Bishop Amat has been formidable since the freshman took over
The big question is Bonita really the top seed? You will have a better answer by the second round when they likely face Freeway League champion Sunny Hills and Yolando Rios, who has a 0.77 ERA after against a pretty tough schedule. My heart wants Bonita, but some strange losses down the stretch to Charter Oak and Los Altos make me wonder. Glendora on the other hand is playing well, hitting the ball as well as I’ve seen them it the past three years. So, here’s my final four.
Sunny Hills vs. Ayala
Glendora vs. Oaks Christian
Oaks Christian over Ayala
The only local is Bishop Amat and I’ve got a great feeling about this. Once they take care of Rancho Alamitos at home, they will likely get No. 4 seed Aquinas (23-2-1). They have a great record but haven’t played anyone, losing to Bonita 8-1 early in the season in the Palm Springs tournament. Compare that to Amat, losing to the likes of Mater Dei 1-0 and beating St. Joseph at the near of the year and I like the Lancers. Here is how this will shake out.
La Quinta vs. Bishop Amat
Torrance vs. Santa Monica
Santa Monica over La Quinta
There is no way I’m picking against San Dimas this time of season, especially the way they came on again, pounding Northview at the end of the season. This team just get it, and I like their road, going through a fourth seed like Duarte to get to the semifinals. The Saints should beat Pasadena Poly, and West Covina could be dangerous, but I like their trip to the semifinals. Northview and South Hills are on the bottom half, but I just don’t see it.
Whittier Christian vs. San Dimas
Cerritos Valley Christian vs. La Canada
Whittier Christian over Cerritos Valley Christian
This will be short and sweet. South El Monte is the fourth seed, but Arroyo is probably still better. Either way, neither of these teams have enough pitching to get it done. If South didn’t do it with Reina, they probably won’t do it this year. I don’t see either team getting past the second round
Marymount vs. Oxford Academy
Oak Hills vs. La Salle.
Marymount over Oak Hills