WILD CARD: Nothview’s Chico is the Man in Vikings’ 5-1 win; Damien, Claremont, San Dimas win; Charter Oak softball beats St. Paul

BASEBALL: Damien 5, La Mirada 2: The Spartans, despite what some parent-bloggers think, take care of business to earn first-round berth. How’s that for team unity?

BASEBALL, La Serna 6, Diamond Bar 2: Diamond Bar’s end-of-season free-fall continues in loss to La Serna

SOFTBALL, Charter Oak 12, St. Paul 8: Chargers overcome early deficit to beat Swordsmen

SOFTBALL, Diamond Bar 8, Rialto 6: Gritty Brahmas rally in last at-bat to get the victory.

Northview baseball playoff photo gallery


Grijalva and Chico lead the way for Vikings
By Fred J. Robledo, SGVN, twitter@sgvtribpreps
Northview avoided a second-straight loss in a CIF-Southern Section wild-card with a 5-1 victory over visiting Nordhoff to open the Division 4 baseball playoffs.

Northview junior Jake Grijalva doubled to lead off the game and later scored in the first inning on a sacrifice fly.

Grijalva, who was 2-for-3, scored again in the third inning to spur a three-run rally and starting pitcher Nick Chico was steady, scattering four hits with six strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings to get the victory.

“We didn’t want to lose again in the wild-card,” Chico said. “Not after last year.”

Northview (16-8-1) advances to Thursday’s first-round against Freeway League champion La Habra (16-10). (To conintue click thread)

Division 2
Chino Hills 9, Righetti 0
Claremont 6, Burbank 1
Damien 5, La Mirada 2
Division 3
La Serna 6, Diamond Bar 2
Warren 7, West Covina 5
Division 4
Northview 5, Nordhoff 1
Indio 7, Covina 5
San Dimas 3, Troy 2
Division 5
Linfield Christian 7, South El Monte 0
Sultana 10, Gladstone 5
Rim of the World 9, Duarte 4

Division 2
West Covina 14, Arroyo Valley 3
Diamond Bar 8, Rialto 6
Division 3
Ayala 6, Lancaster 1
Charter Oak 12, St. Paul 8
Division 4
San Marcos 4, Covina 2, 8 innings
Wilson 19, Hawthorne 4
Division 5
Lompoc 21, Gladstone 1
West Valley 20, Sierra Vista 1
Magnolia 10, La Puente 9

For those who never heard of Chico and the Man, here you go….Am I really that old?

Grijalva thinks the Valle Vista League prepared them for the do-or-die scenario’s of the playoffs. Northview was in a four-team race for first over the last two weeks and finished third.

“Our league was tough,” Grijalva said. “We were in a lot of big games and didn’t hit as well as we should have. Hopefully a game like today where we scored early and played good defense is something we continue to do.

“Our pitching and defense is pretty good, we just have to score runs.” Grijalva gave the Vikings a 2-1 lead in the third inning. He stole third and scored on an errant throw.

Later that inning, Gabe Rojo’s bases-loaded bloop single to right scored Jake Harrison and Dominic Baca to go up 4-1.

“Usually how we start is a good factor,” Grijalva said. “When we score first it’s a good indicator for our team. But this is just the wild card, we have to keep it going against La Habra, so we’ll see.”

Chico gave up a run on three hits in the third inning, but he was solid after that, not allowing another hit until the seventh.

Chico struck out the side in the fourth and after giving up a lead-off hit in the seventh, he got a fly-out and then an error allowed a second runner on base. That was enough for coach Darren Murphy, who allowed Chris Elias to close the game and get the last two outs.

Chico would have liked to finish, but he did more than enough.

“My curveball wasn’t on at all, but I was working the change-up and challenging them with my fastball, that’s how I got some strikeouts,” Chico said. “It was great to see our bats come alive. When we score runs we can win games.”

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  • sgv baby

    Good luck to all the locals participating in CIF today. I hope the young men at Damien have some fun and win. Win big and quiet things down over there. CH tear it up guys. Claremont has the tools. Time too put them together and surprise everyone. Diamond Bar needs to rally and light up LS pitching. West Covina keep on rolling. Northview youngsters keep playing. Covina keep playing hard. San Dimas will redeem themselves. So. El Monte, Gladstone will put it together. Duarte’s bats will come alive.
    I think the SGV will represent today. GOOD LUCK

  • Steve Ramirez

    I will be at the Charter Oak vs. St. Paul game at Little Lake Park in Santa Fe Springs. My scoring app will tweet live inning by inning scoring at twitter.com/DailyNewsSports.

  • Technology challanged

    is there a link to the twitter account. When I go on twitter, it wants me to signup. In past years, there was a link or the updates were fed directly into the blog.

