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NSCIF RANKINGS: Colusa baseball No. 4; RedHawks softball sits No. 1 in MaxPreps weekly rankings

Mar. 13—In search of an unprecedented 3-peat in the Northern Section, the Colusa High baseball team is off to a solid start, opening up 5-0 in 2024.

Four of those wins came in run-rule format as Colusa has obliterated its competition in defense of its last two NSCIF Division IV titles. This week Colusa sits No. 4 in the NSCIF full computerized rankings published each Monday by MaxPreps.com.

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Orland (5-1) sits No. 7, while Colusa County's Maxwell is 11th in the full rankings. Foothill (Palo Cedro), Chico and Red Bluff are one-two-three in the MaxPreps rankings. Foothill ranks No. 25 in California as of March 11.

Individually, Luke Kalfsbeek, who is committed to Washington of the soon-to-be Big-10, is hitting over .700 (8-for-11), while Peyton Humphrey is over .600 and Sutter Moss comes in top-3 in the NSCIF at over .500.

Bo Coronado, Colusa's quarterback during its state championship run, leads the section with a 0.00 ERA through 10 innings. The senior has yet to allow an earned run.

The top RBI player in the section is Pierce's Roberto Ramirez, who has driven in 11 runs. Pierce (4-3) sits No. 27 in the section as of Monday.

NSCIF softball poll

Colusa tops the NSCIF rankings after a 6-0 start to the season that included one win in the Sac Valley League — 1-0 over Paradise in which Ava Garcia struck out 15 in a complete-game shutout of the Bobcats.

Garcia, just a junior, has an under-one ERA and has struck out 60 in 32-plus innings to rank among the best in D-IV six games into the season.

At the plate, Elli Santana is the RedHawks' top hitter, batting at a .500 clip (8-for-16) with a .600 on-base percentage to boot.

Biggs (4-1) sits at No. 4 in the section, one spot ahead of Live Oak (5-1). Colusa opens its SVL series with Live Oak Tuesday at 4 p.m. in Colusa.

Colusa crosses over into the Sac-Joaquin Friday to take on Marysville at 4 p.m.