Another beautiful day in the neighborhood

The blog took off on Tuesday, we had more hits than Scott Wolff’s USC blog, and were within a few hundred of Brian Dohn’s newspaper-group leading UCLA blog, and those are pretty-much national blogs with a huge Southern California presence. We do it right and we do it proud in the San Gabriel Valley, so thanks to all of you for making me look good. I was tweeting as many games as I could, getting updates from Northview-St. Paul, Bishop Amat-La Habra, Bonita-Alhambra, San Dimas-La Canada softball, as well as the game I was at, Glendora-Knight softball. It was compelling, Bonita, Bishop Amat and Northview all trailing early, then hearing about Bonita’s grand slam, Amat’s huge rally in the seventh, then finally learning that defending champion Northview is no more, losing to St. Paul. It was an incredible day, and with so many teams left, seven in baseball and yes, eight in softball, we have got a lot more tweeting to do. You want surprises, how about three Miramonte league baseball teams in the quarterfinals, thanks to Los Altos’ magical playoff run. You want matchups? How about South Hills and Bonita on Friday. You want momentum, how about Damien’s 20-3 win over Dos Pueblos. You want predictions, I’m standing by mine that San Dimas will keep going and win the Division IV title. You want tough, how about Los Altos and Glendora softball moving to the quarters along with, um, West Covina, Bishop Amat and Arroyo. I’m telling you, we’re just getting started.

Coaches comments …
“Hey, sometimes you have to battle and sometimes you have to tip your cap and that’s what we had to do with La Habra. They played a great game and we had to make a great push at the end to win. We’ll play any team anywhere, whatever the challenge. Look at our schedule, we’re not afraid to play anyone.” — Bishop Amat coach Andy Nieto.

“There is no shame in losing to St. Paul. The shame is for a group that has accomplished so much (over the past four seasons) and has been more successful than any class in Northview history, this is the last day they played. This is not indicative of what kind of team this. And that’s the shame – that we played so poorly.” — Northview coach Darren Murphy.

“We have had big hits from everybody in the lineup all year. Our offense and defense has carried us.” — Damien coach Al Leyva

“We were very concerned. We were getting the feeling that it was getting away. We were doing everything right and just not getting it. I was concerned about getting a bit panicked. I think we showed our composure. Jason (Plowman) gets that grand slam. He’s a gamer.” — Bonita coach John Knott

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Baseball: South Hills will host Bonita; Damien, Charter Oak, Los Altos, BAmat all home

CIF-SS Playoffs
Friday’s quarterfinals
Division II

San Luis Obispo (23-5) at Redlands East Valley (22-6)
Crespi (18-11) at Damien (21-8)
Foothill (21-7) at Chino Hills (18-10)
Yucaipa (27-2) at Huntington Beach (17-12)

Division III
Beckman (24-4) at Charter Oak (17-9)
Downey (23-6) at Lancaster (20-7)
Corona del Mar (17-10) at Los Altos (14-11)
Bonita (21-5) at South Hills (19-8)

Division IV
La Quinta (21-7) vs. Bishop Amat (25-5) at Rio Hondo College
San Dimas (21-5) at El Segundo (23-8)
Fullerton (21-7) at Torrance (23-7)
St. Paul (18-12) at Kaiser (20-8)

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Softball Update: Bishop Amat, Arroyo, South El Monte and Northview all at home in quarters

CIF-Southern Section playoffs
Thursday’s Quarterfinals
Division III

Chino (19-13) at Tesoro (24-4)
Los Altos (22-6) at Ayala (23-9)
Chino Hills (22-10-1) at Crescenta Valley (26-1)
Glendora (20-4) at Oaks Christian (26-4-1)

Division IV
Torrance (22-11) at La Quinta (20-4)
North Torrance (19-13) at Hesperia (17-6)
Santa Monica (24-6) at Paloma Valley (21-7)
El Segundo (27-3) at Bishop Amat (18-12)

Division V
San Dimas (23-4) at Barstow (15-9)
Village Christian (25-5) at San Jacinto (18-5)
Whittier Christian (21-6) at Northview (17-8)
West Covina (16-10) at Heritage (18-10)

