Bishop Amat senior pitcher Andrew Eppenbach had just finished one of his best games of the season, earning a complete-game 7-3 victory over Bishop Montgomery on April 11, allowing just two hits while not allowing an earned run.
About an hour later, his father Jim Eppenbach pulled into their home driveway and immediately knew something was wrong.
When Jim arrived home, one car was missing.
“It was so frightening,” Jim Eppenbach said. “I get home and my wife’s standing on the porch with the phone in her hand and a look on her face. I said ‘oh my God.’ You get that total sinking feeling that something’s gone horribly wrong.”
According to Jim, Andrew was driving home on Cameron Ave., in West Covina when a driver on a cell phone turned in front of Andrew and the crashed nearly head on, steering Andrew’s Ford Explorer into a lightpost.
Fortunately, Andrew walked away with only a stiff neck, sore back and a concussion.
Eppenbach, who signed a national letter of intent to attend San Diego State, has been forced to miss a few games since. But that’s the good news.
“It could have been a lot worse, the car was totalled,” Jim said. “You’re just so thankful he’s OK and that he will fully recover from this but it was scary. For any parent, these are your worst types of fears.”