Oilers overcome slow start to remain unbeaten in league play

Maybe it was the heat, maybe the game it played the day before, but Montebello’s softball team had little energy to open Tuesday’s Almont League game against visiting Bell Gardens.
The Oilers easily won the game, 11-1, in five mercy rule-shortened innings, but they lacked the spark early in the game that had led them to eight consecutive victories. A base-running mistake cost them a chance to score in the first inning, and they scored just once in the second after the first two batters reached base, eventually leaving the bases loaded.
“The whole game was so lethargic,” said Montebello coach Laurie Capps. “It felt like, not going through the motions, but we weren’t as up as usual. It took us a long time to get started.”
The Oilers (14-6, 5-0) found some life after the first two innings, scoring 10 times from the third to the fifth. The game was called in the fifth after Victoria Alvarez’s RBI single gave Montebello a 10-run lead.
On Thursday, the Oilers will visit Mark Keppel.

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Condors still No. 1 despite first Del Rio League loss

Top 10
1. Cal (14-5, 8-1)

The Condors rebounded nicely from their first league loss of the season
Next: Wednesday vs. Whittier, 3:15 p.m.

2. La Mirada (13-8, 5-1)
The Matadores claimed last week’s St. Paul Easter Tournament crown
Next: Wednesday vs. Norwalk, 3 p.m.

3. La Serna (10-8-1, 7-2)
The Lancers’ sweep of Santa Fe last week strengthened their hold on second place in league
Next: Wednesday vs. Pioneer at Lake Center Athletic Park, 3:15 p.m.

4. La Habra (11-10, 5-4)
An important week awaits the Highlanders in the Freeway League
Next: Wednesday at Troy, 3:15 p.m.

5. Cantwell-Sacred Heart (13-10, 7-1)
The Cardinals have clinched at least a share of the Camino Real League title
Next: May 6 vs. St. Monica, 3:15 p.m.

6. Santa Fe (7-15, 4-5)
The Chiefs are on a three-game DRL losing streak
Next: Wednesday at El Rancho, 3:15 p.m.

7. Whittier Christian (13-9, 4-4)
The Heralds have allowed eight runs during a four-game winning streak
Next: Thursday at Oak Park, 4 p.m.

8. El Rancho (6-13, 2-7)
The Dons played first-place Cal very tough last week
Next: Wednesday vs. Santa Fe, 3:15 p.m.

9. Pioneer (7-12, 3-6)
The Titans have posted recent victories over Santa Fe and Whittier
Next: Wednesday vs. La Serna at Lake Center Athletic Park, 3:15 p.m.

10. Whittier (6-14-2, 3-6)
The Cardinals recently shut out No. 5 Cantwell-Sacred Heart at home
Next: Wednesday at Cal, 3:15 p.m.

Batting average

Steve Patino CSHM .480
Mike Rafter Whittier Chr. .470
Jesse Perdomo Cal .451
Paul Barraza La Serna .434
Isaac Cedano CSHM .419
Blake Wilson La Mirada .418
Jeff Murray La Mirada .406
Anthony Quezada La Mirada .405
Andrew Bojorquez CSHM .404
Matt Sosa Whittier .375

Adam Amaro Schurr 20
Jonathan Sanchez Schurr 16
Jeff Murray La Mirada 15
Joseph Cobian Whittier Chr. 14
Fermin Beza Cal 13
Paul Barraza La Serna 13
Matt Sosa Whittier 13
Moe Vasquez Whittier 13
Daniel Jung La Mirada 13
Logan Veloff Whittier Chr. 11
Cooper Hughes Whittier Chr. 11

Steve Patino CSHM 36
Mike Rafter Whittier Chr. 31
Blake Wilson La Mirada 28
Matt Sosa Whittier 27
Isaac Cedano CSHM 26
Jeff Murray La Mirada 26
Ethan Lopez La Mirada 25
Robert Benavidez Whittier 24
Jesse Perdomo Cal 23
Paul Barraza La Serna 22
Michael Corona Schurr 22
Cooper Hughes Whittier Chr. 22
Daniel Jung La Mirada 22

Daniel Alvarez Cal 0.72
Ruben Pinedo Cal 0.81
Esteban Solis El Rancho 1.35
Jonathan Sanchez Schurr 1.42
Matt Cortez CSHM 1.56
Ryan Orozco Montebello 1.63
Robert Leffler La Habra 1.71
Gavin Callender La Serna 1.92
Blake Wilson La Mirada 2.10
Mike Rafter Whittier Chr. 2.21

Daniel Alvarez Cal 50
Mike Rafter Whittier Chr. 43
Jonathan Romero Montebello 39
Jake Rivera Whittier Chr. 35
Ryan Orozco Montebello 33
Eric Tapper La Mirada 33
Kenny Carrillo Schurr 31
Chris Thompson Whittier Chr. 31
Blake Wilson La Mirada 31
Robert Leffler La Habra 30

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La Serna still unchallenged by area teams

Top 10
1. La Serna (16-1, 4-0)

The Lancers are still the top-ranked team in Division 3
Next: Thursday vs. Pioneer, 3:15 p.m.

