Maggiore on new challenges in Southeast

West Covina football coach Mike Maggiore on the revamped Southeast Division: “I think that’s a fair, competitive division,” Maggiore said of the new Southeast proposal. “There are some athletes (in the San Gabriel Valley League) and some big schools. If it makes it more fair and competitive for everyone, then that’s the right thing to do. We’re not going to be like we have been every year. We just want to be competitive in the division we’re going to be in. I’m fine with anything. It’s not going to change anything we do.”

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Bishop Amat hosting doubleheader to benefit the RJs Foundation on Saturday

The Third Annual RJ’s High School Baseball & Softball Classic featuring Loyola vs Bishop Amat in baseball at 10 a.m., followed by Northview vs Bishop Amat in softball at 4 p.m., is on Saturday at Bishop Amat with proceeds going to the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. General admission is $5 and $2 for children and students with an ID. The RJ’s Foundation is a nonprofit corporation that supports endeavors for terminally ill children and grants scholarships to students from local regional, low-income families to promote professional, academic and athletic achievement.

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Amat’s Rio Ruiz day-to-day with bicep strain

ESPN’s California junior of the year and reigning Tribune and Division 4 MVP Rio Ruiz has a right bicep strain and did not play in the field in Tuesday’s 4-2 win over St. Paul, coach Andy Nieto said. Ruiz was able to pinch hit, but he hasn’t thrown a baseball in a week, which is more cautionary than anything else, Nieto explained. Ruiz will be evaluated by a doctor Wednesday. Nieto does not think his injury is serious, but he wants to be extremely cautious, especially since he could be a high draft back in Major League Baseball’s spring draft.

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Kaylea Snaer on pace to have a historical season, but will teams keep pitching to her?

I love this quote from Rowland coach Craig Snyder. With Kaylea Snaer hitting .571 with 24 RBIs and eight home runs, he’s challenging the Hacienda League to pitch to her. “I don’t know, but I don’t think people in our league are going to pitch to her a whole lot,” Snyder said. “Not unless some other girls start hitting behind her. It takes more than one person.”

CIF SOFTBALL RECORD FOR HOME RUNS IN A SEASON
With eight home runs, Snaer needs six more to get her name in ink in the CIF record books. At the pace she’s going, she’ll get there soon.

18 – Bailie Kirker, Crescenta Valley (2008)
17 – Lauren Chamberlain, El Toro (2010)
16 – Lisa Estill, Grace Brethren (1998), Baile Kirker, Crescenta Valley (2009).
15 – Baile Kirker, Crescenta valley (2007), Brittany Spaulding, Los Alamitos (2008), Taylor Edwards, Vista Murrieta (2009), Lauren Sweet, Corona Santiago (2011).
14 — Sheri Ramsay, Hesperia (1990), Crystal Roberts, Grace Brethren (1998), Anissa Young, Bloomington, (2008), Shawna Wright, Lancaster (2007 and ’09), Alena Murgatroid, Quartz Hill (2009)

STORY: If teams in her league decide to actually pitch to her, Rowland High School catcher Kaylea Snaer could be headed toward an unforgettable season.

Snaer, a junior, leads the Valley with eight home runs. The next closest person has four. She has nearly double the RBIs (24) of any other hitter and is hitting a whopping .571.

But will it last? The Raiders open Hacienda League play on Thursday against Los Altos. Hitting well during tournaments is one thing, but getting pitches to hit in league where everybody knows what you’re capable of is another

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Bishop Amat is taking care of business in the Del Rey, beats St. Paul 4-2 to go 2-0 in league

“Anybody following our program the last five years knows our body of work has been pretty special. We’ve set the bar high for our program and what we feel we want to become is a program to be reckoned with. But for us, with three or four sophomores, three or four juniors, we’ve been slapped with a learning curve and forced to grow up fast. The learning curve has hit us.” -- Bishop Amat coach Andy Nieto on his 3-5 start.

Bishop Amat takes care of St. Paul, 4-2

Hey Amat, where’s your stats and roster? Since I’ve been here Amat has always posted its roster and updated its stats on a game-by-game basis on Maxpreps. I know they’re not off to a good start, but if you’re going to post when the going’s good, you should post during the tough times too.

By Keith Lair SGVN twitter.com/KeithLLair
It has been an unconventional season for the Bishop Amat High School baseball team. So it only makes sense the Lancers used unconventional strategies Tuesday.

Catcher Bryan Menendez broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth inning with a two-out drag bunt that scored Scott Hurst from third base to carry visiting Bishop Amat to a 4-2 victory over

St. Paul in a Del Rey League game.

“Anybody following our program the last five years knows our body of work has been pretty special,” Bishop Amat coach Andy Nieto said. “We’ve set the bar high for our program and what we feel we want to become is a program to be reckoned with.

