Sierra League: South Hills’ Ty France and Chino Hills Nikki Girard earns league MVP honors

Sierra All-League
Most Valuable Player: Ty France, South Hills, Sr.
First Team
Robert Longtree, Ayala, Jr., Jordan Robinson, Ayala, Jr., Nick Hernandez, Charter Oak, Fr., Jon Reid, Charter Oak, Jr., Chris Iriart, Chino Hills, Sr., Ken Chapman, Claremont, Sr., Jeremy Giles, Claremont, Jr., David Banuelos, Damien, So., Grant Hockin, Damien, So., Jack Spohn, Damien, Sr., Dan Sheehan, South Hills, Sr., Tony Muiz, South Hills, Jr., CJ Saylor, South Hills, Sr., Adrian Dehorta, South Hills, Jr., Kevin McKelvey, South Hills, Sr.,
Second Team
Vahn Bozoian, Ayala, Sr., Tyler Durna, Ayala, Fr., Zo Carrillo, Charter Oak, So., Oscar Montenegro, Charter Oak, Sr., Aaron Dominguez, Chino Hills, So., Austin Harvey, Chino Hills, Jr., Geo Chavez, Chino Hills, Jr., Bailey Falter, Chino Hills, Fr., Joseph Keller, Chino Hills, Sr., Jeremy Steggell, Chino Hills, Jr., Jeremy Steggell, Chino Hills, Jr., Joe Harris, Claremont, Sr., Nick Costello, Claremont, Jr., Dillon Tate, Claremont, Sr., Eric Quezada, Damien, Sr., Kevin Macedo, Damien, Jr., Michael Montalvo, Damien, Sr., Mike Dlugos, South Hills, Sr.

Most Valuable Player: Nikki Girard, Chino Hills, Sr.
First Team
Danielle O’Toole, St. Lucy’s, Sr., Danielle Mavridis, St. Lucy’s, Sr., Laura Swan, St. Lucy’s, Sr., Brandi Harkness, St. Lucy’s Sr., Britney Rodriguez, South Hills, Sr., Paige Gumz, Chino Hills, Sr., Garie Blando, Chino Hills, Sr., Patricia Parks, Chino Hills, So., Tannon Snow, Chino HIlls, Fr., Nikki Innamorato, Chino Hills, Sr., Brooke Clemetson, Charter Oak, Sr., Alison Strycula, Charter Oak, Jr., Nicki Sprague, Charter Oak, Jr., Sarah Moore, Ayala, Sr., Alyssa D’Agostino, Ayala, Jr.

Second Team
Morgan Ettinger, Ayala, Jr., Ashley Moore, Ayala, Sr., Sara Ketesleger, Ayala, So., Brianna Celaya, Ayala, Sr., Danielle Velez, Ayala, Jr., Sam Valadez, Charter Oak, Jr., Kayla Papez, Charter Oak, Sr., Shianne Brannan, Chino Hills, So., Nina Gurgian, Claremont, Sr., Alexis Solis, Claremont, So., Kristen Stewart, South Hills, Sr., Brittney Amezquita, South Hills, So., Caroline Smith, St. Lucy’s, Jr., Jazmine Sosa, St. Lucy’s, Sr., Katherine Jimenez, St. Lucy’s, So.

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Your way-to-early-to-predict Spring Super 35 Pre-Summer, Pre-Season Football Poll

Spring is over, it’s time time to concentrate on High School Football. Based on last year and what’s coming back, here is my way-to-early Super 35 Tribune Football rankings. Unlike Aram, I’m seriously considering ranking teams based on who I think is the best, period, because I’ve grown tired of the best pound-for-pound nonsense. If Amat’s 3-7 and La Puente’s 9-1, you know IT DOES NOT MEAN La Puente is better, so why rank ‘em that way. So here ya go.

Above: Amat’s next quarterback, Junior Koa Haynes

Tribune Super 35 Preseason Rankings
1. Bishop Amat – Go ahead and say what you wish, but the fact remains that Amat continually finishes the season with better wins on the resume than anyone else, against a tougher schedule than anyone else, and without a doubt, the best coaching staff in the Valley. Aram loves to point out how Amat has fewer D-1 kids than the Monrovia’s, Charter Oak’s and West Covina’s, so for them to do what they do only proves they have the best coaching staff in the Valley. And in terms of depth, Amat has more than anyone else, which makes up for its lack of game-changers. I’ll change my tune when a Valley team beats Amat, so to Charter Oak and Chino Hills, it’s your turn, you’re up next on the schedule in 2012.
2. West Covina — The Bulldogs are what Charter Oak, South Hills and Los Altos were from the late 90s until Gano left Los Altos and Charter Oak and South Hills were moved to the Sierra — Totally Dominant. Maggiore has won three titles and deserves to be mentioned with the greats in Valley history. And what I love about West Covina is unlike some other public schools, they take their shots at D-1 competition. They’ve played and lost to Mater Dei and Amat in recent years and will get a second shot at Loyola this fall at home. West Covina has more playmakers than anyone in the Valley, but I’m waiting for the Bulldogs’ signature win against a super power and beating Loyola would be just that. If Noodles is as great as they say he is, West Covina will add its third-straight Southeast Trophy.
3. Chino Hills – QB Matt Simko going from Colony to Chino Hills changes everything. He’s arguably and probably the best quarterback in the Valley in 2012 and this team always has depth, numbers, athletes and great coaching. Quarterbacks are game-changers in high school football so there is probably no better time for Chino Hills to take on Amat than right now. But I’ll still take Amat.
4. Charter Oak – No Travis Santiago? No Kurt Scoby? That’s not a good recipe for the type of schedule they’re about to play, so hopefully RB Donovan Washington is everything he’s advertised to be. Charter Oak has athletes, they always do, and Farrar and Co., are a great coaching staff. To win consistently with the type of schedule they face, however, you need a monster defense and a great quarterback, and those are question marks. But based on history, just like Amat, there is nobody on the list ranked below I would take over Charter Oak in a head-to-head game. Based on reputation, just like Amat, you have to give them that.
5. Damien – This SHOULD be Gano’s finest hour with the Spartans. Of all the Sierra League teams, they have the most returning, best depth and I love how much Gage Pucci grew at quarterback last year. Next to Simko, Pucci might be the Valley’s second best.
6. Bonita – This might be a surprise to a lot of you, but I love Bonita and QB Tanner Diebold in this spot. Bonita will be great with Medrano taking over and Podley still there to mentor him. They have a lot returning and if you look at last year, injuries derailed their season more than talent. I think this is their bounce-back year. Seriously, who ranked below should beat them?
7. South Hills — You’ve probably heard by now how solid their offensive and defensive lines are and regardless of recent years records, South Hills continually beats the teams ranked below head-to-head. Heck, they even beat Mid-Valley monster Monrovia. I guess Ayala and Claremont have proved their capable, but I still like the Huskies.
8. Diamond Bar – Sorry Diamond Ranch, now that the Diamond Bar coaching staff has a year under its belt, this is the year they take another step forward. Heard nothing but good things about their program and Snoop Doggs son Cordell Broadus, a sophomore, is supposedly something special. I know I wrote this last year about them, but this HAS to be their time.
9. San Dimas — I don’t care who Zernickow plugs in the Wing T, he consistently has his team chasing a Valle Vista and Mid-Valley title. San Dimas is sort of like Amat in that Zernickow and Co., get the most with what they have and often beat teams more talented on paper.
10. El Monte — I’m going with what I think is the third best quarterback in the Valley in El Monte’s Brandon Martinez. The Lions have a lot returning and a lot of upside after last year’s historic run as far as El Monte football is concerned. B-Mart’s senior year should look a lot like Arroyo All-Everything Steven Rivera’s senior year. I can envision BMart in the player of the year debate. He is that good. Okay, so maybe ranking El Monte this high is a bit of a stretch in terms getting away from the pound-for-pound argument, but this is their year! I’ll stay on course with the remaining choices.
The Rest: 11. Ayala, 12. Claremont, 13. Diamond Ranch, 14. Glendora, 15. Covina, 16. Los Altos, 17. Azusa, 18. La Puente, 19. Arroyo, 20. Rosemead, 21. Duarte, 22. Northview, 23. South El Monte, 24. Pomona, 25. Rowland, 26. Walnut, 27. Sierra Vista, 28. Nogales, 29. Baldwin Park, 30. Mountain View, 31. Workman, 32. Gladstone, 33. Wilson, 34. Ganesha, 35. Bassett

