LA PUENTE — Bishop Amat High School didn’t exactly look like the best softball team in the area Tuesday afternoon.
But as far as the Lancers are concerned, winning is the top priority, and Bishop Amat lived up to that billing against Northview.
Sophomore Alexis Gonzalez lined an RBI single to right field to score Alma Cortez in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Lancers a 2-1 victory over the visiting Vikings in nonleague game.
Senior Natalie Sanchez gave up six hits and struck out 10 to help Bishop Amat, ranked No. 1 in the Valley and in CIF-Southern Section Division 3, improve to 8-1.
Northview, which had tied it at 1 on an RBI single by Mercedes Menchaca in the fifth, slipped to 8-5.
Here’s the post-game interviews from the Bishop Amat side:
By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Sierra Vista High School baseball coach Brett Stevens is pulling another one of his magic tricks, and it all starts with pitching. After winning the Montview League title and finishing 19-6 overall in 2010, the Dons graduated eight starters, the most notable being pitcher Christian Huerta, who was 10-2 with a 1.88 ERA and 126 strikeouts. (To continue click thread)
1. Bishop Amat ( 7-2) – Pitching doesn’t look like a concern anymore, Lancers allowing just three runs in last four, and have won seven straight since opening 0-2. They’re also No. 1 in D-4, and near the top of several Southland polls. 2. Bonita (7-2) — I finally discovered junior pitcher Justin Garza, who is one of the big reasons the Bearcats are No. 1 in D-3. What impresses me though most is the mojo, I still believe the Bearcats are the best sports school, and that this might be the team that finishes the job come championship time. 3. Glendora (6-2) — The Tartans’ 3-0 start in the Baseline is mighty impressive considering every Baseline League team has an overall winning record. 4. Chino Hills (8-2) — Already 3-0 in the Sierra win wins over Damien and South Hills, but can they hold on for the long haul? I’m not so sure. 5. Charter Oak (5-2) — Four game win streak snapped in 6-5 loss to Damien, but it’s early, Chargers will chase Sierra title to the end. 6. South Hills (5-3) — Without steady pitching in the Sierra League you’re asking for trouble. The Huskies have lots of talent, but not enough talent on the hill it appears. 7. Nogales (8-2) — Suffered a loss to San Dimas, but otherwise still an impressive overall record. 8. Covina (7-3) — The Colts are off to their best start in years, 3-0 in the Valle Vista with a chance to surge ahead against Nogales today. 9. San Dimas (6-4) — Covina and Nogales might be the feel-good favorites in the Valle Vista, but my money’s on the Saints when all is said and done. 10. Diamond Bar (4-5) – Pitchers Kenny Mathews and Henry Omana can only do so much. At some point, the Brahmas need to score runs.
Softball Rankings 1. Bishop Amat (7-1) — Because of all the rainouts, the Lancers have five games in five days, starting with Northview today, La Salle Wednesday, Bishop Montgomery Thursday and a pair on Saturday against, Saugus and Corona Santiago. Let’s see how they come out of that? 2. Bonita (12-2) – After playing nearly every day, the ‘Cats finish a rest week with the start of the Hacienda League, and they start with Los Altos Wednesday. That should be interesting with Bonita’s Courtney Gano going against her former team, which is 7-2 without her. 3. South Hills (8-3) — Impressive four-game win streak with victories over St. Lucy’s, Covina, San Dimas and Ayala. They’re at home against 8-2 Claremont today. 4. Glendora (7-4) — Could be a long season in the Baseline for the Tartans, who already are 0-1 with undefeated Etiwanda (10-0) next 5. Los Altos (7-2) — Despite losing Washington-bound stud Courtney Gano, the Conquerors are enjoying a great start after winning the Whittier tournament with a 6-5 win over San Pedro in the championship. 6. Chino Hills (4-2) — Huskies rested with three big games this week against Charter Oak, St. Lucy’s and Ayala. 7. West Covina (5-3) — Already 2-0 in the Hacienda League with an impressive win over Walnut on the road. The Dogs can swing the bat, and have enough pitching to be competitive. 8. Duarte (7-1) — The biggest surprise of the week came when the CIF polls were released on Monday wit the Falcons on top in Division 5. 9. Charter Oak (8-5) — The Chargers have struggled with consistency for a few years now. Although they’re 8-5 overall, they’re only 1-2 in league. 10. Claremont (8-2) — The only thing that keeps the Wolfpack in the top ten is their overall record. In the Sierra they’re last at 0-2.
I apologize if we never post Mission Valley or Montview all-league teams, I called the league coordinators and left messages, but all-league teams were never sent to us. You may have to contact the schools for all-league info, if they don’t share it, I can’t post it….
Soccer next: I will start posting soccer all-league teams in the coming days.