BY STEPHEN RAMIREZ
LA PUENTE — St. Paul can end rival Bishop Amat’s quest for a Del Rey League title and enhance its own with a victory in of two games this week.
The Swordsmen will carry that aspiration to Friday.
Amat sophomore Isaac Esqueda saw to that Tuesday.
Esqueda tossed a four-hitter and struck out 11 as Amat remained in the race with a 3-1 victory over St. Paul in a Del Rey League game.
The host Lancers improved to 14-11-1 overall and 8-3 in league play. The loss dropped St. Paul into a virtual second-place tie with Amat, falling to 13-12-1 and 7-3. Cathedral, which beat Serra, leads the league at 8-2.
Bishop Amat, scoring two unearned runs in the second, led 3-0 after two innings.
BISHOP AMAT’S ISAAC ESQUEDA
BISHOP AMAT COACH JOE HOGGATT
ST. PAUL’S CASEY MORALES
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Chino 4, Los Altos 3 — Courtney Springman was the winning pitcher and Pearl Barroso went 2 for 4 with a two-run homer to lead the Cowboys (15-5-1, 6-1) to the Hacienda League victory. Corina Gamboa had an RBI triple and Amanda Brashear had a hit and an RBI for Chino.
San Gabriel Mission 5, Holy Family 2 — Patricia Rosales went 2 for 3 with two doubles, Christina Rosas had two RBIs, a single and a double and Aeriel Lewandowski had an RBI to lead the Pioneers (13-8, 7-2) to the Horizon League victory.
St. Paul 4, St. Joseph 1 — Gabby Walker pitched a complete game, and went 2 for 3 with two RBIs to lead the Swordsmen (17-6, 8-1) to the Del Rey League victory. For St. Paul, Niko Walker had two hits and two runs scored and Taylor Fogle had a hit and an RBI.
Charter Oak 11, Diamond Ranch 5 — Cloe Ochoa was the winning pitcher, Sereena Ortiz got the save and Marissa Chavez went 3 for 5 with a home run, a double, three RBIs and two runs scored to lead the Chargers (16-7, 6-1) to the Hacienda League victory. Chargers’ Eva Arretche went 4 for 5 with an RBI and two runs scored and Chloe Evans went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
Baldwin Park 3, Gladstone 1 — Pitcher Anthony Franco improved to 6-1 and went 2 for 3 to lead the Braves (8-8, 7-4) to the Montview League victory. For Baldwin Park, Isaiah Martinez went 2 for 4 with two runs scored.
STORY:The brief recruiting frenzy that saw Glendora High School quarterback Matt Fink go from relative unknown to national sensation ended early Monday afternoon when the standout picked USC with an announcement on his Twitter account.
Fink hinted Monday morning he would make his decision, tweeting: Very big day today! with a #nomorewaiting hashtag. Just before 3 p.m., Fink made good on his promise, choosing USC over more than a dozen schools, including Notre Dame, Boise State, Washington, Washington State, Oregon and others.
— Fink, Matt (@FinkMattfink) May 4, 2015
I want to thank every coach that has put the time and effort into recruiting me. I truly think that i have now found the right school for me
— Fink, Matt (@FinkMattfink) May 4, 2015
STORY: Former standout running back Kurt Scoby, who shined at several area high schools before spending one season at Fresno St., is back in the San Gabriel Valley.Scoby has left Fresno St. and transferred to Azusa Pacific University, Cougars head coach Victor Santa Cruz confirmed on Monday.Because Santa Cruz is limited with what he could say due to NCAA rules, all that was confirmed is that Scoby has signed a scholarship offer and will be enrolling at APU in the fall.Scoby’s career at Fresno St. never got off the ground. He suffered a concussion during fall practice and never got a carry in a game this season. He projected to be one of several backups to returning starter Marteze Waller this fall.
Aram tweeted Friday night that Damien boys basketball coach Matt Dunn was offered the St. John Bosco boys basketball position and had the weekend to decide. As of today, no decision has been made, nor will Dunn confirm or deny the report. Stay tuned.
BREAKING: Source says Damien boys hoops head coach Matt Dunn offered St John Bosco job. Has weekend to decide.
— Aram Tolegian (@aramtolegian) May 2, 2015
John “Nut and Honey” Honell has been a contributor for the San Gabriel Valley Tribune for over a decade and particularly has a great interest in baseball. He’s well known among area coaches and now and then writes a contributor column for this blog. Today he’s writing about Valley baseball. These are his thoughts ...
By John Honell, Correspondent
With the high school baseball season entering the home stretch, here are a few observations from someone who saw Hal Newhouser pitch against Joe Dimaggio in the first major league game he ever attended. (that is another way of saying, I’m old).
