Baseball: Garza commits to Cal State Fullerton

Bonita High School’s Justin Garza was the area’s top baseball pitcher this past spring.
His efforts earned him a scholarship to one of the top college programs in the country after the senior to be committed to Division national power Cal State Fullerton.
Garza, who is expected to be one of the top pro prospects next season, had arguably one of the top seasons in area history. He earned CIF-Southern Section All-Division 3 and was Tribune All-Area after going 13-0 with 75 strikeouts and a softball-like ERA of 0.51. He helped Bonita reach the division semifinals for the second consecutive season.
Garza joins a Fullerton team, which won the Big West title and advanced to the NCAA regionals. Fullerton has won four College World Series.

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  • SaintsR4real

    Uhh, Freddy,
    I probably could dig up a picture of Garza if you’d like!! What gives,lol!

  • Steve Ramirez

    Sorry, Saints. Fred is not here this week. I used the picture Fred used last week, and assumed it was accurate, since I didn’t cover Bonita this year.
    Sorry for the mistake.

  • SaintsR4real

    Great Job Stevo!!

    Best of luck Garza!!

  • Fred is Gone

    Amazing Fred is on vacation, and no Bishop Amat and no Rio Ruiz. Can the Tribune extend Fred’s vacation the majority of SGV enjoys hearing about the rest of the SGV.

  • just askin’

    what exactly have we heard? this is the only HS post form our area since Fred is gone.

  • Record setting pace ….

    Check that this is the second baseball and neither were about Bishop Amat or Rio Ruiz that is a record.

  • Recorder setting pace ….

    The last six threads have been started by Steve and none mention Bishop Amat or Rio Ruiz. That has to be a record.

  • Rest My Case

    Just for the record, I checked all the current threads and one out of ever three that Fred started were about Bishop Amat or Rio Ruiz. Steve started around ten of them and none were about Bishop Amat or Rio Ruiz, I rest my case.

  • HuH?

    Can someone tell me what happened to the whittier blog??? I thought someone took over,no disrepect but i hate this blog, I bet Fred wears AMAT PJ’s to bed, if u know what I mean.

  • just sayin’

    HuH? – please – go read about St Paul on th eWhittier blog. Much better

  • HuH??

    just sayin,
    I said whitiier blog, who said anything about St.paul??

    Whittiers hasn’t been updated since The Benny Hills Show.

  • Steve Ramirez

    Huh?: This will be the sports blog for all three our papers in a couple of weeks, so as the new Whittier Prep Editor, I’m posting things here. I’m also helping out Fred this week, posting some breaking Tribune News, like Monday’s Cory Lidle Foundation travelball story and the news about Bonita’s Justin Garza committing to Cal State Fullerton. Remember, Fullerton is the top college baseball program in SoCal, so it’s somewhat big news when they venture outside of Orange County to sign a kid.
    For the Whittier readers, I posted a blog topic on La Habra’s football schedule, which includes a meeting against Servite.

  • AMAT 73

    fred is gone -record -rest my -huh,
    Well thanks to you people 1/3 of the thread is posts related to AMAT . Sometimes it’s better to just read and enjoy and keep quiet instead of letting your feelings be known.

  • Don

    You know Steve, CSF has been a stopping point for many SGV baseball players going wayyyy back. Congrats to Justin for joining a fine group of guys who have repped the area as Titans for years.

    Besides the various Pills and Pedrozi, you have names like Pillitere, Waroff, Burgos, Aaron Rowand, Dan Dorn, Mike Lamb, and and and . . .

    I think George Horton used to come over and buy his pencils in West Covina.

  • Steve Ramirez

    Very true, Don. But I noticed when Horton became coach, Fullerton ventured to SGV even more. I ran in to Rick Vanderhook – now Fullerton’s coach – a few times at local games when he was an assistant. It’s funny that when he left Fullerton for UCLA, those SGV kids went to Westwood. I expect a flow back to OC now that he’s back in town.

  • Z fan

    Steve,
    Daniel Zamora committed to Stony Brook

  • Tommy Lasorda

    Garza will rise to the top at Fullerton just as he has at Bonita. He is clearly the best player on his high school team. He leads the pack in all categories, he can run throw and hit, hit for power and, oh yeah, the best infielder on the team when hes not pitching! Last years Seniors have left 2012 Bonita a one man team.

  • Don

    Tommy,

    Did Henley, Row, Castro, Heslop, and Reyes all leave?

    One man team?

    Tommy, Thomster, Thomarootie, c’mon buddy.

  • Bonita

    C’mon Don. You have to know that this Tommy cannot by the Tommy that was posting during the year and is some impostor trying to stir trouble. Would not even respond.

  • The Real Tommy Lasorda

    Pay no attention to the other Tommy. Obviously he is only trying to stir things up. Obvioulsy he has nothing better to do but try to cause trouble between a bunch of high school kids. Anyone that knows Justin, knows how humble he is. He will be the first to give credit to his team mates and put them ahead of himself. Bonita has a great core returning and should do some special things. Congrats to all the SGV kids on all of their accomplishments.

