Baseball Pairings: As expected, Bonita No. 1 seed in D-3; South Hills, Glendora first-round home games in D-2; Bishop Amat seeded fourth in D-4

By Fred J. Robledo, SGVN, twitter@sgvtribpreps
After advancing to the CIF-Southern section Division 3 semifinals a year ago, Bonita is hoping to take it a step further after earning the top seed following the release of the high school baseball playoff pairings on Monday.

All wild-card games are today with Division 2 and 4 first-round games on Thursday and Division 3 and 5 first-round games Friday. All games are scheduled to begin at 3:15 p.m.

Bonita went undefeated in the Hacienda League and finished one of its best regular seasons in school history, going 26-2 with its only losses to South Hills in the championship of the Dicks Sporting Goods tournament, and a loss to Division 1 power J.W. North.

Bonita will host the winner of today’s wild-card between Heritage and San Gorgonio in Friday’s first-round.

“We (beat) San Gorgonio (in the playoffs) the last two years and they’re a good team,” Bonita coach John Knott said. “I don’t know anything about Heritage, but what you have to remember about the playoffs is you have to take it one game at a time. Everyone is 0-0 and if you lose your season is over. You can’t get caught up in what you’ve done, every game is a win or go home scenario.” (to continue click thread)

CIF Southern Section Baseball Pairings

Division 2
Tuesday’s wild card games

Righetti at Chino Hills — winner at Aliso Niguel
Burbank at Claremont — winner at Alemany
Damien at La Mirada – winner at Redlands East Valley
Thursday’s first-round
Upland-Norwalk winner at South Hills
MIra Costa-Arlington winner at Glendora

Division 3
Tuesday’s wild card games

Diamond Bar at La Serna — winner at Westminster
Warren at West Covina — winner at Rancho Alamitos
Friday’s first-round
Heritage-San Gorgonio winner at No. 1 Bonita
Lakeside at Los Altos

Division 4
Tuesday’s wild card games
Nordoff at Northview — winner at La Habra
Covina at Indio — winner at Santa Ana Calvary Chapel
Troy at San Dimas — winner at St. Bonaventure
Thursday’s first round
St. Paul-Sunny Hills winner at Nogales
Ridgecrest Burroughs at Bishop Amat

Division 5
Tuesday’s wild card games

Linfield Christian at South El Monte — winner at Paraclete
Sultana at Gladstone — winner at Lompoc
Duarte at Rim of the World — winner at Woodcrest Christian
Friday’s first-round
Santa Ynez at La Puente
Mountain View at Hemet
Riverside Notre Dame at Sierra Vista

Los Altos finished second to Bonita in the Hacienda and will be at home in the first-round against Lakeside.

In Division 3 wild cards, Diamond Bar is at La Serna with the winner at Westminster. West Covina is home against Warren with the winner advancing to face Rancho Alamitos.

Sierra League champion South Hills and Baseline League runner-up Glendora were the only area teams to qualify for Thursday’s first-round in the difficult Division 2 playoffs.
South Hills will face the wild-card winner between Norwalk and Upland while Glendora hosts the wild-card winner between Mira Costa and Arlington.

The Sierra League’s three other playoff teams have to win wild-card games to advance to the first round.

Chino Hills will host Righetti in a wild card with the winner facing Aliso Niguel. Claremont will host Burbank with the winner advancing at fourth-seed Cypress.

Damien, which needed an at-large berth after finishing fourth, is at Suburban League runner-up La Mirada, with the winner advancing to face Citrus Belt champ Redlands East Valley.

Defending Division 4 champ Bishop Amat is the fourth seed and will face Ridgecrest Burroughs in the first round on Thursday.

Amat tied for first in the Del Rey with La Salle, but La Salle won the season-series 2-1 to force the Lancers to enter the playoffs as the league’s second-place entry.

Amat was hoping for a second or third seed and if the seeds hold true to form, the Lancers could face Palm Desert in the semifinals, the same team it beat in last year’s championship.

Amat has played most of the season with division MVP Rio Ruiz, who is out indefinitely because of health reasons. Ruiz is still with the team cheering them on.

