San Dimas High School baseball standout Tommy Acuna has made a verbal commitment to University of Arizona.
Acuna played in the Junior Olympics in Arizona with Team California which gave that school an opportunity to scout him. The school had also seen him on a couple of other occasions.
“I’m really excited. It’s a great opportunity,” he said. “It’s the Pac 12 so it will be great competition.”
Acuna helped the Saints to a 31-1 record, a Valle Vista League title and a national rankings.
He earned first-team All-League honors, hitting .529 with eight doubles, 25 RBI and 13 runs scored. He started out the season serving primarily as designated hitter but stepped in at third base late in the season after an injury to the starter Joseph Bahna.
His father, Thomas Sr., always liked the school so it couldn';t have worked out better.
“He always liked that school. It was sort of his dream school,” Tommy said. “Now I am going there. It’s funny that it worked out that way.”
Acuna is considering majoring in law.
VIDEO: Senior Peter Lambert of San Dimas talks about his one-hitter against La Quinta.
The top-seeded San Dimas baseball team had no trouble in its first round Division 3 opener, beating visiting La Quinta 9-0.
The Saints (29-0) got the usual stellar outing from ace Pete Lambert (12-0) who allowed just one base runner, that coming on a two-out double in the sixth. He struck out four.
Did the Saints really need to have their ace out there in the first game? Probably not. La Quinta was a third-place team in its league and had an overall record under .500. So they could have still won the game with one of their other pitchers.
Many coaches would have opted to hold back the ace for the next game but Mike Regan opted not to do so. Of course most teams don’t have the luxury of a No. 2 pitcher the caliber of Jacob Castillo (10-0).
The numbers of the two are pretty ridiculous. Lambert has given up a paltry four earned runs in 76 innings for a miniscule ERA of 0.37.
How about Castillo? Well he’s 11-0 and has given up just one, yes one, run in 69 innings for an even more miniscule 0.10. He’ll get the all for Tuesday’s second round contest against Garden Grove.
Is there a better 1-2 punch on the mound anywhere? Probably not.
This is a team with other quality arms as well so it is suited for a run deep into the playoffs. Stay tuned!
The San Dimas baseball team heads into this week with a still spotless record at 24-0. The next opponent – Rowland (7-11).
So can anyone stop the Saints?
Many say a loss would be a good thing. The Saints still have a Valle Vista League title in hand and it might keep the players from getting too complacent. But veteran coach Mike Regan doesn’t buy that.
“You never want to lose,” he said. “Of course if we are I’d rather it happen now than in the playoffs.”
Regan says he is guarding against just that. Before Thursday’s game against Covina he discussed the matter and stressed the importance on focus and not getting too far ahead. It worked. The Saints rolled to a 10-0 win.
“I think it was one of our best all-around games of the season,” he said.
Of course the Saints, ranked No. 1 in Division 3, have the formidable 1-2 punch on the mound in senior Peter Lambert (9-0, 0.24) and junior Jacob Castillo (8-0, 0.12). There is also a solid No. 3 in senior Jonathan Longtin (3-0, 0.00). Angel Maya, who threw a no-hitter in his first game after becoming eligible after a transfer, has been used out of the bullpen.
The unsung hero has been sophomore third baseman Joseph Bahna. Regan said going into the season he was missing a starter at the hot corner and a leadoff hitter. Bahna has filled both of those roles admirably.
“He hasn’t just made the routine plays he has made all the difficult ones too,” Regan said.
The San Dimas baseball team registered a 2-1 win over St. Laurence (Burbank, Ill.) on Thursday to advance to the championship game of the Don Lugo Easter Tournament.
It was probably the best game and closest call of the season for the unbeaten Saints who got a walk-off run-scoring hit from Logan Murratalla for the win. Senior Jonathan Longtin went the distance on the mound, striking out nine.
The Saints (17-0) will host Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.) at 7 p.m. on Friday in the final game. Paul VI advanced with a win over Linfield Christian.
The third-place game will feature the host Don Lugo. The Conquistadores defeated Diamond Bar 9-8 on Thursday to earn the right to play Walnut at 3:30 p.m. Friday.
Walnut (5-7-2) advanced with a 6-4 victory over Pomona (8-5).
The San Dimas baseball team is on quite the roll and coaches Mike Regan and Mark Chiappelli are probably hoping the Saints don’t peak too soon.
The team is 14-0 with that start including three wins over local foe Bonita, the last being by a 5-0 tally in the championship game of the Anaheim Lions Tournament on Wednesday.
“It’s really a special group,” Regan says. “They have all played together growing up so they’re a pretty tight group. And they’re all very unselfish. It’s a pleasure to coach them.”
San Dimas has the No. 1 stud pitcher in senior Peter Lambert who has more than lived up to expectations. He’s 4-0 with a microscopic 0.52 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 27 innings.
But he has another standout as well in Jacob Castillo who is 4-0 as well and has yet to give up a run. That’s a pretty formidable 1-2 punch.
Those two are also a significant part of the offense when not on the mound. Lambert is hitting .302, Castillo .344.
Then there are Logan Murratalla (.333) and Joseph Millwee (.385).
But Regan has been most surprised by the contributions of sophomores Dante Palacio (.341) and Joseph Bahna who hit first and third in the lineup.
All are hoping to make up for last year’s playoff run which ended way too soon. This year they have the makings of a team that has the potential to go the distance.
Next up for the Saints is the Don Lugo Tournament. First up is Southlands Christian at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at San Dimas.
Peter Lambert is this year’s Grant Hockin.
Last year Hockin, a pitcher out of Damien, was the most coveted baseball prospect out of the Inland Valley. Every time he took the mound there were more than a dozen professional scouts in attendance. Often times it was twice that.
They’re hard to miss, all the radar guns pointed from behind the plate.
Hockin had signed with UCLA but it was obvious all along he was probably getting drafted in a high round and was going to sign. He did, being chosen by the Cleveland Indians in the second round.
Lambert has also signed with UCLA but he could go even higher in the draft than Hockin and that usually means life changing money.
Also like Hockin, Lambert seems to be well grounded and has taken all the notoriety in stride. He seems to have the right temperament to succeed when all the eyes and pressure are on him.
That’s a good thing for him and his San Dimas team which head into a new season with title hopes that aren’t all unrealistic.
San Dimas senior pitcher has been named Pre-season All-American by Louisville Slugger.
The players on this list are among the most sought after athletes at their respective positions pro scouts and college recruiters.
The majority of the players have committed to a college and most have received national recognition already. Many were players of the year in their league, region or state and have racked up a number of awards. They were nominated for the honor by their high school coach.
Lambert, who has signed with UCLA, was 11-2 with an 0.59 ERA last season as a junior. He had 11 complete games in 13 outings with 102 strikeouts in 83 innings.
For the 19th straight year, Louisville Slugger is sponsoring the High School All-America team. The staff of Collegiate Baseball newspaper selects the team.
Right-handed pitcher Peter Lambert of San Dimas is among the 20 players named to USA Baseball’s Under-18 National team.
The announcement came after a six-day trial in Houston, Tex. The team will defend its consecutive gold medals (2012-2013) and attempt to win three straight for the first time in U.S. history.
Team USA could become the only team beside Cuba (1984-1987) to win more than two in a row.
The initial 40-man roster for the trials was divided into two squads for five games and six days of workouts at the University of Houston’s Cougar Field.
Lambert was an All-CIF and Inland Valley selection last year for the Saints.