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All-Area Wrestling: Northview’s Bryan Salinas repeats as Wrestler of the Year; Bishop Amat’s Thomas Pierre is Coach of the Year

Bryan Salinas has been selected Wrestler of the Year. Salinas is a member of the Boys Wrestling team at Northview High School, which he helped win CIF-Southern Section division and Masters titles. (Photo by Walt Mancini/Pasadena Star-News)

Bryan Salinas has been selected Wrestler of the Year. Salinas is a member of the Boys Wrestling team at Northview High School, which he helped win CIF-Southern Section division and Masters titles. (Photo by Walt Mancini/Pasadena Star-News)

By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter

2013-14 ALL-AREA WRESTLING TEAM
WRESTLER OF THE YEAR: BRYAN SALINAS, NORTHVIEW, SENIOR


For a career, no wrestler in the area has been better than Northview High School’s Bryan Salinas in recent seasons.
He finished with three CIF-Southern Section divisional titles, four trips to the state championships and three state medals.
The 160-pounder concluded his career with a Central Division title, a runner-up finish at Masters and a top eight finish at the CIF State championships.
For his efforts, Salinas is Tribune Wrestler of the Year.
“It means a lot to me, placing three years at state is a hard challenge,” said Salinas, who also won the area award last season. “The list is short of wrestlers who have done that before. I’m proud to be part of that list.”
Salinas, also a key member of Northview’s drive to a Division 2 Dual title, more than lived up to the Northview reputation as the area’s best. His three state medals ranking only second in school history to former Northview competitor Caleb Flores, a four-time state medalist. But his worth to the Vikings was more than his talent on the mat. He proved to be just as good off it.
“He’s been consistent, pushed through his injuries, been a great leader and helped us win Masters twice in his four years and four consecutive CIF titles,” Northview coach David Ochoa said. “None of that would have been possible without Bryan, and he started doing that right off the bat as a freshman. Especially last year, when he was physically beat up and had to wrestle at a higher weight, but he did it for us.”
The senior was 30-3 on the mat this season, with three losses being by default. The other three setbacks were by two points in the Masters final and by a point in the quarterfinals at state.
“It was a good season,” Salinas said. “I had a tough match at Masters and state didn’t work out the way I wanted. But I wanted to come back and keep our tradition alive for state placers.”
He will now take his talent to college wrestling, where he’s received a scholarship from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Bishop Amat's Thomas Pierre is Area Wrestling Coach of the Year. (Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)

Bishop Amat’s Thomas Pierre is Area Wrestling Coach of the Year. (Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)


COACH OF THE YEAR:
THOMAS PIERRE, BISHOP AMAT

Pierre has been a key to the Lancers being one of the top programs in the area. He’s guided the Lancers to three CIF-Southern Section divisional titles, six runner-up finishes and 19 league titles.
This season, Bishop Amat, despite heavy graduation losses from 2012-13, was stellar, going 13-2 in dual competition, winning the Mission League title and advancing to the quarterfinals of the CIF-SS dual championships. He also coached CIF State placer Nigel Ruiz, who was one of three area competitors this season to finish among the top eight at the state meet.
This (season) was special for so many reasons,” Pierre said. “After graduating 10 starters, I knew we had our work cut out for us. I sat our young kids down last March and told them, ‘You are the guys. We are going to depend on you next year.’ To finish 13-2, claim another Mission League championship, gain three CIF placers and a state placer in a rebuilding year was thrilling.
“Our success is never something that is easily gained or handed over to us. We have to do a lot of work to develop the wrestlers. Most of our guys start as freshman and we develop them within. I think we are good at making something out of what we get and we never count anyone out. We push them to be the kind of wrestlers we know they are.”
FIRST TEAM
DAVID GONZALEZ, SAN DIMAS, 106, SENIOR

Gonzalez was the top competitor in the area at 106 pounds. He followed up a second-place finish at the Valle Vista League finals with CIF-SS Central Division and Masters titles. He qualified for the state meet and came up one round short of receiving a top-eight medal.
RICHARD CASILLAS, NORTHVIEW, 106, SOPHOMORE
Casillas was one of 17 area competitors to advance to the state championships. He won the Valle Vista League title before finishing second in the CIF-SS Central Division and sixth at the Masters Meet. He went 1-2 at the CIF State championships.
VINCENT PARRA, NORTHVIEW, 113, SENIOR
Parra was the top competitor at 113 pounds. He was one of 17 area athletes to advance to the state championships. He won titles at the Valle Vista League finals and the CIF-SS Central Division championships. He was third at the Masters Meet before going 3-2 at the state meet.
JOE ALEXANDER, CHARTER OAK, 132, SENIOR
Alexander was another member of the area’s top 17, who made it to the state championships. He won at 132 pounds at the CIF-SS Central Division championships before placing fifth at the Masters Meet. Alexander went 1-2 at the state championships.
MARIO LOPEZ, ROWLAND, 138, SENIOR
Lopez has been one of the area’s best over the past two seasons. This year he was the top competitor at 138 pounds and a key for Rowland winning the Hacienda League title. He was second at the CIF-SS Central Division championships and fifth at the Masters Meet. He went 2-2 at the state meet.
NIGEL RUIZ, BISHOP AMAT, 145, JUNIOR
Ruiz came on strong down the stretch to place at the CIF State championships. He was fourth at the CIF-SS Coastal Division championships before taking second at Masters and taking eighth at the CIF state meet. He also went 3-2 at nationals. Earlier, he won three tournament titles and was runner-up at the Five Counties Invitational.
RICKY PADILLA, NORTHVIEW, 152, JUNIOR
Padilla was the area’s best at 152 pounds, and played a big part in Northview winning CIF-SS dual and team individual titles and the Masters team title. He won individual titles at the Valle Vista League finals, the CIF-SS Central Division championships and Masters Meet. He went 4-2 at the state championships, missing a top-eight medal by one round.
SETH MORALES, BONITA, 170, SENIOR
Morales as part of the area’s terrific trio that placed among the top eight at the state championships. The 170 pounder was second at the CIF-SS Central Division championships and third at the Masters Meet. He placed eighth at state championships, advancing to the quarterfinals. He won a consolation match before losing two matches by injury, dropping him to eighth.
KAULIN GARCIA, DAMIEN, 182, SENIOR
Garcia’s was the area’s best at 182 pounds. He was one of 17 area competitors to advance to the state meet after placing third at the CIF-SS Central Division championships and ninth at the Masters Meet. He went 2-2 at the state championships.
KEANDRE JOHNSON, DIAMOND BAR, 220, SENIOR
Johnson has been one of the area’s best the past two seasons. He followed up a third-place finish at CIF-SS divisionals with a runner-up finish this season. He also was fourth at the Masters Meet and qualified for the state championships, missing the medal rounds by one match. He also competed in the senior nationals.
LUIS HERNANDEZ, ARROYO, 220, SENIOR
Hernandez was arguably the top competitor in the Mission Valley League. He followed up a Mission Valley League title with a second-place at the Southern Division championships before placing eighth at Masters. He went 2-2 at the state championships.
RYAN PADILLA, GLENDORA, 285, SENIOR
Padilla was the top heavyweight in the area. He was the Tartan’s lone qualifier to the Masters Meet, winning at the Inland Division championships. Padilla, who was ranked in the state top 20 most of the season, was fifth at Masters. He went 3-2 at the state meet.
ISSAC AGUILAR, SIERRA VISTA, 285, SENIOR
Soto was steady all season and a big part of the Dons winning another Montview League title. He was eighth at the Northern Division championships before placing ninth at Masters to become one of 17 area competitors to advance to the state championships. He went 0-2 at the state meet.
JACKIE QUINONES, ARROYO, 189, JUNIOR
Quinones was the top girls competitor in the area and the only state champion of either gender. She was sixth at the CIF-SS Meet before rolling through the 189-pound division at the state championships. She dominated her bracket, winning three by all, including pinning Western Ranch’s Alyssa Cantu in the finals in 4:39.
SECOND TEAM
Miguel Juarez, 106, Rowland, Sr.
John Rivera, 132, Northview, Sr.
Anthony Martinez, 182, Northview, Sr.
Bruno Flores, Rowland, 126, Sr.
Patrick Sanchez, Damien, 285, Sr.
Abraham Soto, Sierra Vista, 132, Sr.
Christian Ramirez, Rowland, 120, Fr.
Jeremy Foo, Diamond Bar, 132, Sr.
Andres Estrada, Northview, 126, Jr.
Matt Chavez, South Hills, 152, Sr.
Chris Solario, Covina, 160, Sr.
Ian Alvarado, Sierra Vista, 195, Sr.
Katie Auxier, Northview, 145, Sr.
Alyssa Barredo, Walnut, 106, Jr.
HONORABLE MENTION
Josias Nunez, Arroyo, 113, Sr.
Mark Cruz, Northview, 138, Sr.
Oscar Alfaro, Wilson, 170, Sr.
Andres Hooper, Northview, 120, So.
Inez Martinez, Mountain View, 116, Jr.
Izzy Valles, Northview, 137, Jr.
Mia Dow, Walnut, 116, Fr.
Jessica Villagas, Baldwin Park, 189, Sr.
Jazmine Chavarria, West Covina, 235, Sr.
FINAL TOP 10
1. Northview
2. Rowland
3. Arroyo
4. Charter Oak
5. Bishop Amat
6. Diamond Bar
7. San Dimas
8. South Hills
9. Sierra Vista
10. Bonita
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
Baseline League: Alta Loma
Hacienda: Rowland
Mission: Bishop Amat
Mission Valley: Arroyo
Montview: Sierra Vista
Sierra: Charter Oak
Valle Vista: Northview
CIF-SS CHAMPIONS
Northview (D2 Duals, Central Division, Masters)

