DEL REY LEAGUE
BISHOP AMAT 13, ST. PAUL 0
LA PUENTE >> It’s been a tough stretch over the last couple of games for the St. Paul baseball team. After going 3-5 in nonleague play, the Swordsmen began Del Rey league play dropping four straight games.Things didn’t get any better for them on Tuesday afternoon when the Swordsmen visited league-leading Bishop Amat. With Blake Archuleta on the mound, the Lancers dominated the Swordsmen behind Archuleta’s complete-game one-hitter and a nine-run fifth inning, beating St. Paul 13-0.
With Archuleta on his game, all the Lancers (9-4, 5-0) needed were some runs. And they got plenty of them. St. Paul starter A.J. Oddo got hit around early in the game. He allowed a one-out walk in the top of the first inning, which was followed by a double off the left-field wall by Richard Castro.
Although the southpaw escaped the first only allowing one run to come across, he was not as lucky in the bottom of the third inning when the Lancers added three more.
St. Paul (3-9, 0-5) got punished in the bottom of the third inning by a couple hangers left over the plate. Following Ben Hurst’s RBI triple, Castro smacked a hanging breaking ball to center field for an RBI double. Two wild pitches later, Castro came around to score, giving Bishop Amat a 4-0 lead heading to the fourth.
With his offense putting up a four spot early in the game, Archuleta (4-1) said it gave him extra confidence going back out to pitch.
Despite St. Paul’s lack of offense, Bishop Amat never took its foot off the gas pedal. After Lancer Matt Marquez’s sacrifice ground out, Swordsmen relief pitcher Angel Fierros needed one more out to get out of the fifth inning.
However, Bishop Amat scored a whopping nine more runs in the inning, all with two outs. It all started with pinch hitter Jose Roman’s two-RBI single that snuck by a diving Julian Tellez. A couple batters later, Hurst had a three-run triple, which extended the Lancers’ lead to 11.
St. Paul coach Casey Morales: “It wasn’t our defense that killed us today. (Archuleta) did a good job of keeping us off balance. He threw a couple good pitches early that took our hitters mentally out of it. Then it became a self-fulfilling prophesy. He just continued to throw strikes and keep the ball down and we weren’t able to battle back and overcome it.”
Bishop Amat coach Joe Hoggatt: “We got some extra mileage with the wind but they had some opportunities as well. (Outfielder Jayden Allen) did a great job of playing our field, knowing our field. He made some great plays out there on some balls that they hit pretty hard. So it was an all-around effort. On the mound, on defense and at the plate so I was pretty proud of the guys today.”
Bishop Amat’s Blake Archuleta: “You just go out there with the mentality that no one is going to beat you. I think everyone on this team has that mentality. We all go out there with a blue collar mentality.”
— Will Hernandez