Division 3 Final: Bonita’s dream season falls short of a title, losing 2-1 to Ocean View

GAME STORY
By Fred J. RobledoStaff Writer
LAKE ELSINORE
— The sight of Bonita High School’s Matt Gelalich walking gingerly into the press room and burying his head in his hands explained it all. The Bearcats’ improbable run through the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 baseball playoffs ended on a sour 2-1 loss to Ocean View in the championship on Saturday at The Diamond in Lake Elsinore. (To continue, click thread).


Bonita championship game photo gallery

CIF-SS Division 3 championship
Scoring by innings

Bonita ‘Cats 100 -000-0 — 1 4 2
Ocean View 011 -000-x — 2 5 4
How they scored:
Bonita 1st: Robert Mier led off the game with a single to left, and moved to second after a catcher’s pick-off attempt sailed to right rield. After Matt Gelalich’s ground out to first moved Mier to third, he scored on Evan Highley’s fly out to center, staking the Bearcats to a 1-0 lead.
Ocean View 2nd: Blake Hitchcock and Timothy Robinson led off the second with back-to-back singles, then moved to second and third respectively after Adam McCreery’s pick-off attempt on Hitchcock skidded to center. Nick Schulenburg’s grounder to third scored Hitchcock, but McCreery stuck out the next two to get out of the inning tied, 1-1.
Ocean View 3rd: Colton Johnson smacked a triple to lead off the inning and scored on Blake Walker’s ground-out to Mier at second, giving the Seahawks a 2-1 lead. Mier might have had a play on Johnson, but juggled the ball before getting the out at first.


Bonita, playing in its first championship since 1974 and hoping to win just its second title since 1951 and 107-year history of the school, played well enough to pull it off, but effort doesn’t always end up in titles.
“It’s tough to end your season with a loss, but it’s not going to get
in the way of a lot of great memories and things that have happened for us
this year,” Bonita coach John Knott said. “These are such a bunch of
competitive kids. They wanted it, they hit the ball hard, it just happened to
be right at people. A loss here doesn’t make it a poor season, it just means
we fell a little short of our goal.”
The loss snapped the Bearcats’ (24-5-1) nine-game winning streak, a
streak that included the same solid pitching they received throughout the
playoffs, but after scoring 24 runs combined in the quarterfinals and
semifinals, they cooled off.
Ocean View’s combination of starter Blake Walker, who gave up a run
and two hits in four innings, and closer Freddy Sepulveda, who returned from
shoulder surgery in January to spark the Seahawks’ late-season run, gave up
two hits in three innings.
It was also Ocean View’s (22-9) third championship, and first since
2005.
“They (Walker and Sepulveda) know hot to battle and know how to win,”
Ocean View coach Shane Borowski said. “It’s a potent combination. They
don’t strike out a lot of guys, but they make big pitches and our defense made big plays when we needed them.”
Bonita got off to the perfect start.
Robert Mier led off the game with a single to left, and moved to
second on an error. After Gelalich’s ground out moved Mier to third, he scored on Evan Highley’s fly out to center, staking the Bearcats to a 1-0 lead.
“We came out and set the tone in the first inning,” Knott said. “We got the lead-off hitter on and Evan got him home. But as the game wore on, those chances didn’t come as quick, and when they did, we couldn’t capitalize.”
Bonita pitcher Adam McCreery was solid for the most, giving up five
hits over five innings before allowing Josh Yepez to pitch the sixth, but the
two big runs cost him, and so did a throwing error.
Ocean View’s Blake Hitchcock and Timothy Robinson led off the second
inning with back-to-back singles, then moved to second and third respectively
after McCreery’s pick-off attempt on Hitchcock skidded to center.
Nick Schulenburg’s grounder to third scored Hitchcock, but McCreery
stuck out the next two to get out of the inning tied, 1-1.
“I was hoping we could get some momentum of out that,” Knott
said. “They scored but Adam did a great job keeping us even.”
Mier walked with one out in the third, then Gelalich followed with a
grounder to first, which was thrown into shallow left-center trying to get the force on Mier. It was a huge error, the runners advancing to second and third respectively. But Highley’s short fly to right couldn’t get Mier home, then Walker got a strikeout to get out of the inning.
It was a missed opportunity, because Ocean View’s Colton Johnson
smacked a triple to lead off the third and scored on Walker’s ground-out to
Mier at second, giving the Seahawks a 2-1 lead. Mier might have had a play on
Johnson, but juggled the ball before getting the out at first.
The Bearcats’ best chance to draw even came in the fifth.
Third baseman Greg Victoria lined a one-out double to left with Tyler
Heslop coming in to pinch-run for him. Mier followed with a long out to center that moved Heslop to third, but Gelalich struck out to end the inning.
“There’s not much you can do,” Knott said. “That’s the way baseball
is, we didn’t take advantage of our opportunities.”

