Northview bounces back, beats New York

Update: I don’t know all the details, but Northview lost 7-4 today to Norco and will play in a consolation game Thursday at 1 p.m. at Esperanza High School

Thank goodness, and great for the San Gabriel Valley. The scary thing about going to a tournament like this is getting humbled so much that it messes with your confidence the rest of the way. I thought Bishop Amat going 2-2 last year was huge, and if the Vikings can get another win over the next two days, that’s huge too. Between Amat and Northview if we can go .500 in the National Classic over the last two years, it will prove once again that the SGV can hang with anyone.

It wasn’t exactly the type of game the Northview High School baseball team has been known for. But there are no ugly wins in the Anderson Bat National Classic, which the Vikings will attest to after scoring a 7-3 victory over Mamaroneck (N.Y.) in a consolation quarterfinal at Esperanza on Tuesday. Northview, getting a steady pitching performance from Ruben Ramirez and multiple-hit efforts from seniors Richy Pedroza and R.J. Arnold, improved to 10-3 and will face either Norco in today’s consolation semifinals at 4 p.m. at Esperanza.
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Note: (Field #1:El Dorado HS), (Field #2 Esperanza HS), (Field #3 Cal State Fullerton)
Today’s games
Game #17 Aptos vs Mamaroneck, NYat Field #2, 10:00am
Game #18 Spanish Fork, UT vs Don Bosco Prep, NJ ___- at Field #1, 10:00am
Game #19 Norco vs Northview at Field #2, 4:00pm
Game #20 Jesuit, CA vs De La Salle, CA Field #1, 4:00pm
Game #21 Notre Dame, AZ vs Arch Bishop Mitty, CA – at Field #2, 1:00pm
Game #22 Notre Dame, CA vs El Dorado, CA – at Field #1, 1:00pm
Game #23 Mater Dei, CA vs Esperanza, CA – at Field #3, 8:15pm
Game #24 Palm Beach Central, Fl vs El Toro, CA – at Field #3, 5:15pm

Thursday’s games
Game #25 Loser of Game #17 vs Loser of Game #18- at Field #1 (JV), 2:00pm
Game #26 Winner of game #17 vs Winner of Game #18 – at Field #2, 4:00pm
Game #27 Loser of Game #21 vs Loser of Game #22 – at Field #2, 10:00am
Game #28 Winner of Game #21 vs Winner of Game #22 – Field #1, 10:00am
Game #29 Loser of Game #19 vs Loser of Game #20- at Field #2, 1:00pm
Game #30 Loser of Game #23 vs Loser of Game #24 – at Field #1, 1:00pm
Game #31 Winner of Game #19 vs Winner of Game #20 – Fld #1, 4:00pm

Mamaroneck, which was ranked among the top 10 teams in the nation to begin the season, slipped to 0-3.

“When you’re in a tournament of this caliber, you have to appreciate wins and enjoy your wins,” said Northview coach Darren Murphy, whose Vikings advanced despite committing an uncharacteristic five errors. “I’m very happy (to get a win), but I just
worried about our identity.

“This team is known for our pitching and defense. We’re kind of getting away from that right now. We just have to start making plays. If we want to win tomorrow, we have to make plays.”

Northview got away with its shabby fielding on Tuesday mainly because of Ramirez, who gave up eight hits and struck out five to get the complete-game win.

The senior also pitched out of a couple of jams to improve to 1-1.

Mamaroneck, trailing 5-3, loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth following back-to-back infield singles and a fielding error. But Ramirez ended the threat by striking out Luke Glaser.

The Tigers, trailing 7-3, put runners on first and second with no outs in the seven following a single and fielding error. But Ramirez secured the win after inducing a popup, fly out and groundout.

“He was incredible,” Murphy said. “He was not 100 percent, and we were really skeptical about letting him play, but his parents and Ruben ensured us he was OK.

“He really wanted to play, and to come out with an effort like that, not being 100 percent, is the shot in the arm we needed.”

The Vikings set the tone early with five consecutive hits, including a two-run triple by Arnold Banuelos, to take a 4-0 lead in the first inning.

“We sent eight kids to the plate, and we hit seven balls hard and five hits,” Murphy said. “Two of three outs were line outs. We definitely had a better approach this game.”

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