Friday Baseball: Glendora, Diamond Bar and Damien still in a tight race in the Sierra, all looking to complete sweep this afternoon

Lost in all the fun of Bishop Amat and South Hills the other day was the Sierra League race, where our three locals remain in a tight race for the league title. Glendora clobbered Chino Hills 13-5 on Wednesday while Diamond Bar took care of Chino 8-3 and Damien defeated Ayala 19-6. The same teams meet again this afternoon with Glendora (17-2-1, 8-2) holding a one-game edge over Diamond Bar (13-7, 7-3) and Damien (14-5, 7-3).

Friday’s games
Glendora at Chino Hills, 3:15 p.m.
Diamond Bar at Chino, 3:15 p.m.
Ayala at Damien, 3:15 p.m.

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Softball: West Covina beats Rowland 2-1 on a disputed call; Bonita hard to figure out, loses swagger in 5-4 loss to Charter Oak

West Covina 2, Rowland 1: Even West Covina High School softball coach Dan Woodward had to tip his hat at the strategy, Rowland opting to throw seldom-used freshman pitcher Esperanza Sanchez instead of reliable junior Laura Banuelos in Thursday’s San Antonio League game that would give the winner control of its own destiny toward a San Antonio League title.

Charter Oak 5, Bonita 4: The Charter Oak softball team has shown this season that it can beat, and lose to, anyone on its schedule. The Chargers proved it Thursday. Taylor Hawkins’ RBI single scored Jayme Chesler from second base in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Charter Oak a 5-4 victory over Bonita in a Miramonte League game.

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We need more of that … 1,200 fans would agree

Mt. SAC baseball coach Stacy Parker estimated it at 1,200, but said there might have been more. It was about five-deep down the left-field lines, and barely any walking room behind the stands, which brings me to this: Way back in December Northview coach Darren Murphy asked what I thought of a SGV Friday night game of the week. He asked if I thought teams would be willing to give up a home game for a neutral site game like the one we saw at Mt. SAC between Bishop Amat and South Hills last night that drew more fans than the stadium could hold. Tournaments are great, but big-game matchups are the way to go. After last night, tell me you don’t want to see Glendora go against Bishop Amat. How about Northview and Pedroza against Mathews and Diamond Bar. How about Damien vs. Bonita, or South Hills against Glendora? How about giving a team like Sierra Vista and pitcher Christian Huerta a shot at one of the big dogs on a big stage. We need more of this, and for all those wondering, both coaches agreed last night that South Hills and Bishop Amat will meet again like this next year. By the way, was there anything better than watching legendary Art Mazmanian chase down the umpire after the delayed third strike to end the game. Hey, the stadium is named after him, he can do whatever he wants.

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Boxing Reporter Robert Morales, an Edgewood graduate and friend, has quite a story to tell as he prepares for another big mega fight

By Doug Krikorian, Sports Columnist
As he gets set to cover the Floyd Mayweather-Sugar Shane Mosley welterweight title match Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, Robert Morales admits it’s become a rite for him to pause momentarily before the proceedings unfold and reflect on his glad destiny. He will be in a ringside seat amid tumult, and not in an iron-barred cell amid silence. He will be jotting down notes on his steno pad, and not be quaffing down vodkas in a saloon. He will be doing what he savors without fear of violence, and not on the streets ducking gun shots from adversaries bent on putting him in a graveyard.

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