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By Fred J. Robledo, SGVN, twitter@sgvtribpreps
Bonita is usually one of those high school softball teams that bursts out of the gate.
But adjusting to life after departed seniors Courtney Gano and Breeanna Sandoval
created some growing pains for the young Bearcats.
The player that needed to step-up the most and regain some of that swagger was sophomore pitcher Anissa Sanchez, and she was all that for Bonita in a 6-2 win over West Covina on Friday to keep the Bearcats’ bid for a third straight league title in check.
After Sanchez gave up two runs in the first inning she was steady the rest of the way. She gave up five hits, but never more than one in any inning — no easy task against the hard-swinging Bulldogs.
“What’s so hard is I’ve turned over the reigns of pitch-calling to them (Sanchez and catcher Michelle Whitt),” Bonita coach Ken Carlson said. “I’m letting them manage their games and they’re doing a good job.
“I’m freaking out in the dugout while it’s going on, but I have to give Anissa a lot of credit. She’s battling every inch of the way and doing a great job for us.”
Bonita (14-6, 7-1) moved into a first-place tie in the Hacienda League with Los Altos (15-6, 7-1) while dropping West Covina (12-8, 7-2) a half-game behind. (To continue click thread).
Sophomore pitcher Brooke Clemetson gave her Charter Oak High School softball team the inside track for the third CIF-Southern Section playoff spot from the Sierra League with a 5-1 win over South Hills on Friday.
The win gave the Chargers (12-7, 3-3) a sweep of the season series and broke a third-place tie with the Huskies (15-8, 2-4).
Clemetson struck out eight, including the final four batters, to earn her ninth win of the season.
“I was hitting my spots pretty good today,” she said. “Even when I missed, my defense was really on.”
The Chargers scored first, getting an unearned run when the normally solid Huskies defense committed a pair of errors in the bottom of the third inning.
The baseball fiefdom of the Del Rey League is controlled by a new group of Lancers.
La Salle High School handed Bishop Amat its second consecutive defeat on Friday, scoring a 3-2 victory at Citrus College.
“To beat them again is so huge,” La Salle’s Bowdien Derby said. “I feel like a king now. Everyone knows we took down the league champs.”
The La Salle Lancers, who had never beaten the Bishop Amat Lancers in a league game until this week, now control the Del Rey, although technically they are still half a game behind Bishop Amat.
“We’re not done,” La Salle coach Harry Agajanian said. “We still have some work to be done. We still have to play with composure.”
Where: Damien HS
Time: Girls game at 4 p.m., boys at 6 p.m.
SEE YOU THERE …
Del Rey League
Bishop Amat (15-8, 9-1) vs. La Salle (14-6-1, 6-1) at Citrus College, 3:15 p.m.
Bonita (21-1) at West Covina (8-11-1, 5-3), 3:30 p.m.
Chino Hills (11-9, 5-5) at Damien (10-7-1, 5-4-1), 3:30 p.m.
Valle Vista League
San Dimas (13-7, 6-2) at Covina (12-6, 5-2), 3:30 p.m.
Bonita (13-6, 6-1) at West Covina (12-7, 7-1), 3:30 p.m.
South Hills (15-7, 2-3) at Charter Oak (11-7, 2-3), 3:30 p.m.