PALOMARES LEAGUE – Everyone talks, rightfully so, about all the Division 1 pitchers in the league. There are more 1-0, 2-1, 3-2 games in this league than I’ve ever seen at the high school level.
There just don’t seem to be many, if any, Division 1 hitters. That’s probably why there are three teams, Glendora, Ayala and South Hills tied for first with Bonita just one game back.
Coaches have told me that CIF is only going to take the top three teams from each league in Division 2 for the playoffs, that means one very good team isn’t going to make it.
South Hills might have the deepest pitching staff in the league but have had trouble scoring runs.
Glendora couldn’t hold leads early in the season but might be playing the best ball of anyone in the league right now.
There are some really good arms on the Tartan staff but, their problems were more mental than physical.
Doc Henley appears to have hauled his psychology couch into the bullpen to get his kids hot at the right time.
The Tartans and Huskies play each other twice, the last week of the season. One of them might be that very good team that doesn’t get to the playoffs.
MONTVIEW LEAGUE – Defending champ Sierra Vista graduated almost its entire team from last season’s run to the CIF semifinals, so finding the Dons with a one game lead with only two weeks left in the season is a little surprising.
The Dons do have a (not so) secret weapon in veteran coach Brett Stevens who, in my opinion, (but nobody asked) should have been last years Coach of the Year. He thinks baseball is the only major sport and can’t understand why anyone would want to go to a basketball or football game but, he always has his 12-man roster prepared and ready to win.
With a few games left against the bottom two teams to close out the season that would, normally, be enough to earn the top spot in the upcoming playoffs.
Normally, however, is not a word that should ever be used in the Montview.
The competition is terrific, the kids have an obvious love of the game and play with more enthusiasm than every other league in the Valley.
All that being said, if you want to see some strange bounces and even stranger happenings, the Montview League is the place to be on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
HACIENDA LEAGUE – Walnut might be the hottest team in the Valley with a 10-game winning streak. They started the season 2-7-2, including 1-3 in league play. Since then Walnut alum and head coach Paul Acosta has convinced his team that solid defense and playing unselfish baseball is a lot more fun.
They have a one-game lead over Los Altos but there are three other teams tied for third, only one game behind the Conquerors.
The Mustangs have to play two games against Los Altos next week and finish the season with two games against Chino.
There is no room for error in this league, so good fielding and whoever best follows the “Just win Baby” advice of the late Al Davis will determine the three teams that make the playoffs.
VALLE VISTA LEAGUE – The battle is for second and third place with undefeated San Dimas (24-0) on its way to a record season. The Saints are ranked 16th nationally by Max Preps, 6th in the State, No. 1 by this newspaper, the only publication that has it right.
Nogales is only two games back with Covina and Wilson tied for third one game behind the Nobles.
The old saying that “baseball is a game of inches” couldn’t be more in evidence at Saints games.
At least 10 major league scouts seem to be at games UCLA commit Peter Lambert is on the mound. He is listed on the roster as being 6 foot 2 inches. His ERA is 0.24. But don’t discount Jacob Castillo when he is on the mound. He is listed at 5 foot 11 inches. His ERA is 0.12. That 1-2 pitching combination should take them a long way in the playoffs.
1. Charter Oak (15-7) — In the what have you done for me lately category, the Chargers’ 6-2 win over Chino in a game it had to win to move into a first-place tie in the Hacienda is the areas biggest of the year and a leap to No. 1 in our rankings.
2. Bishop Amat (15-6) — The Lancers and St. Paul are virtually tied in the Del Rey, each with a loss having split with each other. They meet next week at St. Paul for the rubber match and league title.
3. South Hills (15-6) — The Huskies cut Glendora’s lead to one in the Palomares title chase, but they’re going to need help from someone else to catch the Tartans with four to go.
4. Glendora (18-6) — The Tartans dropped their first league game to South Hills, but returned with a win over Bonita to remain in first place ahead of the Huskies by a game.
5. Edgewood (15-0) — They’ve thrown perfect games, are smashing home runs and have dominated a league more than I’ve ever see any team dominate a league before, 11-0 with 11 straight shutouts, outscoring the league 184-0. But it seems like the D-5 pollsters aren’t convinced, dropping the Lions in the polls for three straight weeks. Don’t get it.
6. South El Monte (12-4) -Still 8-0 and undefeated in the Mission Valley league waiting on next week’s game with one-loss Arroyo to win the title outright.
7. San Dimas (14-9) — In a game it had to win to regain control of the Valle Vista, the Saints crushed Northview 13-3 after losing to Covina earlier in the week.
8. West Covina (13-11) — The Bulldogs were the areas darlings early in the year, but now they’re tied for third with Los Altos in the Hacienda and in danger of missing the playoffs.
