Bonita, Los Osos clinch league titles, avoid high-stakes rematches

The Bonita and Los Osos baseball teams can sleep soundly after league championship-clinching wins on Wednesday. Had either of them lost, they would be facing the prospect of losing a wire-to-wire lead in their respective leagues on the final day of the regular season.

Los Osos’ Chris Kohler may be the exception who can’t doze off immediately tonight. The senior is likely still winding down from throwing his first career no-hitter, not to mention breaking the school’s single-season strikeout record. The Grizzlies’ 9-0 win over second-place Glendora gives Los Osos its first Baseline League championship in six years and makes Friday’s matchup between the two teams meaningless. Second baseman Chris Riley has to be mentioned as much for his 3-for-3, two-RBI, two-run performance at the plate as his no-hitter-saving play in the field with one out in the final inning.

Bonita’s 4-1 win in its first meeting of the season with Diamond Bar also included some pitching heroics as Parker Merritt maintained his sub-1.00 ERA with a six-hit complete game. Merritt has now walked just one batter in 64 innings pitched this season as the ace of a deep pitching staff. Instead of having to face Diamond Bar on Friday in a pressure-packed game with the Hacienda League title on the line, Bonita can turn its attention to trying to repeat as CIF champions.