Softball Rankings: No change at the top; Bishop Amat still No. 1, followed closing by Chino Hills and Ayala

Bishop Amat, winners of seven consecutive games, continues to look like the best team in the area.
Staff photo by Keith Birmingham

Here’s this week’s area softball top 10
1. Bishop Amat (7-2) —
The Lancers, after losing two early, are rolling with seven consecutive wins. They’ll test rival their streak vs. St. Paul today.
2. Chino Hills (10-4) — The Huskies have a deceiving record that’s been hampered by a tough schedule. They are still the favorite going into Sierra League play.
3. Ayala (8-2) — The Bulldogs look like Chino Hills’ chief challenger in the Sierra League. They enjoyed another solid week, with the only loss to a strong Los Osos squad.
4. South Hills (9-3) — The Huskies of West Covina are rounding into form, advancing to the finals of the Charter Oak tournament before losing to Corona Centennial.
5. Bonita (6-3) — The Bearcats look like the team to beat in the Hacienda League after reaching the Charter Oak Tournament semifinals.
6. Charter Oak (8-2) — The Chargers show how tough the Sierra League is, going 3-1 at their tournament, including a win over one of the top teams from Whittier in 2012 semifinalist La Habra.
7. Northview (4-4) — The Vikings have a solid start, advancing to the San Dimas Tournament semifinals and splitting four games at the Charter Oak tourney.
8. St. Lucy’s (3-5) — The Regents, who went 1-2 for the week, should make some noise in the Sierra League. But this still looks like a team finding its way.
9. San Dimas (6-6) — The Saints have been even keel until now, but their strength will be shown in Valle Vista League play.
10. Duarte (5-2) — The Falcons, the favorite in the Montview League have looked impressive in their last two games, outscoring the opposition, 37-0.

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  • Get Real

    Fred, haven’t you heard? Chino Hills lost a couple of starters. One is the starting pitcher. The team is much weaker, thanks to the coach.

  • TheCloser

    Amat banged the ball again yesterday against St. Paul. I told you Fred. I’m new to the high school scene but I know all the travel players and Amat can bang with anyone.

  • Eric Robles

    Watching Amat play yesterday they are the top team in the Valley. St. Paul has some quality players and they were no match. It was a telling sign watching the St. Paul 3rd base coach biting her nails. They looked beat by their body language. That’s what Amat does to teams. I havent seen Chino Hills but they are loaded, Did Parks leave?

  • Softball Guru

    Parks and Martinez are not on the Chino Hills roster, what happened? Did adult egos get in the way?
    The Sierra League is at half strength this year compared to last year. Chino Hills, St. Lucy’s, Ayala and South Hills lost some real stud players and I don’t see replacements. Chino Hills losing Parks is a big blow and I pick Ayala being the top team in the Sierra.
    Btw, no one is touching Amat….period.

  • Softball Guru

    Fred, what happened to your blog, does anyone care about softball this year? True, except for Amat, the rest of the valley is boooorrring, no real standouts this year.

  • Get Real

    A few years back Amat was criticized for not playing in the SGV tournaments. Many of the local highs schools were bragging and bashing Amat. Last year Amat started playing in the Charter Oak tournament and pretty much quiet the critics. This year they played in the San Dimas tournament and you know what happen there. Yes, the blogs are quiet for good reason. The blogs
    will pick-up when the Tribune polls for players that should be “All Valley” or “All Tribune” and that should bring some good entertainment. I would not be surprised if Amat players are passed up again. What is forgotten about Amat is that the core players that helped Amat to the semi-finals the last two years are the same player that have Amat on top.

  • Ray_Morehart

    Update as of Mar. 23 at 4:30 PM

    1. Bishop Amat (9-2)
    2. Chino Hills (10-4)
    3. Ayala (7-2)
    4. South Hills (11-3)
    5. Bonita (6-5)
    6. Charter Oak (9-2)
    7. Northview (4-4)
    8. St. Lucy’s (3-6)
    9. San Dimas (7-5)
    10. Duarte (7-2)