Duarte softball squeezed out a 2-0 win over Azusa to remain undefeated in Montview

By Fred J. Robledo, SGVN, twitter.com/sgvtribpreps
Azusa High School pitcher Marissa Chavez survived inning after inning against two-time Montview League champion Duarte before the Falcons softball team finally got to her in the seventh.

After giving up a leadoff hit to Guadalupe Valdez, the Falcons’ Gaby Avina sacrificed-bunted Valdez to second and a strikeout later, Brianna Lopez belted a go-ahead two-out double to left to bring in Valdez.

Lopez later scored on a wild pitch and that was all the Falcons needed to squeeze out a 2-0 victory to improve to 10-2 and 5-0 in league.

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The Scouting Guru’s Grand Plan for the Hacienda

League re-alignments won’t happen until 2014, but the Scouting Guru is already looking ahead.

Guru’s Thoughts: So I’m messing with the thought of making the Hacienda League a “Super League” and spliting it into two divisions for football with week 10 being championship “crossover” week. This is what they are doing in the Marmonte League this year with a bunch of eyes watching closely.

Here is my initial thought on how you would break up the league

Diamond Bar
Diamond Ranch
Los Altos

Charter Oak
South Hills
West Covina

So in week 10, you would have North 1 vs South 1 and the winner of that game would be the top-seed from the league and the loser would be the second place team. North 2 vs South 2 would determine the third and fourth place teams. North 3 vs South 3 would be interesting in that the winner might have an inside track to getting an “at-large” birth for the playoffs.

As you can see, geography was in play. The school in the north are basically schools on the 60 freeway. The teams in the south are school along the 10/57 freeway. And you are still preserving the rivalries in the area. Walnut vs Diamond Bar, South Hills vs West Covina, Charter Oak vs Glendora, Diamond Bar vs Diamond Ranch.

Tell me if I’m on the right track. — JE

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Tribune/Star-News All-Star boys and girls basketball game on April 28

For those wondering, the annual Tribune/Star-News boys and girls basketball all-star game will be on Saturday, April 28 at Damien High School. We’re in the process of selecting the teams and coaches, but will make announcements soon. Tribune all-area teams for boys and girls basketball, soccer, girls water polo and wrestling will likely run during the week of April 11-17. March is one of those months where several of our staffers were asked to take vacation, so everything was pushed back.

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Baseball Rankings: South Hills back on top, but can they stay there? Bonita on way back

Tribune Top Ten Baseball Poll

1. South Hills (7-2) –– The nightmare of being swept by Charter Oak is yesterday’s news after beating Damien and crushing Ayala to get back in the Sierra title picture. We’ll try this again, South Hills is No. 1, let’s see if they act like it.

2. Bonita (9-1) — The Bearcats took one on the chin against South Hills with their Golden Boy Garza taking the defeat and everyone talking (including me) that they couldn’t hit. All they’ve done since is keep on winning. It’s weird writing this, but they’re undefeated without Garza and we know how great they’re with him. Maybe we overreacted on one defeat.

3. Damien (5-3) –– They dismantled Chino Hills like it was a football game, 21-7. My concern with the Spartans is they have given up five runs or more in four of eight games. Pitching needs to be more consistent to win consistently.

4. Charter Oak (6-3) — How do you go from sweeping South Hills to not even being competitive in 6-1 losses to Ayala and Claremont? It’s one thing to sneak up on teams, but it’s different with the bulls-eye on your chest. Let’s see how the Chargers bounce back after this.

5. Diamond Bar (7-1) — You have to give the Brahmas their respect. They’re pitching well, hitting well and have just one loss. They have surprisingly climbed to No. 1 in Division 3. But I’ve seen this song and dance before. When they beat Bonita and Los Altos I’ll believe they’re the real deal.

6. Northview (6-1-1) — What impressed me about watching Northview’s sweep over Baldwin Park last week is there was not one senior in the starting lineup. They have solid pitching and good enough hitting to make a run at the Valle Vista.

7. San Dimas (7-3) — The Saints are 2-0 in league after sweeping Wilson, who they won’t play again. The Valle Vista league schedule is whack. Instead of playing each team once then playing them again in the second half of the season (which almost every league has done for decades) you play the same team twice in the same week and are finished with them the rest of the year. Coaches set this up because they’re soooooo afraid of pitching match-ups. Weak. Takes the drama out of the league races unless the two best teams meet in the final week.

8. Bishop Amat (5-5) — After a 1-5 start they’re back to .500 after beating Loyola in the RJ Foundation game on Saturday. They will miss Rio Ruiz’s services the next few weeks, but they’re still No. 2 in Division 4.

9. Los Altos (6-4) –– Winners of five straight and only have allowed six runs during that stretch. And they have allowed just two runs in their last three wins. This is the Los Altos I expected at the beginning of the season. But can they do it at Bonita and Garza on Thursday?

10. Covina (4-3)— The Colts will play Wilson, Nogales and Baldwin Park twice each before finally finishing with San Dimas and Northview. If they want to win the league title, they better take care of business early.

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