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Baseball: South Hills completes sweep over Bonita with 7-1 victory

SOUTH HILLS SWEEP: Some early non-league losses and a poor showing in the prestigious Boras Classic knocked some of the mojo from the highly regarded South Hills baseball team, but the Huskies are starting to look the part with the playoffs around the corner.
South Hills, ranked No. 4 in CIF-Southern Section Division 2, completed a three-game sweep of second-ranked Bonita with a 7-1 victory behind pitcher Brandon Dieter, who threw a three-hit complete game and allowed only one hit after the first inning.
The victory comes just two days after South Hills’ marathon 7-4 victory in 11 innings at Bonita on Wednesday, and gives the Huskies (17-7, 10-1) a two-game lead over the Bearcats (19-4, 8-3) with four to play.
“No disrespect to Bonita, they’re a great team, but for some reason we match up well and we’ve been playing well in big games,” South Hills coach Darren Murphy said. “We’re starting to get it going.”
Bonita took a brief 1-0 lead in the first inning after Tommy Delgado led off the game with a double and was eventually singled home by Brandon Bradshaw.
But South Hills quickly answered.
Johnny Dearth’s double scored Aaron Fong and Jacob Amaya later scored on a close play at the plate on a fielder’s choice, giving the Huskies a 2-1 lead.
“I knew Bonita was tough and they would come out swinging,” Dieter said. “But my teammates had my back. We scored two in the first and that got me going.”
Bonita didn’t help itself the rest of the way.
South Hills loaded the bases with two outs in the second and scored when Johnny Dearth’s routine grounder to short was booted, allowing Chris Moya and Fong to score for a 4-1 lead.
A near identical situation happened in the sixth. South Hills loaded the bases with two outs and Dieter’s grounder to third was mishandled, allowing Amaya and Dearth to score for a 6-1 lead.
“We made some errors, but they hit some balls awfully hard,” Bonita coach John Knott said. “They have a number of good players and they made it tough on us swinging the bats and Dieter was tough around the plate. Credit to South Hills.
The top of South Hills’ order, Moya, Fong, Amaya and Dearth accounted for all nine of the Huskies’ hits and runs.
Moya was 3-for-4 with a double, Fong was 2-for-4 with two runs, Amaya was 2-for-3 with two runs and Dearth was 2-for-4.
“That’s why they’re hitting one through four,” Murphy said. “You stack the top of the lineup with your better guys and they’re doing what you’re supposed to do. They’re carrying us right now and doing their job.”
And so is South Hills, who is starting to silence the early season doubters.
“Better to be good in late April or May than dominant in February,” Murphy said. “There are no rings or titles given out in February.
“ A lot of people panicked on us and some inconsequential losses were made big deals. So, we had to remember the race is at the end. It’s a marathon. We said us losing was going to be bigger than us winning because of the expectations, but we’re to that point where we’re playing well now.”
For Knott, the key is not dwelling on what’s been an incredible season.
“We’ve had a lot of breaks go our way this year,” Knott said. “We have a good club, there’s no doubt about it. But you find out a lot more about your team after a loss than a win. It’s a lot easier to jump on the bandwagon when you’re winning and things are going your way.
“Wednesday was a tough loss going 11 innings and we come out here and get a run and South Hills says no, this ain’t happening today. We just have to move on, that’s the way it is. There’s a ton of season left.”

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Baseball: La Salle rallies in the seventh to stun Bishop Amat, 4-3

lasalleLa Salle ends Bishop Amat’s undefeated run in Del Rey: There’s a reason why coaches drive into their players that they need to play hard for all 21 outs.On Thursday afternoon, the La Salle High School baseball team found out exactly why that’s true after it rallied for four runs with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to stun visiting Bishop Amat, 4-3, at Arcadia County Park.
“Obviously, we have a lot of respect for Bishop Amat, but I’m really proud of our players for not quitting,” La Salle coach Mike Parisi said. “That’s an inning where you’re like ‘what just happened?’ That was huge. That clinches second place for us in league. That was a huge win for us.”
La Salle improved to 14-6 overall and 7-3 in the Del Rey League and ended Amat’s eight-game win streak. The Lancers still maintain a stranglehold on first place in league; 13-11 overall, 7-1.La Salle’s win wasn’t without controversy. With two outs and two on, La Salle’s Ryan Garcia hit a grounder to shortstop. Amat’s Jayson Gonzalez fielded the ball and his throw was a tad offline to first baseman Nick DiFiori, who stretched and fielded it in time for the out. But the umpires ruled DiFiori was pulled off the bag.

