Baseball Playoffs: Glendora, South Hills, San Dimas, Northview all win; Damien loses

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter

SAN DIMAS — If the San Dimas High School baseball team is to have a lengthy stay in the CIF-Southern Section playoffs, the Saints are going to need solid efforts from pitcher Peter Lambert.
The junior showed why Thursday.
Lambert took a perfect game into the seventh inning before finishing with a 1-hit shutout to lead host San Dimas to a 6-0 victory over Grand Terrace in a Division 4 first-round game.
San Dimas, also getting two RBIs from Elias Orona and two hits each from Jonathan Longtin and Michael Starns, improved to 22-6-1 and advanced to face either Granite Hills in Tuesday’s second roun. The site will be determined by coin flip on Friday.
Josh McPherson had the only hit for the Titans, who finished 14-12-1.
San Dimas’ Peter Lambert: “It’s a great win. Obviously, it’s the first round, but it’s a great win and we’re on to the next one. This was really on the defense. They made great plays. I only struck out six, so I put this one on the defense.”

San Dimas coach Mike Regan: “That was a tough one (to give up in the seventh). We always think our guy should have made the play. We did very, very well.”

Grand Terrace coach Mike Reh: “Lambert was excellent today. Obviously, when you’re getting perfect-gamed, it’s extremely difficult to get anything going. His tempo was phenomenal. Sometimes you just have to tip your cap to an outstanding performance.”

CIF-SS Baseball Playoffs
Today’s first-round
Division 2

Glendora 8, Rio Mesa 0
Crescenta Valley 6, Damien 1
South Hills 1, Oxnard 0, 8 innings
Division 4
Northview 5, Fullerton 3
San Dimas 6, Grand Terrace 0
Friday’s first-round
Diamond Bar at West Torrance, 3:15 p.m.
West Covina at Santa Monica, 3:15 p.m.
Elsinore at Bishop Amat, 2:30 p.m.
Cathedral City at Bonita, 3:15 p.m.
Division 5
Linfield Christian at Sierra Vista, 3:15 p.m.
La Puente at Templeton, 3:15 p.m.
St. Bernard at Arroyo, 3:15 p.m.

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  • RR

    Coach Roddy has done a great job at Northview this year. Players like his style of coaching and play all out.

  • Sports watcher

    I am not surprised Damien lost. They shouldn’t have been in the playoffs in the first place. What a joke! Once again, I repeat — the Varsity Squad CANNOT hit the side of a barn. So many talented hitting players never get a chance (even at the lower levels) to play because of the lack of baseball knowledge from Al and Skip. They have their small narrow minds made up on who they perceive are good players who can play at the next level. If this debacle doesn’t speak for what horrible coaches they are, I don’t know what to say! This should speak loud, very very loud! I hope Damien cleans house immediately. At this rate, with coaches like this it’s a waste of time, money and energy to play baseball for such a horrible program. The boys deserve better. Such a great school too. Next year will really be handed to them now that they are in the Baseline League with good baseball programs.

    • HSBaseballFan

      What we can hope for is that the people responsible for shepherding the Damien baseball program take more than a passing notice of all the negatives in play with Leyva as Head Baseball Coach. Leyva spends a lot of time self-aggrandizing at the expense of the young men playing for him. He has been heard to say “…these boys are fortunate to have me as their coach…” I would argue nothing could be further from the truth. Damien will not succeed to the level of a championship team with Leyva at the helm. The Damien baseball program deserves better than having Leyva as the Head Coach.

      • Sports watcher

        This has been a problem since day one with Al and Skip. The schools within a 3 mile radius have gone bon to win league, yet Damien can’t even get into the playoffs without begging for wildcard game. They have the ace Grant Hockin, but he doesn’t have the defense or offense to back him up. I went to the game on Thursday. Errors at SS, 3B and a few others. Same boys making the same errors all season from what I understand. It was hard to watch the Damien boys at the plate. They couldn’t hit to save their lives, yet Al & Skip continue to keep them in the game. Al was out-coached again as usual. He is the laughing stalk in the area. I hear he was “let go” from coaching in Cape Cod. Al needs to stop coaching baseball altogether and continue to ride the skirt tail of his successful wife who BTW is running for State Senate. Its time for Al Leyva to resign and focus on being the stay at home husband where he belongs. The Damien baseball program deserves better as do the boys. Its time for Al to promote himself from boxboy to house husband.

  • SaintsR4real

    Once again, Great job Pedro!! One game at a time Saints, EXECUTE!!