Bishop Amat rallies again, earns trip to Dodger Stadium with win over Redondo

By Stephen Ramirez
steve.ramirez@langnews.com
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
LA PUENTE –
Bishop Amat High School’s early-season struggles are a distant memory. Now the Lancers are one of the hottest teams in the CIF-Southern Section and they continued to fit that billing on Tuesday.
Anthony Walters drove in the tying run and Bijor Decena scored on a balk in a three-run fifth inning and the Lancers rallied for a 3-1 victory over visiting Redondo in a Division 3 semifinal game.

Nick Valdez had a key double and Andrew Eppenbach, Isaac Archer and Scott Hurst combined on a five-hitter for Bishop Amat, which improved to 20-11 and will face No. 1 seed Palm Desert at 2 p.m. on Friday at Dodger Stadium. It was the Lancers’ third consecutive come-from-behind win, after rallying for wins over Orange in the second round and Quarter Hill in the quarterfinals last week.
Redondo, which got an RBI from Jason Clebowicz, finished 21-13.
Amat, after falling behind 1-0 in the first inning, came to life in the fifth, and again it relied on the bottom of the lineup. Bryan Menendez led off with a walk before Valdez lined a one-out double to put runners on second and third. It was his second big hit in as many games after getting the tying double in last week’s 5-2 win over Quartz Hill.
Christian Moya walked to load the bases before Walter lined a single to tie it at 1. Reliever Cooper Gallion then was called for a balk, allowing pinch-runner Decena to score for a 2-1 lead. Gallion then walked back-to-back batters to make it 3-1.
Bishop Amat coach Andy Nieto: “These guys have the wow factor now. They deserve everything they’ve received over the last few weeks. People had us dead in the water three weeks ago. But I told them that before we can right the ship, you have to be willing to go down with the ship. They all did that. You saw the way the game went. But when you are playing good baseball, and you put yourself in a good position to rally, good things can happen. Right now, we’re in a good place.”

Bishop Amat’s Nick Valdez: “Our seniors just stepped up. There was no moment in time where we though we were out of it. Everyone just happened to come up clutch. I just happened to be the guy who finished it off.”

Bishop Amat’s Scott Hurst: “We really proved ourselves. We’ve been down (the last) three games. We don’t quit. We play until the game’s over. We see (what happens) at Dodger Stadium.”

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  • Not the Coach

    Steve
    FYI. Valdez also had the pinch base hit that brought in the 4th (go ahead and eventual winning) run in the Orange high playoff game also. Not bad for someone people were asking to transfer.
    It comes down to this is a team sport. Today it was Walters turn to step up and tie up the game. Friday, any one, including the bench, can be in the right spot at the right time and deliver. I predict Scotty goes yard at the ravine to propel Amat to the title (Rio like). Great pitching kept them in it and I’m hoping great pitching will lead them again. Epp pitched his heart out today. Archer pounder the zone and Scott gassed.
    All garbage aside, they are there, I hope they do it for themselves. They no longer have anything to prove to anyone they just need to leave their hearts on the field like these last three games.

    • Robert

      Your right “Not the Coach” Nieto tried to bury Nick on the bench but hes the reason for his tittle hopes. The biggest strongest fastest guy is not always the best for the job Nieto Go NIck you proved all your doubters wrong especially your coaching staff. Goes to show you what I have said all along huh guys

      • Big Boss Man

        To Robert,
        Hey daddy be proud of Ncky’s big game heroics but leave the coaching to the real coaches. Some of you Amat parents are a trip. I believe the coaching staff is going for their 4th title. I would be happy if our school won one. Hey Nieto if your parents aren’t happy I know a certain school in La Verne who would take you with open arms.

        • Robert

          Yes in D3 D4 and D5 nice, Go see Esparanza and El Dorado those are D1 Champs and programs, We have a D1 team playing in the minors sorry dude at least I own it,

          • Ernie

            We are playing with 3 sophmores bating 1-3 and a freshman in the lineup as well. i think they are in the division they belong. jus cuz they have maybe 3 D1 players doesnt mean they should be considered a D1 school.

