Baseball: Bonita’s Adam McCreery throws one-hitter in Cat’s 5-1 win; Bishop Amat scores late, wins 3-0; Damien advances again, beats Notre Dame 7-5 behind two homers from Hockin; La Puente, Sierra Vista lose

By Steve Ramirez
AMAT GAME STORY: The big question mark for the Bishop Amat High School baseball team entering the CIF-Southern Section playoffs was if the Lancers’ no-name pitching staff would be good enough to support their productive offense. The answer came loud and clear Tuesday.
Ryan Serrato and David Berg combined on a two-hit shutout and Andrew Gutierrez had a two-run triple in the sixth to lead No. 2 seed Bishop Amat to a 3-0 victory over St. Bonaventure in a Division 4 second round game at Ventura College. (To continue click thread).

CIF-Southern Section Playoffs
Today’s second round results
Division 2

Damien 7, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 5
Etiwanda 4, Chino Hills 2
Division 3
Bonita 5, Northwood 1
Division 4
Bishop Amat 3, St. Bonaventure 0
Division 5
Oak Hills 11, La Puente 9
Montclair Prep 6, Sierra Vista 1

Chino Hills sent home: – Senior pitchers Andy Cerroni and Jason Broussard combined on a three-hitter and allowed just one earned run as Etiwanda High School defeated visiting Chino Hills, 4-2, in Tuesday’s CIF-Southern Section Division 2 second-round game.

Aram Tolegian’s baseball roundup

Bonita 5, Northwood 1: Bonita High School pitcher Adam McCreery is all the way back, and that’s bad news for the rest of CIF-Southern Section Division 3. McCreery, who missed much of the season with an elbow injury and slowly was being worked back into the fold, threw a one-hitter Tuesday in leading No. 1-seeded Bonita to a 5-1 victory at Northwood. “We’ll see how he wakes up tomorrow, but he hasn’t complained about his arm yet,” Bonita coach John Knott said of McCreery. “I don’t ever ask him how he’s feeling. He’s fine now and I’m tired of asking him.” McCreery, a 6-foot-8 prospect who’s headed to Arizona State next season if the majors don’t get a hold of him first, allowed just one hit and struck out eight. His return to full strength makes Bonita even scarier, considering ace Justin Garza is 12-0 and remains at Knott’s disposal. Bonita scored twice in the first inning to give McCreery a cushion. The Bearcats’ Matt Gelalich stole four bases and scored two runs. Bonita improved to 26-4 and will host San Gorgonio in Friday’s quarterfinals. “The key was to try and score first and put the pressure on the opponent.,” Knott said. “Their crowd was pretty quiet the whole game until the last inning when they tried to get into it. It was nice to score first and not feel the pressure of being a one seed and playing at somebody else’s house. “McCreery looked great. He had a lot of confidence and was throwing the ball hard. He’s
just tough to hit.”

Damien 7, Notre Dame 5 – Chad Hockin’s big day at the plate kept the Spartans’ playoff roll going. Hockin hit two- and three-run home runs to help the Spartans improve to 17-12. Damien made the postseason as a wild-card team but has beaten Glendora and Notre Dame to reach Friday’s quarterfinals.

Oak Hills 11, La Puente 9 — The Warriors almost dug out of a six-run hole, but their rally fell short. La Puente, which once trailed 7-1, closed to within 11-9 in the sixth and had the bases loaded with two outs, but couldn’t come up with a hit. Jimmy Jacobo led the Warriors by going 3 for 4 with three RBIs. La Puente finished 17-8.