Division VI
La Salle (23-5) at Arroyo (15-9)
Ramona Convent (15-2) at South El Monte (20-6)
Grace Brethren (13-6) at Marymount (22-4)
Oxford Academy (19-6) at Maranatha (21-6)

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Baseball thread: The Shocker, St. Paul knocks off defending champion Northview; Bishop Amat rallies in the 7th, Bonita, San Dimas, Los Altos, South Hills all win

Northview loses: It happened, the Vikings, trailing 6-2 early, kept chipping away, making it 6-3, then 6-4, then it was over. St. Paul pulls off the big upset, knocking off No. 2 and defending champion Northview, 6-4.
Bishop Amat wins: The Lancers trailed 2-1 going into the bottom of the 7th and scored eight runs to take a 9-2 lead over La Habra, then hung on for a 9-5 victory.
Bonita wins: Trailing 2-0 early, the Bearcats cruise, beat Alhambra 9-2 to get South Hills next.
South Hills wins: Don’t know anything except they beat Hemet, 7-5
Los Altos wins: The Conquerors did it again, shocks Santa Monica, 3-1.
San Dimas wins: Saints beat Sonora 4-0, Josh Leyland hit two run homer and Salcido goes the distance to get shutout.

CIF-SS Baseball game predictions
Tuesday’s second round, 3:15 p.m.
Division II

Damien 20, Dos Pueblos 3
Chino Hills 3, Notre Dame 1
Division III
Charter Oak 6, Palmdale 1
Los Altos 3, Santa Monica 1
South Hills 7, Hemet 5
Bonita 9, Alhambra 2
Division IV
Bishop Amat 9, La Habra 5
San Dimas 4, Sonora 0
St. Paul 6, Northview 4
Division V
Sultana 10, Sierra Vista 5

RESULTS: Coaches, parents, please call in results to 626-962-8811, Ext. 2233 or 2242 or email to Also post a quick score on the blog as soon as you get it, the more that do this, the quicker we all the results.

Baseball Standings and Schedules
Del Rey League
Miramonte League
Mission Valley League
Montview League
San Antonio League
Sierra League
Valle Vista League

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Softball thread: Glendora rallies to win in the 7th, San Dimas beats La Canada; Bishop Amat, Los Altos, Northview, Arroyo, WCovina all win

Glendora update: Trailing 1-0 and getting one-hit going into the bottom of the seventh inning, the Tartans rally past Knight for a 2-1 victory when the coaches daughter, Lindsay Mitchell, hits a one-out bases-loaded single to right to drive in the tying and winning runs.
San Dimas update: They trailed 1-0 going into the sixth, scored twice to beat La Canada, 2-1.

Softball advance preview
Tuesday’s softball game results
Second Round
Division III

Los Altos 1, Oak Park 0
Ayala 4, Aliso Niguel 1
Chino Hills 2, Alemany 1 (9)
Glendora 2, Knight 1
Division IV
Bishop Amat 5, Lakeside 0
Division V
San Dimas 2, La Canada 1
San Jacinto 8, Azusa 0
Village Christian 4, South Hills 2
Northview 4, Woodcrest Christian 3
Whittier Christian 2, Rowland 0
West Covina 10, Santa Ana Calvary Chapel 3
Division VI
Arroyo 2, Big Bear 1
South El Monte 18, Desert Mirage 1, 5 innings
La Salle 12, Campbell Hall 0

RESULTS: Coaches, parents, please call in results to 626-962-8811, Ext. 2233 or 2242 or email to Also post a quick score on the blog as soon as you get it, the more that do this, the quicker we all the results.

Softball Standings and Schedules
Del Rey League
Miramonte League
Mission Valley League
Montview League
San Antonio League
Sierra League
Valle Vista League

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Are the Titans on the Road to Omaha?

Above: This photo courtesy of shows the quest for all 64 teams in the NCAA Division I baseball tournament – Omaha’s Rosenblatt Statium.