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Glendora High School names tennis courts the Paul Baiotto Tennis Courts

By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
GLENDORA –
The former Glendora Tennis Championships, held from 1961-2003, were a major part of Paul Baiotto’s life, and Thursday, Baiotto, who died in 2012, was rewarded for that dedication.
Glendora High School officially named its tennis facility the Paul Baiotto Tennis Courts onThursday during a ceremony prior to the Tartans Baseline League match vs. Etiwanda.
All in attendance believed it was a fitting tribute for a man who dedicated so much of his time for tennis and the Glendora community.

“We’re all still playing — thanks to Paul — enjoying the game of tennis,” said Karen Baiotto, Paul’s wife. “Our sons, Brian, Brad and Brent so appreciate this honor because it will help his legacy live on. Paul had a passion for tennis and a penchant for details, which enabled the tournament to become the wonderful event that it was.
“If Paul were here today, he definitely would want to share this day with (the tournament volunteers). They made the tournament what it was. We couldn’t have done it without all of you.”
Biaotto, who grew up in Glendora and was a Glendora High graduated started the tournament from the ground up in 1961 and it annually became one of the top summer events in the Valley, featuring between 700-1,500 entrants each year in a variety of different competition levels, including open, juniors and seniors. It was the largest event in the Southern California Tennis Association summer schedule, and helped fun the up keep of several court locations in Glendora, including those at Glendora High and Goddard Middle School.
Bob Waldman, Baiotto’s chief assistant for much of the tournament’s run, said that Biaotto was the driving force behind the tournament’s success, though his organization and how he treated the players, and that the naming of the Glendora High tennis courts was an honor well-deserved.
“His memory will live on right here at the Paul Baiotto Tennis Courts at Glendora High,” Waldman told the crowd, some who were tournament volunteers and former players. “Paul, this one’s for you, your efforts truly embodied Glendora’s motto, ‘The Pride of the Foothills.’”
Glendora principal Paul Lopez and athletic director Rod Tilton, who along with Waldman help lead the charge for the dedication, were also in attendance as well as Glendora city council woman Karen Davis.
“It’s a great day,” Lopez said. “We’ve never done anything like this before. This may be the beginning of other things we may do on the Glendora campus to help serve the community. I have to thank our athletic director Rod Tilton, who did a great job of putting this event together.
“We’re very proud to name the courts after Paul Baiotto for all the service he did for the Glendora community and the high school for the many of years of teaching.”
Davis presented Karen Baiotto with a recognition award in Paul Baiotto’s honor.

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All-Area Girls Water Polo: Bonita’s Natalie Rivas wins Player of the Year

Bonita High's Natalie Rivas has been named the San Gabriel Valley Tribune's All-area Girls Water Polo Player of the Year April 7, 2014. (Staff photo by Leo Jarzomb/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

Bonita High’s Natalie Rivas has been named the San Gabriel Valley Tribune’s All-area Girls Water Polo Player of the Year April 7, 2014. (Staff photo by Leo Jarzomb/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Natalie Rivas, Bonita, Sr.


Bonita High School has become a pretty good girls water polo factory in recent years. The Bearcats have made three trips to the finals since 2009, winning once, and fielded some of the area’s best players.
You can add Rivas to that list. She ranked among the leaders in scoring and keyed the Bearcats to their fourth consecutive Hacienda League crown. For her efforts, Rivas is Tribune Girls Volleyball Player of the Year.
For Rivas, while not winning a division title was disappointing, she also enjoyed the experience she had with her teammates.
“Going into the season we, as a team, decided we wanted to try and play as many games as possible,” Rivas said. “So I’m glad we got to play in CIF and give the younger girls a chance to play in CIF and learn how to play in those games, which are high-intense games.
“I’m really happy. I love my team and it was a great experience.”
Rivas, along with junior Erin Gonzalez, keyed the run to a fourth consecutive Hacienda League title, scoring 100 goals. But she was also one of the better passers in the area, a solid defender and a good team leader.
“She is just a terrific all-around player and athlete,” Bonita coach Andy Rosenberg said. “I’ve had the good fortune of coaching a lot of good players over the years, and she’s one of the best I’ve had the privilege of coaching. It’s because of skill, but also game sense. She’s going to be really hard to replace.”
Rivas, a three-time All-CIF-SS player, now takes her game to Virginia Military Institute, of Lexington, Va., and she can’t wait.
“I’m really excited I’m getting the chance to play college water polo,” said Rivas, who was first team All-Division 4 and Hacienda League MVP this season. “VMI is a great school, and I’m glad they want me.”