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Bishop Amat Girls Basketball Camp from June 25-28, contact coach Wiard for details

Bishop Amat High School girls’ basketball coach Richard Wiard is holding his annual Lady Hoopster Basketball Camp June 25-28 from 1:30-5:00 daily. The camp is open to girls entering the 5th-9th grades. Girls will receive instruction in basketball fundamentals, a camp t-shirt, and the chance to win daily prizes. The cost of the camp is $85. For more information, contact Coach Wiard at or 626-962-2495 ext. 5868.

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ALL-CIF BASEBALL: Bonita’s Justin Garza and coach John Knott named player and coach of the year in D-3 .. To view all teams click thread

Click the thread to view the All-CIF Southern Section 2012 Baseball teams for all Divisions. Locally, South Hills’ Ty France, Danny Sheehan and Glendora’s Wyatt Wood were first team in D-2. Bonita’s Justin Garza and coach John Knott were the player and coach of the year respectively in D-3 with Los Altos’ Steven Camberos, Joe Munoz, Bonita’s Thomas Castro and Tyler Heslop on the first-team list. In D-4, Bishop Amat’s Daniel Zamora, Adam Alcantara and Nogales’ Erik Gonzalez and Adrian Guzman made the first eam.

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ALL CIF SOFTBALL: Chino Hills’ Nikki Girard and Mike Southworth named player and coach of the year in D-3; to view all teams click thread

Click the thread to view the All-CIF Southern Section 2012 Softball teams for all Divisions. Locally, West Covina’s Summer Knight, Rowland’s Kaylea Snaer and Los Altos’ Alyssa Villalpando were named first team in D-2. Chino Hills’ Nikki Girard and coach Mike Southworth were named the player and coach of the year in D-3. Others on the D-3 first-team list included Chino Hills’ Nikki Innamorato, St. Lucy’s Brandi Harkness, Bishop Amat’s Alexis Gonzalez, Ayala’s Sarah Moore and Charter Oak’s Nicki Sprague. In Division 5, South El Monte’s Ashley Diaz and Demi Nguyen were named to the first team.

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Stony Brook vs. UCLA in the opening game of the College World Series … R U Kidding me? McNitt vs. Plutko? Bring it on

I never heard of Long Island’s Stony Brook until Bishop Amat’s Brandon McNitt landed there a couple years ago and most recently, Bishop Amat pitcher Daniel Zamora signed on to play for the Seawolves next season. On Friday, you’ve got a San Gabriel Valley special with Stony Brook facing UCLA in the opening game of the College World Series at 2 p.m. UCLA has SGV standouts Adam Plutko (Glendora), David Berg (Bishop Amat), Jeff Gelalich (Bonita), Cody Regis (Glendora) and Jake Ehret (San Dimas). Could we get a McNitt vs. Plutko showdown? Listen Orange County, I’ll say it again, when it comes to baseball, the San Gabriel Valley takes a backseat to nobody.

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All-Hacienda League: Bonita’s Justin Garza and Los Altos’ Alyssa Villalpando take top honors

Hacienda All-League
Most Valuable Player: Justin Garza, Bonita, Sr.
First Team
Utility: Tyler Heslop, Bonita, Sr.
Catcher: Steven Camberos, Los Altos, 12
Infielders: Zeph Walters, Diamond Bar, Jr., Joe Munoz, Los Altos, Sr., Thomas Castro, Bonita, Sr., Justin Row, Bonita, Jr., Tommy Delgadillo, Diamond Bar, Jr.
Outfielders: Ernie Rivera, West Covina, Sr., Austin Szulczewski, Diamond Bar, Jr., Joey Franco, Los Altos, Jr., Nolan Henley, Bonita, Sr.
Pitchers: Henry Omana, Diamond Bar, Sr., Parker Merritt, Bonita, Jr., Christian Dorado, West Covina, Jr., Jayson DeLaPena, Los Altos, Sr.
Second Team
Utility: Taylor Cavazos, Diamond Bar, Sr.
Catcher: Dylan Goodwin, Diamond Ranch, Sr.
Infielders: Anthony Gonzalez, Bonita, Sr., Giovanni Morales, Los Altos, Sr., Caleb Romo, Walnut, Sr., Hunter Davis, Rowland, Sr., D.J. Larios, West Covina, Sr., Outfielders: Nolan Luzzi, Diamond Bar, So., James Mendez, Los Altos, So., Connor Dryden, Diamond Ranch, Sr., Aaron Salgado, West Covina, Jr.
Pitchers: David Garcia, West Covina, Sr., Sam Stavang, Bonita, Jr., Sergio Flores, Diamond Ranch, Sr., Edgar Jimenez, Rowland, Sr.

