Baseball/Softball: Los Altos softball shocks South Hills 1-0; Damien baseball wins wild card, 3-2; Nogales coach John Romano’s 35-year career ends with 16-4 loss to Ramona

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By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter

HACIENDA HEIGHTS — Celeste Wood wasn’t dominant Tuesday. She just got the job done, which is all that’s regarded in the CIF-Southern Section softball playoffs.
Wood tossed a four-hit shutout to lead host Los Altos to a 1-0 victory over South Hills in a Division 2 first-round game.
The Conquerors, who scored the game’s only run on a throwing error in the first inning, improved to 15-6 and advanced to Thursday’s second round against Moorpark at a site to be determined. Freshman sensation Natalie Lugo gave up three hits and struck out 10 for the Huskies, who finished 21-8.
Wood, who improved to 12-1, turned away three scoring chances for the Huskies, who where 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position.
Los Altos’ Celeste Wood: “I pitched for my team. It was a team win. I was focused on holding (South Hills), not letting them score, and helping my defense out. I just wanted to pitch with my best effort.”

Los Altos coach Nacho Hernandez: “We figured if we could get any type of run, my defense would come through. It did. It was an amazing game to watch.”

South Hills coach Brandon Gonzalez: “We just didn’t execute at the plate. You have to give the pitcher credit. She pitched a good game. Mine did to, but they got the run.”

Wild Card

Damien 3, St. Joseph 2
Wild Card

Wilson at Santa Ana Calvary Chapel, 3:15 p.m.
Ramona 16, Nogales 4
Patriot 4, Baldwin Park 1
First Round

Mission Viejo 13, Diamond Bar 0
Capistrano Valley 7, Charter Oak 1
Los Altos 1, South Hills 0
Yucaipa 3, Bonita 0
First Round
Bishop Amat 6, Burroughs/Burbank 3
First Round
South El Monte at Patriot, 3:15 p.m
Heritage 10, Arroyo 0
First Round
Sierra Vista 8, Alhambra 3
San Dimas 11, Lompoc 0
Marlborough 14, Azusa 6
Paraclete 4, Edgewood 3
Ontario Chr. 4, Northview 0
Anaheim 2, Duarte 1
Cabrillo/Lompoc 6, Covina 5

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  • CIF softball playoffs, the fish bowl goes 3-9 against outside competition…that speaks loudly

  • sports authority

    I have not seen SGV softball be so weak as this year and last.

    • the fish bowl sucks in most sports..unless you’re talking about the low to very low divisions, save for a few exceptions

  • Love of the game

    There is a reason why softball is getting weaker! With Administrations lack of support toward the good coaches, schools are left with hiring coaches that don’t know how to build a winning program, look at last year, there were so many good coaches who quit or got let go simply because Parents rule the day with these administrations and their bosses. But yet! Boys sports program continue to thrive and receive the needed support? Title 9 anyone?
    Good luck to the softball programs that are still in the hunt, do our sport proud!
    Charter Oak
    West Covina
    Diamond Bar
    South Hills
    Glendora- # 1 Area rank team, never even got in the race.
    All of the these teams, with the exception of DB were ranked in the area and all of them are early outs? Furthermore all of these teams have the talent. Coaches are afraid to coach and with weak AD’s that don’t care about standing up or backing these coaches, we will continue to see this sport get weaker and weaker. High Schools Softball should not be a notch up from city rec leagues! Sports is about learning to compete, be the best that you can while beating someone out and helping your team to be the best! Championships are won by the players and their coaches! Not the Parents!

  • sports authority

    So one team remains, and it’s in the weak div 5. Sad year for SGV softball.