Elk Grove is No. 4 and Rocklin No. 18 in Cal-Hi Sports' state top 20 preseason baseball rankings.
The Thundering Herd is led by senior Jake Rodriguez, Cal-Hi's State Junior Player of the Year and a member of the United States Under-16 national team, while the defending D-II Sac-Joaquin Section Thunder is anchored by pitcher Matt Fielding, a 10-game winner last season.
Edison of Huntington Beach, the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section Division I runners-up, are ranked No. 1.
Poway is No. 2, Mater Dei of Santa Ana No. 3 and Rancho Buena Vista of Vista No. 5.
Northern California teams ranked in addition to Elk Grove and Rocklin are No. 6 Valley Christian of San Jose; No. 13 Clayton Valley of Concord; and No. 20 St. Mary's of Stockton.
Two-time defending D-I champion Jesuit and three-time defending D-III champion Yuba City are listed as bubble teams.