Bonita High's Andy Rosenberg has been named San Gabriel Valley Tribune's All-area Girls Water Polo Coach of the Year April 7, 2014. (Staff photo by Leo Jarzomb/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

Bonita High’s Andy Rosenberg has been named San Gabriel Valley Tribune’s All-area Girls Water Polo Coach of the Year April 7, 2014. (Staff photo by Leo Jarzomb/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)


COACH OF THE YEAR
Andy Rosenberg, Bonita
Rosenberg is arguably the top coach in the area, leading the Bonita boys program to the CIF-SS finals three times during the late 1990s and early 2000s, and guiding the girls program to a title in 2009 and to the finals in 2011 and 2012. The Bearcats advanced to the semifinals in 2013 and to the quarterfinals this past season.
Bonita was 20-10, ranked near the top of Division 4 all season and won the Hacienda League for the fourth consecutive season.
The season was a lot of fun,” said Rosenberg, whose Bearcats lost to eventual division champion La Serna in the quarterfinals. “The girls — it’s cliche, but it’s actually true — worked hard, stayed together very well. It was a very enjoyable group to coach.
“This was my 20th year coaching, and I had much fun. It was as easy a team to work with as any of them.”
Bonita, after going 8-0 to win the Hacienda League, opened the playoffs with a 6-5 win over Oxnard, before losing, 9-8, to La Serna in overtime.
“It was disappointing to lose in the quarterfinals,” Rosenberg said. “We had hopes to go farther, for sure.”

FIRST TEAM
HILARY ADKINS, ST. LUCY’S JUNIOR

Adkins was a key player for the Regents, who once again were one of the area’s best, finishing second in the rugged Sierra League and advancing two rounds in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 playoffs. Adkins was first team All-CIF-SS Division 3 and first team All-Sierra League.
ERIN GONZALEZ, BONITA, JUNIOR
Gonzalez played a major role in Bonita scoring its fourth consecutive Hacienda League title, and going 20-10 with a trip to the CIF-SS Division 4 quarterfinals. She ranked among the scoring leaders in the area and earned first team All-Division 4 and All-Hacienda League. She teamed with Natalie Rivas to form arguably the top offensive tandem in the area.
RACHEL GARWICK, BONITA, SOPHOMORE
Garwick was solid in goal for the Bearcats and played her part in Bonita going 20-10 and winning its fourth consecutive Hacienda League title. She saved her best efforts when it counted most, getting eight saves in a first-place showdown at Los Altos in February and five against Walnut, also in February. She was first team All-Hacienda League.
BROOKE CONTRERAS, LOS ALTOS, FRESHMAN
Contreras, whose older sister, Stephanie, and brother, Justin, earned respective player of year selections in recent seasons, lived up to the family name with a solid freshman season. She helped Los Altos to a 17-15 record and their second consecutive trip to the CIF-SS Division 4 semifinals. She was first team All-Division 4 and first team All-Hacienda League.
EMILY MENA, LOS ALTOS, SENIOR
Mena was a key piece for the Conquerors, who finished second in the Hacienda League and advanced to the Division 4 semifinals for the second consecutive season. She formed a solid scoring tandem with freshman Brooke Contreras. She finished strong, scoring four goals in a 12-5 loss to Troy in the semifinals. She was first team All-Hacienda League.
CHEYENNE WONG, SAN DIMAS, SR.
Wong was the pivotal player for the Saints, who finished 15-11 and shared the Valle Vista League title with Wilson. She proved to be an asset as a scorer and distributer from her hole position. She shared Valle Vista League co-MVP honors with Wilson’s Stephanie Gonzalez.
STEPHANIE GONZALEZ, WILSON, SR.
Gonzalez keyed the Wildcats run to a share of the Valle Vista League title with San Dimas. They were 15-10 and lost in the first round of the Division 7 playoffs. She ranked among the league leaders in points, including scoring 53 goals. She shared league MVP honors with San Dimas’ Cheyenne Wong.
SECOND TEAM
Danielle De Herrera, Bonita, Jr.
Elizabeth Cruz, West Covina, Jr.
Rachel Ramos, Rowland, Sr.
Rocky Gonzalez, Walnut, Sr.
Christine Hu, Walnut, Sr.
Joslyn Cuevas, Glendora, Sr.
Kelly Leathers, Glendora, Sr.
TOP TEN
1. Bonita (20-10)
2. Los Altos (17-15)
3. St. Lucy’s (20-9)
4. Charter Oak (19-8)
5. Walnut (10-14)
6., tie, San Dimas (15-11)
6., tie, Wilson (15-10)
8. Glendora (8-12)
9. Rowland (9-9)
10. La Puente (8-9)
LEAGUE CHAMPS
Baseline: Los Osos
Hacienda: Bonita
Sierra: Ayala
Valle Vista: San Dimas/Wilson

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Baseball: Serra holds off Bishop Amat, 6-5


By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
LA PUENTE —
Serra High School, after losing to Bishop Amat on Tuesday, could not afford a setback in the rematch.
Marcus Wilson put those worries to rest on Wednesday.
The senior went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and turned away a Lancer rally in the seventh to give the visiting Cavaliers a 6-5 victory in a Del Rey League game.
Serra, also getting three hits from Denz’l Chapman and two hits and two RBIs from Adrian Morales, improved to 6-8 overall and 3-1 in league play. Morales had RBI singles in fifth and sixth for a 6-4 lead.
Christian Moya had two hits and Adryan Ramirez two RBIs for Amat, which slipped to 9-7 and 3-1. The Lancers had won six of their past seven after beginning the season 0-4.
Amat, after trailing 2-0, 4-1 and 6-4, looked like it might steal this one in the seventh. The Lancers loaded the bases with no outs following walks to Anthony Walters, Ramirez and Scott Hurst. But Wilson, who relieved Chapman after the first walk, struck out Michael Palos and got Sergio Robles to hit a sacrifice fly to left to cut it to 6-5.
Wilson then induced Bryan Mendez to hit into a force play at third to end it.

Bishop Amat’s Adryan Ramirez: “We couldn’t make plays we needed to make. There were some at-bats we couldn’t get that we should get. We didn’t execute like we did (the first game).”

Serra’s Marcus Wilson: “This was a very important win. We kind of backed down the first game, but we bounced back and were a really good team today. We did everything right at the right time. It was a good win.”

