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.