Ortega Family Fundraiser
Monday, Jan. 19, Azusa Pacific University
Charter Oak vs. Covina, 2 p.m.
Northview vs. South HIlls, 5 p.m.
When Northview coach Darren Murphy called to say the four Covina High School baseball coaches were getting together to create a charity game for the Ortega Family, who had nine family members tragically murdered on Christmas Eve, it was moving to say the least. They will play on Monday, Jan. 19, on Martin Luther King Day at Azusa Pacific University. There will be a $2 donation, but of course you can leave more. All snack bar proceeds also benefit the family. To start things off, Charter Oak, Northview, Covina and South Hills all have donated $150 each, so already there’s a pot of $600 and growing. We’re covering the doubleheader on Monday, but the score won’t be in Tuesday’s newspaper. It doesn’t matter. To use a soccer term, “it’s a friendly.” I don’t need rosters, I’m not keeping a book, I’m just going to watch baseball. But it got me thinking, in the years that follow, with four great baseball traditions in Covina, it would be great if the four schools got together in this kind of format in the future. You could call it the “Ortega Memorial tournament.” But on Monday, it’s a charity game, the way it should be. And as a Covina resident myself, it would be great to see APU packed.