The slow time for us is between football and baseball (sorry basketball fans, that’s just how it is). Looking ahead, who do you like in the new Hacienda League? Will anyone challenge Bonita? Yes, Diamond Bar with Kenny Mathews, aka, the best returning pitcher in the Valley, will be the favorite in my opinion. How much are you going to enjoy Damien, South Hills and Charter Oak in the Sierra League? This is the most intriguing. I’m not sure what Ayala, Chino Hills and Claremont bring to the table, but Damien, Charter Oak and South Hills all in the same league for baseball is as good as it gets locally. How will our lone defending CIF champion, Glendora, do in the Baseline? They will continue to win because they’re a great baseball school, but what a shame they’re not in the Sierra … talk about wasting the perfect fit. Then of course there is always the Valle Vista, which a few years ago you could argue was the best league around. Not anymore, but it will be interesting with Wilson and Nogales joining to compete against Northview, San Dimas and Covina. Finally, will Bishop Amat have the pitching depth to be considered one of the best in the Southland again? Word is, QB Rio Ruiz will probably have to be a closer, that ought to be interesting ….