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Never doubt the heart of a champion: Bonita comes off the deck to beat Walnut, 6-5, in eight innings


By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
WALNUT –
Never doubt the heart of a champion.
Bonita High School showed why Tuesday.
Alex Gonzalez and Danny Gelalich had RBIs in the the seventh inning and Ethan Muro a game-winning single in the eighth as the Bearcats scored an improbable comeback in a 6-5 victory over first-place Walnut in a key Hacienda League game.
Nick Johnson also pitched 3 2/3 shutout innings for Bonita, which improved to 13-5 overall and 4-1 in league play. Walnut, which got six solid innings from Christian Longoria and two RBIs from Steven Canedo, slipped to 10-7-2 and 2-1.
The teams meet at Bonita on Thursday at 3:30 p.m.
Walnut looked like it might stretch its league lead after leading 5-3 after six innings. But it all fell apart for the Mustangs after Bonita loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh following a walk, a fielding error and a hit-batter.
Gonzalez singles to make it 5-4 before Gelalich worked a one-out walk to tie it at 5.
Montgomery Montenegro then reached third with one out in the eighth on an infield single, a throwing error and a wild pitch. Muro then singled to right for the 6-5 lead.
Walnut, which missed a chance to win in the seventh after putting runners on first and second with no outs, then went in order in the eighth.

Bonita coach John Knott: “Walnut was tough. It was sloppy in the sense that both teams made mistakes, but credit our guys for not packing it in when we were down a couple of runs late. We had some big hits when we needed them, including Ethan Muro in the eighth inning.”

Bonita’s Ethan Muro: “This is kind of way our team’s been all year. We’re kind of underdogs now. Everyone says this is a rebuilding year, and that fires us up. I guess you can say my team wants it more than any team we play.”

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Softball: Sydnie Trostle hits first-inning grand slam as Etiwanda powers over Glendora, 8-4


By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
GLENDORA –
Sometimes, it’s not how you finish, but how you start that matters most.
It certainly was the case for the Etiwanda High School softball team Monday.
Sydnie Trostle and Vanessa Taukeiaho each hit first-inning home runs as the Eagles scored six runs in their opening at-bat en route to an 8-4 victory over host Glendora in a Baseline League game.
Etiwanda, also getting six shut innings from relief pitcher Alyssa Chavez, improved to 11-3-1 overall and 5-0 in league play. Glendora, getting two RBIs from Emilee Cain, slipped to 9-6 and 2-2.
Trostle, after the first three Eagle batters reached safely, got Etiwanda off to a quick start with a grand slam for a 4-0 lead in the first. Taukeiaho followed with a home run before Kiahna Silva singled home Christina Valdez for a 6-0 lead.
The Tartans didn’t go away quietly. They got back into it, making it 6-4 in their half of the first following an RBI single by Morgan Cutler, an RBI double by Kayla Sok and a two-run single by Cain.
Chavez limited Glendora to four hits over the final six innings to give Etiwanda the victory. She also struck out four and ended scoring chances in the second with a strike out and in the fifth by inducing a ground ball.

Etiwanda’s Sydnie Trostle: “She (Glendora starter Morgan Cutler) put it right there for me, where I like it inside. I just went for it, and I got it. It’s great to come out early and get the lead. It helps us in the end, and we got the win.”

Glendora’s Emilee Cain: “We just had to battle back. It’s hard, but we all pushed through. It was good that we didn’t hang our heads and kept pushing to get (the) runs back.”

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Baseball: Damien makes South Hills pay for miscues, routs Huskies, 10-2, to take control of Sierra League race

Damien's Grant Hockin (C), left, celebrates with teammate David Banuelos (C) (18) after scoring in the second inning of a prep baseball game at Damien High School in La Verne, Calif., on Wednesday, April 9, 2014.  (Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)

Damien’s Grant Hockin (C), left, celebrates with teammate David Banuelos (C) (18) after scoring in the second inning of a prep baseball game at Damien High School in La Verne, Calif., on Wednesday, April 9, 2014.
(Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)

By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter


LA VERNE – When your success relies on pitching and defense and you don’t catch the ball, bad things usually happen.
They did for South Hills High School Wednesday afternoon, and host Damien took full advantage.
Grant Hockin and Jonathan Olsen each had two hits and two RBIs and Hockin was solid on the mound as the Spartans took control of the Sierra League baseball race with a 10-2 victory over the Huskies.
Damien, also getting two RBIs from Jordan Abernathy, improved to 12-2 and 4-0 in league play. Hockin gave up five hits and struck out five in six innings to improve to 7-0. Damien had eight hits.
South Hills, which committed five errors before breaking the shutout with a two-run home run by Francisco Ramirez in the sixth, slipped to 12-2-1 and 3-1.
Hockin got Damien rolling early with a triple to lead off the second inning. He then scored for a 1-0 lead following back-to-back errors. The Spartans pushed it 2-0 in the third on a double by Olsen and a RBI single by Grant Woodward before scoring five unearned runs in the fourth with help from two South Hills’ errors for a 7-0 lead. Hockin and Olsen each had two-run singles as Damien sent 10 batters to the plate.

Damien’s Grant Hockin: “Wining this game means a lot, because now we’re in first place alone. South Hills is kind of like our arch rival, so it feels really good to beat them. They made errors and we capitalized on them. The score showed that.”

South Hills coach Darren Murphy: “This was bound to happen. We’ve played really well, we’ve hit well, we’ve played good defense, we’ve pitched well. When it rains, it pours, and we opened the door against a good team and a good team exposed us.”

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CIF-SS Baseball, softball polls: South Hills baseball No. 2 in D2; Bishop Amat softball No. 4 in D3

This week’s CIF-Southern Section baseball and softball polls are out, and South Hills leads the way among area teams, ranked No. 2 in Division 2 baseball. Six area teams are ranked among the seven divisions. Damien and Glendora are Nos. 8 and 9, respectively, in D2, with San Dimas and Nogales No. 3 and 10 in Division 4 and Sierra Vista No. 6 in Division 5.
In softball, Bishop Amat is ranked the highest, sitting at No. 4 in Division 3 for the second consecutive week. South Hills and Charter Oak are Nos. 6 and 10, respectively, in Division 2, with San Dimas No. 9 in Division 5.

POLLS

sB polls

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Boras Classic: Slow start dooms Glendora in 4-1 loss to Vista Murrieta


By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO —
Sometimes it’s not how you finish, but how you start that can make the difference in a high school baseball game.
It certainly was the case for Glendora Thursday.
Vista Murrieta took advantage of five walks and an error during the first two innings to score a 4-1 victory over the Tartans in a Boras Classic semifinal game at JSerra Catholic School.
The Broncos, who were held to two hits by Glendora pitchers Ryan Beyer and Jake Nelson, improved to 10-3 and will face either Mater Dei or Temecula Valley for the championship at 6 p.m. on Saturday at Mater Dei. Glendora, getting a RBI double from Nick Kaye, slipped to 9-3. The Tartans will face the Mater Dei-Temecula Valley loser for third place at Mater Dei at 3 p.m.
Glendora coach Dan Henley: “They are a quality ball club. We struggled early with throwing strikes, so they had a lot of opportunities, a lot of base runners. I look at the score, I was pleased we had an opportunity (late). We’re finding ourselves. This (tournament) is a positive experience for us. But if we want to get better, we have to execute early on.”

