2010 Baseball Preview: Maranatha atop rankings


Above: Maranatha’s Dylan Covey, left, pitcher, Mark Jebbia, pitcher, Matt Chavez, 2nd base infielder, Danny Beckwith, pitcher, and infielder Schafer Chulay. (SGVN/Staff Photo by Walt Mancini)

It’s hard to believe how the high school baseball season last year went from providing suspenseful league races to an abrupt end in the CIF-Southern Section playoffs.

In one day, six of seven area teams were knocked out in the first round. Pasadena Poly was the lone team to survive the first-day massacre. Alhambra and Maranatha got the job done when their first-round games got under way a few days later, but only the Minutemen and the Panthers advanced to the quarterfinals.

Pasadena Poly had a tough 83-mile ride back home after losing to Rosamond in the quarterfinals, again leaving Maranatha as the area’s lone team standing in the playoffs.

The Minutemen dispatched pesky Tahquitz to reach their second consecutive Division V finals appearance. Maranatha, riding a brilliant performance by Dylan Covey, didn’t disappoint en route to its second CIF baseball championship with a 3-1 win over Woodcrest Christian. The Minutemen return six of their nine starters from last year’s team, which is why they’re an easy No. 1 choice for the Star-News’ preseason top 10 rankings.

No. 1 Maranatha (26-5)

Covey, the reigning Star-News player of the year, is expected to be a top 10 draft pick in this year’s amateur draft. For that reason alone, the Minutemen are expected to dominate anytime Covey is on the mound. He’ll have a strong supporting cast with Schafer Chulay (third base), Mark Jebbia (shortstop), Matt Chavez (second base) and Danny Beckwith (first base/pitcher). Maranatha doesn’t have a true No. 2 pitcher like it had with Cory Popham last year.

“At first I was uneasy about not having a stand-alone No. 2 pitcher,” coach Brian DeHaan said. “But the truth is when I look at it now we’re almost stronger not having a No. 2 because we have so many arms that can go on any day. We’re not going to depend on two guys to carry us through the season.”

Maranatha will try to show the rest of the area it can win when Covey is not on the mound.

“Obviously our biggest strength is Dylan Covey, but he’s one guy,” DeHaan said. “He’s not one team. When he’s on the mound he can give us an opportunity to win every game. We won 26 games last year, Covey won 11 of them. Somehow we won 15 other games.”

Covey will bat fourth in the lineup. Aside from bringing a fastball that reaches the high 90s, Covey also brings a strong defensive arm out of center field. But that’s not all he brings.

“He adds a lot to our team and more in the intangibles,” DeHaan said. “His desire to win, desire for his teammates to play well. He can have a great game and if we lose, he’s frustrated. You don’t get that much anymore.”

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No. 2 Monrovia (17-8)

Justin De La Nuez and Nick Bueno will lead the four-time defending Rio Hondo League champions. De La Nuez is the league’s MVP. He batted .460 with eight home runs and 40 RBIs last year. Bueno’s speed will be a key factor in the infield and also could see time on the mound. Aaron Murphy (pitcher/first base), Chris Calvert (catcher), Jordan Trujillo (left field), Jimmy Bradley (right field) and Robert Nakamura (shortstop) are other key returners. It’s a balanced lineup with few to no holes opposing teams can exploit.

“I love our team,” Monrovia co-head coach Brad Blackmore said, “offensively and defensively. If we get the pitching we’re hoping to get I think we’ll be better than last year. Our lineup is deep, and that’s good for us. But pitching is the name of the game.”

Losing Richard Kilbury (UCSB) and Garrett Simpson (Citrus College) from the rotation will be tough, but Blackmore sees a lot of upside.

“These kids went 18-0 as freshmen,” he said. “We were hoping they’d come around, and they seem to be getting there.”

No. 3 St. Francis (16-13)

Knights coach Brian Esquivel said he’s excited about this year’s group that returns seven starters. Ethan Bramschreiber, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound senior headed to Northwestern, and AJ Burglund, a 6-3, 220 pound right fielder headed to UC Santa Barbara, are key returnees. Bramschreiber will be the ace and play first base and Burglund will be the closer. Senior Mark Saatzer is a first-team All-Mission League left fielder and senior TJ Armand will be in center field. Chris Longo and Joey Malham will see significant time on the mound.

“I’m excited about what we’re bringing to the table,” Esquivvel said. “It’s a veteran group. Last year was a pretty successful season, to finish in the top three in the Mission League is an accomplishment.”

