Del Rio League serves up first VB matches

The Del Rio League boys volleyball schedule begins Wednesday afternoon, with Whittier, Cal and Pioneer hosting matches.
Whittier will open against defending DRL champion Santa Fe, Cal will welcome El Rancho and Pioneer will host La Serna, with each match scheduled for a 4:30 p.m. start.
Whittier Daily News Top 5
Boys vollyball

1. Whittier Christian (11-4, 1-1)
The Heralds are unbeaten against Whittier-area teams
Next: Thursday at Maranatha, 5:15 p.m.

2. Santa Fe (5-10)
The Chiefs have rebounded from an 0-6 start
Next: Wednesday at Whittier, 4:30 p.m.

3. Montebello (5-9, 2-2)
The Oilers stay put after a 1-1 week
Next: Thursday vs. San Gabriel, 3:15 p.m.

4. Whittier (5-7)
The Cardinals recently snapped a four-match losing streak
Next: Wednesday vs. Santa Fe, 4:30 p.m.

5. El Rancho (3-7)
The Dons are 1-3 in five-set matches this season
Next: Wednesday at Cal, 4:30 p.m.

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Cal’s Nieto taking a big-picture approach to Wednesday’s first-place showdown

Cal High baseball coach Tony Nieto is trying to keep Wednesday’s Del Rio League showdown with visiting Santa Fe in perspective.
“There are a lot of games left,” Nieto said this week as the Condors (9-4, 3-0) and Chiefs (6-8, 3-0) prepared to meet for the first time this season. “We want to win, absolutely, but it’s not a break-our-season kind of game.”
Each team will have 11 league games left following Wednesday’s game, and they’ll meet again for a two-game series May 7 and May 9.
Cal’s schedule this week also includes a home game against third-place La Serna (5-7-1, 2-1), and Nieto is likely trying to keep his players from getting overly excited for Wednesday’s game, only to come out flat Friday.
“It’s a challenging week,” Nieto said. “But we’re ready for it.”

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Cal’s bats come to life vs. visiting La Habra

Brigid Ruiz and Trisha Trujillo each had three hits to jump-start Cal’s struggling offense Tuesday in a 9-0 victory over visiting La Habra.
Ruiz, the No. 9 hitter in the Condor lineup, delivered a pair of two-run doubles to give Cal a 4-0 lead and added a single in the sixth. Trujillo singled twice in her first two at-bats, then hit a three-run home run in the sixth off La Habra freshman Janelle Rodriguez.
Tuesday’s offensive outburst was a welcomed sight for Cal coach Jim Kruse, who had seen his team go through a prolonged offensive drought.
:Our No. 9 hitter went 3 for 3,” said Kruse. “That was huge.”
Rodriguez pitched six innings and allowed 10 hits. Senior Taylor Pierce will pitch next week’s Freeway League opener against Fullerton.
“(Rodriguez) did a nice job for us,” said La Habra coach Frank McCarroll. “We want to get her as many opportunities to pitch as we can.”

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No. 1 Matadores need a few more clutch hits

Whittier Daily News Top 10
Baseball

1. La Mirada (8-5, 4-0)
Two-out hits were hard to come by vs. Torrance on Saturday
Next: April 15 vs. John Glenn

2. Cal (9-4, 3-0)
A critical Del Rio League week awaits the Condors
Next: Wednesday vs. Santa Fe, 3:15 p.m.

3. Santa Fe (6-8. 3-0)
The Chiefs have shut out their last two league opponents
Next: Wednesday at Cal, 3:15 p.m.

4. La Habra (7-6, 2-1)
Andrew Gallegos and Robert Leffler are each 3-1 on the mound
Next: Wednesday at Sonora, 3:15 p.m.

5. La Serna (5-7-1, 2-1)
The Lancers have lost four of their last five games
Next: Wednesday at Whittier, 3:15 p.m.

6. Whittier Christian (9-6, 2-2)
Senior Mike Rafter has been stellar on the mound and at the plate
Next: Tuesday vs. Village Christian, 3:30 p.m.