“But for us, with three or four sophomores, three or four juniors, we’ve been slapped with a learning curve and forced to grow up fast. The learning curve has hit us.”

How unconventional has the Lancers’ season been? The reigning CIF-Southern Section Division 4 champions started only one senior with varsity experience, designated hitter Rio Ruiz. They are 3-5 on the season, already with more losses than last season.

Unconventional? The Lancers’ first five hitters had only one of Bishop Amat’s six hits Tuesday.

“It’s very important,” Menendez said of the bottom of the order getting hits. “If nobody gets hits, the game ain’t going to go our way.”

But it was the drag bunt, which was more like a squeeze play, that seemed the most unconventional.

“That turned out to be huge,” Nieto said. “We happened to be fortunate enough that for that particular hitter they were not playing up. It’s kind of a cat and mouse game and fortunately it played out in our favor.”

The Lancers were trailing, 2-1, in the sixth when Andrew De La Cruz had the top of the lineup’s lone hit, an infield single. Clean-up hitter Adam Alcantara drew a walk and St. Paul anticipated Hurst’s sacrifice bunt and caught De La Cruz at third base.

Pitcher Jonah Jimenez got a strikeout and Moya singled through the first-second base gap to tie the game at 2-2. Menendez got a 2-0 count and St. Paul coach Casey Morales decided to send Aaron Pinto to the mound.

Menendez bunted the next pitch down the third-base line for his second bunt single of the game.

“How often does that work?” Morales said. “Not very often. We had positioned ourselves for it, but we didn’t make the play.”

Third baseman Jordan Valdez threw wide to first base, although Menendez already had the throw beaten. The ball sailed past first baseman and Luis Moya also scored to make it 4-2.

“I was thinking to just get the bunt down,” Menendez said. “That is what (coach) wants us to work on a lot. I have been bunting a lot, even with two strikes.”

The Swordsmen (4-7) took a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning when leadoff hitter Kevin Romo sent a 2-1 Eric Vega fastball over the left-field fence.

All the Swordsmen had to do was to keep the Lancers off the bases in the last two innings.

“The pressure got to us,” Romo said. “We felt we were going good in the last two innings. It just unfolded there and we didn’t make the plays we should have.”

keith.lair@sgvn.com

626-962-8811, ext. 2242

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Prep Roundup: Covina baseball is on its way back with a 6-0 win over Pasadena; Amat, Bonita, Charter Oak, La Puente, San Dimas and Northview win in softball

Covina on its way back: Covina’s Joe Wills pitched a three-hitter as the Colts shut out visiting Pasadena 6-0 on Tuesday. “Wills has been our rock all season so far,” Covina coach Scott Root said.
Wills went the distance for Covina (4-3), allowed three singles and struck out eight. The junior, backed by solid defense, did not allow a Bulldogs baserunner past second.

TUESDAY’S BASEBALL/SOFTBALL RESULTS

BASEBALL
HACIENDA LEAGUE
Bonita 6, Diamond Ranch 1

Justin Garcia (3-1) won his third game of the year for Bonita (7-1, 1-0) on the mound. He also had three hits at the plate including a triple.
Tyler Heslop went 3-3 with a double. Woody Reyes and had two hits and two RBI’s to assist with the win.

Los Altos 4, Walnut 1
Recording the win Celeste Wood (2-1) with five strikeouts for the Conquerers (7-3, 1-0). Jenn Solis relieved her in the fifth. Jaime Bejerano had four RBI’s. Hitting a grand slam for Los Altos.
Walnut records their first league game at 0-1.

SOFTBALL
DEL REY LEAGUE
Bishop Amat 8, St. Paul 4

Coming in to relieve Sabrina Anguiano in the fourth inning was winning pitcher Flanny Garcia (1-0) for Bishop Amat (7-3, 2-0). Katlyn Gutierrez had one homerun for St. Paul (1-1 league).
Alexis Gonzalez had two RBI’s and one double for the Lancers.

HACIENDA LEAGUE
Bonita 12, Diamond Ranch 2

Winning pitcher Anissa Sanchez (4-1) carried the win for Bonita (5-4, 1-0). Michelle Whitt of the Bearcats had 1 homerun and had five RBI’s.

MONTVIEW LEAGUE
La Puente 9, Workman 4

Linda Camacho and Reina Barba provided strong pitching allowing four earned runs as the Warriors got off to a fast start in league play. Leading La Puente (2-3, 1-0) at the plate was Elisa Valenzuela with two doubles, a triple and two RBI’s. Nadine Sanchez chipped in with a triple and Samantha Rodriguez had a double. Rehnna DeGrate contributed with two stolen bases.

VALLE VISTA
San Dimas 9, Wilson 1

Bethie Celaya and Kaili Now combined for a three hitter as Celaya earned the win for the Saints.
San Dimas (6-4, 1-0) got plenty of offense with 15 hits. Leading the way for San Dimas was Briana Quintana going two for three with two RBI’s, Ashley Vinsonhaler went three for five at the plate with two RBI’s and chipping in going three for four was Janell Wheaton. With the loss Wilson dropped to 3-3 and 0-1 in league action.