  • Spartans Fan

    Spartans win 5-2!!!!

  • DB

    lost 6-2. I remember when they were ranked #1 in Division 3 earlier in the year and Fred came out with an outragious blog claiming they had the best chance of winning CIF because they were ranked #1. Not this year my friend. I remember last year when Fred had them ranked #1 in the valley. Not last year either, my friend.

  • Sierra

    Damien and Claremont won. Sierra off to a good start.

  • socalbaseball fan

    In a D2 wild card game Redlands defeated Bellflower 12-3. Jr P Angel Landazuri pitched 6 innings giving up 1 run on 3 hits. Big blow for the terriers was a grand slam by 2b sr Brian Ruhm(UC Davis) and a solo shot by jr lf Daryl Miller. Redlands next hits the road on a 5 hour trip to SLO. Redlands improves to 22-5 and due to a forfeit for playing one game to many would have been tri-champs of the CBL with REV and Yucaipa.
    Next game I will see will be the Damien-REV game on thursday. Should be a close game. REV’s park is a pitcher’s park and the wildcats should pitch either Sr Jackson McClelland(Pepperdine) or sr Kevin Stevens(Cal Baptist) with sr Justin Jacome (UCSB) in relief.

  • Sgv baller

    The hacienda league was weaker this year.

  • chino hills

    Huskies Dominqez pitched no hitter: near perfect game if weren’t for 1 error. 9-0 with only 55-60 pitches thrown the

  • Husky Fan

    Chino Hills off to good start. Senior C,Iriart went 3 for 4 with a single,two doubles and five rbi.Junior D,Lowenstein also came up big as well as Sophmore A,Dominguez who pitched no hitter. Sierra League off to good start and representing as the toughest league in the valley.

  • SGV

    DBar was so over rated this year. Coach loaded up on a weak schedule and then when push came to shove they folded. Team is only as tough as your coach. Same old story at DBar nothing changes.

  • WillieG

    Congratulations to Charter Oak. I know it’s just a wild-card win but not much is ever expected out of the Chargers outside of football. They have been a consistently good program for the past 25 years. Overshadowed by many of it’s league partners in the Sierra, they still continue to stand and be counted. Going to St. Paul’s and getting a win to continue is a prime example.

  • abc…

    Weak schedule? Dbar played 9 ranked opponents out of their 25 games (Bonita-2, Los Altos-2, Don Lugo-2, Loyola, Lakewood, and Chino). SGV, how does this translate to a weak schedule? Just a typical comment of someone that does not have the knowledge of the high school baseball community. It’s easy to comment on things when you lack the knowledge of a particular subject. SGV, your lack of knowledge is very clear when you make a statement like this. Before posting next time, do a little research and get the facts straight. It really isn’t very difficult with all the information at your fingertips. The truth of the matter is that Dbar never recovered when Omana went down, especially on the offensive end. The Brahmas struggled to get the big hits down the stretch which ultimately cost them quite a few games. This is the real story, not what sgv believes in his head. Those associated with Dbar this year knew they should have never been ranked as high as they were and never once did the program look at it as anything but an honor. Bonita is the legitimate team in the Hacienda and Division 3 and every team in the league understands that. It’s just unfortunate that some people have to make comments without knowing all the facts….but then again, there are many people on here doing the same thing.

  • Jersey Albert


    You love the Damien parent bloggers. Keeps your numbers up.

    This isn’t 97, so don’t get to happy yet. Leyva still hasn’t proved again yet, and we’ll see if he can win the big one!

    Good Luck!

  • DB

    Actually ABC, SGV is right. Implied in his post is that DB loaded up on easy games early and then when schedule got tough, folded like a cheap tent. DB started off 10-1 with 2 wins over the #8 ranked division 4 team Don Lugo. Ive seen Don Lugo play and they would finish 5th in the Hacienda (a weak league) at best. They are not a powerhouse and adds nothing to your argument. At that point, DB was ranked #1 and even Fred was saying they could win CIF. In all the other games against ranked opponents, DB was 0-7 which is exactly what SGV was saying. You guys were overated and under acheived as usual. You can blame in on Omana getting hurt and I am sure that was part ot it, but Bonita only lost one game when Garza was not on the hill and that was against Div 1 #3 JW North.

  • BBallFan

    DB will never succeed with the current coach. He arguably had 2 of the best pitchers in the division last year and a very good one this year and could do no better than 4th in a weak league. He has no idea how to handle pitchers. When things get a little rough he goes to his freshman team instead of going to his seniors. He done this the last 2 years and still can’t see how it ruins the chemistry. If I had a son who was a decent player I would keep him as far away from DB as possible.