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Steve Ramirez has covered prep sports for San Gabriel Valley Newspapers since 1989.

Softball: Arroyo beats South El Monte to pull even in Mission Valley League race


By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
SOUTH EL MONTE –
The race for the Mission Valley League softball title is fit to be tied.
Shynia Torrez had two hits and scored a run and Danielle Dominguez and Dominica Mendoza were steady in the circle as Arroyo High School moved into a share of first place with a 4-2 victory over host South El Monte on Tuesday.
The Knights, also getting RBIs from Briana Mata and Rebecca Barber, improved to 18-4 overall and 12-2 in league play.
Ashley Diaz hit two home runs for South El Monte, which slipped to 14-6 and 12-2.
The teams will likely share the league title, with Arroyo being the league’s top representative for the CIF-Southern Section playoffs by virtue of winning the season series. Both are expected to win their season finale on Thursday. Arroyo hosts last-place Rosemead, with South El Monte at home against third-place Gabrielino.
Arroyo took advantage of four South El Monte errors to build a 4-1 lead by the fourth inning.
The Knights, after Diaz hit the first of her home runs in the first to tie it at 1, took a 2-1 lead in the second on a walk to Kassy Avila, a sacrifice, a single by Torrez and a hit-batter to Evelyn Sandoval.
Arroyo pushed it to 4-1 in the fourth, scoring two runs on three South El Monte errors, including an errant pick-off throw that allowed Torrez to score from second to make it 3-1. Cynthia McKeehan, who reached on an error, scored on fielding error to make it 4-1.
Arroyo’s Shynia Torrez: “I’m really happy that we won. We really battled it out really well. I don’t think we made any errors. We put the ball in play and made them make the mistake. We were a little nervous in the first inning, but once we started hitting, we stayed focused.”

South El Monte coach Dean Bunting: “It was pretty even. But the difference in the game was we made mistakes and allowed their runners to score. Defensively, they were tight, they made some great plays.”

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Kale Morton pitches Glendora to Baseline League title


By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
RANCHO CUCAMONGA —
The Baseline League baseball title belongs to Glendora High School.
Kale Morton tossed a four-hitter and struck out 11 and the Tartans clinched their third league title in four seasons with a 3-1 victory over host Los Osos on Tuesday.
DJ Peters and Justin Cage each had RBIs for Glendora, which improved to 18-5 overall and 11-1 in league play. The Tartans, ranked No. 4 in CIF-Southern Section Division 2 this week, holds a four-game advantage with three to play. Los Osos, which got an RBI single from D.J. Porter, slipped to 9-12 and 4-7.
Glendora, after being held hitless during the first three innings took a 2-0 lead in the fourth. Griffen Herrera led off with a single and scored on a triple to right-center field by Peters. Cage followed with a single for a 2-0 advantage.
Glendora’s Kale Morton: “It feels good, because last year (Los Osos) beat us on our home field to win the league. It feels good to come here and get the win.”

Glendora coach Dan Henley: “This means its an outright league championship and the last time we’ll be in this league, which is a quality league, so we’re really happy to be in this position. Kale Morton has been great all season and he came through again today.”

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Softball: Maddy Tickey, Alex Rodriguez lead West Covina over Bonita


By Stephen Ramirez
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@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
WEST COVINA –
West Covina High School felt it gave a way a 6-3 loss to Bonita last month.
The Bulldogs made up for it Tuesday.
Maddy Tickey was solid in the circle and had two hits and a RBI to lead West Covina to a 2-1 victory over the Bearcats in a key Hacienda League softball game.
Tickey gave up seven hits and struck out three for West Covina, which improved to 12-10 overall and 5-2 in league play. The Bulldogs also got two hits and a RBI from Alex Rodriguez.
Bonita, which was turned away with a runner on third in the sixth and seventh innings, slipped to 13-6 and 6-1. Chloe Melanson hit a home run in the fifth for the Bearcats’ only run. Bonita faces Los Altos, which is also 6-1 in league play, for first place on Thursday.
West Covina, which had seven hits, took a 2-0 lead in the third following RBI singles by Tickey and Rodriguez.
Tickey then shut the door on the Bearcats in the sixth and seventh.
In the sixth, Bonita put a runner on third with one out following a single by Veronica Ortega, a sacrifice bunt and a wild pitch. But Tickey turned the Bearcats away by getting Alyssa Meyer and Lorraine Gatlin on groundouts.
The Bearcats pushed again in the seventh. Leticia Morales walked and Berlyn Benavides beat out a bunt for a single. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch on a strike out by Melanson before Tickey ended it by getting Vienna Benavides and Ortega on ground outs.
West Covina’s Maddy Tickey: “I really wasn’t worried about the runners. I was more worried about the batters who were up. I’m the type of pitcher to worry about anything else but the batter.”

