Baseball: Bishop Amat blows away Esperanza 12-1 to win the National Classic for the third time

By Fred J. Robledo
This could be a sign of things to come.
Bishop Amat ended its long drought in Orange County’s prestigious Hard 9 National Classic, avenging one of its only two losses with an easy 12-1 victory over Esperanza in the championship Thursday night at Cal State Fullerton.
Bishop Amat’s Adam Alcantara hit a towering two-run home run in the fourth and the Lancers used their steady duo of pitchers to get the job done again, ace lefty Daniel Zamora starting and striking out five in three innings before giving way to junior Rio Ruiz, who made quite an impression in only his third career appearance.
All Ruiz did was strike out the side in the fourth with fastballs clocked at 92 MPH, and pitch four shutout innings, allowing one hit with seven strikeouts.
Jay Anderson had a triple, double and three RBIs, Ryan Serrato collected three hits, Wallace Gonzalez was named the tournament MVP and the Lancers broke it open with five runs in the fifth inning to cruise to the championship. (To continue click thread)

Esperanza 010-000-0 — 1-3-4
Bishop Amat 300-232-X — 12-12-2
Daniel Zamora, (4) Rio Ruiz and Bernardo Zavala; Blake Mitchell, (3) Brett Pinkham (4), Matt Ripley (5), Chris Conners (6) and Brandon Morones. HR- Adam Alcantara, 3B – Jay Anderson
Records: Bishop Amat 20-2; Esperanza 14-8

More on the Lancers: The L.A. Times’ Eric Sondheimer has video of Rio Ruiz pitching, and wrote glowingly about his 92 MPH fastball, writing, “Bishop Amat has been reluctant to use him on the mound, fearing its defense would be weakened without him at third base or his control might not be good. But if he pitches like he did, there could be a 10-year-old playing third base because all he’ll be doing is watching strikeouts.


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Boys All-Stars: Tribune boys team goes through hard practice, but looks great in preparation for Saturday’s showdown with the Star-News

What: Eighth annual Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic
When: Saturday, April 23
Where: Damien High School
Girl’s game: 4:00pm
Boy’s game: 6:00pm
Admission: $8 adults, $5 students/children

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
For all of the talent during the Tribune boys All-Star team’s first practice Wednesday at Damien High School, it was an unassuming group that set the tone once the scrimmage began. The quintet of Walnut’s Bryan Gholar and Aubrey Coleman, Bonita’s Jordan Butler and James Northup and Los Altos’ Alvin Tan won four out of five games against some of their more physically talented teammates. “It surprised me a little bit, but we all know each other and play in the same league and have a feel for what each other does,” Northup said. “We just tried to be quicker and smarter and not turn the ball over.” (To continue click thread)

Below: Bonita’s James Northup made a big impression with coaches and Wednesday’s practice.

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Baseball: After knocking off No. 1, Amat holds on for 2-1 victory over San Diego champion El Capitan, and will play in Thursday’s National Classic championship at CSUF

By Steve Ramirez
Bishop Amat’s slow start to the high school baseball season is ancient history. The Lancers, after losing their first two games, now look like one of the best teams in the state, if not the nation, after taking down another traditional power on Wednesday.
Bernardo Zavala hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning and Ryan Serrato was dominant on the mound in relief to lead Bishop Amat to a 2-1 victory over San Diego Section power El Capitan of Lakeside in a National Classic semifinal game at Cal State Fullerton. (To continue click thread).

2011 Hard 9 National Classic in Orange County
Wednesday’s semifinals

Bishop Amat 2, Lakeside El Capitan 1
Esperanza 9, IMG Academies 2
Thursday’s championship game
At Cal State Fullerton

Bishop Amat vs. Esperanza, 7 p.m.

