By Stephen Ramirez
@SteveRRamirez on Twitter
LA VERNE — There are times when the Bonita High School baseball team looks dominated, but the Bearcats always seem to recover when it’s least expected.
Bonita, which had late come-back wins against Walnut and Diamond Ranch during Hacienda League play, did it again Friday, pulling out victory from the defeat by rallying for a 3-2 win over visiting Cathedral City in a Division 3 first-round game.
Sophomore Anthony Cascarano hit a two-out, two-run triple to tie it in the seventh and sophomore Noah Williams singled in the winning run in the ninth as No. 2 seed Bonita improved to 23-7 and will face Redondo, a 1-0 winner over La Salle, in Tuesday’s second round. The site will be determined by coin flip.
Sabino Ramirez gave up six hits and struck out seven for the Lions, who finished 12-13.
Bonita’s Anthony Cascarano: “This team has a lot of heart. We don’t stop from bleeding. I really wanted to do it for my team, for the seniors. I didn’t want this to be their last game. When I got down 0 and 2, I got scared. I just tried to put the bat on the ball. When I saw the ball fall and saw coach (John) Knott’s face, I was really happy. Nothing can feel better than that. It was great.”
Bonita’s Noah Williams: “I was just trying to get a base hit and bring it back to our team I didn’t want to see our seniors go down like that. It was just a great feeling.”
BISHOP AMAT 11, ELSINORE 0
By John Honell
LA PUENTE – Every coach, in every sport, wants his team to get hot heading into the playoffs.
The Bishop Amat baseball team appears to be hot at the right time, winning its sixth consecutive game, an easy 11-0 victory over Elsinore in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 playoffs.
The Lancers (17-11) will play the winner of the La Quinta/Orange contest next Tuesday at a site to be determined.
Jayson Gonzalez had two hits and three RBIs and Alex Garcia pitched a four-hit shutout for the Lancers.
Bishop Amat’s Alex Garcia: “The first (playoff) game is always the toughest. Once you get it under your belt I’m sure it’ll be fine. We had a good scouting report on these guys and I was able to throw pitches where the coach called them. Our defense was great and we’re playing championship ball right now and that’s what we need to be doing.”
Bishop Amat coach Andy Nieto: “Our Achilles heel has been getting on a team early then losing focus. We let teams get back in the game but today we got them on the ropes and applied the knockout punch, that’s the difference.”
FRIDAY’S CIF-SS BASEBALL PLAYOFF SCORES
Diamond Bar 4, West Torrance 3
Santa Monica 5, West Covina 0
Bishop Amat 11, Elsinore 0
Bonita 3, Cathedral City 2
Sierra Vista 3, Linfield Christian 2
Citrus Hill 6, Rosemead 0
Templeton 3, La Puente 0
Arroyo 12, St. Bernard 4
Tuesday’s second round
La Mirada at Glendora, 3:15 p.m.
South Hills at Temecula Valley, 3:15 p.m.
Warren at Diamond Bar, 3:15 p.m.
Bishop Amat at Orange, 3:15 p.m.
Bonita at Redondo, 3:15 p.m.
Kaiser at Northview, 3:15 p.m.
San Dimas at Granite Hills 3:15 p.m.
Sierra Vista at Hemet, 3:15 p.m.
Tahquitz at Arroyo, 3:15 p.m.