Can Bishop Amat continue the magic? Lancers host Redondo on Tuesday for spot in Division 3 title game


By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter

There was a method to Bishop Amat baseball coach Andy Nieto’s madness when he put his Lancers to the test of arguably the toughest nonleague schedule in the area during the early part of the season
The payoff is coming now.
Bishop Amat has fully recovered from its 0-4 start and is now in position to win its ninth CIF-Southern Section title. But the Lancers first must get by Redondo, which they host in a Division 3 semifinal game Tuesday at 3:15 p.m. The winner advances to the Friday’s championship game, scheduled for 2 p.m. at Dodger Stadium.
“We have a pretty good feel for the things (Redondo) has done,” said Nieto, whose Lancers have gone 19-7 since opening the season with the four losses. “But when it’s all set and done, it’s about us. There’s not a team more battle-tested than us. We put this schedule together for a reason, which is to being playing our best baseball at the end.
“It’s so far, so good. But it’s survive and advance.”
The Lancers have done that recently, rallying for wins in its past two games, including a 5-2 victory at Quartz Hill in the quarterfinals.
Tuesday’s opponent, Redondo, is on a similar hot streak. The Sea Hawks (21-12), after finishing second in the Bay League, knocked off No. 2 seed Bonita (6-4) in the second round before beating Gahr, 3-2, in the quarterfinals. They have won eight consecutive games.
Redondo is led by Cain Castor, who is hitting .397 with 17 RBIs, and Duncan McKinnon, who is hitting .483 with 14 RBIs.
Bishop Amat counters with outfielder Scott Hurst, who is hitting .444 with 24 RBIs, and catcher Michael Palos, who is hitting .309 with 24 RBIs. Infielder Christian Moya had the big hit, a three-run home run in the win over Quartz Hill. The Lancers also feature pitchers Isaac Archer, Alex Garcia and Andrew Eppenbach, who have combined for an 18-8 record.
“We’ve played in a lot of one run games,” Nieto said. “Even though it didn’t always go our way, I think it just proved to our guys that we can compete at this level. It’s about us, about protecting the ball, being a tough out at the plate, playing clean baseball. We’re going to find a way to get back in the game and find a way to win it.”

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  • http://sgvtribune.com/ Galileo

    i still need an Expos/Amat/Hot Dog on a Stick Hat

  • baseballsgv

    Nieto says “being a tough out at the plate” does he know that his 7th, 8th, and 9th batters are automatic outs, or I should say “EASY Outs”, pitchers don’t fever that part of his line-up.
    Good Luck Boys
    Chávez Ravine awaits

    • Steve Ramirez

      Well, Amat’s No. 9 hitter had the tying two-run double in the win over Quartz Hill.

      • baseballsgv

        That’s correct Steve,
        congrats to Nick,
        but 11 at bats 8 of those strike outs.
        “being a tough out at the plate”

        • AmatAllum ’96

          You act like the guy they were facing wasn’t gonna rack up strike outs! Jonathan Teaney is good, like real good. I don’t care what part of the lineup he face he had 12 Strikeouts through 5 innings. And because he didn’t fear that part of the lineup his season is over! Wasn’t it the 7 hitter who doubled home the tying run in the come from behind win vs Orange high, and also want it the 9 hitter who had the winning run single against Orange. It doesn’t matter what they did in their previous at bats when they get it done when it matters. What Nieto probably meant was that no batter just gives up down by two with a phenomenal pitcher on the mound, they still get up there and take their hacks. What matters the most is that the 7th, 8th,and 9th batters have played huge rolls in Amat getting this far into the playoffs. But hopefully today our top of the lineup can produce like they have been all season.

          • baseballsgv

            Go Amat
            Amat 96
            Teaney only had 10 strike outs
            You tell me.

          • baseballsgv

            Tough outs

          • Not the Coach

            Baseball’s
            Yes Teany had 10 ks. But why are u trying to make it look like all 8 of the k’s the 7-8 and 9 batters had were by Teany?

            One of Amat top hitters all year was k’d twice by Teany and Amat’s best hitter k’d once.

            #6 Kelly had 5

            15 total ks in 7 innings.

            8 were recorded by 7-8 & 9. The other 7 went somewhere.
            2 to one of their top three and at least one to their best

            Pitchers combined have 139 k’s in 87 innings
            These guys were dudes. Naturally the bottom on any team are going to not perform as well as the top. That’s why they are there.

            So let’s say you are right. As these past three games have proven. Tough outs, maybe not, Dangerous yes.

            Because Quartz Hill probably thought like you their season is over and Amat’s 7-8 & 9 easy outs re on their way to the ship. I hope Palm Desert thinks that way too.

            Having said that, if your team depends on 7-8 & 9 to win games you are living on borrowed time. The top of the order is already stepping up as is evident by the 3 run homer at quartz hill and the bases loaded base hit to tie the game. Big pressure clutch hits.

