South Hills wins opener in Charter Oak tourney: The offensive prowess of the South Hills High School softball team was on display in Monday’s opening-round game of the Charter Oak Tournament at Field of Dreams as the Huskies defeated Monrovia 11-1 in six innings.
1. Bishop Amat (6-1) — I love it when I go out on a limb and start a team No. 1 that had a .500 record last year, and then they start off like this. This is because I knew Amat was legit and they showed it in Arizona, going 6-1 in the Tournament of Champions, plus starting the year with an easy 9-0 win over Covina.
2. Glendora (6-1) — For a change the Tartans had an easy road to the San Dimas title game, but they do boast solid wins over La Canada and Northview. The bottom line is as long as pitcher Carly Argyle is doing her thing, the Tartans are in good shape.
3. Claremont (4-0) — The Wolfpack won a tournament in Upland, but haven’t beaten anyone worth bragging about. Let’s see how they fare in the Arroyo tourney.
4. South Hills (4-2) — Crushed Bonita and St. Lucy’s with losses to very good teams in the Brea Tournament, La Mirada and Northwood. The Huskies swing the bat with the best of them. Moving the rubber back a few feet might pay off for them the most.
5. Charter Oak (5-2) — You can throw out the 18-7 loss to Don Lugo in the second game of a doubleheader. They still score a lot of runs and beat Bonita and Covina most recently.
6. Bonita (7-2) – The ‘Cats win the Palm Springs tournament every year, so I don’t put too much stock in it. I thought they would roll through the San Dimas tournament, but they got pounded by South Hills (12-2), lost to Charter Oak and squeaked out a one-run win over San Dimas. Hmmm.
7. Ayala (2-3) — Just finished a very tough tournament in Corona, so don’t put too much stock in their record. You know when the Sierra rolls around, they will be one of the favorites.
8. Chino Hills (3-2) — Only losses to powerful Valencia and Corona with a notable win over Los Osos. The Huskies are another team that make the Sierra League extremely difficult.
9. Northview (4-2) — Surprising finalist in the San Dimas tournament, but lost in the final to Glendora, 8-3.
10. Duarte (4-1) — After a season-opening loss to Wilson (1-0) in their own tournament, the Falcons won four straight to win the consolation title. Haven’t played too many toughies yet, though.
Note: St. Lucy’s not ranked, full record not updated.
Monday’s Charter Oak Tournament Results
At Big League Dreams, West Covina
La Serna 9, South El Monte 0
Glendora 8, Sierra Vista 0
Bonita 6, Alhambra 3
San Dimas 7, Temple City 0
Charter Oak 6, Covina 1
South Hills 11, Monrovia 1
La Salle vs. Charter Oak, 3:30 p.m. (Dodger Field)
Monrovia vs. Northview, 3:30 p.m., (Tiger Field)