Coming back from an 11-4 home loss with a 14-0 win over Hilmar kept Hughson in the No. 1 spot once again. (Joe Cortez/Front Rrow Preps)

Despite first loss, Hughson remains No. 1 team in small-school baseball rankings

Joe Cortez

Small School

Editor’s note: Comprised of teams from Trans-Valley League, Mother Lode League, Southern League, Central California Athletic Alliance. Records as of Monday, March 11, 2019.

(Trans-Valley League, Mother Lode League, Southern League, Central California Athletic Alliance)

1 (1). Hughson (12-1) — The Huskies had a bounce-back performance after their first lost of then season at the hands of Hilmar, winning 14-0 on the road behind a stellar pitching performance from Seth Garza. They stay put despite the first setback of the season.

2 (2). Mariposa (10-0) — Outscored Denair 16-2 in a Southern League series and now gets winless Delhi this week before taking on Ripon Christian the following week. Leo Kari picked up region-best sixth victory last week.

3 (3). Argonaut (9-1) — Squeaked past Calaveras 11-10, then handled Bret Harte 10-0. That’s good enough to hold down the No. 3 spot for at least one more week.

4 (5). Big Valley Christian (11-3) — The Lions climb one spot in the rankings after an impressive 7-2 victory over then-No. 4 Modesto Christian.

5 (4). Modesto Christian (7-5) — We’re not ready to give up on the Crusaders just yet, despite out-of-conference losses last week. The big test will come this week with a two-game set against Ripon in a key Trans-Valley league matchup.