Baseball: Only Damien wearing green after Sierra League opening win over South Hills

Sierra: Damien too much for South Hills: Both teams wore green but only Damien High School got to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a win. Senior left-hander Antonio Gonzales pitched a complete game and the Spartans (3-3) beat South Hills, 7-4, in Thursday’s Sierra League opener for both teams.
“We preach to our starters that it is their seven innings,” Spartans coach Al Leyva said. “We tell them it’s your job unless you want to give it up to the closer. He (Gonzales) threw 94 pitches and was still throwing at 84 (mph) at the end.”

Friday’s games
Baseline League

Glendora at Rancho Cucamonga, 3:15 p.m.
Del Rey League
St. Paul at Bishop Amat, 3:15 p.m.
Hacienda League
Rowland at West Covina, 3:30 p.m.
Mission Valley League
El Monte at Rosemead, 3:15 p.m.
Mountain View at Gabrielino, 3:15 p.m.
Valle Vista
Northview at Nogales, 3:15 p.m.
San Dimas at Los Altos, 3:15 p.m.

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  • spartan green

    Go Spartans! Gonzales is a stud. The bats were alive and the fielding is getting better. The boys are starting to gel.

  • BL

    Sierra League is wide open. No real dominate teams.

  • Goin Deep

    Obvisouly kids hit better because Clapprod wasn’t there. Did you learn something coach?

  • Sl news

    Its too early to identify a front runner for the SL, but Chino Hills and Damien welcomed Claremont and South Hills to the SL with lopsided defeats. After the SL gets through their first round of league play the cream will rise and I willing to bet that Damien and Chino Hills will rise to the top. Good luck to all teams.

  • husky

    what is a lopsided defeat? south hills will be just fine

  • Sl news


    It’s a polite way to say that Damien was in control from beginning to end. And yes, I do think that So. Hills will make some noise, but time will tell how much noise. Either way welcome to the mighty SL!

  • damien baseball fan

    i wasnt very impressed by gonzales pitching. his fastball had minimal velocity and he couldnt locate his curveball until the later innings, from the looks of things south hills will beat damien and win league if he has another performance like yesterday!

  • Todd Halabrin

    Goin Deep,
    It’s cowardly and inappropriate to rip Claprood in this public forum, especially one who passionately works hard to teach this great game of baseball to youth in our community.