Softball: La Salle’s season comes to an end in loss.

By Nathan Cambridge, Correspondent

PASADENA – La Salle was left thinking what might have been following Tuesday’s 4-3 loss to Nordhoff in a CIF-SS Division 3 wild-card softball playoff game.
In the bottom of the first inning, the first three batters for the Lancers hit singles to load the bases with no outs. But with clean-up hitter Stephanie Ferri at the plate and La Salle (15-10) poised for a big inning, Nordhoff (18-7) pulled off a triple play on a pick-off throw.

“We have a drill that is set up like that,” Nordhoff coach Don Rodarte said of the triple play. “Once you get one out you’re thinking, while you’re running that one down, you got another runner on and you’ve got to keep moving. You’re mind has to keep thinking and once you make that play, boom, you’ve got to run to the next play. It was just picture perfect like we do in practice.”

After the second pitch of the Ferri at-bat, Nordhoff catcher Dani Pulido threw behind senior Colieen McWilliams, catching her off first base. With McWilliams in a rundown, sophomore Kennedy Cribbs tried to score from third base but was thrown out at home, with Pulido applying the tag before throwing back toward second base, where McWilliams still was off base.

Senior Victoria Baltazar, who began the play at second, then tried to come home but Pulido once again took the throw and tagged her for the second out. As that happened, McWilliams tried to advance to third base but, after Pulido threw toward second, the ensuing throw beat McWilliams to the bag and she was tagged out, completing a highly unusual triple play.

“All I can tell you is that my seniors were just trying to make plays,” La Salle coach Rich Diaz said. “They tried to get into a pickle from what I saw. You know, it was something they did on their own. It’s unfortunate.”

Ferri was at bat in the fourth inning with Baltazar and McWilliams on base ahead of her via singles, and the junior smashed Rangers starting pitcher Alex Throp’s first pitch for a home run to right-center field, staking the Lancers to a 3-0 advantage.

In the fifth inning the first four Rangers batters hit singles. The first was a bunt that would have gone foul if Lancers third baseman Madison Worely had not touched it, but instead the senior grabbed it and threw late to first. The next Nordhoff batter followed with a single to shallow center field that McWilliams looked poised to scoop up to throw out the lead runner at second base, but she bobbled the ball to negate the chance.

The next two singles were clean and the second produced an RBI for Pulido. After getting an out, infield errors by Lancers’ shortstop Caroline Knop and Cribbs at second base allowed one and two runs to score respectively. After that he Lancers trailed 4-3 and never recovered.

Norhoff ace Kaitlynn Nelson pitched the final three innings in relief and held the Lancers hitless while striking out five.

The mental mistakes on the basepaths in the first inning and on defense in the fourth doomed the Lancers, who otherwise played a solid game led by the pitcher Victoria Baltazar in the circle.

“This whole year (Baltazar) has stepped up for us and had a great year. She carried us through league and into the CIF. We’re proud of her. She had a great senior year,” Diaz said.

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PLAYOFFS: Arcadia can’t come up with hits when it needs them most, loses to Santa Barbara, 3-2, in wild card game; Pasadena storms back from 4-0 deficit, loses in the seventh to Arroyo Grande, 5-4. Text me scores if you have them. Update me on twitter.

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BASEBALL SCORES
Santa Barbara 3, Arcadia 2
Arroyo Grande 5, Pasadena 4
Keppel 4, Hawthorne 2
Colony 7, San Marino 1

SOFTBALL
Marshall 18, California Military Institute 0
Maranatha 9, Coachella Valley 6
Rio Hondo Prep 13, Bishop Diego 4

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San Gabriel Valley All-Star Softball game Rosters set for June 3 game at Mt. SAC … It could be a great battle between St. Lucy’s Danielle O’Toole and La Canada’s Lauren Cox

The Rosters and coaches are set for the 2012 San Gabriel Valley Senior All-Star Softball game at Mt. San Antonio College on Sunday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m., a day after the CIF-Southern Section softball finals. Admission is $5 and Parking is $3. Bonita’s Ken Carlson will coach the North and South Hills Scott Fisch will coach the South.


