Baseball Quarterfinals: Bonita hangs on for 2-1 win; South Hills pounds Rancho Verde, 10-0; Glendora loses 3-2 heartbreaker in eight innings and Los Altos falls 2-1

Keith Durflinger’s Bonita photo gallery

Bonita matches Paramount’s run in the sixth and pitcher Justin Garza does the rest as Bearcats advance to semifinals

Bonita 2, Paramount 1: Top-seeded Bonita High School hung on and moved into the semifinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 baseball playoffs with a 2-1 win over visiting Paramount on Friday in front of an overflow crowd.

The Bearcats, who lost in the semifinals last year and in the finals in 2010, will play at Gahr, a 15-4 winner over Quartz Hill, on Tuesday.

The Bearcats (29-2) took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning of Friday’s quarterfinal, then got two outstanding defensive plays to give ace Justin Garza his 11th victory of the season.

South Hills’ Ty France belts three doubles with four RBIs in another easy win for the Huskies, but it won’t be that way on Tuesday against powerful Pacifica, who clobbered defending champ Mission Viejo, 17-2

South Hills 10, Rancho Verde 0: The CIF-Southern Section Division 2 baseball playoffs were supposed to be a bunch of grind-it-out, survive-and-advance nail-biters because of the parity and quality of the division.
South Hills didn’t get that memo.
Senior Ty France belted three doubles with four RBIs, including a bases-loaded double in the second that drove in three runs and pitcher Adrian DeHorta did the rest, scattering four hits and going the distance as South Hills easily defeated host Rancho Verde of Moreno Valley 10-0 in the quarterfinals on Friday.

Trabuco Hills 3, Glendora 2: After a thrilling run through the CIF-Southern Section playoffs, the season came to an abrupt end for the Glendora High School baseball team.
Trabuco Hills (18-13) scored the winning run on a passed ball in the eighth inning to defeat the visiting Tartans (18-10), 3-2, in Friday’s Division 2 quarterfinal game.

Beckman 2, Los Altos 1: The Conquerors had Kaprielian on the ropes in the top of the sixth inning with the bases loaded and nobody out, but only scored once in a 2-1 loss to the host Patriots. The Conquerors finished 20-10.

Friday’s Baseball Quarterfinal Results
Division 2
Trabuco Hills 3, Glendora 2 (8 innings)
South Hills 10, Rancho Verde 0
Division 3
Bonita 2, Paramount 1
Beckman 2, Los Altos 1

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  • Word on Cameron

    South hills is away not home

  • sgv

    LA be ready to swing the bats!!!!! Beckmans Ace Kaprielian is headed to UCLA and has thrown 3 no hitters already this year. He threw a shutout his first game of CIF vs El Rancho. Key is to get to him early!!! LA keep swinging the sticks.

  • LA

    Here are the stats from Beckmans Ace since they do not have it up on Maxpreps. Just helping out a SGV squad!!!!!!!!!
    Season Pitching Stats:
    Date Opponent Win Loss IP R ER H BB K NH PG ERA
    Mar-1 Tesoro 1 0 7.00 1 1 2 1 7 0 0 1.00
    Mar-7 Santiago/Corona 0 0 0.33 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.00
    Mar-9 Mater Dei 1 0 7.00 2 2 7 2 12 0 0 2.00
    Mar-20 Woodbridge 0 0 0.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
    Mar-23 Northwood 1 0 6.00 2 2 4 0 4 0 0 2.33
    Mar-30 Irvine 1 0 7.00 1 1 3 0 9 0 0 1.00
    Apr-5 Corona del Mar 1 0 7.00 0 0 2 0 9 0 0 0.00
    Apr-9 La Salle 0 0 1.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
    Apr-17 Woodbridge 1 0 7.00 0 0 0 1 10 0 0 0.00
    Apr-24 Northwood 1 0 7.00 0 0 1 0 11 0 0 0.00
    May-1 University 1 0 7.00 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 0.00
    May-4 University 0 1 2.67 2 2 3 0 2 0 0 5.25
    May-10 Irvine 1 0 4.00 0 0 2 3 6 0 0 0.00
    May-18 El Rancho 1 0 7.00 0 0 2 0 12 0 0 0.00