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Softball: Arroyo takes care of Gabrielino, 7-3

By Keith Lair
The Arroyo High School softball team needed to find a little separation. The Knights found it with a bases-loaded triple. Lorena Helguera’s fifth-inning hit gave Arroyo the lead, a gap on host Gabrielino and a little bit of breathing room in the Mission Valley League with a 7-3 victory Wednesday afternoon at Gabrielino. “It was pretty scary,” the sophomore left fielder said. “The bases were loaded and I had to do it. It was a nice hit for me because I did what I had to do with teammates on base.” The Eagles, trying to close the gap on league-leading Arroyo, held a 3-0 lead through three innings. But the Knights got a run in the fourth and four in the fifth to rally for the victory.

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Softball: Amat closing in on Del Rey League title with season sweep of St. Paul, 9-5

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Judging from the bantering back and forth between players and a small exchange from the head coaches, it’s obvious the rivalry that is St. Paul and Bishop Amat is alive and well. On the softball field, however, it’s a different story, Amat earning a clean sweep.
Even though St. Paul isn’t having a great year, Bishop Amat’s first two wins over the Swordsmen came by a total of three runs, which were closer than the CIF-Southern Section Division 3’s second-ranked Lancers would have liked. Although St. Paul showed its grit with four runs in the seventh punctuated by Breana West’s three-run homer, the Swordsmen were simply too far behind to make it dramatic, falling to Bishop Amat for the third straight time, 9-5, and with it any realistic chances of competing for a Del Rey League title.

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Tribune Girls hoops notes: Aram reports from opening practice, Walnut’s McDill shines

What: Eighth annual Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic
When: Saturday, April 23
Where: Damien High School
Girl’s game: 4:00pm
Boy’s game: 6:00pm
Admission: $8 adults, $5 students/children

Note: Boys practice tonight at Damien High School, 7-9 p.m. — Click thread for all the rosters.

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
The early moments of the Tribune girls All-Star team’s first scrimmage may not have had Bonita High School girls basketball coach Darren Baumunk surprised, but he certainly could not have liked what he saw. Like someone who just bought his first sports car, Baumunk wanted to immediately see what was under the hood as it pertained to his All-Star team by having them briefly warm up and break out into an all-out scrimmage.

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Nobody does it better that Remkus …

I love how Gladstone coach Rich Remkus and crew take care of their field. After both teams took infield, Remkus and his guys rushed out like a Major League game and re-raked the infield, cleaned the bases and as you can tell, Remkus meticulously cleaned around home plate. I can’t think of anyone who year after year takes more pride in their “field of dreams,” like he does. Even the bases were so white they looked like they just came out of the bag.

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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 MaxPreps.com, 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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Baseball: Chino Hills fends off Damien while South Hills and Charter Oak win

Sierra League Baseball
Tuesday’s results

Chino Hills 6, Damien 4
South Hills 10, Ayala 1
Charter Oak 6, Claremont 0

Chino Hills beats Damien: Chino Hills High School had to come from behind Tuesday to hold on to first place in the Sierra League. The Huskies (12-4, 7-1) scored five runs in the final two innings to knock off Damien, 6-4, and remain one game ahead of South Hills in the race for a home game in the CIF-SS baseball playoffs.

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Baseball: Giovanni Rivera’s grand slam and Novelo’s pitching lead Sierra Vista to 6-2 win

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Sierra Vista High School’s Giovanni Rivera said he wants to be more of a force for the Dons’ baseball team. His two-out grand slam in the third inning will go along way to doing just that, leading Sierra Vista to a 6-2 victory over host Gladstone on Tuesday to remain in first in the Montview League.

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Baseball Rankings: Bishop Amat and Bonita on a roll and will meet Monday night at Mt. SAC


Above: San Dimas back in top ten after winning Chino tournament.