Above: La Canada’s super senior Lauren Cox

NORTH TEAM
HEAD COACH: Ken Carlson, Bonita
Players
Taylor Langdon, Glendora, P
Brandi Wilson, Glendora, OF
Suzette Ortega, Northview, 1B
Emily Newison, Northview, C
Danielle O’Toole, St. Lucy’s, P
Brandi Harkness, St. Lucy’s, 3B
Danielle Mavridis, St. Lucy’s, 2B
Laura Swan, St. Lucy’s, SS
Danielle Smith, Bonita, OF
Kayla Papez, Charter Oak, INF
Monique Villasenor, Charter Oak, C
Jasmine Navarette, Baldwin Park, INF
Audrey Serna, Arroyo, 3B
Denise Gonzales, Alhambra, P/SS
Sami Jakeway, Temple City, C
Lauren Alvarado, Gabrielino, OF
Marissa Chavez, Azusa, P
Candice Orozco, Covina, OF
Julia Lupercio, San Dimas, 3B

SOUTH TEAM
HEAD COACH: Scott Fisch-South Hills
Players
Britney Rodriguez, South Hills, C
Kristen Stewart, South Hills, SS
Liz Mendoza, El Monte, SS
Cassie Padilla, Bishop Amat, SS
Alashanee Medina, Keppel, P
Elaine Brown, Walnut, OF
Alana Orona, Diamond Ranch, 1B
Liz Ruvalcaba, Diamond Bar, C
Tillie Ramirez, Wilson, C/3B
Ania Levanos, Wilson, P/1B
Jessica River, Schurr, CF
Valerie Aguilar, Montebello, C
Lauren Cox, La Canada, P
Catherine Homer, La Canada, C
Jennipher Solis, Los Altos, P
Mariah Midyette, Los Altos, OF
Summer Knight, West Covina, SS
Alex Blaco, West Covina, OF
Taylor Castro, West Covina, 3B
Amida Ordorica, Nogales, P
Marissa Recillas, Nogales, C

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Baseball: La Salle earns No. 2 seed in Division 4; Pasadena hits the road; Arcadia, Temple City, Monrovia host games; Keppel earns playoff berth.

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CIF-SS PLAYOFFS
BASEBALL
WILD CARD
TUESDAY
DIVISION 2

Pasadena at Arroyo Grande
Santa Barbara at Arcadia
DIVISION 3
Hawthorn at Keppel
DIVISION 4
San Marino at Colony
DIVISION 5
Duarte at Rim of the World

FIRST ROUND
THURSDAY
DIVISION 4

Chino at Monrovia
Kaiser at Temple City
Victor Valley/Laguna Beach winner vs. La Salle at Citrus College
DIVISION 6
Excelcio/Lone Pine winner at Pasadena Poly

FRIDAY
DIVISION 3

Cartervs/Paloma Valley winner vs. Alhambra at Moor Field
DIVISION 5
Maranatha at Citrus Valley
Mary Star at Gabrielino

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Softball Playoff Brackets: La Canada earns No. 1 seed.

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SOFTBALL
CIF-SS PLAYOFFS
WILD CARD
TUESDAY
DIVISION 3

Nordhoff at La Salle
Arcadia at Lakeside
DIVISION 4
Coachella Valley at Maranatha
DIVISION 5
San Jacinto at Ramona Convent
Morro Bay at Gabrielino
Alhambra at Burroughs/Riverside
DIVISION 6
Eastside Christian at Westridge
California Military Institute at Marshall
Biship Diego at Rio Hondo Prep
Webb at San Gabriel Mission

FIRST ROUND
THURSDAY
DIVISION 5

Lompoc/Gladstone winner at La Canada
Keppel at Calvary Chapel/Santa Ana
Marymount/St. Monica winner at Duarte
Cabrillo Lompotc at San Marino

DIVISION 6
Exclecior/Rosamond winner at Alverno
Crean Lutheran/Capistrano Valley Chr. winner at Pasadena Poly

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Crazy Pacific League scenarios as Arcadia can either finish as co-league champion, second or third place. I’ll be at Stengel Field tonight to cover the action. Follow me on twitter @StarNewsPreps for updates.

It’s been a shocking week for the Arcadia High School baseball team, to say the least.

The Apaches, after a 41-game Pacific League winning streak, are suddenly on a three-game losing streak heading into their final game of the regular season.

“We’ve been flat, in shock,” Arcadia coach Nick Lemas said. “It’s like we’ve been punched in the face and can’t get back up.”

Fortunately, the last game of the season for Arcadia (18-8, 10-3) comes down against rival Crescenta Valley (19-7, 11-2) under the lights at 7 p.m. at Stengel Field in Glendale.

“I don’t need to do anything to fire them up against CV,” Lemas said. “They’re going to be ready to go. We believe we can beat them because we’ve done it before.”

That there’s an incentive on the line will only intensify the game, and there are quite a few puzzling scenarios that can send Arcadia into next week’s playoffs as a co-league champion, second-place or third-place team.

Arcadia and Crescenta Valley can be co-league champions with an Apaches win. In that scenario, Arcadia is the league’s No. 1 representative heading into next week’s playoffs because Arcadia swept the series, 2-0.

