Baseball: Bishop Amat routs rival St. Paul, 13-0

Bishop Amat starting pitcher Blake Archuleta (13) throws to the plate against St. Paul in the first inning of a prep baseball game at Bishop Amat High School in La Puente, Calif., on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. Bishop Amat won 13-0. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

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

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Softball: Charter Oak improves to 2-0 in Northview Tournament

Monday’s Results

Charter Oak 10, Covina 0
Duarte 18, Gladstone 2
Paloma Valley 11, Baldwin Park 7
Northview 12, Pioneer 0
Tuesday’s Results
Charter Oak 9, Paloma Valley 1
Covina 8, Pioneer 1
Baldwin Park 20, Gladstone 1
Northview 5, Duarte 5
Wednesday’s Schedule
At Northview HS

Charter Oak (2-0) vs. Pioneer (0-2), 2:30 p.m.
At Duarte HS
Covina (1-1) vs. Paloma Valley (1-1), 3 p.m.
Baldwin Park (1-1) vs. Duarte (1-0-1), 4:45 p.m.
Gladstone (0-2) vs. Northview (1-0-1), 6:30 p.m.
Note: Pairings for Thursday’s semifinals will be released Wednesday night; Finals will be on Friday.

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Walnut, Bishop Amat baseball win; South Hills falls in National Semifinals

Walnut outlasts Charter Oak: Baseball has a funny way of humbling you. Just ask the Charter Oak High School baseball team.
In their previous two games, the Chargers had outscored their opponents 11-0.When Walnut scored five runs in the first inning en route to a 9-4 Hacienda League win over the visiting Chargers on Friday, fans in attendance were more than surprised by the events of the inning.
Except for Walnut coach Paul Acosta.
“I anticipated our team scoring some runs early,” Acosta said. “One of our objectives was to make them trail. They hadn’t trailed a lot throughout the year, so we wanted to see how they played coming from behind.”

Bishop Amat fends off Serra: With two outs and the bases loaded in the seventh inning, the Serra High School baseball team looked poised for a comeback against Bishop Amat, but the Lancers held on to grab a 4-1 home victory and remained undefeated in Del Rey League play.Bishop Amat pitcher Isaac Esqueda struck out five in 7 2/3 innings, including two in the seventh, before being switched out for relief pitcher Nick DiFiori. Cavaliers players Jordan Brown and Ryan Castaneda stole second and third base respectively, prior to the switch. Esqueda also walked Jackson for the fourth time to fill the bases.

South Hills falls in USA Baseball National Semifinals: The South Hills High School baseball team came up one game short of reaching the title game of the National High School Invitational after losing to Orange Lutheran 5-3 in the semifinals at the National Training Center on Friday afternoon.
After defeating the USA Baseball, No. 1-ranked Archbishop McCarthy on Thursday, the Huskies fell victim to a four-run rally by Orange Lutheran and were never able to catch the Lancers.Orange Lutheran (11-1) will face Orange County neighbor Dana Hills (10-6) today in the championship game.

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South Hills baseball knocks off Baseball America’s No. 1 in the country, Florida’s Archbishop McCarthy, 5-1 in USA Baseball National Classic to reach semifinals

SOUTH HILLS KNOCKS OFF NO. 1: South Hills senior and Cal State Fullerton commit Jacob Amaya belted a bases-loaded double in the sixth inning to drive in three runs and junior pitcher Brandon Dieter did the rest, going the distance to lead the Huskies to a 5-1 victory over Florida’s Archbishop McCarthy, who was undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the country by Baseball America in Thursday’s USA Baseball National Classic quarterfinals in North Carolina. Dieter was impressive, allowing just four hits and working out of jam in the fourth, when McCarthy had runners on second and third with no outs, and only came away with one run.
South Hills advances to the prestigious semifinals and will take on fellow California team Orange Lutheran on Friday at 11 a.m.

Nogales knocks off defending leauge champ Sierra Vista: There are some new kids on the block in the Montview League.Nogales High School moved over from the Valle Vista League this year and is letting the rest of the Montview Know it going to be the team to beat.
The Nobles (10-1, 4-0) knocked off four-time reigning league champion Sierra Vista 5-0 to take sole possession of first place on Thursday afternoon.
The Nobles jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning and then rode the right arm of senior Jonathan Guardado.

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Aram Releaguing Report: Could South Hills, Diamond Bar head to Hacienda?

