By Brian Day, staff writer
WEST COVINA – The baseball field at South Hills High School was found vandalized Saturday, a day after athletic authorities ruled in favor of the school in a contested victory. The vandalism resulted in an estimated $500 worth of damage, West Covina police Lt. Dave Rozeboom said. The incident is being investigated as felony vandalism. (To continue, click thread).
The most interesting part of the CIF-Southern Section’s decision to deny Montebello’s protest that South Hills took an illegal pre-game batting practice, and thus should forfeit its 3-2 victory, was the section’s acknowledgment that a rule was violated, but not severe enough to warrant a disqualification from the playoffs. “At the end of the day, nobody is here to penalize kids,” Southern Section Director of Information Thom Simmons said. “Did a penalty occur? Sure. Did a team gain a competitive advantage? No. Did they (South Hills) win on the field? Yes. In the rules, it says a team `may’ be removed from the playoffs for something like this. Not that they `will’ be. The rule allows us that leeway. We don’t think it was worthy of removing a team from the entire playoffs.” I’ll be honest, I thought if you violated this rule it was a slam-dunk disqualification. Simmons’ remarks and explanation were enlightening, to say the least. It’s good to know the section has the power in some instances to ask, “does the punishment fit the crime?” To weigh the rule versus the spirit of the rule, which Steve Ramirez so elegantly explained commenting on a previous thread, should be used in more situations. Click the thread to read what Steve wrote
For the record, Steve wrote this prior to CIF’s ruling.
Above: Dorian Granados hit a three-run homer to break a 3-3 tie in the fifth inning to lead Damien to a 6-3 victory over Palos Verdes.
Friday’s first-round results
Damien 6, Palos Verdes 3: Damien High School junior Dorian Granados is proof that playoff heroes aren’t predictable, they’re timely. After Damien rallied from three runs down in the fifth inning to tie the score 3-3, Granados hit a two-out, three-run homer off the scoreboard in left to lead the Spartans to a come-from-behind 6-3 victory over visiting Palos Verdes.
Glendora 4, Peninsula 1: Glendora High School set the tone early and let its dominant pitching do the rest in a 4-1 CIF-Southern Section Division 2 first-round baseball playoff victory Friday against visiting Peninsula.
Bishop Amat 10, Patriot 0: The Lancers rode ace Paul Paez to a 10-0 victory over Patriot that sends the Lancers into Tuesday’s second round where they’ll face Colony.
Northview 7, Barstow 2:Damien Chico had three RBIs and a key two-run double in the first inning and Northview jumped to a quick six-run lead en route to a 7-2 victory over the visiting Aztecs on Friday.
Garey 9, San Dimas 1: Apparently no one told Garey High School ace Vincent Velasquez that he was facing the reigning CIF-Southern Section Division 4 baseball champions. The senior right-hander threw a complete game, allowing just an unearned run and striking out a career-high 17 batters to lead the host Vikings to a 9-1 victory over San Dimas in the first round of the playoffs on Friday afternoon.
Montebello files protest of South Hills’ 3-2 win: Montebello has apparently filed a protest in South Hills’ 3-2 win, alleging that South Hills took illegal batting practice before the game. The Montebello staff told our Steve Ramirez they will discuss it with their athletic department to see if they have a case. South Hills coach Kevin Smith has denied it.
South Hills wins protest — CIF officials denied Montebello’s protest of Thursday’s Division 3 first-round playoff win by South Hills, 3-2. The Oilers argued the Huskies conducted an illegal batting practice before the game. After watching video of the incident provided by Montebello, CIF ruled there was in fact a an illegal batting practice, but it was not enough to warrant a disqualification of South Hills from the playoffs. The rules allow CIF to make a judgment call in situations such as this.
“At the end of the day, nobody is here to penalize kids,” Southern Section Director of Information Thom Simmons said. “Did a penalty occur? Sure. Did a team gain a competitive advantage? No. Did they (South Hills) win on the field? Yes.”
“In the rules, it says a ‘may’ be removed from the playoffs for something like this. Not that they ‘will’ be. The rule allows us that leeway. We don’t think it was worthy of removing a team from the entire playoffs.”
CIF-Southern Section Playoffs
Tuesday’s second round games
South Hills at Lancaster, 3:15 p.m., (pending protest)
Downey at Bonita, 3:15 p.m.
Sierra Vista at Lompoc, 3:15 p.m.
Glendora at Sunny Hills, 3:15 p.m.
Ayala at Burbank Burroughs, 3:15 p.m.
Glendora at La Habra, 3:15 p.m.
Aquinas at Bishop Amat, 3:15 p.m.
San Dimas at West Covina, 3:15 p.m.
South Hills at Barstow, 3:15 p.m.
La Canada at Northview, 3:15 p.m.
South El Monte at Grace Brethren, 3:15 p.m.
La Salle at Arroyo, 3:15 p.m.
BREAKING NEWS: Montebello has apparently filed a protest in South Hills’ 3-2 win, alleging that South Hills took illegal batting practice before the game. The Montebello staff told our Steve Ramirez they will discuss it with their athletic department to see if they have a case. South Hills coach Kevin Smith has denied it.
Story: Bonita 6, Kaiser 0
Story: San Dimas 12, Pasadena Poly 0
Story: West Covina 3, Temple City 1
Story: Whittier Christian 1, Rowland 0
Baseball/Softball Roundup: Sierra Vista High School baseball standout Christian Huerta is used to taking matters into his own hands. And that’s exactly what he did on Thursday to advance the Dons to the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 playoffs. Huerta had a two-run home run, an RBI double and went the distance as he struck out nine to get Sierra Vista past San Jacinto, 3-2.
Thursday’s first-round playoff results
Hemet 8, Diamond Ranch 4
Colton 6, Charter Oak 5
Gahr 10, Walnut 9
South Hills 3, Montebello 2
Bonita 3, Elsinore 1
Sierra Vista 3, San Jacinto 2
Campbell Hall 12, South El Monte 5
Lompoc Cabrillo 28, La Puente 5
Bonita 6, Kaiser 0
Glendora 7, Quartz Hill 1
Ayala 7, Patriot 0
Bishop Amat 10, Rancho Alamitos 0
Whittier Christian 1, Rowland 0, 10 innings
West Covina 3, Temple City 1
San Dimas 12, Pasadena Poly 0
Village Christian 2, Duarte 0
South Hills 23, Azusa 1
Mayfield 3, Covina 0
Northview 6, Calvary Chapel 4
La Canada 15, Sierra Vista 0
South El Monte 5, Mary Star 0
Arroyo 25, Whitney 0