9. Arroyo (14-3) — Only three losses and one loss in the MVL which was to tough South El Monte, who the Knights get next week for a chance to share the title.
10. Covina (13-8) — The Colts earned the big win over San Dimas, and are now tied with Northview for second in the Valle Vista.
1. San Dimas (24-0) — The Saints are within three games of matching Bishop Amat’s 1993 San Gabriel Valley record for consecutive victories which is 27. They should have no problem getting to 26 with a pair against Rowland this week, but Wilson could make it interesting with a pair next week.
2. Glendora (19-6) — The Tartans were in danger of missing the playoffs before a four-game win streak, including sweeps over Ayala and Claremont to move into a 3-way tie for the Palomares league. They’re the hottest team in the Palomares at the moment.
3. South Hills (17-7) — Huskies lost a firm grip on the league lead by not sweeping Ayala last week. But over the next four games, will be hard to bet against the Huskies with their pitching.
4. Bonita (18-8) — If the playoff started today, the Bearcats would miss it sitting in fourth in the Palomares, but only a game behind the three league leaders. With a pair against Ayala this week, however, the Bearcats control their own destiny.
5. Nogales (17-9) — The Nobles are alone in second in the Valle Vista and gave the Saints a brief scare. They could be a hard out in the D-3 playoffs.
6. Sierra Vista (14-5) — Dons closing in on the Montview league title but still only a game ahead of Baldwin Park in the loss column.
7. Walnut (13-7-2) — The Mustangs are the hottest team other than San Dimas, winners of ten straight, including a sweep over Charter Oak last week to take a one game lead over Los Altos in the Hacienta title chase.
8. Bishop Amat (13-11-1) — How do you lose 10-0 to Serra to fall a full game behind Del Rey league leaders St. Paul and Cathedral? If the Lancers want league, they will have to sweep St. Paul this week.
9. Arroyo (12-3) — Knights a perfect 9-0 in the Mission Valley League needing only a win to clinch the league title.
10. Los Altos (10-11-1) — The Conquerors’ grab our last spot being only a game out of first place behind Walnut, who it will meet for a pair next week that could decide the title.
I told Aram this should be a weekly project until the fall, five burning football questions each week that keeps you up to speed on what could be one of the best football seasons in recent memory that you can discuss, digest, roll your eyes and believe or not believe. Today Aram started with this, and it’s a lot of fun, and a great way to head to the weekend.
By Aram Tolegian
These days, spring practice for high school football means many things to many different people. Of course, coaches have to present the image that the t-shirt and shorts workouts that take place over the next month or so will somehow have an impact on the upcoming season. In the past, that might have been truer than it is now. With year-around workouts and conditioning and specialized training and private 7-on-7 passing teams, players rarely fall out of football mold, thus making spring practice a cute blip on the calendar the exact results of which are never known. Skeptical as one might be, there are still developments that could happen and eyebrows that could be raised during said spring practices. There are situations that bear watching and we’re here to help point them out by asking the five burning questions of spring practice.
Glendora, which looked like it might fall completely out of the playoff picture a couple weeks ago is tied for first in the Palomares after a 10-1 win over Claremont on Friday. South Hills, which could have remained in first with a sweep over Ayala, was hammered at home by the Bulldogs, 9-4. South Hills, which has a team 0.47 ERA, gave up the most runs it has all season by far. Bonita’s 7-4 win over Diamond Bar kept the Palomares a four-horse race with the Bearcats only a game back of the three league leaders.
Walnut got a little breathing room in the race for the Hacienda League baseball title by completing a two-game sweep of Charter Oak with a 6-1 win on Friday afternoon.The Mustangs (13-7-2, 8-3) got a four-hit, complete-game pitching performance from junior Christian Longoria and won their 10th consecutive game to take a one-game lead in league play.After struggling early in the season and starting league play 1-3, the Mustangs are on top of the standings, but there are still four teams within two games of them as they head into the last two weeks of the regular season.“This game meant a lot for the whole team,” Longoria said. “We struggled early in the season but once we started winning it became contagious.”
Bonita 9, Glendora 9 — The Bearcats won the third place tiebreaker match by games 73-63 in the Palomares League. Matt Diamond, Bennett Williams, and Danny Aljamal all won two of their three singles sets. Diamond’s set scores were 6-1, 6-0, 1-6, and Aljamal went 6-3, 6-0, 0-6. Glendora’s No. 3 singles player won all three of his sets. In their previous meetings, Glendora won the first 5-13, but Bonita won the second 10-8 to create a tie for third place. With the tiebreaker victory, Bonita will qualify for CIF Playoffs as the Palomares No. 3 seed.
