SUPER SCHNEIDER: Dating back to its fall league, the South Hills High School baseball team hadn’t suffered a loss in almost four months. The Huskies had steamrolled through its nonleague schedule leading up to the Palomares League opener on Wednesday.
Unfortunately for visiting South Hills, it had to go up against Bonita ace, senior Nathan Schneider. He struck out nine and tossed seven shutout innings to lead the Bearcats to a 3-0 win.
“Schneider’s a good pitcher,” South Hills coach Darren Murphy said. “(He’s) one of the top two or three pitchers in the league, so we knew it was going to be a game where you had to take advantage of opportunities. We had one, maybe two opportunities and we didn’t take advantage of it.”
CIF-State Southern California Division I
Corona Centennial at Damien, 7 p.m.
The Spartans are living up to their No. 1-seed billing in the state playoffs. Pick a style, and coach Mike LeDuc’s bunch is ready.
Against Central of Fresno in the first round, the Spartans rolled up 102 points in a fast-paced game. They followed that by getting defensive in a 60-44 win over Fairfax in a more methodical affair.
On Tuesday, a rematch looms with Corona Centennial, which Damien beat to start the Southern Section Open Division playoffs back on Feb. 17. Following that win, Damien was ousted by Sierra Canyon. But since then, Damien is on a five-game win streak and playing arguably its best ball of the season.
Tribune Top Ten Baseball Rankings
1. South Hills (5-0) – Solidified top spot after winning 32-team Frozen Ropes Classic. Opens Palomares at Bonita.
2. Charter Oak (4-1) – Biggest surprise beating Bonita and advancing to Frozen Ropes final.
3. Glendora (7-2) – Opened with six straight wins, dropped 2 of last three.
4. Bonita (4-1) – Already with three shutouts despite tough 7-1 loss to Charter Oak.
5. Walnut (4-1) — Pitching has been great, allowed two runs or less in four wins.
6. Bishop Amat (4-3) — After slow start has won three of last four.
7. Damien (2-3) – Terrible start, but has played tough schedule.
8. Wilson (4-0) – Hasn’t played anyone tough, but still has outscored opponents 42-1.
9. Nogales (6-1) – Won first six before finally dropping a game.
10. Sierra Vista (4-2) – Improved non-league schedule, good 10-5 win over improved Muir.
St. Lucys Varsity gets the win over Brea Olinda 11-2 & goes undefeated 4-0 in the Brea Olinda Tournament! Good job! pic.twitter.com/AFCvSBLrpE
— St. Lucy's Softball (@StLucysSoftball) March 4, 2017
Tribune Softball Rankings
1. St. Lucy’s (5-1) – Dakota Casper has been great in the circle, only loss to Los Altos
2. Bonita (4-2) — Looked great in winning the San Dimas tournament.
3. Charter Oak (5-1) – Avenged its only loss to Bonita and has shown lots of power at the plate.
4. Glendora (6-2) – Only losses to San Dimas, Bonita.
5. Los Altos (4-3) – Good record considering how difficult the schedule.
6. South Hills (2-4) – Surprising slow start during Florida-bound pitcher Natalie Lugo’s senior year.
7. San Dimas (4-2) – Still the Valle Vista league favorites.
8. Bishop Amat (2-3-1) – Not sure what to expect after graduating so many talented seniors
9. Baldwin Park (4-1) – Might challenge San Dimas for Valle Vista title.
10. Mountain View (4-0) – Area’s only undefeated team.
By Stephen Ramirez
WALNUT >> South Hills High School looked every bit like one of the top baseball teams in the state on Saturday.Karlos Morales had four RBIs and Brandon Dieter three and the Huskies, ranked No. 2 in California by Cal-Hi Sports, rolled to a 13-3 victory over Charter Oak in the Frozen Ropes Classic at Mt. San Antonio College’s Mazmanian Field.Nick Lugo also had a double and triple and scored three runs for South Hills (5-0). The duo were co-MVPs of the tournament.
Ronnie Parham had a triple and Julian Rodriguez a RBI for Charter Oak (4-1), which advanced to the final by beating CIF Southern Section Division 2 No. 4 Yucaipa in the semifinals.