Northview 4, Baldwin Park 0
Anna Mejia (5-4) recorded her fifth win for the Vikings (5-4, 1-0) with three strikeouts and one double. Erinn Jarmillo of Northview had two doubles. Susie Ortega also had a double. Baldwin Park is now at 4-5 overall and 0-1 in league.
“Anna really pitched a good game. She had a key hit in the 6th inning to drive in the first run” stated Jeff Butler coach of Northview.

NONLEAGUE
Charter Oak 12, Alemany 3
Annissa Gallegos, Kaile Chavez and Brooke Clemetson combined for a 10 hitter with Gallegos (1-0) getting the decision for the Chargers.
Charter Oak (6-4) got all the offense they needed from Nicki Sprague going two for two with a homerun and one RBI, Samantha Valadez two for two with a homerun and two RBI’s and Raeleen Tellez going three for three with three runs scored.
Alemany got offense from Kim Fontaine two for three with a homerun and 1 RBI and Bri Holland went two for four.

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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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Softball Rankings: Chino Hills has a firm grip on No. 1; St. Lucy’s and Bishop Amat playing well too

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.

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Breaking News: South Hills pitcher Sydney La Follette leaves team to concentrate on volleyball

South Hills senior pitcher Sydney La Follette, as clutch as anyone the past two years in leading the Huskies softball team to back-to-back CIF-SS Divisional championship games, has left the the Huskies’ softball team to focus on volleyball, where she intends to continue her career at San Jose State, sources have confirmed. La Follette, who is also an imposing hitter, leaves a big void on the Huskies softball team, who started the season ranked No. 1 in the Tribune. Senior Sarah Macias and freshman Caitlyn Van Hemelryck will be asked to fill the void. Please be careful with your comments, if this becomes an attack on players or coaches, I will not allow commenting on this thread.

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Charter Oak breezing, South Hills could be staring at 0-3 with a loss to Damien on Wednesday

Charter Oak’s sweep over South Hills leaves the Chargers baseball team in good shape in the Sierra League. South Hills in crucial game against Damien on Wednesday

By Aram Tolegian, SGVN twitter.com/ChemicalAT

After one week of action, these are not the Sierra League baseball standings most fans would have expected.

Much of it has to do with the strong showing by Charter Oak and the disappointing performance of South Hills, which just a week ago looked headed toward a dream season after beating Bonita and ace pitcher Justin Garza to win the Dick’s Sporting Goods Tournament.

Charter Oak (6-1, 2-0) swept the Huskies (5-2, 0-2) last week, which has the Chargers sitting pretty in the standings and has the Huskies facing heavy pressure when they visit Damien (4-2, 1-0) on Wednesday in a key league showdown.

“I have a lot of confidence in our kids that we’re going to bounce back,” South Hills coach Kevin Smith said. “We were 1-2 (in league) at one time last year and tied for the league (championship).

“We’re going to be OK. We’re just going to need to right the ship right away. If knew what it was, I would fix it right away. We’re not timely hitting. We’re having a major defensive breakdown at the wrong time. It’s just baseball.”

You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone on the street willing to bet the Chargers are going to run away with the league title. But the way the Chargers have been pitching, that might happen.

Starters Oscar Montenegro and Mac Lupton own ERAs below one. Because of that, Charter Oak will be heavily favored this week against Ayala and Claremont.

That’s why Wednesday’s game between South Hills and Damien is so critical.

“It’s huge,” Smith said of Wednesday’s visit to Damien. “We’re going to have to play a perfect ballgame. We can’t throw the ball away or commit the errors or not get the timely hitting that we haven’t. Friday’s ballgame (against Charter Oak) they scored two runs and the ball didn’t leave the infield. It’s just stuff like that. Those were the things we were not doing when we the tournament. We were making those plays.

“The good thing about is that our pitching has been really solid. We don’t want to be 0-3. It’s going to be a huge ballgame for us, there’s no doubt.