As you all know, Fred’s biggest passion outside of prep sports, is his beloved Lakers.
Mine includes the Cal State Fullerton baseball team, which is on the right path on the Road to Omaha and the College World Series. I followed the Titans to Omaha in 2001 and 2003, and have been to every home Regional and Super Regional since 2000. I also traveled to a regional in San Diego two years ago. To continue reading click thread

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The biggest decision baseball coaches make on Tuesday is who to pitch. Do you stay with No. 1, or go with No 2? It’s never an easy decision

I always find the second game of the baseball playoffs the most interesting. I remember a few years back watching Temple City’s big stud Ryan Tucker pitch game one, pitch game two (started a new week), throw three innings in game three, and come back to start in the semifinals (game four) because it’s a new week again. Your No. 1 pitcher can almost carry you to the championship game if that’s what you choose to do. Division IV hasn’t played since last Thursday, so what do teams like Northview, Bishop Amat and San Dimas due on Tuesday? Do they stay with their No.1’s or go to their No 2’s like a normal week. Even teams that played Friday have the same decision, especially a team like Sierra Vista, who has a No. 1 in Christian Huerta that could carry them a few rounds. These are do-or-die scenarios, so expect the best to be on the hill if they’re available?

Below: The Northview-St. Paul game is a perfect example, will Vikings coach Darren Murphy stay with Eric Ruvalcaba (pictured below), who threw a shutout in the first round or go to left Eddie Pedroza? The same is true for St. Paul, do they stay with No. 1 Gabe Encinas, or take their chances with hard-throwing Chris Wilson, the former South Hills Covina resident who knows the Vikings well? Decisions, Decisions.

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The Scouting Guru is back with a Top Ten of the best football teams in the Inland Empire

I listened to what everyone said about expanding our blog coverage to the Inland Empire. I will not overdue it, but I think including all Sierra League teams in here is fine because of the crossovers with Glendora, Diamond Bar and Damien. We should also be including Ganesha and Pomona too. Football is a different story. Each week I will do an Inland Empire football top ten in the fall, and let the Scouting Guru do his thing as well. There’s nothing wrong with giving I.E. folks a thread to talk. So, the Guru has a Spring Top Ten Inland Empire Poll that he broke down over the weekend. Check it out by clicking on the thread….

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Play Prep Editor, If you had to pick four games to cover, which ones would you choose?

This looks like a first round, so many San Gabriel Valley teams still alive in the “Sweet 16,” but Tuesday is separation day. With that in mind, what are the must-cover games?

CIF-SS Baseball and Softball playoffs
Tuesday’s semifinals
Division II

Dos Pueblos (16-11) at Damien (20-8)
Notre Dame (23-5) at Chino Hills (17-10)
Division III
Charter Oak (16-9) at Palmdale (14-13)
Los Altos (13-11) at Santa Monica (17-14)
South Hills (18-8) at Hemet (17-9-1)
Bonita (20-5) at Alhambra (17-10)
Division IV
Bishop Amat (24-5) at La Habra (17-8)
San Dimas (20-5) at Sonora (18-10)
Northview (21-4) at St. Paul (17-12)
Division V
Sierra Vista (19-6) at Sultana (15-8)

Division III

Los Altos (21-6) at Oak Park (17-10)
Ayala (21-10) at Aliso Niguel (19-10-1)
Alemany (21-7) at Chino HIlls (21-10-1)
Knight (21-5-1) at Glendora (19-4)
Division IV
Lakeside (14-8) at Bishop Amat (17-12)
Division V
San Dimas (22-4) at La Canada (19-7)
San Jacinto (17-5) at Azusa (16-8)
South Hills (16-9-1) at Village Christian (24-5)
Northview (16-8) at Woodcrest Christian (17-9)
Whittier Christian (20-6) at Rowland (14-13)
Santa Ana Calvary Chapel (19-6-1) at West Covina (15-10)
Division VI
Big Bear (14-11) at Arroyo (14-9)
South El Monte (19-6) at Desert Mirage (13-10)

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Karynn Dunn dominating again, wins three more CIF-SS titles; Price duo, Rogers also win

Qualifiers for Friday’s Masters Meet in Cerritos

Diamond Ranch’s Karynn Dunn won in her signature events, the 110 hurdles, long and triple jump, giving her six Division III individual titles since last year. How did the Price siblings and other fair? Read it all from our track man, Andrew Campa.

