Condors yet to be challenged in Del Rio League play

Whittier Daily News Top 10
BASEBALL
1. Cal (13-4, 7-0)

The Condors’ closest DRL victory was by three runs
Next: Wednesday at El Rancho, 3:15 p.m.

2. La Mirada (12-7, 5-10)
The Matadores posted an impressive victory over L.B. Millikan on Tuesday
Next: Wednesday vs. Narbonne at St. Paul, 3:30 p.m.

3. La Serna (8-8-1, 4-2)
The Lancers outscored El Rancho 20-5 in a pair of victories last week
Next: Wednesday vs. Santa Fe, 3:15 p.m.

4. La Habra (10-9, 4-3)
The Hoghlanders play last-place Sunny Hills twice this week
Next: Wednesday vs. Sunny Hills, 3:15 p.m.

5. Santa Fe (7-13, 4-3)
The Chiefs can get right back in the DRL mix this week
Next: Wednesday at La Serna, 3:15 p.m.

6. Whittier Christian (11-9, 3-4)
Senior Mike Rafter is second in the area in batting (.483), hits (29) and pitching strikeouts (43)
Next: Friday at Heritage Christian, 3:30 p.m.

7. Cantwell Sacred Heart (13-8, 7-1)
The Cardinals have won 10 of their last 11 games
Next: Wednesday vs. Salesian, 4 p.m.

8. Montebello (7-10-1, 3-5)
The Oilers play the Almont League’s top team twice this week
Next: Friday at Alhambra, 3:15 p.m.

9. Pioneer (6-11, 2-5)
The Titans have been held to six runs in their last four games (1-3)
Next: Wednesday at Whittier, 3:15 p.m.

10. St. Paul (9-12, 1-3)
A pair of games against second-place Bishop Amat await next week
Next: Wednesday vs. Millikan, 12:30 p.m.

LEADERS
Batting average

Steve Patino CSHM .493
Mike Rafter Whittier Chr. .483
Jesse Perdomo Cal .477
Paul Barraza La Serna .440
Blake Wilson La Mirada .436
Isaac Cedano CSHM .434
Chris Nuanes La Habra .432
Fermin Beza Cal .413
Andrew Bojorquez CSHM .404
Jeff Murray La Mirada .396

RBIs
Adam Amaro Schurr 19
Jonathan Sanchez Schurr 15
Fermin Beza Cal 13
Jeff Murray La Mirada 12
Moe Vasquez Whittier 12
Joseph Cobian Whittier Chr. 12
Paul Barraza La Serna 11
Blake Wilson La Mirada 10
Daniel Jung La Mirada 10
Matt Sosa Whittier 10
Logan Veloff Whittier Chr. 10

Hits
Steve Patino CSHM 33
Mike Rafter Whittier Chr. 29
Blake Wilson La Mirada 24
Isaac Cedano SHM 23
Paul Barraza La Serna 22
Robert Benavidez Whittier 22
Matt Sosa Whittier 22
Jeff Murray La Mirada 21
Jesse Perdomo Cal 21
Andrew Bojorquez CSHM 21

ERA
Daniel Alvarez Cal 0.66
Ruben Pinedo Cal 0.75
Jonathan Sanchez Schurr 1.42
Esteban Solis El Rancho 1.62
Ryan Orozco Montebello 1.63
Robert Leffler La Habra 1.71
Matt Cortez CSHM 1.93
Eric Tapper La Mirada 1.93
Gavin Callender La Serna 2.03
Blake Wilson La Mirada 2.18

Strikeouts
Daniel Alvarez Cal 46
Mike Rafter Whittier Chr. 43
Jonathan Romero Montebello 33
Ryan Orozco Montebello 33
Eric Tapper La Mirada 31
Jake Rivera Whittier Chr. 31
Kenny Carrillo Schurr 28
Chris Thompson Whittier Chr. 27
Robert Leffler La Habra 27
Esteban Solis El Rancho 24
Vince Fuentes El Rancho 24

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Important week awaits Chiefs in Del Rio League

Santa Fe’s baseball team opens an important week in the Del Rio League on Wednesday afternoon against La Serna. First pitch is 3:15 p.m. The game will be played at La Serna but Santa Fe will be the home team.
After a 3-0 start to its DRL schedule, Santa Fe has lost three of its last four league games and sits in third place, one game behind La Serna (5-2) and two ahead of Pioneer and Whittier (both 2-5). The Chiefs and Lancers will meet again Friday at La Serna.
Wednesday’s other DRL games have Cal (7-0) visiting El Rancho (1-6) and Pioneer at Whittier. On Friday, Cal will host El Rancho and Whittier will meet Pioneer at Lake Center Athletic Park at 6 p.m.

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Sloppy first-place game goes to La Serna

Neither team played particularly well in Tuesday’s Del Rio League softball showdown, but La Serna emerged with a 4-2 victory to remain unbeaten in league play.
Molly Bourne had a two-run double for the Lancers, and Jamie Wren struck out four batters over seven innings for La Serna, which improved to 15-1 overall and 3-0 in the DRL.
Cal (101-10, 2-1) had just four hits, including a two-run single by Jaclyn Macias in the second inning. But the Condors stranded runners in scoring position in the first and fourth innings, and the game’s final out was recorded at the plate when Joslyn Macias was thrown out trying to score on a passed ball.
“We should have hit a lot better than that,” said Cal coach Jim Kruse. “That’s been our problem all year.”
La Serna, ranked No. 1 in CIF-SS Division 3, will visit El Rancho on Thursday. Cal will host Santa Fe.