“They’ll be well-prepared and we’re going to have to play well.”

aram.tolegian@sgvn.com

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Softball Leaders: Rowland’s Kaylea Snaer chasing area triple crown, leads Southern Section with eight home runs


Above: Rowland’s Kaylea Snaer batting .571 with 24 RBIs and 8 home runs

Batting Average
Michelle Whitt, Bonita, .600, 12-for-20
Janell Wheaton, San Dimas, 600, 18-for-30
Danielle Mavridis, St. Lucy’s, .577, 15-for-26
Nicki Sprague, Charter Oak, .577, 15-for-26
Kaylea Snaer, Rowland, .571, 20-for-35
Kristine Anaya, Baldwin Park, .565, 13-for-23
Clark Kennedy, Chino Hills, .552, 16-for-29
Destiny Loara, Workman, .545, 12-for-22
Angel Ochoa, Baldwin Park, .533, 8-for-15
Adriana Fernandez, Workman, .533, 8-for-15

RBI Leaders
Kaylea Snaer, Rowland, 24
Brandi Harkness, St. Lucy’s, 14
Samantha Valadez, Charter Oak, 13
Britney Rodriguez, South Hills, 13
Paige Gumz, Chino Hills, 12
Sabrina Perez, South Hills, 10
Christine Pinela, Charter Oak, 10
Candice Orozco, Covina, 10

Home Run Leaders
Kaylea Snaer, Rowland 8
Candice Orozco, Covina 4
Brandi Harkness, St. Lucy’s, 4
Adriana Fernandez, Workman 3
Alyssa Villalpando, Los Altos, 3
Nikki Girard, Chino HIlls 3
Britney Rodriguez, South Hills 3

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Baseball Leaders: Donovan Holmes, Tommy Delgadillo and Daniel Sandoval over .500


Area statistics of teams that report to MaxPreps.
Batting Leaders
Donovan Holmes, Glendora, .692, 9-for-13
Tommy Delgadillo, Diamond Bar, .588, 10-for-17
Daniel Sandoval, Duarte, .526, 10-for-19
Ben Fonseca, Baldwin Park, .500, 12-for-24
Daniel Milwee, San Dimas, 500, 9-for-18
Billy Sanford, Glendora, .500, 6-for-12
Joseph Ontell, Rowland, .500, 7-for-14
Steven Camberos, Los Altos, .476, 10-for-21
Ivan Vasquez, La Puente, 476, 10-for-21
Adam Morales, Bassett, .471, 8-for-17

RBI Leaders:
Johnathan Correa, Mountain View, 10
Mark Vega, Bassett, 10
Daniel Sandoval, Duarte, 10
Ben Fonseca, Baldwin Park, 9

Home Runs
Taylor Cavazos, Diamond Bar, 2
Rio Ruiz, Bishop Amat, 1
Jack Spohn, Damien, 1
Billy Sanford, Glendora, 1
Nick Hernandez, Charter Oak, 1

Felix Hernandez, Mountain View 9

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Softball: Bishop Amat will face La Serna in Saturday’s championship at Big League Dreams Park


Fred J. Robledo, SGVN
There aren’t too many better tests for a high school softball pitcher than facing Charter Oak High School’s daunting line-up, led by speedy lead-off hitter Nicki Sprague, among the Valley’s best hitters.

Bishop Amat junior pitcher Sabrina Anguiano, back after missing nearly all of her sophomore season because of injury, continued to impress against the Chargers’ hot bats in Friday’s semifinals of the Charter Oak tournament at Big League Dreams in West Covina, throwing a complete game while allowing just three hits in Bishop Amat’s 8-1 victory.

Bishop Amat’s Lexi Gonzalez was 2-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored and Larissa Munoz and Victoria Saucedo each had to hits to pace the Lancers.

Bishop Amat (6-3) will face La Serna, a 7-3 winner over Montclair in today’s championship at the Big League Dreams facility at 3 p.m. If the game is rained out, the championship will be played next Friday.

Anguiano retired the first six batters and the final seven batters to pick up the win. She only had five strikeouts, but she struckout Sprague twice, who went 0-for-3.

“Sabrina did a good job, they’re a great hitting team,” Amat coach Jesse Mendez said. “Nicki’s a big part of their offense. To keep her off the bases was big. That was our goal to keep her off the bases and neutralize some of their other big bats.

Charter Oak Softball Tournament
Today’s games at Big League Dreams, West Covina

Top Bracket
Bonita 7, Alhambra 2
La Serna 9, Claremont 1
Montclair 5, San Dimas 3
Schurr 4, South Hills 3
Bottom Bracket
Bishop Amat 12, Covina 0
La Habra 6, West Covina 0
Los Altos 3, Northview 2
Charter Oak 19, Temple City 0

Wednesday’s second round
Top Bracket
La Serna 9, Bonita 8
Montclair 9, Schurr 2
Bottom Bracket
Bishop Amat 2, La Habra 0
Charter Oak 5, Los Altos 3

Friday’s semifinals
La Serna 7, Montclair 3
Bishop Amat 8, Charter Oak 1

Saturday: Championship at 3 p.m.

WEDNESDAY’S SOFTBALL ROUNDUP

CHARTER OAK TOURNAMENT
Quarterfinals

Charter Oak 5, Los Altos 3
Charter Oak’s Nicki Sprague gave up three runs on two hits to earn the win for the Chargers who improved to 5-3 in a five inning afair shortened due to time limit. Sprague also had a big day at the plate going two for two and scoring three runs. ChristinePinela went two for two at the plate for Charter Oak with two double’s and three RBI’s. One of those doubles came in the fifth inning to win the game for Charter Oak.