Also, check out Keith Birmingham’s photo gallery, more than three dozen pictures from Saturday’s championships.

CIF-Southern Section Division I, II, II, IV Results, All Here!

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Calvary Murrieta softball forfeits game because of illegal batting practice, what a shame

All season we tossed wiffle balls at the girls before games. This is my first year as head coach, and If I had known that this was not allowed during the playoffs, I would not have done itCalvary Murrieta coach Tiffany Bleil.

The Division V’s top softball seed Calvary Murrieta forfeited its 4-0 victory over Barstow because it participated in an illegal pre-game whiffle-ball batting practice. Yes it’s true, and San Dimas could benefit because they were on track to meet Murreita in the quarterfinals. Why does it feel like the punishment doesn’t fit the crime. Take away a home game maybe, but the season? I’ve always hated this rule, and wonder why opposing coaches or athletic directors call you on it. If a coach see’s this happening, why can’t you walk over and explain what they’re doing is illegal. If he argues and continues on, then pursue it and turn it over to CIF. But if the coach shows genuine remorse, and may not know the rule and stop immediately, then shake hands and play. Or like I always say, “Do the Right Thing.” Who wants to win this way? And more importantly, you’re punishing kids that worked all season, and their entire careers for an opportunity they will never get back because of a silly rule. I know as a competitor, I wouldn’t want to put my uniform back on if I advanced this way.
Steve’s take: This one of the rare occasions where Fred and I disagree. To me, this is a rule to combat an unfair advantage, and Calvary Murrieta won a playoff game by having an unfair advantage. The Murrieta coach can say she didn’t know the rule, but isn’t there an adage that states ignorance of the law is no excuse? She states that they hit with whiffle balls throughout the season. I guess she doesn’t know that there’s a difference between that and the real thing. But I think what it really comes down to is: There was a playoff game played, the team that won had an unfair advantage, and when that happens, the winner must forfeit.

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Lets add the Inland Empire to our blog coverage

We have boundaries for the Tribune, Bulletin and Sun, but we can do whatever we want on the blog. With more commenters trickling in from Ayala, Chino Hills, Chino etc, as we move forward we will include these teams in the blog so their fans have a place to vent and talk about their games. It won’t be as thorough as our local teams, but as we get into the fall, I will do an Inland Empire top ten football thread, and track their scores on Friday nights. So this is to all you Inland Empire folks, which teams should I concentrate on most and why?

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Baseball game thread: First shocker, Nogales goes down; Bonita, Charter Oak cruise to easy wins, South Hills hangs on and Los Altos wins

Update: Bonita’s Nico Calderaro pitched a complete game six-hitter, leading the Cats to an easy 8-0 win over Pacific.
Update: South Hills jumped on top of Quartz Hill 4-0, then hold on to win 4-3 behind a solid outing from pitcher Derek Klena, who went the distance and got a game-ending grounding with the tying runner aboard in the 7th.
Update Nogales: Just got the word, Palmdale upset the Nobles, 4-3
Update: Chater Oak: Chargers pounded Cajon, won 13-3.
Update: Sierra Vista: Dons are the lone area survivor in Div. V, beating Arrowhead Christian 6-5.

South Hills’ Derek Klena goes the distance to help the Hills score a 4-3 win in round one.

Friday’s results
Division III
Charter Oak 13, Cajon 3
Palmdale 4, Nogales 3
South Hills 4, Quartz Hill 3
Bonita 8, Pacific 0
Los Altos 4, Orange 2

Division V
Sierra Vista 6, Arrowhead Christian 5
Downey Calvary Chapel 4, South El Monte 2
Mary Star 8, La Puente 5
Paraclete 2, Western Christian 1
Santa Ynez 4, Gladstone 0

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