Baseball: West Covina with the rally of all rallies to beat Diamond Bar 9-8 in eight innings

Trailing 6-0 in the sixth and with Diamond Bar pitcher Henry Omana cruising with a one-hit shutout, the Bulldogs scored eight runs in the sixth to take the lead, and win it in extra innings on a bases-loaded walk, 9-8.

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By Fred J. Robledo
West Covina High School baseball coach Drew Lorenger gave the old, “our kids never stopped believing,” explanation after a wild come-from-behind win, but how else could he explain it?

With Diamond Bar senior pitcher Henry Omana returning after breaking his foot two weeks ago and throwing a one-hit shutout through five innings with ten strikeouts, the Bulldogs looked totally deflated, especially after the Brahmas appeared to break it open with four runs in the sixth to go up 6-0.

But the Bulldogs chipped away and eventually knocked out Omana in the bottom half of the sixth and by the time the marathon inning was over, eight runs had crossed to give the Bulldogs an improbable two-run lead.

After the Brahmas rallied to tie it in the seventh with a pair of runs, the Bulldogs won it in the eighth inning after Brahmas pitcher Michael Pachuca walked Aaron Salgado with the bases loaded to force in D.J. Larios for the game-winning run and a 9-8 Bulldogs victory.

West Covina (8-10, 5-2) moved into sole possession of second in the Hacienda League with the win over the CIF-Southern Section Division 3s fourth-ranked Brahmas (12-5-2, 4-3). (To continue click thread)

Just last week West Covina beat Los Altos 7-1, a team that is a half game back of the Bulldogs for second place at 12-7 and 4-2.

Of course everyone is chasing top-ranked Bonita (19-1, 7-0), but Lorenger likes the big steps his Bulldogs have taken to stay in the title hunt and playoff chase.

“We’ve had a super tough schedule all year,” Lorenger said. “Every loss we’ve played the good teams really tough. Last week beating Los Altos was step one, and this was step two. I can’t tell you how big this is for our confidence.”

Omana left the game in the sixth after giving up back-to-back singles, hitting a batter and walking another. He exited with a 6-1 lead and the bases loaded and no outs.

In what Lorenger playfully described as their “bases loaded” offense, the Bulldogs chipped away with five more runs to tie the score without hitting the ball out of the infield.
The Bulldogs tied the game, 6-6, on two infield singles, a ground-out, error and a walk.
David Garcia kept the rally going by singling to right to drive in Andrew Berni for the go-ahead run and Michael Najera singled in Larios for an 8-6 lead.

Brahmas coach Eric Shibley just shook his head.

“Crazier things have happened,” Shibley said. “But this was pretty wild. That’s two games in a row we’ve come into the sixth with a lead and blown it, and for what it’s worth, you have to give credit to the other team.

“But let’s be honest, three or four balls don’t get out of the infield and they end up scoring five runs? They put the ball in play and did what they had to do, but I certainly wouldn’t bet on that happening again, but it happened.”

Diamond Bar’s Zeph Walters two-run double scored Tommy Delgadillo and Taylor Cavazos in the seventh to send it to extra innings, 8-8, but the Bulldogs closed it out in the eighth by loading the bases and drawing the walk to bring in the winning run.

“We’ve been telling our kids all year even when we were losing games that they’re good,” Lorenger said. “Sometimes you need wins like this to believe it. You can talk about it all you want, but eventually you have to win these games and today was a big one against a very good pitcher.”

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  • sgv baby

    OMANA on one foot. Got to give it up to the young man. What a tuff kid!

  • robledohater1

    Only 3 earned runs off the one footed Omana. DB bullpen blows second straight victory. Shibley pulls starter too soon for the second time this week and pays the price again. When will this guy learn?

  • COChargerfan

    sgv baby, youre kind of a joke with your post OMANA on one foot. Got to give it up to the young man. What a tuff kid!
    The foots not broken, he was afraid to pitch to Bonita so he came up with this lame excuse! Hes a cry baby!
    Infact, the whole team is a weak ass joke!

  • baseball

    That hot start DBar got off to was a joke with the competition they were playing. The real DBar is starting to show noe that they are playing decent squads. Looks like coach scheduled some cup cakes early on and is paying the price now. DBar will be lucky to make the playoffs.

  • SGV

    Some old Story at DBar. How long will DBar put up with this mess. Wonder why they have new coaches every year?????

  • Wow!

    Wesco ball is decent. Thanks Baseball! A distant second is nice for a change.

  • AMAT 73

    Wow , real nice post there about Omana. Since when are you a DR. and when did you see the x-rays or is Fred lying about the broken foot ??? .Your truely are a classless ass .

  • COChargerfan

    I put Ruiz in the same pussified boat as Omana, both came uo with lame excuses! Hes a cry baby too!
    Nice job at Amat this baseball season! L.O.L boy!

  • prime

    What a MAGGOT!!!!! CO YOU ARE AN ABSOLUTE BAG OF cpap. WOW… Seems we all have respect for the kids in our community. Would it be fair for someone to come on here and say negative things about T. Santiago because of your stupid ass. We all know his are is hurt but no one is on here bashing the kid from co. You make all CO people look like the lowest “MAGGOTS on earth”

  • prime

    Omana and Rio are good kids and represent the community. May I add THEY ARE STUDS

  • COChargerfan

    We are the class of the San Gabriel valley area and always have been, everyone knows it! No doubt Omana and Rio are good kids, but that dosen’t make the tough, they’re coaches and parents are full of excuses. We make no excuses here, just produce winners , always have,always will!
    Pitching on a broken foot, you’re the MAGGOT without a brain or any common sence!

  • co

    Cofan sounds like a coach from last years freshman team that got fired for tellinga parent to f@ck off. He is also a suspected child molester from hollenbeck

  • Ball fan

    When are the DB parents and Alum going to realize that your coach, coaches his way out of the playoffs every year!

  • sgv baby

    Holly Smokes COguy. Looked up both Rio and Omana on Max preps. Omana has not had an at bat or played since his injury. Scared crybaby ??? I don’t think so. I Read articles in the Tribune and LA times about both kids . Why would The Trib or LA Times wright a story about a kid if it were not true. Incredible to think there are people like yourself trashing two young men. All the fine young talent boy or girls deserve praise. INCREDIBLE. To both Omana and Ruiz get well and what a performance by Omana on 1 foot. Great win for WCo

  • COChargerfan

    sgv baby, now youve got Omana pitching on one foot and the La Times and the Trib. as the Gospel for unbiased truthful journalism? What rock are you living under? I think its safe to say both kids have been overhyped for years especially the Ruiz kid and the whole Amat gang!
    Now youre just sounding retarded!

  • Don

    Hey COChargerfan, here’s a new guy for Freddie to fixate on: CO’s Freshman third baseman Nick Hernandez. Two doubles against Ayala yesterday, one driving in the Charger’s first run. Double number two started the bottom of the 7th rally that finished with two intentional walks and a Bulldog miscue which allowed the pinch runner to score. Nice play in the field too, Hernandez is the real deal.

  • sgv baby

    CoCfan, ok you win. You are absolutely correct. Lots of luck to your Chargers in the playoffs.