Bonita JVs Play Almost Perfectly in 5-0 Win Over Los Altos

May 1, 2012
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Winning pitcher Cameron Morgan

Winning pitcher Cameron Morgan

The Bonita junior varsity remained undefeated in Hacienda League play as Cameron Morgan twirled a 5-0, two-hit complete game masterpiece against Los Altos on Tuesday afternoon in La Verne.

Supporting his efforts on the mound were offensive stars Mark Kruse, who tripled and singled and drove in two runners in three at-bats, and Brendan Smith, who tripled, walked, and drove in and scored a run. Dakota Reidelbach also cashed in a runner with a sacrifice fly.

Morgan faced only two batters over the minimum. Other than being touched up for singles in the second and fourth innings, Morgan was perfect. Not a single runner reached second base.

Part of the credit goes to the Bearcats’ defense, which was flawless in the field. Indeed, the hardest hit ball was a wicked line-drive comebacker that Morgan blocked with his glove before he calmly threw the runner out.

Meanwhile, Bonita got the lead for their ace early. After Joe Quire walked, Smith tripled him home and scored moments later on a wild pitch to put Bonita up 2-0.

Bonita struck again in the bottom of the fourth, with Quire setting the table again, drawing a lead-off walk. After Smith flied out, Kruse lined a rocket to center that skipped under the centerfielder’s glove. By the time, the centerfielder chased the ball down, Kruse was motoring into third with a stand-up triple. Reidelbach hit a sacrifice to plate Kruse and put Bonita up 4-0.

Bonita scored in the fifth on a one-out base hit by Kruse to drive in Smith.

Hitting star Mark Kruse.

Hitting star Mark Kruse.

“The pitcher was real easy to read,” Kruse said. “I felt good today.”

Meanwhile, Smith, who was crushing the ball all afternoon, unselfishly took a walk in his last at-bat, even though it appeared he could have had his way with the pitcher.

“In the two-spot, my job is to get guys over; I’m just trying to help the team out,” Smith said.

Morgan mixed his pitches brilliantly, keeping Los Altos off balance the entire game except for Diaz who hit the screaming comebacker.

“When they hit that shot back to the mound, I felt my life threatened,” Morgan said.

Morgan credited Kruse’s behind the dish and his team’s overall defense for the win.

The unselfish Brendan Smith.

The unselfish Brendan Smith.

“You can’t pitch a good game without great defense,” Morgan said, “and that’s what we had today!”

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