No. 4 Arcadia (21-5)

No more Bryce Rutherford, but not to worry. Arcadia coach Nick Lemas is confident Garrett Tuck can take over as the No. 1 pitcher.

“He did a good job last year as a No. 2 and he’s gotten better,” Lemas said. “We have a lot of young guys that people don’t know about who are going to step up. Our pitching staff is going to be really good.”

The Apaches return seven starters, including Jonathan Larson and Haram Park. Losing Tim Smoley’s power bat from last year usually might be of a concern for a team in search of some offensive prowess, but Lemas doesn’t seem to make too much of it.

“We might have to play a little smaller ball this year,” Lemas said. “We lost our pop without Smoley, but hopefully we have guys who can provide that. Most of our guys this year haven’t proven it at the varsity level, but I’m very confident.”

No. 5 Alhambra (17-11)

They are the five-time defending Almont League champions, and that’s reason enough for outsiders to be going after the Moors.

“I think that it’s definitely like that in our league,” Gewecke said. “I certainly feel like people in our league seem to rise up against us because right now we’re on a pretty good run. I think our kids are grasping the responsibility of continuing to have a good program.”

Alhambra returns six starters. At the top of the list is standout pitcher Jonathan Beltran, a senior pitcher who earned league co-MVP honors last year. He had a team-low 1.44 ERA. Senior pitcher/right fielder Greg Saldate earned second team All-CIF honors last year. Gewecke also will rely on three-year letterman Christian Alas, a senior catcher getting looked at by Cal State Northridge. Vailele Peko, a shortstop, also returns and will be counted on to build from last year’s success when he batted .304 as a sophomore.

No. 6 Temple City (16-10)

The name of the game is pitching, and that’s something the Rams certainly have plenty of.

Temple City returns seven starters, including a more healthy Dusty Sanderson, Justin Smith and Branden Pultz.

Sanderson still is only 85-90 percent recovered from last year’s shoulder injury that limited his time at shortstop. He’s since moved to second base. Taking his place is Julian Jarrard, a junior who eventually will start on the mound every other day. Smith, a four-year letterman, moves back to his natural position at third base and Pultz, the team MVP last year, will see valuable time on the mound again.

“Then we have literally nine guys who are high school quality pitchers,” Temple City coach Barry Bacon said. “That’s what hurt us last year, losing key pitchers. We had guys like Pultz step up but we didn’t have the mainline starters that other teams had.”

Bacon is relishing the pitching depth.

“It’s a blessing because they’re all position guys,” he said. “They may not get a lot of innings but it’ll make us better hitters when they throw against our guys in practice.”

No. 7 La Salle (14-12)

La Salle coach Harry Agajanian is raving about his mixture of veteran leadership and young talent. The Lancers return seven starters including Michael Bottala, a senior shortstop who will lead off this season. James Harmon will be the catcher and Aaron Nauls will be at first. The Lancers did lose a stout third baseman when Johnny Auer had a near season-ending shoulder injury in December. He won’t play the outfield but will see significant time at designated hitter.

Sophomore Chris Williams, who will bat second, has made a seamless transition at third.

“He’s taken over without missing a beat,” Agajanian said.

Brian Hill will be the ace and Kenny Williams, Chris’ older brother, will be the No. 2 starter.

Standout sophomore Bowdien Derby will bat third in the lineup and start at second. He’ll also be a closer and may see some time in the outfield.

“He’s probably the best sophomore in the valley,” Agajanian said.

No. 8 Gabrielino (14-12)

The Eagles return one of the best arms in the Valley in junior Angel Acosta. He dazzled with his high fastball and heavy bat while batting .431 with 15 RBIs and nine doubles. He pitched two complete games and struck out 66 batters. Keith Clapp also returns at catcher for the three-time defending Mission Valley League champions.

Andrew Valdez will be the No. 2 starter. He had a 2.02 ERA last year. The Eagles return six starters.

No. 9 San Marino (17-8)

It’s going to be a challenging year for Titans coach Mack Paciorek. San Marino lost six starters from last year’s team, including standout pitcher Andrew Sloan and catcher Mike Thompson. Stevie Yortsos and Justin Joe Forgatch are the lone returnees, but don’t look for Yortsos in the lineup just yet. He broke his hand during football and won’t be ready to play until spring break.

“It’s the year of, `Who’s going to step up?’ ” Paciorek said.

Forgatch will man first base and Chris Warren, a No. 3 pitcher last year, will be the ace. Everett Phillips will be No. 2 on the staff.