          • Robert

            What does that have to do with what division we are in we should be playing in the Trinity League. Amat has the puck of the whole San Gabrial Valley those 3 three kids are good players the would be better if they were coached up. Thats what this is about. The other kid was so bad he never helped the team at all I think his dad has something on Nieto. Go back in the history of Amat they have always competed at the highest level like 4A or D1 if it were any other school in the valley it would be acceptable not at Amat.

          • Robert

            If there in there there are expected to preform that’s why they are there. If there not ready they should not be there fact

          • Ernie

            of course they are going to perform but you cant compare them when they are 3 years apart. when your older and in your 20′s 3 years doesnt make a difference. but right now a 15yr old is not physically strong as a 18 yr senior ready to jump to college. thats a fact!

          • FredJ

            When Bishop Amat won the D-3 title in 2012, they also won the national classic, and were the consensus No. 1 in Southern California on most polls and ranked nationally during the season. Amat baseball has as much D-1 talent go through the system as anyone. Should they be in D-3, no, that’s why they play a D-1 preseason schedule and over the years have fared very well against it. This years team isn’t as talented as Nieto’s other three championship teams, but they play with a lot of heart and there’s something to be said about that. But to your point, Amat’s program year in and year is as solid as anyone in Southern California. You know it and I know it.

          • Robert

            You all are on another planet Amat gets the best overall pound for pound talent year in and year out They should steam role D3 every year. Not just one guy here and one guy there they get it accross the board if no one sees that your all high!!!

          • FredJ

            Nobody steams rolls anyone in baseball. That’s the beauty of baseball, best teams don’t always win because it’s so easy to have a bad day. You steamroll in football and basketball because strength and talent in those sports force their way through. Not in baseball, it’s easy to get knocked out, especially if you’re going up against a so-so team that happens to have a MLB prospect or D-1 signee pitching that day. That’s what I love about baseball, there are more surprises and Cinderella stories in the playoffs than any other sport.

            It’s nice to win championships but over the years, the best teams don’t win half the time, that’s just the way it is. You measure teams on their overall body of work and over the last 10 years, Amat’s body of work stacks up with anyone

          • Robert

            Our team is stacked we lack the preparation needed to preform at a high level that’s fact!!!

          • Robert

            I remember Amat pounding it way to a CIF D1 titles in the 90′s

          • http://bishopamat.org/ Joe Amat

            Amat won a lone Division 1 title in the 90′s, beating Fountain Valley by a single run in a rematch after losing the year before (and I think the runner at first during the game winning hit still hasn’t safely touched 2nd base. Ran straight to the celebratory dog-pile). The back-to-back National Championships each came after D4 CIF championships.

          • Robert

            One win and one runner up in D1 Ill take those D1 accomplishments over D3 D4 and D5 titles great teams

          • Steve Ramirez

            Yes, but those Amat teams in 2001 and ’02 would have won D1… The won the national classic both years, run ruling Mater Dei in the NC final.

          • FredJ

            Point Joe is making and what I made, is it doesn’t matter if you win the D-3 or D-4 title if you’re still playing D-1 competition and winning prestigious tournaments. You earn your reputation through your competition and Amat, regardless of division, always takes on a schedule that includes the Section’s best teams.

          • http://bishopamat.org/ Joe Amat

            Thanks Fred. Yes, the point was they earned the recognition of a NATiONAL championship after D4 titles based on their entire body of work.

            Don’t confuse this with teams that play in lower divisions AND play a similar non-league schedule. With those teams you’re never really sure if they can hang with top teams in top divisions.

            The reality is Amat’s schedule is just flipped. The problem with the tougher teams at the top of the schedule is you haven’t had a season to improve yet. It would be nice to see some of those match ups towards the end of the year

          • Valley Athletics

            South hills has the most talent this year .