  • Brandon Cartright

    Henley, Row, Castro, Heslop, and Reyes, thats what your pining next years season on? Be afraid, be very afraid!!!!!!!!
    The Real Tommy Lasorda? Bonita has a great core returning and should do some special things? Congrats to all the SGV kids on all of their accomplishments? Accomplishments other than Justin Garza, NONE!

  • jmcdonough

    the creem has rizen to the to at bonita and the garza kid is the creem. to bad the the creem is the only thing in the bowl at bonita this year no supporting players. bonita wont make the playoffs.

  • Goodwin

    Henry Omana a 63 pitcher and a talented cast return next season for Diamond Bar almost every position has a returning player coming back.
    Diamond Ranch only lost one good player (Rouric Bridgewater) a great kid. This years team led by team Captain, Dylan Goodwin will give Diamond Bar and Los Altos a real run. Isaiah Ramirez, Raymond Gonzales, Jesse Marquez, Vincent Ortega, will all contribute to a successful season.
    Dont forget about Los Altos, they have the best chance to win it all. Great hitting and one of the best pitchers in So. CA.

  • COChargerfan

    Don,
    Henley, Row, Castro, Heslop, and Reyes, youd have a better chance of winning the Indy 500 with Lady Gaga riding on a Schwinn!

  • boniiitaaabaseballl

    Last years bonita seniors have left the team with some holes to fill
    rf- kc huth going to rcc
    cf- matt gelalich scholarship to pepperdine
    2b- robert mier mt sac
    1b- andrew rojas mt sac
    ss- connor vislay fulleton jc
    of- matt rodriguez apu
    p- daniel tessone fullerton jc
    c- mark lindsay scholarship to san francisco st
    p- adam mccreery scholarship to arizona st
    Bonitas to be senior need to step up to have a great year. congradualations JUSTIN GARZA!!

  • Bonitasucksrichard

    boniiitaaabaseballl said:
    Last years bonita seniors have left the team with some holes to fill
    rf- kc huth going to rcc .394 good
    cf- matt gelalich scholarship to pepperdine .458 stud
    2b- robert mier mt sac .341 good
    1b- andrew rojas mt sac .333 fair.
    ss- connor vislay fulleton jc . 163 flop
    of- matt rodriguez apu .250 liability
    p- daniel tessone fullerton jc 3.78 era fair
    c- mark lindsay scholarship to san francisco st .422 stud
    p- adam mccreery scholarship to arizona st . disapointment
    All those greats and still came up short!
    Now what? Coach Knott to leave and go to APU, Newell and Cates to quit?
    Bonita baseball is on a steep decline and will finish behind Walnut and Rowland in baseball next season. Looks like the cupboard is empty and even the scraps are gone!
    Next, kh to manage Bonita

  • Bearcat Fan

    Don’t forget about Murfett. STUD!!!!!!!!!

  • jfk

    Knott not going anywhere. Bonita will be fine.

  • Tartan pride

    jfk,
    What’s your honest opinion on next years Bearcat team?

  • Father Dave

    Tartan, You’d have better luck getting an honest opinion from Bulldog1

  • Bonitasucksrichard

    By last year the Bonita faithfull had already made up thier starting line-ups. below is just one of many examples, pretty close.

    kh said:
    FORGETTING PROBABLY THE THREE OTHER KIDS WITH POWER ROJAS,RIDRIGUZ,HESLSTE.WHERE SACKED SUCK FACE AND BIG MARK WILL DRIVE BALL OUT OF YARD TO. IF HENLEY WITH IS SPEED AND GOOD BAT GETS HIS GAME GOING, YOUR TWO GUYS MIGHT NOT PLAY WITH ROJAS AND RIDRIGUZ ON THE CORNERNS HUTH AND MIER UP THE MIDDLE GELHISH CF HENLEY LEFT, YOUR ONE YEAR SENIOR MVP WOODIE IN RIGHT, WHERES THAT PUT YOUR GUYS, GARZA WILL BE PITCHING ALOT HES VERY GOOD, WILL GIVE THE SENIORS SOME REST ON BLOW OUTS.
    1.MIERS 2B—SS
    2.GELISH CF
    3 HUTH SS–RT—CF—3B—2B
    4.LINSEY C DH
    5 ROJAS 3B—- CASTRO–LF CAREFULL OF SUN
    6 RODRIGUZ IB—DH
    7.HESTSLA DH—1B—C
    8.HENLEY LT–CF
    9.GARZA RT—SS WOODIE–RT–SS LITTLE FRESSMEN
    THATS ONE TOUGH H.S. LINE UP WITH HENLEY DOWN AND GARZA LOWER IN LINE UP YOU HAVE FIVE GUYS WHO CAN RUN HIT AND STEAL BASES.
    ONCE YOU GO THRU LINE UP ITS AMATTER. PUTTING YOUR POWER GUYS, IN THE POWER SLOTS,AND KEEPING THE ROAD RUNNERS TOGETHER,WILL BE THE KEY.
    HENLEY, GARZA, MIER ,GELHISH AND HUTH.LOOK WHAT YOU HAVE,THATS A ALL STAR SPEED TEAM BONITA TRACK WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THOSE FIVE GUYS RUNNING THE RELEYS FOR THE SCHOOL,

    August 8, 2010 3:07 PM,

    Bonita baseball is in serious trouble next season!

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