Walnut 6, Pomona 4 — Andy Rodriguez had three RBIs and a double and Cody Dye had a double for the Mustangs (5-7-2) in a Don Lugo Spring Tournament victory. Emilio Delgado had two RBIs and a double and Christopher Villalobos had two RBIs for the Red Devils (8-5).
Sierra Vista 9, Rosemead 4 — Alejandro Dominguez went 2 for 3 with three RBIs and a double for the Panthers (6-8) in a nonleague loss.
Diamond Bar 12, Glendora 6 — The teams of David Chee and Russell Chen and Michael Tran and Nicholas Wong swept in doubles and Neil Tengbumroong swept in singles to lead the Brahmas (8-2, 4-0) to the Palomares League victory.
By Stephen Ramirez
WEST COVINA — La Serna High School followed a tournament win last week with an unexpected loss. The Lancers made sure they wouldn’t repeat the trend Thursday.
La Serna’s Reanne Martinez scores against South Hills in the first inning of a prep softball game at South Hills High School in West Covina, Calif., on Friday, April 09, 2015. La Serna won 3-1. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/ Pasadena Star-News)
Jamie Wren tossed a four-hitter and Jelli Lopez hit a two-run home run to lead La Serna to a 3-1 victory over host South Hills in a battle of the two of the top softball teams in the CIF-Southern Section.
La Serna, ranked No. 1 in Division 3, improved to 12-3. They have followed a 3-0 loss to Sonora with three consecutive wins, including decisions over Division 1 No. 7 Mater Dei (6-0) on Monday and Division 2 No. 6 South Hills on Thursday.
Natalie Lugo gave up five hits and struck out 10 for South Hills, which slipped to 11-4. Quinn DeAvila had a RBI triple for the Huskies.
La Serna’s Jamie Wren:
“We all have our games. It was a difficult loss (to Sonora last week), but it motivated us. We knew what we did wrong and what we have to work on. We picked it up (Thursday).”
La Serna co-coach Mike Orona:
“We didn’t do what we wanted to offensively. (Lugo) is a quality pitcher and she pretty much dominated the game. We put enough together offensively to get the victory and Jamie did a great job pitching.”
South Hills coach Brandon Gonzalez:
We just didn’t hit. She’s a quality pitcher, but we didn’t hit. We’ve been in a couple of these type of games. We didn’t adjust.”
West Covina 6, Charter Oak 5 — Darron Benton lifted the Bulldogs to a comeback victory over Charter Oak in Hacienda League play with a walkoff RBI-single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh for his second RBI of the day. The Chargers raced out to an early 5-0 lead in the second inning off a three-run home run by Nick Hernandez. However, West Covina’s Alex Carrillo shut down Charter Oak for the next three innings, recording nine strikeouts in five innings of work. Carrillo also had a pair of singles and a double to help the Bulldogs claw their way back into the game. Then with the bases loaded, Andrew Maxson drew a walk to tie the game and set up Benton’s game winning hit. Steven Ramirez got the win in relief throwing two shutout innings.
San Dimas 7, Maranatha 0 — San Dimas continues its winning streak to 16 games to start the season.
Santa Margarita 8, Ayala 0 — Ayala fell in its third contest of the 2015 National Classic, which it is hosting.
Walnut 3, Desert Christian Academy 0
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Bassett 4, Rosemead 1 — Frankie Villanueva pitched seven innings, striking out 10, and Matthew Robles had three singles for the visiting Olympians (4-4) in a nonleague win. Angel Lopez struck out 11, and Alejandro Dominguez had a triple for the Panthers (6-6).
South Hills 1, Downey 0 — Andres Alvarez was the winning pitcher, Hayden Petrovick got the save and John Dearth had an RBI for the Huskies (10-4) in a nonleague win.
Diamond Bar 13, Bonita 5 — Teams of David Chee and Russell Chen, Michael Tran and Nicholas Wong and Daniel Chai and Sho Uchida swept in doubles and Neil Tengbumroong swept in singles to lead the Brahmas (7-2, 3-0) to the Palomares League victory.
Ayala 8, Christian Brothers (TN) 6 — Daniel Mendez had two RBIs and a double and Josh Bozoian had an RBI and a double for the Bulldogs in a National Classic Tournament win.
Tribune Baseball Rankings
1. San Dimas (14-0) — Three wins over Bonita along with two tournament titles make the Saints the slam dunk top choice, just the way it started the season.
2. Bonita (11-4) — Considering three losses have come against San Dimas, and two of those were finals we can say Bonita’s a solid No. 2.
3. South Hills (9-4) — Has done extremely well considering the schedule, which includes a win over Mater Dei and a finals appearance in a tough Florida tourney last week.
4. Glendora (13-4) — After dominating the Baseline last year, the Tartans are finding the Palomares tough, already 1-2 with losses to Ayala and Diamond Bar. That’s a dangerous way to start with South Hills and Bonita in the league as well.
5. Bishop Amat (6-6-1) — Although the overall record stinks, the Lancers are tied for first in the Del Rey at 3-1. Besides, they started this way last year and won a title.
6. Wilson (11-3) — Great overall record, but not completely surprising looking at the schedule. The truth will come when the Valle Vista starts.
7. Sierra Vista (8-4) — After an unusual slow start, the Dons have rushed to 4-1 in the Montview and are looking like the team we thought they were with a pre-season top ten ranking.
8. Nogales (11-6) — A couple losses in the Lions Tournament, but overall not bad under first year coach and longtime assistant Donald Montanez.
9. Diamond Bar (7-6) — Brahmas can compete with anyone in the Palomares, but not sure they’ll be good enough down the stretch to earn a playoff spot.
