By Fred J. Robledo
It’s that time of year to nominate the San Gabriel Valley’s best for the annual baseball/softball all-star games.
The 21st annual San Gabriel Valley all-star baseball game for seniors will be played on Sunday, June 5, at Ben Hines Field at the University of La Verne at 3:30 p.m.
The annual San Gabriel Valley underclassmen all-star game will precede the senior game at La Verne at 11 a.m., creating a dynamic doubleheader for area fans.
Last year’s all-star games were played at East Los Angeles College following several years in which it was played at Mt. San Antonio College.
The University of La Verne poured $20 million into new baseball and softball fields, and last year La Verne hosted the San Gabriel Valley all-star softball game to rave reviews.
This year’s San Gabriel Valley all-star softball game, however, has been moved to Citrus College, which also has a fairly new softball complex. The softball game will be played on Monday, June 6.
The SGV all-star baseball games pits the East Red Team, coached by Northview’s Danny Roddy, against the West Blue Team, coached by Rosemead’s Danny Meza and Keppel’s Andrew Macedo.
Each year the SGV nominates former coaches to the SGV Hall of Fame, and this season will nominate former Azusa Pacific and Azusa High coach Tony Barbone along with former La Salle coach Brian Miller.
To be considered for the SGV senior and underclassmen games, coaches need to fill out nomination forms by contacting Nogales baseball coach and event coordinator Donald Montanez at email@example.com.. Area baseball coaches that wish to take an active part in the selection process are encouraged to meet at Nogales High School on May 15, at 1 p.m., in room G-8 to discuss the selection process and nominate players.
The SGV softball all-star games at Citrus College are also a doubleheader, featuring the underclassmen game at 5 p.m., followed by the senior game at 7 p.m.
Coaches that wish to nominate players for the softball all-star games should contact event coordinators Garrett Fisch (Diamond Bar) and Brandon Gonzalez (South HIlls) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tribune Top Ten Baseball Rankings
1. South Hills (17-7) — After sweep of No. 1 Bonita, Huskies return to where it started, on top.
2. Sierra Vista (17-1) — Is perfect 11-0 in Montview, allowing just 16 runs in league.
3. Damien (12-8) — Spartans own a cushy three-game lead in Baseline with four to play.
4. Bonita (19-5) — After getting swept by South Hills, loses third straight to La Mirada, 14-2.
5. Bishop Amat (13-12) — Lost two straight, but still two game lead in Del Rey.
6. Covina (15-6) — Two-game lead in the Valle Vista with two-game series against charging San Dimas.
7. Walnut (15-8-1) — Tied with Charter Oak for Miramonte lead and it hosts Chargers next.
8. Charter Oak (12-8) — Big two-game series against Walnut for control of Hacienda.
9. South El Monte (11-7) — Leads Rosemead by a game in the Mission Valley.
10. Azusa (9-5) — Solid second in Montview behind league-leading Sierra Vista.
Hitting (Minimum 30 at bats)
1t. Brennan McKenzie, Walnut, .500, 30-for-60
1t. Jacob Amaya, South Hills, .500, 16-for-32
3. Daniel Lona, Sierra Vista, 470, 31-for-66
4. Aldo Perez, Gladstone, .450, 18-for-40
5. Aaron Fong, South Hills, .446, 33-for-74
6. Felipe Perez, El Monte, .444, 20-for-45
7. Nick Aguilar, South El Monte, .444, 16-for-36
8. Cory Frutos, Covina, .441, 15-for-34
9. Jessie Garcia, San Dimas, .434, 23-for-53
10. Ricardo Reyes, Sierra Vista, .434, 23-for-53
5 – Tommy Delgado (Bonita); 4 – Brennan McKenzie (Walnut), Jake Bryant (Glendora); 2 – Donovyn Curiel (West Covina); Brandon Bradshaw (Bonita), Griffen Herrera (Glendora).
28 – Brandon Bradshaw (Bonita); 24 – Johnny Dearth (South Hills); 22 – Tommy Delgado (Bonita); 20 — Brennan McKenzie (Walnut); 19 — Ricardo Reyes (Sierra Vista); 18 – Jake Bryant (Glendora).
Pitching (Most Wins)
Christian Longoria (Walnut), 7-0; A.J. Woodall (Bonita) 7-0; Mario Huizar (Sierra Vista) 7-0; Angel Lopez (Rosemead) 7-3; Hayden Petrovick, (South Hills) 6-2; Diego Barrera (Bishop Amat) 6-2.
1. Ricardo Reyes, (Sierra Vista), 0.44; 2. Felipe Perez (El Monte), 0.60; 3. Mario Huizar (Sierra Vista), 0.74; 4. A.J. Woodall (Bonita), 0.85; 5. Isaac Esqueda (Bishop Amat) 1.11.