          • Robert

            There in a higher division its more of a grind in the playoffs at D1 and D2. Plus they have many Amat transfers. Pound for pound no they don’t I have seen them play 10 times this year.

          • Not the Coach

            Agreed.. I understand they have former Amat players. But then again I’m sure Amat has guys from other teams too

          • Ernie

            glendora, south hills, damien, northview, charter oak, san dimas are all schools in the area and all have good talent. you saying amat gets the best talent is ridiculous. if they got all the best talent around than they would be destroying everyone. also amat is a young team compared to most of all the d1 schools who carry mostly senior teams. amat has a 15 yr old SS playing his first year of varsity..you cant put up player that young against 18yr olds from higher divisions. let this team grow and when its their junior/senior class ill like to see them at d1.

          • FredJ

            You guys don’t get it, Amat might be in D-3, but they play a D-1 schedule and competed well. They lost a lot of games in the beginning, but lots of those losses were by one or two-runs, it wasn’t like they were in over their head. And playing that schedule and the tournaments Amat plays in is why over the years they get ranked nationally or are ranked among the top in Southern California. They don’t get there because they won in D-3, 4 or 5, they earn that reputation because of the overall body of work.

          • Ernie

            I get that. i know thats why they are where they are. they played against the top schools. im not disputing any of that. i saw them the whole year so i saw first hand. but im arguing the guy that says them being in D3 is wrong cuz of the talent they have..

          • FredJ

            Amat’s league is why they’re in D-3 and for the life of me, I can’t figure out why they’ll still be in D-3 next year after forming the Catholic league. But it’s out of their hands, it’s a CIF decision. Should they be in D-1, absolutely. In talking to Nieto over the years, that’s why they play the toughest schedule possible because their players deserve to be tested.

            I’ve always thought CIF baseball titles should be played a week earlier so this week could be a SoCal champions playoff week where you take the seven champions and the best runner-up and have an eight-game playoff for all the marbles.

            Softball ended last week because of scheduling, how cool would it have been if softball had a state playoff this week. If you have state playoffs in all other major sport, why not baseball and softball where it makes most sense and we can end all these debates. This is one of the sports where it makes the most sense because you can play multiple games in a short period of time.

            All it takes is pushing the CIF finals up a week. Hey, maybe that should be my next agenda. All in?

          • Ernie

            sounds good but maybe shortening the teams. or else it will end up being like a travel team tourney. will end up having your 4-5 string pitchers pitching because everyone will be burned out.

          • FredJ

            Eight teams, three games, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday. This is how you decide the best overall team. Not about one pitcher, but who has the best team and pitching depth to win it all. Look at the college world series, back-to-back games, doubleheaders. It is what it is

          • Ernie

            thats true. but kind of want the to have the best going up against the best when it matters. the championship will end up being with the teams lower tier pitchers and a have a hit a thon. although it would be exciting lol

          • Steve Ramirez

            I will say it works in college baseball, because their teams are built that way, to play in a regional with at least three starting pitchers; Most high school teams have 2. For those of you who don’t know, the CWS and playoff format has changed over the years. It used to be their were 6-team regionasl and one 8-team tourney at the CWS before CBS forced two four-team tourneys with a title game. Coaches didn’t like that during the regular season you could get away with a 3-man starting staff, then need at least four at the regionals and then maybe 2-3 at the CWS, and what upset them more that a team with four steady starters had an advantage over a team with three stud starters, so they came up with the idea of a four-team regional, which if you keep winning, you can get away with 3 starters. If high school was going to go to this, they’d have to give the teams 2-3 years to adjust to alter how they coach and build their teams from the 2 starter method to at least three.

          • FredJ

            HS teams adjust in pre-season tournaments all the time. They play 16-team tournaments in a week.They all have more than two pitchers. A state tournament would reward the team with the best offense, defense and pitching staff.

