Days after Bonita knocked off Nationally Ranked Bishop Amat and beat Diamond Bar and Kenny Mathews for the second straight time, Los Altos, behind their own undefeated pitcher in Kyle Peck (7-0), held on for a 5-4 win on Friday. Bonita’s 6-foot-8 lefty Adam McCreery started, gave up three runs in the first and the Conquerors never looked back, leading 5-2 in the fifth before surviving a run in the fifth, and six. So, now I’ve got to ask, who’s number one on Tuesday?>
Rancho Cucamonga 8, Glendora 7 Hacienda League
Diamond Bar 16, Walnut 2
Diamond Ranch 15, Rowland 7 Mission Valley League
Arroyo 14, South El Monte 1
Upset: Trailing 2-1, Los Altos scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth and pitcher’ Jennipher Solis went the distance in the Coquerors’ 4-2 win over Bonita, knocking of Division 2s top-ranked team. Not only did the Conqs spoil Courtney Gano’s return, they knocked the Bearcats out of first in the Hacienda with their second league loss. West Covina’s only loss was to Bonita, and the rematch is Friday at Bonita.
Todd Quinsey, the new coach at Glendora high school, confirmed this morning that Bonita coach and athletic director Eric Podley will not be joining his coaching staff, and that he is still in the process of putting his staff together.
By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Former Edgewood High School great Mike Pill, the father of Covina High graduates Tyler and Brett Pill, who are starring for Cal State Fullerton and the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies, respectively, is arguably the greatest high school pitcher in the history of the San Gabriel Valley. Mike Pill holds the San Gabriel Valley record for most wins in a perfect season, and he did it twice, going 14-0 in 1976 and ’77 to lead Edgewood to back-to-back CIF-Southern Section titles. In fact, Pill still holds the CIF-SS record for consecutive wins, winning 33 straight from 1974-77, and he did it with a career ERA of 0.50. (To continue click thread)
Aram, apparently feeling like he got beat to the punch on Glendora hiring Todd Quinsey, posted late last night that his sources are telling him that Bonita coach and athletic director Eric Podley is mulling whether to join Quinsey’s staff as an offensive coordinator. If it happens, I would assume that Podley would remain at Bonita as a teacher or AD, no way in the world you leave to be a walk-on. I spoke with Podley at Wednesday’s Bonita-Diamond Bar baseball game and he didn’t hint at all that he might be on the move. When I talked to Quinsey Wednesday morning and asked if their were any big-time area assistants that he’s trying to secure that would be surprising, he said yes, but thought it might be a longshot. Stay tuned, Quinsey said he wants to have his staff in place by Friday.
By Steve Ramirez
GLENDORA — The stakes were pretty high for the Glendora and Los Osos high school softball teams Thursday.
Win, and the path toward the CIF-Southern Section divisional playoffs was pretty clear. Lose, and you could all but kiss those postseason hopes goodbye.
Advantage Los Osos.
Krista Mann had two RBIs and Hannah Peterson was solid in the circle and Los Osos all but ended Glendora’s hopes for a playoff bid with a 4-0 victory in a Baseline League game.
Los Osos, which began the day tied for second with Upland and one game ahead of Glendora, improved to 12-9 overall and 7-4 in league play. Glendora, which fell two games behind the Grizzlies, slipped to 12-9 and 5-6. Los Osos also has the tie breaker over the Tartans after beating Glendora for the second time this season.
Diamond Bar’s softball team stayed in the Hacienda League title chase with a 4-3 victory over Bonita on Wednesday, handing a rare loss to the CIF-Southern Section Division 2s top-ranked team. Brahmas pitcher Dani Wilson belted a two-run double in the first inning and kept it going in the cirlcle to hand the Bearcats (18-3, 6-1) their first league loss. Aubrey Horita and Lizzy McCabe each were 2 for 2 for the Brahmas (11-9, 6-2), who remain just a half game out of first place.
By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Bonita High School baseball coach John Knott worried how his team would respond in a trap game after beating nationally ranked Bishop Amat in Monday’s area showdown at Mt. San Antonio College. He worried how junior pitcher Justin Garza would respond in a Hacienda League rematch for sole possession of first against Diamond Bar’s Kenny Mathews, the Cal State Fullerton-bound lefty who he outdueled in an eye-opening victory in their previous meeting.
But like everyone else, Knott’s learning that Garza isn’t fazed by anything, nor are the rest of his guys.
All Knott’s worries were put to rest after Bonita jumped on Diamond Bar for three runs in the first, then leaned on Garza, who was nearly perfect leading the Bearcats to a 5-1 victory, losing a shutout after giving up a two-out run in the seventh. (To continue click thread).
By Steve Ramirez
Chino Hills didn’t clinch the Sierra League baseball title Wednesday. But the Huskies are sitting pretty. Nathaniel Acosta had a RBI single in the sixth and Joseph Keller was solid on the mound and Chino Hills took control of the league race with a 3-2 victory over host South Hills in a battle of the top two teams in the league. (To continue click thread)
“Glendora’s going to be happy they hired Todd,” said Bonita coach Eric Podley, who coached Quinsey in high school and later hired Quinsey as an assistant when he was at Northview. “He was probably one of the best players that ever played for me, and helped us win a league title. He was a student of the game then and a student of the game now. He possesses the kind of qualities you think a coach should have. He was an over-achiever in high school. He wasn’t as athletic as others but he overcame that by being clever, and he was probably as competitive as a player I’ve ever had. He hated to lose and always looked for that edge you needed to win a ballgame.”
By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer Story: Todd Quinsey, who coached the Northview High School football team to an 18-15 overall record in three years as its head coach from 2003-05, was named Glendora High School’s next football coach on Tuesday, replacing Mark Pasquarella, who resigned earlier this year after eight years in charge. Pasquarella revived Glendora’s football program when he took over and won three consecutive Sierra League titles from 2007-09, compiling a 55-33 overall record during his tenure. (To continue click thread).
Bishop Amat, the top-ranked team in Division 3, beat defending CIF-SS Division 1 champion Santa Margarita 2-0 at Citrus College in Wednesday’s fundraiser that benefits the R.J.’s Foundation. The R.J.s Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports terminally ill children and raises money for low-income families to promote professional, academic and athletic achievement. Also, it should be noted that Citrus College is a gracious host, offering to donate their facility tonight for a great cause.
By Aram Tolegian
It’s a good thing that South Hills High School baseball players C.J. Saylor and Ty France have been best friends for almost 10 years. Otherwise, what they often do during Huskies games all in the name of winning might not go as smoothly as it often does. Take a trip out to today’s Sierra League showdown between Chino Hills and host South Hills and you’ll probably see France and Saylor make an uncommon switch during the late innings. Saylor, arguably the top catcher in the area, will remove his gear and hand it to France, who’ll go from either pitcher or third base to behind the plate and catch his childhood friend.