National Classic: Bishop Amat shocks and rocks nationally ranked St. Francis, crushing who many felt was the best team in the country, 11-3

PLACENTIA — Bishop Amat High School has had some signature wins in recent years.
Tuesday Bishop Amat got another one.
Wallace Gonzalez went 4 for 4 and had six RBIs and David Berg was solid on the mound in relief to lead Bishop Amat to an 11-3 victory over St. Francis of Mountain View, ranked No. 1 nationally by Baseball America, in the quarterfinals of the National Classic at El Dorado High School.
Bishop Amat improved to 18-2 and will face either Bingham of South Jordan, Utah or El Capitan of Lakeside in today’s semifinals at 4:30 p.m. at Cal State Fullerton. St. Francis, which is also ranked No. 2 nationally by, slipped to 20-2.
“Bishop Amat is used to big games,” Bishop Amat coach Andy Nieto said. “That’s why kids come to Bishop Amat. We’re not into moral victories. Like I said last year when we lost. We got outplayed and Torrance beat us.
“We’re into hanging banners and winning championships. Just look into the history books. In the over 50 years of Bishop Amat, there’s a lot of big wins. This is just another one.”
What separated this one from some of the others in recent years, was in the amount of ease Bishop Amat took apart the top-ranked team in the country.
And St. Francis helped Bishop Amat’s cause, committing three errors, all which keyed Bishop Amat rallies.
The first, a dropped throw on a pickoff attempt, allowed Jay Anderson to take third. He then scored for a 1-0 lead on a sacrifice fly by Dominique Davis.
Bishop Amat then used two St. Francis’ miscues to go up 6-0 in the third, which was highlighted by a an RBI double by Davis and a two-run single by Gonzalez.
Wallace wasn’t done. He followed with a two-run single to push the advantage to 8-2 in the fifth before hitting a two-run home run in the seventh for an 11-3 lead.
“I just knew I had to stay relaxed at the plate,” Gonzalez said. “I knew our pitchers (starter Daniel Zamora and Berg) were going to do a great job. It didn’t change my approach too much.
“We weren’t worried about the rankings. (Bishop Amat) was ranked No. 2 (nationally) last year, and lost. Rankings mean nothing. It’s a game of baseball, and anything can happen.”
Berg was also impressive after relieving Zamora in the third. He gave up just one run and struck out 10 in five innings to improve to 4-0.
He came to the rescue after St. Francis nearly got back in the game in the third, cutting Bishop Amat’s lead to 6-2 following a two-run home run by Alex Blandino. St. Francis then put runners on first and third before Berg struck out Jon Williams to end the threat.
Berg, then after giving up a run in the sixth, ended it with three strike outs in the seventh.
“This was a simple illustration what baseball is,” Nieto said. “The team that plays the best catch, and puts the ball in play, has the best chance to win.
“I was proud of our guys for taking on the challenge, and not cracking.”

Tuesday’s quarterfinal games
Bishop Amat 11, St. Francis 3
Bingham vs. El Capitan, 7 p.m., Cal State Fullerton
Wednesday’s semifinals
Bishop Amat vs. Bingham-El Capitan winner, 4:30 p.m., Cal State Fullerton

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  • 12th man

    This game will showcase Amat’s lack of offense & there sound defense..look for a low scoring game possibly 3-1 mostly a pitchers duel!~

  • AMAT 73

    12TH man,
    looks like those bats might be waking up
    AMAT 2
    SF 0

  • jcaz

    Personally, I liked the audio portion of the broadcast.

    Also, on a side note, ran into Steve at 7-11 today. I noticed that he got himself a brand spanking new car.

    Nice !

    I guess that the money must not be all that bad over at the Tribune after all eh ?


  • Bats did wake up

    Dang Wallace came to play so far
    3 for 3 wth 4 RBI’s if im correct
    BA 8
    SF 2

  • MVP

    How’s Fred’s Mr. MVP doing????

  • AMAT 73

    12th man,
    If this is showcasing our lack of offense I would hate see what happens when the bats come alive.

  • jcaz

    11 to 3.

    Amat just killing them right now

  • bats did wake up

    wow. Wallace put on a show. Thats what the transfer has been waiting to show everyone. Guess took him a while to warm up. better keep it going.
    He went 4 for 4 with 6 RBIs and a homerun how much better can you do for your team again the number 1 team. Great win and great showing.
    11 to 3 amat wins

  • sittin the bench

    W Ganzalez just homered with a runner on….11-3 going into the bottom of the 7th….where has this kid been all year?

  • Colt74

    Remember Steve, baseball can be quite difficult to understand sometimes, and Tuesdays Amat vs St. Francis game might be exhibit ‘B.’

  • Wall Fan

    Wall just got contact lens. Couldn’t see for awhile now. Watch him light it up and he is living with his dad now. Always does better when living with dad.

  • 12th man

    Hats off to BA who looked impressive on offense as there bats came alive today! WG Wow! 6 RBI’s..St Francis had some costly errors that led to 4 runs for BA & they never looked back after that..personally i felt as if SF was overrated & did not look like a nationally ranked team..Amat pitching was solid & there defense sealed the deal!! Great Job!! Good Luck in the Tounament!!

  • Joe Amat

    As to the headline, not best in the “county”… countRy

  • History in the Making

    St. Francis was Maxprep’s #2 team in the nation. They are also currently on the front cover of Maxpreps. They also got mauled today by the Bishop Amat Baseball Team.

    WTG Lancers for beating a great opponent! You make us proud!

  • The BAT

    Sounds like a BLUE BAT day at Amats vs SF game

  • Joe Amat

    nitpicking I know..but you got it. thanks for following.

  • Outstanding win! Thank heavens Freddie made the call to send Stevie R. and photo down there.

    Coach Nieto has done a whale of a job with this program. Just an awesome result for the Valley today.

  • Amused Reader

    Obviously this must be a different St. Francis team from the one in La Canada? Where are they from?

  • Amat Dad

    Props to the baseball team! Great win today over a quality opponent. Amat sports on it’s way back?
    Baseball and softball team 1st in their leagues and getting ready for CIF playoffs 1 game at a time.
    Thanks for relaying the feed so that we could follow the game Fred.

  • sittin the bench

    Amused Reader said:
    Obviously this must be a different St. Francis team from the one in La Canada? Where are they from?

    Mountain View, CA

  • 12th man

    Will this move Amat move into the top 10 Nationally????

  • AMAT 73

    Great win for the Lancers and also the SGV. Nice to see WG get the bat going and hope this is just the beginning from him . Maybe now people outside the SGV will realize just how good baseball is in our entire valley . Good job Lancers now go out and finish it .

  • Tommy Lasorda

    Who is that #15 kid and is he any good? He seems to be in alot of the pictures, or is he just in the right place at the right time? Lol. Great job by WG, finally showing what he is capable of. Go get em Lancers!