Baseball: Welcome to the Top 10 party, Pasadena

BASEBALL TOP 10 RANKINGS
Compiled by Miguel Melendez

1. Arcadia (9-0)
Correction: Apaches unbeatable

2. Maranatha (7-1)
Any challengers out there?

3. Temple City (7-2)
Solid win over Monrovia

4. St. Francis (10-1)
Off to 4-0 start in league

5. Monrovia (7-3)
Routed SPas, Blair

6. Alhambra (5-4)
Moors 3-0 in Almont League

7. La Caada (8-1)
Still reeling from loss to M-Town

8. Pasadena (6-3-1)
Nice win over Crescenta Valley

9. San Marino (6-5)
Lost four out of last five

10. La Salle (6-4)
Have lost last three games

BASEBALL LEAGUE STANDINGS

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Softball: La Caada moves up to No. 1 in latest poll

SOFTBALL TOP 10 RANKINGS
Compiled by Keith Lair

1. La Caada (6-1)
Undefeated in Rio Hondo League

2. Flintridge SH (8-2)
Both losses by no-hitter

3. La Salle (9-4)
Split Temple City doubleheader

4. Maranatha (7-4)
Will play La Salle on Thursday

5. Temple City (6-5)
Can’t afford too many more L’s

6. Keppel (10-3)
Won three in a row

7. Arcadia (3-4)
Three consecutive victories

8. South Pasadena (4-5)
Lost Savannah tourney pair

9. Ramona Convent (6-0)
Beat two Prep League teams

10. Monrovia (6-4)
Knocked off Temple City

SOFTBALL LEAGUE STANDINGS

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CLICK HERE FOR CAMINO REAL LEAGUE

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CLICK HERE FOR MONTVIEW LEAGUE

CLICK HERE FOR PACIFIC LEAGUE

CLICK HERE FOR PREP LEAGUE

CLICK HERE FOR RIO HONDO LEAGUE

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Who would be interested Twitter updates via my cell?

Say I told you I could send score/play-by-play updates on Twitter from marquee games that I cover, would you be interested and check them out on my Twitter page? For example, if Maranatha and Arcadia finally decided to play a baseball game, would you guys be interested in inning-by-inning scores and would you follow it on Twitter? I enabled my phone just a few moments ago and I was able to send updates. Let me know …


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Softball: Brooks homers, leads Monrovia to victory

By Keith Lair
Staff Writer

TEMPLE CITY – One of the greatest thrills on the athletic field has to be scoring a game- changing goal in a big soccer game.

Monrovia High School soccer standout Shannon Brooks can now go one better. She hit her third career home run, and it sparked the Wildcats to a 4-2 victory over host Temple City in a Rio Hondo League game Monday afternoon.

“I’m actually amazed,” the senior said of the hit. “Did I actually do it? My heart and soul is for soccer. Softball is just for fun, and to hit something like that is more rewarding than scoring a goal.”

Brooks, who is batting .680 (17-for-25) this season, led off the top of the sixth inning with a home run on a 1-0 pitch that put a dent in the right-field scoreboard. It only tied the game at 2, but it was the difference.

“I think it got us going,” she said. “The girls work really hard, and to be down by one and to have one of their leaders hit something to help them back is rewarding.

“It’s kind of funny; I choked up (on the bat), and I never choked up before until this year. My batting was horrible before now. Now, I’m very confident, but I’m surprised, too.”
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Melendez: Kudos to Temple City, PHS

Note: This column published last week. I wanted to throw it on here and give you a chance to share your opinion, too.

MIGUEL MELENDEZ COLUMN

This column appeared on Page 3B of the Star-News sports section on Friday, March 26

I’m a firm believer of giving credit where credit is due.

It was in this space not too long ago when I was critical of the handling and lack of transparency in the firing of Randy Backus as football coach at Temple City High School.

There was also the seemingly nonchalant attitude for hiring a football coach at Pasadena High after Kevin Mills resigned in November.

Was I harsh?

Yes.

That much I told Temple City athletic director John Van De Veere, Temple City Principal Mary Jo Fosselman-King as well as Pasadena High Principal Derek Evans.

I grilled Van De Veere.

I grilled Fosselman-King.

I grilled Evans.

At the end of each interview, I wanted each of them to know where I was coming from.

I know the questions may have been tough and I understand it’s your job to look out for the school’s best interest and follow guidelines, but I hope you understand it’s my job as a reporter to ask you these questions.

Some coaches and readers privately have said to me I’m one of the more controversial reporters to write in these pages.

Clearly, I disagree.
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