Bonita’s Chloe Melanson: “It was a tough loss, but we kept ourselves in the game. We had a lot of runners on. It was on us that we couldn’t get them in.”

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Baseball: Peter Lambert leads San Dimas over Nogales, 4-0


By Stephen Ramirez
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@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
LA PUENTE –
As dominant as the San Dimas High School baseball team as been in the Valle Vista League this season, there are times when the Saints look beatable.
Friday was one of those days, but senior pitcher Peter Lambert refused to allow it.
Lambert tossed a three-hit shutout and struck out nine to lead San Dimas to a 4-0 victory over host Nogales in a league game.
Jonathan Longtin and Josh Avila had two RBIs each for the Saints, who improved to 15-6-1 overall and 7-1 in league play.
Anthony Guardado gave up seven hits and struck out eight for the Nobles, who slipped to 13-7-1 and 1-5.
Lambert, who improved to 7-1, got his nine strikeouts between the second and fifth innings, including turning away a Nogales’ scoring chance in the fourth. The Nobles put runners on first and second with no outs following a single by David Barcena and an error on a ground ball by Guardado. Lambert then struck out the next three batters to end the threat.
San Dimas took a 1-0 lead in the first on a triple by Daniel Millwee and a RBI ground out by Jonathan Longtin. Josh Avila made it 3-0 with a two-run single in the sixth before Longtin pushed it to 4-0 in the seventh with a sacrifice fly.
San Dimas’ Peter Lambert: “I felt pretty good. My catcher Daniel (Millwee) caught a great game. He gives me a lot of confidence when I know he’s going to catch and block every ball. It makes it a lot easier. We had a pretty good offensive game on Wednesday. Today wasn’t as good, but it was good enough and we got the win.”

Nogales’ Anthony Guardado: “Every game is tough to lose. But this one hurt the most, because we had some chances.”

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Softball: Carlie Salm, Lindsey Hughes lead San Dimas over Northview


By Stephen Ramirez
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@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
SAN DIMAS –
San Dimas High School has been the dominant softball team in the Valle Vista League this season.
The Saints lived up to the billing Thursday.
Carlie Salm had two RBIs and scored two runs and Lindsey Hughes was solid in circle to lead host San Dimas to an 8-0 victory over Northview in a league game.
Hughes tossed a 3-hit shutout and struck out seven for the Saints, who improved to 15-7 overall and 7-0. San Dimas, which had 13 hits, also got two hits each from Jennifer Aguinaga, Janell Wheaton, Briana Quintana, Davina Doran and Kennedy Anderson.
Northview, getting a double from Ariela Burns, slipped to 9-10 and 4-3.
San Dimas led 6-0 after the first two innings. Salm hit a two-run triple in the first before Doran and Anderson followed with RBI hits for a 4-0 advantage. The Saints pushed it to 6-0 in the second on a RBI triple by Brooke Jackson and RBI single by Wheaton.
San Dimas’ Carlie Salm: “We knew they were going to come out harder this time, so we played our heart out. We didn’t want them to think they had a chance with us, so we came out hard.”

San Dimas’ Lindsey Hughes: “I felt really proud the way I pitched today. I know a shutout is a great thing, but I couldn’t have done it without my defense and offense helping me.”

Northview coach Jeff Butler: “They are a good hitting team all the way through. We tried to keep Janell from hurting us too bad. We played good, and the kids fought the whole time.”

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Feature: Gavin Velasquez steps up for South Hills

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
WEST COVINA –
South Hills High School’s Gavin Velasquez was an after thought coming into the baseball season.
The junior pitcher had a limited role for the Huskies last season, and not many outside the program figured much more from him this season.
Everyone, but Velasquez, who has become one of the dominant players in the Valley, ranking among area leaders in wins, earned run average and strikeouts. He has filled in nicely replacing the gap left by 2013 Area Player of the Year Adrian De Horta, now playing minor league baseball for the San Diego Padres’ affiliate in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Velasquez’s transformation was even a surprise to new coach Darren Murphy, who has been pleasantly impressed with his new ace.

