Baseball Rankings: Nothing changes in the top 10, but Alhambra and Monrovia close to toppling St. Francis

STAR-NEWS RANKINGS

1. St. Francis (6-2) – St. Francis beat everyone in the Elks Tournament, lost to Saugus and Crescenta Valley by relatively close margins. We’ll see how strong the Knights really are after they open Mission League play against Crespi today. Crespi is the top-ranked team in Division 2. How strong is the Mission League you ask? Loyola, also from the Mission League, is ranked No. 2 in Division 2.

2. Alhambra (7-1) — Moors found their form after losing to St. Francis in the Elks Tournament final. After soundly beating Kalani in a doubleheader last week, Alhambra went on the road and beat a good Bell Gardens team behind the strong arm of Jonathan Beltran and solid effort at the plate from Greg Saldate.

3. Monrovia (8-1) – I’ll be the first to admit I wondered the validity of the Wildcats pitching rotation. But senior pitcher Aaron Murphee is quickly proving he can carry the load and the tag of a true ace. He shut out South Pasadena in the Rio Hondo League opener, struck out nine and allowed only five hits.

4. Arcadia (4-2) — Apaches get a handful of cupcakes to open the Pacific League season, then head into the Apache Invitational before resuming league against the big boys.

5. Maranatha (3-5) — The Minutemen may have pitching depth but we’ve seen no evidence that relievers can maintain leads. There are some question marks after Dylan Covey, and for the first time in a long time, things won’t get easy come Alpha League play.

6. Pasadena Poly (5-2) – The Panthers have a long layoff because of spring break. No tournaments mean they don’t play until April when they resume Prep League action at Rio Hondo Prep on April 1.

7. Temple City (3-3) — The Rams got a confidence win over Blair. It gets gradually harder from that point forward as San Marino and Monrovia wait on deck.

8. Pasadena (5-2) — Bulldogs split a doubleheader vs. Valley Christian. They get a tough test today against Burbank in the Pacific League opener. I’ll be at that game.

9. La Salle (4-4) — Split a doubleheader vs. Maranatha over the weekend. Covey proved to be too much and the Lancers rebounded in the second game. La Salle travels for a big game Friday at St. Paul.

10. South Pasadena (4-4) — The Tigers suffered close losses to Monrovia. What does that say? It says South Pasadena is here to contend. My money’s on the Tigers to finish second behind Monrovia. San Marnio, Temple City and La Canada have their work cut out.

  • featherhead

    Pacific league alert;
    Sure looks like the title is going through CV or Burbanko…hope the dogs and apaches make me wrong.

  • Cats Fan

    We beat South Pasadena 2-0 and 5-0 didn’t know 5-0 was a close game. Don’t see them as a threat to Monrovia winning the RHL again this year.

  • Spartan FAn

    What was the score of the Monrovia vs LC game today?

  • Big Baseball Fanatic

    Monrovia-10 LaCanada-9

    Early Innings were pretty even with Monrovia Starting a Freshman and then going with their #3 & #4 getting a couple innings each. Spartans tied the game in the top of the 5th inning and then Blackmoore brought in Sr. Aaron Murphree to Shut-Down the Spartan hitting in the last 2 Innings. The score remained tied 9-9 until the bottom of the 7th inning.

    Monrovia Loaded the bases with only 1 out, when the Cats Kai Nakamura Sac-Bunted home Chris Calver for the Win.

  • Spartan Fan

    I hear the Cats beat LC 10-9 on a squeeze play. Don’t tell me they were just outcoach again?

  • Spartan Fan

    I hear the Cats beat LC 10-9 on a squeeze play. Don’t tell me they were just outcoached again?

  • hmm..

    i see a league title in pasadena’s future if they can get through cv.

  • bottom line

    A little love for La Salle please. The Lancers moved to a real baseball field for their league games and it sure paid off beating Del Rey League’s Bishop Montgomery 12-2 in mercy fashion. Lancer bats have come alive. Also to clarify, Covey was too much for the Lancers for 5 innings. Lancer bats bumped him in the 6th inning and staged a comeback in the first game of the double header only to come up short by one run.