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Boras Classic: Kale Morton pitches Glendora over San Dimas to advance to semifinals


By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
SANTA ANA –
The area was already guaranteed of placing a team in the Boras Baseball Classic semifinals when San Dimas faced Glendora in the tournament quarterfinals Tuesday at Mater Dei High School.
Kale Morton made sure it was the Tartans who advanced.
The senior tossed a two-hitter to lead Glendora to a 5-0 victory over the Saints in a battle featuring two teams ranked in the area top 10.
The Tartans, also getting two RBIs each from Griffen Herrera and Justin Cage, led 3-0 after the first inning. Glendora improved to 9-2 and will face either JSerra or Vista Murrieta in Thursday’s semifinals at 6 p.m. at JSerra in San Juan Capistrano.
San Dimas, getting hits from Josh Avila and Daniel Millwee, slipped to 9-3. The Saints will play the loser of JSerra-Vista Murrieta game in a seventh-place semifinal at 3 p.m. on Thursday at Mater Dei.
Morton, who improved to 4-0, retired the first eight batters and didn’t allow a hit until Avila bunted for a single in fifth. Morton then hit David Vargas, but retired Jessie Garcia to end the inning. Millwee had an infield single in the sixth before Morton retired San Dimas in order in the seventh for the win.
Glendora took a 3-0 lead in the first, taking advantage of three walks by Peter Lambert before Herrera doubled to left for a 2-0 advantage. Cage followed with a RBI single to make it 3-0. The catcher also had a RBI single in the fifth for a 5-0 lead.
Glendora’s Kale Morton: “I felt good today. I commanded the zone, every pitch was working. I liked the first inning when we scored three runs. It gives me less pressure to pitch.”

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Gladstone Baseball Tournament

GLADSTONE HIGH SCHOOL JIM GRAHAM MEMORIAL BASEBALL TOURNAMENT
Monday’s Games
First Round

Webb 4, Gladstone 3
Keppel vs. La Canada
South Pasadena vs. Vista Del Lago
Ontario vs. La Puente
Tuesday’s Games
Semifinals
Tuesday

Webb vs. Keppel-La Canada winner, 2 p.m.
Ontario-La Puente winner vs. South Pasadena-Vista Del Lago winner, 10 a.m.
Consolation semifinals
Gladstone vs. Keppel-La Canada loser, 2 p.m.
Ontario-La Puente loser vs. South Pasadena-Vista loser, 10 a.m.
Wednesday’s Games
Championship

Semifinals winners, 2 p.m.
Consoaltion championship
Conso semifinal winners, 2 p.m.

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Area College softball: APU splits doubleheader with Hawaii-Hilo as Cougar coach Carrie Webber scores 200th win


By Stephen Ramirez
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@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
AZUSA –
Azusa Pacific University softball coach Carrie Webber scored her 200th victory Saturday as the host Cougars split a
Pacific West Conference with Hawaii-Hilo.
APU, getting a home run and four RBIs from freshman and former Charter Oak High School standout Nicki Sprague, won the opener, 5-2, before the Vulcans jumped out to a 9-0 lead en route to winning the second game, 13-8. The Cougars are now 27-12 overall and 15-9 in the PacWest. Hawaii-Hilo is 18-16 and 11-10.
Webber is 200-140 in her seventh season at APU.
The Cougars, after falling behind 9-0 in the second game, nearly rallied for the sweep. Abry Moreno (South Hills), who had three hits in the second game, and Sona Babayan, who had two hits in the second and four hits in the doubleheader, had RBIs to cut it to 9-4 in the third inning. Madison Hernandez, who had three RBIs in the second game, then had a two-run triple to highlight a four-run fifth that made it 10-8.
APU fell behind 1-0 in the first game, before Sprague gave the Cougars’ a 2-1 lead with a home run to right field in the first inning. She also had a two-run single in the second inning for a 4-1 lead. Pitchers Narissa Garcia and Carly Xepoleas combined on a seven-hitter for the win.

APU coach Carrie Webber: “That was really cool. I wasn’t really in the mindset of my 200th win. But it just goes to show the progress of what this program has accomplished over the last few years, and how we’re becoming a contender in any conference we’ve been in, (Golden State Athletic Conference) and PacWest. All the credit goes to the girls. The girls are the ones who get the wins. I just stand over here and try to look good while they are doing it. It’s exciting, but I just look forward to the next game.”

APU’s Nicki Sprague (on her home run): “I fouled off the pitch before and was upset that I missed my pitch. I got another one and gave it the same swing that I wanted on the first pitch. I was lucky to get that pitch again. You never try to hit those home runs, they just come.”

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Baseball: San Dimas routs Northview, 15-5

San Dimas bench reacts after Logan Murratalla (C) (not pictured) hit a bases loaded double in the fifth inning of a prep baseball game against Northview at San Dimas High School in San Dimas, Calif., on Friday, March 28, 2014. San Dimas won 15-5. (Keith Birmingham/ San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

San Dimas bench reacts after Logan Murratalla (C) (not pictured) hit a bases loaded double in the fifth inning of a prep baseball game against Northview at San Dimas High School in San Dimas, Calif., on Friday, March 28, 2014. San Dimas won 15-5. (Keith Birmingham/ San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter


SAN DIMAS – The race for the Valle Vista League baseball title is just one week old, but already a favorite as emerged.
San Dimas, the consensus pick to begin the season, has lived up to the billing after rallying for a 15-5 victory over Northview on Friday to complete a two-game sweep in a league opening series featuring the league’s top two teams.
Logan Muratalla had five RBIs and Daniel Millwee had four hits and a RBI for the Saints, who improved to 7-2. Peter Lambert and Michael Starns also had three hits each and two RBIs each for San Dimas, which is ranked No. 2 in CIF-Southern Section Division 4. Starns also got the complete game victory, giving up seven hits with five strikeouts.
Zack Rojo had three RBIs and Jake Harrison two for Northview, which slipped to 4-4.
Northview looked like it might get the split after taking a 5-3 lead in the fifth. But the Saints, considered one of the top hitting clubs in the area, put on a hitting display in its fifth, scoring six runs on eight hits for an 11-5 lead
Starns had the big hit, a two-run single to score Jacob Castillo and Jonathan Longtin for a 6-5 lead. Muratalla then capped the rally with a three-run double. He also had a two-run single in the sixth for a 15-5 advantage.

San Dimas’ Logan Muratalla: “It’s a big win. The guys stepped up today. The bats weren’t there at the beginning of the game, then we stepped up, everybody stepped up. Our coaches always tell us, work like you’re losing. That really helps, and a lot of guys stepped up. We kept getting hits. One guy would get a hit, and we just kept it going.”

San Dimas’ Michael Starns: “I felt like I had a good approach at the plate. I felt if I get these runs in, we’ve got a good chance to win the game.”

Northview’s Jake Harrison: “I was just trying to do what I could do to make the team better. Sometimes I’m not going to contribute, but sometimes I am. I’m always going to be there for my teammates.”