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DRL softball showdown set for La Serna Tuesday

Rivals La Serna and Cal will meet at the Lancers’ Friendly Hills campus at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday for a first-place softball showdown in the Del Rio League.
Both are 2-0 in the DRL, and today’s winner will hold an important head-to-head victory as well as take over sole possession of first place. Starting pitchers will likely be Jamie Wren for La Serna and Trisha Trujillo for Cal.

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Whittier Christian, El Segundo each flash the leather

El Segundo dominated at the plate in Friday’s Whittier Christian Tournament opener against the Heralds, winning 8-1, but each team made some stellar defensive plays.
For El Segundo, it began with third baseman Alyssa Pelegrin diving face-first into a chain-length fence to catch a pop fly in foul territory. Center fielder Katherine Burner added a home run-saving catch against the fence in the fourth, and the Eagles played error-free all game.
Whittier Christian reliever Hannah Gabriel made several nice plays herself, stabbing a pair of line drives up the middle and grabbing a sharp grounder for an out at third in the sixth. Morgan Ryan and Erica Romo each made diving catches of line drives in the infield, and catcher Taylor Escobar made a nice snap throw to first baseman Katelyn Wagner for an out to end the sixth.
The eight-team tournament consists of two pools. Whittier Christian’s includes El Segundo, Bloomington Christian and Long Beach Wilson. The other pool has Bellflower, Cerritos, San Dimas and West Covina. Pool play continues Saturday.

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Cards closing in on Camino Real League baseball crown

Cantwell-Sacred Heart took a huge step toward winning the Camino Real League baseball title Wednesday with its 10-1 rout of second-place Mary Star.
The Cardinals improved to 7-1 in league play, two games ahead of the Stars, after sweeping the three-game season series. Cantwell also topped third-place St. Bernard twice in three meetings, and it went 4-0 in the last week against its two main rivals for the league crown.

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Heralds must focus on task at hand vs. Village Chr.

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Boys volleyball

1. Whittier Christian
The Heralds can’t look past Village with their rematch vs. Heritage looming
Next: Tuesday at Village Christian, 4 p.m.

2. Santa Fe
The Chiefs have dropped only one set in Del Rio League play so far
Next: Wednesday vs. Pioneer, 4:30 p.m.

3. Montebello
The Oilers played tough competition at the Foothill Tournament
Next: Tuesday at Mark Keppel, 3:15 p.m.

4. El Rancho
The Dons took a set off first-place Santa Fe on Monday
Next: Wednesday at Whittier, 3:15 p.m.

5. Whittier
Important DRL matches await this week
Next: Wednesday vs. El Rancho, 3:15 p.m.

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La Serna continues to pound the ball

La Serna’s softball team scored 10 or more runs for the sixth time this season Tuesday, beating Pioneer 13-0 in five innings in the Del Rio League opener for both.
Taylor Becerra and Molly Bourne hit home runs for the Lancers (13-1, 1-0), and La Serna finished with 14 hits off a pair of Pioneer pitchers. It scored at least once in each inning, and invoked the mercy rule in the fifth with four runs.
La Serna has won 13 in a row and is ranked No. 1 in CIF-SS Division 3.

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Lancers still well ahead of the pack in softball

Whittier Daily News Top 10
Softball

1. La Serna (12-1)
Junior Jamie Wren has been the area’s best all-around player
Next: Tuesday vs. Pioneer at Santa Fe Springs Athletic Park, 3:15 p.m.

2. St. Paul (14-5, 4-1)
An important week in the Del Rey League awaits the Swordsmen
Next: Tuesday at Bishop Amat, 3:15 p.m.

3. Cal (8-9)
The Condors broke out of an offensive slump last week vs. La Habra and Whitther Christian
Next: Tuesday at El Rancho, 3:15 p.m.

4. La Habra (11-7)
Road games against Fullerton and Sunny Hills are on tap for the Highlanders
Next: Tuesday at Fullerton, 3:15 p.m.

5. La Mirada (11-6, 4-0)
The Matadores have scored 58 runs in four Suburban League victories
Next: Tuesday vs. John Glenn, 3 p.m.

6. Whittier Christian (9-7)
The Heralds will open play in their tournament this week
Next: Wednesday vs. L.B. Wilson, 4 p.m.

7. Cantwell-Sacred Heart (8-3, 5-0)
The Cardinals have won eight games in a row
Next: Thursday vs. Wilmington Banning at Las Vegas Tournament, 1 p.m.

8. Montebello (10-6, 2-0)
The Oilers have scored 48 runs in a five-game winning streak
Next: April 22 vs. San Gabriel, 3:30 p.m.

9. Schurr (7-3, 1-0)
The Spartans will return to Almont League play next week
Next: Thursday vs. Fallbrook, 1 p.m.

10. Whittier (7-6-1)
The Cardinals have been off for nearly two weeks since sweeping a doubleheader from Buena Park
Next: Tuesday vs. Santa Fe, 3:15 p.m.

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