7. St. Paul (7-8)
Del Rey League play kicks off this week
Next: Tuesday vs. La Salle at Arcadia County Park, 3:15 p.m.

8. Pioneer (5-8, 1-2)
The Titans have allowed 29 runs in their last three losses
Next: Wednesday at El Rancho, 3:15 p.m.

9. El Rancho (4-9, 0-3)
The Dons’ last three losses have been by shutout
Next: Wednesday vs. Pioneer, 3:15 p.m.

10. Cantwell-Sacred Heart (6-7, 3-1)
With their transfers now eligible, the Cardinals will be tough in the Camino Real
Next: Tuesday vs. St. Bernard, 3:15 p.m.

LEADERS
Batting average

Chris Nuanes La Habra .533
Mike Rafter Whittier Chr. .532
Jesse Perdomo Cal .500
Blake Wilson La Mirada .475
Fermin Beza Cal .471
Tony Valdez Schurr .444
Austin Saad La Habra .429
R.J. Lan La Mirada .412
Joaquin Cesenas Schurr .400
Paul Barraza La Serna .400

RBIs
Adam Amaro Schurr 13
Jonathan Sanchez Schurr 10
Logan Veloff Whittier Chr. 10
Cooper Hughes Whittier Chr. 9
Moe Vasquez Whittier 9
Daniel Jung La Mirada 9
Trevor McGee Whittier Chr. 8
Jesse Perdomo Cal 8
Blake Wilson La Mirada 8
Joseph Cobian Whittier Chr. 8

Hits
Mike Rafter Whittier Chr. 25
Blake Wilson La Mirada 19
Ethan Lopez La Mirada 18
Cooper Hughes Whittier Chr. 17
Jesse Perdomo Cal 17
Paul Barraza La Serna 16
Chris Nuanes La Habra 16
Robert Benavidez Whittier 16
Robby Blount Cal 15
Gavin Callender La Serna 14
R.J. Lan La Mirada 14
Daniel Jung La Mirada 14

ERA
Daniel Alvarez Cal 0.69
Ruben Pinedo Cal 0.78
Robert Leffler La Habra 0.82
Jake Rivera Whittier Chr. 1.56
Chris Thompson Whittier Chr. 1.75
Mike Rafter Whittier Chr. 1.88
Gavin Callender La Serna 1.91
Ryan Orozco Montebello 2.05
Esteban Solis El Rancho 2.10
Jonathan Sanchez Schurr 2.19

Strikeouts
Mike Rafter Whittier Chr. 31
Jonathan Romero Montebello 30
Daniel Alvarez Cal 29
Eric Tapper La Mirada 25
Chris Thompson Whittier Chr. 24
Ryan Orozco Montebello 23
Jake Rivera Whittier Chr. 21
Kenny Carrillo Schurr 20
Gavin Callender La Serna 19
Robert Leffler La Habra 19

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Lancers still occupy No. 1 position in softball poll

Whittier Daily News Top 10
Softball

1. La Serna (11-1)
The Lancers are still ranked No. 1 in the CIF-SS Division 3 poll
Next: Thursday at Sonora, 3:15 p.m.

2. St. Paul (13-5, 3-1)
The Swordsmen have won seven of their last eight games
Next: Thursday vs. St. Joseph at York Field, 3:15 p.m.

3. Cal (7-9)
The Condors have scored two or fewer runs in a game nine times this season
Next: Wednesday vs. Whittier Christian, 4 p.m.

4. La Habra (11-7)
Freeway League play opens next week for the Highlanders
Next: April 15 at Fullerton, 3:15 p.m.

5. Whittier Christian (8-6, 1-0)
Celeste Adriano has blasted six home runs this season
Next: Wednesday at Cal, 4 p.m.

6. La Mirada (11-6, 4-0)
The Matadores have yet to be challenged in the Suburban League
Next: April 15 vs. John Glenn, 3:15 p.m.

7. Cantwell-Sacred Heart (7-3, 4-0)
The Cardinals are ranked No. 4 in CIF Division 6
Next: Tuesday at St. Bernard, 3:15 p.m.