Area Softball Rankings
1. Bishop Amat (18-3) — Suffered first loss in the Dey Rey to rival St. Paul, 3-2, but a league title is inevitable.
2. South Hills (16-7) — Pitcher Natalie Lugo just dominating, five shutouts in past six wins.
3. St. Lucy’s (13-5-2) — After beating all the great teams in the Baseline, St. Lucy’s loses to lowly Upland, 9-1.
4. Edgewood (14-1) — Biggest mismatch in softball is in Miramonte, where Edgewood has outscored opponents, 166-2
5. Arroyo (14-3) — Knights are 9-0 in MVL and have clinched the legaue title with two weeks to play.
6. Glendora (14-4) — Former Tribune No. 1 is 3-4 in the Palomares and might miss the playofffs.
7. Los Altos (10-8-1) — Tied in Hacienda with Chino and they play at Chino on Tuesday.
8. Bonita (10-9) — Would be a huge surprise if it finishes second in Palomares.
9. Charter Oak (13-8) — Needs to finish strong to make the playoffs.
10. Diamond Ranch (15-6) — In third only a game back of leading Los Altos, Chino in Hacienda.
Hitting Leaders (Minimum 30 at bats)
1. Alyssa Diaz, South El Monte, .632, 24-for-38
2. Berlin Bonilla, La Puente, .596, 28-for-47
3. Melissa Felix, Los Altos, .585, 24-for-41
4. Sammy Alvarado, Edgewood, .580, 29-for-50
5. Ciara Granado, Edgewood, .569, 29-for-51
6. Randi Farricker, Glendora, .547, 29-for-53
7. Gina Reyes, La Puente, .545, 30-for-55
8. Janae Moreno, Azusa, .533, 32-for-60
9. Seanna Jimenez, El Monte, .529, 27-for-51
10. Idalis Jimenez, Edgewood, .511, 23-for-45
10 – Ciarra Granado (Edgewood); 8 – Randi Farricker (Glendora); 7 – Taylor Tetone (Glendora), Melysia Ortega (South Hills), Sammy Alvarado (Edgewood).
36 – Ciarra Granado (Edgewood); 29 – Sammy Alvarado (Edgewood); 27 – Randi Farricker (Glendora); 22 – Melysia Ortega (South Hills); 21 – Akyira Wiggins (Duarte).
Pitching: Most Wins
Natalie Lugo (South Hills) 12-5; Dakota Casper (St. Lucy’s) 11-2; Cambria Keefer (Glendora) 11-4; Samaria Diaz (Bishop Amat) 9-2; Alondra Reynoso (San Dimas) 8-4;
1. Natalie Lugo (South Hills) 0.90; 2. Samaria Diaz (Bishop Amat) 1.06; 3. EmaRae Flores (Charter Oak) 1.97; 4. Kalani Schwartz, (Duarte) 2.12; 5. Alyssa Ochoa (Baldwin Park) 2.25; 6. Dakota Casper (St. Lucy’s) 2.32
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South Hills 12, Glendora 0 — Natalie Lugo was the winning pitcher, striking out 11 for the Huskies (16-7, 6-0) in a Palomares League game.
La Puente 16, Bassett 0 — Freshman Desiree Huerta pitched a complete game and went 3 for 4 with a home run for the Warriors (8-8, 5-6) in a Miramonte League game.
Gabrielino 19, Arroyo 3 — Christian LeRue went 3 for 4 with two doubles, six RBIs and two runs scored and Nathan Hernandez went 4 for 4 with four RBIs for the Eagles (8-7, 8-10) in a Mission Valley League game. Chris Cordero pitched six innings, striking out four and Hector Banda went 3 for 4 for Gabrielino.
Pomona 11, Garey 3 — David Suarez pitched a complete game and Chris Villalobos went 3 for 4 with three RBIs for the Red Devils (9-9, 4-7) in a Miramonte League contest. Martin Castellanos and John Martinez both went 2 for 4 with a double for Pomona.
SOUTH HILLS SWEEP: Some early non-league losses and a poor showing in the prestigious Boras Classic knocked some of the mojo from the highly regarded South Hills baseball team, but the Huskies are starting to look the part with the playoffs around the corner.
South Hills, ranked No. 4 in CIF-Southern Section Division 2, completed a three-game sweep of second-ranked Bonita with a 7-1 victory behind pitcher Brandon Dieter, who threw a three-hit complete game and allowed only one hit after the first inning.
The victory comes just two days after South Hills’ marathon 7-4 victory in 11 innings at Bonita on Wednesday, and gives the Huskies (17-7, 10-1) a two-game lead over the Bearcats (19-4, 8-3) with four to play.
“No disrespect to Bonita, they’re a great team, but for some reason we match up well and we’ve been playing well in big games,” South Hills coach Darren Murphy said. “We’re starting to get it going.”
*SOUTH HILLS-BONITA PHOTOS
Bonita took a brief 1-0 lead in the first inning after Tommy Delgado led off the game with a double and was eventually singled home by Brandon Bradshaw.
But South Hills quickly answered.
Johnny Dearth’s double scored Aaron Fong and Jacob Amaya later scored on a close play at the plate on a fielder’s choice, giving the Huskies a 2-1 lead.
