Baseball: Damien knocks off Glendora in shocker 6-4; South Hills goes down 8-3, Covina loses 3-2; Bishop Amat cruises 10-1 and San Dimas loses

By Steve Ramirez
For the Damien High School baseball team, nothing quite matches up with a win over rival Glendora, except when it comes in a CIF-Southern Section playoff game.
Kevin Hindes scored on an errant throw in the top of the sixth and Damien ousted 2010 Division 2 champion Glendora with a 6-4 victory over host Tartans in a first-round game on Thursday.
The Spartans, who didn’t play their rival during the regular season after Glendora was moved from the Sierra League to the Baseline League, improved to 16-12 and advanced to face either Crescenta Valley or Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks in Tuesday’s second round at a site to be determined.
Glendora, which won it’s first divisional title last season, finished 17-7-1.
“In order to get to the top, you want to go through the top,” Damien coach Al Leyva said. “They are a great team, well-coached with great players. It was a challenge for us, but it’s nice to get one on them. But more importantly, we just have to get ready for the next game.” (To continue click thread)

Covina loses: The Lancers (18-10) scored three runs in the top of the fourth inning, two of them unearned, and came from behind to beat the Colts, 3-2, in a Division 4 first-round game Thursday.

CIF-SS Playoffs
Thursday’s first-round results

Division 2
Damien 6, Glendora 4
Arroyo Grande 8, South Hills 3
Chino Hills 2, Peninsula 1, 8 innings
Division 4
La Salle 3, Covina 2
Chino 9, San Dimas 2
Bishop Amat 10, Ridgecrest Burroughs 1

For Glendora, this one might be especially difficult to accept. The Tartans, who went 12-3 to win the Baseline League, led 4-1 lead after three innings and had ace Sean Beckman on the mound.
But sloppy defense did Glendora in. The Tartans had three errors and a passed ball, which led to three runs, including the eventual game-winner in the sixth.
“That’s going to happen,” Glendora coach Don Henley said. “We made some mistakes, and it cost us. You’d like to play your best game in a situation like this.
“But (Damien) played a real tough, competitive game. They took advantage of those mistakes, which good teams do.”
Damien, which cut it to 4-2 on an error in the fourth, tied it at 4 in the fifth when Glendora shortstop Martin Gallegos bobbled a groundball and threw late to first, scoring Chad Lee.
The Spartans then took a 5-4 lead in the sixth. Hindes led off the sixth with a double. Mark Segat, with one out, followed with a groundball, but second baseman Nick Cooksey threw wild to first, scoring Hindes.
Granados followed with an RBI double to make it 6-4.
Lee, after hitting the lead-off batter in the seventh, then retired the final three batters, getting Cooksey on a fly out to win it.

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  • DHS

    Go Damien!!

  • GHS

    Go Tartans!!

  • updater

    SH will have a LONG ride home….lost 3-8

  • It’s just a game

    Damien beats Glendora 6-4!

  • dude

    yeah highlight of my life

  • DHS

    Atta baby! Go DAMIEN! Big WIN!

  • oggabey

    Does anyone have an update of the Bishop Amat baseball – round 1 score?

  • Green & Gold

    WAY TO GO SPARTANS! You made us all proud today!

  • Green & Gold

    WAY TO GO SPARTANS! You made us all proud today!

  • Green & Gold

    WAY TO GO SPARTANS! You made us all proud today!

  • Don

    Congrats to the Spartans on moving ahead.

    Gotta love DAN Henley. Always classy, never a finger pointer, gave credit to the team that won.

    Lot of fans could take a lesson there.

  • socalbaseball fan

    Went to the D2 matchup of #3 ranked Redlands vs Bellflower. Well the game was over before it started. Bellflower lost most of its starters in a WC game in which something happened in its game that brought out players from the Bellflower dugout into the field. After the game the cifss and or the principal made all the Bellflower players ineligible for today’s game. Bellflower playing with some frosh,jv’s,and a few varsity players lost 17-1. Redlands hit 6 triples,one hr in the game and called off the dogs after 4 innings. Bellflower wanted the mercy rule in place however the umpires made them finish the game. The Bellflower team did not even take infield before the game.