Most Valuable Player: Alyssa Villalpando, Los Altos, Sr.
First Team
Anissa Sanchez, Bonita, So., Corrina Liscano, Bonita, Jr., Rebecca Orozco, Bonita, Jr., Jazzlyn Costa, Bonita, Jr., Dani Wilson, Diamond Bar, Jr., Shannon Skrzynski, Diamond Bar, So, Alana Orona, Diamond Ranch, Sr., Jennipher Solis, Los Altos, Sr., Mariah Midyette, Los Altos, Sr., Dana Chavez, Los Altos, Jr., Kaylea Snaer, Rowland, Jr., Elaine Brown, Walnut, Sr., Alexis Gonzalez, West Covina, So, Summer Knight, West Covina, Sr., Tayler Castro, West Covina, Sr.
Second Team
Michelle Whitt, Bonita, Jr., Chloe Malanson, Bonita, Fr., Liza Liddell, Bonita, Jr., Brianna Gonzalez, Diamond Bar, Jr., Lix Rubalcava, Diamond Bar, Sr., Cassidy Morton, Diamond Ranch, So., Trisa Bures, Diamond Ranch, Jr., Celeste Wood, Los Altos, Fr., Berlyne Delamora, Los Altos, Fr., Lexi Garcia, Los Altos, Sr., Angela Gonzales, Rowland, Sr., Sarah Romo, Walnut, So., Tea Parker, Wanut, Jr., Stefanie Jiminez, West Covina, Jr., Alex Blanco, West Covina, Sr.

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All-Area standouts, where are you?

We had several players in for all-area pictures last week, but with school out and some calls not returned, if you know the following athletes and how to get in touch with them, pass on my email so I can deliver the news and get them photographed. FRED.ROBLEDO@SGVN.COM

Athletes we need to get in touch with
Damien’s Logan Tracey, Jarrett Gonzales
Diamond Bar’s Sean Kao
Walnut’s Derek Kao, Christina Vu
Ayala’s Cori Casper
Bonita’s Toure McCully, Nikki Wheatley, Thomas Castro

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Valle Vista All League Baseball and Softball; Erik Gonzales and Janell Wheaton earn MVPs

Valle Vista League
Most Valuable Player: Erik Gonzales
First Team
Pitchers: Niko Cataneda (Northview), Bernardo Flores (Baldwin Park), Caleb Rudusky (Nogales), Landon Moore (San Dimas).
Infielders: Adrian Guzman (Nogales), Eddie Gutierrez (Baldwin Park), Anthony Moreno (Covina), Alec Montanez (San Dimas).
Outfielders: Shawn Kennedy (San Dimas), Vinny Venegas (Covina), Albert Lemus (Nogales), Jake Grijalva (Northview).
Catchers: Gabe Rojo (Northview), Jimmy Lambert (San Dimas).
Utility: Nick Hynes (Covina).
Second Team
Pitchers: Joe Wills (Covina)
Infielders: Michael Carlos (Northview), Anthony Guardado (Nogales), Craig Boyett (Wilson), Andrew Carrillo (Covina), Ethan Shultz (San Dimas).
Outfielders: Robert Velasquez (Baldwin Park), Andrew Espinosa (San Dimas), NIck Simons (Covina).

Most Valuable Player: Janell Wheaton (San Dimas)
First Team
Pitchers: Ana Mejia (Northview), Elizabeth Celaya (San Dimas)
Infielders: Molly Ross (Covina), Megan Troutman (Covina), Erinn Jaramillo (Northview), Sarina Jaramillo (Northview), Suzie Ortega (Northview), Ashley Vinsonhaler (San Dimas), Brianna Quintana (San Dimas)
Outfielders: Candice Orozco (Covina), Jocelyn Marquez (Northview), Ashley Gauthier (San Dimas), Karissa Conner (San Dimas).
Catcher: Marissa Recillas (Nogales), Tillie Ramirez (Wilson).
Utility: Kaili Now (San Dimas).

Second Team
Pitchers: Princess Nava (Covina), Anita Lievanos (Wilson)
Infielders: Cindy Vargas (Baldwin Park), Amanda Matthews (Covina), Armida Ordorica (Nogales), Briana Vasquez (Nogales), Julia Lupericio (San Dimas), Renelle Calderon (Wilson).
Outfield: Brianna Trejo (Baldwin Park), Taylor Provenzano (Covina), Taylor Jaurique (Wilson).
Catchers: Melina Martinez (Covina), Emily Lewison (Northview).
Utility: Serena Meehan (Wilson).

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UCLA’s Golden Submarine David Berg continues his pitching magic, “Somehow the horizon keeps extending for me.”

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer

UCLA freshman pitcher David Berg turned an experiment at Bishop Amat into a dream ride that he hasn’t fully come to grips with.

How many high school middle relievers could walk on at UCLA and have the instant impact that Berg has had for the nation’s second-ranked Bruins?

UCLA (45-14) is set to begin its best-of-three Super Regional series against Texas Christian (40-20) tonight at 6 on ESPN. Game 2 is Saturday and Game 3 (if necessary) on Sunday. All games are at UCLA’s Jackie Robinson Stadium with the winner earning a berth to the College World Series in Omaha.

“I get chills just thinking about it,” Berg said. “Every kid has this dream. But the way it’s happened for me is difficult to put into words.

“All I wanted was to become the best high school pitcher I could, but somehow the horizon keeps extending for me. It’s surreal.”

Like at Bishop Amat, the blonde-haired Berg has become UCLA’s middle-relieving phenomenon.

Berg has made a Pac-12 record-setting 45 appearances for UCLA and Wednesday was named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American team. He is only six appearances shy of tying the NCAA’s single-season record of 51 appearances set by Florida’s Conner Falkenbach in 2005.

Berg, one of only two freshmen named to the Pac-12 all-conference team, is 5-3 with a 1.71 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 63 1/3 innings.

Kind of amazing when you consider that just a couple years ago he was a junior at Bishop Amat struggling to make the team and rotation.