“It doesn’t matter who you play, our body of work is better than anyone with maybe the exception of Palm Desert,” Bishop Amat coach Andy Nieto said. “We think that our body of work has prepared us for a championship run. We don’t have Rio, but he’s there with us as an extra coach doing anything he can to help us win.”

Like the Sierra League, the Valle Vista qualified four teams for the playoffs, but three have to play wild-card games to get to the first round, including second-place San Dimas.

San Dimas is home against Troy with the winner facing Tri-Valley champ St. Bonaventure.

Northview is home against Nordoff with the winner advancing to take on Freeway League champ La Habra.

Covina is at Indio with the winner at fourth-seed Santa Ana Calvary Chapel.
In Division 5, Montview League champion La Puente is home in Friday’s first-round against Santa Ynez and Montview runner-up Sierra Vista is home against Riverside Notre Dame.

Mountain View finished second to Gabrielino in the Mission Valley League and will be on the road in the first-round at Hemet.

In Division 5 wild cards, Linfield Christian is at South El Monte, Sultana is at Gladstone and Duarte makes the long trip to Rim of the World.

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  • just observing

    How does Bishop get a #4 seed when they didn’t even win the weakest league in the division? Wow, that is unreal….

  • Fred Robledo

    Simple, they played the toughest schedule in the Division and fared well against it. They have more quality wins on their resume than anyone in the San Gabriel Valley too.

  • Real talk

    Let’s go Amat!!!! One game at a time.

  • Fred Fan

    I agree with you Fred. How do you think the Lancers will do now that Rio is totally out of the picture?

  • Fred Robledo

    Rio’s out of the picture in terms of not playing, but he’s still with the team and at every game, nothing’s changed in that regard. Bishop Amat’s done well without him so I don’t expect that to suddenly change. In this division, Amat can beat anyone. As for Rio, he’s expected to be in uniform at every playoff game, he just won’t be cleared to play for health reasons.

  • Real talk

    @fred is Rio still having issues or is it just being on the safe side that he not play?

  • Fred Robledo

    He is still taking blood-thinning medication and is not cleared to play while he’s on it and is expected to continue with his medication the rest of the playoffs. I thought he might DH, but Nieto said today he doesn’t expect it.

    Also, I’m only going to address this once since I’ve had to delete several comments (rumors) involving Ruiz. He has not been expelled or lost his scholarship to USC, as some have suggested. He’s in school and everything is normal. Any rumors to the contrary will be deleted.

  • More Quality Wins?

    Oh thats right Fred, they played in the Hard 9 Classic and came in 5th. Such a tough schedule as you mention playing teams like santa monica, st paul and bishop montgomery. I will say that the real hero on that team is Danial Zamora for his consistency, class and good character! Good luck in your collegiate career.

  • Fred Robledo

    I didn’t think you could name a team in the Division or area with more quality wins, so you do what everyone does, talk rubbish. C’mon man, I challenge you, show me where I’m wrong?

    Amat has wins over Loyola (19-9), Carlsbad (19-8), Spanish Fork (20-3), Pacifica (23-5), De La Salle (16-6), and Mira Costa (18-6), not to mention a 5-4 extra-inning loss to arguably the best team in the state, Mater Dei. Plus, several other losses were to top-ranked teams, showing they played the toughest schedule in the area by a landslide.

    However, I do not think Amat’s the best team in the area. I would still take Bonita and probably South Hills in a head-to-head game. I might even take Glendora. But you can’t say Amat’s schedule and quality wins aren’t the best the area has to offer. Also agree about Zamora, where would they be without him?

  • More Quality Wins?

    I know why your testy today and its okay, you can relax. You bought into the hype, its called good marketing. Anyway, how about Charter oaks 11-3 win over Orange Lutheran the number #2 team in the country and number 1 team in the state? Or Bonita’s win over Palm Desert #72 in the state amongst other SGV teams?

  • Fred Robledo

    Those are great wins, plus Bonita played J.W. North tough. But you named one BIG WIN each, I named several. Charter Oak did win the Gladstone tournament though.