    ——————————————————————————–

    Pitching Totals: 10 1 70.33 8 8 26 7 92 0 0 0.80

  • Lancelot

    I want to wish all the remaining SGV teams “Good Luck” in their upcoming games. We fell short in Lancerland this season but you guys can still bring home the Hardware for the SGV!!! Go get’em Glendora, Bonita, South Hills and Los Altos!!!!

  • Bonita

    rain out would be good for bonita since garza threw 3 innings yesterday. i dont think he threw too many pitches, but extra rest would be helpful.

  • Fan of A Bearcat

    Ummm, let’s hope for no rain out please. Bonita has prom on Saturday so unless they play early in the day, that would be kinda a bummer!

  • hmmm

    hmmmm….CIF championship / prom….which one to choose. I kid…i am sure they would play early in the day.

  • Bo Hi

    Tyler Heslop for Bonita will not be playing today. Collided with another teammate and spent the night in the ER. He’s on crutches right now, poor kid. He was playing so well too.

  • sgv scouting

    FJ – Rancho Verde is in Moreno Valley and ALWAYS has D-1 college football prospects. A great sports program deep in the heart of the IE!

  • AMAT 73

    Good luck to the remaining SGV teams playing today . Bring home the W’s.

  • Lancelot

    Fred, is there a time table for releasing of league awards? Or does it go by when the league is eliminated from play? I see the Mission League has already completed their process. I think that voting for CIF awards is until June 1st?

  • baseball fan

    To answer your question about whether Los Altos and Bonita can meet in final. NO freaking way. Sorry, but the Beckman ace is special…He is Garza like and Los Altos does not stand a chance. Just keeping it real.

  • AMAT 73

    baseball fan,
    Yea right and many thought we would beat Monrovia . Anything can happen during the playoffs . Now that’s keeping it real .

  • Steve Ramirez

    Baseball fan, have to agree with Amat 73 here, anything can happen in a baseball game. I can remember covering Charter Oak in the first round with Chuckie Tiffany on the hill, and he was as good as it gets in the area in the past decade. He pitched a 3-hitter, with 14 ks and the Chargers lost, something like 4-1 on a couple of errors. Plus, if Beckman’s ace is so good, why is going to UCLA and not Cal State Fullerton? What university has had better baseball success over the years? Hmm…

  • Bruinfan

    Why is he going to ucla over Fullerton? Maybe because ucla is better academically, maybe because it’s a better area. Also Cole, Bauer, Rasmussen, Giolito, Freid, Plutko. That’s a list of recent starting pitchers and recent signees from ucla. Seems there pitching coach has some knowledge.

    P.s ucla beat Fullerton twice this year

    GO BRUINS!!!

  • Cats09

    Any updates on the bonita vs paramount game?? los altos vs beckman game??

  • Sgv baller

    @bruin fan.lucas gialoto and max fried are expected to go early first round. So I don’t see them going to ucla.

  • Steve Ramirez

    UCLA has zero College World Series titles to Fullerton’s four, and Fullerton has the longest current streak of consecutive trips to the regionals – 20 and counting. As NCAA.com recently said, ‘Titans of the game.’ http://www.ncaa.com/interactives/cal-state-fullerton
    P.S.: Any one who truly understands college baseball, mid-week games are no measuring stick unless you are comparing your No. 4 and 5 starters. It’s why rarely to mid-week wins, or losses, are reflected in rankings, RPI and by the NCAA committee. When it comes to college baseball, Fullerton is still the top program on the West Coast. Ask Garza.

  • Aaron

    Are you really calling out a kid for attending UCLA which is a top baseball program…now if you were talking about a kid going to USC over Fullerton I could understand completely. Fullerton draws top recruits no doubt, but not nearly as much as UCLA has been of late.