The Lancers, who won back-to-back titles in 2007 and ’08 and came up short the past two seasons, improved to 26-4 and will host Kaiser, a 1-0 winner over Calvary Chapel of Santa Ana, in Friday’s quarterfinals. St. Bonaventure finished 15-14.
“Who these guys are, are a pitching staff,” Bishop Amat coach Andy Nieto said. “It’s a cumulative sum of guys who are a brotherhood. In the past years we’ve been fortunate to have (Paul) Paez, (Brady) Zuniga and (Brandon) McNitt and you knew who was pitching on Tuesday and who was pitching on Friday.
“Now, it’s Johnny — Johnny The Whole Staff. That’s who we are. If good things are going to happen — and we’ve been fortunate to play a tough schedule and play well – it’s the cumulative sum of the whole staff.”
They lived up to the billing Tuesday, especially Serrato, who gave up just two hits and allowed only five base runners in five innings, while striking out 12.
St. Bonaventure, which upset Rio Hondo League champion Temple City in the first round, didn’t get a runner to second base during the first five innings and managed just singles by Raul Camacho and Jeremy Sanchez.
The Seraphs finally made some noise in the sixth, working Serrato for two walks. But Berg easily put out the fire. He got Cody Kurz to groudout before ending the threat by striking out Justin Strayer.
Amat, which had a runner thrown out at third with out out in the first and wasted one-out triples by Adam Alcantara and Jay Anderson in the third and fourth innings, finally broke through in the sixth.
Rio Ruiz led off with a walk and Seby Zavala, after a fielder’s choice, reached on a fielding error to put runners on first and second. A hunch by Nieto to pinch-hit Gutierrez for shortstop Dominique Davis, then paid off big time.
“Last game, it was the same situation and Andrew, with the bases-loaded, had a base hit,” Niteo said. “Sometimes, you play a hunch. When things work out, you look like a genius. But it’s not about the hit. He’s done a fantastic job coming off the bench and
hitting the ball hard.”
The senior lived up to that trust, hitting Josh Grajeda’s second pitch in the gap in left-center field for a triple and a 2-0 lead. Wallace Gonzalez followed with an infield single to make it 3-0.
“I was excited when (Nieto) called me up,” Gutierrez said. “I knew I could do that job.”
Berg, who struck out two, then retired St. Bonaventure in order in the seventh, getting D.J. Romero on a ground out to shortstop to end the game.

Also: What an afternoon for Bonita’s lefty Adam McCreery, who got the nod and threw a complete game one-hitter on the road in a 5-1 win over Northwood. That took guts on the part of Bonita coach John Knott, who could have gone with undefeated Justin Garza (12-0) on four days rest, or regular No. 2 Brandon Murfett, who is 5-0 and had taken over while McCreery battled back from an injury. It was nervous time for Amat for a while, locked in a 0-0 game through five innings before scoring all three of its runs in the sixth. And finally just confirmed that Damien did it again, beating Notre Dame 7-5 to advance to the quarters. Not bad for a wild-card and the lone team left from the Sierra after Chino Hills’ loss. And how about sophomore Chad Hockin, the grandson of the great Harmon Killebrew. If you remember, Hockin hit a home run on the day Killebrew passed last week. Today, he hit a three-run and two-run homer in Damien’s win. Talk about inspired.

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  • DHS

    GO DAMIEN!!!

  • DHS

    Where can we text you the updates?

  • Fred Robledo

    at the twitter feed at the bottom of the thread, when I post updates from games, they post on twitter immediately. I’m not sure if I will have Damien updates, don’t have a contact for them on the road, now if someone is at the game and can text me updates, email me at and leave a cell number and lets do it, would love to know too

  • So cal

    good Luck to LP!! Show the Desert how we play ball in the SGV.

  • bonita

    who is starting pitcher for bonita. Is garza going again on 3 days rest or is Murfett going?

  • Tommy Lasorda

    Word has it that coach Knott is gonna try and queeze into a uniform oo get a few innings in.

  • so cal

    What happen to the Lefty, last time I saw him was at Los Altos.

  • Tommy Lasorda

    2-0 Bonita after 1

  • just sayin’

    Dang! an error, HBP, single, wild pitch, error and teh Lancers get Zero runs in the first. baserunning mistakes continue from the Bonita game

  • r.e.s.p.e.c.t.

    wow – Ruiz intentionally walked in 3rd inning tied 0-0. worked – next guy grounded out

  • Bonita

    3-0 in bohi in 5th

  • D-High

    Damien up 6 to 1 in the bottom of the 3rd

  • Bonita

    5-0 in 5th bohi

  • AMAT 73

    Big shout out to Andrew Gutierrez triples in 2 runs.
    AMAT 2
    ST B 0
    Top of the 6th

  • GameDayatUSC

    Sorry about the SD Girls, but otherwise it looks like our valley may SWEEP. Nice job everyone!

    Now its off to see the BIG BOYS, and AMAT’s very own Dan Harren. LETS GO ANGELS~~

  • Here we go Spartans, here we go

    Damien up 7-1. Freshman Grant Hockins hit 2 homeruns, ringing 5 runs in. Way to go Grant!

  • Correction

    Chad Hockin got the two homeruns. Game is still going.

  • Pitching

    1 run on 3 hits in 14 innings for Bonita. Yikes.

  • damien

    Damien 7 Notre Dame 5

  • TGee

    who’s next for Bonita and Amat?

  • TGee

    Who’s next for Bonita, Amat and Damien?

  • Witness

    Amat plays Kaiser(17-11) of Fontucky.
    Damien plays a dangerous Mission Viejo(20-13)
    Bonita plays San Gorgonio(20-7)of San Bernardino.
    SG gives up a lot of runs and scores a lot of runs. Use the ACE!

    Keep playing like Champions.

    Go SGV baseball!

