Softball Rankings: Chino Hills looks like dominant No. 1, but the Sierra is about to start

Tribune Top Ten Softball Rankings

1. Chino Hills (13-3) -- The Huskies have not only won seven straight, they’re working on five straight shutouts. I don’t care what sport it is, Chino Hills is a sports factory.

2. Bishop Amat (11-3) – The Lancers impressed local coaches with their dominant showing in the Charter Oak tournament at Big League Dreams, beating La Serna 7-1 in the title game. They finish with league teams the rest of the way and might not lose another game. By the end of league, I’ll bet they’re ranked No. 1 in D-3.

3. St. Lucy’s (11-3) — I was ready to write some big compliments for the Regents, then they go and lose 4-1 to Pomona Catholic. Comparing scores, I don’t know if they’re good enough to beat Chino Hills, but I certainly think they’re good enough to beat South Hills, who they will host on Friday.

4. South Hills (11-3) - – So far losing pitcher Sydney La Follette has not affected their bottom line, but it might catch up with them eventually. Fortunately for the Huskies, they have the type of lineup that scores runs and will make a lot of pitchers look good, but it’s hard to win a league title that way.

5. Ayala (7-3 ) – Ayala’s is no. 8 in Division 3, giving the Sierra four teams ranked in the top ten. I’m as curious as everyone on how they will fare in the Sierra, but their most recent win, a 4-0 victory over Rowland, isn’t real convincing.

6. Duarte (9-2) — The Falcons are 4-0 in the Montview and No. 7 in Division 5. They took on Long Beach Wilson, No. 10 in Division 2 and lost 10-3 in the Whittier tournament. It’s was a huge step-up, but not an embarrassing result by any stretch. It’s too bad that Duarte doesn’t compete in any area tournaments in our parts, would love to see how they stack up.

7. Los Altos (8-4) –Conqs are already 2-0 in the Hacienda with a showdown at Bonita on Thursday. The winner of that game has the inside track toward the league title.

8. Charter Oak (8-4) -- Charter Oak has won three straight, but its problems have been the same problems over the last four or five years. They can swing the bat but give up too many runs to be consistent. Sure, they can beat anyone, but nothing’s changed really.

9. Glendora (5-4) – The Tartans didn’t play last week and are 1-2 in the Baseline. I miss the Tartans not competing in the Sierra where they should be.

10. Bonita (6-5) –Say this about Bonita, it has lost to solid teams like St. Lucy’s, Glendora, Charter Oak and South Hills, all teams ranked in our top ten. The Bearcats are what they’re, about the ninth or tenth best team in the area. But on paper, they should probably be better.

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  • Spartans Fan

    No baseball rankings-Fred? Big game with Damien vs Charter Oak and South Hills vs Chino Hills

  • Spartans Fan

    Sorry Fred, when I looked there were no rankings.

  • Pomona Catholic

    Fred, thank you for not writing what you were going to write about St. Lucy. A little humble pie will do us all good. Hopefully those St. Lucy’s mommies are not influencing your reporting.

  • Fred Robledo

    Spartans, Aram is covering today’s Damien-Charter Oak game and I’m covering Chino Hills and South Hills on Wednesday…got’em covered.

  • Charter Oak Tournament

    Why was St. Lucy’s not in the Charter Oak Tournament? It would answer a lot of questions by having them play the local teams. They used to play in it for years in the past.

  • PC Dad

    St. Lucy’s lost to Pomona Catholic 4-1, please correct your comments Fred. Was darn near a shutout but a sac fly brought home a run before the last batter struck out. Pomona Catholic should be on this poll, at or above St Lucy’s.

  • Fred Robledo

    No shame in losing to Pomona Catholic when you see some of the teams they’ve beaten. The shame is Pomona Catholic still being in Division 7, they’re way too good for that. I wonder if Pomona Catholic is good enough to win the Sierra League?

  • shfan

    Fred, are they serving alcohol in the break room at the Tribune? Your “what if” ideas are ridiculous! First, you said St. Lucy’s was the best team in the Sierra (they aren’t; Chino Hills is the incumbent, they should be the favorite) then you ask if PC could win the Sierra? Haha. What are you thinking?

  • Fred Robledo

    First, show me where I wrote, “St. Lucy’s IS the best in the Sierra”? If you’re going to quote me, get it right, otherwise I’m wondering what you’re drinking. Pomona Catholic has beaten Los Osos and St. Lucy’s so I don’t think it’s much of a stretch to say they would be in a competitive game with South Hills or anyone in the Sierra. Plus, I don’t think South Hills is nearly as good as they were with La Follette. They won’t only miss her in the circle, but at the plate too. By the end of last season if you were going to make a list of the top five MVP choices for the area, La Follette would have been one of them.

  • shfan

    Everyone needs to forget about La Follette. We’ve moved on, she’s moved on. We have pitchers that are 6-0 and 4-1. We’ll be fine. I’m tires of people, including you, bringing her up. She’s not on the team. Mgr on. Mention our pitchers that are on the team not the ones off the team.

  • Fred Robledo

    I’m not doing P.R., for South Hills, sorry. La Follette not being there is a storyline all season. She was a Tribune first-team selection and Sierra League first team player. She batted .414 with 31 RBIs and six homers to go with what she did in the circle. This has nothing to do with who replaces her. At least not yet. It’s a great storyline if South Hills loses one of its best players and rallies together to go on and win a league title or go back to the CIF championship. Then we would talk about the players who picked up the slack or what pitcher grabbed the baton and led South Hills back. But it’s also a storyline if they fall flat without her in league, and possibly don’t make the playoffs. Sorry if you don’t like it, I didn’t create the situation, I’m reporting as we go along.

