SUPER SCHNEIDER: Dating back to its fall league, the South Hills High School baseball team hadn’t suffered a loss in almost four months. The Huskies had steamrolled through its nonleague schedule leading up to the Palomares League opener on Wednesday.
Unfortunately for visiting South Hills, it had to go up against Bonita ace, senior Nathan Schneider. He struck out nine and tossed seven shutout innings to lead the Bearcats to a 3-0 win.
“Schneider’s a good pitcher,” South Hills coach Darren Murphy said. “(He’s) one of the top two or three pitchers in the league, so we knew it was going to be a game where you had to take advantage of opportunities. We had one, maybe two opportunities and we didn’t take advantage of it.”
CIF-State Southern California Division I
Corona Centennial at Damien, 7 p.m.
The Spartans are living up to their No. 1-seed billing in the state playoffs. Pick a style, and coach Mike LeDuc’s bunch is ready.
Against Central of Fresno in the first round, the Spartans rolled up 102 points in a fast-paced game. They followed that by getting defensive in a 60-44 win over Fairfax in a more methodical affair.
On Tuesday, a rematch looms with Corona Centennial, which Damien beat to start the Southern Section Open Division playoffs back on Feb. 17. Following that win, Damien was ousted by Sierra Canyon. But since then, Damien is on a five-game win streak and playing arguably its best ball of the season.
Tribune Top Ten Baseball Rankings
1. South Hills (5-0) – Solidified top spot after winning 32-team Frozen Ropes Classic. Opens Palomares at Bonita.
2. Charter Oak (4-1) – Biggest surprise beating Bonita and advancing to Frozen Ropes final.
3. Glendora (7-2) – Opened with six straight wins, dropped 2 of last three.
4. Bonita (4-1) – Already with three shutouts despite tough 7-1 loss to Charter Oak.
5. Walnut (4-1) — Pitching has been great, allowed two runs or less in four wins.
6. Bishop Amat (4-3) — After slow start has won three of last four.
7. Damien (2-3) – Terrible start, but has played tough schedule.
8. Wilson (4-0) – Hasn’t played anyone tough, but still has outscored opponents 42-1.
9. Nogales (6-1) – Won first six before finally dropping a game.
10. Sierra Vista (4-2) – Improved non-league schedule, good 10-5 win over improved Muir.
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Tribune Softball Rankings
1. St. Lucy’s (5-1) – Dakota Casper has been great in the circle, only loss to Los Altos
2. Bonita (4-2) — Looked great in winning the San Dimas tournament.
3. Charter Oak (5-1) – Avenged its only loss to Bonita and has shown lots of power at the plate.
4. Glendora (6-2) – Only losses to San Dimas, Bonita.
5. Los Altos (4-3) – Good record considering how difficult the schedule.
6. South Hills (2-4) – Surprising slow start during Florida-bound pitcher Natalie Lugo’s senior year.
7. San Dimas (4-2) – Still the Valle Vista league favorites.
8. Bishop Amat (2-3-1) – Not sure what to expect after graduating so many talented seniors
9. Baldwin Park (4-1) – Might challenge San Dimas for Valle Vista title.
10. Mountain View (4-0) – Area’s only undefeated team.
Damien advances to SoCal quarterfinals: The Damien High School basketball team knew its shot at winning a CIF Southern Section Open Division wasn’t good; not with the juggernauts at the top in Chino Hills, Mater Dei, Sierra Canyon and Bishop Montgomery.
A state title? Well that might be an easier task.
The Spartans were taken out of the Open and put into Division I for the CIF State Southern California Regional portion of the playoffs.They opened the quest for that state title with a 102-70 win over visiting Fresno Central on Wednesday at the Travers-Cronin Athletic Center.
The top-seeded Spartans will play to Fairfax at 6 p.m. Saturday.
CIF-State Southern California Regional Playofffs
Wednesday’s First Round
Damien 102, Central 70
Pasadena 63, Heritage 57
Bakersfield 66, Maranatha 62
Blair 55, Palisades 53
San Bernardino 57, St. Paul 55
Wednesday’s First Round
Mission Oak 48, Glendora 46
Scripps Ranch 54, Pasadena 24
Bakersfield Christian 54, Westridge 45
Charter Oak, South Hills advance to title game: The Charter Oak High School baseball team, off to its best start in more than 13 years, has advanced to its first tournament championship game in five years when Dino Mianda hit a game-winning double in the eighth inning to defeat Yucaipa 1-0 in the semifinals of the Frozen Ropes Tournament Wednesday night at Mt. SAC’s Mazmanian Field.
With the victory, Charter Oak (4-0) will play South Hills (4-0), a 6-0 winner over Carter, in the other semifinal game. The teams play at 6 p.m. Saturday night at Mt. SAC.
With two outs and runners on first and second, Miranda hit a fly ball to right field that was lost in the lights, allowing sophomore Jacob Moreno to score from second.
“In my freshman year against Northview I had a (game-winning hit) in the Dicks Tournament,” Miranda said. “That’s baseball for you.“We’ve been putting in the work and now it’s showing.”
Times of games not posted yet
South Hills 4, Los Altos 2
Carter 9, Walnut 2
Charter Oak 7, Bonita 1
Yucaipa 2, Crescenta Valley 1, 9 innings
Wednesday’s semifinals at Mt. SAC
Charter Oak 1, Yucaipa 0
South Hills 6, Carter 0
Saturday’s championship at Mt. SAC
Charter Oak vs. South Hills, 6 p.m.
Watch video highlights, interviews following Glendora’s 62-52 loss to Thousand Oaks in the Division 3AA title game.
Glendora girls fall in finals: The Thousand Oaks girls basketball team got into the playoff by luck — literally. It tied for third in its league and only advanced to the postseason because it won a coin flip.
Meanwhile, Glendora settled for a second-place showing the Palomares League.The teams showed its what you do at the end that matters, and it was Thousand Oaks emerging with a 62-52 win in the CIF Southern Section Division 3AA championship game Saturday morning at Honda Center.Despite the loss, it was the best showing in school history for the Tartans (25-6), who were looking for the school’s first title in the sport.
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