By Aram Tolegian
From seven to four. That’s the fate of the Suburban League as the latest round of high school re-leaguing meetings have kicked off for the cycle beginning with the 2018-19 school year.
The Foothill Area, of which the Suburban League is part of, voted recently for a major reduction in the size of the league. Beginning with the 2018-19 school year, the league will be down to just La Mirada, Bellflower, Mayfair and Norwalk.
And what about Cerritos, Artesia and Glenn, all of which used are now part of the league? They’re headed for the newly formed 605 League, along with Oxford Academy, Whitney and Pioneer, which will leave the Del Rio League after a long stay.
“The four teams left are going to appeal because it puts us in a bad spot only having four teams,” La Mirada athletic director Christine Mead. “We lose playoff spots. There’s chances that if we don’t field varsity teams at all four schools, the teams become freelance, which could end up very bad in the long run.”
It will be up to the principals at La Mirada, Bellflower, Mayfair and Norwalk to handle the appeals process, which will likely include an alternate proposal. Previously, the league had considered going to nine schools by adding Oxford Academy and Whitney. The appeal will be heard by the Foothill Area membership, although a date for that is not known.
Every four years, athletic directors and principals get together to decide the shape of the local league landscape. Every four years, the debate, at least going in to these crucial meetings, are fierce.
Up next is the Mt. SAC Area, where 42 schools comprise the zone that features several local leagues. During the last re-leaguing cycle, there was plenty of movement in the area, but it’s unclear whether things will be so active this time around.
One thing known is that Chino Hills, Diamond Bar, South Hills, Chaffey, Montclair, Ontario and Walnut (football only) have applied for relief from their current league situations. It will be up to representatives from the schools to convince other schools in the area that a change is necessary.
Schools are allowed to make up to two proposals of their own while leagues are allowed no more than three proposals. An ad-hoc committee will also make three proposals. The final vote will take place on April 25 at Glendora High.
A preliminary meeting to put all the proposals together will take place on April 13. One interesting rumor floating around has Chino and Diamond Ranch leaving the Hacienda League for the Mt. Baldy League. They would be replaced in the Hacienda League by Diamond Bar and South Hills, thus sending Alta Loma and Colony to the Palomares League to fill their void.

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Prep Roundup: West Covina baseball keeps wining; South Hills wins in North Carolina

WEST COVINA BASEBALL KEEPS ROLLING: Patience at the plate and aggression on the basepaths and solid defense helped the West Covina High baseball team win its seventh consecutive game, 5-2, over Chino on Wednesday afternoon.The Bulldogs (9-6, 3-1) got a complete-game performance from Daniel Rios, who scattered seven hits and walked only one, as West Covina took a solid hold on second place in Hacienda League.“
Throwing strikes and staying positive was the key today,” Rios said. “We’ve been working together and staying focused, like those two great catches in the outfield. I want to throw strikes and make the defense work. ”The Bulldogs broke the game open with a two-out, three-run rally in the bottom of the fifth inning.After two line-drive outs to start the inning, Andrew Rodriguez and Anthony Prada drew back-to-back walks.

South Hills wins opener in North Carolina tourney: South Hills High School’s last big baseball game was when the Huskies won the CIF Southern Section Division 2 crown last June.
Perhaps the second biggest game took place at the sixth Annual National High School Invitational at the USA National Training Center on Wednesday afternoon.
The Huskies, who received a prestigious invitation to the top 16-team tournament in the country this year, defeated Brother Rice of Chicago 2-0 behind a two-hit shutout by senior pitcher Karlos Morales.South Hills, ranked No. 7 by USA Baseball, will face No. 1 Archbishop McCarthy (12-0) of Fort Lauderdale, Florida in a quarterfinal game at 12:30 p.m. Thursday. The game will be streamed live by USA Baseball.
Morales (4-0), who lowered his ERA to 1.40, flirted with a no-hitter for the first 4 2/3 innings before giving up a sharp single to right field. He struck out five batters and retired 10 in a row from the first through the fifth innings.

Glendora 5, Windward 4 (8 innings) — Brock Welte’s single scored the winning run in the Anaheim Lions tournament. Hayden Pearce (4-1) got the win in relief, pitching three innings for the Tartans (14-4). Cade Marshman went 2 for 3 with a double, Robert Draper 2 for 4 and Scott Ellis had two RBIs.
La Habra 2, Ayala 1 (8 innings) — Sophomore Josh Ramirez drove in the winning run.
San Dimas 9, Temple City 1 — Sophomore Zach Jacobs pitched a complete game and JR. Jalen Guzman hit two doubles in the nonleague game.
Pomona 2, Garey 1 — Angel Gonzalez hit a two-run down and tripled and Elias Jauregei pitched in the Miramonte League victory for the Red Devils (6-4, 4-0).
El Monte 11, Rosemead 1 — Julian Valera went 4 for 4 with four runs, Hector Bravo went 4 for 5 and Rudy Pertak, Robert Gonzalez and Ruben Hernandez each had three hits for the Lions (5-3, 2-0) in the Mission Valley League game. Niko Higareda homered for the Panthers (6-4, 2-1).
La Mirada 17, Artesia 0 — Jared Jones went 3 for 4 with five RBIs and a double, RJ Lan went 3 for 3 with a double and Eddie Salcido got the Suburban League victory for the Matadors (10-2, 3-0).
Upland 7, Damien 6 — Freshman Tucker Juline hit a run-scoring single in the seventh for the Highlanders (9-3, 2-2). It scored sophomore Jose Cevallos, who tied the game with a RBI single. Colby Manning picked up his first varsity victory with 1 2/3 scoreless innings. The Spartans (5-5, 2-2) had led 5-1.
Ganesha 12, Edgewood 8 — Senior Jesus Salcido improved to 5-0, giving up two earned runs with four strikeouts and five hits as the Giants (7-2, 3-1) picked up a Miramonte League victory.

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Bishop Amat baseball earns big win over La Salle, 6-5

Amat gets best of La Salle: Was Bishop Amat High School baseball coach Joe Hoggatt worried?
Bishop Amat trailed visiting La Salle by four runs in the sixth inning. Bishop Amat scored five runs in the sixth for a 6-5 victory in a showdown for first place in the Del Rey League on Tuesday.
“More than a little concerned,” Hoggatt said. “We needed that. We have to win games like that. Hopefully this is a lesson we take with us down the road.”
Amat (7-4, 3-0) had not done much against La Salle (5-6, 2-1) through five innings. Amat had four hits and two baserunners had been picked off.

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