10. Charter Oak (5-6-1) – Compared to the Palomares, the Hacienda is clearly the “B” League, and despite their weak overall record, the Chargers are 3-0 in league.
1. South Hills (10-3) – Have two super pitchers and after winning a tournament in Anaheim, hasn’t slowed down, beating El Segundo and St. Paul with last two wins.
2. Bishop Amat (11-4) — Lancers have come on strong to lead the Del Rey at 4-0, mighty impressive considering St. Paul and La Salle are both in it and having solid seasons.
3. Charter Oak (9-6) — Even though West Covina has done well, the Chargers look like the favorites in the Hacienda with so many solid hitters and good pitching to go with it.
4. West Covina (9-4) — Opened the season with the championship in the San Dimas tournament, but has lost two of three against tough opponents in the Diamond Bar tourney.
5. Diamond Bar (8-5) — Could be the sleeper team in the Palomares, showing signs of it with a win over Glendora. South Hills is clearly the best, after that the league is up for grabs.
6. Glendora (10-5) – Started the Palomares with a 2-1 loss to Diamond Bar, but other than that, has been a solid start for the Tartans after recent years of struggling in the Baseline.
7. Bonita (5-4) — Three straight wins over Covina, San Dimas and Los Altos is the kind of momentum it was looking for with the Palomares up next.
8. Edgewood (7-0) — The best team nobody’s ever heard of is also this editor’s alma mater. The Lions are 3-0 in league and looking at the schedule won’t lose another game until the playoffs start.
9. St. Lucy’s (7-6) — Has played a decent schedule and advanced to the finals of the Northview tournament last week. Could be best year since Danielle O’Toole’s departure.
10. San Dimas (6-7) — Not an impressive overall record, but looking at its line-up no doubt it’s an area top ten. Should be better than this.
With San Dimas 14-0 and No. 1 in Division 3, it makes you wonder if it could be better than all recent champions. Here’s a list of area champions since 2007, which of these teams is the best of the best and would win out if they all met in a tournament today?
Bishop Amat, 2011: Won Division 4 title in Rio Ruiz’s junior season with a 7-0 victory over Palm Desert in which Ruiz homered to right field.
San Dimas, 2009: The Saints won the CIF-Southern Section Division IV title with a 4-2 victory over Torrance, it’s first baseball title since 1985.
South Hills 2009: After losing in the championship the year before, the Huskies returned and won the Division 3 title with an 8-2 win over Beckman, giving coach Kevin Smith his long awaited title.
Bonita, 2012: Pitcher Justin Garza’s incredible career was capped with a 5-1 victory over Alhambra for the Division 3 title and the Bearcats’ first championship since 1951
Glendora, 2010: Tartans pitcher Adam Plutko, who went on to win a national title at UCLA, pitched a gem in the Division 2 championship to beat Yucaipa, 10-3
Northview, 2008: Northview’s 37-year drought ended in a 1-0 victory over Diamond Ranch to claim the CIF-Southern Section Division IV championship at Dodger Stadium, giving the top-ranked Vikings their first title since 1971. It was the Vikings’ 12th straight win, finishing the season 26-4.
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FROM RAMSEY: We’ve changed our method of ranking teams for 2015, giving more emphasis to overall depth and strength. (You can read about the details on the post for the girls rankings below).
Walnut HorseWalnut and Damien are strong and complete teams, with Championship level athletes in most events and the ability to score in every event in a dual meet, That strength is shown in the first team rankings where they are separated by just one point!
D3 power Covina is another all-around team that has jumped up to third, followed by distance-heavy SGV newcomers Ayala. Special honor to Claremont and Rowland who have made huge progress in the new season. And so here’s this years first list…
BOYS TEAM RANKINGS
1. 146 – Walnut (Ranked 1st in 2014)
2. 145 – Damien (2nd)
3. 133 – Covina (5th)
4. 113 – Ayala (4th)
5. 98 – Monrovia (6th)
6. 97 – Claremont (18th!)
7. 91 – Bonita (9th)
8. 76 – Arcadia (3rd)
9. 75 – Rowland (26th!)
10. 73 – California (4th)
GIRLS TEAM RANKINGS
1. 167 – Arcadia (1st in 2014)
2. 147 – Ayala (new to the SGV)
3. 140 – Walnut (2nd)
4. 128 – Claremont (6th)
5. 107 – Monrovia (7th)
6. 102 – Glendora (3rd)
7. 80 – Bonita (10th)
8. 79 – El Rancho (NR)
9. 79 – South Pasadena (4th)
10. 77 – St. Lucy’s (11th)
SIDNEY TURNING HEADS AT WIDE RECEIVER: Already one of the country’s top recruits at corner back, Bishop Amat High School football standout Trevon Sidney wanted to use this offseason to showcase to college recruiters what he can do with the ball in his hands.
Sidney, the Tribune’s 2013 Newcomer of the Year after picking off 10 passes as a sophomore, and a 2014 All-Area selection at defensive back, prefers to play receiver. Both now and in college.
The gamble to showcase his prowess catching balls at the expense of developing further at corner has already started paying off.
Sidney was named Offensive MVP of the Passing Downs Tournament in Fontana last weekend while competing on behalf of the Body By Tra team. The team also includes five-star receiver recruit and Sidney’s Bishop Amat teammate Tyler Vaughns.
Also at receiver for Body By Tra is former St. Francis standout Dylan Crawford, who hopes to play his senior season at Santa Margarita. Crawford has multiple college offers. Charter Oak’s Zion Echols, a running back for the Chargers, also is part of the receiving corps.