When South Hills and Bishop Amat meet in a nonleague game on Wednesday, April 28 at 6 p.m., at Mt. SAC, it will be the most anticipated nonleague game since Nieto and Murphy bumped chests in the 2008 Glendora Tournament Championship, won by Northview over Amat. That remains the largest non-CIF title crowd I’ve seen at a baseball game. I’m sure that could change if South Hills and Amat continue winning like this.
Intrigued minds want to know who’s the best of our four heavyweights, with three in action today and Glendora playing Crescenta Valley for its own title on Saturday.
Intrigue No. 1: Bishop Amat became the state’s No. 1 team on MaxPreps Thursday, though they’re still No. 2 with us …for now … Amat (4-0) takes on undefeated Orange Lutheran (4-0) in the championship game of the Newport Elks baseball tournament at 6 p.m. at Hart Park in Orange. The Lancers already have defeated CIF-Southern Section powers Palm Desert, Corona Santiago, Mater Dei and defending Division I champion Capistrano Valley 6-1 in the semifinals of the Elks tournament.
Intrigue No. 2: The Tribune’s No. 1 team, South Hills (5-0), has outscored its opponents 20-4 during the Don Lugo Tournament and will play in the championship at home this afternoon against Chino Hills (2-0-1) at 3:15 p.m. Chino Hills opened the Don Lugo Tournament with a 5-1 victory over defending Division IV champion San Dimas and the Huskies advanced with victories over Los Osos, Colony and Ontario.
Intrigue No. 3: Damien (3-0) is at home in the semifinals of the Chino Tournament at 3:15 p.m. against Redlands East Valley, with the winner advancing to Monday’s 7 p.m. championship game at Chino Hills High against the winner of today’s other semifinal between Chino and Rancho Cucamonga. Damien is holding a ceremony on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. to rename its baseball field after longtime athletic director Thomas Carroll, who has been at the school for 38 years. Damien’s baseball complex is one of the best in the Valley after upgrades over the past year, which include a new scoreboard and stadium seating the school purchased from Camden Yards, home of the Baltimore Orioles.