Softball Rankings: La Caada still the team to beat


1. La Caada (7-1) — The Spartans are clearly the best team in the area and the team to beat in the West San Gabriel Valley. They’re the only team in our area ranked No. 1 in their respective CIF-Southern Section Division 5 top 10 poll. I hear Friday’s game against South Pasadena will be played under the lights, but the schedule on MaxPreps says 3:30 p.m. I have no problem with late games, but from a reporter’s perspective, covering night games can sometimes be a potential nightmare with deadlines and all.

2. La Salle (6-3) — It was fun watching Allie Forillo dominate St. Monica in the Camino Real League opener last week. You know the deal. She struck out 15 and came within two outs of a perfect game, but settled for a no-no. Colleen McWilliams was clutch as always, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs. A name to look out for is Katie Smither. The freshman went 2-for-2 with a triple, a single and a walk. She also scored three runs.

3. San Marino (6-4) — Michelle Floyd is the real deal. If anyone really doubted that, then her perfect game last week certainly settled the case.

4. South Pasadena (4-3) — The Tigers opened Rio Hondo League play with a dominant 8-2 win over Monrovia. The rankings reflect until Saturday, so we didn’t take in consideration that the Wildcats returned the favor Monday with a 3-1 win. Nevertheless, there’s a hint in the air that we’ll see more parity in the Rio Hondo League. After La Caada, of course.

5. Mayfield (3-1) — I’ll get my first chance at watching Mayfield on Thursday vs. Maranatha. Is Clancy pitching? Either way, I’m curious to see what kind of supporting cast the Cubs now have.

6. San Gabriel Mission (5-1) — San Gabriel Mission’s schedule doesn’t seem all that daunting. The Pioneers lost to San Gabriel, but there’s no update on their game vs. Alhambra. The schedule gets easier come league play.

7. Maranatha (4-3) — The Minutemen have a tough challenge in a rematch against Marymount today. They’ll play two more nonleague games (Mayfield, L.A. Baptist) before opening Alpha League play against Marshall next week.

8. Temple City (5-5) — We knew we were going to see great things from Jessica Loicano (.357, two home runs, two doubles, one triple), but we’re also seeing something special develop with junior Jessica Flores, who leads the team in batting average (.469).

9. Monrovia (6-2) — The big test comes today vs. La Caada. Win or lose, it’ll be a good barometer for the Wildcats to use and see how far they’ve come along.

10. Arcadia (3-4) — The Apaches open Pacific League play at home against Hoover today. Sam Miller continues to tear it up.

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  • Bob Anon

    5 of 6 RHL teams, wow!

  • SJC

    La Canada lost to Monrovia 2 – 0

  • rclancy

    Mayfield 2 – FSHA 1

  • chkyrslf

    San Marino 4 Temple City 1

    Bob Anon,

    That 5 for 5 teams in the RHL. Blair doesn’t play varsity. It is a hearty league and it will be a wrestling match until the end. Plus all of the teams in the RHL are in the area, unlike all of the other area team leagues.


    I just checked the schedule for Friday on maxpreps and the La Canada game is listed as 7:00pm.

  • rclancy

    Marymount beat Maranatha 3 – 0

  • rclancy

    Marymount beat Maranatha 3 – 0

  • Eyes Closed

    Mission 9 Alhambra 5
    Question for Chkyrslf How many CIF Champs (Chimps) from RHL, La Canada won in 1994?

  • chkyrslf

    Not many championships, but with La Canada being what they are and being ranked #1 in CIF Div 5, this might be the year, although that ranking is likely to change. Its not as though the other area teams are racking up the championships. Face it the majority of CIF champs are from Orange County or the High Deserts and mostly private schools that can lure great players.

    Monrovia came real close in ’06 and Temple City made it to the quarter finals a couple of years ago and lost to El Segundo. The depth of talent from this area becomes a problem at that level. It is probably because of the fact that there is a lower ratio of travel players in this area.

  • chkyrslf

    Ok here are the top 10 games for Thursday and Friday ( its hard to track weekend tournament games with accuracy so I won”t):

    Thursday 3/25 – all games at 3:30pm (except San Marino and La Salle are listed at 3:15)

    Mayfield (4-1) vs Maranantha (4-4) @ Brookside #3

    Marshall (Pasadena) (6-4) @ San Gabriel Mission (6-1)

    Canyon (6-4) @ San Marino (7-4)

    St Bernard (no record this year/ 0-13 last year) @ La Salle (7-2) @ LDS

    Holy Family (3-2) @ Mission (6-1)

    Friday 3/26 @ 3:30

    Monrovia (7-2) @ Temple City (6-6)

    Marshall (Pasadena) (6-4) @ Mission (6-1)

    Friday 3/26 @ 7:00pm

    South Pasadena (4-3) @ La Canada (7-2)

  • SGV Softball Fan

    San Marino 7 Canyon Country 1. Floyd had 17 strikeouts and Watanabe had three hits including a triple and double.

    South Pasadena v. La Canada score or Monrovia v. Temple City score?

  • SGV Softball Fan

    San Marino 7 Canyon Country 1. Floyd had 17 strikeouts and Watanabe had three hits including a triple and double.

    South Pasadena v. La Canada score or Monrovia v. Temple City score?

  • chkyrslf

    The South Pas vs La Canada game is tonight at 7:00 at La Canada.

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  • SoftballFAN15

    temple city 16 monrovia 2
    temple city also beat south pasadena last week

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