Montclair 9, Schurr 2
Montclair’s freshman pitcher Brittany Biolette went the distance as she improved to 6-1. The Cavaliers were led on offense by sophomore center fielder Haven Villamarin who went 2 for 3 with a homerun and a two-run double.

NONLEAGUE
Mater Dei 9, Diamond Bar 0

Diamond Bar could not get anything going as Mater Dei shutout the Brahmas. Dani Wilson suffered the loss and dropped to 0-2 on the season. Brianna Gonzalez and Marissa McKendall each had a single as the only bright spot for the Brahmas.

Game 1
St. Lucy’s 5, La Mirada 2

Danielle O’Toole tossed a complete game in the opening game of the twinbill allowing five hits.
O’Toole also had a productive day at the plate with a homerun and contributing three RBI’s Danielle Mavridis chipped in with a triple and Carlone Smith added an RBI.

Game 2
St. Lucy’s 9, La Mirada 0

Carlone Smith tossed a five hitter and went the distance for the Regents to earn the win in game two. Mavridis had a pair of homeruns and two RBI’s with Brandi Harkness went three for three and added one RBI to the books. Rounding out St. Lucy’s scoring was Laura Swan with a triple and Katie Lange adding a homerun and two RBI’s.

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Baseball: Charter Oak beats South Hills 2-1 in 8 …

By Aram Tolegian
Staff Writer

Just when it appeared the South Hills High School baseball team was ready to run away with the local spotlight, Joe Gil and Charter Oak slapped the Huskies back to reality.

Gil delivered a two-out hit to the right-center field gap off of Huskies reliever Ty France that scored pinch-runner Alejandro Sanchez from second for a 2-1 Charter Oak win in eight innings on Wednesday afternoon in the Sierra League opener for both teams.

“He started me off with a curve ball and I knew he was going to come back with a fastball and I had to sit and wait for it because he was really bringing the heat,” Gil said. “He (France) got me the first at-bat and I wasn’t going to let it happen again.

“I knew it was in the gap. I was just waiting for him (Sanchez) to get home so we could start celebrating. It was just a great victory. We’re the two best teams in this league, I think. It was just a fight to the end.”

The win improved Charter Oak, this newspaper’s No. 2-ranked team, to 5-1 overall and 1-0 in the Sierra League. South Hills, the area’s No. 1-ranked team after shutting out Bonita last Saturday, fell to 5-1 and 0-1 in league.

The Chargers almost didn’t need Gil’s heroics. Starter Mac Lupton shut out South Hills through six innings, but Chargers head coach Tom Quinley let Lupton start the seventh inning with a 1-0 lead in the game and Michael Duglosl made him pay by leading off with a solo home run to left.

Quinley then turned to Zo Carrillo who pitched the rest of the way to earn the win. Afterward, Quinley felt as though his team took him off the hook for letting Lupton start the seventh.

“I knew Mac didn’t have much left in his tank and I should have put Zo out there to start the seventh, but we took a chance,” Quinley said. “Anytime we came from behind, they usually bail out a coach for making a bad decision.”

South Hills was uncharacteristically sloppy. France, one of the most sure-handed fielders in the area committed two errors at shortstop. The Huskies also couldn’t hit in the clutch, letting an obviously tired Lupton off the hook in the sixth inning after loading the bases with two outs. So after starting league play with so much momentum from winning the Dick’s Sporting Goods Tournament last week, the Huskies now face pressure going into Friday’s rematch at home with Charter Oak.

“We can play a lot better,” South Hills coach Kevin Smith said. “We’re just going to go back to work, re-focus and do the things that made us successful the first five games of the season. And that’s play defense, hit, have a plan, and just come to practice and games with a little better mental outlook.

Charter Oak took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Jon Reid’s single that scored Travis Santiago. South Hills starter Kevin McKelvey gave up little else the rest of the way, but couldn’t get any support from his bats.

“It’s a big win, I was there on Saturday,” Quinley said in reference to South Hills’ win over Bonita. “That’s a good ball club. It’s a feather in our cap. They’ve got a few guys who can make or break a game, but somehow we kept them in check today. Hopefully, the same thing can happen on Friday.”
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Baseball Rankings: South Hills takes over top spot with Bishop Amat falling to No. 8

Tribune Top Ten Baseball Poll
1. South Hills (5-0) -- With Adrian De Horta and Kevin MCKelvey you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better one-two combination on the hill. I’d share their stats, but we all know South Hills doesn’t share stats, so bare with me in coverage of the Huskies. But McKelvey has thrown back to back shutouts and we saw what De Horta can do in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Bonita and Justin Garza, ending the kid’s 18-game win streak. Plus they got Saylor and France, what more do you want.

