Damien’s Isaiah Paige shuts down Etiwanda rally, Spartans hold on for 3-2 victory

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.

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Baseball Rankings: No. 1 Bonita and No. 3 South Hills battle it out twice this week

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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.

AREA LEADERS
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

Home Runs
5 – Tommy Delgado (Bonita); 4 – Brennan McKenzie (Walnut), Jake Bryant (Glendora); 2 – Jake Bryant (Glendora).
RBIs
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.
ERA Leaders
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.



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Softball Rankings: Bishop Amat, South Hills, St. Lucy’s are clear top three

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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

Home Runs
8 – Ciarra Granado (Edgewood); 7 – Randi Farricker (Glendora), Taylor Tetone (Glendora), Sammy Alvarado (Edgewood); 6 – Melysia Ortega (South Hills).
RBIs
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.
Pitching: ERA
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)

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Saturday Recap: South Hills baseball defeats West Covina 7-4

If you have any scores or stats from any local high school sporting events call them into the desk at 626-544-0992 or 0991 or scores@SGVN

Baseball
South Hills 7, West Covina 4 — Christian Moya went 2 for 3 with a home run and three RBIs, Jacob Amaya went 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI, John Dearth had a double and an RBI and Karlos Morales had a triple for the Huskies (15-7, 8-1) in a nonleague game. Zach Bromstead was the winning pitcher and Dearth got the save.

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Friday Recap: Sierra Vista baseball keeps getting better

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Baseball
Sierra Vista 5, Gladstone 0 — Mario Huizar pitched a one-hitter and Daniel Lona went 4 for 4 with four RBIs for the Dons (15-1, 9-0) in a Montview League game.
South Hills 13, Diamond Bar 2 — Brandon Dieter was the winning pitcher and went 3 for 3 with a triple and four RBIs for the Huskies (14-7, 8-1) in a Palomares League victory. Chris Moya went 3 for 3 with a double and two runs scored and Quinn Cotter had a double and four RBIs for South Hills.
Bassett 6, Garey 3 — Christian Trujillo was the winning pitcher, Dru Thompson went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI and Matthew Robles went 3 for 4 with a double to lead the Olympians (6-9, 5-4) to the Miramonte League victory.
Baldwin Park 8, Azusa 3 — Matthew Wells went 2 for 3 with an RBI, Francisco Ruiz went 3 for 4 and Andrew Barboza and Freddy Quintana both had two RBIs for the Braves (6-5, 4-4) in a Montview League game.

Softball
Edgewood 19, La Puente 0 — Kennedy Cuevas was the winning pitcher, striking out 10 and Sammy Alvarado and Idallis Jimenez both homered for the Lions (12-1, 8-0) in a Miramonte League victory.

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Bonita not just winning, it’s dominating, routs Glendora, 12-1

“I thought it was a total team effort,” Bearcats coach John Knott said. “I’m really proud of the way our kids played today. Our guys swung the bat well, we made the plays defensively and, obviously, Nate (Schneider) did a stellar job throwing strikes and changing speeds.”

bonitaThe Dominating ‘Cats: Bonita kept its hold on a piece of the top spot in the Palomares League baseball standings with a 12-1 win over Glendora on Friday afternoon.The Bearcats (19-2, 8-1) completed a sweep of the season series against the Tartans.Bonita will play South Hills (14-7, 8-1) in a home-and-home series next week that will probably decide the league championship and the league’s top seed for the CIF Southern Section Division 2 playoffs.

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Baldwin Park Junior Wrestler McKayla Loza Shines at Nationals

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Photo taken by Lee Loza

“I didn’t believe it” were the words Baldwin Park junior wrestler McKayla Loza (172 Ib) said to herself when she beat the #1 ranked wrestler at Nationals in Oklahoma City.
It did happen for Loza and now she is on her way and is ranked #1. Loza pinned the National Champion from Kansas in a duals match.
“It didn’t hit me until I got the medal,” Loza said. “I was shocked.”
Loza also took third at Nationals in the individual round. She beat a wrestler from Wisconsin.
Since her impressive day at Nationals Loza has been getting offers from different colleges, but she does not want to know what colleges until it is over.
Loza doesn’t want to know what colleges are interested in her talent, because it makes her nervous but according to her mother there have been five colleges but according to her coaches there has been at least 10 offers. But she will not make any decisions or discuss anything until it is all said and done she wants to stay focus.

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