Bishop Amat’s Rio Ruiz may have to shut it down the rest of the season

Bishop Amat High School’s Rio Ruiz may already have played his last game for the Lancers’ baseball team.

The senior infielder who signed a national letter of intent with USC had a procedure done last month to break up a blood clot in a vein near the clavicle in his right shoulder.

Lancers coach Andy Nieto said Ruiz has been at games supporting his teammates who have won eight of nine games in his absence heading into Orange County’s prestigious National Classic this week, where the Lancers hope to defend last year’s title.

But they won’t have Ruiz, who was ESPN’s California Junior of the Year and also is the reigning Tribune Player of the Year and CIF-Southern Section Division 4 Most Valuable Player after leading the Lancers to a division title last season.

Ruiz is taking blood-thinning medication and is expected to continue with the medication for the rest of the season.

Although Ruiz feels healthy enough to play, Nieto doesn’t expect him back anytime soon.

“From what we understand, the doctors are keeping a real tight leash and they should,” Nieto said. “He’s going to be on them (blood-thinners) for a few months, and you don’t want to risk an injury while he’s on them.”

Nieto feels for Ruiz, who is having a difficult time watching.

“The guy (Ruiz) can’t sit still, he’s itching to get in there,” Nieto said. “The good news is that we feel confident he’s going to make a full recovery and be fine the rest of his life.
“But we’re prepared for the worst in terms of him being out the rest of the season. If for some reason six weeks from now the doctors give him the green light, we’ll deal with it. But as a team, we have to move forward and he’s with us, whether or not he’s playing. That’s what kind of teammate he is.”

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Monrovia strikes early and pounds out an 11-4 win over Northview to capture the Northview Softball Tournament title

Above: Northview center fielder Jocelyn Marquez leaps and misses a two run home run by Monrovia’s Sami Saucedo

By Fred J. Robledo, SGVN,
The Monrovia High School softball team is young and has struggled to a 1-2-1 start in the competitive Rio Hondo League.

A spring break tournament is exactly what it needed.

The Wildcats gained valuable experience and grew during the Northview tournament this week, beating the host Vikings 11-4 in the championship on Thursday to improve to 10-4-1 overall.

Wildcats coach David Guzman hopes the boost of confidence will get his team going when league resumes next week.

His sophomore pitcher, Adrienne Guerra, gave up four runs on six hits, but she was steady using a variety of pitches to give the Vikings’ fits.

“She’s (Guerra) come a along way,” Guzman said. “Being in the Rio Hondo with (pitchers) Michelle Floyd (San Marino) and Lauren Cox (La Canada), Adrienne doesn’t get a lot of attention. But she’s a great pitcher and she’s at their caliber, no doubt. She works very hard.” (To continue click thread)

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Baseball: Bonita and Justin Garza dominant in 7-2 win over Glendora in championship of the Arcadia tournament

Fred J. Robledo, SGVN

ARCADIA — Bonita’s bats didn’t let pitcher Justin Garza down this time.

After losing to South Hills 2-0 in the championship game of the Dicks Sporting Goods tournament last month and ending Garza’s 18-game winning streak that dated back to the 2010 season, Garza had more than enough support against Glendora in the championship of the Arcadia High School Baseball Tournament on Wednesday.

Justin Row’s homer to left and Tyler Heslop’s two-run double to right capped a five-run inning in the third and Garza did the rest to lead Bonita to a 7-2 victory to capture the Arcadia tournament title for the second straight year

It was Bonita’s (15-1) tenth straight victory since losing to the Huskies, and Garza, who entered with a 0.40 ERA after allowing just two earned runs in 35 innings, improved to 5-1 and has won 21 of his last 22 decisions.

Garza went the distance, but lost his shutout with two-outs in the seventh inning. Glendora’s Johnny Juarez singled in Nick Kaye from third and D.J. Peters scored on a throwing error to bring in the Tartans’ only runs.

Garza allowed four hits with 11 strikeouts in what was just another day at the park for the Cal State Fullerton commit. It was his fourth complete game.

The loss snapped the Tartans’ six-game win streak as they dropped to 10-5.

Bonita’s Tyler Heslop led off the second with a walk, took second on a wild pitch and moved to third on Nolan Henley’s ground out. Tanner Diebold singled up the middle to bring in Heslop to give the Bearcats a 1-0 lead.

Row turned and belted a towering home run to left that was heading toward Santa Anita Blvd., in the third inning, doubling the Bearcats’ lead to 2-0.

Garza kept the inning going with a double and Thomas Castro’s grounder toward first skidded into right for an error, allowing Garza to score to go up 3-0.

After Jacob Blunt’s single, Anthony Gonzalez’s sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third. Heslop followed with a double to right, scoring Castro and Blunt, and Heslop later scored on a throwing error to give Bonita a commanding 6-0 lead.

Castro’s single in the fourth scored Woody Reyes to go up 7-0.