2. Charter Oak (4-1) — After a season opening loss to Yucaipa in the Dicks Sporting Goods tournament, the Chargers ran the table and beat West Covina 7-2 in a consolation game Saturday. Even more impressive is they only have allowed seven runs in four straight wins. And guess what, they host South Hills in Wednesday’s Sierra League opener at 3:30 p.m.

3. Bonita (4-1) – The Bearcats are two different teams, the one with Justin Garza pitching and the one without him. With Garza, they’re a top three area team, without him, not sure if they’re even in the top ten. It’s not a good sign that in Garza’s last two games they scored just one run for him and were shutout against South Hills. This team needs to swing the bat better if they hope to do anything in the postseason.

4. Damien (3-2) -- Since losing 6-0 in the opener against Bonita and Garza, the Spartans scored 32 runs during a 3-1 stretch, losing their last game 8-2 to Orange Lutheran. Like we said in the season preview, they can hit with anyone, but give up a lot of runs on occasion too. They should be up and down in the Sierra all year.

5. Northview (3-1-1) – I like the competitive 3-3 tie with Los Osos, the 4-3 win over Tahquitz and 13-6 win over Rancho Cucamonga.Their only setback was a 1-0 loss to Claremont so while this might not be the Vikings of old, they don’t look like the weak Vikings of last year, either.

6. Diamond Bar (4-0) — Great start, but in comparison to other top teams in the area, the Brahmas’ wins have come against Ontario, Baldwin Park, Azusa and Don Lugo, not exactly the murders’ row of the Valley. They could start 6-0 with Keppel and Chino to follow before opening the Hacienda against West Covina

7. San Dimas (4-2) — Played in the West San Gabriel Valley Elks tournament and beat Arcadia 3-2 followed by a 6-4 loss against Temple City. Jury’s still out on the Saints, but it’s a good sign they haven’t allowed more than four runs in any game.

8. Bishop Amat (1-4) – Oh, how they mighty have fallen. I don’t want to hear how tough their schedule is, etc, etc, they have player of the year Rio Ruiz back and one of the area’s best pitchers in lefty Daniel Zamora. You can say they’re playing a brutal schedule, but this is what Amat does every year. What they don’t have so far is consistent hitting throughout the lineup or pitching depth. They might get away with it in the Del Rey and Division 4 playoffs, but not against the beasts from Orange County.

9. Glendora (2-2) – What happened to the Glendora preseason baseball tournament? That’s a different question for a different day. The Tartans absolutely crushed Moreno Valley and Heritage and lost by a combined three runs to Diamond Ranch and Heritage. Look, at the end of the day, they’re one of the Valley’s finest and will be competing for a Baseline league title.

10. Covina (2-3) – Leaving the Colts in the top ten because they’re too good to be below .500. I still think they’re the team to beat in the Valle Vista because their three losses have come by just a combined four runs, and they lost two one-run games. They’ll be back.

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Softball Rankings: Chino Hills takes over top spot, but none of the area’s top teams lighting the world on fire

Tribune Top Ten Softball Rankings

1. Chino Hills (7-3) -- Considering how many games they played and the difficult tournament in Arizona, the Huskies have done the best of all area teams in the first two weeks of the season. We shouldn’t be surprised, they had a great team on paper and were No. 2 to start the season.

2. St. Lucy’s (6-2) – The Regents are like South Hills baseball, their standings and roster are not available on Maxpreps or anywhere to be found (at least South Hills finally posted a roster). So, we will continue to do the best we can to find out what these girls are doing, and I hope I got the record right. Apparently one of the Regents’ losses was a forfeit (because of a father-daughter dance conflict) and the other loss came in a split against Upland. Look, as long as super pitcher Danielle O’Toole is allowed to do her thing and they score runs, they’re as good as anyone in the Valley.

3. South Hills (4-3) -- The Huskies, like Chino Hills and Bishop Amat, didn’t light the world on fire in the opening two weeks because of their participation in the tough tournament in Arizona. But that doesn’t explain the Huskies’ 4-3 loss to Schurr in the opening round of the Charter Oak tournament at Big League dreams. That’s unacceptable for what we thought was the area’s best team.

4. Bishop Amat (4-3) – Struggled in the tournament of champions in Arizona, losing their final game to Mater Dei 11-4. But if they bounce back and win the Charter Oak tournament this week all will be forgotten. With South Hills knocked out, don’t be surprised if Bishop Amat and Bonita meet in the final.

5. Los Altos (6-1) — Love the record but like Diamond Bar in baseball, not sold considering none of their victories have come against a team with a winning record. Let’s see how they do on Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the Charter Oak tournament against host Charter Oak.

6. Glendora (4-3) – Advanced to the championship of the San Dimas softball tournament with a convincing win over Bonita along the way. However, they did lose their Baseline league opener to Los Osos, 5-1.

