Softball: Alhambra’s win over Duarte marred by controversy. Duarte likely to submit protest to CIF about Moors’ wiffle ball batting practice in pregame warm-ups.

ALSO: Keppel beats Cantwell, 11-1. Click on thread to read story.

By Keith Lair, Staff Writer

DUARTE – The Alhambra High School softball team defeated Duarte in a CIF-Southern Section Division 5 first-round playoff game Thursday afternoon.

The Moors’ 3-2 victory, however, could very well be overturned by CIF-SS officials.

Alhambra coach John Zabala said the Moors threw pitches with a wiffle ball before the start of the game. Duarte coach Paul Viteri protested to the umpires before the game’s start, although Zabala said he didn’t know that the game was being played under protest until he tried to shake Viteri’s hand in the postgame greeting.

“We do it the way we always do,” Zabala said of the pregame warm- ups. “We take about five feet off to the side and we use wiffles.

“We kind of teach our girls that we get beat on the field, we get beat on the field.”

A CIF-SS tournament bulletin from assistant commissioner Scott Raftery specifically says that any type of batting practice with any type of ball, including wiffle balls, is illegal.

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BREAKING NEWS: Lauren O’Leary throws perfect game in Spartans’ 9-0 win over Ramona Convent; Alhambra upsets Duarte in softball. Arcadia baseball wins first playoff game in six years; La Salle baseball advances; Temple City, Monrovia baseball ousted.

STORY: A perfect game was all that was missing in Lauren O’Leary’s already unrivaled resume.

Three times this season, perfection eluded the La Ca ada High School senior, the most recent occasion in last week’s regular-season finale against Rio Hondo League foe South Pasadena.

O’Leary’s thought process Thursday was there was no thought process at all. It was only after striking out the last batter that the crowd’s celebration reminded her of the elusive feat.

O’Leary struck out 12 in recording her first career perfect game and earned her 21st victory to lead the Spartans to a 9-0 win over Ramona Convent in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 playoffs.

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CIF-SS PLAYOFFS
BASEBALL
FIRST ROUND SCORES
DIVISION 2

Arcadia 4, La Sierra 3
DIVISION 4
La Salle 3, Covina 2
El Segundo 2, Monrovia 0
Torrance 4, South Pasadena 3
St. Bonaventure 4, Temple City 2
DIVISION 5
Gabrielino at Long Beach Cabrillo, 3:30
DIVISION 6
Flintridge Prep at Vasquez

SOFTBALL
FIRST ROUND SCORES
DIVISION 5

La Canada 9, Ramona Convent 0
Keppel 11, Cantwell-Sacred Heart 1
Barstow 5, Temple City 4
Alhambra 3, Duarte 2
San Marino 3, Nipomo 1
Calvary Chapel/Santa Ana 7, Monrovia 5
DIVISION 6
Flintridge Prep 2, Santa Paula 1
San Gabriel Mission 3, Boron 0
Rio Hondo Prep 14, Capistrano Valley Chr. 4
Mayfield 7, Riverside Christian 5
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Baseball: Brotherly love at its finest in Temple City.

By Miguel A. Melendez, Staff Writer

TEMPLE CITY – It’s not unusual for Temple City High School baseball coach Barry Bacon to coach siblings. It’s how it inevitably works out in this city, where siblings grow up playing Little League, then Pony and eventually land on Bacon’s baseball program.

“That’s our community,” Bacon said. “You get the older brother, you get the little brother. They grow up watching the older brother and understand what we’re doing here at Temple City.”

What’s unusual is coaching a set of brothers on varsity, much less two.

In his 14 years at the helm, Bacon never had coached two sets of brothers at once. That all changed last year when twins Calvin and Corey Copping joined the varsity pitching staff as sophomores.

Jonah Jarrard, a junior, joined varsity as a catcher his freshman year while his brother Julian, a senior, joined his sophomore year after spending his freshman year pitching on the junior varsity level.

That was by design.

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Boys Volleyball: San Gabriel sweeps Culver City, earns trip to first CIF-SS Division 4 title game since 2003.

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SAN GABRIEL — The only way to describe the San Gabriel High School volleyball team’s domination Tuesday night was simpley amazement.

That’s the way Culver City coach Joe Manzo described the Matadors’ resilient play as second-seeded San Gabriel cruised to an easy 25-15, 25-20, 25-17 win in the semifinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 playoffs.

San Gabriel (26-3) will play for the championship Saturday at Cypress College at a time to be determined. The Matadors likely will draw top-seed Santa Monica, which made a semifinals run in Division 3 last year before moving down a division.

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Softball: Alhambra’s Denise Gonzales goes 4 for 4 and hits walk-off home run to lead Moors in wild-card round.

