Esperanza catcher Brandon Morones clutches his leg after being injured in a collision at the plate during the third inning against Bishop Amat on Thursday in the Hard9 National Classic at Cal State Fullerton.

Bishop Amat crushes Esperanza in title game


Bishop Amat of La Puente defeated Esperanza, 12-1, Thursday at Cal State Fullerton in the Hard9 National Classic championship game.

Bishop Amat won its third National Classic championship. Amat's Lancers won the National Classic in 2001 and '02. The only other school to have won three National Classic championships since the tournament began in 1990 – Esperanza, which annually is a co-host of the tournament with El Dorado.

Bishop Amat (20-2) is ranked No. 1 in CIF-Southern Section Division 4. Esperanza, not ranked in CIF-Southern Section Division 1, is No. 10 in the Orange County media poll.

Esperanza's Aztecs (14-8) won National Classic tournament most recently in 2005.

The big hitters for Amat: Adam Alcantara hit a two-run home run; and Jay Anderson drove in three runs on two triples.

Bishop Amat scored three runs, all unearned, in the first inning. With one out, Brandon Castaneda reached on an infield error, took second on a single by Rio Ruiz. Bernardo Zavala singled, putting runners on first and second. Another error enabled Ruiz to scorer and put Zavala on third, and Zavala scored on a ground out to make it 3-0.

Esperanza got a run in the second inning when Ryan Aguilar was hit by a pitch and eventually scored on a single by Mitch Mosman to cut the Amat lead to 3-1.

Bishop Amat sophomore Alcantara hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning to push the Lancers' lead to 5-1.

The Lancers scored five runs in the fifth to put the victory away. Anderson hit a two-run triple and scored on a squeeze bunt, and Castaneda finished the scoring with a two-run single that make it 10-1.

Amat scored twice in the sixth, in which Anderson hit his second triple.

Esperanza returns to Century League play next week, with two games against Canyon. The Aztecs are 4-2 in league.

In Golden West League:

Westminster 11, Segerstom 0: Tyler Mahle tossed a one-hitter and drove in four runs to lead the Lions (8-1 in league) over the Jaguars (2-6 in league) at Segerstrom.

John Aguillaris was 3 for 3 with two RBIs, and Alex Carbajal added two hits, including a triple, for Westminster. Ronnie Medina recorded Segerstrom's lone base hit.

In nonleague:

Garden Grove 12, Santa Maria 2: Nate Anderson struck out 10 in just five innings to help the Argonauts (9-10) defeat the visiting Saints. Anderson (6-1) gave up two hits and one earned run.

Chris Smith and Andrew Villegas both went 2 for 3 with 3 RBIs.


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