Bishop Amat softball gets huge 5-3 win over nationally ranked Corona Santiago

Bishop Amat softball (11-2), winners of 10 straight and ranked 17th in the state and 37th nationally by Maxpreps, knocked off Corona Santiago (13-2) 5-3 on Wednesday. Santiago is ranked third in the state and fourth nationally by Maxpreps. Watch highlights and interviews with Lexi Gonzalez, Amanda Sanchez, Sabrina Anguiano and coach Jesse Mendez.

By Steve Ramirez
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LA PUENTE –
Bishop Amat High School, after outscoring its previous three opponents, 26-0, was in need of a challenge.
The Lancers got it Wednesday and showed it belongs with the top teams in the CIF-Southern Section.
Alexis Gonzalez and Amanda Sanchez each had RBIs during a three-run sixth inning to lead host Amat to a 5-3 victory over nationally-ranked Corona Santiago in a nonleague game.
Sabrina Anguiano was steady in the circle, giving up seven hits with five strikeouts for the Lancers, who improved to 11-2 overall.
The Sharks, ranked No. 3 in the state and No. 12 nationally by MaxPreps.com, slipped to 14-2.
Bishop Amat, after Santiago took a 3-2 lead on a RBI double by Marissa Varrati in the top of the sixth, countered with three runs in its half of the inning. Alyssa Barerra started the winning rally with a bunt single and advanced on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Eryn Sustayta. Gonzalez, after falling behind in the count, tied it at 3 with a single to right field. Sanchez, who had an RBI single in the fourth, then grounded a single past the drawn-in infield to score Sustayta for a 4-3 lead. Victoria Saucedo’s hit an RBI single to push it to 5-3.
Bishop Amat coach Jesse Mendez: This was a major challenge by a great team. There’s a couple of teams in our league that push us. St. Joseph and St. Paul are no walkovers, and Santiago is a powerhouse team. Their coach told me they put in five hours of practice preparing for us, and we put in some time, too. It paid off.”
Alexis Gonzalez: “This just proves that we can hang and we have it. We give it our best, no matter what. We’re solid one through nine and know we can get a hit when we need it.”
Amanda Sanchez: “Honestly, we just had to find our pitch. We had to lay off the rise ball. That’s what we did and came back. BaseballWe showed a lot of heart, one through nine. Everyone stepped up.”
Today’s Baseball schedule/scores
Hacienda League

Diamond Ranch at Bonita, 3:15 p.m.
Walnut at Los Altos, 3:15 p.m.
Baseline League
Upland 3, Glendora 1
Mission Valley League
Arroyo at Rosemead, 3:15 p.m.
South El Monte at Gabrielino, 3:15 p.m.
Mountain View at El Monte, 3:15 p.m.

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  • Softball Guru

    So much for the doubters, Amat earns a big win. Gonzalez, Sanchez and Saucedo come up with big hits.

  • TheCloser

    Good W, these battles will prepare them for playoffs and a run at a CIF title.

  • Get Real

    The Santiago pitcher was pitching a no hitter. She’s the real deal. In the late innings the young Amat hitters went to their short game and it paid off. The Amat core hitters came up big to drive them in. When you play “those” teams, pitching has to keep you in the game and then let your hitters and defense come alive. Amat’s right fielder goes into the gap to keep hitters to singles instead of doubles. Amat’s shortstop makes it look so easy and is deadly with her throws. Amat’s pitcher can field her position. If you are going to battle at any level, you need to play on both sides of the line. Most SGV highs schools can’t. One pitcher and some hitters and it’s comical to watch them play defense. In the SGV defense is so underrated.

    • Softball Guru

      Agree, 1-9 in the line-up can hurt you, no weakness. The outfield is fast and talented. The catcher (Gonzalez) and shortstop (Saucedo) are the best in the valley at their position, hands down. Their pitcher (Anguiano) is confident on the mound and trusts her defense allowing her to make quality pitches. Sanchez is deadly and smart at the plate, who would want to pitch to her?

      • TheCloser

        Yes, Amanda Sanchez is the best hitting outfielder in the valley and leads the team in every major hitting category.