Baseball: Del Rio League dominating top 5, led by rivals Cal and La Serna

Staff Photo by Keith Durflinger

Here are this week’s Area Baseball Top Five.
California, which has won six consecutive games, and rival La Serna both took advantage of previous Nos. 1 and 2, Whittier and El Rancho, to take the top spot for the second consecutive week. It also will add to the rivalry when Cal and La Serna go at it for a home-and-home series, beginning Wednesday at La Serna.

1. California (14-6) — Riding six-game win streak
2. La Serna (12-7-1) — Hosts Cal in 1 vs. 2 battle
3. Whittier (12-8) — Still might be DRL’s best
4 El Rancho (10-7) — Got big split last week
5. La Mirada (12-11-1) — Suburban title still in reach

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Softball: La Mirada taking command of Area Top Five

Staff Photo by Keith Durflinger
La Mirada was the lone area team to advance to a CIF-Southern Section championship game last season, and the Matadores are starting to fnd their second win this season, winning 15 of their past 16. La Mirada has also shut out its past four opponents, so it’s no surprise to see the Mats atop the area Top Five. La Habra, which begins the day tied for first in the Freeway League, is a close second.
Here’s the rankings:

1. La Mirada (17-5) — Mats are heating up
2. La Habra (14-8) — Goes for first this week
3. Schurr (15-6) — Dominating Almont League
4. El Rancho (14-4) — Swept Santa Fe, Cal
5. California (11-7) — Don’t sleep on the Condors

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Baseball: St. Paul no match for rival Amat in 8-2 loss; El Rancho rallies for 3-2 win over Whittier to force four-way log jam in Del Rio

SAFE OR OUT?: St. Paul shortstop Larson Anzaldo tags out Bishop Amat’s Daryl Daniels trying to
steal second base in their game at St. Paul High School. Amat scored an 8-1 victory.
(SGVN/Staff Photo by Keith Durflinger)

By Steve Ramirez, SGVN
For the Bishop Amat High School baseball team, Friday was all about taking care of business.
The Lancers, with a home-and-home series against second-place La Salle slated for next week, used a workman-like effort to get it done.
Evan Claproth had three hits and two RBIs and Kenny Ball was steady on the mound to lead visiting Bishop Amat to an 8-1 victory over rival St. Paul in a Del Rey League game.
The Lancers, also getting three hits and a RBI from Scott Hurst, improved to 14-7 overall and 8-0 in league play. St. Paul, which dropped a 12-1 setback to Bishop Amat on Tuesday, slipped to 10-13 and 4-4.
St. Paul coach Casey Morales: “We just didn’t show up. We didn’t play from the get-go.
“We couldn’t hit, we couldn’t pitch, we couldn’t catch the ball. We didn’t show up and compete. All the momentum we gained over Easter, we lost. It’s very disappointing.”
Bishop Amat coach Andy Nieto: “I have a lot of respect for St. Paul. A lot of my baseball friends played here, so the respect for St. Paul, for me, goes back a long way. We preach to our team, respect your opponent always and respect the game of baseball. St. Paul is well coached and works hard. We were fortunate to rally off a couple of extra opportunities that they gave us. I’m proud of our guys, because that’s what good teams have to do.”
El Rancho 3, Whittier 2 — The Dons forced a four-way atop the Del Rio League standings at rallying for win in eight innings at home. El Rancho improves to 6-3 in league play and joins Whittier, California and La Serna in first place. That log jam will likely end next week with Cal and La Serna continuing their rivalry with a home-and-home series, while El Rancho and Whittier get Pioneer and Santa Fe, respectively.
La Serna 7, Santa Fe 3 — The Lancers needed a seven-run sixth to rally past the Chiefs, who gave La Serna all it wanted.
California 16, Pioneer 1 — The Condors took care of business to move into a first-place tie.

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Softball: El Rancho makes it six of seven with 4-2 victory over California to stay in first

BIG HERO: El Rancho’s Alex Barcenas, scene here making a tag on California’s Meah Lopez, had a
key two-run double in the Dons’ 4-2 win to stay in first in the Del Rio League on Thursday.
(Staff photo by Keith Durflinger)

El Rancho High School can do no wrong these days, and the Dons continued to show it Thursday.
Alex Barcenas had a key two-run double and Jaime Ramirez was solid in the circle as El Rancho won for the sixth time in seven games to stay in first in the Del Rio League with a 4-2 victory over California.
Ramirez tossed a five hitter and struck out two as the Dons improved to 14-4 overall and 3-1 in league play. They began the day in a four-way tie for the lead with California, La Serna and Santa Fe.
The Condors, who got an RBI from Karly Perez, slipped to 11-6 and 2-2.
Also, California appeared to take a 3-1 on a two-run home run by Perez. But she was later ruled out on appeal for missing second base and credited with a single.
El Rancho coach Daisy Flores: “I just told my girls to just play your game. California is a really good team and (the Dons) could be a little nervous. But I said just play your game like you know you can, catch the ball, hit the ball and they far exceeded my expectations today.”
California coach Jim Kruse: “It’s just a judgement call. He said she missed it by four or five inches. I (didn’t) think so. But we can’t change that.”

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