8. Whittier (7-6-1)
The Cardinals won or lost by double digits five times this season
Next: April 15 vs. Santa Fe

9. Montebello (8-6)
The Oilers have scored 19 runs during a three-game winning streak
Next: Tuesday vs. Mark Keppel, 3:15 p.m.

10. El Rancho (6-5)
Since a slow start, the Dons have won five of their last six games
Next: Thursday at Ayala, 3 p.m.

LEADERS
Batting average

Jamie Wren La Serna .636
Dani Munoz St. Paul .575
Taylor Becerra La Serna .564
Hannah Gabriel Whittier Chr. .564
Alyssa Olague Whittier .558
Celeste Adriano Whittier Chr. .545
Amanda Flores Santa Fe .538
Anissa Loera CSHM .538
Racquel Manzo La Habra .500
Nikki Butler La Habra .500

RBIs
Celeste Adriano Whittier Chr. 22
Jamie Wren La Serna 17
Amanda Akles La Habra 17
Racquel Manzo La Habra 16
Desiree Bretado Whittier 16
Jamie Wren La Serna 15
Dani Munoz St. Paul 15
Alyssa Olague Whittier 14
Camille Manzo La Habra 14
Nikki Butler La Habra 14

Hits
Alyssa Olague Whittier 24
Celeste Adriano Whittier Chr. 24
Dani Munoz St. Paul 23
Racquel Manzo La Habra 23
Hannah Gabriel Whittier Chr. 22
Taylor Becerra La Serna 22
Jamie Wren La Serna 21
Amanda Flores Santa Fe 21
Nikki Butler La Habra 21
Danielle Garcielita La Serna 19
Amada Akles La Habra 19

ERA
Jamie Wren La Serna 0.74
Amanda Garcia CSHM 0.78
Carly Gutierrez Santa Fe 1.37
Trisha Trujillo Cal 1.39
Anissa Sanchez El Rancho 1.40
Valerie Alvarado La Mirada 1.60
Koreen Orozco St. Paul 2.30
Janelle Rodriguez La Habra 2.84
Jackie DeLoza El Rancho 3.39
Taylor Pierce La Habra 3.62

Strikeouts
Trisha Trujillo Cal 78
Valerie Alvarado La Mirada 59
Jamie Wren La Serna 43
Hannah Gabriel Whittier Chr. 39
Jackie Deloza El Rancho 36
Taylor Pierce La Habra 32
Koreen Orozco St. Paul 31
Anissa Sanchez El Rancho 30
Desiree Bretado Whittier 28
Janelle Rodriguez La Habra 26

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Scheduled a little bare for some softball teams this week

Several area softball teams have scheduled lightly this week in anticipation of league action next week.
Whittier and Santa Fe are taking the week off completely while La Serna, Pioneer and El Rancho have one game each. Cal will play a pair of nonleague home games against area teams, Tuesday vs. La Habra and Wednesday vs. Whittier Christian.
Other teams have already begun league play, and Tuesday will see Schurr, Montebello, Cantwell-Sacred Heart, St. Paul and Whittier Christian all in league action.

Tuesday
Almont League

Alhambra at Schurr, 3:30 p.m.
Mark Keppel at Montebello, 3:30 p.m.

Camino Real League
Cantwell-Sacred Heart at St. Bernard, 3:15 p.m.

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

Olympic League
Village Christian at Whittier Christian, 3:15 p.m.

Nonleague
La Habra at Cal, 3:15 p.m.

Wednesday
Nonleague

Whittier Christian at Cal, 3:15 p.m.

Thursday
Almont League

Bell Gardens at Schurr, 3:30 p.m.
Montebello at Alhambra 3:30 p.m.

Del Rey League
St. Joseph vs. St. Paul at York Field, 3:15 p.m.

Nonleague
La Serna at Sonora, 3:15 p.m.
Pioneer at Firebaugh, 3:15 p.m.
El Rancho at Ayala, 3 p.m.

Friday
Nonleague

Schurr at Alemany, 3:30 p.m.