South hills 3, Diamond Bar 1 –`The Huskies got their second win of the week in the Palomares League after defeating the Brahmas. Natalie Lugo threw a complete game with eight strikeouts and just two hits allowed for South Hills. Lugo has allowed just two runs in 15 innings of work this week. Mariah Tovar hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth to account for all three of South Hills’ runs. Christie Aguilar and Clarissa Perez also each had two base hits for the Huskies.
Glendora 8, Bonita 4 — The Tartans bounced back from a 4-1 loss on Wednesday to South Hills with an 8-4 win over the Bearcats to maintain their one-game lead in the Palomares League standings over the Huskies.
Ayala 3, Claremont 2 — The Bulldogs scored in the top of the seventh inning to give head coach John Ameluxen his 450th career victory.
Ayala 9, South Hills 4 — After dropping a 4-2 decision to the Huskies on Wednesday, the Bulldogs bounced back with a victory over the Huskies two days later to get back into a tie for first place in the Palomares League.
Glendora 10, Claremont 1 — The Tartans joined South Hills and Ayala in a three-way tie for first place in the league with a 7-4 record after blowing out Claremont in Glendora. Austin Isenhart got the win for Glendora with 5 2/3 innings pitched and eight strikeouts with just two hits allowed. Raymond Romo went 3 for 4 with two RBIs to lead the Tartan offense.
Bonita 7, Diamond Bar 4 — The Bearcats are now just one game out of first place after defeating the Brahmas to improve to 6-5 in the Palomares League. Justin Gomez went 2 for 4 for the Bearcats with three RBIs. Tommy Delgado reached base in all three of his plate appearances with a single, walk and was hit by a pitch. Delgado scored all three times. Nick Johnson then threw four shutout innings in relief.
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Sierra Vista 9, Gladstone 0 — Anthony Deeter pitched a complete game and improved to 4-0 to lead the Dons to the Montview League victory.
Wilson 10, Rowland 4 — The Wildcats scored six runs in the top of the ninth inning to defeat the Raiders for the Valle Vista League win. Matthew Rodriguez pitched six innings, striking out six, Vincent Santana had a triple and an RBI and Hector Hernandez went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI for Wilson (14-6, 3-3).
San Gabriel Mission 3, Bishop Conaty-Loretto 1 — Tristen Oliva was the winning pitcher, striking out eight, and had a double for the Pioneers (12-8, 6-2) in a Horizon League victory. Alyssa Andrade had a double and an RBI and Christina Rosas had an RBI for San Gabriel Mission.
Gabrielino 211, Marshall 254 — The Eagles had the top five players of the day at Alhambra Golf Course par 36 to defeat Marshall for the Montview League victory. Michael Lam shot a 38, Nathan Duong shot a 40, Isaac Lam had a 43, Cyrus Lam had 44 and Ryan Tran shot a 46 for Gabrielino (12-1, 9-1).
STORY: Charter Oak moved into a tie for first in the Hacienda league by beating league favorite Chino 6-2 at home Thursday. Charter Oak improved to 15-7 and 5-1 in the Hacienda while Chino dropped to 14-5 and 5-1. Earlier in the day Michelle Gardner and I thought the Chargers had no shot. That’s why they play the games.
— Michelle Gardner (@MGardnerSports) April 30, 2015
@MGardnerSports There you have it Charter Oak, Gardner gives you no shot. Sadly, hard to argue with it.
— Fred J. Robledo (@SGVNSports) April 30, 2015
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— BBB (@Queen_Brizzy) May 1, 2015
By Stephen Ramirez
MONTEBELLO — Cantwell High School began the week with an outside shot for a Del Rio League title.Bishop Amat put an end to those hopes early Thursday.Alyssa Barrera and Madeline Ramirez each had four RBIs to lead the Lancers to a 17-0 victory over the host Cardinals in a Del Rey League game that was halted after five innings due to the 10-run rule. Ramirez and Barrera had three and two hits, respectively, for Amat, which improved to 15-6 overall and 8-1 in league play. The win keeps the Lancers tied for first with St. Paul, who they face on May 11. Britney Huerta and Julia Guzman had singles for the third-place Cardinals, who slipped to 12-10 and 4-5.Cantwell lost to Amat, 3-0, on April 14, and the Lancers made sure early this one would be different. They scored three runs in the first and seven in both the third and fourth to put it away.
Amat’s Alyssa Barrera: “The last game (against Cantwell) we didn’t come out 100 percent, while the first game (a 14-0 Amat win) we came out 100 percent. This was more like the first game. We had great at-bats during the game, taking pitches, going deep in counts. We did a good job throughout the whole lineup.”
Cantwell coach Ralph Martin Del Campo: “It was just one of those games where the girls weren’t on and they were on. (Amat) hit the ball real well. There’s not much you can do about that when they hit the ball like that. We had a few errors, but they hit the ball real well.”