  • Oldguy1

    Now the Valley should come together and root on ALL valley teams. Good luck to all the area teams, hopefully we can bring home multiple Section Championships.

  • Billy Beane

    Go Bearcats, Get a win, One at a time, As long as you win the last game of the season!

  • More Quality Wins?

    Ill give you Pacifica, that was a quality win. I admire how they will play out of their Division but within their division its weak and why maxpreps will never rate them very high. Time to step up (another discussion for another day). Now as far as domination in the SGV, they are above average this year. Without Zamora, they are just average. I say with the current momentum they would lose to Bonita, South hills and give Charter oak a good game.

  • Fred Robledo

    Bonita has been snake-bitten in so many recent playoff and championship games in multiple sports that I would love to see them get a title Think about the championship losses in football and basketball last year, plus the semifinal loss in baseball. This year’s girls water polo title loss, some of the softball playoff losses. At some point, it’s gonna happen.

  • Bonita

    You are right. Dont forget the baseball and volleyball championship losses of 2 years ago.

  • And the beat goes on….

    The tenacity of the bloggers that go out of their way to try and discredit and bring down the Bishop Amat Program is just a testament to it’s greatness. In regard to The Baseball team this year and their success, there are many players on that team beside’s Rio (who played all of what,five games?) and D. Zamora. Zamora has pitched very well, as expected, but he hasn’t won a whole lot of 1-0 games. This team is getting some runs on the board and they play the whole game. They have been up and they have been down but they have not been out or quit. Kenny Ball has pitched well this year and the sophs, eppenbach and garcia have done well, not to mention that E.Vega has held his own too. Offensively Claproth, Alcantara, De la Cruz, Hurst, Medina and Moya are driving in runs and getting the job done when needed. All Lancers are chipping in to get it done. This years Amat team is really putting together a total team effort and that’s what it takes to win a championship. Continue playing together as a team boys and take it one game, one inning, one out, one batter at a time and we will be hoisting another banner in the gym shortly. Everybody hates a winner and the Lancers are winners. Good Luck and stay focused AS A TEAM!

  • Fred Robledo

    Lance, read my earlier comment, it addresses this.

  • Lance R

    Thank you Fred. Glad all has worked out.

  • Real talk

    @Fred thanks for info. I hope my comment wasn’t what you where referring to about rumors…. I am trying and I repeat trying not get into the pissing battle on this blog. To all the people that bash Amat it is nothing new to Amat to be hated by many that’s the way its always been. I look at it as little brother vs big brother not saying that Amat can’t lose to any other valley teams. But that will be handled on the fields not in the stands or on blogs .Fred is doing a great job at one point I thought he didn’t give Amat a fair shake,but now I know he was just calling it how it was when Amat is not proforming to what is expected of them he will put a post on it bright and early. One more thing it is hard to bash a team that always seems to be in the game with anyone. I hardly ever seen Amat get blown out by other schools. I didn’t say never I said hardly.

  • Fred Robledo

    You know the saying, nobody likes Goliath

  • Vinnie Barbarino

    Here’s some levity, to all you Bishop Amat haters; “Up your nose with a rubber hose”.

  • GoAmat

    WE LOVE OUR AMAT BOYS!!! NO ONE YES NO ONE CAN COMPARE TO. AMAT!!!! No one yes NO ONE at 16 years old has hit a homerun out of Dodger Stadium but our boy Rio!! Good luck Thur!

  • GoAmat

    This issue is about pairing!! Not Rio,Not Amat, not whose better,not that the baseball field is too little or too big blah blah blah. Who cares??? We will see who the champs are at the end! Maybe Amat?maybe not??

  • fb102

    Amat’s first round game has been moved to Friday.

    In regards to Amat’s chances…The Lancers CAN swing the bat but are NOT perfect with the bats. The averages are inflated due to the POOR league quality, PLUS Nieto leaves the starters in until the end of league games to further pad those stats.

    Amat’s REAL Achilles heel is defense. All SEASON long WAY too many errors at EVERY position. Bunt defense is atrocious. In Oakland vs. De La Salle, DLS scored TWO runs on ONE bunt. Ask yourself when the last time you saw that at ANY level. In the last game vs. Mira Costa, MC’s big inning came when they bunted about 3 times in a row. Amat KNEW the bunts were coming and could do NOTHING to stop the ‘onslaught’. Sheesh.

