BASEBALL 1. Bonita (24-3) Locked up Hacienda League title by beating Diamond Bar 2. Kaiser (22-3) Allowed an average of 1.2 runs the last nine games 3. Los Osos (19-5) Clinched Baseline title with no-hitter against Glendora 4. San Dimas (22-6) Two clutch wins over Northview won Valle Vista title 5. Carter (18-6) San Andreas League champs have won 10 of their last 11 6. Diamond Bar (19-5) Brahmas fell short against Bonita in bid for league title 7. Chino (16-9) Won last eight league games to share Mt. Baldy title 8. Montclair (18-6) Outright bid for Mt. Baldy title derailed by Chino 9. Don Lugo (20-6) Caught late breaks to finish with share of Mt. Baldy title 10. Claremont (12-11) Wolfpack holding on to second in wild Sierra race
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.
There were six games left in the regular season and the Claremont baseball team sat just a game out of second place, but coach Geoff Ranney told his team Thursday’s rubber match with Chino Hills was a must-win. The coach’s reasoning makes sense given the tight proximity of everybody in the Sierra League. The Wolfpack responded with a 6-3 victory over Chino Hills that pulled Claremont back into a tie for second place and claimed the season series with a Huskies team that had won eight of its last nine games. Check out a photo gallery from the game.
The Bonita High School baseball team’s pitching staff was deep before the season began. It has only gotten deeper. The depth of talent perhaps is best illustrated by a pitcher committed to Cal State Fullerton beginning the season in the bullpen.
But Damien transfer Grant Hockin has been so good John Knott, coach of the defending CIF champion Bearcats, moved him into a starting rotation that now includes four pitchers. Well, all four don’t actually rotate. Hockin (4-0, 1.44 ERA) and senior Sam Stavang (3-2, 2.80 ERA) rotate as the third starter behind Parker Merritt (5-0, 0.71 ERA) and Jon Reid (5-0, 1.75 ERA).
“There’s a lot of internal competition right now, but it’s going to be really tough to choose when we get to the playoffs and there’s only two games a week,” Knott said.
BASEBALL 1. Bonita (16-2-1) Bounced back from loss, tie to win two 1-run games 2. Kaiser (16-3) Cats have scored double-digit runs in four strait games 3. Los Osos (13-4) Fell into a tie for first after 5-run loss to Etiwanda 4. San Dimas (16-5) Smooth sailing until season-ending series with Northview 5. Diamond Bar (15-3) Building to two-game series with Bonita to end season 6. Carter (12-5) Next up for 1st-place Lions: 2nd-place San G and 3rd-place Rialto 7. Montclair (14-5) One-game lead on hard-charging Chino with five to play 8. Don Lugo (15-6) Followed loss to Monrovia with big win over Diamond Bar 9. Damien (11-7) Race for 2nd in Sierra League promises to be interesting 10. Chino (11-7) Can pull into first-place tie with win over Montclair Tuesday
BASEBALL 1. Bonita (5-1) Bearcats lost Garza, but pitching is now deeper. 2. Kaiser (5-2) A once young team is maturing this year. 3. San Dimas (6-2) Saints have lost only to Bonita, Chaparral. 4. Rialto (5-3) Three of Knights’ losses have been by one run. 5. Don Lugo (5-1) Conquistadores have scored 71 runs in first six games. 6. Ayala (5-2) Has lost a pair after best start in school history. 7. Los Osos (3-1) Hoping to bounce back after fourth-place finish in 2012. 8. Upland (6-0) Consistently quality program appears quality again this year. 9. Claremont (3-3) All three losses are to top-flight teams. 10. Damien (3-2) Two of the Spartans’ pitchers are committed to UCLA.