Above: Glendora coach Dan Henley doing a terrific job with the Tartans and working the umpires.
Tribune Baseball Rankings
1. Bishop Amat (14-2) — I flirted with dropping Amat behind Glendora because the Tartans do own two tournament titles and their only loss was a 1-0 setback at Diamond Bar against lefty. Then I started looking at Amat’s schedule again, who they beat and wised up.
2. Glendora (13-1-1) — After winning the Arcadia tournament, the Tartans are No. 2 in D-2 but still can’t breathe that easy in the tight Sierra League race, where the top four teams are separated by a single game.
3. South Hills (11-3) — What I learned about the Huskies in the National Classic is that their pitching is deeper than I thought, and they’re a tough bunch of kids, battling back from an 0-2 start to win two straight. Mentally, that’s going to help them a lot the rest of the way.
4. Bonita (11-2-1) — All they have done is win ten straight, and I don’t care if they didn’t win the Northview tournament (because of tiebreakers), they were the best team. But then again, they will have to prove it with two games against Charter Oak this week.
5. Damien (9-4) — Lost in the championship of the Chino tournament to Maranatha, but this is the week. With two games against Chino Hills, the Spartans have a lot on the line. They can put the pressure on Glendora with a sweep.
6. Charter Oak (9-5) — The champions of the Northview tournament deserve more credit than we’ve given them, and look at the Miramonte League, they dominated the Northview tournament. While the Sierra is the best league in the Valley, the Miramonte is not that far behind.
7. Los Altos (11-5) – The only place they’ve struggled is during Miramonte League games, which is looking like a tougher league each week. They’re having too good a season to continue faltering in league, so look for them to rebound.
8. Diamond Bar (10-5) — When will they throw Mathews against Glendora? Will they do it on Wednesday on the road, or wait until their home Friday. Personally, I would use lefty all ten innings, probably in a relief role if they need him Wednesday, then start him at home on Friday.
9. Northview (8-4-2) — The best in one of the weakest Valle Vista Leagues races in years. I still say the Vikings can hang with anyone when Pedroza’s on the mound, but the jury is still out. VVL teams haven’t done much in area tournaments.
10. Sierra Vista (9-4) — Congratulations to longtime coach Brett Stevens, who recently won his 300th game. After all these years, the passion is still there, and the Dons are still winning.