Video of Bishop Amat’s seventh-inning rally to pull out a 5-4 win over Alemany and interviews with Amat coach Andy Nieto and Adam Alcantara….
By Steve Ramirez
LA PUENTE — Bishop Amat High School, despite its slow start, has held the belief that it’s still a very good baseball team.
The Lancers are beginning to live up to that billing.
Adam Alcantara had the game-tying RBI and Daryl Daniels scored the winning run in the seventh on a throwing error and host Bishop Amat rallied for a 5-4 victory over Alemany in a nonleague game on Wednesday.
The Lancers, who lost four of their first five, scored their second-consecutive win to improve to 3-5. Ruben Cardenas had three hits for Alemany, which slipped to 7-3.
Bishop Amat, after scoring three runs in the sixth to make it 4-3, then tied it at 4 on a single by Christian Moya, a walk to Anthony Walters and a two-out, RBI single by Alcantara. Daniels, who reached on a fielder’s choice, then scored the winning run on a throwing error by shortstop Ryan Alvarez.
Bishop Amat coach Andy Nieto: “When you play the teams we’ve played, the margin for error lessens. You have to play a baseball game as clean as possible and that’s what we were suffering. We weren’t able to finish the fight, finish the game. But these guys rally around each other. They were up, they weren’t going to be front runners. Win or lose, they were going to take their best swings. That’s an Amat trademark.”
Bishop Amat’s Adam Alcantara: “We knew we didn’t want to lose another (close game). You can’t give up. You can’t put your head down when you’re down 4-0. You just have to keep going.”
Alemany coach Randy Thompson: “(Bishop Amat) did a good of battling. (Rene DeLeon) has been our closer. He hadn’t given up a run all year. Yes, their hitters battled to put the ball in play, but we could have prevented those by taking care of the first batter each inning. That’s baseball.”
Wednesday’s Baseball Results
West Covina 3, Diamond Ranch 2, 10 innings (Tuesday’s result)
Diamond Bar 9, Los Altos 1
Bonita 6, Rowland 0
Mission Valley League
South El Monte 10, Rosemead 7
Mountain View 3, Arroyo 2
El Monte 9, Gabrielino 7
Bishop Amat 5, Alemany 4
Diamond Bar jumps on Los Altos: In the new Hacienda League format teams face each other twice in the same week.
Winning on Wednesday doesn’t count more, but it sure makes things a lot easier for Friday’s rematch.
Diamond Bar (7-1,2-1) totaled 10 hits, got a complete-game performance from senior Zeph Walters and took advantage of three Los Altos errors while cruising to a 9-1 win.
“Anytime you can win the opener it’s important,” Brahmas coach Eric Shibley said. “With the change in the league format this year, getting the first win is huge. You don’t want to be guessing and chasing that second game.”