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  • McGarret

    Half hour b4 game time . . . Let’s Go Bearcats . . . Bring home the CIF championship to the SGV.

  • Murph

    See any illegal batting practice before the game!?? lol

  • FredJ

    the weather should be illegal, nobody is sitting in the sun, they’re all up high in the shade..

  • ????

    What happened to Score updates?

  • base4life

    Bonita lost 2-1
    Great season guys..Keep ur heads up!!

  • SaintsR4real

    Great run Bonita!!
    Focus on accomplishments throughout season. You guys wern’t expected to go farther than last years team and that’s a success in itself.

    I’m sure a lot of SD were rooting you on!!

    Nows the time to plan how to bounce back next year with all the talent you have out there.
    You fought the fight, you left it all out in the field, be VERY proud of yourselves!!

  • SaintsR4real

    Great run Bonita!!
    Focus on accomplishments throughout season. You guys wern’t expected to go farther than last years team and that’s a success in itself.

    I’m sure a lot of SD were rooting you on!!

    Nows the time to plan how to bounce back next year with all the talent you have out there.
    You fought the fight, you left it all out in the field, be VERY proud of yourselves!!

  • Aaron

    That field was deep, balls you thought were gone would die in the air and just drop. No wind today. We should have been able to get out of that. Some really bad calls from that crew, but none of them cost us a run. That was a quick game to.

    Great season Bearcats!

  • GHS Parent

    No Problem with kh. Hes getting his life together and his kid is a probably knows that.
    Peter however, calling out a team mate, BAD KARMA. Saw the game today Bonita bats had lots of fly balls in them. A couple of players had moments of loafing. Seems like a good group of kids. Great run this year probably be back next year. kh your right about the Baseball Gods.
    Pete listen to kh and a word to the wise, Keep your mouth shut SON.
    Good luck next year Bearcats.

  • bcatfan

    the only reason to play at a minor league field is to make the kids feel good about themselves. truth is no one plays on a field that big in HS, game could have been much more amusing

  • http://www.insidesocal.com rocky

    ROCK1!
    GHS!MR POSER WHICH WE ALL KNOW WHO THAT IS.YOUR SO CALLED BLAME ON PETER IS THE SAME GARBAGE THAT YOU HAVE BEEN POSING ON KH.YOUR SO CALLED BLAME ON
    THIS GUY IS COMPLETELY WRONG SON WHO EVER YOUR
    IMAGINARY FRIEND IS GIVE HIM A CALL.PETER IS A MOST WONDERFUL PERSON THAT YOU COULD MEET.YOUR IMAGINARY FRIEND MADE ONE COMMENT ONLY SO THE TRUTH MUST REALLY HURT SON .IN TWO DAYS YOU ALREADY HAVE WRITTEN FIVE OR SIX COMMENTS ON THE SAME OLD SUBJECT BLOGERS DO NOT WANT TO HEAR A CRY BABY GOING ON ABOUT THE SAME THING. SO GROW UP AND MOVE ON SON.

