3CFCA kicks off 2020 with usual suspects atop first coaches poll

College of San Mateo Softball
College of San Mateo Softball

GLENDORA - The 2020 California Community College Athletic Association softball season is officially underway and it’s a slew of the usual suspects atop the first California Community College Fastpitch Coaches Association (3CFCA) Coaches Poll, released on Tuesday.

Perennial Northern California contender College of San Mateo, under the direction of Nicole Borg (14th season) is ranked No. 1 in the State and NorCal as it looks to get back to the CCCAA State Championship Tournament for the eighth straight time. Defending CCCAA Champion Mt. San Antonio College is the No. 1 team in the South and No. 2 team in the State with first-year head coach Alex Mascarenas is aiming to get his team to three-peat for the first time in program history, and become the first program since Cypress did it from 2010-2012. 

Coming at No. 3 in the State and No. 2 in the South is the aforementioned Chargers of Cypress College. Starting his 34th season at the helm of Cypress, head coach Brad Pickler’s crew is doing what it’s always done to start the season, and that's win. Monterey Peninsula College was a relative newcomer to the top of the Coaches Poll last season, and its picked up right where it left off. Starting his 9th season with MPC, head coach Keith Berg’s Lobos are 5-0, with all five wins coming in mercy-rule fashion. Rounding out the top five is Sacramento City College, which is tied at No. 4 with Monterey Peninsula. Panther Head Coach Tim Kiernan, in his 36th year with the college, is second in the CCCAA in active coaching wins, behind only Pickler.

3CFCA Coaches State Poll (Feb. 10)          
Rk College    Record        
1. College of San Mateo  9-0        
2. Mt. San Antonio College  6-0        
3. Cypress College  4-0        
T-4. Monterey Peninsula College  5-0        
T-4. Sacramento City College  6-0        
T-6. Palomar College  6-1        
T-6. Fullerton College  1-2        
8. San Joaquin Delta College  6-1        
9. Sierra College  4-2        
T-10. Santa Ana College  4-1        
T-10. San Jose City College  5-1        
12. El Camino College  4-1        
13. Ohlone College  3-2        
14. Southwestern College  7-5         
15. Long Beach City College  1-3        
             
3CFCA Coaches NorCal Poll (Feb. 10)     3CFCA Coaches SoCal Poll (Feb. 10)  
Rk College    Record   Rk College    Record
1. College of San Mateo 9-1   1. Mt. San Antonio 6-0
T-2 Monterey Peninsula 5-0   2. Cypress 4-0
T-2. Sacramento City 6-0   3. Palomar 6-1
4. San Joaquin Delta 6-1   4. Fullerton 1-2
5. Sierra 4-2   5. Santa Ana 4-1
6. San Jose City 5-1   6. El Camino 4-1
7. Ohlone 3-2   7. Southwestern 7-5
8. Fresno City 2-3   8. Long Beach City 1-3
9. Diablo Valley 3-3   9. Riverside City 3-3
10. West Valley 10-0   10. College of the Canyons 2-2
Others: Feather River (1-3), Folsom Lake (10-0), Merced (1-5),College of the Sequoias (3-5).   Others: Antelope Valley (4-6), East L.A. (3-1), Moorpark (4-4), Santiago Canyon (5-4), Cerritos (3-3), College of the Desert (7-1)