          • Steve Ramirez

            Yes, those tournaments are usually over 2-3 weeks…best way to do it would be like NCAA does the regionals with four team regions, where you would need just 3 starters if you won…but like I said the problem is how the season is set up. u would need just 2 starters during the regular year and the CIF-SS tournament, then 3-4 for the state tourney…NCAA coaches realized that’s not the best way to determine the best team…having it the same through out the year is…In NCAA DI, you use 3 starters in the regular year, 3 in the regionals (if you don’t lose a game), 3 in the super regionals and 2-3 in the CWS. The best way to do that in high school would be to have two 4-team regionals one week, with a title game the next, or even a 3-game championship series.

          • Bundy, Al Bundy…

            I have seen teams like WCHS who only have 2 main pitchers. They actually had some talent on the team this season, but finished around .500 after starting hot due to this. Now they go into next season with Deeter back as their ace, but lose Viramontes (wonder where he signed?) to graduation. Deeter had 7 of their 15 wins (and that’s with a 1.49 ERA) with Carrillo the only other pitcher with more than 2 wins.

          • Robert

            Look Im not here to bash players Im stating facts. All my responses are are to people who dont have the facts then bash the coach then throw in players. Some of these people who bash Nieto all year and now jump on the bandwagon. Maybe even you Fred. Lots of you say and respond without knowing the real facts . It all will come out in the wash just like Pete Carroll and USC he got out when his ways were about to be exsposed. Everyone gets exsposed at some point. Winning cures lots of ills!!!

          • FredJ

            You’ve stated lots of opinions, not facts. If Nieto leaves Amat, which is where you’re going with this, it’s for more money, simple as that.

            There are rumors out there that he could be going to St. John Bosco or possibly some place else after the season. He’s denied it, which is to be expected, because he wouldn’t want to take any attention away from the team and what they’re trying to accomplish. I’ve asked him about it, which is a fact, and he said he’s rumored to leave every year and he always stays. So, he’s playing his poker hand and playing it well, and he’s been smart not to say even off the record what his true intentions are. On the record, he’s saying he has no plans to go anywhere, we’ll see.

          • Robert

            Sorry Fred but your opinion of my facts are your OPINION!!! Now your on the bandwagon after bashing his team all year.

          • FredJ

            Bashing? Is that what you call it. I stated the obvious. They were losing early and in danger of missing the playoffs at one point which I pointed out, those are facts. This team on paper isn’t better than the previous three title teams under Nieto but they got hot at the right time, that’s baseball. That’s not jumping on the wagon, that’s telling the story as it unfolds.

            I still don’t know what FACTS you have about Nieto that are actually factual. They’re opinions. Maybe you have inside info, but then again, who takes statements seriously from anonymous posters on a website. At the end of the day, it’s just speculation, not factual. If it were a fact and already decided that’s he’s leaving, Nieto would confirm it. Until then, he’s still the Bishop Amat baseball coach, which is fact.

          • Robert

            Like I said in the past if you want to call them opinions thats up to you its all been laid out in black and white.

          • StatMan

            Fred, you are one of the most honest and forthright reporters I have ever come across…Keep doing what you are doing; you are a voice of reason and objectivity!

          • Robert

            He takes all the attention of the players by his juvenile antics. Those are not moves to put his team in a better spot to win but shows his lack of respect for his team the umpires and the parents of both teams participating.

          • Robert

            So your say all these years they have 15 year olds. These are just excuses.

          • http://sgvtribune.com/ Galileo

            what’s your definition of “compete” ? those aforementioned schools wanted nothing to do with playing D1 schools with the teams/years you’ve mentioned ! How did Glendora do in the Boras tournament this year ? who did they beat? I believe they went 2-2…Bonita will never play the big boys, same as SHills it’s in their DNA

          • Robert

            Absolutely correct Galileo!!!

          • FredJ

            Did you not watch Amat win the National Classic in 2012 — a tournament that was tougher than any CIF divisional tournament that season?

