts top Stephanie Churchwell was hurt most of last year

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