  • bottom line

    A little love for La Salle please. The Lancers moved to a real baseball field for their league games and it sure paid off beating Del Rey League’s Bishop Montgomery 12-2 in mercy fashion. Lancer bats have come alive. Also to clarify, Covey was too much for the Lancers for 5 innings. Lancer bats bumped him in the 6th inning and staged a comeback in the first game of the double header only to come up short by one run.

  • Anonymous

    Hey bottom line, by “bumped him” do you mean that La Salle got two hits off Covey after he had thrown 85 pitches?

  • Anonymous

    Spartan Fan

    Your coach does less with more talent then anyone I have ever seen coach. Every year LC looks good on paper, then can not produce in the league.

    If the Cats coach and LC coach changed teams, the score would have been reversed.

  • baseball 101

    LC is again out coached and out managed, this goes to a lack of detail in the program, weak usage of practice time and missed opportunities in developing players.

  • Anonymous

    Baseball 101

    Sounds like you have a kid in the program. Sorry to hear that.

  • Bob Anon

    i didn’t play baseball (or any sports) while at LC, but i can’t argue with the criticisms mentioned below.

  • SWABIZ

    “Anonymous –
    Hey bottom line, by “bumped him” do you mean that La Salle got two hits off Covey after he had thrown 85 pitches?”

    Sounds like that is what he/she meant. Had Covey not given up two hits he probably could’ve stayed in for the complete game.

  • bottom line

    Anonymous. That’s exactly what I meant. Look – Covey is a good pitcher. A GREAT pitcher would have pitched 7 innings against La Salle and finish the game. La Salle has a good offense and Covey was winning the battle against them but good offenses will wear a pitcher down and finally out, as in Covey’s case. And that’s the bottom line. Give La Salle some credit too.

  • Anonymous

    A “good” high school pitcher doesn’t have virtually every major league team scouting him. A great high school pitcher, particularly one that throws in the low to mid 90′s, is on a pitch count, as Covey is, and is removed from games when they reach it, as Covey was on Saturday.

  • bottom line

    Anonymous. My point is, and I hope you get it this time, Covey should have reached that 85 pitch count easily through 7 innings – not 5 1/3. Again, I’m not saying he won’t be a great pitcher, I’m just saying give La Salle credit for getting him off the mound after 5. Do you get it???

  • lil’ baseball fanatic

    The Rams got a confidence win over Blair?!?!? are you kidding me miguel? anyone can beat blair! even the freshman teams can beat blair their horrible.

  • lil’ baseball fanatic

    The Rams got a confidence win over Blair?!?!? are you kidding me miguel? anyone can beat blair! even the freshman teams can beat blair their horrible.

  • lil’ baseball fanatic

    The Rams got a confidence win over Blair?!?!? are you kidding me miguel? anyone can beat blair! even the freshman teams can beat blair their horrible.

  • I dont get it La Salle fan

    So a LaSalle fan is proud of his team for getting Dylan off the mound in the 5th when he reached his pitch count of 85. You have to be kidding me.

    So you are saying Covey is not a great pitcher because he did not finish the game in 85 pitches? You are asking for some credit for the La Salle for getting two hits in 5 innings in getting off the mound. Let imagine the pregame talk by the coach.. Ok, guys our goal today is to get Dylan to his 85 pitch count. Do what you can..Come one. So La Salle’s great offense has lead them to a 5-4 record. So you are saying Dylan should throw on 12 pitches in every inning of every game to be a great pitcher. Let’s be real.. If I Dylan makes it to below the 10th pick in the draft it would be a shocker. So do really want to say Dylan is not a great pitcher.

  • Anonymous

    Covey is a great pitcher! But with Covey, Natha would not make the top 10!

  • baseball nut

    La Salle always has to look for the moral victories in their games as it is difficult to put up a W. A perceived “taking a pitcher off the mound early ‘ is a huge stretch of a victory

  • Anonymous

    Go Maranatha

  • bottom line

    Baseball nut(head). I would challenge any local team to face the pitching La Salle does. Yes, to break a good pitcher down from going the distance is a victory especially when you’re a small school like La Salle.

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