            If you were reading carefully, I said Glendora when it HAD Plutko could have competed against anyone and won it D-2. If Plutko was good enough to lead UCLA to a national title, I’m sure he would have been fine in D-1. Bonita when it had Garza could have competed against anyone, look at what he’s done at Fullerton. Did you watch the no-hitter. I’m sure he could have handled D-1 too. But Amat, year in and year out, regardless of division, can compete with anyone and has. This year is not a good example of it, but in most years they can and do. Go out and research Nieto’s non-league wins since taking over, they’ve beaten more than there share of the big boys.

          • http://sgvtribune.com/ Galileo

            we’ll never know…those schools knew what they had and chose to play in tourneys like Don Lugo and other assorted cream puffs…”it’s in their DNA”…are you saying when they had their ace…for 1 game they might be able to “compete”…1 game doesn’t make a season or a tournament or the playoffs…here you are proposing a Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday format to come up with the best team…can’t have it both ways Mr. Libero

          • FredJ

            You’re right, you will never know, not as long as there are multiple divisions. But Glendora with Plutko, Bonita with Garza and Amat with David Berg closing could beat anyone when they were in high school. They’re doing in college, in case you haven’t noticed, which is proof enough for me.

            As far as what’s in their DNA, I believe Plutko and Berg already won a national title at UCLA, so winning in high school and the highest level in college is in their DNA. And Garza just threw a no-no, and we know he’s a winner.

            C’mon, you have to come with something better than that Handyman

            And yes, would love to watch a state tournament following CIf, what does that have to do with anything?

          • http://sgvtribune.com/ Galileo

            “it’s in their DNA” refers to their coaches and high school teams…obviously you need a lot more than just 1 pitcher to have a strong team….I’m pointing the finger at the coaches who schedule down,nowhere in my comments have I talked about individuals and their talent level and/or their status as “winners”..the schools in question are true fish bowlers…..

          • FredJ

            Wouldn’t say they all schedule down. Amat certainly doesn’t schedule down, South Hills doesn’t schedule down, Damien doesn’t schedule down, they all play tough non-league tournaments over the years. I hear what you’re saying, but there are so many D-1 players leaving this town that I know at the best baseball schools, they can compete with anyone.

          • http://sgvtribune.com/ Galileo

            South Hills played in South Carolina this year, of their 5 games, only 2 teams had a winning record at seasons end and of course they played in the local, not-a-classic Dicks T Sporting Goods Tournament(Etiwanda,Alta Loma et al )Damien played in both Don Lugo tournaments(wouldn’t one of them be punishment enough!) kinda scheduling down to me…but hey, I’m not Mr. Libero

          • Robert

            They should beat all the big boys. Thats why Im saying they should be in the championship every year.

          • http://sgvtribune.com/ Galileo

            Mr. Libero,instead of getting pounded by foul balls down the third base line Monday, you should have placed yourself down the first base line, could have hung out with me….

          • Jaime Palacios

            I think the last CIF title was in 2011.

          • Robert

            Fred it 2011 at it was D4. And the National Classic is not what it was 10yrs ago. These are facts !!!

        • baseballsgv

          Big Boss Man
          Name the School
          Boss Man
          Be Proud

        • Here’s JOHNNY, or Little Johnn

          Your always going to have complainers. If he wins they stand behind him 100% Rumor however has Nieto going to Mt Sac next year…

      • Big Boss Man

        Wait, isn’t Nieto the one writing up the lineup. I don’t think he buried Nick. In fact it appears he kept giving Nick chances because he believed in him. According to some bloggers the kid began the season 1-20. If this is true then the kid buried himself at the end of the depth chart. Stop trying to pass blame to others. You guys should be happy you have Nieto because he is about to lead your school to its 4th championship. Good luck Bishop Amat.

        • Robert

          Your right Nieto makes the lineup. Nick was on a “due or die”per at bat leash. While two others flailed away. All with sub .200 averages. The two aforementioned played every game, one kind came out of his funk the other never has. Yet Nick was given table scraps and almost left for dead coach telling him to hurry up and tranfer “anxious” we know who you are….. I sat behind home plate at a game where two parents were discussing what they over heard.

