It’s hard to believe Rancho Cucamonga lost their game on Saturday night, blowing a 20-point second-quarter and a 13-point fourth-quarter leads in a 24-23 loss to Anaheim Servite.
The two big plays were two lost fumbles: one that was returned 1 yard for a touchdown and other that was returned 54 yards to the Rancho Cucamonga 5 and resulted in a touchdown a play later.
But even outside of that, Rancho Cucamonga had difficulty moving the ball and didn’t put the Friars away. The Cougars had a stretch from late second to mid-fourth quarters, a span of seven possessions, in which they had 1 first down.
Servite had only 77 yards of offense in the second half, but it didn’t matter, because the Cougars fumbled the ball away. Rancho Cucamonga couldn’t move the ball consistently until after they fell behind and Servite was playing a more prevent defense.
Even after falling behind, the Cougars moved the ball but could not get past the Servite 40.
Miller High school was seemingly sleepwalking into the second half, losing four fumbles in less than 10 minutes and fell behind Lake Elsinore Lakeside 14-0.
Then things suddenly changed.
A 72-yard touchdown pass from Michael Watkins to Devon Brown with 7:37 left in the third quarter started Miller’s comeback.
By the end of the game, Miller had scored touchdowns on five consecutive possessions plus a defensive touchdown and downed Lakeside 39-20 in the season opener for both schools.
They say it’s difficult to beat a team 3 times in the same season, but it didn’t seem especially difficult for the Chino HIgh softball team on Saturday.
The Cowgirls scored multiple runs in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th innings, built a 10-1 lead and held on to beat Don Lugo 10-6 in the CIF-SS Division 2 championship game at Deanna Manning Stadium. Chino beat Don Lugo for the 3rd time this season. The Cowgirls won a pair of Mt. Baldy League contests this year to win the league title.
Chino took advantage of five Don Lugo errors to score five unearned runs.
Three of the runs that were earned came home on sophomore pitcher Miranda Viramontes’ 3-run home run in the third inning.
Viramontes had some control issues in the 6th, walking four, hitting two and allowing five runs. But she retired the final batter of the inning with two runners on base and set Don Lugo down in order in the seventh.
Top-seeded Chino Hills brought home the CIF-SS Division 3 softball title on Saturday, beating South Torrance 3-0 at Deanna Manning Stadium in Irvine. Nikki Innamorato pitched a two-hitter and Chino Hills took advantage of two errors to score three unearned runs.
Amber Padilla pitched a perfect game, leading Pomona Catholic to the D7 softball title with a 1-0 victory over Burbank Bell-Jeff at Barber Park on Friday afternoon.
Padilla allowed only one ball hit to the outfield, retiring all 21 batters she faced. The only run scored on an RBI single in the first inning by Ashley Montion.
It was in sharp contrast to last year’s game, when Pomona Catholic beat Bell-Jeff for the title, 7-6.
The title is the 6th in Pomona Catholic’s history, tying coach Roger Wallace for the CIF-SS record for CIF titles by a coach.
Ashley Montion’s RBI single in the top of the first inning has given Pomona Catholic an early 1-0 lead over Burbank Bell-Jeff in the CIF Division 7 softball championship game today in Irvine.
In the top of the fourth, Pomona Catholic got the first two runners on base, but could not score a run, so it is still 1-0 PC as we go to the bottom of the fourth.
The Inland Valley produced many notable performances on Saturday at the Division 2 track and field prelims at Moorpark High School. The top nine in most events qualify for next Saturday’s CIF-SS Finals.
Here is a list of Inland Valley qualifiers for the CIF-SS Division 2 finals:
With all-Inland Valley basketball running this week, it’s time to release all-valley wrestling. Due to space/time/staffing constraints, we are only running a list of all-valley wrestling on the blog.
But here it is, all-valley wrestling for 2011-12 season.
Wrestler of the Year: Jacob Leon, Sr., Alta Loma (138)
Coach of the Year: Nick Nakamura, Chino Hills
If there was any doubt which team is tops in the Sierra League, Chino Hills erased that doubt for now on Wednesday.
Chino Hills (18-3, 3-0) scored five runs in the fifth and five more in the sixth for an 11-2 win over St. Lucy’s (15-4, 2-1).
Here is a recap of some of the action from Saturday’s Diamond Bar Tournament, courtesy of Diamond Bar assistant coach Lisa Houk (who reported it) and our clerk, Adrian Cruz (who wrote it up). This did not make our deadline to appear in Sunday’s paper.
Diamond Bar 4, Hacienda Heights Wilson 3
With the score tied 3-3 going into the final inning, tournament rules dictated an international tiebraker, which allows both teams to begin the inning with a runner at second. Diamond Bar held their own and did not allow the runner to score. In the bottom half of the frame, Diamond Bar loaded the bases with one out and up came Natalie Barajas. With Dani Wilson cheering her on from third base, Barajas ended the game with a walk-off HBP. Dani Wilson crossed the plate with the winning run and sent the Brahma players and supporters into a frenzy and into the championship game. Leadoff batter Breanna Gonzalez went 3 for 4 while Danielle Cornejo and Lizzy McCabe added two hits apiece.
St. Lucy’s 4, Diamond Bar 1
The Regents scored all of their runs in the first two innings as Caroline Smith held the tournament-host Brahmas to one run over five hits to win the title. St. Lucy’s Brandi Harkness had an RBI triple while Danielle O’Toole added a double.
For Diamond Bar, Brianna Gonzalez and Liz Rubalcava had a double apiece while Marissa McKendall went 2 for 3 with an RBI. An unusual play took place in the top of the seventh as Diamond Bar threw out two players at the plate. After a single to right, the Diamond Bar left fielder hit her cutoff man at first who then gunned out a St. Lucy’s runner attempting to score from second at the plate with her throw to Rubalcava. Rubalcava alertly threw down to second after seeing the St. Lucy’s initial batter attempting to go to second. However, one more St. Lucy’s batter tried to come home with Diamond Bar’s shortstop throwing back to home in time to record the out and a rare play all at once.