“We’re going to have to bite, claw our way into the Rio Hondo League,” Paciorek said. “Our future looks bright, but we have to worry about the present. It’ll be a challenge for the coaching staff to find the right fit in the right places.”

No. 10 Pasadena (15-12)

The Bulldogs return seven starters from last year’s team that made some noise late in the season. Chris Rucker is a junior center fielder in his third year with the program. Robert Lain is another three-year letterman who will see time at just about every position but primarily will catch. Adrian Carrillo is at shortstop and will bat fifth in the lineup. Losing Nathan Bernstein last year will be tough for the Bulldogs. He provided stellar defense at catcher, a power bat and senior leadership.

“He was Mr. Everything,” Pasadena coach Mike Parisi said. “We lost not only his ability but his leadership.

“I still think we have a lot of proving to do to be a respectable program. We need to stay healthy and play together to be successful.”

miguel.melendez@sgvn.com

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  • Big Baseball Fanatic

    Good Job Miguel! The only pick I don’t fully agree with is Gabrielino. They always look good as far as stats, but when you look at the Teams they play you realize 90% of their wins are against teams that are .500 or below. I wouldn’t have included them in the top 10 this year. Pasadena Poly or La Canada are easily better teams.

  • Realist

    Miguel,

    I just dont get it… Arcadia is a better team than Monrovia and they proved it in winter ball. Arcadia has better pitching and they are far deeper. I dont know much about St. Francis but i havent heard anything big about them.. Which usually means they arent anything special. All Maranatha has is Covey and he cant pitch every game.

  • Baseball Fan

    Looks pretty right on. We’ll obviously know more as the season goes on but it looks pretty good Miguel!

  • Miguel Melendez

    Realist: Arcadia has nowhere near the power Monrovia has. The Apaches have a better ace, but that’s about it. There’s not a lot of power in Arcadia’s lineup.

  • Big Baseball Fanatic

    Realist
    The Full on Scrimmage between the Cats and Arcadia was the game you should have attended.

    Monrovia out hit, out pitched and just plain outplayed Arcadia.

    It makes quite a difference when they play their Starting players. The Cats even pitched 2 Freshman and a Sophomore in the Middle Innings.

    The 3 Home-Runs including a Grand Slam off of Tuck had Arcadia stunned from the “Shock and Awe”

  • featherhead

    Realist,
    I’m with MM on Arcadia’s power void. Scoring 3 runs against Mtown’s pedestrian pitching staff isn’t going to get it done and BTW- St Franny has a ton! They are very dangerous within this group, but will likely continue to have to play mistake free when league begins.

    BBF- as for Gabby, that’s why you play the game. We will see come Friday afternoon… and they do get Poly next week so hopefully this will show something to all of those interested. GO EAGS

  • forgatchfan5

    Joe Forgatch is his name Miquel and winning is his game. He is a three sport athlete with nothing to lose. His cannons he calls an arms connected for touchdowns with stevie yortsos, many a downtown three pointer and finally deep back alley bombs on the diamond. Boom Boom pow

  • Big Baseball Fanatic

    Featherhead

    Monrovias’ “Pedestrian Pitching” won 17 games last year and their pitchers are better now!

    I also have seen the Cats dismantle Gabby every time they have played. Acosta is Over-Rated as the Cats made short work of him and his replacement.

  • featherhead

    … like I said, play the game and then run your junk.

  • BigFatFan

    Placing San Marino in the top 10 seems like a real stretch. what kind of pitching do these guys have?

  • No Panther Love??

    i think poly should have at least been 10th over Gabrielino and PHS. They were a solid team last year and i think charlie baxter will help them go far in division VI.

  • What have you been smoking?

    Realist-
    You said “All Maranatha has is Covey and he cant pitch every game”. What??? There happens to be a group of very solid other Maranatha players that take offense to that comment. It sounds like you really haven’t seen MHS play. As for your other arguments, I won’t comment because I have not seen Arcadia, Monrovia or SF play but I’d take MHS against any one of them even with #2 starters against #2 starters!

  • Anonymous

    Monrovias got no pitching guy. Name one guy that throws decent besides calver. And acosta isn’t over rated either. The best hitters on Gab destroyed monrovias pitching. Oh and gab had their jv team everytime they played the so called rhl favorites. Come on dude campbell and acosta were being scouted last year as freshman. If coach harry wants to call derby the best sophomore in the valley bring over to gab for some competion. I’m sure acosta and campbell will make a joke out of him

  • tcchamps

    In featherhead we trust. Great Comment. Dying to see the smack tomorrow night.

