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  • El Monte shortstop Elva Alvarado wearing protective gear in the field. Is this the wave of the future? (Photo by Joe Torosian)
  • Monrovia, talking things over here, always seems to have the right answers between the lines. (Photo by Joe Torosian)

by Joe Torosian

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San Gabriel Valley – 

Spring Breaks Are Over
While we hope everyone had a good time, we are very happy that all of the Easter/Spring Vacations/Breaks are over. All our coverage area teams will be active this coming week. Just in time to as the thermometer will be reaching 90 plus for the next few days.

Should Fastpitch Softball Pitchers and Infielders wear protective face masks?
This question is making the rounds with various softball associations (American Softball Association, Little League, NCAA, & United States Specialty Sports Association) but as of now the decision to wear the gear is left up to the participant.

The USSSA issued its position on the “Use of Protective Equipment”:
“As a general rule, USSSA continues its long standing policy of permitting baseball and softball players to determine the use of the protective equipment when they deem it appropriate. Thus, USSSA encourages players to utilize any protective equipment that they deem appropriate. Such protective gear will be allowed in USSSA sanctioned play, unless by rule or by director/umpire ruling such protective gear is disallowed as unsafe or as providing an unfair competitive advantage.”

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s report, 49% of the reported facial injuries occur in fielders. Batters receive only 11% of the injuries while pitchers receive 7% and runners receive 2%. 31% of facial injuries occur in warm-ups or practice.

This will be interesting to watch not only in softball, but with a new push to give the pitchers more protection in baseball from the youth all the way up to the Major League levels.

On A Roll:
The Alhambra Moors are 15-2, winners of eight in a row, and are undefeated in Almont League play. Offensively they are being led by the big three of Andrew Prieto, Marco Briones, and Christian Maciel. Each have knocked in ten runs.

On the mound Briones is 5-0 with an earned run average of 0.18 in 40 innings of work. He’s fanned 59 batters and walked only 11.

How Good?
How good have the Monrovia Wildcats been in baseball over the last 10 years. They’ve won a CIF title, they’ve made the playoffs each season, they’ve finished first six times, and have finished no lower than second in the other years.

In Rio Hondo League play they have gone 102-31-1. Overall the Wildcats a record of 185-78-4.

The constant through all of this besides great players? Try head coach Dave Moore, and his co-head coach, since 2007, Brad Blackmore. Coach Moore first took over the Monrovia baseball program in 1984.

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.
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