Baseball Rankings and Leaders: Damien’s David Banuelos making a strong case for player of the year hitting .489 with 4HR and 19 RBIs

1. South Hills (14-3-1) — Why South Hills No. 1 and not Damien? Even though the Spartans won their only meeting so far, still believe the Huskies’ would be better in a long series.
2. Damien (13-4) — Tied with South Hills for lead in the Sierra. When Grant Hockin’s on the bump, they’re extremely tough to beat.
3. Bonita (15-5) — Hottest team of the moment, winners of nine straight which includes a big non-league victory at Harvard-Westlake.
4. Glendora (13-5) — Split with Upland, but still in first all alone in the Baseline. Coach Dan Henley proving again he’s one of areas best.
5. San Dimas (13-6-1) — Strange 1-0 loss to Wilson is only blemish in the Valle Vista. Looking at remaining VVL games, Saints shouldn’t lose again.
6. Bishop Amat (10-8) — Good teams find ways to win close games. That’s Amat’s problem, seven of its eight losses have been by two runs or less.
7. Diamond Bar (13-7) — Brahmas own a victory over Bonita and only sit a game back of the Bearcats in the standings.
8. Sierra Vista (14-2) — A perfect 8-0 in the Montview and only two losses to Monrovia and rival Baldwin Park.
9. Rosemead (10-6) — A perfect 9-0 in the Mission Valley league and swinging the bat very well. Non-league record isn’t impressive but they do own a win over Monrovia.
10. Charter Oak (9-8) — They beat Damien last week. Even though they’re last in the Sierra, how many area teams that you believe should be No. 10 instead of Charter Oak could do that?

Above: David Banuelos (No. 18) celebrates with Grant Hockin. Banuelos is chasing an area triple crown while Hockin is 7-1 on the hill for the Spartans.


1. Matt Arguello, La Puente, 17-for-32, .531
2. Ryan Viramontes, West Covina, 23-for-46, .500
3. David Banuelos, Damien, 23-for-47, .489
4. Derek Zavala, South El Monte, 17-for-35, .486
5. Eric Hernandez, Sierra Vista, 16-for-33, .485
6. Derrian Torres, Sierra Vista, 15-for-31, .484
7. Kory Brown, Charter Oak, 22-for-47, .468
8. Erick Morales, La Puente, 16-for-35, .457
9. Anthony Cuevas, Los Altos, 23-for-51, .451
10. Michael Guzman, Baldwin Park, 18-for-40, .450
4 – David Banuelos, Damien; Francisco Ramirez, South Hills
3 – Nick Hernandez, Charter Oak; Jordan Abernathy, Damien.
22 – Alex Gonzalez, Bonita
19 – David Banuelos, Damien
17 – Jordan Abernathy, Damien
16 – Jon Ayala, South Hills; Jonathan Olsen, Damien
1. Eric Flores, Glendora (0.24)
2. Gavin Velasquez, South Hills (0.72)
3. Peter Lambert, San Dimas (1.00)
4. Alex Garcia, Bishop Amat (1.26)
5. Anthony Deeter, West Covina (1.34)
Win-Loss record
1. Kale Morton, Glendora, 6-0
2. Grant Hockin, Damien, 7-1
3. Gerardo Ramirez, Diamond Bar, 6-1
4. Peter Lambert, San Dimas, 5-1
5. Ryan Mauch, South Hills, 4-0

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  • Jim

    How about Bishop Amat’s Isaac Archer with 33 innings and a 0.45 ERA?


    Fred, why does the LA Times have Glendora ranked so high and South Hills so low?

  • Valley Athletics

    I would have Damien ahead of south hills because win was pretty big and recent .south hills will go farther though because Jonathan Olsen is not pitching anymore this season I heard .

    • Steve Ramirez

      No Fred has it right…Had Damien beat Charter Oak twice and be in first alone, then Damien at No. 1 would be right. But you have to drop Damien a spot for losing to an area team that wasn’t previously ranked. In my view, a bad loss trumps a good win, even if the latter is head-to-head.

    • Sports watcher

      Damien Varsity can’t hit good pitching and Al is always out-coached a lot. If they don’t win league Al and Skip must resign and if they don’t, Damien needs to fire them for the sake of the program or lack thereof. These coaches haven’t been able to do anything with their talent the last few years. It’s times to re-evaluate the program and start making serious changes. It’s embarrassing when they can’t deliver anything but a wildcard spot in playoff and then elimated soon after. This Pathetic program needs an overhaul. Heard they’re having a mandatory summer team this year and that the boys will need to put HS games over their showcase teams. How can a coach demand that when he does nothing to get them exposed? He doesn’t even answer email from colleges inquiring about players. These coaches need to man up and step down to save face! It’s no wonder Al was run out of Claremont. What has he done? What has he won? What is he capable of? Nothing! Time to clean house and give this once great baseball program a chance!

      • Valley Athletics

        I have also heard that the football team loses some good athletes because if they don’t play summer baseball they have no chance of starting .making summer ball mandatory is not gonna go well with scout team players with all the big showcases they have to play at in summer and fall .

      • coachbilly

        I understand and feel your pain… The problem here at Damien is that these coaches don’t relate well with the players.
        The only reason for the summer program this year is because little albert got fired from his summer gig and now has a sense of urgency to save his job here!
        The team has talent to win, but the big question mark? “Will these players rally around their coach”? Most of the Seniors hate these guys for numerous reasons… right or wrong.
        Yes Skip and little albert haven’t won the big one in their past or present jobs, but time will tell.. Maybe this could be the year?
        These guys know the game, but really lack the ability to coach and relate at this level. Claply is only there to get playing time for his grandson which is truly a joke in itself, and Albert well enough said!
        So at the end of the day, the powers to be need to evaluate the overall success of these two coaches.

        • HSBaseballFan

          Regardless of the team’s talent, as long as Leyva is at the helm Damien’s baseball team will never reach the level of its talent. You are correct, Leyva does not know how to interact/teach teenage boys/young men. He continually provides inconsistant coaching, maligns rather than teaches, and does not encourage team cohesiveness. Will the Damien team “rally around their coach?” I think not. Leyva is responsible for the Damien baseball program and he has proven he is not the proper steward to make the program successful. It is way past the time for a change for the Damien baseball program.

  • Valley Athletics

    Bishop amat had a huge win against 13 rank in the nation on perfect game America Loyola . Big win . Down 4-0 and came back to win 7-4 .

    • Robert

      Loyola played there worst game of the year and did not want to risk throwing one of there all star pitchers. Amat kinda of backed into the win

      • Valley Athletics

        Really, Nathan Hadley the ucla commit who is there ace pitched . This was not a Saturday game . This is a vacation week with no league games until next week . Both teams pitched aces .