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A sad day at the SGVN, Star-News prep editor Miguel Melendez is leaving to pursue his dream of going to law school

Take a moment to read Miguel Melendez’ s goodbye note on his blog today.

He is going to be missed more than you can imagine. I’ve known Miguel since he was a kid out of high school answering phones and if there is anyone that proves what can be accomplished through hard work and dedication, it’s Miguel.

He’s always been a guy who dreams big and takes chances and he’s swinging for the fence on this one. The best-dressed prep writer in the business is leaving us to pursue his dream of earning a law degree. We’re all rooting for you Miguel, go get it.

During the interim, Keith Lair, Steve Ramirez, Aram Tolegian and I will hold down the fort at the Star-News.

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Bonita High’s Justin Garza selected in 26th round by Cleveland, Amat’s Daniel Zamora in 27th round by Toronto, South Hills CJ Saylor in 33rd by Dodgers and former Amat pitcher Paul Paez taken in 18th round by the New York Mets on final day of MLB draft

Major League Baseball’s amateur draft concluded its three-day festival Wednesday, but not before Bonita High School pitcher Justin Garza, Bishop Amat’s Daniel Zamora, South Hills’ C.J. Saylor and former Amat and current Rio Hondo College pitcher Paul Paez got their names called.

ON GARZA: Love the Scouting Note on Garza from MLB. Scouts obviously believed he was going to Cal State Fullerton, otherwise he would have been selected much earlier…“Garza isn’t your prototypical power pitcher, in terms of size. The righty, however, consistently throws his fastball between 91-94 mph. Garza complements the fastball with a changeup that he has a good feel for, a sharp curveball that he consistently keeps near the knees and a hard slider. Garza’s pure stuff is what will get him drafted in the early rounds.”

FRED’S THOUGHT: For what it’s worth, I’ve covered Monrovia’s Eddie McKiernan, Pasadena Poly’s Robbie Rasmussen, Temple City’s Ryan Tucker, Bishop Amat’s Paul Paez, Glendora’s Adam Plutko, Covina’s Tyler Pill, Diamond Bar’s Kenny Mathews and a handful of others, but none of them had the dominant two-year run we witnessed from Garza. On a pure high school level, he’s the best I ever covered.

ON ZAMORA: His mother Shannon works in our office and when I delivered the news a minute ago that Daniel was selected by Toronto her reaction was priceless. That’s what it’s all about.

ALSO: Alta Loma High and Cal Poly Pomona’s Geoff Broussard was selected in the 23rd round by the Philadelphia Phillies

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FOOTBALL’S BACK …. Hall of Fame All-Star game on June 22 at West Covina High School

Rosters have been announced and preparations have begun for the annual National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame All-Star Game, to be played June 22 at West Covina High School.

Hall of Fame All-Star Game Rosters
Where: West Covina HS
When: June 22
Series: East lead 20-10-2
Last year: East 7, West 6

Head coach: Dale Ziola, Los Altos
Daniel Abernathy (Whittier Christian, WR/LB), Anthony Adamo (Chino, SS), Ray Amaya (West Covina, OL), Joshua Andrade (Rowland, OL), Alex Arevalo (Damien, TE/LB), Herman Akins (Charter Oak, SS), Lonzel Barnett (West Covina, CB), Keith Bolden (Nogales, RB/LB), John Bouz (Webb, RB/SS), Jaime Canada (South Hills, WR/DB), George Castro (West Covina, OL/DL), Justin Fa’aola (Los Altos, RB/LB), Terry Ford (Rowland, RB/DB), Jimmy Frazier (West Covina, RB/DB), Cameron Griffin (Bonita, RB/LB), Jerry Gutierrez (Gladstone, OL/LB), Davis Harrison (Claremont, OL/DL), Mike Hartnell (Whittier, OL/DL), Andrez Herandnez (Ganesha, OL/DL), Vincent Hernandez (South Hills, QB), Lance Hludzik (California, OL/DL), Garrett Horine (Bonita, WR/DB), George Katrib (Diamond Bar, WR/DB), OJ Medina (La Serna, RB/DB), Chris Miller (Diamond Ranch, RB/SS), Will Mitchell (Northview, WR/FS), Moises Morales (Los Altos, OL), Cesar Murillo (Covina, OL/DL), Luis Oliva (Charter Oak, OL/DL), Michael Panossian (Western Christian, OL/DL), Eric Perez (Azusa, FB/LB), Desmond Reed (Azusa, RB/DB), Will Reeves (Claremont, RB/DB), Brandon Rios (La Puente, TE/DE), Phil Romano (Covina, OL/DL), Adam Sanchez (Bishop Amat, WR), Scott Tibbs (Los Altos, WR), Logan Tracey (Damien, OL/DE), Vinny Venegas (Covina, WR/DB), Corey Victoria (Glendora, RB/DB), Shane Virnala (Los Altos, QB), Ryan Wallace (Whittier Christian, OL), James Wernli (Claremont, OL/LB), Alec Zenner (San Dimas, OL/DL).

Head coach: Jude Oliva, San Gabriel
Andy Guerrero (QB, San Gabriel), Steven Rivera (QB, Arroyo), Marquise Bias (RB, Monrovia), Kwame Do (RB, San Marino), Tairen Owens (RB, Muir), Hunter Duran (WR, Arroyo), Riian Simpson (WR, Pasadena), Jorge Romo (WR, Montebello), Memo Silva (WR, El Monte), Richard Bradford (WR, Duarte), Jimmy Martinez (WR, South El Monte), Robby Haines (TE, Arcadia), Kevin Spencer (OL, Monrovia), Jesse Gaytan (OL, El Monte), Raul Martinez (OL, Burroughs), Carlos Hernandez (OL, Cathedral), Brian Lopez (OL, Gabrielino), Daniel Herrera (OL, Bell Gardens), Phillip Goody (OL, Roosevelt), Omar Partida (OL, Arroyo), Jose Montes (DL, Garfield), Carlos Purser (DL, San Gabriel), Jesse Hernandez (DL, Lincoln), Craig Settles (DL, Hoover), Miguel Garcia (DL, Cantwell), Hunter Garcia (DL, Franklin), Cade Shultz (OL/DL, Monrovia), Chris Aguilar (LB, Schurr), Eric Magos (LB, Schurr), Francisco Gutierrez (LB, Cantwell), Eddie Cisneros (LB, Franklin), Armon Easley (DB, Pasadena), Marcus Green (DB, Pasadena), Corey Collins (DB, Cantwell), Tyquwan Glass (DB, Muir), Kendall Phillips (DB, Pasadena), Joseph Villalobos (DB, San Gabriel), Oscar Cibrian (DB, Roosevelt), Andony Flores (DB, Roosevelt), Dominic Frescura (K, South Pasadena).