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Area Colleges: Mt. SAC gets the best of Citrus, 9-2

By Stephen Ramirez
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@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
WALNUT –
Mt. San Antonio College has held a competitive advantage over region rival Citrus in recent years, and that didn’t change Friday.
Stefania Aradillas hit a grand slam and Charlotte Foster had two hits and a home run to lead the host Mounties to a 9-2 victory over the Owls in a nonconference softball game at Mt. SAC.
Alexandrea Simmons had three bunt singles and scored three runs and pitchers Natalie Sanchez (Bishop Amat High School) and Sabrina Garcia combined on a four-hitter and six strike outs for Mt. SAC, which improved to 24-4. Celina Felix also had three hits and scored three runs for the Mounties, who are ranked No. 9 in the state by the CCCAA and No. 6 in Southern California.

Citrus, getting two hits from Raeleen Tellez (Charter Oak), slipped to 16-10. The Owls are ranked No. 10 in Southern California.

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Softball: Bonita scores 6-3 win over West Covina

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Bonita players congratulate Chloe Melanson after her two-run home run helped the Bearcats to a 6-3 win over West Covina. (Staff photo by Keith Birmingham)

Bonita players congratulate Chloe Melanson after her two-run home run helped the Bearcats to a 6-3 win over West Covina.
(Staff photo by Keith Birmingham)

By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter


LA VERNE – The moment called for something big to happen, and Chloe Melanson didn’t let her Bonita High School softball teammates down Thursday.
The junior right fielder hit a two-run homerun to highlight a five-run sixth inning and the host Bearcats opened Hacieinda League play with a 6-3 victory over West Covina, which is expected to be their chief challenger for a second consecutive league crown.
Veronica Ortega had two hits and Kaelin McFadden was steady in the circle for Bonita, which improved to 6-4.
Jade Nua and Maddy Tickey had two hits each for West Covina, which slipped to 7-5.
The Bulldogs were sitting pretty after taking a 2-1 lead in the sixth on a double by Nua and a fielding error. But the good fortune changed in the bottom of the inning.
Berlyn Benavides reached first on an error to lead off the inning, and Melanson followed with her two-run shot to left field for the 3-2 edge. Singles by McFadden and Leticia Morales and two more West Covina errors allowed the Bearcats to push it to 6-2.

Bonita’s Chloe Melanson: “The first two at-bats I popped up. The coaches told me we really had focus against this team. I didn’t want to be a selfish player, so as soon as we got a rally going, I just wanted to hit the ball hard somewhere. I was so excited, because I wasn’t even thinking about hitting a home run there. Our team was pumped to come from behind. We knew we had it in us, and we got it done.”

Bonita coach Art Montano: “I’m never concerned. That’s the reason you have back-up pitchers.”

West Covina coach Jesse Mendez: “We’re up 2-1 in the sixth. We have to make the routine plays. If you don’t make the routine plays, things like this happen. I thought we played well up to that inning. But I can’t wait until we play them again. Our pitcher Maddy Tickey did a good job controlling their batters. We made some mistakes, but we have to learn from them.”

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Baseball: David Vargas’ two-run double leads San Dimas over Northview, 2-0

San Dimas' David Vargas facts after a two run double in the sixth inning of a prep baseball game against Northview at Northview High School in Covina, Calif., on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. San Dimas won 2-0. (Keith Birmingham/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

San Dimas’ David Vargas facts after a two run double in the sixth inning of a prep baseball game against Northview at Northview High School in Covina, Calif., on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. San Dimas won 2-0. (Keith Birmingham/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter


COVINA — If you give the San Dimas High School baseball team an inch, the Saints will take a mile; if you give them an error, they’ll take a game.
They did exactly that Wednesday.
David Vargas followed up an error with a two-run double in the seventh and Peter Lambert threw a five-hit shutout as visiting San Dimas opened Valle Vista League play with a 2-0 victory over rival Northview.
Lambert also struckout 10 for the Saints, who improved to 6-3. Northview, getting a four-hitter and eight strikeouts from James Ramos, slipped to 4-3. The teams will meet again on Friday at San Dimas.
Ramos was battling Lambert nearly pitch for pitch and strike out for strike out before the Vikings blinked with a two-out error in the seventh. The Saints made them pay.
Jonathan Longtin, who was 2 for 3, followed with a single before Vargas, who had two hits, hit a two-strike pitch to left-center field for a double, scoring pinch-runner Jeremy Marquez and Longtin for a 2-0 lead. Ramos struck out pitch-hitter Jared Leyland to end the inning.
Northview, which had a runner at third in the first, fourth and sixth innings, but failed to score, caught a break in the bottom of the seventh when Adrian Olivas reached on an error to lead off the inning. But he was stranded there by Lambert, who struck out the next three batters, including getting Jacob Amaya looking to end the game.

San Dimas coach Mike Regan: “We caught a little luck. They squeeze and we get the runner at home, we couldn’t punch any runners in, and then it came down to a big hit. David did a great job of being patient and driving the ball in the left-center gap. He’s been doing really well offensive for us.”

Northview coach Dan Roddy: “We had a few chances against a dynamite pitcher. That’s a good baseball team that we went toe-to-toe with for seven innings. We flinched first, with a two-out groundball that we misplay and they turned it into two runs. James matched (Lambert), but you can’t win a game when you don’t score any runs, so we have to do a better job of finishing.”

San Dimas’ David Vargas: “It was good to come through for the team. (Jonathan) Longtin kept the inning going with a single and I got a fast-ball where I wanted it.”

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Baseball: Alex Gonzalez, Joe Willard lead Bonita over Diamond Bar, 3-2

Diamond Bar left fielder Nolan Luzzi (C) dives for a fly ball in foul ground by Bonita's Chris Lopez (not pictured) in the first inning of a prep baseball game at Bonita High School in La Verne, Calif., on Tuesday, March 25, 2014. Bonita won 3-2. (Staff photo by Keith Birmingham)

Diamond Bar left fielder Nolan Luzzi (C) dives for a fly ball in foul ground by Bonita’s Chris Lopez (not pictured) in the first inning of a prep baseball game at Bonita High School in La Verne, Calif., on Tuesday, March 25, 2014. Bonita won 3-2.
(Staff photo by Keith Birmingham)

By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter


LA VERNE – Bonita High School has won five consecutive league crowns, and although some view this as a rebuilding season, the Bearcats showed Tuesday they are not quite ready to relinquish their championship form.
Alex Gonzalez’s RBI grounder gave Bonita the lead and pitcher Joe Willard turned away two scoring chances in the six and seventh innings as the Bearcats rallied for 3-2 victory over visiting Diamond Bar in the teams’ Hacienda League opener.
Justin Gomez and Ethan Muro also had RBIs for Bonita, which improved to 5-3. Diamond Bar, getting three hits and a RBI from Alek Jimenez and a solid effort on the mound from Chris Sanchez, slipped to 7-4.
Bonita, after tying it at 2 in the fourth on a RBI double by Ethan Muro and a sacrifice fly by Cory Kurkierewicz, took a 3-2 lead in the sixth following singles by Montgomery Montenegro and Chris Lopez and Gonzalez’ RBI grounder.
Willard, who gave up eight hits and struck out two, thwarted Diamond Bar rallies in the sixth and seventh innings.
The Brahmas put the tying and go-ahead runs on with no outs in the sixth following a lead-off single by Jimenez and a double by Brett Tweedie. But Willard ended the threat by inducing two flyballs and a groundout to keep the one-run lead.
The senior, after Diamond Bar loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh, then secured the victory by getting Tweedie to fly out to center field.