  • BONITA

    major props to Paramount today. They battled from the first pitch to the last and almost pulled off the upset. Bigger props to Thomas Castro for the clutch game winning hit and the biggest props to Garza Obviously tired, pitching on 2 days rest, he had to dig real deep to get out of 6th and 7th inning jams. D came up big throwing 2 runners out at plate. Best game I have seen in a long time.

  • SGV Fan

    Thank you Steve Ramierez for the accolades. In addition here are some CSUF TRADITIONs OF EXCELLENCE

    Justin Garza the Titan Alumni welcome you!!!!!

    0 Losing seasons in 35 years at the Div. I level
    3 Golden Spikes Award winners
    4 National championships
    5 College World Series Most Outstanding Players
    5 United States Olympians
    6 National Players of the Year
    7 National Coach of the Year Awards
    12 First-round draft picks
    14 Consecutive years with at least one All-American/All-Ameircan pitcher
    16 College World Series appearances
    20 Current consecutive postseason berths
    23 US National Team members
    25 Division I conference championships
    33 NCAA Regional Appearances
    51 Former Titans to have played in the major leagues
    93 All-Americans

  • Oldguy1

    Been out of commission for awhile, good to see the Huskies and Bearcats advance. Although wishing we could have pulled off the upset with Los Altos. Haven’t made it to the last couple games, good to read about France. Good lucknTuesday

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/sgvfootball Aram

    Listen up y’all (you included, Stevie R.)

    Beckman’s pitcher, James Kaprielian (a fellow Armo?) ended EVERY inning on a strikeout. That’s right, the final out of ALL SEVEN INNINGS for Los Altos was a strikeout.

    I’ve NEVER seen that before. That guy is fantastic. And if he somehow goes against Garza in the finals, that would be an epic duel.

  • Fred Robledo

    Question is Aram, what will Bonita and Beckman do on Tuesday, they’re both on the road. It’s a new week, do you throw those guys on three days rest, or save them in hopes you get to Dodger Stadium? I was sitting at the South Hills game and talked to Jim Bastion, the former legendary Huskies coach about that very thing, he said you never save your pitcher, you get to the next round and worry about it later. It’s always the toughest call coaches have to make, but I agree with him, do what you have to do to get to Dodger Stadium and worry about the pitching match-up later. But you’re right, would love to see those to go at it.

  • Valley baseball

    Bonita vs gahr and south hills vs Pacifica . Both teams that Amat faced and beat. Both teams should be able to win.

  • FYI

    Bonitas JUSTIN GARZA justifiably gets a lot of credit for his pitching and todays game against the Paramount Pirates was no exception. He gave up only one run despite being up in the strike zone a lot of the game. But in todays game, he also gets credit for more; he gets credit for being a smart base runner too.

    In the 6th inning, with the scored tied at 1-1, SS Justin Row popped out. Garza, batting second in the order, then hit a sharp ground ball, but directly to the Paramount 2nd baseman. He bobbled the ball and Garza, hustling down the line, was safe without a throw. Then Garza executed a perfect delayed steal, or just a heads up play, and raced to 2nd base as the Pirates were not paying attention. Garza getting to 2nd set up what came next; Thomas Castro lining a shin-high fastball over the shortstops head to plate the huge, go ahead run, and what ultimately became the winning run. Garza then pitched the ninth & earned a big victory for the Bearcats.

    True, Garza is one of the best high school pitchers in all of SoCal. But he is more. He is a competitor and he will try to beat you any way he can including, as he did today, with his wheels. Of course, Castros continued clutch hitting was big today for the Bearcats, but without the pure hustle of Garza, it would have just been a nice single to left center.

    Bonita had luck on their side today. There were three batters thrown out at first base by the Bonita right fielder. Thats right THREE TIMES a batter singled to right only to head back to the dugout on a 9-3 putout because of the wise positioning of his players by Bonita Coach John Knott. Also, with Paramount runners on second & third, just as Garzas was about to deliver to the plate, shortstop Justin Row and 2nd baseman Woody Reyes suddenly got the word to play in on the grass to cut off the tying run at the plate. Just as Row reached the grass, Garzas pitch was slapped directly to him and Row easily made the pick up and a nice throw to the plate to cutoff the would-be, tying run.