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The Arizona Diamondbacks select Los Altos’ Joe Munoz in the second round (90th overall) and Houston Astros take Bishop Amat’s Rio Ruiz in fourth round (129th overall) in the second day of Major League Baseball’s draft

Follow the draft on the MLB draft tracker, rounds 2-15 today; 16-40 on Wednesday

2012 Major League Baseball Draft
Bonita/UCLA, Jeff Gelalich, Cincinnati Reds, 1st round supplemental, 57th overall
Los Altos Joe Munoz, Arizona Diamondbacks, 2nd round, 90th overall
Bishop Amat’s Rio Ruiz, Houston Astros, 4th round, 129th overall
San Dimas/APU, Jordan Leyland, Toronto Blue Jays, 9th round, 295th overall

By Fred J. Robledo, SGVN, twitter@sgvtribpreps
The wait ended early Tuesday morning for Los Altos High School’s Joe Munoz and Bishop Amat’s Rio Ruiz, who were selected during the second day of Major League Baseball’s 2012 draft.

Munoz was selected in the second round and 90th overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks while Ruiz, a first-round projection until a blood clot ended his high school season, slipped to the fourth round and 129th overall by the Houston Astros.

Azusa Pacific’s Jordan Leyland, a San Dimas High graduate named the Golden State Athletic Conference player of the year after batting .441 with 20 HRs and 64 RBIs, was selected in the ninth round by the Toronto Blue Jays.

Munoz, a 6-foot-3 shortstop and pitcher for the Conquerors, had a dominant senior season in leading his team to the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 quarterfinals. He batted .419 with 27 RBIs, nine doubles, five triples and five home runs.

Munoz heard all the predictions as the draft approached. He was projected anywhere from late in the first round to the middle rounds of MLBs massive draft.

He was at school monitoring the draft on his cell phone when his name was called.
“It was a crazy moment,” Munoz said. “I hadn’t heard from the Diamondbacks for two days so I didn’t know when it (getting drafted) was going to happen.

Then his name appeared.

“My heart just dropped,” Munoz said. “It was an incredible feeling.”
Munoz, who signed a national letter of intent with San Diego State, was thrilled with a top 100 selection and has a big decision to make, whether to sign with Arizona or go to college.

“I need to talk to my parents and discuss everything,” Munoz said. “It’s a crazy week getting drafted, graduating and everything else. I’m still coming to terms with all of this, it’s the greatest feeling in the world so that decision will come later.

Ruiz, who gave a verbal commitment to USC as a freshman, had maintained all along that fulfilling his commitment to USC was a serious alternative regardless of where he was drafted.

By going in the fourth round, Ruiz’s chances of going to USC are even greater.

“We have a month to figure it all out and we’ll see what happens,” said Rudy Ruiz, Rio’s father. “Teams knew all along that Rio was a very strong USC commit and with his arm (blood clot) issue, it obviously made some teams rethink their plans.

“We’re going to listen to Houston and see what their plans are, but it would obviously take a pretty-good offer to lure him away from USC. But you never know, either way it’s a great situation for him to be in.”

Rio Ruiz echoed his father’s sentiments during Monday’s San Gabriel Valley all-star game at Mt. SAC.

“It’s a win-win situation,” Rio Ruiz said. “You couldn’t go wrong with either one.
“I either get an education, play college ball and live the college life, or start my pro career, which is something I’ve always wanted to do.”

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South Hills’ Ty France earns MVP honors as the Red beats Blue 5-3 in Monday night’s San Gabriel Valley Senior All-Star Showcase

Keith Durflinger’s San Gabriel Valley All-Star photo gallery.

By Brian Reed-Baiotto
— South Hills High School baseball standout Tyler France fell just one round shy of Dodger Stadium when his Huskies lost to Pacifica of Garden Grove, 2-1, six days ago in the CIF-SS Division 2 playoff semifinals.

But France officially ended his prep career Monday night at Mt. San Antonio College as the Most Valuable Player of the San Gabriel Valley All-Star game with an RBI single and a scoreless ninth inning on the mound to lead the Red team to a 5-3 victory over the visiting Blue team.

The Blue team, however, scored first in the top of the first at Mazmanian Field, when Bonita’s Thomas Castro tripled to center with one out.

One batter later, La Puente’s Randy Anaya had an RBI ground out to score Castro.

The Blue manufactured another run in the third when San Dimas’ Shawn Kennedy doubled to lead off the inning, Castro moved him to third on a ground out, and Anaya came through with another RBI ground out to give the Blue a 2-0 lead.

Montebello’s Silvestre Sanchez got the Red squad on the board when he singled to lead off the bottom of the third off Bishop Amat’s Kenny Ball.

Monrovia’s Justin Jones followed with a double to give Red second and third with one out. France singled home Silvestre, but Kennedy’s throw from center nailed Jones at the plate to minimize the damage.

The Blue’s Nick Herrejon (Sierra Vista) walked in the fourth and scored the team’s final run two batters later when Alhambra’s Juan Crespo hit a ground ball to second that was misplayed and the Blue led 3-1.

Arcadia’s Erik Trask reached base on a fielder’s choice for the Red and scored when the Blue couldn’t handle an Andrew Phillips’ (Pasadena) ground ball to short off Diamond Bar pitcher Henry Omana.

Walnut’s Caleb Romo got the Red even when he singled in the bottom of the fifth off Glendora’s Wyatt Wood and scored an Andrew Carrillo double.

Temple City’s Corey Copping gave the Red a 4-3 lead it would not relinquish when the Rams’ senior hit a sacrifice fly to score Carrillo.

Charter Oak’s Mack Lupton got the win by throwing a scoreless fifth inning and then Nogales’ Caleb Rodusky, Covina’s Nick Hynes, Arcadia’s Erik Trask and France each pitched one scoreless innings to close out the Blue team.

“My season at South Hills didn’t end quite the way I’d have liked it to, so to get one more chance to come out here and play with a bunch of kids I like and respect and to win was really fun,” France said. “I am really surprised I was named the game’s MVP, but it is definitely an honor to get that with all the talent on this field tonight.”