Bonita coach John Knott: “Our guys did a good job of staying in the game. We didn’t put our heads down. Joe did a good job of keeping us in the game. We took advantage of an error, we had a hit, got a big double. It was great to (tie the score), then go ahead, and eventually get the win.”

Diamond Bar coach Eric Shibley: “I think we had our chances in five or six of the seven innings and not coming up with the timely hit. “We didn’t take advantage of the situation. You have to give credit to Bonita. We didn’t take advantage of their one mistake, and they took advantage of our mistake, and that was the difference.”

Bonita’s Joe Willard: “I was just trying to get ahead, throw strikes. I was really just trying to force (it on them), pitch to contact. We were fortunate that we got some good plays, and we did it.”

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Baseball: South Hills rallies for 4-2 win over Chino Hills in Sierra League opener

South Hills starting pitcher Gavin Velasquez throws to the plate against Chino Hills in the first inning of a prep baseball game at South Hills High School in West Covina, Calif., on Friday, March 21, 2014. South Hills won 4-2. (Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)

South Hills starting pitcher Gavin Velasquez throws to the plate against Chino Hills in the first inning of a prep baseball game at South Hills High School in West Covina, Calif., on Friday, March 21, 2014. South Hills won 4-2. (Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)

By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
WEST COVINA –
The game plan for the South Hills High School baseball team is pretty simple this season.
It includes getting good situational hitting, then turn it over to its pitching staff, which can be dominant at times.
The Huskies used both traits to perfection Friday.
Manny Munoz came through with a key at-bat during the fourth inning and Gavin Velasquez was steady on the mound as host South Hills rallied for a 4-2 victory over Chino Hills in the Sierra League opener for both teams.
Velazquez, who hadn’t given up an earned run in his two previous starts, tossed a 6-hitter and struck out four for South Hills, which improved to 5-1. Chino Hills, getting two hits from JP Hopkins, slipped to 7-1.
Velasquez, after giving up five hits during the first three innings, closed with dominance. He retired 14 of the final 15 batters, including nine of the final 10 to protect the lead. He gave up a lead-off single to Coby Myers in the seventh before closing the door on Chino Hills, with a groundout, a strike out and line drive to shortstop.

South Hills, after falling behind 2-0 after three innings, scored all its runs in the fourth. Quinn Cotter and Francisco Ramirez led off with singles. Brandon Jauregui walked to load the bases before Cotter scored on a passed ball to make it 2-1. Nick Carrillo, after Gabe Chavez walked, singled home pinch-runner Ryan Cohen to tie it at 2.
Munoz then hit a hard grounder to third for a two-base error, scoring Jauregui and Chavez for a 4-2 lead.

South Hills coach Darren Murphy: “It’s a great win against probably the league favorite. That’s a huge one. Who ever got this first ‘W’ was going to put them in a good spot. I feel real happy for Gavin Velasquez. He’s thrown 15 innings without an earned run coming into today. Once we got up, he was pretty convinced the was going to get his first ‘W.’”

South Hills’ Gavin Velasquez: “After that big inning where we scored four runs, I settled down, We had momentum on our side. I was able to locate (the ball) a little better and that was it.”

South Hills’ Manny Munoz: “I just wanted to get the bat on the ball. I knew I had to runners in scoring position. I wanted to put it anywhere to get them in.”

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Softball: Angelica Ochoa, Melissa Gutierrez lead Sierra Vista over Workman, 6-0

By Stephen Ramirez
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@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
BALDWIN PARK –
Expectations are high for the Sierra Vista High School softball team this season, and so far the Dons, are living up to the billing.
Angelica Ochoa was dominant in the circle and Melissa Gutierrez had three RBIs as Sierra Vista remained undefeated in the Montview League with a 6-0 victory over Workman on Thursday.
Ochoa tossed a two-hitter and stuck out nine for the Dons, who improved to 3-0-1 overall and 2-0 in league play. Sierra Vista, which shared the league crown with Duarte last season, also got two hits from Brianna Moreno.
Jackie Negrete had two hits and a double for Workman, which slipped to 3-4 and 0-1.
Sierra Vista, which opened league play with a 2-1 victory over Azusa on Tuesday, led 4-0 after three innings, mostly on the bat of Gutierrez. She gave them a 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the first. Gutierrez, following an error and a hit-by-pitch to Ochoa, made it 3-0 with a two-run single in the third. Maya Lopez had a sacrifice fly to score Gutierrez to make it 4-0 in the inning.
Ochoa did the rest. She yielded just four baserunners, giving up a single in the first and double in the seventh. Workman also had two other batters reach on errors. She retired nine of the final 10 to improve to 3-0.

Sierra Vista’s Melissa Gutierrez: “I’ve been working hard in practice, so I came up hoping to get a base hit. I clutched up today, I improved and had a (few) RBIs.”

Sierra Vista’s Angelica Ochoa: “I’ve been working really hard in practice, but I felt like today was one of my better games. I was throwing harder and and I know if I listen to my coach and throw the pitches he wants me to throw, I can be effective.”

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Baseball Smudge Pot: San Dimas beats rival Bonita for the first time since 2007

San Dimas starting pitcher Peter Lambert (C) throws to the plate against Bonita in the fourth inning of a prep baseball game at Bonita High School in La Verne, Calif., on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. (Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)

San Dimas starting pitcher Peter Lambert (C) throws to the plate against Bonita in the fourth inning of a prep baseball game at Bonita High School in La Verne, Calif., on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. (Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)

By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
LA VERNE —
Bonita High School may have won the football and basketball Smudge Pots, but the baseball version of the traditional rivalry game between the Bearcats and San Dimas was painted Saints blue and gold Wednesday night.
Peter Lambert hit a two-run home run in the first inning and was steady on the mound and visiting San Dimas beat its rival for the first time since 2007 with an 9-4 victory in the teams’ traditional game.
San Dimas, also getting two RBIs each from Logan Muratalla and Jonathan Longtin, improved to 4-2. Lambert gave up six hits and struck out nine for the Saints, who are ranked No. 2 in CIF-Southern Section Division 4.
Bonita, getting two hits from Justin Gomez, slipped to 4-2. The Bearcats are ranked No. 6 in Division 3.

The game was all but decided in the first after San Dimas took advantage of an error to score four runs in the first inning. Daniel Millwee led off with a single and Josh Avila reached on a fielding error. Elias Orona sacrificed both to second and third before Muratalla singled home both runners for a 2-0 lead.
Lambert, who had two hits and scored run, then made it 4-0 with a home run to left field.
San Dimas pushed it to 7-0 after three innings, scoring a run in the second on a sacrifice fly by Avila and two in the third on a RBI single by David Vargas and a hit by pitch to Jesse Garcia with the bases loaded.
Bonita came back to cut it to 7-3 in the third. Chris Lopez walked before Ethan Muro and Gomez had back-to-back singles to load the bases. Alex Gonzalez singled to make it 7-1. A fielding error in the outfield on the hit scored Muro and Gomez to make it 7-3. Lambert then struck out Nick Peifer to end the threat.

