Bishop Gorman’s 8-7 baseball loss to Newbury Park in the championship game of its Easter Classic on Saturday at Hadland Park was not a learning experience or a character-builder or a wake-up call.
It was a loss. A plain, simple, frustrating loss — the Gaels’ first of the season.
“I don’t buy into losing — ever,” coach Chris Sheff said. “I don’t care if you’re 30-0 and you lose a game. We play the game to win, plain and simple.
“Do I look at this game two weeks down the line and say it gave us character? No. Our team has character. We just didn’t play well enough to win.”
At least not in the last few innings.
After the Panthers (11-4) took a 4-0 lead in the first inning, Gorman (17-1) tied the score in the third on Brandon Garcia’s two-run double. The Gaels took a 7-4 lead with a three-run fourth, getting a two-run homer by Johnny Field, who was 3-for-4 with three RBIs.
But Newbury Park chipped away, scoring one in the fifth and tying the game on Jojo Sharrar’s two-run double in the sixth.
In the top of the seventh, the Panthers’ Jordan Brower hit a two-out single and scored on Brad Greve’s liner to left field that popped out of the glove of a sliding Chad Miller.
“We just figured if we could stay close, maybe we had a chance,” Newbury Park coach Scott Drootin said. “They’re not used to losing any games. Every game against them is a championship game.”
• Arbor View 3, Rancho 2 — At Rancho, Sean Reilly scored on a throwing error in the sixth inning to break a 2-2 tie and lift the Aggies over the Rams.
Josh Arnold added a single and one RBI for Arbor View. Rancho’s Justin Neubauer pitched a four-hitter, striking out 12.
• Spring Valley 12, Del Sol 2 — At Spring Valley, Cody Collins was 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs for the Grizzlies.
Perry Martin was 3-for-3 with two doubles for Spring Valley. German Barajas had two doubles and two RBIs.
• Clark 7, Canyon Springs 5 — At Canyon Springs, Tom Hoag went 3-for-4 and struck out nine in a complete game as the Chargers beat the Pioneers.
Manny Estrada went 2-for-4 and scored twice for Clark.
Demetrius Pipkin was 4-for-4 with three doubles and two runs for Canyon Springs.
• Faith Lutheran 11, Stanley Lake (Colo.) 10 — At the Boulder Creek tournament in Phoenix, Michael Foley drew a bases-loaded walk, scoring Chuck Buchanan with the decisive run to cap a five-run fifth inning by the Crusaders.
Bobby Burns and Buchanan each went 3-for-3.
• Heritage (Colo.) 13, Faith Lutheran 4 — At the Boulder Creek tournament in Phoenix, Heritage’s nine-run first inning foiled the Crusaders, who went 3-3 in the tournament.
• Sierra Vista 15, Centennial 3 — At Sierra Vista, Matt Holman had two hits and four RBIs to spark the Lions.
Andrew Garcia was 3-for-4 with three runs, and Ryan Krasn was 2-for-3 with three RBIs for Sierra Vista.
• Durango 13, Mazama (Ore.) 3 — At Durango, Aaron Kurcz struck out 14 and allowed five hits, leading the Trailblazers to a six-inning victory.
John Richichi had a homer and two RBIs for Durango.
• Sierra Vista 8, Centennial 2 — At Sierra Vista, Desiree Laswell threw a two-hitter and struck out nine to lead the Lions past the Bulldogs.
Andrea McIntosh was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and two runs for Sierra Vista.
• Kingman (Ariz.) 6, Durango 5 — At Kingman, Ariz., the hosts used a five-run second inning to beat the Trailblazers in the Kingman Tournament final.
Jaexie Balilea homered for Durango.
• Durango 8, Lake Havasu (Ariz.) 0 — At Kingman, Ariz., Ashley Hall pitched a two-hitter to lead the Trailblazers.
• Durango 5, Needles (Calif.) 3 — At Kingman, Ariz., D.J. Richardson tripled twice to carry the Trailblazers.
• Durango 7, Pahrump Valley 0 — At Kingman, Ariz., Nicole Herrera hit a three-run homer and pitched a two-hitter as the Trailblazers blanked the Trojans.
• Lake Havasu (Ariz.) 3, Durango 0 — At Kingman, Ariz., Miranda Shoemaker pitched a no-hitter to beat the Trailblazers.
• Kingman (Ariz.) 3, Foothill 2 — At Kingman, Ariz., Foothill managed two hits in its loss to the host school.
• Needles (Calif.) 1, Foothill 0 — At Kingman, Ariz., Needles’ Mary Marquez pitched a two-hit shutout to lead the Mustangs past Foothill.
• Foothill 16, Window Rock (Ariz.) 11 — At Kingman, Ariz., Brandy Yamka went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs as Foothill rebounded to beat Window Rock.
• Pahrump Valley JV 14-5, Lake Mead 4-9 — At Pahrump, Amanda Wellman was 5-for-8 with two doubles to help the Eagles split with Pahrump’s junior varsity.
Jenna Willis was 4-for-6 for Lake Mead.