Glendora’s Martin Gallegos, who belted Garza’s 94 MPH fastball to right and was thrown out at first in the first inning, smacked a lead-off double to left in the fourth. But it was wasted after Garza picked him off and retired the next two to end the inning.
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Mission Valley league loses appeal to CIF

BREAKING NEWS: CIF denies Mission Valley League’s appeal of new playoff grouping proposal …

“He (assistant commissioner Glenn Martinez) believes the Mission Valley League is very competitive in the Mid-Valley Division as it is structured (under the proposal), and we disagree. Some of the examples he gave was that Mountain View was stronger than Temple City, Keppel, Bell Gardens and Wilson. He thought if our worst team is stronger than all their worst teams, then it must be a good fit for us. I disagree with that logic.”Arroyo football coach Jim Singiser

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Breaking News Update: Charter Oak’s Kurt Scoby “in the process” of enrolling at Duarte High School, Falcons coach Jason Martin confirms

Breaking News update: After reporting earlier in the morning that Kurt Scoby could wind up at Duarte, it seems the rumor is close to fruition. Aram just talked to Duarte coach Jason Martin, who said Kurt Scoby has checked out of Charter Oak and is “in the process,” of enrolling at Duarte. This is as big as it gets for news in off-season. This part is important, Aram wrote: Martin reported that Scoby was practicing with the team on Monday morning, along with recent Muir transfer linebacker Denzel Talifero. After posting this, Martin called Aram to clarify about Scoby practicing with the team. Scoby, who is on spring break, was at Duarte Monday morning training with soon-to-be teammate Talifero because both are involved with B2G. The workout consisted mostly of agility drills and was not a team practice. Duarte does not start practice until May 7.
The junior-to-be at Duarte is a scary thought considering what the area’s best back would do in the Montview. It’s hard to imagine a player of that caliber at a school that struggled to field a football team just a couple years back. But Scoby could single-handedly make the Falcons Northwest Division contenders. In fact, you could argue that Scoby now has a better shot of winning a CIF title at Duarte than Charter Oak. Since the season ended rumors swirled that Scoby might leave Charter Oak and wind up at Bishop Amat or Monrovia, but now it seems like he will wind up bringing the Falcons back to life. The second part to this story is what will become of Charter Oak without Travis Santiago or Scoby with a beefed-up non-league schedule followed by the Sierra League? I’m predicting right now that Charter Oak and South Hills will not make the playoffs. The third part of this is will Scoby be eligible? I guarantee it’s not a slam dunk. Plus, this is the school that tried to stop the Canada’s and several others from transferring by complaining the transfers were for athletic reasons, stripping Jordan Canada’s senior year at South Hills. Now that the script is flipped, will Charter Oak complain that Scoby’s transfer is “athletically motivated,” and what will CIF do about it?

Quotes from Duarte coach Jason Martin on Kurt Scoby enrolling at Duarte
“He checked out of Charter Oak for sure and he’s in the process of enrolling at Duarte High. He’ll be enrolled this coming Monday because we’re on spring break right now.”

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Baseball Rankings: Bonita climbs back to No. 1, replaces South Hills after shocking loss to Claremont; Amat on seven-game win streak


1. Bonita (13-1)
Best team so far
2. South Hills (8-3)
Stumbled against Claremont
3. Dia. Bar (11-1-1)
Can’t argue with record
4. Northview (7-1-1)
Beat Serra, 11-3
5. Bishop Amat (8-5)
seven game win streak
6. Damien (7-3)
First in Sierra
7. Charter Oak (7-4)
3-3 in Sierra
8. Glendora (9-4)
Solid in Arcadia tourney
9. Covina (8-3)
On its way back
10. San Dimas (10-4)
Routed by Bonita

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Softball Rankings: Chino Hills remains No. 1, but St. Lucy’s and the Big Toole drop South Hills to 0-2 in Sierra

1. Chino Hills (15-3)
Big Sierra League favorites
2. Bishop Amat (13-3)
Dominating the Del Rey
3. St. Lucy’s (14-3)
Huge win over South Hills
4. Duarte (12-3)
Over-powering the Montview
5. Charter Oak (9-4)
Best team in years
6. South Hills (12-6)
Horrible 0-2 start in Sierra
7. Ayala (7-3)
Opens Sierra against C. Hills
8. San Dimas (9-5)
3-0 in Valle Vista
9. West Covina (8-6)
3-0 in Hacienda
10. Bonita (7-6)
Big win over Los Altos

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Arcadia Baseball Tournament: Bonita pounds San Dimas 14-3 in 5 innings on Monday

Bonita baseball team’s win streak reaches seven after beating La Salle


Bonita vs. South Pasadena, 10 a.m.
West Covina vs. Glendora, 1 p.m.
San Dimas vs. La Salle, 4 p.m.
St. Francis vs. Arcadia, 7 p.m.

Bonita 3, La Salle 1
San Dimas 8, South Pasadena 2
St. Francis 9, West Covina 4
Glendora 5, Arcadia 1

Bonita 14, San Dimas 3
Arcadia 8, West Covina 5
La Salle 8, South Pasadena 2
Glendora 4, St. Francis 2

Monday’s Bonita result: Bonita won their ninth straight and were led with three hits each by Anthony Gonzalez and Jake Blunt. Bonita had a total of 17 hits and pitcher Sam Stavang won his fourth game of the year.

Wednesday’s championship at Arcadia, 7 p.m.

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