St. Paul denies Amat: Bishop Amat High School was in position to possibly clinch the Del Rey League softball title on Tuesday against rival St. Paul.
The Swordsmen said no, not at their place.Kayla Rivas had the go-ahead RBI in a three-run fourth inning and Emilee Leonard was steady in the circle to lead St. Paul to a 3-2 victory over Bishop Amat at Jersey Fields.
Leonard and Nia Carter also had RBIs in the fourth inning for St. Paul, which improved to 14-8 overall and into second place in league play at 5-3. Leonard gave up eight hits and struck out six.Gabby Bracamonte went 3 for 4 with a RBI and Alyssa Barrera had a double and a triple and scored a run for Bishop Amat (17-3, 7-1).
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Chino 12, Walnut 0 — Freshman Violet Salazar pitched a one-hitter and Emily Ballesteros earned the save for the Cowgirls (11-7, 4-1) in a Hacienda League victory. Chino combined for 13 hits. Corina Gamboa went 2 for 3 with a two-run homer and three RBIs, Hayley Wishner had a two-run homer, Alyssa Gonzalez had a double and three RBIs, Journey Rojas and Justine Briones both had a double and Amanda Brashear, Pearl Barroso and Ballesteros each had an RBI.
Nogales 14, Wilson 1 — Savannah Bonillas was the winning pitcher and Peiu Tafisi went 2 for 3 with two homers and five RBIs for the Nobles (10-8, 3-2) in a Valle Vista League game.
Garey 12, Edgewood 6 — The team of Chris Victor and Rogelio Castaneda swept in doubles for the Vikings (16-2-1, 8-0) in a Miramonte League match.
Gabrielino 208, Gladstone 289 — The Eagles (12-1-1, 9-0) had the top five finishers of the day at Azusa Greens Golf Course par 34 to defeat the Gladiators (2-5). Michael Lam led the way at 34, Isaac Lam shot 41, Ryan Cheng shot 43 and Ryan Tran and Nathan Duong both shot 45.
Last night I had the great pleasure of witnessing not just some great athletes but great role models get awarded. The Hacienda League Honored five incredible athletes from Charter Oak High School, Chino High School, Diamomd Ranch High School, Los Altos High School, Walnut High School and West Covina High School. Even though these students have done some amazing things with their talent and their sport they have also made an impact at their school and community. These Honorees are the class of 2016 and will continue to succeed in life as they get ready for the college world. Congrats to all the great athletes.
Los Altos High School Honorees:
Starting from the left: Maya Picado, Alejandro Murillo, Natalia Elizarraras, Maria Contreras and Geno Camacho
West Covina High School Honorees:
Starting from the top photo: starting from the left, Jasmine Murguia, Justine Garcia, Regan Tate and Victoria Bravo.
Bottom photo: Kelly Truong
Walnut High School Honorees:
Starting from the left, Jerry Chen, Micah Maes, Alison Chang, Aaron Yong and Rami Abdou.
Charter Oak High School Honorees:
Charter Oak’s Honorees: Kamden Brown, Taylor Salgado, Andre Henson, Zion Echols & Molly Montell
Chino High School Honorees:
Chino’s Honorees: from the right Marcos Amancio, Emily Ballesteros, James Harden, Haley Wisner & Stephanie Custodio.
Diamond Ranch High School’s Honorees:
Diamond Ranch’s Honorees: start from left Marina Rossi, Kane Jajieh, Jackie Graves, Frank Guzman & Sarah Kretschmar
Damien gets another big Baseline win: Damien baseball coach Andy Nieto likes to call senior Isaiah Paige his secret weapon. He could be in the Spartans rotation and would be one of the area’s premier pitchers in that role. Instead he usually starts the game in center field and bats third in the lineup. Then, if Nieto needs someone to come in mid-game in a tight contest, Paige is usually that guy.
Paige has excelled in that role quite well, coming in and shutting down an Etiwanda rally in a Baseline League game the Spartans won 3-2 on Monday.
It was the first of three games the teams will play this week.
Paige, who has signed with University of Michigan as a two-way player, entered the game in relief of starter Matt Amrhein in the fifth with two on and no outs and the Spartans (11-7, 8-1) clinging to that 3-2 lead.
Tribune Top Ten Baseball Rankings
1. Bonita (19-2) — No. 1 on the line hosting South Hills Wednesday and at South Hills Friday. Both 8-1 in the Palomares. It’s on.
2. Sierra Vista (15-1) — Dons keep winning and only have allowed 14 runs in 9-0 league start.
3. South Hills (15-7) — Tied with No. 1 Bonita, it all comes down to the two-game series with Cats this week.
4. Damien (10-7) — A two-game lead at 7-1 in the Baseline. This is what Andy Nieto coached teams do. They get better as season moves on.
