Baseball Rankings: Bishop Amat on a roll with seven straight Ws, Bonita still No. 1, Valle Vista heats up this week

Division 2:
1. Cypress, 2. Redlands East Valley, 3. Temecula Valley, 4. San Clemente, 5. Los Osos, 6. South Hills, 7. Redlands, 8. Oxnard, 9. Dos Pueblos, 10. Aliso Niguel, 11. Glendora, 12. La Mirada.
Division 3: 1. Bonita, 2. Serra, 3. Gahr, 4. Palm Desert, 5. Quartz Hill, 6. Loara, 7. Paloma Valley, 8. Warren, 9. Diamond Bar, 10. Bishop Amat.
Division 4: 1. Oaks Christian, 2. Kaiser, 3. Laguna Beach, 4. Northview, 5. Sonora, 6. San Dimas, 7. Baldwin Park, 8. Montclair, 9. Nogales, 10. Don Lugo.

Here’s this week’s area baseball rankings
1. Bonita (21-2-1) – It’s going so good for the Bearcats that Sam Stavang threw a no-hitter and struck out 10 in a 9-0 shutout over Los Altos to improve the ‘Cats to 8-0 in the Hacienda. However, over the weekend Bonita suffered a 4-1 loss to Oaks Christian, ranked 11th in the state by Maxpreps.
2. South Hills (17-5) – The Huskies turned what was thought to be a close Sierra League title race into a three-game lead with four to play. The Huskies finish with two games against Ayala and Chino Hills, but it would take a mammoth collapse for the Huskies not to take the Sierra again.
3. Glendora (16-6) – The Tartans are still a game back of Los Osos, who it will face twice next week. That means it can’t afford to stumble with a pair against Etiwanda (11-10-1) this week.
4. San Dimas (18-6) – The Saints are in the Valle Vista drivers seat with a game lead over Northview and two easy games this week against Pomona while the Vikings play twice against Nogales. But the Saints have to finish the job next week with two against Northview, so all is not locked up yet.
5. Northview (18-6) – The Vikings’ 3-0 loss to Baldwin Park leaves them in a tough spot with two weeks to go and two games apiece against Nogales and San Dimas. But even if they totally screw up and somehow fall to fourth, it appears four teams from the VVL will make the playoffs. But nobody wants to go the wild card route.
6. Baldwin Park (18-5) – The Braves are in a great spot with only two games left in the VVL against Wilson, both games they should win to finish 9-3 in league, which is good for at least third and maybe better depending on how Northview, Nogales and San Dimas fare against each other over the final two weeks.
7. Nogales (19-4) – Nogales has the beautiful overall record on paper, but the Nobles are fourth in league and need to show they’re the real deal in the home stretch.
8. Diamond Bar (17-4) – The Brahmas suffered an unexplainable 2-0 loss to Walnut that dropped it to 6-2 in league, two games back of Bonita. That means the Brahmas likely have to win out, including beating Bonita twice next week to have a shot at sharing the title. Good luck with that.
9. Bishop Amat (13-10) – The Lancers have quietly won seven straight, including a nice non-league 4-2 win over La Mirada over the weekend. Amat, 4-2 in league, faces Cathedraol, 5-1, and in second, twice this week. If the Lancers sweep, then maybe they will be someone to reckon with in the playoffs.
10. Chino Hills (14-8) – The Huskies are tied with Claremont for second in the Sierra with 6-5 records, three games back of 9-2 South Hills.

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  • Jastrab

    Will there be suspensions for Cathedral for the St. Paul fight last week. I thought the LA Times reported benches cleared and CIF mandatory suspensions for all. I saw they lost to Loyola over the weekend, but did not know if they served the suspension, if at all, for that game.

    • Fred J. Robledo

      Cathedral and St. Paul had to double forfeit Friday’s game, moving Amat a game back of Cathedral for second. Both teams also had multiple suspensions for the following game. St. Paul was so depleted it forfeited today’s game vs. Serra. Cathedral had a tournament game on Saturday and fielded a JV team while the majority of its varsity players served the suspension. Fortunately for Cathedral, it had a weekend game, allowing it to have a full roster vs. Amat today.

      • Jastrab

        Fred, thank you for the response. I saw the 11-1 Loyola score with Cathedral and wondered if that was due to JV or suspension. I did not know CIF moved that fast with their review as that game was Saturday.

        • Joe Amat

          Players get an automatic 1-game suspension in the next game when they get ejected from any contest in any sport, as per CIF Blue Book.

          The only think CIF had to rule on was the double forfiet

          • Jastrab

            Joe, but what make this interesting was the fact that the benches cleared. Did the ump eject the whole team in the malay? I have never seen that in a HS game.

  • Observantcat

    Monrovia is #5 in Div. 4…..

  • Al Saito

    There is an explanation for Walnut’s victory over Diamond Bar. Robert Iwasaki threw a one-hitter. Iwasaki’s last 4 appearances have been 9 shutout innings vs. Villa Park in Anaheim Lions tourney, 5-0 shutout vs. West Covina, 5-1 victory vs. Rowland, then Diamond Bar. It’s baseball, where anyone can win with a good pitcher. Diamond Bar is a very good team, who can beat a
    nyone. Not giving credit where it’s due is poor reporting.

  • Valley Athletics

    If walnut beats bonita at least once .diamond bar would be able to win the title or share the title with a split . Assuming they win both games this week . If iwasaki keeps up his good pitching walnut can pull the upset .

  • Valley Athletics

    amat defeated cathedral 8-2 today so that puts amat at second with cathedral . Cathedral still has Serra on schedule next week and Amat has last place bishop Montgomery .