Softball: Glendora beats Ayala 3-1 to earn a share of the Sierra League title; South El Monte scored a dramatic run in the 7th to beat rival Arroyo, 4-3, winning the MVL title

South El Monte 4, Arroyo 3: With all the twists and turns of a good novel, it was only fitting that Thursday’s Mission Valley League showdown between the South El Monte and Arroyo high school softball teams ended with some drama. Angie Aguinaga led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a triple to the left-center-field gap and was awarded home plate when the throw in went into the South El Monte dugout for a 4-3 win that gave South El Monte its fifth consecutive league title.

Glendora 3, Ayala 1: For the third consecutive year, the Glendora High School softball team earned a piece of the Sierra League title with Ayala, but this one had a special feel to it. Glendora scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth to squeeze out a 3-1 victory. The Tartans defeated Ayala’s UCLA-bound pitcher Jessica Hall for the first time and earned their first win over the Bulldogs in three years.

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  • sh

    baseball correction

    SH @ Rowland 3:15

  • question for umpire kathy

    I saw you have been in the paper in the middle of controversy. When you did our game in Glendora 3 weeks ago, you went after one our coaches for no reason. You kicked him out of the game and you made it personal. It worked out for us in the long run when you blew a call against st. lucys and helped us win, karma at lucys expense. Looks like you blew another call against rowland and wc and it cost rowland a game. What is the matter with you and your crew? Sierra league and SAL league do not not use this crew anymore for the sake of the girls.

  • what?

    This blog was about the game the girls played today. So get over the umpires and say congratulations to Glendora on their win today.
    Go Carly!

  • what is so dramatic?

    ……. score tied 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh, South El Monte ………. led off with a triple, and with the throw to third sailing into the dugout, ……… was awarded home for a dramatic 4-3 victory, which gives South El Monte the Mission Valley League title.

    what is so dramatic about winning a game on a silly error. I saw this happen once in a rec ball game, but it wasn’t dramatic. A walk off HR is dramatic, a suicide squeeze home is dramatic, even stringing a bunch of hits together is dramatic. I guess only in the MVL, it’s dramatic.

  • mikey v

    ok so you are the judge of what is dramitic !! i guess to the fans of Arroyo and South it was Dramitic ! if the MVL bothers you so much just keep your comments to yourself !!

  • Dianna

    Just read the article about the Glendora game and I just want to give a huge shout out to Katrina Brandt! Way to go girl you rock! This is a memory you will enjoy for a very long time. To win a game of this magnitude is awesome and I hope your team mates attacked you when you came in! Good luck in CIF’s and keep that bat hot!

  • great win

    Congratulations Glendora on a great win against a great Ayala team and J. Hall. Don’t understand why the tribune would not highlight the game on the front page of the sports section instead of page three. Earned win vs “dramatic” win? I’ll take earned.

  • FredJ

    I can answer that for you, South El Monte and Arroyo don’t get as much coverage during the season, their league having a lot to do with it. I felt with it being a championship between two local teams and having to choose where to send a photographer beforehand, the safe bet was the MVL championship. Who knew Glendora would beat Ayala for the first time in three years? Glendora softball has been on the cover plenty of times, let the others have their day in the sun too, championships mean the same to everyone.

  • really?

    Fred,
    You covered the same match up on April 2. Some valley teams have gotten no photo coverage at all from the trib.

  • No coverage

    The Tribune sent photographers to these softball teams this season:

    3 games
    Northview 3
    San Dimas 3

    2 games
    Arroyo 2
    Bishop Amat 2
    Covina 2
    South El Monte 2

    1 game
    Charter Oak 1
    Diamond Ranch 1
    South Hills 1
    Walnut 1
    West Covina 1

    no coverage
    Azusa 0
    Baldwin Park 0
    Bonita 0
    Diamond Bar 0
    El Monte 0
    Glendora 0
    Los Altos 0
    St Lucys 0

    And, absolutely no coverage for the Charter Oak Charger Classic. No reporter or photographer was there for the Championship game between two local teams Bonita and St. Lucys.

    Fred, How can you say that South El Monte and Arroyo got little coverage when others got none?

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