  • Just wait

    The scrimages and winterball games dont matter.All that matters is the season. Hopefully Arcadia and Monrovia will meet in the Elks tournment. Power definatley does not win games it does help but we will see who the better team is in the tournment

  • Big Baseball Fanatic

    Featherhead

    Fair enough…check back after their first 3 games.

  • Miguel Melendez

    For the record, I put in a call to Poly but couldn’t reach either coaches, baseball and softball.

  • Big Baseball Fanatic

    Anonymous

    It’s obvious you don’t know what you’re talking about.

    Gabrielino has never beat Monrovia at anythimg and Calver is the Cats #2 pitcher.

  • Big Baseball Fanatic

    Just wait

    You are right nothing actually counts until it goes on the record.

    However it sure was fun watching Arcadias’ faces as the Cats pounded in run after run after run!

    And the best part!! I have it all on video for the whole family to enjoy for years to come!

  • Just wait

    Big Baseball Fanatic

    That was a shot that kid Murphee hit,but again like i said to bad it didnt count. Hopefully these two teams will meet in the finals because it would make for one hell of a final.

  • Anonymous

    1.maranatha
    2.st.francis
    3.arcadia
    4.monrovia
    if covey doesnt pitch against st. francis, st. francis wins and im willing to bet my entire life savings that arcadia beats monrovia in the regular season if they play.

  • Cyclops

    It should be a good year for PHS. Too bad the district is trying to chase away coach Parisi. His leadership has benefitted a team that’s been notoriously lousy for generations. Too bad he’ll most likely be gone next year. It’s anybody’s guess what will happen in a great Pacific League this year.

  • Realist

    St Francis beats Maranatha and Arcadia beats Monrovia in regular season to prove Miguel wrong..

  • IKnowBaseball

    Here is the best ranking, I believe all will agree who know baseball!

    1. St Francis, Two six foot pitchers will do damage.

    2. Monrovia, Solid lineup, pitching may hurt. De La Nuez provides homerun threat.

    3. Alhambra, Two CIF returning pitchers Beltran and Saldate can contest with any team in the area.

    4. Maranatha, A Covey team in a weak division.

    5. Arcadia, Tuck and Larsen good veterans, but will hurt with the leaving of Bryce and Smoley

    Can’t wait to see how the Elks unfold. I will be back!

  • Anonymous

    st. francis got beat by maranatha last year didnt they?

  • Goldenarm

    Two names not mentioned in the TC summary, who will be mentioned as the season progresses – Ruben Jara and Justin Sutton.

    If Sutton emerges a beast from semi-hibernation like he did in football this year – he will step from shadow into the light – and notch some RBI’s for the Rams. He has power in reserve – just needs the opportunity. I’m unsure about his playing time.

    Jara has the experience and skill to have a solid defensive year at catcher, and the Rams will need him to do so. With multiple arms on the mound, Jara needs to show both leadership and tenacity. I think he is up for the job.
    Go Rams!

  • The Lance

    Saint Francis wont even beat La Salle so calm down

  • Anonymous

    What game are you going to Miguel?

  • Rodney Dangerfield

    Realist-

    You Said “St Francis beats Maranatha and Arcadia beats Monrovia in regular season to prove Miguel wrong..”

    Wrong and Wrong! You prove, yet again that you don’t know what you’re talking about.

    Anonymous -

    I like your ranking but…
    You Said “if covey doesnt pitch against st. francis, st. francis wins”.

    Remember, If Covey doesn’t pitch then AJ Doesn’t either. I’d like to see that one! Not sure who would win but it would be a good game! What really should have happened this year is a MHS vs. St. Francis Double header. I don’t know though…who would be the home team?? LOL

    IKnowBaseball-

    You Said “Here is the best ranking, I believe all will agree who know baseball!”

    You had 4. Maranatha, A Covey team in a weak division.

    What?? A Covey team in weak division?? Who knocked out Monrovia a year ago in the playoffs? Paraclete!

    You also said “Can’t wait to see how the Elks unfold”

    Some say that the Elks is a bit of a weak tournament. St. Francis should roll unless they slip up to Monrovia.

  • Realist

    The Lance-

    St Francis would beat La Salle by atleast 6 runs.. Probably more. I think St Francis would beat Maranatha.