CIF-SS PLAYOFFS
TUESDAY’S WILD-CARD SCORES
DIVISION 3

Harvard-Westlake 5, Arcadia 1
DIVISION 5
Ramona Convent 7, Sierra Vista 2
Rosemead XX, Hemet XX
Alhambra 7, Lompoc 6 (Alhambra’s Denise Gonzales went 4 for 4 and hit a walk-off home run to win the game)
Monrovia 6, Gabrielino 4
DIVISION 6
Santa Paula 19, Alverno 6
Windward 2, Pasadena Poly 1

Former Monrovia running back De’Shawn Ramirez stabbed in the neck at a Monrovia party Friday night.

We’ve now learned that De’Shawn Ramirez, the former football star who was working his way back to playing football at Monrovia High School, was the person stabbed in the neck during a fight outside a house party late Friday, according to a school source.

Ramirez, who did not suffer life- threatening wounds, was taken to Huntington Memorial Hospital the night of the incident. Eric Diaz, 19, of West Covina was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and attempted murder after stabbing the victim in the neck, Monrovia police Sgt. Mike Head said.

Ramirez was stabbed in the 100 block of Montana Street, just west of Myrtle Avenue.

“Officers responded to a call of several subjects fighting at a residential party, and one person was reported to be stabbed,” Head said.

Officers found several people loitering in the street, police said, and the wounded young man suffering from a stab wound to his neck.

Monrovia police and other local law enforcement agencies set up a search perimeter and found Diaz about three blocks away from the scene of the stabbing, Head said.

According to sheriff’s booking records, Diaz was being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Monrovia Police Department’s jail and was due for arraignment Tuesday in Pasadena Superior Court.

Ramirez, the elusive running back who dazzled fans with his speed, is a 5-foot-10, 170-pound running back/safety who as a sophomore became one of the Valley’s best running backs. In his only varsity season with the Wildcats, Ramirez rushed for 851 yards on 104 carries and scored 10 touchdowns. He broke for runs of 59, 21, 62, 80, 22, 68, 39 and 24 yards, en route to an 8.1 yards average per carry. Ramirez also caught three passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns. He was just as dangerous on special teams, with five kickoff returns amassing 300 yards.

Softball Playoffs: No surprise, La Caada is top-seed. What game do you want covered Tues. and Thurs.?

It’s looking like the game to cover is Monrovia at Gabrielino. You guys have any other suggestions? Otherwise, that’s where you’ll find me Tuesday. There’s some good games to look at Thursday, with one crossover being Tribune team Sierra Vista or Star-News team Ramona Convent at La Canada. Either way, the Spartans will dominate, so maybe we’ll leave that one alone for now. Cantwell-Sacred Heart at Keppel might be a good one as well as Alhambra (if it beats Lompoc) at Duarte.

CIF-SS PLAYOFFS
TUESDAY’S WILD-CARD
ALL GAMES 3:15 P.M.
DIVISION 3

Arcadia at Harvard-Westlake
DIVISION 5
Sierra Vista at Ramona Convent
Rosemead at Hemet
Lompoc at Alhambra
Monrovia at Gabrielino
DIVISION 6
Alverno at Santa Paula
Pasadena Poly at Windward

THURSDAY’S FIRST ROUND
DIVISION 5

Sierra Vista/Ramona Convent at La Canada
Cantwell-Sacred Heart at Keppel
Temple City at Barstow
Lompoc/Alhambra at Duarte
Nipomo at San Marino
DIVISION 6
Alverno/Santa Paula at Flintridge Prep
Boron at San Gabriel Mission
Rio Hondo Prep at Capistrano Valley Chr.
Mayfield at Riverside Christian

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Baseball Playoffs: Arcadia, Pasadena Poly earn No. 2 seeds; Alhambra is No. 3 in Division 3.

CIF-SS PLAYOFFS
BASEBALL
WILD-CARD ROUND
TUESDAY’S GAMES
ALL GAMES 3:15 P.M.
DIVISION 2

Pasadena at Valencia/P
St. Francis at Peninsula
DIVISION 4
La Canada at Summit
South Pasadena at Nordhoff
DIVISION 5
Arrowhead Christian at Maranatha
DIVISION 6
Rio Hondo Prep at St. Margaret’s

THURSDAY’S GAMES
FIRST ROUND
DIVISION 2

La Sierra/Redlands East Valley at Arcadia
DIVISION 4
La Salle at Covina
Monrovia at El Segundo
St. Bonaventure at Temple City
DIVISION 6
Flintridge Prep at Vasquez
Silver Valley/Bloomington Chr. at Pasadena Poly

FRIDAY’S GAMES
FIRST ROUND
DIVISION 3

University/Santa Fe at Alhambra
DIVISION 5
Gabrielino at Lompoc/Cabrillo