Mistakes in the late innings proved too much for the De La Salle High baseball team to overcome as the Spartans lost 5-4 to Bishop Amat-La Puente in the final game of the Dave Stewart/Oakland A's Showdown at O.co Coliseum on Saturday.
De La Salle (15-5) took a 4-2 lead in the fourth thanks to some pressure baseball. With the score tied at 2, Kevin Hare drove in Steve Herting with a squeeze bunt to take a 3-2 lead. When the ball was left laying along the first base line, trailing runner Michael Brdar kept running and also scored.
Bishop Amat (18-9) cut into the lead with a run in the sixth, then tied the score in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Bryan Menendez.
The Lancers forged ahead one batter later, when the late afternoon sun turned Michael Hernandez's fly to right field into a ball that instead ticked off Hunter Mercado-Hood's glove and dropped. Andrew Medina scored on the play to put Bishop Amat ahead.
"We made a lot of mental mistakes that we've got to figure out how not to do," De La Salle coach David Jeans said. "A lot of it is within ourselves and being able to communicate and compete. We didn't compete today and it was embarrassing."
John Keane earned game MVP honors for De La Salle, pitching four innings and striking out four in a no-decision.
Clovis West 3, Campolindo 1: Three unearned runs in the fifth inning proved the difference as the Golden Eagles outlasted the Cougars in a matchup of state-ranked teams at the Coliseum.
Campolindo starter Trent Shelton looked strong early, striking out five of the first seven hitters he faced.
A rough inning by the Cougars (15-4-1) pushed the advantage to the other side of the diamond. Three errors, a walk and two singles allowed Clovis West (25-4) to score the only runs it would need to get the win.
Campolindo did have its chances. The Cougars loaded the bases with no outs in the first, but Clovis West starter Marco Pierce worked out of trouble by getting a pop out and two strikeouts.
The Cougars also had a shot in the seventh. They loaded the bases with one out and caused Clovis West to bring in closer Scott Silva. A sacrifice fly by Robbie Tenerowicz scored Campolindo's lone run, and Silva struck out Austin Rei to end the game.
Campolindo ace James Marvel, playing first base on Saturday, had an eventful game as he was hit in the head and jaw with a pitch in the first inning. He remained in the game, only to be hit again in the seventh. He also singled and struck out.
St. Joseph Notre Dame 6, Oakland Tech 5: The Pilots scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to beat the Bulldogs (13-8) in the first game at the Coliseum.
Trailing 5-4 in the bottom of the seventh, St. Joseph Notre Dame (6-16) tied the game on a one-out squeeze bunt by Robert Hansen. The bunt also moved Justin Brown to second. Brown scored moments later when he stole third and made it all the way home when the throw kicked into foul territory.