Dick’s Sporting Goods Tournament: Northview continues hot start, beats South Hills, 5-3, to claim title

By Steve Ramirez
Northview High School coach Darren Murphy said before the season he believed the Vikings could be very good.
Northview continues to live up to that billing.
Jake Grijalva and Alex Labor had two RBIs each and Nick Chico was solid on the mound to lead the Vikings to a 5-3 victory over intra-district rival Northview to take the Dick’s Sporting Goods Tournament championship on Saturday at Mt. San Antonio College.
Chico gave up three hits and struck out nine for Northview, which improved to 5-0.
South Hills, which dropped to 4-1, cut the lead to 5-3 in the seventh on a RBI single by Conor Pearson before reliever Kolby Oriti retired Jon Ayala to end the game.
The Vikings scored three runs in the fourth to take the lead.
Dom Baca reached on a hit-by-pitch and Anthony Amaya walked before a Gabe Rojo followed with sacrifice bunt to advance the runners to second and third.
Jake Grijalva then doubled to left for a 2-0 lead. Grijalva scored after back-to-back wild pitches for a 3-0 advantage.
Northview made it 5-0 in the fifth. Baca and Amaya had back-to-back singles before advancing to second and third on a wild pitch. Alex Labor then followed with a soft line drive to center for the 5-0 lead.
South Hills rallied to cut it to 5-2 in its half in the fifth.
Niko Contreras singled nd took second after a walk to David Denson. A balk was called on Chico before Contreras scored on wild pitch. Adrian De Horta, after a walk to Tony Muniz, doubled home Denson to make it 5-2. Muniz also scored on the play after he knocked the ball loose from catcher Gabe Rojo.
But, per high school rules, Muniz, was ruled out for running into the catcher to keep the score at 5-2.
Earlier, Northview missed a chance in the second after Baca walked and Amaya had a bunt single to lead off the inning.
But De Horta ended the chance by striking out Rojo and Labor before inducing Grijalva to fly out to left field.
South Hills put runners on first and second with one out in the third. But Muniz struck out and De Horta lined out to left field.

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  • GP AKA Green Machine

    Green Machines All Encompassing top 10

    1. Northview – Most impressive wins so far…
    2. Monrovia- Homer Pick…nah the Cats are as good as any. Dranch game lacks luster stuck here for now!
    3. Nogales – Historic Coach, undefeated…Better get up for the TC Game!
    4. San Dimas – Undefeated and under the radar….
    5. South Hills – One loss, nothing to worry about…
    6. Bonita-Lost first real game..
    7. Temple City- Have a chance to take out the nobles…Big GAME here!
    8. Alhambra – Still Almont Favorite
    9. West Covina 7 wins is 7 wins…Hacienda will tell the tale.
    10.La Salle/ Bishop Amat- La Salle hasn’t played anyone…and Bishop Has played everyone….league should be down hill….key word “should..”

    • Valley Athletics

      Diamond bar is undefeated also and winning big . West Covina also having a good year Los altos has only one loss to south hills but has 2 good wins against Damien and Yucaipa . Hacienda league is going to be good .

      • GP AKA Green Machine

        Lost Altos lost to Northview the score was 10 to 1…Dbars best win is Chaffey…If they beat undefeated West Co, Then I would crack them in the top ten. However the rest on my list have all played at least one power Team which had deep playoff runs last year…..I chose the La Salle/ BA at 10 spot just because BA played a very tough schedule so far…and La Salle is in their league so what the heck.

  • AyeYaYay

    Good Game last night…. Emotions were high!

    These 2 teams go at it again on Tuesday Night right and for a good cause, I believe.

    Fred/Steve, what is the fundraiser for and will you be informing us readers?

  • StatMan

    It would be nice to see a box score on the game…….but no stats available from both South Hills or Northview on MaxPreps.
    This is an issue every year…..

  • I can tell you there was no box score of the game in the paper because the game finished past the deadline that Steve Ramirez had that night… With the game starting late, nothing could be done about it…

  • MakeTheRightCall

    Stats in the paper are as much the issue as some of the local HS teams not posting on MaxPreps – for a variety of reasons. Stats are stats, put them out there. This seems only to be an issue with baseball

  • GP AKA Green Machine

    The SGV baseball is on Fire!!!

    1. HARVARD-WESTLAKE (6-0). SS-Division

    2. MATER DEI (1-1). SS-Division 1

    3. FOUNTAIN VALLEY (6-0). SS-Division 1

    4. CYPRESS (5-1). SS-Division 2

    5. GAHR (3-1). SS-Division 3

    6. LONG BEACH POLY (7-2). SS-Division 1

    7. CAPISTRANO VALLEY (8-1). SS-Division 1

    8. NORTHVIEW (5-0). SS-Division IV

    9. ORANGE LUTHERAN (5-2). SS-Division 1

    10. CHAMINADE (6-1). SS-Division 1

    11. ANAHEIM CANYON (4-0). SS-Division 1

    12. GREAT OAK (3-0). SS-Division 2

    13. AGOURA (3-2). SS-Division 1

    14. VISTA MURRIETA (5-2). SS-Division 1

    15. REDLANDS (6-1). SS-Division II

    16. SAN CLEMENTE (6-2). SS-Division 1

    17. BONITA (4-1). SS-Division 3

    18. VALENCIA (4-1). SS-Division 1

    19. NOGALES (4-0). SS-Division 4

    20. EDISON (4-1). SS-Division 1

    21. LOS ALAMITOS (3-1). SS-Division 1

    22. ALHAMBRA (3-1). SS-Division 4

    23. QUARTZ HILL (4-2). SS-Division 3

    24. MONROVIA (4-0). SS-Division 4

    25. WEST RANCH (4-1). SS-Division 1