Bonita’s Tyler Heslop was named the game’s Most Valuable Hitter as the Bearcats senior had two singles.

Bishop Amat’s Daniel Zamora earned the Cory Lidle Pitcher of the Game by going two scoreless innings to start the game for the Blue and Los Altos shortstop Joe Munoz was the Defensive Player of the Game.

South Hills Danny Sheehan gave the Red an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth when he singled in Temple City’s Calvin Copping, who had singled.

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Bishop Amat’s Rio Ruiz must wait another day; MLB Draft Rounds 2-15 today; 16-40 on Wednesday

Follow the draft on the MLB draft tracker, rounds 2-15 today; 16-40 on Wednesday

Above: Rio Ruiz throws out the first pitch at Monday night’s SGV All-Star game

By Aram Tolegian
Only a few months ago, June 4 figured to be one of the biggest days of Bishop Amat High School baseball standout Rio Ruiz’s life.

It was the first round and supplemental round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. But Monday’s festivities came and went without Ruiz’s name being called.

Call him the victim of bad luck, but Ruiz still has plenty going for him.

The once first-round projection with freakish power for a high school player figures to be selected at some point today during rounds 2-15. Then, the decision will be whether to start a career as a professional baseball player or to play at USC.

“Whatever happens, happens,” Ruiz said from his home on Monday. “I’m not in control of what goes on with the teams and their decisions. I did my part. I played my game. It’s just ultimately up to them.”

Ruiz was robbed of most of his senior season after suffering a blood clot in his arm that requires medication to this day. He’s expected to be done with medical treatment in mid-June, but what should have been his opportunity to end a stellar prep career with a bang turned him into a spectator in the dugout.

It also likely killed his chances to be taken on the first day of the draft. The blood clot was just one stroke of bad luck Ruiz had during his senior year at Amat. As a quarterback for the football team, Ruiz suffered a knee injury toward the end of the season that caused him to miss time.

“There’s really nothing I could do about it,” Ruiz said. “In football, I put myself in a situation where I could get hurt and I did. Then baseball came and God works in special ways and it wasn’t a way that I agreed with, but I just have to follow his ways and I will end up coming out even stronger.”

Another thing that didn’t help Ruiz’s cause on Monday was he and his father Rudy told interested teams his signing threshold was top-10 money. The figure was not disclosed, but Rudy Ruiz felt it was high enough to prevent teams from selecting his son.

When and where Ruiz is selected today likely will determine what Ruiz decides as far as USC or an early run at a pro career.

Either way, he’s satisfied.

“It’s a win-win situation,” Ruiz said. “That’s the only way I look at it. You couldn’t really go wrong with either one.

“I either get an education, play college ball and live the college life, or start my pro career. which is something I’ve always wanted to do.”

Ruiz isn’t the only local high school player who could be taken as soon as today. Bonita pitcher Justin Garza has big-league hopes after a dominating prep career that ended Friday with a CIF-SS title.

Los Altos shortstop Joe Munoz has pro aspirations and could hear his name called at some point today. So could Diamond Ranch’s Dylan Goodwin and South Hills’ C.J. Saylor.

Former Bonita standout and current UCLA outfielder Jeff Gelalich was selected by the Cincinnati Reds with the 57th overall pick Monday.

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The San Gabriel Valley All-Star Baseball Game returns to Mt. SAC tonight at 7 p.m. Show up early and give the seniors a great sendoff

The San Gabriel Valley All-Star Game returns to Mt. San Antonio College tonight and is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Diamond Bar’s Eric Shibley is coaching the Blue Team and Temple City’s Barry Bacon is coaching the Red.

Eric Shibley (Head), Diamond Bar
Dan Henley (Asst.), Glendora
John Hermosillo (Asst.), La Puente
Gary Acuna, Alhambra
Juan Crespo, Alhambra
Eddie Gutierrez, Baldwin Park
Kenny Ball, Bishop Amat
Rio Ruiz, Bishop Amat
Daniel Zamora, Bishop Amat
Thomas Castro, Bonita
Justin Garza, Bonita
Tyler Heslop, Bonita
Taylor Cavazos, Diamond Bar
Henry Omana, Diamond Bar
Dylan Goodwin, Diamond Ranch
Juette Deas, Gladstone
Donovan Holmes, Glendora
Wyatt Wood, Glendora
Randy Anaya, La Puente
Mike Patini, La Puente
Ray Sedillo, La Puente
Josh Marrs, Maranatha
Chris Ward, Pasadena Poly
Shawn Kennedy, San Dimas
Alec Montanez, San Dimas
Garret Glazier, San Marino
Nick Herrejon, Sierra Vista
Gio Rivera, Sierra Vista
Dylan Trimarchi, South Pasadena

Red Team
Barry Bacon (Head), Temple City
Dave Moore (Asst.), Monrovia

Gary Huang, Arcadia
Erik Trask, Arcadia
Andrew Carrillo, Covina
Nick Hynes, Covina
Vinny Venegas, Covina
Angel Acosta, Gabrielino
Bowdien Derby, La Salle
Chris Williams, La Salle
Steven Camberos, Los Altos
Joe Munoz, Los Altos
Carl Daniels, Monrovia
Brad Felty, Monrovia
Justin Jones, Monrovia
Silvestre Sanchez, Montebello
Albert Lemus, Nogales
Caleb Rodusky, Nogales
Andrew Phillips, Pasadena
Hunter Davis, Rowland
Tyler France, South Hills
Cameron Saylor, South Hills
Danny Sheehan, South Hills
Calvin Copping, Temple City
Corey Copping, Temple City
Jonah Jarrard, Temple City
Caleb Romo, Walnut

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Players talk about the memories as North beats South 10-1 in Sunday’s Seventh Annual San Gabriel Valley All-Star Game at Mt. SAC

Keith Birmingham’s All-Star Photo Gallery

By John Honell
– The seventh annual San Gabriel Valley Tribune All-Star Game was an easy win for the North, which jumped on top early and coasted 10-1 on Sunday night at Mt. San Antonio College.

The victory gave the North a 4-3 lead in the series.

Coach Ken Carlson (Bonita High School) filled out his lineup card with four players – Danielle Marvidis, Danielle O’Toole, Laura Swan and Brandi Harkness – from CIF-Southern Section Division 3 semifinalist St. Lucy’s at the top of the order.

