Tribune Baseball top ten rankings
1. Northview (5-0) — Vikings earned No. 1 spot by defeating South Hills 5-3 in Saturday’s championship of the Dick’s Sporting Goods tournament — a tournament that also featured Damien, Bonita, Los Altos and other local heavyweights.
2. South Hills (4-1) — Adding David Denson’s bat along with his ability to pitch makes the Huskies even more complete and the favorite to win the Sierra. But Huskies, help us out, post a roster somewhere.
3. Nogales (4-0) – Nobles already with wins over Capistrano Valley and Estancia in advancing to the Newport Elks tourney final (championship rained out). But the big news is that coach John Romano can get his 600th career victory at home against Temple City on Tuesday at 3:15 p.m.
4. Bonita (4-1) – Only loss a 6-1 setback against South Hills in a game where the Bearcats didn’t use one of their top two pitchers. We know they’re good and you know they’re good.
5. San Dimas (5-0) — Saints are rolling with two wins over Tahquitz and another over Chino Hills during the Chino High tournament. And they’ve done it in dominating fashion, outscoring opponents 39-5
6. Diamond Bar (5-0) — The Brahmas started well last year then faded. Will it happen again? Even though it’s just the Don Lugo tournament, the Brahmas are winning easy and have outscored opponents, 53-5.
7. Glendora (5-1) — Solid wins over Oak Hills and Riverside Poly after only loss against Fontana Kaiser.
8 . Baldwin Park (4-1) — Braves already with quality wins on the resume, beating Charter Oak 2-1 and Crescenta Valley 5-2. Pitcher Ben Fonseca is the real deal.
9. West Covina (7-0-1) — Biggest unbeaten surprise so far. They haven’t beaten or faced any San Gabriel Valley teams to make comparisons, but winning outside the SGV shows how well our teams do when they leave the Fish Bowl.
10. Los Altos (4-1) — Only loss to No. 1 Northview with a win over Damien and Yucaipa. This gives the Hacienda and Valle Vista league four teams in the top ten. Impressive.
11. Damien (3-2) — Disappointing losses to Los Altos and Crescenta Valley during Dick’s Sporting Goods tourney. They were supposed to be better than this.
12. Bishop Amat (1-3) — Lancers fans will say ‘but look who we played?’ .. But my feeling is playing in the San Gabriel Valley is as tough as playing in any area, including Orange County.