          • Big Boss Man

            That is really sad if “Anxious” is indeed a coach. How is he even allowed on the field and in the dugout with the team?

      • inside the dugout

        Here is just a little insight from inside the dugout Robert (just in case you couldn’t see it from behind the backstop). Nick was named as the DH at the start of the season. That not what a couch would do if he is trying to bury a player on the bench. Even after the start he had, he still would get at bats (more at bats then other players). Again, that’s not what a coach would do if he was trying to bury a player on the bench. All the players assigned the role of DH were playing at a “due or die” each at bats. Which was not fair to any of them.

        Yes, Nick had some success at the end that help the team. But we felt if any of the other players were given the same amount of opportunities at DH as Nick, they would have produced the same results.

    • Valley Athletics

      By people asking him to transfer . Do you mean people on the blog or do you mean coaches ? I doubt it was the coaches . If it was the coaches I don’t think he would have gotten opportunity to bat as many times that he did all year . They would of sat him all year .

      • Not the Coach

        I was referring to Bloggers (Anxious), not coaches. I also doubt coaches would say that even if they felt it…
        The kid did help, there’s no denying that, but without the core group there is no way Amat would have even gotten there, and there’s no way they will take down Palm Desert without a complete team effort. Pitching Duel 2-1 but I can’t predict the winner.

        • Ernie

          im hoping for bishop to win but im realistic also. of course palm desert has a better team. they are all juniors and seniors. amat is so young still and will be hard for them to focus and play loose at dodger stadium. but its baseball and maybe this young amat team breaks out and is dominant for the next couple years with the young core. as an amat supporter and with my nephew on the team i feel even if they lose it has been a great year. in the end this is all great exposure for the kids. them playing beyond high school is all that maters imo.

          • Robert

            Exposure is good, being exposed is not!!!!! Does anyone understand that or is it to far over some heads?

          • Ernie

            exposure for colleges is good no matter if its good or bad. exposing the holes in a player can be a good thing as well. a college coach can see that and want to work with it knowing in the end the player would be an asset to the team. all i care is about kids going to the next level. being at amat it gives great exposure to colleges. going to championships is 10x better. this will get kids who weren’t on radars to be on them.

          • TheCloser

            High School baseball is becoming less and less relevant for recruiting, most kids are actually getting recruiting through their travel teams. A reason to go to Amat is that your probably going to be in a position to compete for a title and play a tough non-league schedule against the best. As far as exposure, there are way more scouts at a Perfect Game or JO event than what you’ll see at any high school game. HS is for pride and love for your colors! That’s the beauty of it.
            Roberta thinks you show up to high school to get coached up. Dude, what cave have you been hiding in? If your going into high school to finally get coached up than you shouldn’t have coached your son all those years?

          • Ernie

            yes i agree. amat gets good exposure compared to other high schools so thats good for the kids. also travel team tournies do give better exposure. making it to the usa team from a JO tourny will be better for the kid than anything a high school can provide.

          • FredJ

            I disagree that high school is just for pride, if it wasn’t important to next level players, then why do I see so many scouts behind home plate looking for talent?

          • TheCloser

            I think the only thing that is evident is you’re either a troll and/or an Amat hater who couldn’t afford to send his kids there or your boy isn’t getting any playing time and you can’t coach his high school team like you coached his little league teams all those years and got him juiced bats so you can feel like a big man but then you got to high school and they handed little Jimmy a BBCOR. LOL, your a crack up!!!! Lay off the sauce so early in the morning!

          • FredJ

            I can explain it Closer, nobody likes Goliath and Amat is the Goliath of the SGV. Amat winning while everyone is home watching is hard for a lot of people to stomach.

          • FredJ

            Nice cliche, but how does it apply to this …

          • TheCloser

            I’m an Amat guy and supporter so please stop making excuses about youth and all that BS. Their two main guns on the bump are Seniors, closer a Senior, and the only other guy that pitched a lot this year is a Junior. They aren’t young on the bump and quality innings are the hardest to replace on any team. Yes, they’ll probably be a better offensive team next year but have a ton of pitching to replace next year. Let’s just get another title this year and stop making excuses and worrying about next year. That’s how losers think!

