TO SUM IT UP: Get ready for a great day of baseball on Tuesday. Walnut, which has a 17-game winning streak, will take on USA Today’s No. 1 and undefeated San Dimas (31-0) at San Dimas for a right to play in the D-3 championship. If Bishop Amat can beat Redondo Union at home, Amat would get the winner in an all valley final.
San Clemente 4, Bonita 3, 10 innings
Chino Hills 3, Moorpark 2
San Dimas 1, Santa Monica 0
Walnut 5, Quartz Hill 2
Bishop Amat 3, Paloma Valley 2
Redondo Union 6, Palm Desert 3
Walnut at San Dimas, 3:15 p.m.
Redondo Union at Bishop Amat, 3:15 p.m
DEFENDING CHAMP AMAT IN SEMIS: Bishop Amat coach Joe Hoggatt had the difficult task of replacing Andy Nieto, who not only won four championships to keep the tradition going at Amat, but Nieto won it last year with a team few expected could win it, then resigned and later took over at Damien.
It has been a bumpy ride for the first year coach, but during do-or-die time in the playoffs, Hoggatt and his boys are doing just fine.
Bishop Amat held on for a 3-2 upset over third-seed Paloma Valley on Friday to advance to the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 semifinals, where it will host Redondo Union, a 6-3 upset winner over second-seed Palm Desert, in Tuesday’s semifinals.
It was Bishop Amat’s (17-12-1) eighth straight playoff win dating back to last year, and Hoggatt choked up when asked what it means to be the next in line to keep the tradition going.
“For just me personally, having to go through what I’ve had to go through to be here with these guys and respond the way they have, I mean …” Hoggatt said. “It’s a new guy, new things, a different philosophy than what they’re use to and they embraced it and did a great job. It says more about them and this place that it does about me.”
SAN DIMAS PERFECT 31-0: The record-breaking unbeaten San Dimas High School baseball team was taken to the limit Friday afternoon in a CIF-SS Division 3 quarterfinal game and defeated host Santa Monica, 1-0, behind the three-hit pitching of senior Peter Lambert.
The Saints (31-0) advance to their second semifinal in the last three years and will host Walnut, a 5-2 quarterfinal winner over Quartz Hill, on Tuesday.
After amassing 26 runs in their first two playoff games, the Saints managed just four singles and a lone run against Santa Monica, but nonetheless the march toward a second CIF-SS title in the last six years is just two wins away.