Quarterfinals: Christian Moya’s 3-run homer lifts Bishop Amat to 5-2 victory; Northview, San Dimas, Sierra Vista lose

By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
Most teams might have folded. But Bishop Amat High School just pushed back, and now the Lancers are closing in another CIF-Southern Section baseball title.
Nicholas Valdez had the tying double and Christian Moya slugged a three-run home run in a five-run sixth inning and Bishop Amat rallied for a 5-2 victory over host Quartz Hill Friday in a Division 3 quarterfinal game.
The Lancers, getting five strong innings on the mound from Alex Garcia, improved to 19-11 and will host either Redondo in Tuesday’s semifinals.
Quartz Hill, which got a two-run double from Josh Van Dorp, finished 21-10.
instead of going quietly, the Lancers first got even, then took the lead in the sixth.
Left fielder Sergio Robles doubled to put runners on second and third with no outs. Valdez then followed with a two-run double on a line drive to center field to tie it at 2, which chased Rebels’ No. 1 pitcher Jonathan Teaney.
Moya then promptly created reliever Jake Keily with a three-run homer to center field for a 5-2 lead.
Bishop Amat’s Christian Moya: “We were bummed out (after Quartz Hill took the lead). But we just kept fighting. We put at-bats together, rallied, got (the lead) back. “I was just waiting for a good pitch to hit. It was a clutch situation, had the right mind-set going in, made sure I got a good swing at the ball and smoked it.”

Bishop Amat coach Andy Nieto: “These guys are so resilient. They’ve been through a lot. We knew they (the Amat hitters) would be surprised, we just had to make the adjustments and find a way to will our way back into the game. We’re in a good place right now. But these guys know it’s one step closer, but it’s still just one in a row. It was truly a team effort.”

CIF-SS Baseball Results
Friday’s quarterfinals
Division 3

Bishop Amat 5, Quartz Hill 2
Division 4
California 5, Northview 1
Torrance 1, San Dimas 0
Saturday’s game
Division 5

Santa Ynez 3, Sierra Vista 2
Tuesday’s semifinals
Division 3

Redondo Union at Bishop Amat, 3:15 p.m.

By Fred J. Robledo
Visiting California did what Northview couldn’t in Friday’s CIF-Southern Section Division 4 baseball quarterfinals.
The Condors took advantage of timely hitting and reliever Jerald Johnson got big out after big out to lead the Del Rio league champions to a 5-1 victory.
California (23-5) will be at home in Tuesday’s semifinals against South Torrance, a 3-1 winner over fourth-seed Oaks Christian.
California is hoping to win its first title since 2000.
After Northview came up empty in the first inning wasting first and third with no outs, California answered with four runs in the top of the second.
Eric Sotelo, who was 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs, belted home the first run to stake the Condors to a 1-0 lead.
Jake Carmichael followed with a bases-loaded bunt, and with nobody covering first for the Vikings, Robby Blount scored and the bases were still loaded.
Jesse Perdomo doubled the lead with a single to drive in two more and just like that, the Condors were up 4-0.
“We knew we had to put some runs on the board to take some pressure off our starter, (Ruben) Pinedo,” California coach Tony Nieto said.
Sotelo singled home Blount to push the Condors lead to 5-0 in the third inning.
Northview scored its only run on back-to-back doubles.
After Nick Ybarra’s double, Alex Labor doubled him home, prompting Nieto to replace Pinedo with Johnston, who was clutch the rest of the way.
Johnston wasn’t exactly dominant, but he never gave up the big hits.
“He’s done that all year long, given up a hit here and hit there, and gets out of it,” Nieto said of Johnston. “ I have a lot of confidence in him and our defense is outstanding. He’s a ground-ball pitcher and our defense did the rest.”
Northview had two runners aboard in the fourth, sixth and seventh, but Johnston battled out of it.
In all, Northview left 11 runners on base, which made the loss tough for Vikings coach Dan Roddy to swallow.
Ybarra had three hits and freshman Jacob Amaya, who hit the dramatic walk-off homer in the eighth inning to give the Vikings a 3-2 victory over top-seed Kaiser in the second round, was 3-for-4.
“We had our opportunities, plenty of opportunities,” Roddy said. “And we hurt ourselves defensively making some crucial mistakes.
“If we come through in the clutch and play a little defense we’re moving on, but that’s the game of baseball, you need timely hitting.”

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  • TheCloser

    Let’s go Amat. On a different note, my brother who’s a high school baseball coach and other sources have been telling that Coach Andy Nieto is taking the St. John Bosco job after the season. If so, good luck to him. Seemed like a good guy in my dealings with him. Hopefully, Coach Chris Beck can slide right in if he wants the job.

    • FredJ

      On how many different threads are you going to post that rumor? We got it and he’s not saying anything.

      • TheCloser

        Looks like a computer error on your side…. posted it to an older thread that it looks like you updated

  • FredJ

    As long as we’re talking rumors, I’ve heard that Mt. SAC coach Kevin Smith is considering whether he wants to continue there since he’s still a teacher at South Hills and that if he decided to leave, Nieto possibly would be interested. Again, these are things out there, no firm sources backing it up.

    • Hearing that Andy better find something, if you know what I mean. Just sayin’

      • Robert

        what do you mean??

    • Robert

      I believe that coach Smith’s title was interim coach so the job was not really permanent. Nieto needs to go oh and dont let the door hit you on the way out. A close source says his office looks a lot cleaner.

      • Sometimes it’s good to stay one step ahead of the posse – right?

        • Joe…you’re the man…can I but a Montreal/Amat/Hot Dog on a stick hat on Tuesday? there will be no tears shed if the pencil man leaves! Mr Libero…you need to be at D BHS on Monday night…you too Joe Amat

          • Robert

            Whos Mr Pencil man? Coach B

          • The pencil man is Nieto…look at his baseball cap…

          • Robert

            I believe Nieto is gone they said his office is slowly being emptied out.

  • TheCloser

    Looks like Amat has a chance to play at Dodger Stadium again in a possible rematch of the 2011 championship game. #whatdemise? #hatersgonnahate

  • Steve Ramirez

    Anyone want to talk about the game? Great comeback effort by Amat…The way Teaney was throwing, it didn’t look good. The win means for the third consecutive time I saw a local rally late to win a playoff game…Do you Amat fans want me there Tuesday? 🙂

    • OnBLUE

      OF COURSE! =)