Baseball: All league champions have been crowned, nothing left to settle but playoff spots … And why is Amat playing Saturday?

VSHILLSToday’s Sierra
Charter Oak at Damien, 3:30 p.m.
Chino Hills at South Hills, 3:30 p.m.
SIERRA SCENARIO: The Sierra League baseball wraps up today with South Hills (19-6, 11-3) already having clinched the league title going away. All that’s left is sorting out the remaining playoff spots for Division 2. South Hills is hosting Chino Hills (15-10, 7-7), who are currently tied for third with Damien (15-10, 7-7), who will host Charter Oak (9-13, 4-10), whose season is over after today. Second place Claremont (13-11, 8-7) is already finished, a half-game ahead of Damien and Chino Hills. Ayala (16-11, 6-9) can do no better than fifth. Based on last year, four Sierra League teams made the D-2 playoffs, with only South Hills getting a first-round game. Second, third and fourth in the Sierra all played wild cards, which is likely again, so safe to say, no matter what happens, Claremont, Chino Hills and Damien are probably in. Ayala has a decent overall record, but not sure a fifth team from the Sierra gets in.

WHIGHLANDERSToday’s Hacienda
Diamond Bar at Bonita, 3:15 p.m.
Rowland at West Covina, 3:15 p.m.
Walnut at Diamond Ranch, 3:15 p.m.
HACIENDA SCENARIO: Bonita (24-3-1, 11-0) wrapped up the league title by defeating second-place Diamond Bar (19-5, 8-3) earlier in the week. They meet again today at Bonita. Diamond Bar needs to win to finish second by itself, otherwise it will finish in a tie for second with Los Altos (16-9, 8-4), who is already finished. Only question is will fourth-place West Covina (14-12-1, 4-7) earn an wild-card game. West Covina finishes with Rowland at home.

Baseline Today
Glendora at Los Osos, 3:15 p.m.
Etiwanda at Upland, 3:15 p.m.
Alta Loma at Rancho Cucamonga, 3:15 p.m.
BASELINE SCENARIO: Los Osos (19-5, 12-2) won the league title with a 9-0 no-hitter over second-place Glendora (17-8, 9-5) on Tuesday. They will meet again at Los Osos today, but the order of finish already has been determined for the top two spots. Etiwanda (12-12-1, 7-7) needs to beat (15-9, 6-8) to finish third.

XVFALCONSMONTVIEW SCENARIO – La Puente wrapped up the Montview Leauge title with a 2-0 win over Workman on Thursday. Ramon Melendez had an RBI sacrifice bunt in the second inning and Anthony Eurchette hit a sacrifice fly to score the other run in the third for the lone runs. Ethan Etchebarren had 11 strikeouts and scattered four hits and three walks as the Warriors finished 13-8 and 11-2 to fend off Sierra Vista (17-5, 11-3) and Duarte (13-12, 10-4), who finished second and third, respectively.

MISSION VALLEY SCENARIO — All finished with Arroyo (13-8, 12-3) capturing the MVL league title with El Monte (12-11, 10-5) second and Mountain View (10-14, 8-7) third.

sdimasVALLE VISTA SCENARIO — In case you missed it, San Dimas (22-6, 11-1) swept Northview (20-8, 8-4) this week to capture the league title outright. Extremely impressive considering the quality this year. Baldwin Park (20-5, 9-3) winds up finishing second with Northview third and Nogales (21-7, 7-5) fourth. All four teams are expected to make the playoffs.

DEL REY SCENARIO: Serra (23-5, 10-0) won the league title and helped Bishop Amat (16-11, 7-3) finish second by sweeping Cathedral (14-15, 6-4) this week to move the Lancers past Cathedral. In one of the worst scheduling fiasco’s I can think of, Amat is traveling to Palm Desert for a non-league game on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Now, why would you do that with the playoffs starting next week? In Amat’s defense, the schedule was made early in the season figuring they would have a long layoff down the stretch, but rain forced the Lancers to play win twice this week against Bishop Mongtgomery.

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  • fb102

    Nieto could be living it up in nearby Palm Springs for the weekend. Where else can he spend some of the $$ he collected from the over 100 players in the program at $400.00 a player for ahem, ‘fundraising’…..

  • Valley Athletics

    I don’t see it As a scheduling fiasco scheduling palm desert. They have been playing the same schedule the whole year . Tuesday and Thursday league games and Saturday the redondo tournament . On Saturdays they use different pitchers so its does no harm . If they pitched any if there aces then that would be a mistake . They did win the game against the 4th ranked team in the division , so that will give them a confidence boost . Lets get a write up on Bonita’s Sam stravang . Heard he has pitched 27 straight innings with no hits . It’s going to be a great game if bonita and Serra meet in final . Nogales at 4th will get in playoffs with there record and toughness of league alone . If oaks christian can get to finals and have Phil bickford on the mound , I don’t see anyone beating oaks christian with a dominant pitcher like him on the mound .nogales will draw one of the top seeds.