  • JAC

    Bonita parent
    its not your job to decide who plays in each game, thats up to the coach. If you believe so strongly that someone should be playing, go fill out a coach’s application, but the last thing anyone needs is a parent up in a coach’s face complaining about someone not producing and their kid not being in. The fact of the matter is, Bonita is winning, and until then you don’t have any right to question who he plays and how much he plays them.

    I’m not even a coach at Bonita, I actually coach at a lower level at a different school, but it is attitudes like yours that make every coach in some way despise dealing with parents. I tell every kid at the beginning of the season that if they have an issue with playing time, to come see me. I tell them it’s their responsibility, and not their parents, because they are young adults and this is something that they themselves should handle. I will never talk to a parent about playing time, and I hope that any coach you talk to will send you away the minute you bring up the subject, because frankly, it’s not your job.

  • DHS

    Here is a quick replay of the Damien 7-5 win over Sherman Oaks Notre Dame. Antonio Gonzales pitched 5.2 innings giving up 5 hits, 3 K and no earned runs. Gonzales exited in the 6th with two outs. Chad Hockin hit two towering HRs. Generating 6 of the 7 runs scored by the Spartans. Ryan Olson came in and got the 3rd out to end the 6th. In the 7th Olson continued but was pulled after 1 out, 1BB and and 1 hit in the 7th. Danny Schlarman came in and closed out the game with two Ks. Notre Dame scored 3 unearned runs and two earned runs.

  • Amat Aunt and Alum

    I am so tired of hearing that Amat has “no-name” pitchers. Every single one of the pitchers on the Amat team has a name and they are doing a DAMN good job. Yes, the credit goes to the entire team, because this year, unlike last year, the team is playing like a team and not like a bunch of hot-headed individuals. It takes a team to win not just a “known” pitcher. Please Fred and all the others out there, have some respect for all of the pitchers and STOP calling them “no names”, because once again it takes a TEAM to win not just a single person!

  • BG Coach

    Alright, Bonita advancing to round 3. San Gorgonio is next. I hope you can hear our cheering all the way from the Gardens. Go bearcats!

  • Fred Robledo

    Amat alum, you’re taking it too personal, both pitchers were named in the story and it explains how well they pitched. Don’t get mad at us, we didn’t come up with the name “Johnny Wholestaff,” to describe the pitching staff, that’s from coach and I think it’s appropriate, they haven’t allowed a pitcher to throw a complete game all year, they use a combination of guys, unlike others.

  • Steve Ramirez

    Amat Alum: You should embrace it just like the 1972 Dolphins did with the “No-Name Defense,” and the back-up players who were heroes of the 1988 World Series for the Dodgers. They called themselves, “The Stuntmen.”

  • Playball

    Gonzales, Lee, Hockin, Schlarman are stepping up for this team. What’s going on with front of this line up?

    Lee has big challenge a head of him, but has proven he can perform in the #2 pitching spot. Good job.

    Schlarman proving he really is the closer…

  • Amat Aunt and Alum

    I agree that Nieto named his pitchers, as a whole, Johnny Wholestaff, at least he gave them a name, but you are the one that puts that Amat has “no name” pitchers. I also agree that you do name the pitchers that pitch the game and blah blah blah, but think about it, if you were on a winning team, would you want to be called “no name”? I recall back in my playing days our pitcher wasn’t a well known pitcher but she took us all the way to the championship game, but not once was she called a “no name”, as a matter of fact you were one of the reporters there. All I am asking for is for a little respect for all of the Amat pitching staff and stop calling them “no names”.

  • APach25

    PLEASE STOP BEING SO DRAMATIC!!! You are only an “Aunt”, let their mommies be upset, you just watch the games…

  • Big Name Pitchers

    Congrats to Rio Ruiz, Daniel Zamora, Kenny Ball, David Berg, Javi Iniguez, Nick Montoya, Joe Pantaleo, Jacob Dominguez, Eddie Munoz, Jordan McCraney, and Ryan Serrato and anyone else I missed from the Amat pitching staff for being HUGE this season.


  • Amat Alumni and Parent

    Being a parent of one of the “No Name Pitchers”, I personally love it. It definitely has to give them sometype of motivation and could have been a rallying cry for the staff. I don’t care if we use 14 pitchers in 1 game as long as we get the win.

    I will admit sometimes I feel we pull a pitcher out a little too early, but you can’t argue with the results.

    Now that being said “Johnny Wholestaff” is a stupid name. I give it a zero on the wit-o-meter.

  • Name that staff

    Okay I’ll start, The Wonderblues, cuz everyone wonders who they’re ….you know thats good

  • Topper

    My turn…. Kit Chen Sinc. Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha!!!