South Hills baseball outlasts Bonita 7-4 in 11 innings to take over first in Palomares

South Hills’ Jacob Amaya tries to make the out at second against Bonita’s Kurtis Redman at Bonita High School in La Verne, CA, Wednesday, April 27, 2016. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)
South Hills wins in 11 innings
: Junior Johnny Dearth of South Hills came up big for his team on Wednesday, in more ways than one.He started Wednesday’s Palomares League showdown for first place against Bonita at first base, but was called on to pitch in the sixth inning, and he had to go nearly five innings.
If that weren’t enough, he added a two-run double in the 11th inning for the decisive runs as the Huskies prevailed 7-4 over their biggest league rival. The win puts South Hills (16-7, 9-1) alone in first, although the teams play again on Friday.
“The most difficult thing is going from one mentality to the other,” Dearth said. “At the plate you’re up there to do the opposite of what you’re doing when you’re on the mound.”
South Hills, ranked fourth in this week’s CIF Division 2 poll, went ahead 4-2 with three runs in the third, aided by a Bearcats error. There were doubles in the inning by Jacob Amaya, Jacob Dominguez and Quinn Cotter, each driving home a run.

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  • Bill

    Was shocked to see that we were watching a 19’2 team yesterday in Bonita.
    South Hills talent appears to be better.

    • TheCloser

      There’s a reason South Hills was the preseason #1 team in the area. They have a ton of talent, loaded with D1 kids. The issue just has been putting it together which it looks like they’re starting to do.

  • Jerry Smith

    Probably going to be the same kind of game tomorrow. 5 in a row for South Hills.. Doesn’t look good for Bonita unless their coach is willing to make adjustments.