Baseball Rankings: South Hills moves on up; Northview a close second

South Hills moves on up.
Staff photo by Keith Birmingham

Here’s this week’s area baseball top 10
1. South Hills (6-1) — The Huskies take over the top spot after evening its series with Northview with an 8-3 victory. South Hills, which beat Claremont, 6-2, to open Sierra League play, also has a victory over Bonita on its resume.
2. Northview (6-1) — The Vikings are the real deal. Their resume includes winning the Dick’s Sporting Goods Invitational, which included area heavyweights South Hills, Bonita and Los Altos, and beating traditional power Millikan last week.
3. Nogales (8-0) — Longtime Nobles coach John Romano earned his 600th win last week, but lost in the hoopla is Nogales is off to its best start in recent memory.
4. Bonita (6-1) — Don’t sleepwalk on the Bearcats, who look as solid as ever. Bonita’s only loss is to South Hills. They rebounded from it with a 7-5 win over San Dimas last week.
5. Diamond Bar (6-1) — How good are the Brahmas? We might find out this week when they play a home-and-home against Los Altos. Diamond opened Hacienda League play by splitting a pair with West Covina, which has also lost just once.
6. Glendora (7-2) — The Tartans, the lone area entry in the Baseline League, get lost on the radar, but Dan Henley has another strong group. Glendora went 2-1 last week, beating Etiwanda and Upland.
7. San Dimas (6-2) — The Saints came down to early, losing to Bonita in extra innings. But they will make noise in the Valle Vista League title chase, which they begin this week with a home and home vs. Wilson.
8. Baldwin Park (6-1) — How good the Braves are should be answered this week when they play Nogales twice.
9. West Covina (8-1-1) — The Bulldogs earned a respectful split against Diamond Bar. Diamond Ranch (4-4) is up next.
10. Los Altos (5-2) — The Conquerors split two games last week to hold on to the No. 10 slot. They’ll have the opportunity to move up with games vs. Diamond Bar on the docket.
11. Damien (3-3) — The Spartans could be in trouble. They opened Sierra League play with a loss to an improved Ayala squad, and now end the week with a trip to favorite and No. 1 South Hills.
12. Bishop Amat (2-5) — The Lancers, who won on Monday, are still bogged down by a tough nonleague slate. But the league season is fast approaching, which should see them get on a roll.

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  • Hacienda league!

    Hey Fred when are you gonna post all league basketball and all league soccer??

  • FTR, the Coach at Nogales is named RomanO.

  • Best teachers of the game: Dan Henley and John Knott

    Best assemblers of talent: Darren Murphy and Kevin Smith

    Best big game managers: Smitty and Tom Quinley

    Does the least with the most: Formano, Shibley, (Hoff escaped by the skin of his teeth)

    Most likely to send you home shaking your head: Andy Nieto and Mike Regan

    Special guest coach award: Whoever Diamond Ranch has currently signed on

    Special Most Crowded Bus Award: Al Leyva

    • Eclipse

      Most Likely to have your son pitch D1 baseball: Chris Beck

      • Was Beck coaching in 2009 when Paez
        warmed up every inning from the 2nd through the 6th
        against Charter Oak?

        • Eclipse

          Once again someone who doesn’t know, running their mouth. Paez did not warm up in 2009 for 5 innings against Charter Oak. In fact he came in the 3rd after Amat had given up 6 runs and didn’t give up a run and gave Amat a chance to come back and win that game 12-11.

          • Good to have someone like you running your mouth who does know, right? As I recall Paez finished the game and got a save that night. I could be wrong though. It was tough seeing all those move from where I was watching with the WCPB contingent under the trees overlooking LF.