“I knew Bonita was tough and they would come out swinging,” Dieter said. “But my teammates had my back. We scored two in the first and that got me going.”
Bonita didn’t help itself the rest of the way.
South Hills loaded the bases with two outs in the second and scored when Johnny Dearth’s routine grounder to short was booted, allowing Chris Moya and Fong to score for a 4-1 lead.
A near identical situation happened in the sixth. South Hills loaded the bases with two outs and Dieter’s grounder to third was mishandled, allowing Amaya and Dearth to score for a 6-1 lead.
“We made some errors, but they hit some balls awfully hard,” Bonita coach John Knott said. “They have a number of good players and they made it tough on us swinging the bats and Dieter was tough around the plate. Credit to South Hills.
The top of South Hills’ order, Moya, Fong, Amaya and Dearth accounted for all nine of the Huskies’ hits and runs.
Moya was 3-for-4 with a double, Fong was 2-for-4 with two runs, Amaya was 2-for-3 with two runs and Dearth was 2-for-4.
“That’s why they’re hitting one through four,” Murphy said. “You stack the top of the lineup with your better guys and they’re doing what you’re supposed to do. They’re carrying us right now and doing their job.”
And so is South Hills, who is starting to silence the early season doubters.
“Better to be good in late April or May than dominant in February,” Murphy said. “There are no rings or titles given out in February.
“ A lot of people panicked on us and some inconsequential losses were made big deals. So, we had to remember the race is at the end. It’s a marathon. We said us losing was going to be bigger than us winning because of the expectations, but we’re to that point where we’re playing well now.”
For Knott, the key is not dwelling on what’s been an incredible season.
“We’ve had a lot of breaks go our way this year,” Knott said. “We have a good club, there’s no doubt about it. But you find out a lot more about your team after a loss than a win. It’s a lot easier to jump on the bandwagon when you’re winning and things are going your way.
“Wednesday was a tough loss going 11 innings and we come out here and get a run and South Hills says no, this ain’t happening today. We just have to move on, that’s the way it is. There’s a ton of season left.”
La Salle ends Bishop Amat’s undefeated run in Del Rey: There’s a reason why coaches drive into their players that they need to play hard for all 21 outs.On Thursday afternoon, the La Salle High School baseball team found out exactly why that’s true after it rallied for four runs with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to stun visiting Bishop Amat, 4-3, at Arcadia County Park.
“Obviously, we have a lot of respect for Bishop Amat, but I’m really proud of our players for not quitting,” La Salle coach Mike Parisi said. “That’s an inning where you’re like ‘what just happened?’ That was huge. That clinches second place for us in league. That was a huge win for us.”
La Salle improved to 14-6 overall and 7-3 in the Del Rey League and ended Amat’s eight-game win streak. The Lancers still maintain a stranglehold on first place in league; 13-11 overall, 7-1.La Salle’s win wasn’t without controversy. With two outs and two on, La Salle’s Ryan Garcia hit a grounder to shortstop. Amat’s Jayson Gonzalez fielded the ball and his throw was a tad offline to first baseman Nick DiFiori, who stretched and fielded it in time for the out. But the umpires ruled DiFiori was pulled off the bag.
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Los Altos 16, Walnut 1 — Savannah Diederich pitched a no-hitter and had a two-run homer to lead the Conquerors (10-9-1, 5-1) to the Hacienda League victory.
Bishop Amat 8, St. Joseph 1 — Alexis Vargas pitched a complete game and improved to 7-0 for the Lancers (18-3, 8-1) in a Del Rey League game. Julia Valenzuela had three RBIs and Karissa Duran had two RBIs for Bishop Amat.
St. Paul 4, La Salle 1 — Emilee Leonard was the winning pitcher and had two homers for the Swordsmen (15-8, 6-3) in a Del Rey League win.
Chino 4, Charter Oak 3 — Freshman Violet Salazar pitched a complete game and Pearl Barroso hit a home run for the Cowgirls (12-7, 5-1) in a Hacienda League game. Alyssa Gonzalez and Emily Ballesteros both had a double and an RBI and Journey Rojas went 2 for 4 for Chino.
Nogales 4, Covina 2 — Peiu Tafisi pitched a complete game and Lisette Rosales had a hit for the Nobles (11-8, 4-2) in a Valle Vista League game.
Charter Oak 7, Los Altos 5 — The Chargers (12-8, 9-2) scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to come back and win in a Hacienda League game. Adam Medrano was the winning pitcher, Jerid Petrick had a triple and Ronnie Parham had two RBIs.
Garey 15, Ganesha 3 — Jesse Covarrubias swept in singles to lead the Vikings (17-2-1, 9-0) to win the Miramonte League title.
Gabrielino 207, Gladstone 273 — The Eagles (13-1-1, 10-0) had the top five finishers at par-36 Alhambra Golf Course to defeat the Gladiators (2-8) in a Montview League match. Nathan Duong led the way with 36, Michael Lam shot 40, Cyrus Lam shot 43, Ryan Tran and Ryan Cheng both shot 44.