Baseball: Santa Fe wins emotional Del Rio League opener; Fallen Whittier PD officer Keith Boyer remembered

Whittier Police Officers from left: Jerry Reyes, Damien Velasco and Captain Aviv Bar pause for a moment of silence during a pre-game ceremony for fallen Whittier Police Officer Keith Boyer at the Cardinals’ Whittier, Calif. campus field March 16, 2017. (Photo by Leo Jarzomb, SGV Tribune/ SCNG)

By Stephen Ramirez
Baseball took a back seat for Whittier and Santa Fe high schools Friday.
The two area teams paid homage to fallen Whittier Police officer Keith Boyer, who died in the line of duty on Feb. 20, prior to their Del Rio League opener at Whittier High.
Whittier held a pregame ceremony, which included a moment of silence for Boyer, a presentation of a Cardinals team jersey to the Whittier Police Department and Whittier Police officer Damien Velasco throwing out the first pitch.
Santa Fe rallied for a 5-2 victory in the game. But that mattered little to first-year Whittier coach Larry Patino.

“Today was a tough baseball game,” Patino said. “(Santa Fe) was the better team today. But I go home with my hair standing up because I’m really excited. We didn’t just play the game of baseball.
“We acknowledged the great man in Keith Boyer and for what he did for our community. I believe at the end of the day when it all settles, it’s about life and good people like him.”
In the game, Santa Fe scored four runs in the fifth to rally for the victory. Chiefs pitcher Isaiah Gonzales had two hits and tossed a five-hitter with five strikeouts to help the Chiefs put a 1-7 start to the season behind them.
“What we do with the preseason schedule is to prepare us for games like this,” Santa Fe coach Pierre Romo said. “Whittier is a tough team. We know they are going to be tough, but the boys keep battling. We’ve taken our lumps and today we were rewarded.”
Whittier (4-7) got RBIs from Alex Andueza and Ian Fregoso. Benji Avila pitched four shutout innings before being replaced due to a pitch-count limit.

Santa Fe, after falling behind 2-0, got consecutive singles from Jorge Centeno, Sergio Medrano and Matthew Garcia to cut it to 2-1 in the fifth.
Ruben Romero then followed with a two-run single for a 3-2 lead. Romero scored on an error to push it to 4-2.
Raul Ramirez had a RBI fly in the sixth for a 5-2 advantage.
Gonzales, after giving up two doubles and a single in the third to fall behind 2-0, gave up just two hits and a walk over the final four innings to get the win.
“I left a couple pitches on the plate and they capitalized,” Gonzales said. “When I got in the dugout, Romo said I needed to start working down. We just stuck to the game plan against them.
“This boosts are confidence. Going 1-7 was tough, but what we have is our heart and we continue to battle.”

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Softball: St. Paul takes first advantage against rival Bishop Amat

St. Paul’s Samantha Rivas against Bishop Amat in the second inning of a prep softball game at Jersey Fields in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., on Thursday, March, 16, 2017. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

SANTA FE SPRINGS >> St. Paul High School didn’t win the Del Rey League softball title last season, The Swordsmen are hoping to change that in 2017.Thursday they took a step in that direction.Tatum Anzaldo hit a two-run home run and had three RBIs and St. Paul took the first advantage over rival Bishop Amat with a 6-1 victory in the league opener at Jersey Fields.
Nia Carter had three hits and scored three runs and Sydnee Krattenmaker had a two-run triple for the Swordsmen (3-1). Alexis Bermudez gave up seven hits and struck out three for her third victory. Bryanna Perez had three hits for the Lancers (2-7-1).

Anzaldo, after Bishop Amat cut it to 2-1 in fifth, had the big hit and turned the edge back to St. Paul. She drilled a line-drive to center field, which easily scored Carter for a 3-1 lead and she beat the throw home for the inside-the-park homer and a 4-1 advantage.
Krattenmaker all but sealed with a two-run triple to left-center field in the sixth for a 6-1 advantage.
Bermudez got in a little trouble in the sixth, but induced Alyssa Avalos to line into an inning-ending double play with runners on first and second.
Bermudez retired the Lancers in order in the seventh, ending the game by catching a line drive by Gabby Bracamonte.
St. Paul’s Tatum Anzaldo: “I think (what happened last season) is the biggest part of winning this game today. We want to take it (the Del Rey League title) back. We want what’s ours.”
Bishop Amat’s Bryanna Perez: “We just have to talk more,” Perez said. “We did our best; we’ll try to get them next time.”
— Stephen Ramirez

