‘The Mid’ Boys Baseball Top 10 (2013 results in brackets)

photo by Joe Torosian

El Monte ace Johnny Alvarez.

1. Sierra Vista Dons (18-6):
Return their top three hitters, solid pitching, and expectations of advancing beyond the second round of the playoffs.

2. Alhambra Moors
(20-7):
Team batting average last season was .291, team ERA was 1.64. Can anyone remember a time when the Moors weren’t good?
3. Monrovia Wildcats (17-6-1):
The hitting is there but the Wildcats will need (senior) Nick Esparza and (junior) Brian McConnell to have big years on the mound for deep playoff run.

4. Arcadia Apaches (20-9):
Head Coach Nick Lemas always keeps this team in the hunt, but they lost an awful lot to graduation.
5. Arroyo Knights (13-9):
Lots of talent, always a contender.
6. Baldwin Park Braves (23-6): The Braves will compete, but graduation has taken away the horses that advanced them to the third round in 2013.
7. El Monte Lions (13-12):
Return a lot of sticks, but need to find a second arm to help Johnny Alvarez
8. La Puente Warriors (12-11):
Tough loss to El Monte in first round of playoffs in 2013 still bugging LP.

9. San Gabriel Matadors (9-12-1):
Daniel Guerrero, a senior, hits, pitches, and probably runs the popcorn stand between innings, but he’s going to need help.

10. Duarte Falcons (13-13):
Participating in Don Lugo Tournament this weekend.

Others:
Rio Hondo Prep Kares (11-12):
This team will struggle early, but could find itself by the middle of April. Playoffs? No.
Mt. View Vikings (10-15):
Senior Richard Ward provides the offense, but the Vikes need a stopper.
South El Monte Eagles (10-13):
The Southmen need to find some pitching. 2013 team ERA was over five.
Rosemead Panthers (8-14):
Like a lot of teams, they need a stopper on the hill. Senior Matt Campos and sophomore Angel Lopez Jr. are players to watch.
Temple City Rams (7-17-1):
It was a hard fall for this team in 2013. Rob Nelson is the new HC, and (junior) Gabe Juarez is probably the team’s best hitter and pitcher.

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