Predicting a Damien championship victory over South Hills in the Dicks Sporting Goods baseball tournament that starts Saturday

Full Schedule for the San Gabriel Valley Dicks Sporting Goods High School Baseball Tournament.

STORY: You have to love it, a 32-team CIF style survive and advance tournament that starts on Saturday. You can also go the consolation route, but who follows that?

Robledo’s final four prediction: South Hills vs. Bonita; Damien vs. Charter Oak
Robledo’s championship prediction: Damien over South Hills

Memory Lane: One of my favorite pictures from 2007 and Aram’s description of it, which he dubbed “the shot heard around the SGV,” Northview’s incredible come-from-behind 4-3 CIF playoff victory over Bonita. Aram wrote: “I’ve never seen such a stunning end to a prep baseball game. What amazed me was the silence right after Arnold went yard. The Bonita fans were obviously shocked, but I don’t think it even registered with Northview fans for about a minute. That’s probably because it happened so quick. Arnold came to the plate, took a cut, then took another and connected. Poof! Game over! Absolutely unreal!!!!” — Aram Tolegian

Only negative comment about Dicks tourney: No Glendora. No Bishop Amat. No Nogales. No Alhambra. No Temple City. No Monrovia. Those are some of the best SGV teams we all love to watch. Even so, may be tough to top last year’s championship, South Hills beating Bonita and giving Garza his only loss of the year.

Top Bracket
South Hills vs. Covina at Bonita, 4 p.m., Saturday
Paloma Valley vs. Tahquitz at Paloma Valley, 3:15 p.m., Feb. 26
Crescenta Valley vs. La Canada at Stengel Field, 6 p.m, Saturday
Keppel vs. Alta Loma at Alta Loma, 3 p.m., Saturday
Corona Santiago vs. Baldwin Park at Northview, 3:30 p.m., Saturday
Claremont vs. Colony at Bonita, 1 p.m., Saturday
Carter vs. Arroyo at Northview, 12:30 p.m., Saturday
Duarte vs. Bonita at Bonita, 10 a.m., Saturday
Bottom Bracket
Palm Springs vs. Elsinore at Palm Springs, 3:15 p.m., Feb. 26
Los Osos vs. Temecula Valley at Los Osos, 1 p.m., Saturday
Los Altos vs. Yucaipa at Azusa Pacific, 7 p.m., Saturday
Damien vs. La Puente at La Puente, 12 p.m., Saturday
Charter Oak vs. Arcadia at Bonita, 7 p.m., Saturday
Bonita JV vs. Rosemead at Rosemead, 3:15 p.m., Feb. 26
Northview vs. Cantwell at Northview, 9:30 a.m., Saturday
Roosevel vs. San Gabriel at San Gabriel, 11 a.m., Saturday

Division 2:
1. Great Oak, 2. Aliso Niguel, 3. Cypress, 4. Redlands, 5. Vista Murrieta, 6. Dana Hills, 7. Glendora, 8. Yucaipa, 9. South Hills, 10. La Mirada.
Division 3: 1. Gahr, 2. Palm Desert, 3. Bonita, 4. Downey, 5. Bishop Amat, 6. Elsinore, 7. Quartz Hill, 8. Palos Verdes, 9. Paramount, 10. Los Altos
Division 4: 1. Oaks Christian, 2. Alhambra, 3. Monrovia, 4. Nogales, 5. Kaiser, 6. Northview, 7. Calvary Chapel/SA, 8. Granite Hills, 9. San Dimas, 10. Century

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  • Valley Athletics

    Agree Damien over south hills . A couple of buddy’s told me south hills was not that impressive in 2 scrimmages against walnut .

    • They’re just scrimmages, South Hills is good.

      • Valley Athletics

        I know there good .i am just quoting a friend who knows baseball . He said he thought there hitting would be better . Pitching was good and defense. I asked him about David Denison . David David Denison grounded out and popped up in the infield both games with no hits . Scrimmages actually show a lot . You can see how good a team is by scrimmages . Batters have to hit and pitchers usually pitch 1-2 innings

  • Spartans Fan

    Fred, are the area Rankings coming out this week for Baseball, too?

    • Yes, on Friday, Softball on thursday

      • Spartans Fan

        Ok, Thanks!

  • Valley Athletics

    No Serra in the division 3 rankings , but ranked number 11 in nation in perfect game national rankings .

  • Valley Athletics

    Division 3 is going to be tough with amat, palm desert, Serra and cathedral now in the division . Division 2 got weaker with Harvard westlake , Loyola , alemany and chaminade in division 1 now .

  • AyeYaYay

    Should be a great HS season. Best of luck to all.

    Damien-South Hills would be a great game as alot of those players from both teams play club ball together.

    Fred: Will you be doing a Baseball preview this week as well?

    • Steve Ramirez

      Yes, we will have a top 10 preview, like in past years.

  • Middy

    Where is San Dimas in this Tourney? Come on Regan, step up and play some real baseball.