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
Baseball
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.

LEADERS
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

RBIs
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

Hits
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

ERA
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

Strikeouts
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
Softball
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.

LEADERS
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

RBIs
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

Hits
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

ERA
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

Strikeouts
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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Second place still a possibility for Heralds

Whittier Christian’s boys volleyball team can still finish alone in second place in the Olympic League, but it must top rival Valley Christian next week on the road.
The Heralds fell to 4-2 in league play Thursday with their 3-1 loss to Heritage Christian. Heritage clinched the league’s No. 1 playoff seed by improving to 6-0 with two matches left.
Whittier Christian leads Valley Christian by one match in the standings, and the teams will meet in Valley’s gym Thursday. Whittier Christian pulled out a five-game victory when the teams met earlier this season. The Heralds will close the regular season May 6 at home against last-place Maranatha, whom they swept April 10.
“We hope to win those two, be 6-2 and set us up for a good (draw) in the playoffs,” coach Chris Duran said following Thursday’s match.

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School records tumble for Cal at Mt. SAC Relays

A pair of Cal High track records fell at last week’s Mt. SAC Relays thanks to two blistering anchor legs.
Cal’s boys won the 4×1,600 relay in the Invitational, or elite, race on Saturday in a meet-record time of 17:23.66, bettering the previous school mark set last by over 4 seconds. Seniors Rudy Gonzalez (4:24) and Matlazomatli Rojas (4:23) and junior Sam Bautista (4:18) got the Condors off to a great start, and senior Jose Pacheco flew home in 4:14 to secure first place. It was the third-fastest time in the country this year.
“We were hoping to break the school record,” Cal coach Angelica De La Rosa said, “… and we wound up winning the meet and setting a meet record.”
With Rojas battling bronchitis, Cal finished fifth at the Arcadia Invitational a week before. But he’s now on the mend, and De La Rosa knows better times are on the way.
“The team still has a little bit of room to improve,” she said.
Cal’s girls 4×1,600 also set a school record in the seeded race, finishing in 21:46.67. Junior Stephanie Cortez got the Condors out quickly (5:15), with junior Ilse Cacho (5:40) and senior Yolanda Quezada (5:37) following. Senior Justice Navarro finished in 5:14, leading the team to sixth place. The previous record was 22:32.59.

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Del Rio League baseball standings get a little tighter

The Del Rio League became a little bit more interesting Wednesday after first-place Cal suffered its first DRL loss of the season.
The Condors’ 2-0 loss to El Rancho, coupled with La Serna’s 8-5 victory over Santa Fe, cut Cal’s lead in the league to one game. The same teams will meet again Friday.
Cal fell to 7-1 while the Dons improved to 2-6. La Serna improved to 6-2 and Santa Fe fell to 4-4.
Also Wednesday, La Mirada topped Narbonne 6-0 to claim the championship of the St. Paul Easter Tournament.

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La Serna still the class of area softball teams

Whittier Daily News Top 10
SOFTBALL
1. La Serna (15-1, 3-0)

The Lancers are ranked No. 13 in the state by MaxPreps.com
Next: Thursday at El Rancho, 3:15 p.m.

2. St. Paul (15-5, 5-1)
The Sworsdmen return to Del Rey League action next week
Next: Tuesday vs. Bishop Montgomery at York Field, 3:15 p.m.

3. Cal (10-10, 2-1)
The Condors manged just four hits in Tuesday’s loss to La Serna
Next: Thursday vs. Santa Fe, 3:15 p.m.

4. La Habra (13-8, 2-1)
The Highlanders are part of a four-team logjam atop the Freeway League
Next: Thursday at Sonora, 3:15 p.m.

5. La Mirada (13-6, 6-0)
The Matadores have yet to be challenged in Suburban League play
Next: April 30 vs. Norwalk, 3:15 p.m.

6. Whittier Christian (11-9, 2-0)
The Heralds went 1-2 at their tournament and finished fourth
Next: Thursday vs. Valley Christian, 3:15 p.m.

7. Cantwell-Sacred Heart (12-4, 5-0)
The Cardinals return to Camino Real League play next week after a long break
Next: Tuesday vs. St. Monica, 3:15 p.m.

8. Montebello (11-6, 3-0)
The Oilers have scored 53 runs during a five-game winning streak
Next: Thursday at Schurr, 3:30 p.m.

9. Schurr (7-5, 1-0)
The Spartans suffered a pair of shutout losses in Las Vegas
Next: Thursday vs. Montebello, 3:30 p.m.

10. El Rancho (8-7, 2-1)
Each Del Rio League game for the Dons has been a shutout
Next: Thursday vs. La Serna, 3:15 p.m.

LEADERS
Batting average

Dani Munoz St. Paul .580
Byanka Diosdado Schurr .567
Jamie Wren La Serna .535
Nikki Butler La Habra .531
Amanda Garcia CSHM .528
Amanda Flores Santa Fe .511
Taylor Becerra La Serna .510
Andrea Rocha Montebello .510
Celeste Adriano Whittier Chr. .492
Alyssa Olague Whittier .490

RBIs
Celeste Adriano Whittier Chr. 23
Jamie Wren La Serna 20
Dana De La Torre La Serna 20
Amanda Akles La Habra 19
Racquel Manzo La Habra 18
Nikki Butler La Habra 18
Dani Munoz St. Paul 18
Desiree Bretado Whittier 18
Morgan Ryan Whittier Chr. 17
Hannah Gabriel Whittier Chr. 17

Hits
Celeste Adriano Whittier Chr. 31
Dani Munoz St. Paul 29
Lovie Lopez St. Paul 27
Nikki Butler La Habra 26
Taylor Becerra La Serna 26
Racquel Manzo La Habra 25
Andrea Rocha Montebello 25
Melissa Martene Whittier Chr. 24
Hannah Gabriel Whittier Chr. 24
Alyssa Olague Whittier 24

ERA
Amanda Garcia CSHM 0.13
Jamie Wren La Serna 0.57
Byanka Diosdado Schurr 1.09
Trisha Trujillo Cal 1.15
Valerie Alvarado La Mirada 1.52
Anissa Sanchez El Rancho 1.72
Koreen Orozco St. Paul 2.08
Carly Gutierrez Santa Fe 2.22
Taylor Pierce La Habra 3.26
Janelle Rodriguez La Habra 3.29

Strikeouts
Trisha Trujillo Cal 97
Valerie Alvarado La Mirada 63
Jamie Wren La Serna 54
Jackie DeLoza El Rancho 50
Byanka Diosdado Schurr 45
Evelyn Hernandez Montebello 44
Hannah Gabriel Whittier Chr. 43
Amanda Garcia CSHM 42
Taylor Pierce La Habra 40
Koreen Orozco St. Paul 37

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