Softball Rankings: Bishop Amat is a cut above, again atop the rankings

HAMMERING THE COMPETITION: Bishop Amat, helped by Alexis Gonzalez (above), has felt very little resistance while racing to the top of the area rankings.
Staff photo by Keith Birmingham

Here is this week’s top 10 rankings:
1. Bishop Amat (9-2) —
The Lancers are showing they have no peer in the Valley and beyond, outscoring rivals St. Paul and La Salle, 22-0 last week.
2. Chino Hills (10-4) — The Huskies were idle last week, but should be refreshed for their Sierra League title run.
3. Ayala (8-2) — The Bulldogs also took a respite. They resume with tournament play before opening up the Sierra League in two weeks.
4. South Hills (11-3) — The Huskies showed their prowess with an impressive sweep over Bonita. Next up: The Sierra League.
5. Bonita (8-5) — Another hit and miss week for the Bearcats, who dominated Rowland before losing two to South Hills.
6. Charter Oak (10-2) — The Chargers are having a solid season, and continued it with a sweep of Fullerton and beating Schurr on Monday.
7. San Dimas (7-5) — The Saints are the favorite in the Valle Vista and showed it with an easy win at Wilson.
8. Northview (5-4) — The Vikings won another slugfest, beating rival Covina. Eventually, they’ll have to pitch.
9. Duarte (7-2) — The Falcons are the team to beat in the Montview and showed it against Azusa.
10. St. Lucy’s (3-6) — The Regents are a lot better than their record, which includes an impressive schedule.

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Baseball: San Dimas rolls a six to beat Baldwin Park, 8-2

By Steve Ramirez
twitter.com/SteveRRamirez
SAN DIMAS —
It would have been easy for the San Dimas High School baseball team to fold after giving up the lead Tuesday afternoon.
But there’s a reason why the Saints are regarded as one of the top teams in the area, and they showed by scoring six runs in the sixth to score an 8-2 victory over visiting Baldwin Park in a Valle Vista League game.
San Dimas, getting three hits from Elias Orona and two RBIs from Andrew Espinoza, improved to 8-2 overall and 3-0 in league play. The Saints’ also received a solid effort from pitcher Jimmy Lambert, who gave up six hits and struck out six for the complete-game victory.
Baldwin Park, which nearly beat preseason league favorite Nogales last week, slipped to 6-3 and 0-2. Justin Tellez led the Braves with two hits and an RBI.
San Dimas sent 11 guys to the plate and had four consecutive hits with two outs in the sixth, including a RBI double by Logan Murratalla and a RBI single by Josh Avila for the six-run lead. Avila started the barrage with a single. It was followed by a walk to Rick Ramirez. Ryan Cruz then relieved Bernardo Flores and Lambert followed with a RBI single for a 3-2 advantage. Peter Lambert then had a bunt single on a safety squeeze to make it 4-2 before Aaron Torres had a single and Espinoza an RBI groundout to make it 5-2.
San Dimas coach Mike Regan: “I think our guys did in (the sixth) everything we constantly work on. Our guys were pretty resilient today. The team effort was great all the way around. We had some big hits early. Our guys stayed with the approach and hit really, really well.”
Baldwin Park coach Jake Barendregt: “It looked like (Flores) wasn’t being very aggressive with those pitches (in the sixth). It was like he was trying to get them over the strike zone instead of pounding the strike zone. I don’t think he was tired. But there was definitely a difference in his velocity that inning. But San Dimas is a good team. They have some guys who can swing the bats and if you make some mistakes, they’re going to get you.”

Tuesday’s schedule/scores
Sierra League

South Hills 6, Ayala 5
Claremont 8, Charter Oak 6
Damien at Chino Hills, 3:30 p.m.
Valle Vista League
Wilson at Covina, 3:15 p.m.
San Dimas 8, Baldwin Park 2
Northview 6, Pomona 0
Montview League
Azusa at Duarte, 3:15 p.m.
Ganesha at La Puente, 3:15 p.m.
Gladstone at Sierra Vista, 3:15 p.m.
Workman at Bassett, 3:15 p.m.

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La Salle’s Kandyce Smith transfers to Bonita to create dynamic duo with Nikki Wheatley

Kandyce Smith, who averaged 17 points for the La Salle girls basketball team, has transferred to Bonita, where she will team up with Nikki Wheatley, one of the best points guards in the Southland. Smith and Wheatley play on the same travel ball team and both will be seniors in the fall. Smith competed in the Del Rey League against giants Serra, St. Bernard, Bishop Amat and Bishop Montgomery. Amat coach Richard Wiard said Smith is the real deal. There is also speculation that another talented area player — a freshman — will transfer to Bonita by next season.

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Valle Vista All-League: MVPs Mike Peters, Kelli Calton, Dayker Villalobos, Daisy Duran, Ciara Balderamma

Valle Vista All-League
Boys Basketball
MVP:
Mike Peters, Covina
First Team: Jordan Stokes, San Dimas., Alexis Baron, Baldwin Park., Matt Hicks, Covina., Alex Delgado., Baldwin Park., James Santiago, Nogales., Elias Hernandez, Covina., Daniel Johnson, Northview., Justin Diaz, Wilson., Brandon Miramontes, Wilson., James Cunnigan, Northview.

