Baseball Rankings: Charter Oak takes over top spot, South Hills slips to No. 2

Tribune Top Ten Baseball Poll
1. Charter Oak (6-1) — With all the talk surrounding Bonita, Bishop Amat, Damien and South Hills at the beginning of the season, who would have thought Charter Oak would take over the top spot? They deserve it after a sweep over South Hills, but now the pressure is on because they won’t sneak up on anyone anymore.

2. South Hills (5-2) -- Being No. 1 isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, just ask Bishop Amat. Just when it looked like the Huskies might have one of its best teams in years, they’re suddenly fighting for their playoff lives after getting swept by Charter Oak and going to Damien on Wednesday. It’s still early in league to panic, but if they don’t win on Wednesday, it’s time to panic. 0-3 is 0-3.

3. Bonita (6-1) – Recovered from 2-0 loss to South Hills in the championship of the Dicks Sporting Goods tournament with back-to-back wins over San Dimas and Alta Loma and open the Hacienda today against Diamond Ranch. When Garza pitches it’s an automatic W, the key is how they do on days he doesn’t pitch.

4. Damien (4-2) -- Spartans open the Sierra with a 4-2 win over Claremont and will host South Hills on Wednesday. Can you imagine the Huskies starting 0-3 after a 5-0 start and beating Bonita in the championship of the Dicks Sporting Goods tournament? At home, you have to like Damien’s chances.

5. Diamond Bar (5-1) — After beating Keppel they suffer a 3-0 loss to Chino and open league today against West Covina. Like Bonita, the Brahmas have an ace in Henry Omana. Like Bonita, the rest of their staff is still a work in progress.

6. Northview (4-1-1) – The nameless Vikings (no roster anywhere) opened the Valle Vista with a 9-5 win over Pomona and will face Baldwin Park twice this week. Wish I could tell you more about them, but all we know is their record.

7. San Dimas (5-3) — The Saints have played a decent schedule with losses to Bonita, Temple City and West Torrance, and wins over Arcadia, Pasadena and Tahquitz. My guess is they’re going to compete for the VVL title along with Covina and Northview.

8. Chino Hills (5-3) -- Solid back-to-back wins over Etiwanda and rival Ayala, beating the Bulldogs 13-3 to open the Sierra. The Huskies are another dangerous, free-swinging team in the Sierra than can beat any team on any given day.

9. Bishop Amat (2-5) – Their record is so ugly I’m going to take heat for leaving them in the top ten. But Bishop Amat deserves to be here, and won their biggest game of the season, the Del Rey League opener, 3-0 over Bishop Montgomery. The Lancers losing to top Orange County teams is one thing, but if they start losing in league, then you know they’re in trouble.

10. Covina (3-3) – They continue to be the biggest disappointment because we had such high expectations for them. Look, this team is too good to hover at .500, and by the end of the Valle Vista, they should be the team on top.

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  • Please

    Someone, please tell me that isn’t the kids dad posting on the blog about how great his kid is.

  • you don’t even have to ask

    please — trust me it isn’t.

  • Bonita

    Fred, while you are correct in the Bonita is a great team with Garza pitching, they aren’t so bad in games that he does not start. FYI – in games not started by Garza, Bonita is 4-0, including a real quality win over Alta Loma (garza pitched the 7th). Garza pitched 1 inning in those 4 games so I would say they aren’t so bad when he is not on the hill.

  • EDGAR

    Is KH back! Keep it coming we miss you!

  • Word on Cameron

    L France, get out of here we ALL know that your not Ty’s dad.

  • DB guy

    Fred ,Garza on the mound is not an automatic win. they did lose against south hills and scored no points. Diamond Bar,Walnut and Diamond Ranch could surprise Garza this year and beat Bonita.it is baseball,anything can happen.

  • sgv baby

    Hacienda League Opener
    Garza WINS and is back on track for Bonita. Diamond Ranch’s Ace just didn’t have what it takes to get the win. Bonita is tougher than people think. Bonita is 6-1, 1-0. Garza has not pitched all seven games. Give respect to the Bearcats who have a good team and will be tough to beat whoever they play.
    Diamond Bar’s Omana WINS pitched 5 innings leaving the game with a 5-0 lead. DB catcher hits a grand slam with 7 rbi and has 3 hr’s as one of the leaders in the valley. Delgadillo goes hitless. DB 6-1 1-0.
    Los Altos WINS over Walnut. Don’t have a contact at LA or Walnut. I didn’t get any details on that one. How did it go over there?
    Did Rowland play today?

  • Amat win

    amat wins 4-2. the stats show that ruiz had only 1 at bat and that he was hit by a pitch. anyone know anymore info.

  • socalbaseball fan

    Looking at the stats on max preps Delgadillo had only one official at bat and was walked 2 times and hbp once. Problem with the brahmas is no #3 pitcher as he gave up 4 runs in the top of the seventh. Cavazos had 7 rbi’s. You need a decent #3 pitcher to advance in the cifss playoffs. Teams I have seen this year like D1 #1 JW North and D2 #2 Redlands go 4 deep in quality pitching. The JW North closer is the outstanding ss Gabriel Fraca.

  • Hey DB Guy

    Just a little “point” of clarification, in baseball we score RUNS not points. hahaha

  • Goes down

    CO LOSES TO DAY TO AYALA 6-1