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Baseball: Cal outduels La Canada, 1-0

California High School defeated La Canada 1-0 in a non-league game played on Dedeaux Field at USC. Los Angeles, CA 3/15/2017. Photo by John McCoy/Los Angeles Daily News (SCNG)

By Stephen Ramirez
The California and La Canada high school baseball teams may have played in a big college stadium Wednesday, but it was littleball which proved to be the difference.And the pitching of sophomore Mike Gutierrez didn’t hurt the Condors, either.Gutierrez threw six shutout innings and Jordan Zuniga converted a squeeze punt to perfection to lead California to a 1-0 victory over the Spartans in a nonleague game at USC’s Dedeaux Field.Gilbert Lopez and Brandon Acosta also had hits for the Condors (5-2), who head into Del Rio League play after winning last week’s El Segundo Blue Division Tournament and beating a La Canada team that is expected to challenge for the Rio Hondo League crown.
Graham Massimino had two hits and Connor Buchanan gave up two hits and struck out two in six innings for the Spartans (4-3).

“It’s been our script all through the years: Pitching and defense,” California coach Tony Nieto said. “We got a great outing from our sophomore, Mike Gutierrez. He gutted it out. His pitch count went a little high, but he wanted to get that last out (in the sixth) and he said, ‘I got it, coach.’ We left him in there and he got a big strikeout for us.”
Zuniga then capped one of the Cal’s two scoring chances with his sacrifice bunt for a 1-0 lead in the fifth.
Niko De Lao led off with walk. Noah Nieto sacrificed him to second and De Lao stole third. He scored when Zungia converted with a bunt to the right, forcing Buchanan to get the out at first.
“No pressure,” Zuniga said. “We do it at practice every day. You just have to get it done for the team. I tried to put us on top, and I did.’
Gutierrez took care of the rest.
The sophomore gave up two hits during the first two innings, but then rebounded to retire eight consecutive batters. He gave up a one-out double to Massimino in the fifth, erasing the La Canada catcher with a pickoff.
La Canada also had runners on first and second in the sixth with one out. But Gutierrez ended the threat when Buchanan flied out to right field and then struck out Tyler Fierro.
“In those situations, I’m just trying to get a groundball,” said Gutierrez, who threw 95 pitches in six innings. “The defense was outstanding today. I was just trying to get a ground ball and get out of the inning.”
Anthony Salazar replaced Gutierrez in the seventh. Tristan Kalnins led off with a walk, but Salazar got the next three batters in the Condors’ annual game at Dedeaux Field.
“It’s an honor to pitch here,” Gutierrez said. “All the history that’s been here at USC. It’s just an honor.”

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Wednesday Recap: Whittier Christian baseball defeat La Quinta at Newport Elks Tournament

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Whittier Christian 9, La Quinta 2 — Chad Green was the winning pitcher and Matt Salas went 4 for 4 with a triple and three RBIs for the Heralds in a Newport Elks Tournament win. Also for Whittier Christian, Julian Gonzalez went 2 for 3 with an RBI and Josh Hernandez had a triple.

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Tuesday Recap: Whittier Christian baseball silences Dominguez

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Whittier Christian 10, Dominguez 0 — Brian Greene pitched four innings, striking our four and Dillon Crain pitched the final three innings, striking our three for the Heralds in a Newport Elks Tournament victory. Also for Whittier Christian, Matt Salas went 3 for 4 with a double and a triple, Elijah Camarena went 2 for 3 and Brian Greene went 2 for 2 with a double.

ST. PAUL 4, NOTRE DAME ACADEMY 0 — Senior right-hander Alexis Bermudez tossed a shutout for the Swordsmen (2-1) in nonleague play at Jersey Field.
Tatum Anzaldo added a two-run home run for St. Paul.

Boys volleyball
California 3, Schurr 0 — Erik Hernandez and Antonio Velarde had 13 kills each, Alphonso Diaz had 24 digs and Andrew Goint and Christian Gutierrez had 13 assists each for the Condors (4-0) in a 26-24, 25-14, 25-20 nonleague victory.

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