Girls Basketball
MVP:
Kelli Calton, Wilson
First Team: Kaelyn Kawamoto, Wilson., Dominique Theus, Covina., Marisol Chavez, Balwin Park., Ashley Rendon, Nogales., Dy’mond Mitchell, San Dimas., Megan Ward, Northview., Kelli Iwamoto, Wilson., Jenae Erickson, San Dimas., Tiffany Rojas, Baldwin Park., Janae Yip, Wilson.

Boys Soccer
MVP
: Dayker Villalobos, Baldwin Park
First Team: Ezequiel Pena, Nogales., Juan Gutierrez, Pomona., Kevin Sandoval, Baldwin Park., Josue Flores, Baldwin Park., Thomas Samayao, San Dimas., Adrian Vera, Northview., Antonio Hernandez, Wilson., Eddie Hurtado, Pomona., Brian Sanchez, Pomona., Omar Hermosillo, Nogales., Jeffrey Hwang, Wilson., Christian Cruz, Northview., Alex Godina, Baldwin Park.

Girls Soccer
MVPs:
Daisy Duran, San Dimas; Ciara Balderamma, Covina
First Team: Morgan Quaternik, San Dimas., Alisson Kung, Wilson., Abi Celaya, San Dimas., Edith Zuniga, Baldwin Park., Alondra Bibian, Nogales., Hannah Huskey, Covina, Christie Cornejo, Covina., Heidi Gomez, Nogales., Carol Garcia, Northview., Taylor Sunga, San Dimas., Danielle Aparicio, Covina., Leticia Bustamante, Baldwin Park., Hanna Isidoro, Pomona.

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Hacienda All-League: MVPs, Nnadi Udengwu, Dane Hollar, Nikki Wheatley, Matthew Lares, Tatum Lockett and Stephanie Contreras

HACIENDA ALL-LEAGUE
Boys Basketball

MVPs: Nnadi Udengwu, Diamond Ranch, Sr., Dane Hollar, Bonita, Jr.
First Team: Joseph Dionisio, Rowland, Sr., Christian Manalo, Diamond Bar, Jr., Rob Harrelson, Walnut, Jr., Ryan Ramirez, Bonita, Sr., Chris Arzadon, Rowland, Sr., Christian Espinoza, Los Altos, So., Anthony Macklin Jr., Diamond Ranch, Sr., Lawrence Besong, Walnut, Jr..

Girls Basketball
MVP
: Nikki Wheatley, Bonita, Jr.
First Team: Amanda Britt, West Covina, Sr., Yewan De Alabi, Diamond Bar, Sr., Nonah Wu, Dimaond Bar, Jr., Ariana Abo, Bonita, Jr., Kim Mayekawa, Walnut, So, Jasmine Hamori, Los Altos, Sr., Taj Lark, Diamond Ranch, Sr., Farrah Castillo, Diamond Ranch, Fr.

Boys Soccer
MVP:
Matthew Lares, Rowland, Sr.
First Team: Oscar Briseno, Rowland, Sr., Wyatt Deane, Bonita, Sr., Fernando Martinez, Diamond Ranch, Sr., Alex Henry, Los Altos, Sr., Tanis Leal, Los Altos, Sr., Adam Fox, Los Altos, Jr., Mario Interiano, Walnut, Sr., Danny Hernandez, Walnut, Jr., Cameron Siete, Walnut, Sr., Salvador Oliva, West Covina, Jr., Gabe Brown, Diamond Bar, Sr., Kase Vollebregt, Diamond Bar, Sr., Guy Horcasitas, Diamond Bar, So.

Girls Soccer
MVP
: Tatum Lockett, Diamond Bar, Sr.
First Team: Rachel Curley, Bonita., Camille Trotter, Bonita., Amanda Castellanos, West Covina., Samantha Verduzco, Los Altos., Daisy Macias, Diamond Ranch., Daysia Avery, Los Altos., Cassie Duran, Walnut., Catrina Gonzalez, Walnut., Erin Harris, Walnut., Raquel Herrera, Rowland., Marissa Favela, Diamond Bar., Helena Kisor, Diamond Bar., Iris Yam, Diamond Bar., Angela Schmidt, Diamond Bar.

Girls Water Polo
MVP:
Stephanie Contreras, Los Altos, Sr.
First Team: Natalie Rivas, Bonita, Jr., Samantha Snow, Bonita, Jr., Angela Gomez, Bonita, Sr., Erin Gonzalez, Bonita, So., Erica Venegas, Los Altos, Sr., Rose Takeuchi, Los Altos, Sr., Mia Rycraw, Walnut, Sr., Ardele Aquino, Walnut, Sr., Ashley Hernandez, Rowland, Sr., Hannah Rueter, West Covina, Sr.

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