Tribune Top Ten Softball Rankings
1. Chino Hills (11-3) –– Looking more like the No. 1 team each week. Since becoming No. 1, they rolled off three straight shutouts over El Dorado, Diamond Ranch and Colton while also scoring a combined 19 runs.
2. St. Lucy’s (7-1) — The Regents are swinging a lot better than last year. Danielle Mavridis is hitting .577 with 12 runs scored and Brandi Harkness is bringing the power with four home runs and 14 RBIs. They just finished a sweep over La Mirada and will play Sonora and Ontario in the Diamond Bar tourney later this week.
3. Bishop Amat (7-3) — The Lancers made it look easy in an 8-1 win over Charter Oak in the Chargers’ own tournament semifinals at Big League Dreams. The Lancers are solid all the way around and will play La Serna for the championship on Friday.
4. South Hills (6-3) –– After losing to Schurr in the Charter Oak tournament the Huskies routed San Dimas and Alhambra. I love the bloggers who think they’re over-rated. They’ve said that the last two years and come playoff time the Huskies are the only area team to advance to a CIF final two straight years. Go ahead, keep doubting them.
5. Ayala (6-3 ) — This is what makes the Sierra League so difficult. You already have Chino Hills, St. Lucy’s and South Hills playing well. Even Claremont is capapble of knocking off teams so there is never an easy one in the Sierra.
6. Glendora (5-4) — The Tartans lost a tough one-run game to Upland, 4-3, and like last year will have a difficult time in the Baseline League. They’re good, but they don’t have the depth they had in past years.
7. Los Altos (6-3) –After a great start they suffer back-to-back losses to Charter Oak and La Habra. I thought they might be the frontrunners to win the Hacienda, but not so sure now.
8. Duarte (4-1) — In their four wins they’ve only allowed two runs. The difficult part of ranking Duarte is they won’t play anyone in our top ten the rest of the year and will finish with a mighty good record. But that doesn’t mean they’re not capable of playing with the area’s better teams.
9. Bonita (4-4) — Bonita has experimented with different pitching, but the fact remains that when soph Anissa Sanchez is in the circle, they can play with almost anyone. They still make silly errors on defense, but when they’re on, they’re dangerous. They face South Hills at South Hills on Thursday, which will be a big measuring stick game.
10. San Dimas (5-4) –– The Saints might be the best in the Valle Vista, but that doesn’t carry a lot of pull. This is the weakest Valle Vista League I’ve seen since taking over as Trib prep editor. There was a time when Northview, Covina and San Dimas were among the top five teams in the area. Now, I’m struggling to rank one of them.