1. Bonita (18-3) — You can dissect Monday’s game all you want, the final score still says Bonita 2, Bishop Amat 1, moving the Bearcats to No. 1 in our poll, and well deserved. To have a Brandon Murfett to go with Justin Garza with Adam McCreery looming in the background is a scary staff come CIF. Maybe now the Bearcats will finally get the recognition they deserve outside the SGV.
2. Bishop Amat ( 21-3) – Losing to Bonita may have left a sour taste after winning the National Classic and jumping to No. 8 in the National Rankings, but the focus is still on the Division 4 title, where the Lancers are still ranked No. 1. However, in big head-to-head games since 2008 against area teams, Amat is 1-3. They lost to Northview in 2008, San Dimas in 2009, beat South Hills in 2010 and lost to Bonita, 2-1 Monday night.
3. South Hills (14-3) — Bonita and Bishop Amat deserve the top two-rankings but this is why the SGV is so good. South Hills could compete with both of them and have a chance to take over first in the Sierra with two games against Chino Hills this week.
4. Glendora (12-5-1) — The Tartans are pulling away in the Baseline with a two-game lead in the loss column. To emphasize again just how good the Valley is, remember that Glendora beat Bonita 10-0 in the Arcadia tournament.
5. Chino Hills (13-5) — The Huskies are still up a game in the loss column against South Hills with a home-and-home against them this week. Chino Hills is at South Hills Wednesday and South Hills goes there on Friday.
6. Diamond Bar (11-9) – Only record that matters is 6-1 in the Hacienda with a huge game at Bonita on Wednesday, figuring ace Kenny Mathews and Bonita’s Justin Garza will go head-to-head again.
7. Sierra Vista (16-3) — The Dons and La Puente both have 9-1 Montview records and won’t play until next week. But like a lot of successful teams in the Valley, they’re doing it with pitching, defense and great coaching.
8. La Puente (13-2) — The Warriors won’t play its big league games against Sierra Vista until next week, but they have an intriguing game on Wednesday at Damien. Kudos to La Puente for scheduling up and taking on the big boys.
9. San Dimas (15-8-1) — The Saints pulled out a dramatic 10-9 win over Covina to move into a first-place tie with the Colts in the Valle Vista. The Saints are coming on strong and playing well.
10. Covina (13-8) — Mark May 10 on the schedule, that’s when San Dimas visits Covina for the rubber game and likely the Valle Vista League title. Between now and then, however, the Saints and Colts must keep on winning.