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South Hills baseball outlasts Bonita 7-4 in 11 innings to take over first in Palomares

South Hills’ Jacob Amaya tries to make the out at second against Bonita’s Kurtis Redman at Bonita High School in La Verne, CA, Wednesday, April 27, 2016. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)
South Hills wins in 11 innings
: Junior Johnny Dearth of South Hills came up big for his team on Wednesday, in more ways than one.He started Wednesday’s Palomares League showdown for first place against Bonita at first base, but was called on to pitch in the sixth inning, and he had to go nearly five innings.
If that weren’t enough, he added a two-run double in the 11th inning for the decisive runs as the Huskies prevailed 7-4 over their biggest league rival. The win puts South Hills (16-7, 9-1) alone in first, although the teams play again on Friday.
“The most difficult thing is going from one mentality to the other,” Dearth said. “At the plate you’re up there to do the opposite of what you’re doing when you’re on the mound.”
South Hills, ranked fourth in this week’s CIF Division 2 poll, went ahead 4-2 with three runs in the third, aided by a Bearcats error. There were doubles in the inning by Jacob Amaya, Jacob Dominguez and Quinn Cotter, each driving home a run.

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Video/Story: St. Paul softball doesn’t let Bishop Amat clinch title on own field, wins 3-2

St. Paul denies Amat: Bishop Amat High School was in position to possibly clinch the Del Rey League softball title on Tuesday against rival St. Paul.
The Swordsmen said no, not at their place.Kayla Rivas had the go-ahead RBI in a three-run fourth inning and Emilee Leonard was steady in the circle to lead St. Paul to a 3-2 victory over Bishop Amat at Jersey Fields.
Leonard and Nia Carter also had RBIs in the fourth inning for St. Paul, which improved to 14-8 overall and into second place in league play at 5-3. Leonard gave up eight hits and struck out six.Gabby Bracamonte went 3 for 4 with a RBI and Alyssa Barrera had a double and a triple and scored a run for Bishop Amat (17-3, 7-1).

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Damien’s Isaiah Paige shuts down Etiwanda rally, Spartans hold on for 3-2 victory

Damien gets another big Baseline win: Damien baseball coach Andy Nieto likes to call senior Isaiah Paige his secret weapon. He could be in the Spartans rotation and would be one of the area’s premier pitchers in that role. Instead he usually starts the game in center field and bats third in the lineup. Then, if Nieto needs someone to come in mid-game in a tight contest, Paige is usually that guy.
Paige has excelled in that role quite well, coming in and shutting down an Etiwanda rally in a Baseline League game the Spartans won 3-2 on Monday.
It was the first of three games the teams will play this week.
Paige, who has signed with University of Michigan as a two-way player, entered the game in relief of starter Matt Amrhein in the fifth with two on and no outs and the Spartans (11-7, 8-1) clinging to that 3-2 lead.

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Baseball Rankings: No. 1 Bonita and No. 3 South Hills battle it out twice this week

Tribune Top Ten Baseball Rankings
1. Bonita (19-2) — No. 1 on the line hosting South Hills Wednesday and at South Hills Friday. Both 8-1 in the Palomares. It’s on.
2. Sierra Vista (15-1) — Dons keep winning and only have allowed 14 runs in 9-0 league start.
3. South Hills (15-7) — Tied with No. 1 Bonita, it all comes down to the two-game series with Cats this week.
4. Damien (10-7) — A two-game lead at 7-1 in the Baseline. This is what Andy Nieto coached teams do. They get better as season moves on.
5. Bishop Amat (12-10) — Perfect 6-0 in the Del Rey with a big game Thursday at La Salle.
6. Charter Oak (11-7) — Has won five straight to take over first in Hacienda at 8-1.
7. Covina (13-6) — Has a two-game lead in the Valle Vista at 8-1.
8. Walnut (13-8-1) — All of a sudden it can’t win, losers of five straight to drop out of first in Hacienda.
9. Northview (12-7-1) — Vikings a virtual lock to make playoffs, but still sit in third in VVL.
10. South El Monte (10-7) — Holds one game lead over El Monte and Rosemead in the Mission Valley.