    To win a championship, it takes more than talent sometimes. It also can be helped along by a couple of small plays that, upon review, were actually huge plays. Garza, Row, Castro, the Bonita right fielder (sorry I dont know his name) and yes, Coach Knott, deserve a little extra credit for making plays or decisions that might not show up in a box score. Who knows what the future holds for the Bearcats next week, but theres one thing their opponents should know; the Bearcats can create runs, they play very well together and they make a lot of their own luck.

    Congrats, Bearcats and Coaches Knott, Newell & Cates.

  • Don

    Nice work there FYI. Your comments about Knott, Dave Cates and Mitch are spot on. I cannot think of a better teaching coach (and staff) in the valley right now and that includes Dan Henley and a couple other graybeards. And OH MY, can you imagine THREE 9-3 put outs in a game? There are OF’s who don’t get three assists in a season. I think the kid in Right was Willard but he needs acknowledgment.

    Props too, to the Paramount Team who played some swell defense and their Pitcher Catcher combo who were obviously ready for a big game. Talked to a couple of Pirate parents on the way out and the were all class. OH YEAH, I almost forgot . . . sprinkles on his ice cream tonight for Catcher Jacob Blunt for his TWO saves at the plate and an extra scoop for Nolan Henley who is revving up his O just at the right time.

  • Steve Ramirez

    I have Aram. His name was Chuckie Tiffany, arguably the area’s best pitcher over the past decade and who I saw strike out 18 in a 9-inning tournament game and 14 in the playoffs his senior year. And Fred,while I agree with Jim Bastion, who I respecta ton, it depends on what your staff is made up. If your staff includes a No. 2 – like say Jacob Cage of Glendora a few years ago – then you with him. The beauty of the 2002 Bishop Amat that won a mythical national title was that they beat three pitchers in the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals who were drafted in the first round of the MLB Draft that season. One who I think you’ve heard of – Ian Kennedy, who was Cy Young runner-up last year. Adam Simon vs. Kennedy was epic, and this one might be too.

  • Jose offerman

    It should also be noted that along w/ the 3 shutouts and an ERA under 1.00 against much tougher OC competition..Kaprielian beat Mater Dei (#2 in state, #11 nationally) striking out 12. Garza is a great pitcher..but he doesn’t have a game like that on his resume.

  • fan

    Fred, doubt Bonita throws Garza. He threw 10 innings this week and that right arm probably needs some rest.

  • Fred J

    Fan and Stevie, after reading the Bonita story I tend to agree with u both, with garza goin 10 innings last week and tiring Friday, maybe u don’t start him Tuesday, The Cats do have a more than capable staff .. Still a tough call, glad I’m not coach Knott

  • Conq ’76

    Great season Conq’s, battling until the end, way to go out with your heads held high!

  • SHFan

    Go Huskies- 3 games 3 different starters, great job Mc Kelvey, France n De Horta. Have righty or lefty option going against a very tough Pacifica.

    Good luck to Bonita, Monrovia, and South Hills in the semis. Rooting for multiple champs in the SGV.

  • Paper Trail

    To chime in on the UCLA vs Fullerton deal, Come on now, let me see….UCLA degree vs a Cal State Fullerton degree? UCLA Alumni assoc or Fullrton alumni assoc? Ahhhhhhh, GO BRUINS!!!!
    reality is despite how good alot of these athletes are, very few will make the show. After that you need to make the dough and a UCLA degree will go a lot farther than a Fullerton degree. Just remember one day the spot light fades and for most it’s all too soon.

