This week’s Orange County high school baseball rankings.

Notable this week: Santa Margarita is back in the No. 1 spot in the Orange County rankings for the final week of the regular season. … There is a three-way battle among No. 3 JSerra, No. 4 Orange Lutheran and No. 5 Mater for second place in the Trinity League. … No. 6 Cypress and No. 7 Pacifica will meet twice this week to decide the Empire League title.


(Records through April 23)

1. Santa Margarita 19-5: The Eagles swept Mater Dei in three games last week to clinch the Trinity League championship, their first league championship since 2004.

Previous ranking: 3

2. Huntington Beach 18-8: The Oilers split a two-game league series with Fountain Valley to clinch a share of the Surf League championship.

Previous ranking: 1

3. JSerra 16-8: The Lions’ chances for a guaranteed playoff berth greatly increased with its three-game sweep of Servite in the Trinity League.

Previous ranking: 2

4. Orange Lutheran 16-8-1: The Lancers, who swept St. John Bosco in three Trinity League games last week, are in a three-way tie for second place with JSerra and Mater Dei.

Previous ranking: 5

5. Mater Dei 14-10-1: The Monarchs lost three Trinity League games to Santa Margarita, but remain alive for a guaranteed playoff berth. They have a big three-game league series against Servite this week.

Previous ranking: 4

6. Cypress 19-6: The Centurions stayed tied with Pacifica for first place in the Empire League with a two-game sweep of Crean Lutheran. They play Pacifica twice this week.

Previous ranking: 6

7. Pacifica 20-2: The Mariners improved their county-leading winning streak to 15 games with a two-game Empire League sweep of Kennedy. They play Cypress on Tuesday and Thursday.

Previous ranking: 8

8. Villa Park 15-10: The Crestview League-leading Spartans split a two-game league series with El Dorado and beat top-ranked Santa Margarita in a nonleague game Saturday.

Previous ranking: 9

9. Servite 13-12: The Friars, who have lost seven Trinity League games in a row, have three games against Mater Dei this week in series crucial to the playoff hopes of both teams.

Previous ranking: 7

10. El Dorado 15-10: The Golden Hawks are in second place in the Crestview League after splitting two league games with Villa Park last week.

Previous ranking: 10

11. Tesoro 17-8

Previous ranking: 12

12. Foothill 12-13

Previous ranking: 11

13. Edison 14-9

Previous ranking: 14

14. Fullerton 14-6

Previous ranking: 13

15. Capistrano Valley 13-11

Previous ranking: 15

16. El Modena 14-10-1

Previous ranking: 17

17. San Clemente 16-8

Previous ranking: 18

18. Fountain Valley 12-10

Previous ranking: Not ranked

19. Corona del Mar 12-12-1

Previous ranking: Not ranked

20. Los Alamitos 15-10

Previous ranking: 19

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21. Yorba Linda 12-11-1

Previous ranking: 20

22. Trabuco Hills 13-12

Previous ranking: Not ranked

23. Capistrano Valley Christian 17-9

Previous ranking: 23

24. Aliso Niguel 11-13

Previous ranking: 25

25. Woodbridge 21-5

Previous ranking 24