By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Remember Bishop Amat, the team with the huge pre-season expectations that dropped five of its first six and 10 of 16 to disappear off the radar and out of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 baseball rankings?
That seems so long ago.
Bishop Amat routed visiting Garden Grove Santiago 12-3 in the first round of the Division 3 playoffs on Wednesday, the Lancers’ 12th win in their last 13 to improve to 18-11.
Just like that, the Lancers are one of the hottest teams in the division and the timing couldn’t be better.
“There’s nobody in this (division) that’s played a tougher schedule and is as battle tested as us,” Lancers coach Andy Nieto said. “We’ve gone through a lot and we’ve continued to fight the fight.
“Down the stretch we’ve won half a dozen one-run games. That means you’re defendng well, you’re pitching well and closing out games. It means instead of finding ways to lose games, you’re clutching-up and closing it out.” (To continue reading click thread)
CIF-SOUTHERN SECTION BASEBALL PLAYOFFS
Wednesday’s First Round Result
Bishop Amat 12, Garden Grove Santiago 3
Thursday’s First Round
Cathedral at Bonita, 3:15 p.m.
Los Altos at Mira Costa, 3:15 p.m.
West Torrance at Diamond Bar, 3:15 p.m.
West Covina at Serra, 3:15 p.m.
El Monte at La Puente, 3:15 p.m.
Duarte at Maranatha, 6 p.m.
Mountain View at Sierra Vista
Friday’s First Round
Rio Mesa at South Hills, 3:15 p.m.
Damien at La Mirada, 3:15 p.m.
Claremont at Aliso Niguel, 3:15 p.m.
Northview at Ramona, 3:15 p.m.
Torrance at San Dimas, 3:15 p.m.
Century at Baldwin Park, 3:15 p.m.
Nogales at Kaiser, 3:15 p.m.