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
Dos Pueblos (16-11) at Damien (20-8)
Notre Dame (23-5) at Chino Hills (17-10)
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)
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)
Sierra Vista (19-6) at Sultana (15-8)
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)
Lakeside (14-8) at Bishop Amat (17-12)
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)
Big Bear (14-11) at Arroyo (14-9)
South El Monte (19-6) at Desert Mirage (13-10)
“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 it — Calvary 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.
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?
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.
Charter Oak 13, Cajon 3
Palmdale 4, Nogales 3
South Hills 4, Quartz Hill 3
Bonita 8, Pacific 0
Los Altos 4, Orange 2
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