After Damien beat Charter Oak 8-2 on Monday, the Chargers’ playoff hopes took a big hit in the rematch, Damien moving into sole possession of third in the Sierra League with a 3-0 win over Charter Oak on Tuesday. Chad Lee threw a 3-hitter and went the distance for the Spartans, who are now 9-10 and 7-5 in league. The Chargers are two games back of third with four to play, but those four are Chino Hills twice next week, and two with South Hills to end the season. Unless the Chargers make a dramatic turnaround, they won’t be playing in the postseason.
By Clay Fowler, Staff Writer
Scott Fisch explored the possibility, but the South Hills High School softball coach wasn’t about to play down the significance of Tuesday’s extra-inning, 4-3 win over first-place Chino Hills. “I guess I could give the politically correct answer that it was just another league game,” Fisch said. “No. This was huge. Chino Hills is a solid team and to get a win was huge.” Ten innings certainly is a huge number, but even bigger is the fact South Hills (14-5, 8-2 Sierra League) pulled even with Chino Hills (16-5, 7-2) atop the league standings thanks to an RBI double from first baseman Sabrina Perez with two outs in the 10th.
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.
Above: Bishop Amat catcher Jackie Carlin
1. Bishop Amat (19-2) — With the Del Rey already wrapped up, the Lancers turn to Wednesday’s game against reigning CIF champion Santa Margarita, whom they will face at Citrus College at 5:30 p.m., in a game benefiting the RJ’s Foundation.
2. Bonita (18-2) – Wish we could get an Amat-Bonita softball game just like in baseball. The Bearcats are playing so well it’s hard to know who the top team is. After beating Diamond Bar 7-0 on Monday, they face the Brahmas again Wednesday and Los Altos on Friday.
3. South Hills (13-5) — A game back of Chino Hills in the loss column, they need to win both take over sole possession of first with two weeks to go, and they will have to do it on the road in both games.
4. Glendora (12-7) — The Tartans are hanging tough in the Baseline, but need a win over Upland today and another against Los Osos later in the week to stay in the league chase.
5. Chino Hills (16-4) — The Huskies’ seven game winning streak put to the test this week against South Hills for first in the Sierra. Both games, today and Thursday, are at the Big League Dreams in Chino Hills.
6. West Covina (12-6) — The Bulldogs were on spring break last week but resume with a pair against Rowland starting Wednesday. They’re still only a game back of Bonita and will meet again next week.
7. Duarte (16-2) –Just like in basketball, the Falcons continue to look impressive, putting together on overall record as impressive as anyone.
8. San Dimas (14-7) — Starting to pull away in the Valle Vista with a 7-0 league record, two games ahead of Northview.
9. Los Altos (11-5) — The Conqs sit in fourth in the Hacienda, but that could change quick with Diamond Bar playing Bonita twice and the Conqs getting Bonita later in the week.
10. Northview (13-8-1) — The Vikings’ 12-11 loss to Covina put a serious hurt on their Valle Vista league title hopes.