Baseball/ Jan 30 2021

Abraham Garcia-Pacheco & Owen Cain Leave Rancho Cucamonga Baseball Program Far Better Off Than When They Found it

Baseball: By Brian Reed-Baiotto, Sports Editor It would be difficult to find an SGV area program that made a bigger turnaround in 2020 than Rancho Cucamonga. One year after going 7-20 overall, and 3-12 in Baseline League games, the Cougars claimed nine victories in their first 12 games. And it wasn’t like RC rolled out […]

By Brian Baiotto


Baseball/ Jan 30 2021

Pat McGee Turns in Area’s Most Impressive Coaching Job in 2016-17; Pasadena City College Skipper Leads Program to Most Successful Season in 50 Years

  By Brian Reed-Baiotto, Sports Editor Numbers alone can’t fully measure the worth of a player or coach. But numbers alone made Pat McGee the Pasadena area’s best (high school or college) coach over the 2016-17 sports calendar season. And while McGee had much more of an impact than just wins and losses, we’ll keep […]

By Brian Baiotto


Baseball/ Jan 30 2021

APU Legend Tony Barbone Still Inspiring Family, Friends, Coaches & Players; ‘Bones’ Valiantly Battling Health Challenges

College Sports: By Brian Reed-Baiotto, Sports Editor If Tony Barbone was judged solely on his success as a baseball coach at Azusa High School, APU and Concordia, it would be considered a very impressive life. If you looked at the quantity and quality of his family, friends and colleagues, one might be envious. But it’s […]

By Brian Baiotto


Baseball/ Jan 30 2021

After 30 Years and 772 Wins, Citrus College Icon Skip Claprood is Still Impacting Lives

Baseball: Pictured L-R: Skip and son Michael at Yankee Stadium, & Skip w/wife, Cinda. By Brian Reed-Baiotto, Sports Editor Skip Claprood couldn’t have been more mistaken. When this reporter asked the Citrus College Hall of Famer to describe his baseball career, the 74-year old legend said he was “a dime a dozen.” To be fair, […]

By Brian Baiotto


Baseball/ Aug 19 2019

Pasadena City College Freshman Gabriel Arellano Leads State With 42 Hits; Former Monrovia Star on Record Pace

Even for the most talented of athletes, there is typically a slight learning curve or minor adjustments that one makes while transitioning from high school to college baseball.

By Brian Baiotto


Baseball/ Aug 19 2019

Chad Cornelius Doubles, Homers Twice; Bonita Wins Palomares League Championship With 6-5 Victory Over Glendora on Wednesday

Forty-seven days ago, Bonita lost a one-run contest to Ayala and were 1-1 in Palomares League play.

By Brian Baiotto


Baseball/ Aug 19 2019

Dawson Netz Throws Second 5-Inning Perfect Game of Season, Strikes Out 12; MHS Crushes Valley Christian, 12-0, on Tuesday Night

Over the past two years, it would be very difficult to find anyone that has come close to matching Dawson Netz’ numbers on the mound.

By Brian Baiotto


Baseball/ Aug 19 2019

Preston Howey Goes From JV Shortstop to SGV Area’s Win Leader in One Year; Arcadia Junior is 9-0, With 0.47 ERA

Preston Howey made a very wise decision as he contemplated his junior year at Arcadia High School.

By Brian Baiotto


Baseball/ Aug 19 2019

La Salle’s Jeff Daley Transfers to Dream School; After One Year at TCU, Former Lancers’ Pitcher off to Vanderbilt

Former La Salle pitcher Jeff Daley holds himself to academic standards that are almost unattainable for most student-athletes.

By Brian Baiotto


Baseball/ Aug 19 2019

Pasadena Poly’s Franco Alonso is Prepared to Start Career at Cornell; Panthers’ 2-Sport Star to Play Baseball for Big Red

In the last four years, you could easily make an argument that Cameron McFarlane and Franco Alonso were the two most complete and dominant athletes that strode across the Pasadena Poly campus.

