Softball: St. Lucy’s might be 0-4 in the Sierra, but they beat top-ranked Bonita 2-1 to win the Charter Oak Tournament on Saturday

The truth is, St. Lucy’s is one of the top five teams in the Valley, no doubt. I saw them against Glendora, sophomore lefty Danielle O’Toole is already one of the area’s best pitchers, just a lot of bad luck, losing 2-0 and 3-2 to Glendora last week before beating Bonita in the Charter Oak tournament final, 2-1. This tells you how difficult the Sierra League is, and it won’t get easier for St. Lucy’s, who could be 0-6 with two games against Ayala this week. I’ll bet St. Lucy’s can’t wait to welcome Charter Oak and South Hills to the Sierra next year. When rankings come out Wednesday, who should be No. 1?

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  • top three

    Let’s see:
    Bonita beat Glendora
    Glendora beat St. Lucy’s
    St. Lucy’s beat Bonita

    Interesting week.

  • Ranked

    1. Bonita – although they had a tough time solving St. Lucy’s Danielle O’Toole, they were equally dominant on the pitching end as Chloe Wurst fanned 19 while only giving up 4 hits.

    2. Glendora – they managed to come up with timely hits against St. Lucy’s but the team is playing quite flat since the Charter Oak tourney.

    ?? St. Lucy’s – they have an outstanding young left-hander in O’Toole, but not much else in the way of offense. Their coach continues to struggle with offensive strategy in addition to his emphasis on inexperienced underclassmen, which further hurts their cause.

  • Funnyhowucit

    SL has more offense than Glendora but you don’t see anything about it. Glendora is hitting .199 as a team and SL is .245. 1st year coach is working with a very young team and trying to move around his batting order to cash in on the hits that they are getting. Glendora only has a couple of hitters while SL has them all bunched at the top. Give them a year in this tough league and then see how it helps them against Charter Oak and South Hills next year.

  • Who cares?

    SL is 0-4 in the league, Glendora is 4-0, ’nuff said.

    SL has had some real weak teams in their schedule to fatten up their stats (Blair, Harvard-Westlake, etc.). A .049 higher batting average is nothing to brag about. Glendora isn’t that good either.

    SL has some talented juniors and seniors that sit the bench for some unknown reason. Suggests to me that the issues are typical of high school teams in general, politics & favorites. Glendora has the same problem with their coaching staff.

  • tough schedule

    What a week for St. Lucy’s. Within a 2 week time period, they will play CIF Div 3 #1 Ayala(twice), #2 Glendora(twice), and #3 Bonita. They have also played CIF Div 1 #2 Valencia. One of the toughest schedules in the valley.

  • youngsters

    St. Lucy’s starting 2 freshman, 6 sophomores and 1 junior beat Bonita, not bad kids.

  • funnyhowucit

    Hey “who cares?” I forgot Glendora played that powerhouse So. El Monte…..

  • how soon we forget

    Come on “Who Cares?” Glendora did play some “pad the stats” teams as well, like South El Monte, Monrovia and Dana Hills. Oops, I forgot, Dana Hills mercied Glendora 0-10.

  • anonymous

    st lucys is a strong team this year. They had a great game against Bonita, and should have had both wins against Glendora. This “who cares” person, needs to quit baggin on lucys. the whole ’nuff said…. not true. if you had seen the game you would understand.

  • Sorry Seniors :-(

    So what you’re saying is St. Lucy’s will be a monster again next year, right?

  • Who cares?

    I was at all three games last week, including Bonita… Lucy’s has a good team but they were swept by Glendora and Chino Hills over two weeks.

    But you are right, they should have won both games – BUT DIDN’T. Here’s some of the reasons the coaching is costing them: their pitcher hurt her leg sliding into second base. She is too valuable to the team. Why isn’t she getting a runner? The right fielder gets creamed at second base and was limping the entire game afterward. Why not sub for her when she was definitely hurting? Why are the slappers sitting the bench when they don’t have any kind of a short game going? Some coaching decisions don’t make any sense whatsoever. Don’t feel too bad, Glendora isn’t doing things much better.

    Both of these teams are riding the arms of good pitchers, so its up to the offense, and neither team has impressed since spring break. 19 strikeouts is a problem. So they beat Bonita because of the international tiebreaker? Does not seem like clear cut win over Bonita to me. But it doesn’t matter: congrats to Lucy’s for winning Charter Oak.

  • I’m sorry, did I miss something

    “”Who cares? said:
    Both of these teams are riding the arms of good pitchers, so its up to the offense, and neither team has impressed since spring break. 19 strikeouts is a problem. So they beat Bonita because of the international tiebreaker? Does not seem like clear cut win over Bonita to me. But it doesn’t matter: congrats to Lucy’s for winning Charter Oak.””

    …….and Bonita’s 16 stikeouts not a problem? Did Bonita not have the benefit if the ITB as well? Looks like the clear cut winner was St. Lucy’s.

  • clear cut winner

    Hey “Who Cares”, So was the 5-0 Bonita win over Glendora seem to be clear cut?

  • Too Excited About Gilr’s Softball

    Wouldnt it be nice if there was some other way to tell which team is better, other than coming on here and entering into these pointless arguments?

    Maybe, if each team played each other 2 or 3 times over the course of the season, and they all play the same group of teams 2 or 3 times, and the one with the best record was declared The Best.

    That would be neat if they could do that. Someone should look into this.

  • notthathardtofigureout

    Listen Bonita has ony faced a left handed pitcher twice in three years and both times were the same result of a loss. With so many left handed hitters in the line up is was a nobrainer and not to take any credit away from Danny she is one of my favorite players in the valley and has a very bright future. BHS as does every team has a weakness and it was exploited this past Saturday. If you knew anything about this game you would realize as in many sports its about match ups period.

  • betterthanchocolate

    The rankings should and probably will stay the same. No changes will be made with the top three Fred knows you can not make a team #1 who probably won’t even make CIF. St. Lucys is showing promise but only as a young team with consistency missing. Like the Guru said Otoole on the rise

  • Sybil

    I don’t know about St. Lucy’s now. Ayala ran them over and the only one trying to do anything about was O’Toole. What a great talent. Hard to believe this team goes anywhere with the lack of hitting and the field play.

  • what r u smokin?

    What about SL field play? They do fine out there. Some spots have some problems but for the most they are a solid fielding team. Just wish they put up the fielding stats so it could be seen to all who don’t come to the games. Otoole has been doing great but she is not the whole team as you can see by her record. She has given up walks then homeruns to shut us out of games and when hits against her theycome they come in bunches. The lineup is changed usually from game to game so it’s hard for them to get in a groove for hitting.

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