    1. St Francis
    2. Arcadia
    3. Maranatha
    4. Monrovia

    Numbers 1 and 2 are up for grabs they are both solid teams.. Maranatha and Monrovia dont impress me

  • Tom S

    Guess Ill head over to Jackie Robinson field at Brookside Park to watch Maranatha take on Div 1 Newbury Park at 7:00 tonight in the So Cal Invitational tournament. Then Maranatha takes on Div 1 Pacifica tomorrow at 11:00 at Occidental College. The Minutemen then play Sylmar, Div 1 on the 10th.
    Man, Coach DeHann sure likes to challenge his team by playing Division 1 teams. Only makes them better.

  • Archangel

    Tom S.

    I don’t understand Dehaans’ philosophy. How can starting off the season 0 and 4 make them better?

  • Big Baseball Fanatic

    Anonymous

    Just an FYI Monrovia Lost to Paraclete 2 Years ago and they were in the Olympic League back then.

  • Tom S

    Archangel,
    Maranatha played this tournament last year and finished 4 and 1. Why would you think theyd go 0 and 4?
    How can playing upper division teams do anything but make you better.

  • featherhead

    Is Covey on the bump tonight?

  • mhmm

    For the Record, That Parclete team beat a bad PHS team by an 1 run on an error in the 7th inning.

  • mr. flinstone

    PHS 6-2 win over sierra vista

  • Big Baseball Fanatic

    Monrovia defeated PasPoly 3-0 @MHS

    Sr. Aaron Murphree Pitched a 7 Inning Complete Game Shut-out, while posting 12 Strike-Outs.

  • 91030

    That would be Gabrielino – 2 and SP – 9.

  • featherhead

    BBF-I have bestowed to you one of my feathers: SP rolled Gabby (although Acosta pitched well, his defense faultered on many levels). Next stop, JRob and St Franny… yikes!

  • Big Baseball Fanatic

    Featherhead

    SouthPas has improved greatly in the last 2 seasons.

    Too bad for Acosta that’s a tough way to lose.

  • tc arcadia

    arcadia beat tc 6-1. tuck looked good, threw a complete game. arcadia suprised me. they looked really good today.

  • Interested Observer

    The From the Sideline’s Jinx undos Maranatha or perhaps… Best to fly under the radar until games count for something. Hint to chatty Maranatha fan, best not to shout “by you” when down 5-3 in the top of the 7th and then go down with 3 straight Ks on 10 pitches to end the game. Ignore South Pas at your own peril, they are a good young team with a coach who has them on the right track.

  • Realist

    Rodney Dangerfield-

    What is wrong with my assumptions? Maranatha has ONE player…Covey. It takes more than that to win a ball game against a good team. Arcadia is a deep team with good experienced and some good young pitchers. Not to mention two of the best players in the area, Tuck and Larson. Arcadia has the tools to win. They are better than Monrovia.

  • Just Curious

    Interested Observer:

    Do you think that anyone played a team of Newbury Park’s calaber today? I agree, “by you” down in the 7th is ridiculous but it sounds like you were there. What do you think?

  • Interested Observer

    I had to see for myself what the #1 team in the area looked like. Newbury Park is a step up for most of the local teams. Its great for Maranatha to step up and play outside of the box early on and this experience should come back and pay dividends later. I don’t think that Maranatha played at their best tonight, especially defensively. The blog is very entertaining, best to keep the chirping down and let the players decide the outcome on the field.

  • d-mgee

    It is a sad day for this area if Maranatha is the top team. Once covey is gone no one will ever talk about Maranatha again. Won’t it be sweet/

  • Anonymous

    Once again, the Jealousy towards Maranatha comes out on the blogs as always. I’m tired of trying to defend them against people that just can’t accept that Maranatha has a very good team. If you think that Maranatha is a “One Man” show, your very wrong. At least we’ll have some head to head comparisons this year with La Salle, San Marino and Poly being the only local teams to have the guts to play these guys. My hat goes off to them for stepping up to the plate! As for SF, Arcadia, Monrovia and the rest, you can’t do the talk unless you do the walk.

  • ANONYMOUS TWO

    Realist? or Dreamer?
    Who ever you are….You always seem to put the Cats in your cereal bowl in the morning. What’s with you and Arcadia?…. Scrimmage or not Monrovia showed Arcadia who the BOSS is this season. Go take your medicne so that you can awaken out of your COMA! this is 2010

  • illest

    Why wont any school around here schedule maranatha? It must not be for fear of being beat, at least from maranathas standpoint, because their athletic director seems to be scheduling the hardest teams he can. Any info on why teams won’t schedule maranatha? Besides the whole scared of being beat thing….