  • shfan

    You’re a fucking joke.

  • shfan

    I realized that Fred. What you should also be doing is addressing the fact that we are 7-0 without her on the team. A 7 game winning streak without the Tribune-first-team-selection-.414 batter with 31 RBIs and six homers is pretty damn good in my book.

    Who do you think you are ESPN Inside the Lines? This is what I mean when I say the blog is stupid. Many of the things that are on it are negative. When a player QUITS we look at that throughout the season instead of looking at the fact that we have moved on and have won every game without her.

    Oh yeah. One more mistake that you have made. She wasn’t 1st team All-Sierra League last season. Don’t complain about me making mistakes if you’re going to come back and make mistakes of your own.

  • hssb

    Honestly, why doesn’t everyone just stop with the negativity and focus on the great things the girls and teams do on the field. These are kids and trust me, they think all the parents are idiots.

    Just keep your mouths shut unless you have something positive to say, support your team and your kid, and let their play determine who is the best.

  • Fred Robledo

    I don’t care if “YOU’VE” moved on, you’re obviously part of the team and that’s part of your job, convincing your team to move on. But it’s not my job. How many times over the years have high profile players transferred out, had season ending injuries or quit over philosophical differences with coaches or administrations? Those decisions all remain part of the storyline throughout the season, this is no different. My thoughts/opinion are South Hills could still be very good, but not as good as they would have been with her. And without her, my opinion is they do no better than third in the Sierra. Here is my comments on the rankings, “So far losing pitcher Sydney La Follette has not affected their bottom line, but it might catch up with them eventually. Fortunately for the Huskies, they have the type of lineup that scores runs and will make a lot of pitchers look good, but it’s hard to win a league title that way.”

    You tell me what’s unfair about that comment.

    And by the way, if I was doing an “inside the lines,” it would not paint a flattering picture of South Hills and why La Follette is no longer with the team. In fact South Hills should be glad that we simply wrote that La Follette left to pursue her interests in volleyball.

    As far as your complaining about the blog, you contribute to it when your first comment is asking what I’m drinking in the break room.

  • shfan

    I feel like I’m talking to a wall. I could do your job…

  • Fred Robledo

    If you want my job the first thing you can do is identify yourself like me. It’s easy to have opinions and remain anonymous. The first thing you need to do is own your opinion and let everyone know who you’re. That’s step one.

  • Softball Guru

    PC dad, don’t you have your paper in the fine city of Pomona? Isn’t it the Daily Bulletin, go bug them. With your logic, should Fred include teams like Don Lugo or Etiwanda or maybe Santiago? But, you would still have to play in a real league to get coverage.

    Good luck in league against California School for the Deaf and Sherman Indians and Upland Christian Academy, what a brutal schedule, almost as imposing as the Sierra.

  • Fred Robledo

    BTW, we’re covering three softball games this week: I’m covering Duarte at Azusa today for first in the Montview, Honell is covering Bonita-Los Altos Thursday and then we got the biggie on Friday, South Hills at St. Lucy’s……

  • shfan

    Just call me Joe South Hills like Joe Amat. Let’s both do a rankings like the Star news does with football. Doesn’t the prep writer over there do something with someone else where they both have their own set of rankings?

  • Fred Robledo

    Sorry, you failed the basic job of identifying yourself. The only people I use have faces and names like the Scouting Guru (James Escarcega) and the Inland Insider (Tom Kiss). Just giving you a hard time, but there is nothing stopping you from posting your own top ten on this thread with Joe South Hills or whatever you want to use. But I don’t know why you would want to contribute, just a few comments ago you said and I quote, “The blog is stupid.” That’s what I love about the blog, it goes from you writing that I drink in the break room to the blog is stupid to asking if you can be a contributor…. Priceless.

  • bumblebee

    Fred: give shfan’s kid some ink maybe that will make things better.

  • shfan

    Here are my rankings:

    1) Chino Hills
    2) South Hills
    3) St. Lucy’s
    4) Bishop Amat
    5) Ayala
    6) Los Altos
    7) Charter Oak
    8) Bonita
    9) San Dimas
    10) Duarte

  • Fred Robledo

    Good list, but hard to argue South Hills at No. 2 and Bishop Amat at No. 4 when South Hills and Amat have identical records and both were in the Charter Oak tournament which Bishop Amat won in convincing fashion while South Hills lost in the first round to Schurr.

  • PC Dad

    @softball guru: Pomona Catholic is closer to St Lucy’s than Chino Hills is. What kind of geographic boundary is Fred’s list encompassing? Btw, “fine city of Pomona” it is…

  • Joey

    @SHFAN – Fred called u out and u chickened out. U just lost ur credibility. Lol. Just saying.

  • Sierra League SB fan

    Charter Oak was down 2-3 at top of 7th and came back to beat South Hills 11-7! Sierra League is tough!

  • SOOOOO right

    Robledo… “So far losing pitcher Sydney La Follette has not affected their bottom line, but it might catch up with them eventually”…you got that right! ‘Eventually’ turned out to be the 7th inning of there first league game!

  • Bohi-Fan

    So much for YOUR top ten!

    shhhfan said:
    Here are my rankings:
    1) Chino Hills
    2) South Hills
    3) St. Lucy’s
    4) Bishop Amat
    5) Ayala
    6) Los Altos
    7) Charter Oak <—-movin up!
    8) Bonita
    9) San Dimas
    10) Duarte