“I wanted to stay with some continuity,” Carlson said. “These kids are used to playing with each other and St. Lucy’s has the largest representation of senior all-stars.”

Marvidis led off the game with a single. After a forceout, Swan tripled to drive in the first run and Harkness followed with a double to give the North a 2-0 lead.

“I wanted them to be on the field at the same time. Plus, they’re very good,” Carlson joked. “They have sure made me look good.”

O’Toole started in the circle for the North and pitched four shutout innings. She also doubled in the fourth inning and stole third.

“This is really sad,” O’Toole said. “It’s my last game with my best friends. I’m trying to just play and have fun.”

The South’s only run came in the bottom of the eighth when Taylor Castro (West Covina) hit a home run over the center-field fence.

Castro didn’t arrive at the ballpark until the seventh inning because of prior commitments.

“I played three travel ball games today,” she said. “I was a little late and a little nervous but felt I had to come through because we were down.”

The South was missing six players at the start of the game. Four of them showed up to play the final two innings.

“We were hoping to have a better showing,” South coach Scott Fisch (South Hills) said. “The hardest part of coaching an all-star team is making sure everyone gets playing time. The kids are great and will play different positions, hit in different orders or do whatever you ask. We had four-five that showed up at the end so that changed some things but we tried to keep them all happy.”

The North scored three more runs in the third inning. With two outs, Harkness walked. Brandi Wilson (Glendora) tripled off the fence to drive in Wilson. Denise Gonzales (Alhambra) then homered to center for a 5-0 lead.

Gonzales hit four home runs during the regular season.

“That felt great,” Gonzales said. “I’ve played travel ball but never with any of these girls, so hitting that home run was amazing.”

O’Toole doubled in Monique Villasenior (Charter Oak) and Taylor Langdon (Glendora) in the fourth inning for a 7-0 lead.

“That could be my last at-bat ever,” she said. “The chances of me hitting in college (San Diego State) are slim so I just went for it and I got it.”

Jennipher Solis (Los Altos)started in the circle for the South. She had a 14-3 regular-season record and led the Conquerors to the Hacienda League title.

“It’s been a fun year,” Solis said. “We felt like we were underdogs in league so that gave us some incentive to win. I was a little tired tonight because I had a travel ball game earlier, but this was a great experience.”

South catcher Britney Rodriguez (South Hills), who gave a verbal commitment to UCLA her freshman year and signed last November, is eager to try the next level.

“This was a fun game but I’m ready to move on,” Rodriguez said. “I had always liked UCLA and I went to a tournament as a freshman. They told me that if I kept up my grades and kept playing the way I was, they’d give me a scholarship.”

Portrait of winning North Squad

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Track: Damien’s Jarrett Gonzales wins the state title in 300 hurdles in Clovis

Clink Link for all CIF-State Track Finals Results

By Miguel Melendez, Staff Writer
- The San Gabriel Valley was well-represented at the CIF State track and field championships with South Pasadena’s Claire Kieffer-Wright and Damien’s Jarrett Gonzales bringing home titles Saturday in front of 7,123 at Buchanan High School.

Kieffer-Wright is a sophomore who showed a lot of promise early in the season. She hit her stride Saturday in the high jump by clearing 5 feet, 10 inches to win the West San Gabriel Valley’s first state title since South Pasadena’s Sam Pons two years ago in the 3,200 meters.

Gonzales made quite the turnaround, from not even reaching the Serra League finals because of an injury to capturing a state title by winning the 300 hurdles with a time of 37.30 seconds.

Kieffer-Wright got off to a shaky start Saturday and missed her first attempt at 5-3.

“It was really nerve-wracking missing my first attempt,” she said. “I was a little shaky but I knew I had to compete. That’s the main thing in the high jump besides form and technique, to be able to brush off mistakes and be mentally tough.”

After clearing the winning mark, Kieffer-Wright opted to continue and made an attempt at clearing 6-0 3/4, the qualifying mark for the Olympic trials. Kieffer-Wright made two attempts and ended there because of back problems, but the mere fact she had the opportunity to do so showed the giant strides she made since narrowly qualifying at the Masters Meet on May 25.

“At Masters my legs didn’t feel ready,” she said. “Today I felt ready and felt a lot more confident than on my third attempt at 5-5, which luckily I got over so I can come and do this.”

Gonzales said a gust of winds right off the blocks worried him a bit, but it wasn’t long before he hit his full stride and felt it was his race to lose.

“Coming off the last hurdle on the curve and just opening up my stride and sprinting all the way through,” said Gonzales when asked when he felt the race was his.

He didn’t break a personal mark, but the UCLA-bound Gonzales said it was an amazing accomplishment. Gonzales pulled a left hamstring and rolled his left ankle in a meet before the start of league his junior season.

“I had an opportunity to run at the world youth trials,” Gonzales said. “I asked my coach and he said I should recover and rehabilitate.”

In the same race, Diamond Ranch’s Andrew Fischer finished ninth with a time of 38.35.

Maranatha’s Ebony Crear accomplished her goal of reaching the state finals in the 100 hurdles. She finished seventh in 14.18.

Crear, the sophomore daughter of two-time Olympic medalist Mark Crear, almost didn’t finish the race.

“The third hurdle I hit it with my right leg and buckled,” she said.

“But I’m just happy I was able to recuperate and keep going. Just do my best because I hit the hurdle.”

In the 400, Arcadia’s Alex McElwee finished seventh at 48.86 while San Marino’s Kyle Ezold, in his first year running track, was eighth at 49.50.

Bonita sophomore Nikki Wheatley finished eighth in the triple jump with a mark of 37-8 3/4.

La Salle’s Daniel De La Torre finished fourth in the 1,600 with a time 9:06.60.

Arcadia’s Sergio Gonzalez, who scratched from the 1,600 preliminaries, finished fifth in 9:10.46.

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Chino Hills wins first softball title since 2005, beats South Torrance 3-0 for D-3 title

Congratulations to Chino Hills, the 2012 Division 3 softball champions. Check out the Inland Insider Tom Kiss’ video highlights and postgame interviews …

Chino Hills pitcher Nikki Innamorato was solid again, surrendering just two hits in the 3-0 shutout over South Torrance. All the Huskies runs were unearned, scoring twice in the third and again in the sixth on crucial South Torrance errors, but credit the Huskies for keeping the pressure on and capitalizing when they had to capitalize. It was their second title and first since 2005.