  • http://www.insidesocal.com rocky

    ROCKY!
    Rocky said.
    GHS.Mr poser which we all know who that is.Your so called blame PETER is the same garbage that you have been posing on KH.Your so called blame on this guy is completely
    wrong son, so who ever your imaginary friend is give him a call. Peter is the most wonderful person you could ever meet.Your imaginary friend made one comment only.The truth must really hurt SON. In two days you have already written five or six comments
    on the same old subject, bloggers do not want to hear a cry baby going on about the
    same old thing.So grow up and move on son.

  • CLONES

    GHS parent

    Great Post! Your right on! The duo had a cool today with the sticks. Karma sucks!

    Rocky

    You keep the brown nose with PR. He’s the second clone of KH!

  • Go Bearcats

    Shame on you Rocky1, Pete, opps! (PR) referring to yourself in the third person calling yourself Wonderful. Me think thou protest too much.
    Mr. Wonderful?
    Priceless!!!

  • BUSTED !

    Rocky Is PR!
    PR and Rocky are both are in red which means the came in through http://www.sgvtribune.com. not http://www.insidesocal.com which 99.99% of the blogs come in. If you notice they are the only post that is in the color RED which means the came in from the same door so to speak. ROOKIE MOVE, BIG MISTAKE, BUSTED!
    You do know the players on all the local teams including your son, read these Blogs right? Now they know the kind of negativity you create and who you are Pete Rodriguez, including your son and his teammates, how embarrassing!
    Youve got to be the most unpopular Turd in the Punchbowl over there at Bonita.
    Talk about kids getting picked on in school, good thing schools almost out! Nice role model Pete.
    Talk about a Poser, calling yourself Wonderful Did your wife write this Pete?
    Probably not!
    You thought you little rant was so cleaver you wrote it twice, nice job!
    Karma Sucks sometimes, or maybe not! Depends on your point of view.

  • Apology

    PR, I wrote a blog on June 4, 2010 9:05 pm. defending you, a big mistake! Dont know how you can show your face around here anymore. Im going to man up and apologize to GHS and say Im sorry.
    GHS you had a great year and showed a lot of class in winning, Coaches, Players and Parents.
    Good luck next year. I hope we get a chance to play you next year!
    I thought I would never say this but,

    Go Tartans.

  • great season bearcats:

    when is undercalass game & rosters come out?

  • KH fan

    Cmon kenny, give us your take. dont go away now. you have been here all year. what was your take on the game saturday,. yo gotta take the bad with the good.

  • KH

    COME ON,
    GET OVER IT, PEOPLE SAY THINGS AND WRITE THINGS ALL THE TIME ABOUT MY SON,HEY WHEN THEY STOP TALKING ABOUT OUR SON THEY,YOU HAVE TO REALIZE IN LIFE BEFORE YOU MAKE IT A BIG DEAL,WHERES THE DEAL COMING FROM,YOU PROOBABLY HAVE FORGOTTEN MORE THEN HE KNOWS OF THE GAME,AND IT WAS AT YOU MORE THEN YOUR SON.FROM WHAT I READ YOU IT,LET BYGONES BE BYGONES,GO BONITA.
    AND LATER THEY HAVE TO BE ACCOUNTABLE FOR THERE ACTIONS.

    DONT PLAY GOD,HERE WILL HAVE TO AWNSER FOR HIS ACTION,BIG DEAL.
    PEOPLE HAVE SAID THINGS ABOUT MY SON,CALLING HIM MINI ME,I LIKE THAT NAME,THATS HOW WE ALL GET NICK NAMES IN LIFE.
    SOME OF THE BOMB MINI ME LAUNCHED OVER IN CIF,QUITS ALL THE HATERS,WHY KEEP HARPPING ON PR, GET READY FOR THE SUMMER LEAGUE,TRYING TO PUSH AND SHOVE US BONITA PARENTS APART ISNT COOL ON YOUR PART. BE THE BIGGER MAN, LETS GO WORK HARD ON YOUR SONS WEAKNESSES OVER THE SUMMER,THATS WHAT I TRY TO DO.TO MAKE A CONPLETE ALL AROUND BALL PLAYING HE HIS TO HAVE SKILLS IN ALL PHASES OF THE GAME.THIS SUMMER AM GOING TO WORK ON K.C. BASE RUNNING,GETTING A BETTER LEAD,READING CATCHERS SIGNS,KNOWING TO STEAL EVERY TIME HE SEE THE CB COMING.TRYING TO GIVE THE CATCHER A BETTER IN COMING THROW FROM THE OUT FIELD,NICE ONE HOPPER.SEE SCOUT YOUR SON AS IF HES GOING TO BE A PSOSPECT AND WORK HARD ON THE WEAKNESS,THAT ALL .
    THANKS BGONITA COACHING STAFF BEARING WITH THE HUTHS.

