Tuesday Recap: James Giambalvo pitched a complete game and Nick Giambalvo had two doubles and three RBIs for Alhambra Baseball win

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Alhambra 3, Montebello 0 — James Giambalvo pitched a complete game, striking out nine, and Nick Giambalvo went 2 for 3 with two doubles and three RBIs to lead the Moors (8-3, 4-1) to the Almont league win.
Mark Keppel 4, San Gabriel 3 — Isaias Medina went 2 for 3 and Robert Sanchez had a triple for the Aztecs (6-5, 3-2) in an Almont League victory.
Boys volleyball
Pasadena Poly 3, Firebaugh 1 — Adam Stanford-Moore had 12 kills, Will McConnell had 28 assists and Kris Sheperd had three blocks for the Panthers (5-6, 1-1) in a 23-25, 25-13, 25-21, 25-21 Prep League victory.

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Thursday Recap: Natalie Dale and Maddy Maker both went 4 for 4 for Flintridge Prep softball, winning 13-3

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Flintridge Prep 13, Providence 3 — Natalie Dale went 4 for 4 with two triples, three RBIs, and three runs scored, and Maddy Maker went 4 for 4 with two doubles, an RBI and four runs scored to lead the Rebels (3-4) to the nonleague win. Therese Oshiro was the winning pitcher, striking out four, and had a double, and an RBI.
Pasadena Poly 7, Rio Hondo Prep 3 — Bing Banta pitched seven innings, striking out nine, and Dylan Hanel had an RBI and a double to lead the Panthers (7-2, 3-0) to the Prep League victory. Bryan Gleason and Andres Martinez each had two RBIs for Pasadena Poly.
Boys volleyball
Flintridge Prep 3, Pasadena Poly 0 — Alex Veitch had seven kills and Dean Behary had four blocks for the Panthers (4-6, 0-1) in a 25-22, 25-8, 25-23 Prep League loss.
Boys tennis
Arcadia 15, Hoover 3 — Nicholas Figueira swept in singles and the teams of Henry Zhang and Kevin Yang and Brian Kim and Stanley Lim swept in doubles to lead the Apaches (11-0, 7-0) to the Pacific League victory.

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Power outage could prove costly again for local baseball teams …

There’s a power outage in one section of the San Gabriel Valley.

Yes, your lights still work if you’re in the Pasadena Star-News coverage area. But no, your favorite local high school baseball team can’t hit the ball over the fence with any regularity.

Yep, the most popular moment in baseball, the one chicks dig, has almost vanished from these parts. In fact, home runs are so rare among local baseball teams that a white smoke signal should go out whenever one happens.

The funny thing is, the issue seems to be only effecting teams playing in the east of Glendale but west of the 605 Freeway. Go east of the 605 and there’s a sophomore masher at Gladstone named Aldo Perez, who leads the entire Southern Section in home runs with nine.

A sophomore!

Further down from Perez in the standings is Glendora’s Nick Kaye with four. As for the Pasadena Star-News coverage area, there’s three players — Monrovia’s Eric Herrera and Pasadena’s Niko Lopez and Tyler Bradley — tied with two apiece.

So what’s the problem? It’s a question that befuddles area coaches who swear they still allow their players to swing for the fences.

Coaches contacted for this story all pointed to the CIF-Southern Section’s requirement that baseball teams use less-lethal BBCOR bats. This started in 2012. BBCOR stands for Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution. In lay terms, balls come off BBCOR bats with less velocity. But that can only be part of the explanation. So why everyone else hitting more homers?

“In general, on our side of the Valley I don’t think we have the same size guys that the east side of the Valley has in terms of natural build,” Monrovia head coach Brad Blackmore said. “You get out in the Inland Empire and you just see some big dudes. To make the answer real simple, we’re not growing those guys at Monrovia or Alhambra.

“You can get them as strong as you can in the weight room, but you can’t replace natural height. You just can’t. You can offset it by asking how many D-1 college pitchers have come out of this area in the past few years, but where are the D-1 hitters? All of the guys on our side of the Valley who have been monsters the past couple years have all been pitchers.”

For some perspective, Blackmore said that Monrovia’s 1998 team had six players with six or more home runs. Contrast that with last year’s Alhambra team, which won 22 games but hit only three home runs last season, and you can see there’s a definite lack of pop that appears to be getting worse.

Don’t get it wrong, the area is still formidable. The reason can be traced to strong pitching. So while win totals may look the same as 10 or 20 or even 30 years ago, they’re merely masking the power outage that’s taking place.

So far this season, there are seven area pitchers with ERAs of less than 1.00. However, postseason success has eluded the area’s top teams in recent years because they’re too often forced to manufacture runs rather than enjoy the two-second jackpot a home run can provide.

In addition to making chicks happy, home runs eliminate mistakes and take pressure off. They change the momentum of a game the way nothing else can. Without them, or at least the threat of them, the pressure to score can be too much and it wouldn’t matter if Clayton Kershaw was on the mound.

“It’s absolutely frustrating,” veteran Alhambra head coach Steve Gewecke said. “Because here’s what has to happen: we have to play absolutely perfect. We have to take chances to score that we wouldn’t otherwise take if we had a big bopper on our team.