  • beautyschooldropoutimnot

    paper trail
    whatever prestigious alumni association you’re a part of obviously forgot to teach you any class — what an idiot you are, way to try to discourage kids to achieve a higher education, luckily more are brighter than you and whether they go to stanford, yale, harvard, ucla, mt sac, citrus or university of phoenix online at least they aren’t settling on making a career at making stupid comments on a prep blog for gosh sakes. Get a life.

  • Paper Trail

    Obviously you were a drop out of some sort. No where in my post did I say Don’t go to college or don’t go to Fullerton. “IF” they are lucky enough to have THE CHOICE, I think they should be Bruins TOO! And FYI, I can lobby for my Alma Mater if I so choose and you (beauty school superstar) can continue to do “weaves” to make your double wide payment if so choose. Try a little comprehension or if you’re going to continue to make stuff up, try not to let your own ignorance creep into your rhetort, because you come off like a jack ass, Jack Ass. FURTHERMORE, whether you like it or not, sports end….so get the best education you can.

  • http://rgd2626 rgd2626

    Aram- I think Beckman has the better pitcher but Bonita has the better overall team. What do you think?

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/sgvfootball Aram

    I think it’s hard to split the pitchers. Both are fantastic. Therefore, it really doesn’t matter who has the better lineup because they’re both gonna have to scrap for whatever they get.

    I wasn’t impressed with Beckman’s hitting and their defense (five errors) isn’t championship caliber.

    I would give Bonita the edge (if they play).

  • Fred Robledo

    I think Bonita better worry about Gahr and Beckman the same with Alhambra, both are on the road and may not have their aces throwing ..

  • You have no idea

    Paper trail you have no idea what you are talking about. Made my first million before I was 30 on my CSUF degree so dont tell me UCLA > CSUF! My CSUF degree then got me into Harvard Business school and the rest has been history since. I now have several UCLA guys working for me! Life is what you make of it so park your wanna-be pretentious attitude and go back to being the Mall Cop that you probably are in real life.

  • fan

    Fred, your are tight. It would not at all be surprising to see a Gahr / Alhambra final. Beckman can’t hit and the Gahr ace pitcher only went 3 innings on Friday so he is available. Gahr is a very dangerous team.

  • wait…what?

    WAIT! Gahr? They’re still playing? They were beaten by Amat from that lowly D4 division! I thought they played a weak schedule and D3 was SO much tougher. WHAT? Pacifica beat Mission Viejo 17-2? They’re in the semis against South Hillls in D2? They lost to Bishop Amat too! It can’t be!
    This only shows that in baseball, more so than football which requires more depth, good teams can beat other good teams regardless of division. Amat found that out when Monrovia dropped them.
    We can only hope Bonita and South Hills are that team this week.

  • Don

    Wait . . . what

    When Amat beat Gahr they faced a Freshman, then Gahr’s #7 and #8 throwers, all guys unlikely to be pitching much this time of the year. Winning the Elks Tournament DOES take depth, something that should be obvious to both the Glads and the Lancers.

    Kids still throwing at the end of May are the top two, sometimes three of the rotation and like Jimmy Bastion said, you go with the best you have if he’s ready.

  • Paper Trail

    “Sure you did (first Mill)” and “Yeah, you do (UCLA workers).”

    That’s all great and congratulations….you’re a Blog Big Wig!!!! You have accomplished much and you make LOTS of money. BTW, you’re a professed millionaire who trolls the SGVTribune Blogs??? Well,well,well, aren’t we lucky?

    Well, I’m not about to be outdone in the Blopsphere, sooooooooo……I’m a MULTI-Millionaire and I have hundreds of workers from a variety of colleges working for me! But don’t worry, you can still be the Big Honcho.

    Again, for those of you playing along at home……Education is the “Key” children.

    And, hopefully, after you boys and girls become millionaires in your own rights, you’ll find better things to do with your time than pissing at people on the Blogs, Haa,Haaa,Haaaaaa!

  • so cal MBA

    To the person that said he went to CSF and entered Harvard Business School and made a million by 30 that story is highly unlikely. First the average age entering HBS is 27 and the acceptance rate is 12%. The chances of getting into HBS from CSF is slim and none. Plus the average salary in the first few years out of HBS is around 100K.

