VIDEO: Claremont baseball coach on win over Chino Hills, tight league race

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.

Bonita baseball team has a problem, one most would love to have

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.

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Daily Bulletin baseball, softball rankings: Los Osos No. 3 despite loss

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

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It’s the debut of the Daily Bulletin baseball, softball top 10s

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.

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