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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Who has the best shot at winnnig a CIF-SS Baseball title? If you believe the polls, it’s Diamond Bar

Diamond Bar is 7-1 and already 2-0 in the Hacienda to take over the top spot in Division 3. Coach Eric Shibley’s team is batting .350 and senior pitcher Henry Omana is having one of the best years statistically in the Valley. He’s 3-0 with a 0.78 ERA with 19 strikeouts in 18 innings. As a staff, Diamond Bar sports an eye-catching 2.16 ERA.

CIF-SOUTHERN SECTION BASEBALL POLLS

Division 2: 1. Redlands, 2. Alemany, 3. Harvard-Westlake, 4. Cypress, 5. Dos Pueblos, 6. Buena, 7. Mayfair, 8. Palos Verdes, 9. South Hills, 10. Garden Grove Pacifica.

Division 3: 1. Diamond Bar, 2. Bonita, 3. Beckman, 4. San Gorgonio, 5. Corona del Mar, 6. Rancho Alamitos, 7. Elsinore, 8. Culver City, 9. Alhambra, 10. Warren.

Division 4: 1. Palm Desert, 2. Bishop Amat, 3. Savanna, 4. Indio, 5. Sonora, 6. Chino, 7. Colony, 8. Malibu, 9. Temple City, 10. Oaks Christian.

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Is St. Lucy’s the area’s top softball team? The Regents are looking the part after winning the Diamond Bar tournament on Saturday; Chino Hills and Bishop Amat, however, top CIF polls

St. Lucy’s defeated host Diamond Bar 4-1 in the championship game of the Diamond Bar Springfeast Tournament on Saturday, which followed dominant tournament victories over Sonora (4-0), Ontario (10-3) and Fresno Clovis West (3-0). The Regents are on fire behind super senior pitcher Danielle O’Toole (six shutouts) and hot-swinging Danielle Mavridis (batting .615 with 11 runs scored). The Regents have a team batting average of .341, a huge improvement over last year’s squad that struggled at the plate. The Regents have won eight straight and are 11-2 overall. However, one of those losses was a forfeit due to a father-daughter dance, and the other loss was a doubleheader split against Upland early in the season. O’Toole is 5-1 with a 1.26 ERA. The Regets have home tests against Pomona Catholic (Today) and Downey (Thursday) before opening the Sierra League against powerful South Hills on Friday at home at 3:15 p.m. Also, kudos to St. Lucy’s for finally posting a roster and stats on Maxpreps, make it much easier to follow one of the area’s best teams.

Check out Danielle Mavridis’ third homer of the season in the Regents’ 10-3 win over Ontario.

CIF-SOUTHERN SECTION SOFTBALL POLLS

Division 3: 1. Chino Hills, 2. Bishop Amat, 3. South Hills, 4. Burroughs, 5. St. Lucy’s, 6. South Torrance, 7. Torrance, 8. Ayala, 9. Atascadero, 10t. Harvard-Westlake, 10T, Oaks Christian.

Division 4: 1. Aquinas, 2. La Quinta, 3. Dos Pueblos, 4. Garden Grove, 5. La Habra, 6. Buena, 7. Segerstrom, 8. Loara, 9. Kaiser, 10.T San Dimas, 10T. Troy.

Division 5: 1. La Canada, 2. Beaumont, 3. Keppel, 4. Marlborough, 5. Immaculate Heart, 6. Nipomo, 7. Duarte, 8. Victor Valley, 9. Montebello, 10. Santa Ana Calvary Chapel.

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Charter Oak football will take on Los Alamitos and Bishop Amat in back-to-back weeks

The Charter Oak High School football team has agreed to play a home-and-home with Orange County power Los Alamitos, starting with a road game against Los Alamitos at Long Beach’s Veteran Stadium this fall.

Since moving to the difficult Sierra League and Inland Division, the Chargers have increased their quality of opponents in nonleague, and this might be their most difficult non-league schedule ever.

The Chargers will face Los Osos, Corona Roosevelt, Glendora and Los Alamitos and Bishop Amat in back-to-back weeks (Week 2 and 3). The Chargers will take on Bishop Amat at home following its road trip against Los Alamitos.

“I know what’s going on in the heads of our kids,” Chargers coach Lou Farrar said. “It’s a (daunting) schedule, but if we want to get past the Upland’s and better teams in our division, we don’t want the stage to be too big for our kids, both from an emotion and physical standpoint. I don’t know if there is any other way to be prepared for our league and division without playing teams of that caliber in the preseason.”

Los Alamitos is from the Sunset League and was 6-4 last year. The Sunset League is moving from the powerful Pac-5 to the Southwest Division. The Sunset League includes Newport Harbor, Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley and Edison.

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Bishop Amat’s Rio Ruiz recovering and in good spirits; expected to miss two to three weeks

By Fred J. Robledo, SGVN
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Bishop Amat standout infielder Rio Ruiz rested comfortably over the weekend at USC Medical Center after undergoing a procedure on Friday to break up a blood clot in a vein near his clavicle in his right shoulder, his father Rudy Ruiz explained on Monday.

Several friends, teammates and family stopped to visit Ruiz since having the procedure, including South Hills standouts and longtime friends C.J. Saylor and Ty France.

Ruiz, a senior, could be released from the hospital as soon as today and his father said it could be two to three weeks before he is able to rejoin the Lancers’ baseball team, who defeated Loyola 3-2 on Saturday in the RJs Foundation game at Bishop Amat.

Ruiz was ESPN’s California junior of the year and also is the reigning Tribune and CIF-Southern Section Division 4 most valuable player after leading the Lancers to a divisional title last season.

“He might be back sooner, it might be longer, it depends on the comfort level of his arm,” Rudy Ruiz said. (To continue click thread).

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