7. Covina (5-1) -- An impressive season-opening doubleheader sweep over Claremont, but their schedule has been relatively easy and losing 8-7 to Monrovia is bad for your only loss on the schedule.

8. Ayala (5-2 ) – Have scored 42 runs and given up just 16, but haven’t played the tough tournament schedule as their Sierra League foes. Still. when all is said and done, don’t be surprised if Ayala is competing for one of the top three playoff spots.

9. Bonita (2-3) — The Bearcats are better than this but at least all three losses have come against strong teams in St. Lucy’s, Charter Oak and Glendora. But they have to prove they can beat some of those teams too.

10. Duarte (3-1) — Love the season opening 7-1 win over Arcadia in advancing to the championship of their own tournament before finally losing to 6-1 Santa Fe 8-0. The Falcons softball team, just like in girls basketball, are very competitive and the Montview favorites.

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Former Charter Oak athletic director Glenn Martinez, who is now Assistant Commissioner of Athletics, explains the new playoff grouping proposals for football

The Montview League not happy with new CIF-SS Football Realignment Playoff Proposals

By Aram Tolegian

After watching the Monrovia and West Covina high school football teams run roughshod through their respective playoff divisions for the past two years, most Valley fans anticipated there were some serious changes coming both schools’ way when the CIF-Southern Section office announced its new playoff grouping proposals for the next two seasons.

The proposals were released last week and Assistant Commissioner Glenn Martinez has decided to keep Monrovia and West Covina in their respective divisions while making things a bit harder on them with the insertion of some beefed-up competition.

According to Martinez’s proposals, Monrovia and the Rio Hondo League will remain in the Mid-Valley Division. Meanwhile, the Montview and Olympic leagues will be leaving the division and heading to the Northwest. Entering the division will be the Alpha League, which features Sierra Canyon, which went 15-0 last season, and Paraclete, the Mid-Valley champion in 2008.

Monrovia has won the last two division titles, and the combined score of the past two championship games has been 91-22.

In the Southeast, West Covina’s back-to-back titles could have given Martinez reason enough to move the Bulldogs and Hacienda League to a different division. Instead, the Hacienda is staying put, as is the rest of the division, and the San Gabriel Valley League will be joining. The San Gabriel Valley League features teams such as Compton Dominguez, Paramount and Downey. The league would be getting relief after having played in the Western Division last season.

“I hate to move a league,” Martinez said. “I almost feel like I’m punishing five or six schools because of one team’s tremendous success. It’s not to downgrade or say anything bad about a successful program like West Covina or Monrovia, but I don’t think it’s fair for those other five or six schools.

“When you move a league up just because of one particular school, it’s just kind of hurting everyone and I don’t think that’s fair.”

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La Verne Lutheran loses heartbreaker to Price in final seconds, ending state three-peat bid

Everything appeared to be in place for La Verne Lutheran to earn a dramatic, last-second victory in the Southern California Division IV regional semifinal Tuesday.

There were 6.9 seconds to go and the Trojans trailed by a point when Brian Beard drove the length of the court and tried to set up La Verne’s Grant Jerrett for a potential game-winning layup. But Jerrett couldn’t handle the pass and the buzzer sounded with Jerrett on his knees in disbelief.

Los Angeles Price upset the defending two-time state champion Trojans, 53-52, in front of a packed gymnasium at the University of La Verne.

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Undefeated South Hills (5-0) will take over top spot in Trib Baseball Rankings Tuesday; How far should struggling Bishop Amat (1-4) fall?

Bishop Amat baseball is struggling and struggling bigtime. The Lancers are 1-4 after losses to Mater Dei (5-4), Huntington Beach (3-2), JSerra (3-1) and Capistrano Valley (12-5). I can’t imagine leaving the Lancers in the top five in our Trib rankings. Meanwhile, South Hills has clearly proved it’s the best team in the area in 2012. They have the most complete pitching staff in the area and everyone knows they can swing the bat. I’ll post the first trip Top Ten rankings since the preseason rankings on Tuesday.

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One for the Thumb: Mt. SAC wins fifth CCCAA state title; Mounties rally past Foothill, 68-58


SACRAMENTO — As far as women’s basketball is concerned, Mt. San Antonio College has set the bar over the last decade in the California Community College Athletic Association.
The Mounties, who won state titles in 2004 before a three-peat run from 2006-08, added to that lore Sunday.
Shawlina Segovia scored 19 points and former San Dimas High School standout Ashley Burchfield had 11 and Mt. SAC won its fifth CCCAA title with a 68-58 victory over Foothill in the state championship game at Cosumnes River College.
The five state titles puts the Mounites one behind Ventura, which won it’s sixth in 2010. Mt. SAC, also getting 14 points from tournament MVP Morgan Mason and nine from Danielle Peacon, finished 31-3, losing to East Los Angeles in Febuary and twice to Ventura in November and December.. It was also Mt. SAC’s second title-game win over Foothill, beating the Owls, 65-57, in 2008.
Raeshel Contreras had 24 points and Nikki Powell 10 for Foothill, which finished 30-5.
Mt. SAC coach Brian Crichlow: “This is a true testament of what this program is all about.. It’s about all the players who were here before these girls, coach Beeman, the hard work of all the assistant coaches … everybody. It’s just a true testament of everybody working together. There’s no one person bigger than the team. We’ve been preaching that for years, and everybody played a part in this victory.”
Mt. SAC’s Shawlina Segovia: “Morgan’s a tough player. She has the most heart on our team. When they try to shut her down, they forget that other people can score, too. But we played as a team and that’s where this outcome came from. No one was selfish on the team, and that’s what got us the win.”