          • Ernie

            all i said is its been a great season regardless of the outcome on friday. also youth does make a difference regardless of the 3 seniors pitching. you still need to put up runs and i dont see the pitchers putting them up right. yes they do their part and they are great. but when you go up against bigger stronger teams with seniors it does make a diference. i could care less about the championship..what matters is the kids moving on to bigger greater things. you can have your ring

          • TheCloser

            Wow, Ernie, don’t be so soft. As long as they’re keeping score I want my team to win….PERIOD. We can talk about how they competed after the game. That’s just how I roll. Go Amat! #noexcuses

          • Not the Coach

            The last time they won the ship, that whole year it was pitching by committee. A common theme was 2-2-2-1, They would use 3-4 pitchers a game consistently. They didn’t wait for someone to get in trouble… It wasn’t til the playoffs that they dialed in 2 or 3 pitchers… I can only hope next year is the same..

          • FredJ

            Last time they won they had the best closer in high school baseball, a fella by the name of David Berg, the super submariner who did the thing at UCLA to the tune of a national title along with help from another SGV great, Plutko, another champion from Glendora.

          • Not the Coach

            Scotty ain’t no slouch, and if he was a PO, he could quite possibly be the best also. (Thank god, though he’s not a PO) I venture to say Scotty is as good as anyone Palm Desert has.

          • Valley Athletics

            berg didn’t close at Amat . He would come in 5th- 6th inning and Ruiz would close .

          • fb102

            Ruiz TRIED to be a closer in 2012. Hurt his arm and that was it. Did NOT finish the 2012 season.

            In 2011, when Amat won D4 title, DBerg was the closer. Nieto even took D Zamora out while he was cruising in the final and put Berg in.

          • Valley Athletics

            Most of season berg did not close . All the games I attended Ruiz closed in the championship year . Did not see game at dodger stadium . Dodger stadium they probably wanted to let a senior end it with that big lead . Even on an interview for ucla he said he was a middle reliever in high school .

          • fb102

            VA, incorrect. Berg MAY have been the set-up man in 2010, BUT in the 2011 season, primary CLOSER…..

          • Valley Athletics

            2010 he wasn’t he didn’t even play . It was until 2011 where he started getting playing time . I went to many games and Rio pitched all the games I went to every 7th inning .league games I went to only a couple .i will look for interview link where berg said he was a middle reliever in high school .

          • http://bishopamat.org/ Joe Amat

            The kid didn’t “hurt his arm” he had a blood clot non related to baseball/throwing. Hence the $1.8 Million signing bonus first round money after being drafted in the fourth round

          • fb102

            And you KNOW it was non-throwing related HOW, Dr. Joe……

          • http://bishopamat.org/ Joe Amat

            Because that’s what the real doctors diagnosed and that’s what the Houston Astros medical staff have determined. An aspirin a day to think the blood and he’s fine

          • http://bishopamat.org/ Joe Amat

            *thin the blood

          • say it isn’t so

            not so fast va – during the 2010-2011 season Ruiz had 7 appearances on the mound compared to 26 for Berg in 31 games,

          • Valley Athletics

            bergs junior year he had 9 total innings . The championship year he pitched many innings as a mid reliever .google the interview on this site . This whole argument is about berg being middle reliever or closer . Not who made more appearances .0

          • Here’s JOHNNY, or Little Johnn

            Thank you closer! Go Lancers!

        • Robert

          I believe Anxious is a coach!!!

          • Not the Coach

            Please no… Now that would suck.. if he was a coach. (again I’m assuming he)

        • Valley Athletics

          Totally agree . Palm desert has been in a final 4 of the last 5 years . Is number one ranked and has lost to amat there last 3 games played . They are going to be tough .