San Dimas’ Peter Lambert: “It’s huge. It’s a school rivalry and I don’t how long its been since we beat them, but it’s been a while. It’s huge.”
Bonita coach John Knott: “Our kids know to play all the way to the last out. They did a good job of that.”

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Baseball: Diamond Bar continues strong start with 7-3 win over Monrovia

Diamond Bar High pitcher Chris Sanchez picks up the win vs Monrovia High at the Diamond Bar campus field March 18, 2014. (Staff photo by Leo Jarzomb/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

Diamond Bar High pitcher Chris Sanchez picks up the win vs Monrovia High at the Diamond Bar campus field March 18, 2014. (Staff photo by Leo Jarzomb/San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
DIAMOND BAR –
Diamond Bar High School graduated arguably its top two players from a team that reached the CIF-Southern Section baseball quarterfinals last season, but the Brahmas are proving that their cupboard is hardly bare.
Jacob Cooke had two hits and three RBIs and Chris Sanchez was steady on the mound as Diamond Bar continued its strong start to the season with a 7-3 victory over visiting Monrovia in a nonleague game on Tuesday.
The Brahmas, also getting a hit and two RBIs from Jonah Yang and two hits from Gabriel Duenas, improved to 6-2. Monrovia, getting two hits from Erik Cox slipped to 3-2

The Brahmas were not perfect Tuesday, but put Monrovia in an early hole, taking a 4-0 lead after two innings. The Brahmas scored three runs in the fifth to put it away at 7-2.
Diamond Bar, after taking a 1-0 lead in the first on a RBI single by Yang, loaded the bases with no outs in the second and took a 3-1 lead on back-to-back RBI singles by Cooke and Josh Sanchez. Nolan Luzzi, who singled, then scored on a fielder’s choice to make it 4-0.
Brett Tweedie had a RBI single and Cooke a two-run single to make it 7-2 in the fifth.
Chris Sanchez improved to 3-0 after giving up eight hits with five strikeouts.

Diamond Bar’s Chris Sanchez: “We took a lot from each other (last year). We put in more work (this season), because we know we can’t just expect to achieve that level again, especially with some new teammates. (It’s been) a very strong start, just some key mistakes (in the two losses). Clean it up a bit and we’ll be good.”

Diamond Bar’s Jacob Cooke: “It was right there and I just swing the bat. It got through.”

Monrovia’s Erik Cox: “We tried to come back. We just didn’t hit well in the clutch that much, but almost. We’ll get that straightened out.”

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CCCAA Title Game: Mt. SAC can’t overcome early deficit, loses to Ventura


By Stephen Ramirez
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@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
NORWALK –
History was made Sunday at Cerritos College.
It just wasn’t the California Community College Athletic Association milestone that the Mt. San Antonio College women’s basketball team was hoping for.
Adrianne Sloboh scored 27 points and had 19 rebounds and Ventura College won the race to seven state titles with a 68-55 victory over Mt. SAC, also gunning for a state-best seven CCCAA championships, in the title game.
Lisa Marie Sanchez had 22 points and Brooke Dixon 14 for the Pirates, who finished 32-3.
Shaela Flynn (Muir High School) had 14 points and Sashanique Youngblood 13 for the Mounties, who finished 29-5.
The Mounties’ fate was all but sealed during the first 14 minutes when it made just 2 of 23 from the field, keying Ventura to a 22-4 lead. Mt. SAC, which shot 18 percent in the first half, could never really recover, twice cutting the deficit to 13 points in the second half and 12 with less than 10 minutes to play. But the Pirates, who were held to 27-percent shooting in the first half and 33 for the game, countered each move and pushed the advantage to 60-40 with just over three minutes to play.

Mt. SAC coach Brian Crichlow: “I’m proud of this group. They battled and competed all year long. I told them after, ‘Don’t hang your heads. You had a fantastic season, and this was the year when they said Mt. SAC would be down and you were in the championship.’ At the end of the day, we got out of them everything we could possibly get out of them this year, and I’m proud of them.”

Mt. SAC’s Shaela Flynn: “We got down so much in the first half. We fought to trimming the lead (in the second half), We came back and played at our tempo (in the second half), but we gave up too much in the first half.”

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Dick’s Tournament: Former league rivals Northview, South Hills meet for third place

Former Valle Vista League rivals Northview and South Hills will meet today at 4 p.m. at Mt. SAC in the third-place game of the Dick’s Sporting Goods baseball tournament.
The game adds intrigue to the area as South Hills is now coached by former Northview coach Darren Murphy, and the Vikings are coached by former South Hills assistant Dan Roddy.
It should be a great day of baseball as Mt. SAC is facing East Los Angeles, followed by Northview-South Hills, with the tournament championship game between Tahquitz and Alta Loma at 7:30 p.m.

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CCCAA Final Four: Mt. SAC beats SJ Delta, in positing for state-record seventh women’s basketball title

By Stephen Ramirez
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CERRITOS – Mt. San Antonio College will get its shot at history.
Sabrina Norton scored 15 points, including seven down the stretch, and the Mounties will get a shot at a record seventh women’s basketball state title after scoring a 51-47 victory over San Joaquin Delta in a California Community College Athletic Association semifinal Friday at Cerritos College.
Mt. SAC, also getting 10 points each from Shaela Flynn (Muir High School) and Johnea Thompson, improved to 29-4 and will face Ventura, an 87-73 winner over Fresno City, in the championship game on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Cerritos College. Ventura is also gunning for a seventh CCCAA title. The Mounties beat the Pirates, 63-54, in December.

San Joaquin Delta, getting 16 points from Selina Moore and seven from Kelci Haueter, finished 27-6.
It was looking bleak for the Mounties after Delta put together a 22-10 blitz for a 46-42 lead with less than five minutes to play. But Mt. SAC, which had lost back-to-back games in December after giving up late leads, showed it could win that way.
Norton, who had 11 points in the second half, made it 46-45 on a three-point play at 3:55 before Thompson scored in the lane for a 47-46 lead with 3:25 left.
Sashanique Youngblood and Tahniya Sweatt (Muir) scored on consecutive inside shots to push it to 51-46 with 1:33 left.
Delta’s Teylor McMiller (six points) made one of two free throws at 1:30 before the Mustangs missed consecutive shots with less than a minute to play to clinch it for the Mounties.

Mt. SAC coach Brian Crichlow: We’re known for our defense and that’s what we were hoping for at that point. We needed to play defense and hit some big shots down the stretch.”

Mt. SAC’s Sabrina Norton: We all knew what we had to do and we weren’t ready to go home. It was whatever it took, whether it be making shots, getting a rebound or playing defense. We had to do it, and we won.”

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