5. Bishop Amat (12-10) — Perfect 6-0 in the Del Rey with a big game Thursday at La Salle.
6. Charter Oak (11-7) — Has won five straight to take over first in Hacienda at 8-1.
7. Covina (13-6) — Has a two-game lead in the Valle Vista at 8-1.
8. Walnut (13-8-1) — All of a sudden it can’t win, losers of five straight to drop out of first in Hacienda.
9. Northview (12-7-1) — Vikings a virtual lock to make playoffs, but still sit in third in VVL.
10. South El Monte (10-7) — Holds one game lead over El Monte and Rosemead in the Mission Valley.
Hitting (Minimum 30 at bats)
1. Brennan McKenzie, Walnut, .500, 30-for-60
2. Daniel Lona, Sierra Vista, .458, 27-for-59
3. Nick Aguilar, South El Monte, .455, 15-for-33
4. Aaron Fong, South Hills, .453, 29-for-64
5. Ricardo Reyes, Sierra Vista, .449, 22-for-49
6. Felipe Perez, El Monte, .444, 20-for-45
7. Ricky Mejia, Bassett, .432, 16-for-37
8. Joshua Chaidez, Rosemead, .429 18-for-42
9. Aldo Perez, Gladstone, .429, 15-for-35
10. Isaiah Saavedra, South El Monte, .424, 25-for-59
5 – Tommy Delgado (Bonita); 4 – Brennan McKenzie (Walnut), Jake Bryant (Glendora); 2 – Jake Bryant (Glendora).
25 – Brandon Bradshaw (Bonita); 22 – Tommy Delgado (Bonita); 20 — Brennan McKenzie (Walnut); 19 — Johnny Dearth (South Hills); 17 – Jake Bryant (Glendora).
Pitching (Most Wins)
Christian Longoria (Walnut), 7-0; A.J. Woodall (Bonita) 7-0; Hayden Petrovick, (South Hills) 6-2; Adrian Cardenas (Sierra Vista), 5-1, Felipe Perez (El Monte), 5-1, Luiz Huizar (Rowland) 5-2, Nathan Schneider (Bonita), 5-2; Diego Barrera (Bishop Amat) 5-2; Angel Lopez (Rosemead) 5-3.
1. Ricardo Reyes, (Sierra Vista), 0.46; 2. Felipe Perez (El Monte), 0.60; 3. Mario Huizar (Sierra Vista), 0.65; 4. A.J. Woodall (Bonita), 0.99; 5. Christian Longoria (Walnut), 1.19.
Area Softball Rankings
1. Bishop Amat (17-2) — After beating St. Paul, Lancers get them again Tuesday and with another win will practically wrap-up the Del Rey.
2. South Hills (14-7) — Huskies are 4-0 in the Palomares and all four wins were shutouts.
3. St. Lucy’s (12-4-2) — What a shocker, St. Lucy’s tied for first in Baseline with powerful Etiwanda at 4-1.
4. Glendora (13-3) — After horrible 0-3 start in Palomares, Tartans trying to claw way back for a playoff berth.
5. Edgewood (12-1) — In the Miramonte league Edgewood has scored 127 runs and allowed 2.
6. Los Altos (9-8-1) — Winners of five straight while only allowing one run in last four games.
7. Arroyo (12-3) — Knights a perfect 7-0 in the Mission Valley League and getting better.
8. Bonita (10-8) — A surprising second in the Palomares with a 3-1 record.
9. Charter Oak (12-7) — Only 2-2 in league. Needs to get going to guarantee a playoff berth.
10. Diamond Ranch (13-6) — Tied for third in Hacienda with Charter Oak.
Hitting Leaders (Minimum 30 at bats)
1. Berlin Bonilla, La Puente, .684, 26-for-38
2. Alyssa Diaz, South El Monte, .632, 24-for-38
3. Melissa Felix, Los Altos, .579, 22-for-38
4. Sammy Alvarado, Edgewood, .571, 32-for-56
5t. Alexis Batres, Rosemead, .545, 24-for-44
5t. Ciara Granado, Edgewood, .545, 24-for-44
7. Randi Farricker, Glendora, .538, 28-for-52
8. Seanna Jimenez, El Monte, .535, 23-for-43
9. Alyssa Carrion, Walnut, .533, 16-for-30
10. Samantha Smith, Diamond Ranch, .518, 29-for-56
8 – Ciarra Granado (Edgewood); 7 – Randi Farricker (Glendora), Taylor Tetone (Glendora), Sammy Alvarado (Edgewood); 6 – Melysia Ortega (South Hills).
29 – Ciarra Granado (Edgewood); 26 – Sammy Alvarado (Edgewood); 23 – Randi Farricker (Glendora); 21 – Akyira Wiggins (Duarte); 20 – Marina Roski (Diamond Ranch).
Pitching: Most Wins
Natalie Lugo (South Hills) 11-5; Marina Roski (Diamond Ranch) 11-6; Dakota Casper (St. Lucy’s) 10-2; Cambria Keefer (Glendora) 10-3; Samaria Diaz (Bishop Amat) 9-1.
1. Samaria Diaz (Bishop Amat) 0.84; 2. Natalie Lugo (South Hills) 0.96; 3. EmaRae Flores, (Charter Oak) 1.97; 4. Cambria Keefer (Glendora), 1.98; 5. Alyssa Ochoa, Baldwin Park (2.09)