Anyone involved in high school baseball in Southern California knows that the Southwestern League is tough. The league is packed with talent and has consistently dominated the CIF-SS Division 2 polls this season, and now, it’s official. Maxpreps has named the Southwestern League as the toughest, most competitive league in the nation.
League champion Great Oak is currently ranked number one in the CIF-SS Division 2 polls. The Wolfpack is also number one in MaxPreps’ national computer rankings. Vista Murrieta came in second in the league and finished the season number three in the CIF polls.
Season frontrunner Temecula Valley placed third in the league this year. The Golden Bears ranked ninth in the CIF polls at the end of the regular season and were the Boras Classic Southern Champions. Temecula Valley was also the Division 2 runner up in 2013.
Murrieta Valley, Chaparral and Murrieta Mesa round out the rest of the Southwestern League. All three programs are tough, talented and explosive.
- The top 10 competitive leagues in the country as ranked by Maxpreps are:
1. Southwestern – California
2. 5A District 5 – Texas
3. 5A District 14 – Texas
4. 5A District 4 – Texas
5. Metro Catholic – Missouri
6. Division I Section 2 – Arizona
7. Tri-Rivers – California
8. 8A District 16 – Florida
9. East Bay – California
10. Eastern-San Diego – California
The Southwestern League will be represented by four teams in the upcoming CIF-SS Division 2 Ford Baseball Championship Tournament that began on Tuesday, May 20.
Southwestern League champion Great Oak will be in action on Thursday, May 22. The Wolfpack will be playing the winner of Tuesday’s Wild Card game between the Suburban League fourth place finisher Glenn High School and Tustin, the Empire League’s number four team. The game will be played at Great Oak.
Vista Murrieta will also be home on Thursday to play Bellflower High Sschool. The Buccaneers were 17-8 overall and finished second in the Suburban League with a 9-3 record. They are ranked 24th in the state.
A lot is on the line during the championship playoff games. The tournament is single elimination, so if you lose, your season is over, so bragging rights and the league’s newfound reputation are definitely at stake.