The Huskies, who have dedicated the season to assistant coach Tom Quinley, who is out with an illness, had 14 hits and scored in every inning but the third.
“We’re 5-0 and have big expectations,” South Hills coach Darren Murphy said. “But we’ve put those expectations on ourselves. We just fullfilled what we wanted to do. We wanted to win this tournament. We played four good ball games and tonight, we played a great ball game.”
“I’m really proud of this team. We pounded the ball tonight against a really good team, and we’re ready to go (to league play).”
South Hills wasted little time in getting started. The Huskies scored two runs before Rodriguez threw his second strike.
The senior walked Jacob Amaya on four pitches before hitting Daniel Genna with his next offering. Morales then lined a triple to right-center field for a 2-0 lead.
Dieter followed with a sacrifice fly to center for a 3-0 advantage.
South Hills made it 6-0 in the second.
Chris Camarena led off with a single and advanced to second on a hit-by-pitch to Lugo. Amaya doubled to left for 4-0 lead. Morales then brought his RBI total to four with a single to right to score Lugo and Amaya for the six-run lead.
“I was just looking for something to drive,” Morales said. “I knew he was going to give me a fastball with a 2-0 count. I just put a good swing on it.”
Morales helped Charter Oak cut it to 6-2 in the third.
He walked the first two batters before a fielding error scored Paul Sanchez. Bret Clemetson then scored on a wild pitch to pull the Chargers within four. Morales settled down and ended the threat by striking out Diego Flores.
South Hills put it way with four runs in the fourth for a 10-2 lead.
Nick Lugo led off with a double before Amaya reached on a two-base error to make it 7-2. Genna bunted for a single before Dieter followed with a two-run double for a 9-2 lead. Jacob Dominguez doubled to make it 10-2.
“It’s a big season for us,” Dieter said. “We have a lot of expecations. We just have to keep working hard and show what we can do.”
Damien advances to SoCal quarterfinals: The Damien High School basketball team knew its shot at winning a CIF Southern Section Open Division wasn’t good; not with the juggernauts at the top in Chino Hills, Mater Dei, Sierra Canyon and Bishop Montgomery.
A state title? Well that might be an easier task.
The Spartans were taken out of the Open and put into Division I for the CIF State Southern California Regional portion of the playoffs.They opened the quest for that state title with a 102-70 win over visiting Fresno Central on Wednesday at the Travers-Cronin Athletic Center.
The top-seeded Spartans will play to Fairfax at 6 p.m. Saturday.
CIF-State Southern California Regional Playofffs
Wednesday’s First Round
Damien 102, Central 70
Pasadena 63, Heritage 57
Bakersfield 66, Maranatha 62
Blair 55, Palisades 53
San Bernardino 57, St. Paul 55
Wednesday’s First Round
Mission Oak 48, Glendora 46
Scripps Ranch 54, Pasadena 24
Bakersfield Christian 54, Westridge 45
Charter Oak, South Hills advance to title game: The Charter Oak High School baseball team, off to its best start in more than 13 years, has advanced to its first tournament championship game in five years when Dino Mianda hit a game-winning double in the eighth inning to defeat Yucaipa 1-0 in the semifinals of the Frozen Ropes Tournament Wednesday night at Mt. SAC’s Mazmanian Field.
With the victory, Charter Oak (4-0) will play South Hills (4-0), a 6-0 winner over Carter, in the other semifinal game. The teams play at 6 p.m. Saturday night at Mt. SAC.
With two outs and runners on first and second, Miranda hit a fly ball to right field that was lost in the lights, allowing sophomore Jacob Moreno to score from second.
“In my freshman year against Northview I had a (game-winning hit) in the Dicks Tournament,” Miranda said. “That’s baseball for you.“We’ve been putting in the work and now it’s showing.”
Times of games not posted yet
South Hills 4, Los Altos 2
Carter 9, Walnut 2
Charter Oak 7, Bonita 1
Yucaipa 2, Crescenta Valley 1, 9 innings
Wednesday’s semifinals at Mt. SAC
Charter Oak 1, Yucaipa 0
South Hills 6, Carter 0
Saturday’s championship at Mt. SAC
Charter Oak vs. South Hills, 6 p.m.