  • JMO

    Congrats Fred, didn’t know you had so many millionaires bumping around your blog. Yu da man.

  • Fred Robledo

    JMO, sucks that I’m not one of them :) … No matter what school you attend you’re foolish if you think a degree — no matter where you get it — will automatically get you the job or payday of your dreams. It’s what you do while in college — making contacts, doing internships, etc, etc, that pave the way for future success. At the end of the day, the ones that are passionate and hustle in whatever profession they pursue are the ones that are most successful later in life.

  • Rise of the big boys

    @Steve Ramirez
    UCLA ranked #3 in NCAA – Fullerton Ranked #20
    PAC12 with 5 teams in CWS – Big West only 1 team.
    If you were a top player in So. Cal. today, do you want to play in a top conference like the PAC12 or in a soft conference like the Big West? With more and more top baseball prospects choosing college rather then the minor leagues, the competition level in college is more important than it has ever been. I would look for the Fullerton program to fall off in coming years with Az, Az st, UCLA, and Stanford getting the bulk of the top recruits from So. Cal. in the future.

  • In the Land of the Blind the One Newspaper Fish Bowl is King, LOL

    Fred couldn’t agree with you more. In fact here’s a breakdown of our very own blog masters.

    Fred Robledo Cal Sate Fullerton
    Steve Ramirez Cal State Fullerton
    Miguel Melendez Cal Sate Fullerton
    Aram Tolegian Temple City High School?

    Maybe I’m missing something but isn’t Aram the top dog at the Tribune? This says one of two things, the Tribune sucks and can’t hire qualified young talented Journalists coming out of the best universities in the country or two the best aren’t coming to the Tribune looking to make their mark. Either way when The Tribune uses blog hits as the measuring stick for success you know you’re in trouble.

    The other thing it might say is the Tribune got lazy knowing they are the only game in town. Paper Tail and Mr. $$$$$bags bring up a great point, competition creates excellence. Just look at the way Aram bags on the Mid Valley “Snooze”? Luckily for the Tribune the best Preps writers in the business are working elsewhere.

    When you’re the only game in town it’s easy buy into the “Best” BS.

  • In the Land of the Blind the One Newspaper Fish Bowl is King, LOL

    Fred couldn’t agree with you more. In fact here’s a breakdown of our very own blog masters.

    Fred Robledo Cal Sate Fullerton
    Steve Ramirez Cal State Fullerton
    Miguel Melendez Cal Sate Fullerton
    Aram Tolegian Temple City High School?

    Maybe I’m missing something but isn’t Aram the top dog at the Tribune? This says one of two things, the Tribune sucks and can’t hire qualified young talented Journalists coming out of the best universities in the country or two the best aren’t coming to the Tribune looking to make their mark. Either way when The Tribune uses blog hits as the measuring stick for success you know you’re in trouble.

    The other thing it might say is the Tribune got lazy knowing they are the only game in town. Paper Tail and Mr. $$$$$bags bring up a great point, competition creates excellence. Just look at the way Aram bags on the Mid Valley “Snooze”? Luckily for the Tribune the best Preps writers in the business are working elsewhere.

    When you’re the only game in town it’s easy buy into the “Best” BS.

  • In the Land of the Blind the One Newspaper Fish Bowl is King, LOL

    Fred couldn’t agree with you more. In fact here’s a breakdown of our very own blog masters.

    Fred Robledo Cal Sate Fullerton
    Steve Ramirez Cal State Fullerton
    Miguel Melendez Cal Sate Fullerton
    Aram Tolegian Temple City High School?

    Maybe I’m missing something but isn’t Aram the top dog at the Tribune? This says one of two things, the Tribune sucks and can’t hire qualified young talented Journalists coming out of the best universities in the country or two the best aren’t coming to the Tribune looking to make their mark. Either way when The Tribune uses blog hits as the measuring stick for success you know you’re in trouble.