  • I NEED ATTENTION WAH WAH WAH WAH WAH…too funny !

    Now some one is hijacking Ken Huth? Fred there’s an epidemic!!!!

  • kh

    k.c. fan,
    am not going anywhere,what because we lost 2 to 1 in the championship game,never
    my take.couple moves hurt us.
    we didnt put together big innings,
    iam not going to say they should make cif two out of three series,
    we got beat between the lines.
    game was great to watch 100 degrees in the sun ,that sucked.its not a reward to play in little desert town in the heat of the afternoon,but both same game .
    i loved it, we are getting closer to being a real power house school in all sports…
    great job glendora….
    our coaching staff is just like the players,learning from there mistakes over the years to keep the power house rolling,

  • Don

    Absolutely outstanding effort all season guys, there should be no Bearcat with his head hanging low.

    Your team represented your school, your families, and your community better than anyone ever imagined you could. You over achieved and surprised everyone all year and in the end it took a Yellowstone sized yard to beat you because nobody else was going to.

    Great run, great fun. Thanks to John Knott, Dave Cates, Mitch Newell, and an amazing bunch of boys.

    Now read ‘em and weep Hacienda: (no disrespect to the BoHi Coaches for my presumption intended).

    Gelalich CF
    Huth RF
    Mier SS
    Rodriguez 1B
    Lindsay C
    Henley LF
    Castro 3B
    Garza 2B
    McCreery P

    And that doesn’t even take into account all of the other puppies coming back and coming up. Anyone coming to La Verne next year for a game better make sure to strap ‘em on.

  • next year

    Don’t forget Rojas. If he can figure it out, he has serious power.

  • kh

    dont leave danny t off that pitching staff.
    we all have short memories,
    danny t pitched a gem agaisnt the 4a 2010 champs bishop gorman for the win in the cory l trny this year.
    john did him a favor by letting him stay down a rack up innings, hit some bombs,might be the dh.next year to.
    he 6-2 or 3
    throws even 87 to 91 mph.him and adam will be tough to get a two game losing streak on us next year.
    its great to have strenght in the pitching rotation,brandon will be real tough, with garza, k.c. can throw as hard as anybody pitcher bonita has in the program too.

  • Jackboy

    Great job Bonita!
    Win like Winners and lose like Winners and youll always be back for more.
    I like your line up Don.
    You guys had a great season, a real first class group of young men.
    We will miss the seniors!
    Go Bearcats!

  • AMAT 73

    Congratulations to Bonita on a fine season . I am sure with all the returning players next season you will be right back to the championships next year . Good call kh on the teams success this year.

  • there’s always next year

    You sorry azz losers thats what a blog is for to second guess everything. Seniors are always expected to come up big in big games its called leadership, if the youngens are able to contribute big its called a bonus. In high school sports from the very beginning you highlight the upper classmen how many times have you heard a coach say I was going to win or lose with my senior on the mound or up to bat. It is still a team game to win or lose, in the end you can always second guess and say more could have been done by the entire team including the coaches.

    In changing this non subject how about Amat losing so early in the post season. I believe this goes to show you a team of so called super stars is KNOTT always the recipe for winning championships.

    A little quote from the coach:

    “There’s not much you can do,” Knott said. “That’s the way baseball
    is, we didn’t take advantage of our opportunities.”

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