            I’m hoping to see a blow out on Fox sports online. I gotta work unfortunately. Didn’t realize you can loose a part time job by missing work to see your alma mater

          • Robert

            No it was N Valdez the number 9 hitter both times. That was the kid who never got a chance and now has proven to be the best clutch hitter on the club. If it were not for him our season would be over. So now Anxious tell him to transfer. there’s more kids on the bench who would have made this an even better team if given a chance…..

          • Robert

            It the number 9 hitter N Valdez all three games hes the guy who was 0-20 and was being told to transfer by one of the coaches. Hes the only clutch guy if wasnt for him there season would have been over 3 games ago. The 7 8 and 9 guys have not played a role only the 9 guy. Sorry the 7 guy has done better but the 8 guy has never been a factor in winning but has many in the loses.

    • TheCloser

      Now we’re attacking kids? Questioning the coach is one thing but calling out kids on a public forum is another. Real huevos dude, where’d you play growing up? You’re probably one of these beer league dads that lives through his kids and shaves and rolls bats.

      • Robert

        We only use the kids as examples of how the politics of Nieto works its not the best 9 its his 9 $$$$$$$$$

        • TheCloser

          Looks like $ signs equal victories, going for his 4th CIF title since 2007.

          • Robert

            Yes a D1 team in D3 D4 and two in D5 hahahahh these guys should be playing the big boys not 4 tomato cans in a row. If you guys even knew how we out match every team in D3 we should have blown these guys out.

          • TheCloser

            Crap coaching and no interest in the program can really sink you in a hurry. Look at Amat’s softball program, D1 girls all over the roster but crap coaching this year. You still have to beat the tomato cans in front of you and recruit in good talent because the last time I checked my bank account Amat ain’t free. I’ll take Nieto’s track record.

          • Robert

            Like I said if we were in D1 like we should be we would be watching the game on Friday, We play a tough preseason and we were pretty bad actually really bad its was not only when we played league and the D3 playoffs we began to role, The better teams test us as a team meaning more players on the team get more opportunities to get exposed and we did, So we failed at the level we should be, A Catholic School like Amat should play in the best highest division, The last 6 teams we have played have only one maybe two guys that could play for Amat you get it dude He ( Nieto ) has never put in the time and coached the kids up

          • Valley Athletics

            Actually the team got better and if you look at all the close losses they where all from top ranked D 1 and D 2 teams .its baseball it is hard 2 win 4 playoff games in any division . What’s funny , all the parents I have spoke to say good things about Nieto . That is why they attend Amat . Every top school has unhappy parents . That’s just the way it is .

          • Robert

            Your exactly correct we lost to teams our equal as far as talent and their coaching. We have won in a far inferior division. Overall thats what Im saying we are winning because we have better players not coaching. Great job to these kids for what they have accomplished on there own,

          • Valley Athletics

            It takes coaching to win . No matter what Talent you have . After losing 2 to St. Paul and fighting just to make playoffs .you have to give coaches some credit . There are super talented teams from the area who are done . That is how hard it is winning . I myself picked only San Dimas to win a title after Amats bad start and losses in league . congrats to both kids and staff .

          • baseballsgv

            No, Congrats to the Boys, and the Pitching coach,
            If it weren’t for them, Amat would be done.
            So, Valley Athletics. You are saying St. Paul coaches are better than Amat?

          • Valley Athletics

            No . I am saying they looked done after losing to St Paul . The headlines where , they where in danger to miss playoffs . They since have won all there games . So I give both the coaches and kids credit .

          • baseballsgv

            If you a true fan and supporter you would have chimed in after those 2 loses and would have know Amato baseball
            Would be far from thee end of a playoff run
            “it takes coaches to win”
            Say congrats to St. Paul coaches
            Valley Athletics

          • Valley Athletics

            I have been chiming in all year .

          • baseballsgv

            Well, Valley Athletics,
            Looked up the blog after St. Paul loss
            Didn’t say anything from you about “fans and staff not to worry, Amat will take care of there Business

          • Robert

            In closing we have better players from number 1 to number 25 than any team in our league and of all four teams we played in the playoffs that’s the difference dude. If it was coaching we would undefeated with this talent.

          • Robert

            You all know we beat a Freshman today !!!

          • baseballsgv

            Closer,
            No need to recruit at Amat
            The Studs will always be coming to Amat
            Always

      • baseballsgv

        To Closer,
        No one is attacking our kids
        Just pointing out actual stats
        Facts
        If you read from the start
        I believe I said
        Go Amat.!

  • Valley Athletics

    Good luck boys.

  • GO AMAT

    Who cares what any of these Amat haters have to say!!!!!!! Way to go LANCERS. Good win today!!!!! GOOD LUCK ON FRIDAY!!!!!