  • former travelball coach

    Damien team is always fun to watch. I love their game, always hard noses and always competitive.

    will be back to the state soon. The summer ball will begin, the real fun starts then. I always told those high school players, you got to play in the competitive travel/select team to get noticed by those college coaches and scouts. High school games are just for fun to most of the kids, the major goal for most of the kids are getting education and keeping their grade up. High school Baseball is most likely a hobby. Summer Travel ball is for real players, you got to play competitive travel baseball in order to be in the next level. JMHO

    MLB is developing player all over the world, I have joined several programs around the world , I saw some very young talents in other countries whom may soon take your job, our kids need to stay competitive and Play Summer Travel Ball!!!

  • TeachDGame

    Wow, what an exciting game, and I wasn’t even there… hat’s off to the ISCORE tool and the Tribune for using it.. allowed those of us who had to work to watch every pitch… oops, did I say that, hope the boss doesn’t read the tribune blog…

    Watched every pitch. When Damien jumps out with bases loaded in the first and then Glendora “mans up” and only gives up 1 run… hey, I’m thinking it was just their time and some GREAT Pitching by their big guy…. Beckman I think it was, truly a stud performance and he was mowing down most of the Damien lineup.

    However, in big games, it always seems to be whoever “flinches first” usually loses, and the Glendora D just had a couple of stumbles… as I was watching online I don’t know if they were tough plays or routine one’s that just got away from them…. anyway, GREAT game for the Area, Great job by Damien for getting it done.

    Sorry, got to pump it a little (yes… for those playing along at home, he is one of our Players) but Tremendous outing by Chad Lee on the bump.. struggled during one inning early, looked like Damien D was letting him down a little as well, but to bounce back and finish the game off the way he did…. damn…

    And how about Alexander stepping up in inning #1 and Dropping a BOMB to tie the game…. wow. He has definitely had an All Area year for sure.

    Great game, hope Damien get’s the coin flip and get’s the home game in round 2… would be truly CRAPPY to have 3 away games in a row in playoff’s if they lose the flip, that is just not right, although not sure I’d call a 10 min bus ride hitting all the lights red a true Road Game… hahahaha

  • Mike the Clone


    I’m sorry but I had to chime in here. But Mr. former travelball coach you are a jack ass if you think high school ball is a “hobby”.

    It’s high school you fool. The formative years where bonds will be form for life. Tell the Glendora kids that won a CIF Championship past year that High School Baseball is just a hobby.

    Your honest opinion sucks travel ball coach! Hobby huh…….gezz.Stay a “Former” Travel Ball coach you wanna be.


    Mike the Clone

  • DHS

    Teachdgame, I have to agree with you. At this juncture what separates the teams is very little. The team that plays error free or as close to error free usually wins in the play-offs. Div II is very competitive unlike other Divs. Chad Lee did man up. His breaking ball kept the Tartans off balance all afternoon. Prior to yesterday he only had 20 innings (Max Preps)under his belt. Damien is playing good team ball right now. They are making plays that earlier in the season would have been errors. This young team is peaking at the right time. I just read that Damien will hit the road next Tuesday and travel to Sherman Oaks to take on Notre Dame. I think Damien plays better on the road anyway. Antonio Gonzales will be on the mound for the Spartans next Tuesday. Im taking the Spartans over ND.

  • Clinically Proven


    Agreed! Summer or Winter travel clubs are were kids get their “reps” in during the off-season. Off season conditioning program is way more important. He did say one thing right, “way more fun”, less pressure than playing for a ring in the heat of a CIF run!

    I love when jerks like this come on and think they know what scouts and colleges are looking for. Pretty obvious way this guy is an ex-travel ball coach. No game!

    Just spoke to two cross checkers this week about this very same thing.

  • just sayin’

    looks like that “weak” Del Rey league is 2-0 vs Valle Vista this year and has 2 teams left to VV’s zero.

  • Just Observing

    You heard it hear first…..

    Chino will be in the Div 4 Finals…. They will beat Torrance and Bishop to get to Finals. They are a well rounded team and deep in pitching.

  • Witness

    @Just Observing, Thanks for sharing your dreams.
    Take care of Granite Hills first, they are a good hitting team(you heard it here first),
    Torrance and Amat are some tough clubs who have played teams that your schedule knows nothing about.
    Good luck!

  • FBFan


    You guys are the reasons why so many kids are having arm injuries and don’t have any fun. These guys should be in their summer passing leagues and hitting the weights in the summer where the real work takes place. Kids should be in more than one sport, and guess what, colleges want to see that too.