Chino Hills High School’s softball team is an incredible collection of talent. But in order to win a CIF-SS title, you have to be more than an incredible collection of talent. You have to be an incredible team.

Top-seeded Chino Hills (32-3) became that incredible team in 2012 by winning the CIF-SS Division 3 title on Saturday with a 3-0 victory over unseeded South Torrance at Deanna Manning Stadium.

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Covina hires longtime Torrance assistant Terence DeWan to become its next baseball coach; Walnut announces three resignations

Covina’ hires DeWan: Covina High School thought outside the box with its recent hire, naming Terence DeWan, an assistant with Torrance High since 2000, to become its next head baseball coach. DeWan was part of six league championship teams and reached two finals in 2009 and ’10 with Torrance. DeWan wrote that he’s excited to coach in the San Gabriel Valley and came across of our blogs during Torrance’s epic regular season and playoff battles with Bishop Amat in recent years. Just because of that, I already like the guy. If you remember, Amat beat Torrance in a memorable semifinal in 2011 en route to its title. Torrance knocked Amat out of the 2010 playoffs. In any case, sounds like a great hire by Covina and when I speak with DeWan over the next week, I’ll share his thoughts.

Walnut coaching departures: Walnut girls soccer coach Lorraine Hansen, who led the Mustangs to three straight CIF titles during her tenure, along with Mustangs baseball coach Darren Hoff and softball coach Marissa Beemer, have resigned from their positions, the school has informed us. We’ll have more next week, but anyone interested in those positions should contact the Mustangs’ athletic department.

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Bonita finishes the job with 5-1 victory over Alhambra to claim its first CIF title since 1951, Justin Garza hurles masterful three-hitter

Video highlights and interviews from the Inland Insider Tom Kiss on Bonita’s historic victory

Keith Birmingham’s championship photo gallery of Bonita’s 5-1 win over Alhambra

Bonita opens it up with four runs in the third and Justin Garza finishes his high school career with a three-hit shutout to give ‘Cats first title since 1951

By Fred J. Robledo, SGVN
— Bonita High School’s baseball team can finally exhale, the drought is over.

The Bearcats’ extraordinary season ended with a masterful 5-1 victory over Alhambra to claim the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 title in Friday’s championship at Dodger Stadium, giving Bonita its second title in history and first since 1951.

Bonita’s Cal State Fullerton-bound senior pitcher Justin Garza cemented his status as one of the San Gabriel Valley’s all-time greats, ending his high school career with a complete game victory to finish 12-1 and a remarkable 25-1 over the last two years – a span in which he only allowed 15 earned runs.

Garza allowed just three hits in Friday’s win and retired the final 12 batters, ending the game with his seventh strikeout.

“To be able to persevere with all the pressure he’s gone through, with all the scouts coming out and with everybody knowing how good he is and trying to take it away is what sets him apart,” Bonita coach John Knott said of Garza. “(Alhambra) came out ready for the fast ball, they were fouling off pitches and got a run early, but for a kid to not be emotional and not let his highs get too high and to be able to stay the course and be consistent is something I’m not sure I’ll see again as a high school coach.”

Bonita, the division’s top-seed, set a school-record for victories in finishing 32-2 while denying Alhambra, making its first title appearance since 1927 — a shot at its first CIF title. The Moors finished 24-4.

For Garza, he can finally relax after fending off batter-after-batter all season.

“It was just a journey and a grind,” Garza said. “It took a lot of blood, tears and sweat to get here, but that’s how it had to be done. Nothing is ever given to you, you have to work to be successful, and it wasn’t just me, we all earned this.

“You could tell from the beginning of this year we were going to bond. Our team is scrappy but I always felt it (championship) was going to happen. We had that vibe and we finally did it.”

Bonita, which had lost in title games in 1974 and two years ago in 2010, ended a 51-year drought.

Third baseman Thomas Castro, the only player who started on Bonita’s 2010 team that lost in the finals, was 2-for-2 with a run scored. Justin Row had a double and scored twice as Bonita pounded out seven hits in all.

“It was a great journey,” Castro said. “From the beginning of the season we told each other we’re going to always fight and never back down. It’s amazing to see all that hard work come together in the end.”

The Bearcats broke a 1-1 tie by tacking on four runs in the third inning and taking advantage of a big call at first base that turned the tide.

With Tanner Diebold on third and Row on second, Garza’s one-out sacrifice squeeze down third easily scored Diebow, but Alhambra pitcher Mario Briones’ hurried throw to first to get Garza was scooped up momentarily by first baseman Juan Morales as Garza made contact, knocking the ball out of Morales’ glove.

Garza was ruled safe on the juggled ball and while the Moors disputed it, Row rounded third and scored to give the Bearcats a 3-1 lead. The bleeding continued for Alhambra. Tyler Heslop singled home Garza and Castro scored on a wild-throw to third after Nolan Henley’s infield single, allowing the Bearcats to take a commanding 5-1 lead.

“First of all, I thought we recorded the out before the ball trickled away,” Alhambra coach Steve Gewecke said on the play at first base. “Then I thought (the runner) was inside the line, which means he’s out. The umpires thought it was different, and we’ll live with that. ”

Row helped stake the Bearcats to a 1-0 lead when he reached first on an error and advanced to second on a pass ball in the first inning. Castro picked him up with a one-out single to center, but the Moors came right back in the top of the second.

After Jeremy Duran stole third and Blake Kuehnle walked to put runners on the corners, Briones belted a two-out single up the middle to bring in Duran to tie the score, 1-1.

It was the last hit and run the Moors would get off Garza. The Moors also didn’t help their cause by committing four errors.

“We just didn’t have enough today,” Gewecke said. “That’s the bottom line. We lost to
a good team. You can’t give Garza five, he’s going to make it standup. I thought
we hit the ball hard. But they made some great plays and deserved to win.”

For Knott, he felt the relief of winning his first title as coach.

“I’m so proud of our kids,” Knott said. “Obviously to do this isn’t simple or teams would
be doing it every year. I’m so proud of our defense. They fed off (Garza), but they made the plays behind him and didn’t get overwhelmed by the surroundings or the moment.

“And look, I have a ton of respect for Alhambra. They fought all the way through and I know they’re not happy to have those four errors behind them, but their hitters had tough at bats and they fought until the last out.”
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PREGAME PREVIEW: While Bonita is searching for its first title since 1951, Alhambra is making only its second appearance since 1927

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