“We played pretty darn well at Laguna Beach in the playoffs last year, hung a slider and it was game over, basically. Because their guy overpowered us.”

Alhambra is the perfect case in point. Marco Briones, who graduated last June, was one of the best pitchers in school history. Yet the Moors couldn’t make it past the second round in Briones’ junior and senior seasons and scored just six runs total in four playoff games.

It appears the same fate awaits Alhambra and several other area teams this postseason. Yes, pitching wins championships. But the amount of wasted great pitching performances by local teams in the playoffs are starting to pile up.

Hopefully, this year stockpile of good arms don’t go to waste again. But that means the ball has to start leaving the yard sooner rather than later.

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Wednesday Recap: Tyler Anastasia shot 1-under 36 to lead La Salle boys golf to remain undefeated overall and in league play

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Boys golf
La Salle 187, Bishop Amat 237 — Tyler Anastasia shot 1-under 36 to lead La Salle (11-0, 4-0) to the Del Rey League victory at Santa Anita Golf Course. La Salle’s Ryan Konrad shot a 37, Jesse Toribio and Sean Kelly each shot a 38 and Cosmo Konrad shot a 39.
Village Christian 6, Alhambra 2 — Andrew Prieto had two hits for Alhambra (6-3) in a nonleague loss.
Girls swimming
Pasadena 126, Glendale 41 — Shannon Brierty won the 50 freestyle (27.51) and the 100 freestyle (59.64), Isabelle Lepesant won the 100 butterfly (1:03.34) and the 100 backstroke (1:10.5) and Mia Hepner won the 500 freestyle (5:28.85) and 100 breaststroke (1:16.25) to lead the Bulldogs (4-1, 2-1) to a Pacific League victory. For Pasadena, Michaela Salinas won the 200 freestyle (2:14.37) and Madeline Lepesant won the 200 IM (2:32.32). The Bulldgos also won the 200 medley relay, the 200 free relay and the 400 free relay.
Boys swimming
Glendale 86, Pasadena 84 — Ashford Milne won the 200 freestyle (2:06.15), Jamaal Amiryin-Clipps won the 200 IM (2:27.10), Chance Woods won the 100 freestyle (51.21) and Ian Iverson Villanueva won the 500 freestyle (5:44.20) for Pasadena (3-2, 1-2) but it was not enough in a Pacific League loss. undefeated

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Arcadia’s Kelly Dopke is girls soccer player of the year


Player of the year:
Kelly Dopke, Arcadia, senior
Coach of the year: Rob Gurule, Maranatha

First team
Michaella Cappello, Arcadia senior
Tatum French, Maranatha, junior, goalkeeper
Morgan Howe, Maranatha, senior
Evan Hardy, Arcadia, freshman
Mandy Hsu, San Marino, junior
Lauren Savo, Flintridge Sacred Heart, junior
Izel Gutierrez, Gabrielino, sophomore
Steffanie Flores, Duarte, senior
Vivian Viramontes, Alhambra, junior
Carolyn Shanks, Pasadena Poly, junior
Megan Reilly, La Canada, junior

Second team
Heather Turcios, Flintridge Sacred Heart, junior
Amethyst Trang, Flintridge Sacred Heart, freshman
Kin Spencer, Maranatha, sophomore
Ivahnna Espinoza, Maranatha, junior
Victoria Savare, Gabrielino, junior
Brooke McCloskey, San Marino, senior
Kelly Crowley, San Marino, junior
Natalie Ragusa, La Canada, senior
Kaitlyn Corral, La Canada, Senior, goalkeeper
Kayla Valencia, Pasadena Poly, senior
Olivia Rivas, Alverno, senior

Honorable Mention
Katharine Pinney, Flintridge Prep, junior
Madeline Pena, Mayfield, senior
Rosie Quezada, La Canada, junior
Patricia Dull, Temple City, senior, goalkeeper
Camila Correa, Gabrielino, junior
Michelle Palfrey, Monrovia, junior
Alana Elliott, Monrovia, junior
Valerie Ochoa, Monrovia, junior
Nia Harris, Flintridge Sacred Heart, sophomore
Mattie Interian, Flintridge Sacred Heart, freshman, goalkeeper
Thamara Peterson, Maranatha, junior
Katy Coats, Maranatha, sophomore
Jennifer Lopez, Marshall, senior
Ariel Martinez, Marshall, senior, goalkeeper
Miriam Rodriguez, Duarte, senior
Campbell Dopke, Arcadia, sophomore
Lily Wood, Arcadia, freshman, goalkeeper
Mia Fernandez, Pasadena Poly, junior, goalkeeper
Kalle Vermilya, Alhambra, senior
Sarah Patrick, La Salle, junior
Dina Der Vartanian, Alverno, junior
Corinne Wagner, San Marino, sophomore

Final Top 10
1. Arcadia (21-0-2)
2. Maranatha (24-5-3)
3. Flintridge Sacred Heart (10-6-5)
4. San Marino (15-2-3)
5. Pasadena Poly (16-5-3)
6. Gabrielino (16-4-2)
7. Duarte (13-6-1)
8. Alhambra (13-8-3)
9. Monrovia (14-7-2)
10. Alverno (12-5-2)

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