By Fred J. Robledo, SGVN, twitter@sgvtribpreps
When Northview High School was winning five straight Valle Vista League titles, which included a CIF-SS Divisional title in 2008, the Vikings’ baseball team always did it with pitching, defense and timely hitting.
The Vikings are starting to get back to those principles after having their league championship-streak ended last year in a miserable 12-14 season that ended in the first round of the CIF playoffs.
Northview completed a Valle Vista League sweep over Baldwin Park this week, winning 9-3 on Friday to go with its 1-0 win earlier in the week.
The Vikings improved to 6-1-1 and 3-0 in the VVL and have allowed three runs or less in six of their eight games. (To continue click thread)
Baseball Results Valle Vista League
Northview 9, Baldwin Park 3
San Dimas 2, Wilson 1 Sierra League
South Hills 15, Ayala 2
Damien 21, Chino Hills 7
Claremont 6, Charter Oak 1 Del Rey League
Bishop Amat 6, La Salle 2 Montview League
Duarte 6, Bassett 5
Inland Insider with highlights from South Hills’ 15-2 win over Ayala
MISSION VALLEY LEAGUE
Gabrielino 2, Mountain View 1 (8 innings)
Angel Acosta went eight innings and recorded nine strikeouts and Johnny Moreno went 2 for 4 and scored two runs for the Eagles.
South El Monte 2, Arroyo 0
South El Monte scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to stay unbeaten in league at 2-0 and improved to 2-4 overall. Eagles junior Mario Lopez pitched a complete game and evened his record at 1-1 while giving up five hits on one walk and two strikeouts. “I thought we played a good defensive game today,” South El Monte coach David Sheiner said.
“It was a pitchers’ duel until the sixth when we were finally able to brake through and Mario kept us in the game with a good performance.” With the loss, Arroyo dropped to 1-7 overall and 0-2 in league. With one out in the bottom of the sixth inning, Eagles sophomore pinch hitter David Mora doubled to left. The next batter, Aaron Saavedra, grounded to third but the throw to first was wild. That scored Mora for a 1-0 lead and Saavedra ended up on second.
La Puente 10, Workman 0 (5 innings)
La Puente’s Randy Anaya went the distance with 10 strikeouts and improved to 2-1 with the win.
The Warriors got plenty of offense from Cody Hrey, who went 2 for 2 with two doubles and two RBIs and Mike Patini, who walked twice and drove in a pair of runs. David Patino contributed with three walks and five stolen bases.
Ayala 6, Charter Oak 1
Ayala received a strong performance from sophomore Peter Deattie, who went 4 2/3 innings and gave up an unearned run. Deattie evened his record at 1-1 while the Bulldogs improved to 5-3 overall and 1-1 in league play. Leading Ayala at the plate was senior Vahn Bozoian, who went 3 for 3 with three singles and a run scored. Also enjoying a good day at the plate was junior Jordan Robinson, who was 2 for 3 with a double, a single, 3 RBIs and a run scored.
San Dimas 8, Covina 1
Kaili Now and Bethie Celaya combined for a solid performance and Now earned the win to improve to 2-2 on the season. With the game tied at 0-0 in the third, the Saints (7-4, 0-1) broke it open. Janell Wheaton finished 3 for 4 with an RBI, Deenah San Luis went 2 for 4 with a triple and Amanda Aguinaga went 2 for 2 with an RBI. Jennifer Aguinaga went 2 for 2 and stole two bases. The Colts dropped to 5-5 overall.
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.
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.