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

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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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Cal is clearly the dominant team in Del Rio League

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Baseball

1. Cal (12-4, 6-0)
No DRL opponent has scored more than one run vs. the Condors
Next: Wednesday vs. Pioneer at Lake Center Athletic Park, 6 p.m.

2. La Mirada (9-5, 4-0)
The Matadores can separate themselves from the Suburban League this week
Next: Tuesday vs. John Glenn, 3 p.m.

3. La Serna (7-8-1, 4-2)
The Lancers have averaged 9.0 runs in their last three DRL victories
Next: Wednesday at El Rancho, 3:15 p.m.

4. Santa Fe (6-11, 3-2)
The Chiefs snapped a two-game DRL losing streak Monday
Next: Wednesday at Whittier, 3:15 p.m.

5. La Habra (8-7, 3-2)
The Highlanders have had a four-game winning streak and two three-game losing streaks
Next: Tuesday vs. Fullerton, 3:15 p.m.

6. Whittier Christian (9-8, 2-4)
Senior Mike Rafter has 26 hits in 16 games
Next: Thursday vs. Montebello at East L.A. College, doubleheader, 3 p.m.

7. Pioneer (6-10, 2-4)
The Titans won’t face Cal again after this week
Next: Wednesday vs. Cal at Lake Center Athletic Park, 6 p.m.

8. Cantwell-Sacred Heart (9-8, 6-1)
The Cardinals have won six of their last seven games
Next: Wednesday vs. Mary Star, 1 p.m.

9. Montebello (5-7-1, 3-4)
The Oilers will return to Almont League play next week
Next: Thursday vs. Whittier Christian at East L.A. College, doubleheader, 3 p.m.

10. St. Paul (7-10, 0-2)
The Swordsmen open their Easter Tournament at home Saturday
Next: Wednesday at Bishop Montgomery, 3:15 p.m.

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Del Rio, Freeway league softball openers on deck

After what seemed like awfully long nonleague schedules, the Del Rio and Freeway leagues will open play this week.

La Serna, ranked No. 1 in the area, will visit Pioneer at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday in one DRL opener. Whittier will host Santa Fe in another opener and Cal will visit El Rancho in the third.

La Habra opens Freeway League play with a tough week, visiting Fullerton on Tuesday and Sunny Hills on Thursday.

Whittier Christian will open play in its own tournment this week, hosting Long Beach Wilson on Wednesday and El Segundo on Friday.

Cantwell-Sacred Heart, which is unbeaten in the Camino Real League at 5-0, will play in the Las Vegas Tournament this weekend.

This week’s schedule

Tuesday

Del Rey League

St. Paul at Bishop Amat, 3:15 p.m.

Del Rio League

La Serna at Pioneer, 3:15 p.m.

Santa Fe at Whittier, 3:15 p.m.

Cal at El Rancho, 3:15 p.m.

Freeway League

La Habra at Fullerton, 3:15 p.m.

Suburban League

John Glenn at La Mirada, 3:15 p.m.

Wednesday

Del Rey League

La Salle vs. St. Paul at York Field, 3:15 p.m.

Del Rio League

Whittier at Cal, 3:15 p.m.

Whittier Christian Tournament

L.B. Wilson at Whittier Christian, 4 p.m.

Thursday

Del Rio League

La Serna at Santa Fe, 3:15 p.m.

Pioneer at El Rancho, 3:15 p.m.

Freeway League

La Habra at Sunny Hills, 3:15 p.m.

Suburban League

La Mirada at John Glenn, 3:15 p.m.

Las Vegas Tournament

Banning vs. Cantwell-Sacred Heart, 1 p.m.

Nonleague

Fallbrook at Schurr, 1 p.m.

Friday
Whittier Christian Tournament

El Segundo at Whittier Christian, 2 p.m.

