Baseball: San Dimas rolls a six to beat Baldwin Park, 8-2

By Steve Ramirez
It would have been easy for the San Dimas High School baseball team to fold after giving up the lead Tuesday afternoon.
But there’s a reason why the Saints are regarded as one of the top teams in the area, and they showed by scoring six runs in the sixth to score an 8-2 victory over visiting Baldwin Park in a Valle Vista League game.
San Dimas, getting three hits from Elias Orona and two RBIs from Andrew Espinoza, improved to 8-2 overall and 3-0 in league play. The Saints’ also received a solid effort from pitcher Jimmy Lambert, who gave up six hits and struck out six for the complete-game victory.
Baldwin Park, which nearly beat preseason league favorite Nogales last week, slipped to 6-3 and 0-2. Justin Tellez led the Braves with two hits and an RBI.
San Dimas sent 11 guys to the plate and had four consecutive hits with two outs in the sixth, including a RBI double by Logan Murratalla and a RBI single by Josh Avila for the six-run lead. Avila started the barrage with a single. It was followed by a walk to Rick Ramirez. Ryan Cruz then relieved Bernardo Flores and Lambert followed with a RBI single for a 3-2 advantage. Peter Lambert then had a bunt single on a safety squeeze to make it 4-2 before Aaron Torres had a single and Espinoza an RBI groundout to make it 5-2.
San Dimas coach Mike Regan: “I think our guys did in (the sixth) everything we constantly work on. Our guys were pretty resilient today. The team effort was great all the way around. We had some big hits early. Our guys stayed with the approach and hit really, really well.”
Baldwin Park coach Jake Barendregt: “It looked like (Flores) wasn’t being very aggressive with those pitches (in the sixth). It was like he was trying to get them over the strike zone instead of pounding the strike zone. I don’t think he was tired. But there was definitely a difference in his velocity that inning. But San Dimas is a good team. They have some guys who can swing the bats and if you make some mistakes, they’re going to get you.”

Tuesday’s schedule/scores
Sierra League

South Hills 6, Ayala 5
Claremont 8, Charter Oak 6
Damien at Chino Hills, 3:30 p.m.
Valle Vista League
Wilson at Covina, 3:15 p.m.
San Dimas 8, Baldwin Park 2
Northview 6, Pomona 0
Montview League
Azusa at Duarte, 3:15 p.m.
Ganesha at La Puente, 3:15 p.m.
Gladstone at Sierra Vista, 3:15 p.m.
Workman at Bassett, 3:15 p.m.

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  • GP AKA Green Machine

    Keep your eyes on Ayala vs South Hills game today. The winner moves into a tie for first place in the sierra . depending on what happens In the Claremont vs CO game. Well Is Cha Pitching today?

  • Oso Viejo

    It appears that Bonita came from behind with five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat Cypress this past Saturday.

    Why no mention of it here? Had this been a win by one of the blog faves it would have superseded the all-star reports yesterday.

    Come on man, Cypress is one of the top teams in the OC, WAS in the top ten in Division 2, and earlier this month was ranked #1 by Sondheimer. The Bearcats ARE #1 in D3 and ranked in the top ten in this week’s LAT list, (Nogales is #7).

    • GP AKA Green Machine

      La Times Rankings are Favorites of Sodheimer. There will be unranked teams who go really deep in the playoffs. You win one game your ranked, you lose one game your not. How can you really tell. Baseball rankings don’t hold a lot of weight except for pride…Unless Mtown is ranked …:)

      • Oso Viejo

        Yeah those rankings have always been really important . . . at the
        Barber Shop.

        The thing is, Sondheimer’s and the Trib’s ratings are all we have to argue about unless someone posts’ their own. Even MaxPreps, which uses the same Freeman algorithm as Calpreps admits it’s to early to rank teams.

        For my money, the level of competition is the first thing to consider when looking at the W-L. A team like Glendora, with three losses to Kaiser, Redlands East Valley and Los Osos (23-3-1) impresses me more than a squad who has spent the last month working over Azusa and Rowland.

        • GP AKA Green Machine

          Yeah I agree these rankings are all we have. But High School Baseball teams are as good as who’s pitching that day. That’s why you can come from a great league, and have a great ranking, and lose due to how your rotation played out. Extra innings kill teams come playoffs. That’s why I don’t put too much weight on rankings. I look for teams with 2 legit Aces. 3 would be Ideal. That’s just me though.

  • coacher

    South hills wins 9-5