2. St. Paul (15-5, 5-1)
Dani Munoz is hitting a whopping .580 this season
Next: Wednesday doubleheader vs. Bellflower at York Field, TBA

3. Cal (11-10, 3-1)
The Condors’ Del Rio League victories have all been shutouts
Next: Thursday vs. El Rancho, 3:15 p.m.

4. La Mirada (13-6, 6-0)
The Matadores have won 10 of their last 11 games, including five shutouts
Next: Wednesday vs. Norwalk, 3:15 p.m.

5. La Habra (14-8, 3-1)
The Highlanders share second place in the Freeway League with Fullerton
Next: Thursday vs. Fullerton, 3:15 p.m.

6. Montebello (13-6, 4-0)
The Oilers are riding an eight-game winning streak
Next: Tuesday vs. Bell Gardens, 3:30 p.m.

7. Whittier Christian (11-10, 2-1)
First-place Valley Christian beat the Heralds in Olympic League play last week
Next: Wednesday at Maranatha, 3:30 p.m.

8. Cantwell-Sacred Heart (12-4, 5-0)
The Cardinals have a two-game lead in the Camino Real League with three to play
Next: Tuesday at St. Monica, 3 p.m.

9. El Rancho (8-8, 2-2)
The Dons’ only Del Rio League losses have been to the top two teams
Next: Tuesday vs. Santa Fe at Jersey Park, 3:15 p.m.

10. Santa Fe (7-10, 2-2)
The Chiefs have scored 25 runs in their Del Rio League victories
Next: Tuesday vs. Santa Fe at Jersey Park, 3:15 p.m.

Batting average

Dani Munoz St. Paul .580
Amanda Garcia CSHM .528
Amanda Flores Santa Fe .511
Taylor Becerra La Serna .509
Jamie Wren La Serna .500
Nikki Butler La Habra .500
Alyssa Olague Whittier .490
Andrea Rocha Montebello .483
Celeste Adriano Whittier Chr. .463
Molly Bourne La Serna .455

Dana De La Torre La Serna 23
Celeste Adriano Whittier Chr. 23
Janae Guevara Montebello 20
Jamie Wren La Serna 20
Amanda Akles La Habra 20
Brittany Gonzalez Montebello 19
Desiree Bretado Whittier 19
Hannah Gabriel Whittier Chr. 19
Racquel Manzo La Habra 18
Nikki Butler La Habra 18
Dani Munoz St. Paul 18

Celeste Adriano Whittier Chr. 31
Taylor Becerra La Serna 29
Dani Munoz St. Paul 29
Andrea Rocha Montebello 28
Lovie Lopez St. Paul 27
Nikki Butler La Habra 27
Amanda Flores El Rancho 26
Racquel Manzo La Habra 26
Jamie Wren La Serna 25
Dani Garcielita La Serna 25
Molly Bourne La Serna 25
Alyssa Olague Whittier 25
Melissa Martene Whittier Chr. 25
Hannah Gabriel Whittier Chr. 25

Amanda Garcia CSHM 0.13
Byanka Diosdado Schurr 1.09
Trisha Trujillo Cal 1.15
Jamie Wren La Serna 1.34
Valerie Alvarado La Mirada 1.52
Anissa Sanchez El Rancho 1.52
Carly Gutierrez Santa Fe 1.92
Koreen Orozco St. Paul 2.08
Janelle Rodriguez La Habra 2.77
Evelyn Hernandez Montebello 3.40
Taylor Pierce La Habra 3.40

Trisha Trujillo Cal 97
Valerie Alvarado La Mirada 63
Jamie Wren La Serna 63
Evelyn Hernandez Montebello 52
Jackie DeLoza El Rancho 55
Hannah Gabriel Whittier Chr. 49
Byanka Diosdado Schurr 45
Taylor Pierce La Habra 45
Janelle Rodriguez La Habra 45
Amanda Garcia CSHM 42

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El Rancho’s victory vs. Cal made DRL more interesting

El Rancho will try to follow up its home victory over Cal on Wednesday when it visits the Condors in another Del Rio League game this afternoon.
Behind seven great innings by Vince Fuentes, the Dons earned a 2-0 victory Wednesday over Cal, which entered the game 7-0 in the DRL. Fuentes struck out four and scattered six hits. He out-dueled defending DRL Pitcher of the Year Daniel Alvarez, who struck out four in six innings.
“They kept us at bay,” Cal coach Tony Nieto said Friday morning. “El Rancho got us, and it wasn’t a surprise at all. Coach (Frank) Llanes’ teams never quit.”
Cal’s loss allowed second-place La Serna (9-8-1, 6-2) to pull within a game in the standings.
Cal (13-5, 7-1) will start senior right-hander Ruben Pinedo on the mound, according to Nieto. Senior Esteban Solis will likely start for El Rancho (6-12, 2-6).
First pitch is scheduled for 3:15 p.m.

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