Empire baseball rankings

Posted by Staff Writer Eric Branch:

LARGE SCHOOLS
1. Petaluma (13-5): Trojans one win away from matching last year’s win total.
2. Montgomery (10-7): Vikings rebounded from first NBL loss with 12-6 win over Ukiah.
3. Cardinal Newman (11-7): Cardinals impressive in a crucial victory at Montgomery.
4. Ukiah (12-5): Wildcats lacking signature wins, but it’s hard to ignore record.
5. Casa Grande (8-11): Gauchos on a short leash after last week’s losses to Sonoma and Analy.

SMALL SCHOOLS
1. St. Vincent (13-3): Mustangs have allowed four runs or fewer in nine straight games.
2. Cloverdale (8-5): Eagles winning despite .246 team batting average.
3. Clear Lake (11-5): Richardson hitting .455 with a 2.26 ERA.
4. Middletown (9-8): Mustangs have outscored opponents 50-14 during five-game winning streak.
5. Kelseyville (8-7): Panos leading the Knights with a .481 average.