  • Robert

    Ok ladies enough is enough Im out until after Fridays game. Then I will reveal my identity hehehhehehehe

    • TheCloser

      YEAH YOU WILL! You missed a spot while waxing my car this morning. I’m surprised your wife lets you get on the computer.

      • FredJ

        Easy fellas, easy. Palm Desert is the pick on Friday, not a guarantee, but they’re the No. 1 team in the division for a reason. It’s going to take an Amat upset to pull this off.

        • Not the Coach

          Fred… What’s your call? Go out on a limb… Be Da Guru

          • Here’s JOHNNY, or Little Johnn

            Its simple….. AMAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • FredJ

            I think the party ends on Friday. Palm Desert 6, Bishop Amat 2

          • Not the Coach

            Couldn’t you pretend to be a homer? Dang, I think someone needs to forward this to the Amat Baseball Players
            ********Rally Cry************

  • FredJ

    It only took the final week of the season for the baseball boards to take off. And for good reason, when Amat is the last team standing, everyone has an opinion. Great stuff.

    • apachejoe

      This guy knocking HS coaching is clueless and that most players are recruited out of Travelball is just not factual. I’ve watched several travel ball teams and man does the coaching suck! Thanks god there’s quality HS coaches out there to fix the mess those dads coaching create. I know one quality coach at the U13 level the few others I witnessed this past year are awful. Locally, we have some of the best HS coaches in the state keep it up.

  • Not Since 1995

    OH MY GOD….. Enough with the baseball already. I will be glad when AMAT wins Friday so we can move on to the sport that pays the bills…..

    • Not the Coach

      Soooo Fuuuuuny…. Soooo Truuuuuue

  • Love of the game

    Big Boss Man, if your thinking Bonita? Worst parent group in all of So Cal. And the worst parent is on his way back to Bonita with his Son / Step-Son? After sucking up to the administration for his wild behavior in the softball program, one can only imagine how he will treat the baseball program. Coach Nieto, great job on your success! La Verne is not for you, especially if one is thinking about Bonita?

  • Love of the game

    Hey Big Boss Man, If your thinking Bonita High School? Worst parent group in all of so cal. Administration is very weak. Furthermore the worst parent of them all has been sucking up to the administration for his wild behavior while his daughter was in the softball program. Soon his Son will be in the Baseball Program, lord knows how he will treat that program? Coach Nieto, great job on your success and the success of your program. Trust me La Verne is not for you, especially if one is thinking about Bonita. Coach Knott look out, the storm is coming.

  • Love of the game

    Hey Big Boss Man, If your thinking Bonita High School? Worst parent group in all of so cal. Administration is very weak. Furthermore the worst parent of them all has been sucking up to the administration for his wild behavior while his daughter was in the softball program. Soon his Son will be in the Baseball Program, lord knows how he will treat that program? Coach Nieto, great job on your success and the success of your program. Trust me La Verne is not for you, especially if one is thinking about Bonita. Coach Knott look out, the storm is coming.

  • GO AMAT

    WHO CARES ABOUT ALL THIS NONSENSE?????? The only thing that matters is AMAT is going to Dodger Stadium with Palm Desert and no one else….. Get job Amat and Palm Desert

  • Love of the game

    Love of the game
    Hey Big Boss Man, If your thinking Bonita High School? Worst parent group in all of so cal. Administration is very weak. Furthermore the worst parent of them all has been sucking up to the administration for his wild behavior while his daughter was in the softball program. Soon his Son will be in the Baseball Program, lord knows how he will treat that program? Coach Nieto, great job on your success and the success of your program. Trust me La Verne is not for you, especially if one is thinking about Bonita. Coach Knott look out, the storm is coming.

  • baseballsgv

    Maybe, this will happen.
    Cal High And Amat will exchange coaches
    Image what he can accomplish will all of the Amat talent.?
    Look what he is doing at Cal High.
    Food for thought.

  • AMAT 73

    By the looks of the hits on this AMAT related thread you would think we are half way into the football season .