1. Bishop Amat ( 17-2) – Huge 1-0 win over Cypress in opener of National Classic, and now they face arguably the toughest team in the nation in San Jose’s St. Francis. You have to give coach Andy Nieto and his coaching staff credit, who thought they would be ranked so high in so many other state and regional polls.
2. Bonita (15-3) — They’re just so impressive and with 6-8 Arizona State bound Adam McCreery on his way back to join arguably the area’s most productive pitcher in junior Justin Garza, this could get scary. Want numbers? During their 11-game winning streak, ‘Cats have allowed just nine total runs with four shutouts. Bonita can claim No. 1 when they take on Bishop Amat next Monday at Mt. SAC.
3. South Hills (12-4) — No surprise they won the Gladstone tournament, but sort of surprising how easily they did it, hammering Covina 12-0 in the championship game.
4. Glendora (10-5-1) — The Tartans split with Los Osos last week, winning 5-4 after losing 7-0 just a few days earlier. Tartans still leading Baseline, but it’s a packed group near the top.
5. Chino Hills (11-4) — It starts getting real interesting for the Sierra League leaders, who play Damien twice this week, and twice against South Hills next week. If they’re going to win this league, next four league games could decide it.
6. Diamond Bar (10-8) – Ever since losing to Bonita the Brahmas have been on a tear, receiving wonderful pitching from Kenny Mathews and Henry Omana. They’re 5-1 in the Hacienda, giving Bonita no room to breathe until they meet again on April 27.
7. Sierra Vista (14-3) — A very impressive team ERA of 2.10 to go with a team batting average of .333. That is how you get it done.
8. La Puente (10-3) — The Warriors are sitting pretty in the Montview League, but the big games won’t come until the first week in May, when they play back-to-back against Sierra Vista.
9. Covina (12-7) — Hard to tell if the Colts are really good, or the Valle Vista is real ordinary. Considering the Colts’ 12-0 loss to South Hills and their 7-7 non-league record, maybe being 5-0 in the VVL shows how ordinary the VVL is.
10. San Dimas (12-8-1) — Even though Covina leads the VVL, San Dimas is probably the best team. They won the Chino tournament over the weekend, and their pitching is getting better by the week.



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Softball Rankings: Bishop Amat, Bonita on top again, But Glendora scores impressive win


Above: Duarte pitcher Kaysie Gatlin turning in a fine season for the once-beaten Duarte Falcons.

1. Bishop Amat (18-2) — They all but wrapped up the Del Rey with a sweep of St. Joseph last week. They’ve been No. 1 since the beginning of the season and have done nothing but continue to prove they belong on top.
2. Bonita (16-2) – A close 8-5 win over West Covina followed by an even closer 6-5 win over Rowland. You gotta love the overall record, but some of these wins are closer than they should be.
3. Glendora (10-6) — How many of our area teams could score a 3-2 win over Etiwanda? Not many. The win also put the Tartans back in the Baseline title chase and with a group of five within two games of each other.
4. South Hills (11-5) — If the Huskies hope to win the Sierra League, the next four league games against Ayala and Chino Hills will lead the way.
5. Chino Hills (13-4) — Won four of five in the Woodbridge tournament but now it’s back to league, facing St. Lucy’s twice this week.
6. West Covina (12-6) — Tied with Diamond Bar with 3-1 Hacienda League records. After losing to Bonita, they need to keep winning to stay in the league title chase.
7. Ayala (9-7) – We said if they lose again we’re dropping them from the top ten, so they go out and win a couple last week. They sit in third in the Sierra, just behind Chino Hills and South Hills.
8. Duarte (14-1) — The overall record is extremely impressive, but hard to rank them over too many teams simply because there is no eye-opening win on the schedule, and their only loss came to an ordinary Wilson squad in the season opener.
9. San Dimas (11-5) — Saints lead the offensive-minded Valle Vista. They beat Covina last week 10-8. Hitting, not pitching, is going to win league.
10. Northview (11-7-1) — Vikings lurking a game-back of league leading San Dimas. They advanced to championship of their own tournament, losing to a very strong La Habra squad, 4-0.

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