Success was as sudden as it was historic for the Flintridge Prep baseball team in 2013.
In just his first season as the Rebels’ coach, Guillermo Gonzalez navigated Flintridge Prep all the way to the CIF Southern Section Division VI semifinals.
Just a season removed from failing to make the postseason, the Rebels claimed a share of the Prep League title for the first time since 1997, won a playoff game for the first time since 1999 and advanced to the semifinals for the first time since 1960.
Success and a Rio Hondo League title came just as suddenly for La Cañada High under its first-year skipper Alex Valadez. What followed was a run to the CIF Division IV second round for the first time since 2005 after the program’s first postseason win since 2009.
And now, much like Flintridge Prep, La Cañada will attempt a curtain call despite losing some valuable starters.