South Hills starter Gavin Velasquez has become one of the area's best pitchers this season, helping the Huskies to a 15-3-1 record. (Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)

South Hills starter Gavin Velasquez has become one of the area’s best pitchers this season, helping the Huskies to a 15-3-1 record.
(Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)


“Yes, it was (a surprise), but mainly because he was unknown,” Murphy said. “He had a great summer and a great fall and I had heard that coming in that he had really improved. But sometimes in a program like this, there are stars waiting to happen. They are kind of under wraps until they get their shot and he probably was in Adrian’s shadow a bit last year. But talking about a guy taking off when he’s given the opportunity, that’s Gavin.
“What makes Gavin special is the tougher the situation, the better he gets.”
Velasquez, who will be on the hill when South Hills visits Claremont at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, has flourished. He’s 5-1 with a 0.61 ERA while striking out 41 in 46 innings. The junior credits his effort to the preseason work he put in, knowing someone had to fill in on the mound for De Horta, His take was why not him?
“I didn’t get to pitch that much last year. I think I threw three innings the whole year,” Velasquez said. “But I got to learn a lot; the mental (aspect) was very big. When Adrian left that’s when everyone started doubting whether we would have (good) pitching this year.
“I took it among myself. (Teammate and starting pitcher Erik Martinez) and I talked a lot this year about how we needed to step it up this year. The big thing for us is not to panic, but to stay calm and play South Hills baseball.”
Velasquez has been the rock the Huskies have needed on the mound and a key to South Hills going 15-3-1 and sharing the first place with Damien and Chino Hills. The Huskies also won the Mingo Bay Classic in South Carolina in March and have been ranked in the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 Top 10 all season.
The junior has lived up his role, including throwing two shut outs, while limiting the opposition to a .199 batting average in his seven starts. He’s has a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 41-6 and has giving up just four earned runs. In two outings against Sierra League preseason favorite Chino Hills, Velasquez has yielded just one earned run, including a 5-hit shutout in a 1-0 victory over Chino Hills last week.
“I just try to handle it mentally,” said Velasquez, who committed to Cal State Fullerton in December. “I just try to keep throwing strikes; (a) first-pitch strike for me is big. If I don’t get a first-pitch strike, I just try to keep throwing strikes, because I try to limit my walks. Walks can turn into runs, so if you don’t throw strikes, you can’t win ball games.”
And with Velasquez on the mound, the Huskies are good position to continue their winning ways.

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Softball: Caitlyn Van Hemelryck, Natalie Lugo lead South Hills over Charter Oak


By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
WEST COVINA –
South Hills High School has shown the ability to be mentally tough when it matters most in recent years, and the Huskies showed off the trait again Wednesday.
Caitlyn Van Hemelryck singled with the bases loaded in the sixth to drive in the go-ahead run and freshman Natalie Lugo was dominant in the circle to lead the host Huskies to a 2-1 victory over Charter Oak in a key Sierra League game.
Lugo tossed a 3-hitter and struck out 12 for the area No. 1 Huskies, who improved to 17-4 overall and 3-1 in league play. Van Hemelryck also had two hits.
Sierra Hensel hit a home run in the sixth and Kaile Chavez had two hits for the area No. 3 Chargers, who slipped to 13-6 and 1-2.
South Hills, after falling behind 1-0 on Hensel’s home run, put runners on second and third with one out in the sixth following a lead-off walk to Marissa Reyes and a single by Marissa Thornburg. Charter Oak pitcher Brooke Clemetson, who relieved Chavez in the fourth, looked like she might get out of it after striking out Melysia Ortega.
But after Mariah Tovar was walked to load the bases, Ryenne Chavez reached on a fielding error, which scored Reyes and tied it at 1. Van Hemelryck with a line-drive single that hortstop Marissa Chavez was able to knock down before throwing to third late, allowing Thornburg to score for the 2-1 lead.
Lugo, who had 10 strike outs through the first four innings, got Charger Oak in order in the seventh, getting Marissa Chavez on a grounder back to the circle to end it.

South Hills’ Caitlyn Van Hemelryck: “This is a big win for us. Natalie did a great job of keeping them down and pitching great. It was a big win. We hadn’t beat Charter Oak in a while, so to come back the way we did felt good.”

Charter Oak’s Sierra Hensel: “It’s tough,” Hensel said. “All around as a team, we just need to take a few more cuts in the cage and come up with a little more focus. Hopefully, next time we can come out and do better.”

South Hills coach Brandon Gonzalez: “Every league game is like a playoff game. We battled back. We were down 1-0 and we came back and scored those two runs. It wasn’t pretty, but we got the job done. We’ve done this before where we wake up and start scoring runs. It’s not a good thing to do, but for some reason that’s how they’ve been playing.
South Hills coach Scott Higuera: “Bottom line is we weren’t able to finish. (South Hills) did a good job of getting the ball in play in the bottom of the sixth inning. Overall, we could have done a better job of getting the ball in play all game long. Our at-bats weren’t very good. (Natalie) Lugo had a good came; credit to her. But I thought we could have had better at-bats.”