    The other thing it might say is the Tribune got lazy knowing they are the only game in town. Paper Tail and Mr. $$$$$bags bring up a great point, competition creates excellence. Just look at the way Aram bags on the Mid Valley “Snooze”? Luckily for the Tribune the best Preps writers in the business are working elsewhere.

    When you’re the only game in town it’s easy buy into the “Best” BS.

  • socalbaseball fan

    Big West will be improved with the addition of SDSU and Hawaii. CSF will remain strong in the near future as they recruit hard in the SGV and OC along with a few players from nor-cal and san diego. Graduation rates for college baseball players are very low nationwide. CSF plays one of the toughest non-conference schedule in the country to offset the weak league teams. UCLA received a #2 seed in the NCAA tournament and should have an easy road to Omaha. CSF will have to travel to Oregon and meet former coach George Horton.
    Former brahma star freshmen lhp Kenny Matthews won the league title for CSF beating CSLB 4-1 going 8 innings with one unearned run.

  • Steve Ramirez

    Fullerton is still the top program. You can’t basis on anyone year. Last year, Fullerton was ranked higher, and then both lost out in the regionals. I’m still trying to figure out how UCLA had two pitchers who went in the top 10 in the draft, and lost in the regionals. I guess that’s baseball. But Fullerton is still a top program. The record or the past 25 years says it all. Best baseball program on the West Coast, and they have a coach Rick Vanderhook, who helped build the program, who also spent a time at UCLA, which is probably the top up-and-coming program over the last five years, considering where it was the previous 20. Arizona State has a new coach, so that’s going to take time to build if he ever can with UCLA and Fullerton already entrenched in SoCal. Andy Lopez is in consistent at Arizona, but they are in the running every few years. Fullerton continues to win, and as long as they do, they’ll be right there. Continued success is what allows for a program to thrive.

  • Running with the Pac

    Steve, your very naive if you think Fullerton has any chance of hanging with the Pac12 teams in the near future. The money that is rolling into the Pac12 Athletic Departments will bury all of the little guys in the Big West. The football contract that the Pac12 signed with Fox recently is allowing these schools to raise all of their non revenue sports to levels that schools like Fullerton can’t even dream of doing. A great example of what money can do for your baseball program is Oregon who just started up their baseball program a couple of years ago and already is a top 10 team in the country.

  • Steve Ramirez

    Money has nothing to do with. Fullerton has never had any money, yet has four more national titles than UCLA and since 1984, three more than USC and more than most of the Schools in the SEC and Big 12. It’s all about recruiting, and the key in recruiting is people, not money. Now that money can allow the Pac-11 boys (Colorado doesn’t have a baseball program) to hire an already successful coach at a smaller program, but in the end success or failure is all about recruiting and Fullerton does a good job of passing it on to its assistants. Augie Garrido said one of the reasons he left for Texas was because he thought it was time for George Horton to become a head coach and was the obvious guy to succeed him at Fullerton. Horton, now at Oregon, then passed it on to Dave Serrano, now at Tennessee, and now Vanderhook, who is back at Fullerton after helping build up UCLA. Fullerton has strong ties within SoCal, including the SGV, and I don’t see that being discontinued. Now what would kill the program, as you say, would be if the NCAA did away with the partial scholarship that the small programs, like Fullerton, were built on. But it would also hurt some of the big public schools like UCLA, Texas and LSU, and make it easier for the privates like USC and Stanford to compete. At last check, there doesn’t seem to be enough votes to change the rule.

  • SGV Fan

    Thats right fellow bloggers, Fred’s blog does attract the attention of millionaires and business owners in the SGV! Keep up the great work, for some of you who hate, some of us are CSUF Alumn! For the young and ambitious that read this blog, Fred said it perfectly; its not the pedigree, its the hustle, chances, calculated risk and entirely up to the individual. Remember this is America and anyone has a shot at greatness. Take that shot, ignore the naysayers and be true to yourselves.