By Aram Tolegian
Despite its loss to El Monte two weeks ago, Arroyo’s hopes of a fourth consecutive Mission Valley League title are not gone. It’s just that the Knights are going to need a lot of help.
If Arroyo (4-3, 1-1) wins out, and El Monte (5-2, 1-1) slips up somewhere, the Knights will have a share of the title. In most years, Arroyo could afford to think along those lines. But this year, with the Mission Valley being so competitive, the Knights need to keep winning just to make the playoffs.
“Every game is important and we’ve got three tough games coming up,” Singiser said. “We still look at it like we’ve still got an outside chance at a league championship. But our first goal is to make the playoffs. Well, we know to make the playoffs we’re probably going to have to go at least 3-2, and 4-1 will definitely get us in.”
Arroyo didn’t exactly set the world on fire last week, beating Mountain View 14-3 to bounce back from its El Monte loss. This week, the Knights visit a dangerous South El Monte that still controls its league title destiny because it has a game against El Monte still to come.
The Eagles gave Arroyo a good game last season before Tribune Player of the Year Steven Rivera took over and made sure his Knights weren’t upset. With Rivera no longer around, it will be up to an Arroyo offense that’s struggled at times this season to find ways to put up points on South El Monte.
“We struggled last week with Mountain View,” Singiser said. “We were fine defensively, but we have to do a better job of moving the ball on offense.”