St. Paul’s baseball team will honor the memory of Tim Keeler with a moment of silence before Tuesday’s Anaheim Lions Tournament game at Brea High.
St. Paul coach Casey Morales was a longtime friend of Keeler’s and coached with him previously. Keeler was a longtime coach and teacher in the Whittier area, most recently at Cal High. He passed away last week.
Game time is 3:15 p.m. at Brea, and the moment of silence will be held around 2:45 p.m.
Cal High will also hold a memorial for Keeler at 5 p.m. Friday in its gym.
This week’s best area softball game should come Thursday, when St. Paul will host La Serna at York Field in a nonleague showdown. First pitch is scheduled for 3:15 p.m.
St. Paul is riding a six-game winning streak and just won the Savanna Tournament on Saturday, topping Sunny Hills 1-0 in the final. The Swordsmen are 12-4 overall. La Serna, ranked No. 1 in CIF-SS Division 3, is 10-1.
Thursday’s game will be the third meeting between the teams this year, and they’ve split the first two. A doubleheader was originally scheduled, but only one game will be played.
Another big game this week involves Cantwell-Sacred Heart, which hosts St. Monica in a Camino Real game Tuesday. The Cardinals are 2-0 in league play while St. Monica is 1-0, 9-0 overall. Game time is 3:15 p.m.
Early control of the Del Rio League baseball standings will be at stake Wednesday when Santa Fe visits La Serna at 3:15 p.m.
Each team is 1-0 in league play, tied with Cal for first place. Wednesday’s winner will hold at least a share of first, depending on the outcome of Cal’s game with El Rancho, and will hold an important head-to-head victory as well. La Serna is 4-5-1 overall while Santa Fe is 4-6.
* Wednesday’s Whittier-Pioneer DRL game will be played at Lake Center Athletic Park at 3 p.m. With the renovations of Pioneer’s athletic facilities this year, all the Titans’ home games will be played at alternate sites.
This Week’s Del Rio League Baseball Schedule
Whittier vs. Pioneer at Lake Center Athletic Park, 3 p.m.
Santa Fe at La Serna, 3:15 p.m.
El Rancho at Cal, 3:15 p.m.
El Rancho at Santa Fe, 3:15 p.m.
Cal at Whittier, 3:15 p.m.
Pioneer at La Serna, 3:15 p.m.
La Serna’s baseball team had pulled within a run of St. John Bosco in the sixth inning Saturday, and a base-running blunder by the Braves nearly let the Lancers escape the bottom of the inning trailing by that same deficit. Pinch runner Chasen Wilson, at third base with one out, missed the sign for a squeeze bunt and was eventually thrown out at the plate after a 1-2-6-5-1 rundown.
That gave La Serna the second out of the inning, and the Lancers were just one out from escaping the jam and going to the seventh down by one.
But Bosco’s Matt Green came to the plate next, and he extended the lead when he lined a two-run double to the left field gap. An error by Green in the sixth allowed La Serna to inch within a run, but he made up for the mistake with his second hit of the game.
“He’s been our best hitter in big situations all year,” said SJB coach Moon Cordero, “and he came through again for us.”
“That was huge,” agreed La Serna coach Anthony Gonzales. “You’ve gotta make plays in key situations, and they did.”
A 6-0 sweep Saturday gave Southern California teams the edge in Sacramento this weekend at the CIF State Basketball Championships. Northern teams had an impressive first day, winning four times, but SoCal was the overall winner, 8-4.
Saturday’s sweep began with the Division IV games, where Sierra Canyon (girls) and Bishop Montgomery (boys) each won. Division II championships went to Chaminade (girls) and St. John Bosco (boys), and Long Beach Poly’s girls claimed the Open Division crown after winning Division I last year. In the Open Division boys final, Mater Dei claimed its fourth consecutive state title and completed an unbeaten season.
Here are this weekend’s final scores:
Division V boys: St. Joseph Notre Dame 57, Renaissance Academy 32
Division III girls: Modesto Christian 64, Santa Barbara 55
Division III boys: Chaminade 71, Sir Francis Drake 51
Division I girls: Canyon Springs 56, Pleasant Grove 30
Division I boys: Monte Vista 66, Corona Centennial 55
Division IV girls: Sierra Canyon 64, Justin-Siena 37
Division IV boys: Bishop Montgomery 85, Moreau Catholic 44
Division II girls: Chaminade 80, Archbishop Mitty 51
Division II boys: St. John Bosco 63, Folsom 54
Open Division girls: Long Beach Poly 70, Salisian 52
Open Division boys: Mater Dei 71, Bishop O’Dowd 61