There could be a three-way tie for first if Arcadia wins coupled with a Burbank (13-8, 10-3) win over Burroughs (11-13, 8-5). In that scenario, Arcadia is the No. 1 representative after winning the coin flip among Burbank and Crescenta Valley.

Arcadia could finish second with a loss copuled with a Burbank loss, giving them identical league records, and Crescenta Valley would be outright champ. Because Arcadia and Burbank split the series, a coin flip is determined which team gets the No. 2 seed in league. Arcadia won that coin flip as well.

A third-place finish for Arcadia also is possible with a loss coupled with a Burbank win.

Erik Trask will take the mound for the Apaches and expect Crescenta Valley to start senior Kyle Murray, who possesses a deft breaking ball. He’s been clocked between 88 and 92 miles per hour and is headed to Cal State Fullerton next season.

Two outstanding pitchers and a lot on the line means fans can expect to see a gem.

There’s been over 1,100 views of Pasadena baseball coach Mike Parisi getting his head shaved in a Star-News video that’s available at this blog.

Parisi promised he would let his team shave his head on the mound if the Bulldogs (12-10, 7-6) upset Arcadia last week. Pasadena closes out the season today at Muir and can finish as high as tied for fourth place with Burroughs, provided that Pasadena wins and Burroughs loses to Burbank. In that scenario. Pasadena and Burroughs would have identical league records at 8-6, and because the teams split the series a playoff game is needed to determine the fourth and final playoff spot.

If Pasadena and Burroughs tie for fourth, the teams would meet Saturday morning at 10 a.m. and Pasadena would host the game as determined by a coin flip. Pasadena is guaranteed a playoff spot with a win Saturday, but a loss means it would hope to receive an at-large berth when the brackets are released Monday.

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FULL STORY WITH VIDEO: Temple City beats Monrovia 4-1 to clinch second consecutive Rio Hondo League baseball championship.

By Miguel A. Melendez, Staff Writer
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TEMPLE CITY — Bringing home a second consecutive Rio Hondo League title isn’t supposed to be a walk in the park, but in the final game of the regular season with a huge crowd lining down the base lines, that’s exactly how the Temple City High School baseball team managed its feat.

The Rams capitalized on Monrovia’s nine walks, four of which came in the second inning that resulted four runs. That’s all Temple City would need to come away with a 4-1 victory Thursday afternoon.

What was supposed to be a pitching duel quickly turned to Monrovia (17-5, 9-3) going to the bullpen in the second inning. Joe Mata was 7-0 heading into this game, but his usual wicked fastball and off-speed pitches weren’t on point. Kevin Shue relieved him in the second, and not two innings were complete before Brad Felty, the side-arm pitcher, came in relief to close out the game.

Temple City (20-3-1, 10-2) kept its end of the bargain with Calvin Copping on the mound. He struck out six, gave up one earned run on four hits and struck out six. His twin brother Corey, headed on a scholarship to Oklahoma, picked up the win earlier this week against San Marino. Calvin wanted this opportunity, and he relished.

“He’s our guy,” Temple City coach Barry Bacon said. “He told me yesterday that he had this one. He wanted the ball and he knew why we threw Corey on Tuesday and he said, ‘I got this.’”

Fans who arrived late missed most of the action.

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FULL STORY AND VIDEO: La Salle’s Bowdien Derby throws one-hittier in 2-0 victory over St. Paul to clinch first-ever Del Rey League baseball title.

By Miguel A. Melendez, Staff Writer
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SANTA FE SPRINGS — La Salle High School hadn’t won a baseball league championship since its final year in the Santa Fe League in 2005.

After seven struggling years and doubts whether they belonged in the same league with the likes of Bishop Amat, the Lancers answered with an emphatic 2-0 vcitory over St. Paul on Wedneday afternoon to bring home the school’s first-ever Del Rey League championship.

La Salle (18-8-1, 10-2) will enter the CIF-Southern Section playoffs next week as the league’s sole No. 1 representative with Bishop Amat (18-9, 10-2) as the second-place team. La Salle wins outright because it won the series, 2-1, which is the first tiebreaker. St. Paul (13-16, 7-5) is the third-place team.

La Salle’s Bowdien Derby was nothing short of spectacular. The San Diego State-bound senior went the distance and threw a one-hitter. He struck out 10 and had a no-hit bid until the seventh inning when Aaron Pinto connected on a 2-2 pitch for an infield single. The only other St. Paul batters to get on base was Zach Ramsay in the third inning on a catcher’s interference and then Ramsay again in the sixth when he drew a full-count walk.

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