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Baseball: Glendora takes control of Baseline with 1-0 victory over Rancho Cucamonga

Glendora starting pitcher Kale Morton (C) throws to the plate against Rancho Cucamonga in the first inning of a prep baseball game at Glendora High School in Glendora, Calif., on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.  (Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)

Glendora starting pitcher Kale Morton (C) throws to the plate against Rancho Cucamonga in the first inning of a prep baseball game at Glendora High School in Glendora, Calif., on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.
(Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)

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


GLENDORA – Glendora High School didn’t clinch the Baseline League baseball title Tuesday, but the host Tartans took a pretty big step.
D.J. Peters scored on an error in the seventh inning and Kale Morton threw a 2-hit shut out as Glendora opened up a two-game lead in league play with a 1-0 victory over second-place Rancho Cucamonga.
Morton also struck out 10 and didn’t allow a base runner to reach third base for the Tartans, who improved to 14-5 overall and 7-1 in the Baseline League.
Michael Lopez tossed a 4-hitter and struck out four for Rancho Cucamonga, which slipped to 10-9 and 5-3. The Tartans, who play at Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday, moved to at last two games ahead of the Cougars and Upland, which was 14-3 and 4-3 coming into Tuesday. The win also gives Glendora the tie-breaking advantage, with two wins each against Rancho Cucamonga and Upland.
Morton and Lopez battled back and forth before Glendora got the break it needed in the seventh.
Peters led off with a single and with one out advanced to second on a wild pitch. He then scored the winning run when Alex Briggs hit a chopper between third and short. Third baseman Logan Rinehart fielded it and while attempting to tag Peters, who had rounded third too wide, he dropped the ball, allowing Peters to score for the 1-0 victory.

Glendora coach Dan Henley: “The win was big. It gives us two games separation on them., which obviously means a lot. We lose the game and we’re tied up with a game on Thursday.”

Glendora’s DJ Peters: “I rounded third a little bit too much. Thankfully, he bobbled it, or I would’ve been out.”

Rancho Cucamonga’s Michael Lopez: “It’s really tough. But we’ll bounce back. We’ll take a lot from this loss.”

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Baseball: South Hills beats Chino Hills, 1-0 to force 3-way tie for first in Sierra League

South Hills' Erik Martinez is mobbed by teammates after a RBI double in the sixth inning of a prep baseball game against Chino Hills at South Hills High School in West Covina, Calif., on Friday, April 18, 2014. South Hills won 1-0. (Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)

South Hills’ Erik Martinez is mobbed by teammates after a RBI double in the sixth inning of a prep baseball game against Chino Hills at South Hills High School in West Covina, Calif., on Friday, April 18, 2014. South Hills won 1-0. (Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)

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


WEST COVINA – It was against conventional wisdom, but sometimes the correct call in baseball is to play a hunch.
The latter worked for host South Hills on Friday.
Erik Martinez, batting for the first time this season, came through with a RBI single in the sixth inning to lead South Hills to a 1-0 victory over Chino Hills in a key Sierra League game.
Gavin Velasquez threw a six-hit shutout with five strikeouts for the Huskies, who improved to 14-3-1 overall. The win also put South Hills, Chino Hills and Damien tied for first with 5-2 league records. Chino Hills, which got a solid effort on the mound from Aaron Dominguez is 14-4 overall.
Quinn Cotter, who had double in the second, doubled in the sixth with two outs. Murphy then played his hunch, sending up Martinez to hit for catcher Corey Cadek. The senior then hit a ground-ball single to right field to score Cotter for a 1-0 lead.
Velasquez, who beat Chino Hills earlier this season, made it stand up in the seventh. He gave up a one-out single Tyrus Lineberger before striking out JP Hopkins and getting Izzy Fuentes on a fly out to end the game.
South Hills coach Darren Murphy: “I look like a fool if he strikes out on three pitches. But Erik is a good athlete and in the past he’s hit well, just hasn’t done much hitting here at South Hills. It was just a hunch, it was luck. But Erik made me look good today.”

South Hills’ Erik Martinez: “Coach told me to get ready, so I just tried to get mentally ready. I was just trying to put the ball in play, and luckily it got through.”

Chino Hills’ Aaron Dominguez: “It was a good game. We played hard. Sometimes luck is not on your side.”

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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
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@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
Aguilar was steady all season and a big part of the Dons winning another Montview League title. He was second 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.
Angelica Ochoa, Sierra Vista, 162, Jr.
Evelyn Avila, Sierra Vista, 235, Sr.
Jessica Villagas, Baldwin Park, 189, Sr.
Jazmine Chavarria, West Covina, 235, Sr.
Ryan Blaschke, Bishop Amat, 182 lbs. Sr
Joshua Sapien, Bishop Amat, 285, Jr.
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
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@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
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@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
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@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
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@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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