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.