Baseball/ Feb 01 2021

Justin Rios Steps Up Big Time; Arcadia Senior Forced into Role of Ace, Leads Area With 4 Wins, Hits .500 & Drives in 10 Runs

Baseball: By Brian Reed-Baiotto, Sports Editor As the 2020 baseball season neared, Arcadia senior Justin Rios was expected to be the No. 3 pitcher for the reigning Pacific League champions. Fellow seniors Preston Howey (13-1, 0.75 ERA) and Chris Wilson (10-1, 0.99 ERA) were coming off a remarkable 2019 season. And they were arguably the […]

By Brian Baiotto


Baseball/ Feb 01 2021

Luke Heiberg Perseveres Through Adversity; Monrovia Senior Finished Prep Career on High Note, Batting .464, w/13 Hits & 10 Runs

Baseball: By Brian Reed-Baiotto, Sports Editor Luke Heiberg’s high school baseball career was much like a roller coaster. He had dramatic up and down moments. But unlike a roller coaster, Heiberg finished on top (of his game). Heiberg began his prep career at La Salle, and despite starting his freshman campaign on the JV team, […]

By Brian Baiotto


Baseball/ Feb 01 2021

Muir’s Ely Resendiz Doesn’t Get Enough Credit For His Role in Mustangs Historic Turnaround

Baseball: By Brian Reed-Baiotto, Sports Editor Before Adonis Harrison took over the reins of his alma mater in 2018, the Muir baseball program was irrelevant. It might sound mean, but it’s the nicest and most politically correct way of saying it. Harrison, though, came in and his impact was felt instantly, and it earned the […]

By Brian Baiotto


Baseball/ Feb 01 2021

Pasadena Ace Justin Gutierrez Was Just Finding His Stride When Season Ended Prematurely; Bulldogs Senior to Pitch at PCC

Baseball: By Brian Reed-Baiotto Justin Gutierrez was ‘heart broken’ when COVID-19 cut his high school baseball career short. And it wasn’t just because he wanted to finish out the final two-thirds of his senior season. It was also because in 2020, Gutierrez had gone from PO (pitcher only) to the second best hitter in the […]

By Brian Baiotto


Baseball/ Jan 31 2021

Brock Vradenburg Was Off to Monster Start in 2020; Maranatha Slugger to Play For Michigan State in 2021

Baseball: By Brian Reed-Baiotto, Sports Editor There were a number of players and programs in the San Gabriel Valley that members of the media looked forward to covering during the 2020 baseball season. For this writer, Maranatha’s Brock Vradenburg was on a very short list, because of his ability to change the complexion of a […]

By Brian Baiotto


Baseball/ Jan 31 2021

After Slow Start at Maranatha in 2019, Eli Paton Finishes Career in Style; Minutemen Senior to Play for UCLA in 2021

Baseball: By Brian Reed-Baiotto, Sports Editor Eli Paton finished his high school career at Maranatha on a high note. But it didn’t start off that way. Paton transferred to the Pasadena school after his sophomore season at Loyola. And after sitting out the first eight games of 2019, Paton struggled mightily. Heading into mid-April of […]

By Brian Baiotto


Baseball/ Jan 31 2021

AJ Moreno & Trevor Caton Finish Prep Careers as Huge Contributors to Bonita’s Baseball & Football Programs

Baseball: By Brian Reed-Baiotto, Sports Editor Bonita’s AJ Moreno and Trevor Caton played instrumental roles in the success of both Steve Bogan’s football program and Ryan Marcos’ baseball team. Moreno and Caton also did well in the classroom, are regarded as very solid young men and they are best friends. The Bearcats’ duo played football […]

By Brian Baiotto


Baseball/ Jan 31 2021

Liam Rocha & Blake Johnson Got Off to Great Starts in 2020; San Dimas Seniors Persevered Through Adversity & Tragedy

Baseball: By Brian Reed-Baiotto, Sports Editor Amongst the thousands of seniors throughout the state of California who had to endure a massive gut punch when the 2020 baseball season was officially canceled, San Dimas’ Liam Rocha and Blake Johnson had every reason in the world to be angry. And before getting into their stories, it […]

By Brian Baiotto


Baseball/ Jan 31 2021

N’Jiaye Bonwell & D’Andre Smith Named San Dimas High School Athletes of the Year

High School Sports: By Brian Reed-Baiotto, Sports Editor N’Jiaye Bonwell and D’Andre Smith recently stopped by campus to pick up their cap and gown. This coming Tuesday, the Saints duo will also receive a diploma that will recognize their four years of excellence in the classroom. But what they didn’t know when collecting their graduation […]

By Brian Baiotto


Baseball/ Jan 31 2021

San Dimas’ All-Time Wins Leader, Zach Jacobs, Continuing His Exellence at UC Riverside; Saints Right-Hander Won 35 Games

Baseball: By Brian Reed-Baiotto, Sports Editor At first glance, one might wonder two things about 18-year old Zach Jacobs. Does he live in Huntington or Newport Beach, and is he a surfer or skateboarding enthusiast? In reality, this innocent looking kid is a baby-faced assassin on a pitcher’s mound. But it sure didn’t start out […]

By Brian Baiotto


Baseball/ Jan 30 2021

Former Edgewood/Citrus/ASU Baseball Player, Al Salgado, Using Artistic Skills to Brighten Lives, Deal With Stress

Pictured L-R: The Salgado family & Al’s drawing, which includes Derek Jeter, Babe Ruth, Ken Griffey Jr., Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Nolan Ryan, Jose Cruz, Barry Bonds and Jackie Robinson By Brian Reed-Baiotto, Sports Editor Al Salgado is a talented, creative and versatile man. The 1985 Edgewood High graduate went on to play baseball at […]

By Brian Baiotto


Baseball/ Jan 30 2021

Where Are They Now: Former Workman HS/Mt. SAC/Cal Baptist Right Hander, Abel Galvan, Now Pitching For Higher Power

College Baseball: Pictured L-R: Abel pitching for Cal Baptist, Abel w/wife Jennifer & daughter Joy. By Brian Reed-Baiotto, Sports Editor Abel Galvan wasn’t necessarily a superstar baseball player, but the 50-year old Workman High School graduate is without question a Hall of Fame person. And that’s not a slight at his efforts or success on […]

By Brian Baiotto


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