BASEBALL NOTEBOOK: Rio Hondo a tough road to travel

Question: Will we be seeing a team from the Rio Hondo League in the Division V title game again this year? And, if so, who will it be?

By Scott Galetti, Staff Writer
Getting through the Rio Hondo League baseball schedule without any bumps and bruises usually is about as likely as driving through the Los Angeles area without seeing any traffic.
It’s not going to happen.
This season is no different, with six teams jockeying for three guaranteed CIF-Southern Section Division V playoff spots.
Defending league champion Monrovia (6-2, 2-0) has overcome the rigors of league play to win the 2006 Division V title and finish as last season’s runner-up. The Wildcats’ journey continues today when they host South Pasadena at 3:30 p.m.
“Obviously, the emphasis is to start off this league well because teams are going to beat each other,” Monrovia co-coach Dave Moore said. “It’s going to be tough for 15 games. There’s five teams in our league that are very competitive.”
South Pasadena (4-4, 1-2) already has split two games against 2006 semifinalist Temple City, including Wednesday’s 7-5 loss. And Moore knows his team can’t take South Pasadena lightly.
Left-hander Richard Kilbury (3-0) is expected to take the mound for the Wildcats.

San Marino (8-0-1, 2-0) will renew its rivalry with Temple City (6-2, 2-1) today at San Marino’s McNamee Field at 3:30 p.m.
Last season, the teams had some knock-down, drag-out battles, with two games decided by game-winning home runs. This year, the teams not only jostling with each other, they’re fighting for the league title.
“It’s an important game because we’re a game behind them in the loss column,” Temple City coach Barry Bacon said. “They’re a CIF playoff team and they have (Nick) Wilson on the mound, who is a quality pitcher.”
San Marino has out-scored its opponents 59-22. Brian Dearth leads Temple City on offense , and he’ll also start (2-0, 1.07 ERA) for Temple City. He is available for eight innings while Wilson (3-0, 0.87 ERA) will go for the Titans.
are (.458, three doubles, seven RBIs).

Alhambra (6-1, 2-0) looks to run its winning streak to six games when it travels to Schurr (4-4, 1-1) today at 3:15 p.m.
The Moors have outscored their opponents 58-7 since losing to Western Christian 8-5 in the second round of the Arcadia Elks Tournament.

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