  • Big Baseball Fanatic

    REALIST

    Monrovias’ (pedestrian pitching)as stated by you has posted back-to-back Shutouts.

    Sr. Aaron Murphree Posted a 12 strike-out, 3 hit Shutout
    against PasPoly on friday 3/5/2010 and today 3/6/10

    Sr.Chris Calver Posted a 6 strike-out 2 hit Shut-out against Sierra Vista.

    So to summarize 2 Wins and 14 scoreless Innings So Far!

  • sgv observer

    baseball fanatic,

    Monrovia only scored 3 run off poly are u kidding me, st francis last yr beat them 18 to 1. aj only had to pitch 4 innings cuz of it. Yesterday if u read the glendale newspress, ethan bramschreiber cut up the la salle lineup and threw a no hitter thru 4 and only had to pitch 5 bcz they were winning 9 to 1. i am willing to bet that if st francis and monrovia play in the tournament st francis will kick the living crap out of them. they have to good of pitching and hitting for anyone it this area. btw to answer ur question, bramschrieber would pitch against maranatha and they would throw jebbia.

  • Big Baseball Fanatic

    SGV Observer

    The Comments I posted were not for you, they were intended as a re-buttal to statements made by another Blogger.

    However I must point out Last year is gone and has little affect on this years games.

    As for the Maranatha Question I have no Idea what you are talking about. Perhaps you are confused.

    Lastly I would like to see the Cats take on St. Francis it would be a great game.

  • BigFatFan

    SP shells Western Christian 17-8.

  • Archangel

    Does anyone have any other scores to report from the Elks Tournament?

    So far I see SouthPas 2-0, Monrovia 2-0,Arcadia 1-0,

    and nothing else.

  • lil’ Baseball Fanatic

    yes i think monrovia and st. francis should meet this year! that would be a good match up.

  • Anonymous

    Arcadia is 2-0 actually.

  • Someone who knows

    Saint Francis and Gabby will play Monday at 3:15 at Gabby because of rain Saturday evening.

  • Archangel

    Wow! Arcadia 2-0 and the play Duarte next so 3-0…

    St. Francis will pound Gabrielino they got to much HorsePower for the Eagles. Sorry Gabby..

    How about Maranatha? They lost their first game, how did they do against Pacifica?

  • chunky

    PHS 2-0

  • Tom S

    Archangel:
    Maranatha v Pacifica rained out
    I believe they play tomorrow at Jackie Robinson field at 7:00

  • Archangel

    Chunky-Maxpreps shows Pas only played 1 game who else did the play besides Sierra Vista?

    Tom S.-Thanks and good luck..

  • Anonymous

    saint francis is 1-0 in the elks tourney, play gab on monday

  • Cyclops

    Pasadena beat a dismal San Gabriel team, 12-3. PHS 2-0 in the tournament facing an uphill battle against the big guns at Saint Francis on Tuesday.

  • The Lance

    La Salle is a very good team despite being beat by SF. La Salle’s starter gave up 8 runs in the first three innings which deflated the team. They have a lot of talent, and look for them to do some damage this year with their other pitchers on the hill. watch out maranatha

  • Gabby?

    Guess you were way off on Gabby. They were exposed by a South Pasadena team that is decent, but not even a top 3 RHL team. Hopefully a much more stacked SF team will show a little mercy on them or it could get ugly.

  • BigFatFan

    i guess we will just have to wait and see how good SP really is. SM and LC and SP will probably be scrapping for the No. 3 spot in the RHL. I dont see either SM or LC as being that ‘great’ with all the graduations they had last season.

  • I love the GAME

    You all make it very interesting with how much people talk trash so early in the year. That’s why this game is great, because anyone can talk trash, but the game will be played on the field and the better team WILL win.

    For all of the Maranatha fans, if you all were so eager to play local “Power” teams, why didn’t you pursue playing in the Elk’s Tournament? Not one team could’ve avoided you, it would’ve been on the schedule. Confused….and yes, Covey is a phenom…the kid’s a great ball player.

  • Just Play the GAME

    Here’s a thought….for the Maranatha fans, if you all were so interested in playing the local “Power” teams, why didn’t you pursue playing in the Arcadia Elk’s Tournament? Just wondering….St. Francis, Arcadia, Monrovia, etc. are in the tourney….

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