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Fred J. Robledo is the local sports editor for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group

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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Bonita not just winning, it’s dominating, routs Glendora, 12-1

“I thought it was a total team effort,” Bearcats coach John Knott said. “I’m really proud of the way our kids played today. Our guys swung the bat well, we made the plays defensively and, obviously, Nate (Schneider) did a stellar job throwing strikes and changing speeds.”

bonitaThe Dominating ‘Cats: Bonita kept its hold on a piece of the top spot in the Palomares League baseball standings with a 12-1 win over Glendora on Friday afternoon.The Bearcats (19-2, 8-1) completed a sweep of the season series against the Tartans.Bonita will play South Hills (14-7, 8-1) in a home-and-home series next week that will probably decide the league championship and the league’s top seed for the CIF Southern Section Division 2 playoffs.

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Bishop Amat’s 2016 football schedule, let’s predict the the Lancers’ record …

You don’t lose Tyler Vaughns, Trevon Sidney, Damian Garcia, Torreahno Sweet, Matt Brayton, Steven Lopez, William Kelly, Kai Higgins, Xavier Chavez and more and expect to advance to the Division 1 semifinals for the third straight year. This will probably be coach Steve Hagerty’s most difficult challenge since taking over in 2008. Hags has never had a losing season, but this fall could be it. Don’t fool yourself, this isn’t a reload, it’s a rebuild and there’s probably nobody better than Hags and his great staff to take this on, but get ready for some growing pains. At best I’ve got them going 1-2 against Mater Dei, Servite and JSerra, with Mater Dei a possible blowout loss in the home opener. They should beat St. Paul no matter who they put on the field, but in league, I’m guessing they go 2-4 and miss the playoffs. So my overall prediction for 2016 is Bishop Amat, 4-6.


Bishop Amat 2016 Football Schedule
Aug. 26 — Mater Dei, 7 p.m.
Sept. 2 — At Servite, 7 p.m.
Sept. 9 — JSerra, 7 p.m.
Sept. 16 — at St. Paul, 7 p.m.
Sept. 23 — Loyola, 7 p.m.
Sept. 30 — At Notre Dame, 7 p.m.
Oct. 7 — At Crespi, 7 p.m.
Oct. 14 — Serra, 7 p.m.
Sept. 21 — at Alemany, 7 p.m.
Sept. 28 — Chaminade, 7 p.m.

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