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League races heating up in Del Rio, Camino Real

First-place races in the Del Rio and Camino Real leagues should get very interesting this week.
The premier matchup this week will take place Wednesday when Santa Fe visits Cal at 3:15 p.m. Both are 3-0 in the Del Rio League, and the winner will earn an important head-to-head victory that could potentially break a tie. La Serna (2-1 DRL) has a pair of road games, Wednesday vs. Whittier (0-3) and Friday vs. rival Cal.
In the Camino Real, Cantwell-Sacred Heart, St. Bernard and Mary Star are all 3-1, and the Cardinals will face St. Bernard twice this week. The teams will meet Tuesday at Cantwell, with first pitch at 3:15 p.m., and again Friday on St. Bernard’s diamond.

Tuesday
Almont League

Alhambra at Schurr, 3:15 p.m.
Mark Keppel at Montebello, 3:15 p.m.

Camino Real League
St. ‘Bernard at Cantwell-Sacred Heart, 3:15 p.m.

Del Rey League
St. Paul vs. La Salle at Arcadia County Park, 3:15 p.m.

Olympic League
Village Christian at Whittier Christian, 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday
Del Rio League

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

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

Thursday
Olympic League

Whittier Christian at Village Christian, 3:30 p.m.

Friday
Almont League

Schurr at Alhambra, 3:15 p.m.
Montebello at Mark Keppel, 3:15 p.m.

Camino Real League
Cantwell-Sacred Heart at St. Bernard, 3:15 p.m.

Del Rey League
La Salle at St. Paul, 3:15 p.m.

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

Freeway League
Buena Park at La Habra, 3:15 p.m.

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Squandered chances cost La Mirada in Redondo Tournament

Wasted opportunities cost La Mirada’s baseball team a chance to beat Torrance in the Redondo Tournament on Saturday.
The Matadores collected 10 hits over 10 innings but never pushed across a run after the second in a 3-2 loss at home. La Mirada had three hits in an inning twice, but a 2-4-3 pickoff in the third cost one scoring chance and the winning run was thrown out at the plate in the seventh to waste another.
Torrance went ahead in the 10th when a one-out walk was cashed in on a Dominic Hayes double deep to left field.
“We had our opportunities to win it with a key hit at the right time,” said La Mirada coach Kim Brooks. “We didn;t and they did in the 10th.”
Junior right-hander Tyler Charleton gave up two first-inning runs but pitched well through four innings. He struck out two and got the Torrance hitters to pop up is off-speed pitches, recording seven fly-ball outs.
Darren McElroy relieved Charlton in the fifth, retiring 11 in a row at one point. He struck out five, and the only hit he allowed was Hayes’ double in the 10th.
McElroy recently returned from a finger injjury.
“He’s come back now and he’s doing what he’s supposed to be doing,” Brooks said.
Senior Blake Wilson and sophomore Daniel Jung each had three hits, and Austin Fallcetti had a two-run double in the second.
La Mirada fell to 1-1 in the Redondo Tournament and 8-5 overall. The Matadores are off this week.

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Keeler’s influence spanned the generations

Two generations of the Mahlow family attended Friday’s memorial service for Tim Keeler at Cal High.
Father Jeff played baseball for Keeler at La Serna in 1994 and 1995, and always remembered his coach fondly.
“His love for the game and the love for his players,” Mahlow said when asked for his memories of Keeler. “He was always willing to go that extra step for his players.”
Andrew Mahlow, the son, is now a Cal senior as well as a former student and teacher’s assistant in Keeler’s photography class. Jeff was thrilled when he knew his son would also fall under Keeler’s strong influence, and the teacher promised his former player he’d keep an eye on Andrew.
“It was fun working with (Keeler),” Andrew said. “He was funny and helpful.”
Several hundred people attended Friday’s ceremony, including Whittier mayor pro tem Cathy Warner, and many wore T-shirts that read Be #keelerstrong. Many students and Cal staff members wrote personal messages to Keeler on a large banner hung on the gym wall. Cal’s Chamber Choir performed beautifully three times during the 50-minute memorial.

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