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Condors must watch out for letdown after victories last week

Cal’s baseball team needs to avoid a letdown this week vs. Pioneer after big victories over Santa Fe and La Serna last week.
The Condors are 5-0 in the Del Rio League entering Monday’s home game vs. Pioneer (2-3). They dispatched both Santa Fe (3-2) and La Serna (3-2) last week, their closest rivals in the DRL, rather easily and have plenty of confidence. The Titans, however, beat Santa Fe 4-0 last Friday to improve to 2-3 in league play and get right back in the mix with 10 games to play.
Important Suburban League games also loom this week for La Mirada. The Matadores are tied for first place with a surprising group from John Glenn, both 4-0, and they’ll meet twice this week. The first will be Tuesday at La Mirada, the second on the Eagles’ diamond Thursday. First pitch for each is 3 p.m.
St. Paul will play a pair of Del Rey League games against Bishop Montgomery this week, then host the St. Paul Easter Tournament this weekend. The Swordsmen will open against Sherman Oaks Notre Dame at noon Saturday.

This week’s schedule
Monday

Del Rio League
Pioneer at Cal, 3:15 p.m.
El Rancho at La Serna, 3:15 p.m.
Santa Fe at Whittier, 3:15 p.m.

Camino Real League
Mary Star at Cantwell-Sacred Heart, 3:15 p.m.

Del Rey League
Bishop Montgomery at St. Paul, 3:15 p.m.

Tuesday
Freeway League
Fullerton at La Habra, 3:15 p.m.

Suburban League
John Glenn at La Mirada, 3 p.m.

Wednesday
Del Rio League

Santa Fe at Whittier, 3:15 p.m.
La Serna at El Rancho, 3:15 p.m.
Cal vs. Pioneer at Lake Center Athletic Park, 6 p.m.

Camino Real League
Mary Star at Cantwell-Sacred Heart, 3:15 p.m.

Del Rey League
St. Paul at Bishop Montgomery, 3:15 p.m.

Thursday
Freeway League
La Habra at Fullerton, 3:15 p.m.

Suburban League
La Mirada at John Glenn, 3 p.m.

Nonleague
Whittier Christian vs. Montebello at East L.A. College, doubleheader, 3 p.m.

Friday
Nonleague

Montebello vs. Western at Glover Field, 3:30 p.m.

Saturday
St. Paul Easter Tournament

Sherman Oaks Notre Dame at St. Paul, 11 a.m.

Nonleague
Santa Ana at Whittier Christian, 11 a.m.

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La Serna’s Huerta commits to Division III Redlands

La Serna offensive lineman Enrique Huerta has committed to play at Redlands, he confirmed Friday.
Huerta chose the NCAA Division III Bulldogs over La Verne, Pacific University in Oregon, Wisconsin Lutheran, Whittier College and Knox College in Illinois.
Huerta visited the campus in January and immediately like it, but decided to wait a few months before making a final decision. He committed to Redlands and coach Mike Maynard this week.
“There was just something about (Redlands), I loved it,” Huerta said. “It felt like the right choice.”
Huerta was an All-Del Rio League and All-CIF tackle for La Serna, and helped the Lancers claim the Southeast Division championship in a thrilling double overtime final against Norwalk. He said he’ll play either guard or tackle at Redlands, and coaches have told him to learn both positions.
He plans to major in environmental business.
“Right from the beginning, I was impressed with who he was,” Redlands coach Mike Maynard said. “… I think he’s a winner.”
Redlands posted a 7-3 record last year, won the SCIAC championship and reached the NCAA Division III playoffs.

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Callender, Pinedo to start Friday’s DRL showdown

Senior right-hander Gavin Callender will start for La Serna in Friday’s Del Rio League game with Cal, and the Condors will counter with Ruben Pinedo.
Pinedo, also a right-handed senior, is 5-0 this season with a miniscule 0.78 ERA. Callender is 1-3 in six starts with a 1.91 ERA.
First pitch is scheduled for 3:15 p.m. at Cal. The first-place Condors are 4-0 while La Serna is tied with Santa Fe for second at 3-1.

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