South Hills combined two-hitter beats Bonita 2-0 and ends Justin Garza’s 18-game win streak

By Fred J. Robledo
ONTARIO — South Hills’ Adrian DeHorta didn’t care if the nearly dozen scouts at Saturday night’s championship of the Dicks Sporting Goods Baseball tournament at Littleton Field in Ontario were there to watch Bonita’s Cal-State Fullerton-bound pitcher Justin Garza, who had an 18-game winning streak dating back to 2010.

DeHorta, and the rest of the Huskies had their own point to prove, and they provided it loud and clear.

South Hills jumped on top of Garza early and DeHorta set the pace with a one-hitter over five innings to lead the Huskies to a 2-0 victory in front of a packed house at the 2,500-seat facility that was used in the movie, “A League of Their Own.”

Ty France, named the Easton MVP, pitched the final two innings and combined with DeHorta to throw a two-hit shutout as the Huskies improved to 5-0 while the Bearcats dropped to 4-1 in a battle of early-season unbeatens.

DeHorta has one thing in common with Garza. The junior has given a verbal commitment to Cal State Fullerton.

“Tonight was the DeHorta and France show,” Huskies coach Kevin Smith said. “We knew we had a pretty good pitching staff but somewhere during this tournament the lights came on and we’re very proud of where we’re at. We beat some pretty goods teams over the last two weeks.”

Garza, who suffered his first loss in more than a year, pitched a complete game and gave up six hits. He struckout six and allowed one earned run to fall to 2-1 while DeHorta improved to 3-0.

Not only did the Bearcats struggle to provide runs for Garza, they didn’t help him defensively either.

Bonita’s two errors in the first inning helped South Hills take a 1-0 lead.

South Hills’ Danny Sheehan led off the game with a base hit and moved to third on a throwing error. Anthony Muniz walked to put runners on the corners, but Garza responded by striking out C.J. Saylor and Ty France. But on the strikeout to France, Muniz broke for second but Bonita’s throw to get him was intercepted to get Sheehan breaking for home and was thrown away, allowing Sheehan to score.

South Hills struck again in the second. After Isaiah Gonzales’ two-out double, James Arevalo singled him home to go up, 2-0.

“Anytime you can score early in a big game it puts presaure on the other team,” Bonita’s John Knott said of falling behind. “I thought Justin showed tremendous heart throughout the whole game, he didn’t get rattled by anything that didn’t go his way.

“They had first and third and nobody out in the first inning and he strikes out Saylor and France. You can’t ask for much more out of the kid. We got in this position because of him and it’s unfortunate it (winning streak) had to end, but they got good at-bats off of him and made the plays when they had to. Their pitchers also pitched well and made all the plays, so they were the better team definitely.”

Bonita’s best opportunity came in the fifth after DeHorta gave up back-to-back walks with two outs. But DeHorta struckout Garza on a 3-2 pitch to get out of the inning.

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  • King of Cameron

    Tonights South hills slug feast will be yet another example of Bonitas inability to win the big one! Bearcats havent won a game in the clutch, well,.. since, ever!
    CJ, and Ty are going to erupt tonight and show the way.
    Coach Smith will have the boys ready, besides, we all know Bonita cant beet us, never could!
    Should be a good game though, for the first inning or two!

  • Eric

    What are u talking about?im pretty sure they beat bishop amat last year ahah

  • King of Cameron

    But lost the big one against Beckman! hmm… and you have never beeten us!! and never will…
    See a pattern?

  • Bearcat Fan

    A message to The Queen; Garza is a one man show that cant be stopped, he will be more than enough to keep So. ills scoreless! If you cant score you wont win.

  • L France

    I saw the Bearcats play Wednesday before we played, I give the advantage to to the top of our line up for sure. Ty and C.J. Will drive in pleanty of runs tonight, If the bottom of our line up shows up we win big. I don’t see anything that would make me fear the Bonita top Five!

  • King of Cameron

    Seems the Bonita people like to play the game with their mouths, come game time it’s all Huskies !

  • baseball guy

    In other dicks sporting good tourney action,I was told that senior Nolan Sheridan from alta loma high school threw a no-hitter today in a 2-0 complete game vs paloma valley. Sheridan fanned 9 and issued 3 walks to up his record to 2-0 on the young season. Alta loma finished 4-1 in the tourney. Sheridan is the son of former damien head coach bobby sheridan, who led the spartans to their only cif baseball title in 1997. Good luck to both bonita and south hills in tonights tourney final!

  • former spartan

    great for Nolan! I remember when he was just a little kid running around at damien. Thats awesome. BTW anyone have any updates on the bonita south hills game?

  • sweet

    South hills is winning 3-0

  • Sgv baller

    3-0 .south hills will be number one after this game.amat is 1-4 so they will drop.

  • SGV_dad

    Wow, no runs for Garza. His team has only scored 1 run for him in his last 2 starts. Great game Garza. Keep your head up. You have a bright future ahead of you. Tough crowd tonight and the umpires didnt help.

  • oldguy1

    Congrats SHHS, great game, France may have been game MVP but Danny Sheehan’s lead off single was huge with the throwing error and scoring on the double steal. Rumor has it he had a huge tournament. Garza was outstanding as usual. He has a very bright future. Good luck to both teams as they start league. Remember it’s where you end the season that counts.

  • SGV Fan

    Garza was great last night. No support with bats from Bonita and some errors. Garza is a class act and pitched a great game. Give DeHorta credit. He looked just as good. But give the South Hills bats credit they came out swinging. I wish Smith put stats on Max Preps. Sheehan must have hit 500 on tournament. Stuck around to see SH play against CV and Yucaipa. He is the best lead off in the Valley. He battles every pitcher I’ve seen him face and when you get the first runner of the game on base it sets the tone. South Hills pitching staff looks stronger than I anticipated. Huskies should be number 1.

  • exoutfielder

    thats great for south hills and for the boy that threw the no hitter. nothing better than springtime and hs baseball! good luck to all the boys and teams in league. it was a great tournament!

  • going going gone

    GREAT BEGINNING TO A BASEBALL SEASON. CONGRATS TO ALL THE TEAMS WHO WON THEIR TOURNAMENTS. SOUTH HILLS WIN THE DICK’S SPORTING GOODS, DIAMOND BAR WIN THE DON LUGO TOURNAMENT. GREAT PITCHING FROM MANY TEAMS DE HORTA, GARZA, FRANCE, CHONSKY, ORITY SHERIDAN, OMANA AND MANY MANY MORE.CONGRATS TO ALL OUR BOYS IN THE SGV FOR A GREAT START. BISHOP AMAT, LOS ALTOS TOP IN THE PRESEASON RANKINGS STRUGGLED. KEEP YOUR HEADS UP IT’S A LONG SEASON AND WILL BE IN THE RUNNING AT THE END. GOOD LUCK TO ALL

  • sgv baby

    Great game last night. Great run Mr. Garza on your streak (18). Your name and number of consecutive wins (18) will be there for the rest of all our lives.
    Both starting pitchers Cal St Fullerton bound Garza and DeHorta were great. SH leadoff Sheehan is a stud. My vote for tournament MVP. Wish this game could have gone 9 innings.

  • Socalbaseball fan

    CSF in two years could have a three person starting rotation made up of SGV players. Former DBHS pitcher Kenny Mathews is starting as a freshmen and. Garza should be a starter next year followed by DeHorta the next year.