Hitting (Minimum 30 at bats)

1. Brennan McKenzie, Walnut, .500, 30-for-60
2. Daniel Lona, Sierra Vista, .458, 27-for-59
3. Nick Aguilar, South El Monte, .455, 15-for-33
4. Aaron Fong, South Hills, .453, 29-for-64
5. Ricardo Reyes, Sierra Vista, .449, 22-for-49
6. Felipe Perez, El Monte, .444, 20-for-45
7. Ricky Mejia, Bassett, .432, 16-for-37
8. Joshua Chaidez, Rosemead, .429 18-for-42
9. Aldo Perez, Gladstone, .429, 15-for-35
10. Isaiah Saavedra, South El Monte, .424, 25-for-59

Home Runs
5 – Tommy Delgado (Bonita); 4 – Brennan McKenzie (Walnut), Jake Bryant (Glendora); 2 – Jake Bryant (Glendora).
25 – Brandon Bradshaw (Bonita); 22 – Tommy Delgado (Bonita); 20 — Brennan McKenzie (Walnut); 19 — Johnny Dearth (South Hills); 17 – Jake Bryant (Glendora).
Pitching (Most Wins)
Christian Longoria (Walnut), 7-0; A.J. Woodall (Bonita) 7-0; Hayden Petrovick, (South Hills) 6-2; Adrian Cardenas (Sierra Vista), 5-1, Felipe Perez (El Monte), 5-1, Luiz Huizar (Rowland) 5-2, Nathan Schneider (Bonita), 5-2; Diego Barrera (Bishop Amat) 5-2; Angel Lopez (Rosemead) 5-3.
ERA Leaders
1. Ricardo Reyes, (Sierra Vista), 0.46; 2. Felipe Perez (El Monte), 0.60; 3. Mario Huizar (Sierra Vista), 0.65; 4. A.J. Woodall (Bonita), 0.99; 5. Christian Longoria (Walnut), 1.19.

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Softball Rankings: Bishop Amat, South Hills, St. Lucy’s are clear top three

Area Softball Rankings
1. Bishop Amat (17-2) — After beating St. Paul, Lancers get them again Tuesday and with another win will practically wrap-up the Del Rey.
2. South Hills (14-7) — Huskies are 4-0 in the Palomares and all four wins were shutouts.
3. St. Lucy’s (12-4-2) — What a shocker, St. Lucy’s tied for first in Baseline with powerful Etiwanda at 4-1.
4. Glendora (13-3) — After horrible 0-3 start in Palomares, Tartans trying to claw way back for a playoff berth.
5. Edgewood (12-1) — In the Miramonte league Edgewood has scored 127 runs and allowed 2.
6. Los Altos (9-8-1) — Winners of five straight while only allowing one run in last four games.
7. Arroyo (12-3) — Knights a perfect 7-0 in the Mission Valley League and getting better.
8. Bonita (10-8) — A surprising second in the Palomares with a 3-1 record.
9. Charter Oak (12-7) — Only 2-2 in league. Needs to get going to guarantee a playoff berth.
10. Diamond Ranch (13-6) — Tied for third in Hacienda with Charter Oak.

Hitting Leaders (Minimum 30 at bats)
1. Berlin Bonilla, La Puente, .684, 26-for-38
2. Alyssa Diaz, South El Monte, .632, 24-for-38
3. Melissa Felix, Los Altos, .579, 22-for-38
4. Sammy Alvarado, Edgewood, .571, 32-for-56
5t. Alexis Batres, Rosemead, .545, 24-for-44
5t. Ciara Granado, Edgewood, .545, 24-for-44
7. Randi Farricker, Glendora, .538, 28-for-52
8. Seanna Jimenez, El Monte, .535, 23-for-43
9. Alyssa Carrion, Walnut, .533, 16-for-30
10. Samantha Smith, Diamond Ranch, .518, 29-for-56

Home Runs
8 – Ciarra Granado (Edgewood); 7 – Randi Farricker (Glendora), Taylor Tetone (Glendora), Sammy Alvarado (Edgewood); 6 – Melysia Ortega (South Hills).
29 – Ciarra Granado (Edgewood); 26 – Sammy Alvarado (Edgewood); 23 – Randi Farricker (Glendora); 21 – Akyira Wiggins (Duarte); 20 – Marina Roski (Diamond Ranch).
Pitching: Most Wins
Natalie Lugo (South Hills) 11-5; Marina Roski (Diamond Ranch) 11-6; Dakota Casper (St. Lucy’s) 10-2; Cambria Keefer (Glendora) 10-3; Samaria Diaz (Bishop Amat) 9-1.
Pitching: ERA
1. Samaria Diaz (Bishop Amat) 0.84; 2. Natalie Lugo (South Hills) 0.96; 3. EmaRae Flores, (Charter Oak) 1.97; 4. Cambria Keefer (Glendora), 1.98; 5. Alyssa Ochoa, Baldwin Park (2.09)

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