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South Hills combined two-hitter beats Bonita 2-0 and ends Justin Garza’s 18-game win streak

By Fred J. Robledo
ONTARIO — South Hills’ Adrian DeHorta didn’t care if the nearly dozen scouts at Saturday night’s championship of the Dicks Sporting Goods Baseball tournament at Littleton Field in Ontario were there to watch Bonita’s Cal-State Fullerton-bound pitcher Justin Garza, who had an 18-game winning streak dating back to 2010.

DeHorta, and the rest of the Huskies had their own point to prove, and they provided it loud and clear.

South Hills jumped on top of Garza early and DeHorta set the pace with a one-hitter over five innings to lead the Huskies to a 2-0 victory in front of a packed house at the 2,500-seat facility that was used in the movie, “A League of Their Own.”

Ty France, named the Easton MVP, pitched the final two innings and combined with DeHorta to throw a two-hit shutout as the Huskies improved to 5-0 while the Bearcats dropped to 4-1 in a battle of early-season unbeatens.

DeHorta has one thing in common with Garza. The junior has given a verbal commitment to Cal State Fullerton.

“Tonight was the DeHorta and France show,” Huskies coach Kevin Smith said. “We knew we had a pretty good pitching staff but somewhere during this tournament the lights came on and we’re very proud of where we’re at. We beat some pretty goods teams over the last two weeks.”

Garza, who suffered his first loss in more than a year, pitched a complete game and gave up six hits. He struckout six and allowed one earned run to fall to 2-1 while DeHorta improved to 3-0.

Not only did the Bearcats struggle to provide runs for Garza, they didn’t help him defensively either.

Bonita’s two errors in the first inning helped South Hills take a 1-0 lead.

South Hills’ Danny Sheehan led off the game with a base hit and moved to third on a throwing error. Anthony Muniz walked to put runners on the corners, but Garza responded by striking out C.J. Saylor and Ty France. But on the strikeout to France, Muniz broke for second but Bonita’s throw to get him was intercepted to get Sheehan breaking for home and was thrown away, allowing Sheehan to score.

South Hills struck again in the second. After Isaiah Gonzales’ two-out double, James Arevalo singled him home to go up, 2-0.

“Anytime you can score early in a big game it puts presaure on the other team,” Bonita’s John Knott said of falling behind. “I thought Justin showed tremendous heart throughout the whole game, he didn’t get rattled by anything that didn’t go his way.

“They had first and third and nobody out in the first inning and he strikes out Saylor and France. You can’t ask for much more out of the kid. We got in this position because of him and it’s unfortunate it (winning streak) had to end, but they got good at-bats off of him and made the plays when they had to. Their pitchers also pitched well and made all the plays, so they were the better team definitely.”

Bonita’s best opportunity came in the fifth after DeHorta gave up back-to-back walks with two outs. But DeHorta struckout Garza on a 3-2 pitch to get out of the inning.

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Bishop Amat denied again, gives up late goal and loses to Santa Margarita 2-1 in CIF-State SoCal Division II Regional title game

By Fred J. Robledo, SGVN
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If there is anything worse than having to sit through a trophy presentation as the runner-up team, it’s having to do it twice.

That’s how the season ended for the Bishop Amat High School girls soccer team after losing to Santa Margarita 2-1 in the CIF-State Southern California Regional Division II championship at Warren High School in Downey on Saturday.

A week after losing to Claremont in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 title game, Santa Margarita’s Samantha Trenary ended Amat’s title hopes with a 25-yard shot that dipped over the outstretched arms of Lancers goalkeeper Nicole Ragano in the 72nd minute for the game winner.

“It’s tough to lose in two finals because we feel like we didn’t play as well as we could have,” Lancers coach Ruben Gonzalez said. “We missed chances against Claremont and today I thought we battled and wanted it, we just didn’t play our best soccer.

“Sometimes instead of passing the ball we would take a shot and instead of shooting we would pass it. We made some poor decisions, that’s what’s disappointing about getting to two finals and not winning. But you look back and this team fought and gave us all some good memories this season, that’s for sure.” (To continue click thread)

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