By Brian Baiotto


Baseball/ Aug 19 2019

Rio Hondo Prep’s Jake Lang Named CIF-SS Division 6 Player of the Year; Kares’ JT Parker is Coach of the Year

When you earn a championship, accolades start to roll your way and Rio Hondo Prep certainly deserves theirs.

By Brian Baiotto


Baseball/ Aug 19 2019

Rio Hondo Prep Overcomes Early 4-Run Deficit; Kares Rally, Hold Off Costa Mesa, 9-7, to Claim D-6 Championship on Saturday

When Rio Hondo Prep took the field at UC Riverside on Saturday evening in the CIF-SS Division 6 title game, Pasadena area baseball programs had already gone 0-3 in championship games earlier in the day.

By Brian Baiotto


Baseball/ Aug 19 2019

Marshall Fundamental on Historic Run in 2019; Alex Nava, Thomas Arnst, Alex Chew, Travis Delgado, Sam Karp All Playing Big Roles

​When Marshall takes the near eight-mile bus ride to Rosemead on Tuesday in the CIF-SS Division 7 semifinals, the Eagles go in with some serious momentum.​

By Brian Baiotto


Baseball/ Aug 19 2019

Ryan Humphreys, Matt Diaz Have Led Northview into CIF D-3 Quarterfinals; Senior Duo Excelling on Mound, at Plate For Vikings

When people think of San Gabriel Valley (area) baseball powers, names like South Hills, Arcadia, Bishop Amat, San Dimas, Glendora and others come to mind.

By Brian Baiotto


Baseball/ Aug 19 2019

Arcadia Two-Sport Star Chris Wilson Does Nothing But Win; Apaches’ Football, Baseball Player the Ultimate Competitor, Teammate

Just after the 2017 football season had ended, more than 15 players from skilled positions left La Salle for what they believed were greener pastures.

By Brian Baiotto


Baseball/ Aug 19 2019

Jacob Moreno, Gordon Cooper, Paul Sanchez Leading Charter Oak into Playoffs; Chargers’ Seniors Set Example For Younger Teammates

As Charter Oak hosts Glendora today in a CIF-SS Division 2 wild-card game, the Chargers are as battle-tested as anyone.

By Brian Baiotto


Baseball/ Aug 19 2019

San Dimas Claims Valle Vista League Championship With Tuesday’s 5-2 Victory Over Northview

San Dimas wrapped up another Valle Vista League championship on Tuesday. This time, however, they weren’t going to share it like they did in 2018 with Northview. The Saints rode the arms of Dylan O’Leary and Zach Jacobs to a 5-2 victory over the visiting Vikings to claim the title. Ryan Humphreys got the loss […]

By Brian Baiotto


Baseball/ Aug 19 2019

Arcadia Wins First Pacific League Championship Since 2011; Apaches Ride Arms of Preston Howey, Dustin Allen in 6-4 Victory at CV

How sweet it must feel for the Arcadia baseball program. They waited eight long years to be able to call themselves champions of the Pacific League. And they dethroned Crescenta Valley on the Falcons home field in the process.

By Brian Baiotto


Baseball/ Aug 19 2019

The Art Mazmanian I Knew; Legendary Mt. SAC Baseball Coach Dies at 91

By Brian Reed-Baiotto, Sports Editor When news broke Friday that longtime Mount San Antonio College baseball coach Art Mazmanian had passed away, it evoked many, many memories. And most were good between my college coach and me. Looking back, 99-percent of any squabbles we had were my fault. I wasn’t mature enough to realize he […]

By Brian Baiotto


Baseball/ Aug 19 2019

Chavez, Ward, Magallanez Team up on Mound Thursday; South Hills Edges Charter Oak, 2-1, to Earn Hacienda League Championship

The South Hills-Charter Oak battle to capture the 2019 Hacienda League baseball championship was as competitive or more than any SGV-area race this season. Consider this: South Hills edged Charter Oak, 2-1, in Thursday’s title game. The Huskies earned the Hacienda League championship by one game, thanks to a game they won by one run. […]

By Brian Baiotto