Quarterfinal Shakers: The Glendora’s and Bonita’s looking swell, leading eight to the Elite Eight

Three of the four softball teams hit the road in the quarters while three of the four baseball teams are at home. I’m starting to really, really wonder if Bonita and Glendora are on a collision course in the D-3 softball playoffs. When you hear of how the Tartans won it, surviving in 12 innings after La Habra’s dramatic comeback, and Bonita getting another shutout from the big lefty, it makes you wonder if this is destined to happen. San Dimas and South Hills in particular have looked great in the D-5 playoffs, but now they’re both facing powerful Olympic League teams, which also boasts No. 1 Whittier Christian, which is still in the playoffs. In baseball, there have been some upsets in D-2, particularly Damien, which knocked off No. 3 Redlands East Valley. It’s appearing more and more that with some fortune, Glendora and Damien could reach the semis, then who knows? Is that too much to ask? Bonita, Bonita, Bonita, the baseball team we (I) keep overlooking. All they’ve done is win, and now they’re doing it dramatically in the form of seventh-inning rallies, the formula teams use to stretch chemistry to championships. If you’re not pulling for them, you don’t like feel-good stories. Bishop Amat? I got the text they were trailing 6-4 in the 6th and almost dropped my cell. Twenty minutes later, they were up 14-6 and cruising. Now at home, or uh, at Rio Hondo College and with the “Animal” on the mound, should Amat honks really be worried?


Above: Glendora’s “Gnarly” Carly Argyle survives a 12-inning marathon in a win over La Habra.

CIF-Southern Section Quarterfinals
Thursday’s games
Softball
Division 3

Mission Viejo at Bonita, 3:15 p.m.
Glendora at Warren, 3:15 p.m.
Division 5
San Dimas at Sun Valley Village Christian, 3:15 p.m.
South Hills at Cerritos Valley Christian, 3:15 p.m.

Baseball
Friday’s games
Division 2

Placentia Valencia at Glendora, 3:15 p.m.
Damien at El Toro, 3:15 p.m.
Division 3
Lancaster at Bonita, 3:15 p.m.
Division 4
Torrance vs. Bishop Amat at Rio Hondo College, 3:15 p.m.

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  • Softball Fan

    Glendora’s chances increase if they can get umpires like the regular season (terrible), who are unable to properly interpret the rules regarding Argyle’s illegal pitch. 90% of her pitches are questionable, and I’m surprised she was only dinged 4 times in the last game:

    “Argyle (16-4) clearly was flustered by the umpiring crew which ruled her delivery “illegal” four times and erased a flyout in the first inning and brought home the first of two La Habra runs in the fifth, when the Highlanders turned a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead.

    “Argyle lifts her trail foot as she releases her pitch, a rules violation most umpires ignore, Mitchell said.

    “She gets airborne, but it’s not something (umpires) really want to call,” Mitchell said. “They felt she was getting a little too high, so they called it (twice) in the first two innings, then they stopped. All of a sudden, they called it in the fifth with runners at second and third.”

    Read more: http://www.sgvtribune.com/preps/ci_15163004#ixzz0p36jdPDO

  • Basic

    Fred,

    I can’t be more excited and/or anxious about both the Lady Bearcats (with that target still on their backs) or the Bearcat baseball team (which like you said was overlooked and all they keep on doing is winning)…Now come more challenges for both and I wish them nothing but the best of luck…

    Lady Bearcats, remember that target is still on your backs so you MUST bring it cause every team you face is gunning for ya. And don’t stress about people saying you’re undeserving of that number 1 seed, just go out there and prove it…

    Now Bearcat baseball, please remember how you got here and keep that in mind, now is not the time to be Over-confident, play hard, play together and keep each other up…

  • asa ump

    I called numerous “illegal” pitches on Carly for “leaping” in the Diamond Bar game, she was unfazed! just nodded her head…….and then did it again and again, you’re right most umps call it once, they feel like they’ve done their job and then move on…….be careful when/if you play behind the OC iron curtain, they tend to go by the book a lot more than the local yokels

  • Hopefully

    that woulbcos neat if all three Sierra league softball teams win in quarters and also Bonita. Would be a local final four.

  • GO SGV!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Now I realize some of these teams had to play each other but correct me if Im wrong the OC isnt doing so well with only 2 teams left in the mix. MORE LIKE NOT THE BEST SOCAL TOP 25 POLL and seven of his top 10 who didnt even have to play each other are gone. Divisions in softball mean nothing if this were football a different story this game starts with pitching if you have a hurler in the circle with a decent defense behind her you can beat anybody in any division. To the bloger who Originally posted this and Mr. Arias thanks but no thanks for your biased opinion as it is only that with little credibility behind it.

    OCVARSITY.COM top 25 5-18-10 said:
    This is the best SoCal top 25 poll that includes all divisions and San Diego. Glendora and Ayala are in it, but no Bonita.
    SoCal softball Top 25 (5-18-10)
    Comments 0 | Recommend 0
    Valencia of Valencia is the top-ranked team.
    May 18, 2010 11:38 AM
    By CARLOS ARIAS
    OCVARSITY.COM
    Here are the OCVarsity So Cal softball rankings heading into the playoffs. There won’t be a new top 25 until after the postseason.
    OCVARSITY SO CAL SOFTBALL RANKINGS
    (Records through Saturday’s games)
    1. Valencia (Valencia) 26-3-1.
    2. Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 23-2 Gone
    3. Santiago (Corona) 27-1. Gone
    4. Simi Valley (Simi Valley) 25-2 Gone
    5. Ayala (Chino Hills) 24-5
    6. Etiwanda (Etiwanda) 23-3 Gone
    7. El Modena (Orange) 23-6 Gone
    8. Canyon (Anaheim) 21-5-1 Gone
    9. Pacifica (Garden Grove) 22-8 Gone
    10. Mt. Carmel (San Diego) 25-3
    11. Trabuco Hills (Mission Viejo) 24-3-1Gone
    12. Oxnard (Oxnard) 21-1-1
    13. Esperanza (Anaheim) 15-10
    14. Marina (Huntington Beach) 20-8
    15. Edison (Huntington Beach) 21-7 Gone
    16. Norco (Norco) 20-9 Gone
    17. Cajon (San Bernardino) 20-4-1 Gone
    18. Agoura (Agoura) 18-9 Gone
    19. Royal (Simi Valley) 21-6 Gone
    20. Glendora (Glendora) 20-5
    21. Rancho Bernardo (San Diego) 20-7-1
    22. Carson (Carson) 26-3 Gone
    23. West Hills (Santee) 24-2-1
    24. Torrey Pines (San Diego) 21-4-2
    25. San Pedro (San Pedro) 22-7 Gone

    May 18, 2010 1:07 PM

  • honkhonk

    SD second only to Mater Dei for all time hits with 368,fourth in homeruns and sixth in doubles. NO LOVE FROM THE TRIBUNE

  • poor stats

    the stats are so doctored they aren’t eve worth looking at

  • whitey

    fredj,fredj,fredj.you still have no clue about girls sports just like your major faux pas re: the libero in volleyball in 2008(have you learned what that position is yet?) there is no BALK in fast-pitch EVER and the girl from Glendora doesn’t crow-hop she’s “leaping” both feet entirely off the ground while releasing the ball…the mono-collared fish wrap is now officially unacceptable to line the bird cage, I have a rule book for you,alas no pictures ,will you be able to decipher it?

  • joemama

    whitey, whitey, whitey…you are wrong in your definition of crow hopping. glendora’s pitcher dove skips…while difficult to do..it is ‘legal”