    Wish the Amat Lancers well, but they have a tough row to hoe once the division’s really weak teams are eliminated.

  • reality

    Goliath?? Maybe the reason folks bag on BA so much is that so often Amat fans brag like they are Goliath but are actually closer to being an oompaloompa. A little humility goes a long way, but when you post like Fred and Go Amat so often, you are just asking for it. Many public schools have programs to be proud of but you dont see their fans come on here and boast that often even though their teams out perform Amat on many levels.

  • SGV Fan

    Ridgecrest Burroughs a small school in the high desert as a first opponent? Wow, that’s a tough game! Come on Amat, you recruit from a hotbed of baseball talent in the SGV, and then you play teams like the Burroughs in Division 4 competition and call yourself elite? Okay, so you play some teams outside of your division and participate in the Hard 9 Classic, big deal, in the end you should be embarrassed and ashamed for sandbagging in Division IV! Step up

  • Joe Amat


    Here’s why Fred (and others use that term). Let’s take a look at the sports that get the most fans/ink in the valley.

    What other baseball team in the SGV in the last 10 yrs has 5 CIF titles, 2 NATIONAL championships and plays (and wins some) outside the fish bowl against top-nationwide competition? What other football program has as many quality wins and over a .950 winning percentage against local competition (20 something and 1)…which are the teams we’re comparing them with? Has there been another Girls basketball team in the SGV that has been as successful at the Section and State level? Who was the last SGV Boys Basketball team to win an Upper Level CIF-SS (top half of divisions)?

    Why ask why?

  • AMAT 73

    Why should we the AMAT fans catch hell for what Fred writes ( Goliath ) in his posts. He may be a fan of AMAT but surely not a Lancer to consider his post’s be held against us . You have a point with GoAmat as he does get a bit overzealous but many from other schools come out just as overzealous as he does and that is the reality of it . Look at the post above yours , it as if we told CIF to schedule that first game with Burroughs . Yes we should be in a higher division and if a school could move up just by asking CIF we would move up but we are in the Catholic school Dey Rey association for sports and that’s were we fall in baseball and try to make up for it with non league scheduling . You are right that there are many fine programs in the SGV and at times their fans get a bit wild also but it seems when it concerns an AMAT fan it get magnified by the haters , not putting you in that group , but read this thread, basically Fred is the only one answering all the anti AMAT posts, not many from AMAT and only Joe and I addressing your post.

  • Fred Robledo

    Fred answers because the first question on this thread was directed at him :), and so were subsequent questions….In terms of using the word “Goliath,” no school has been as successful in all sports combined in the SGV as Bishop Amat, nor has a school been as talked about and discussed since the blog started. It’s the love/hate for Amat that drives discussions, and my point was, except for Amat fans, nobody roots for Goliath.

  • Lancelot

    fb102-Amen! Bunt defense is horrid to say the least. Hopefully Nieto and company are spending a little quality time on that very detail this monday through thursday. To say that all stats are inflated due to league is an easy swipe considering their league but they have to have had some production against the “better” schools to get those “W’s”. I don’t mind an honest take especially if it’s based in “Fact” but when dip-sticks like “Reality” and “SGV Fan” come on here with sophamoric BS like they did below, it’s a little hard to take; however, I will temper myself and just say that maybe you guys should try reading the thread first. Do you really think that Bishop Amat had a say in who their first game would be against? And when reading Pro-Amat posts that sound extremely absurd….ask yourself if that really sounds like an Amat Fan? Maybe it’s just another dirtball hater trying to get a rise out of inattentive posters like yourselves??? Eitherway, Good Luck to my Lancers and All SGV Teams this week. One Game At A Time Lancers! One Game At A Time!!!!

  • Oh Really Said

    Speaking for Fred? Oh thats right he is on a gag order.

  • Real talk

    Well said Joe Amat………. Well said…,.,

  • Game Over


    Its all about the past? “Youre only as good as your last sale”, all else is just BS…