LA PUENTE — The Fontana Kaiser baseball team had not allowed a run through the first two rounds of the Southern Section Division 4 playoffs.
Obviously, the Cats had not played Bishop Amat.
Behind six runs batted in from sophomore left fielder Adam Alcantara, the second-seeded Lancers pounded Kaiser, 13-2, in a quarterfinal game Friday at Bishop Amat, advancing to the semifinals for the fourth time in the last five seasons.
“With runners in scoring position, I’m just trying to do my job,” said Alcantara, who was the football team’s starting strong safety last fall. “Ground ball to the right side, base hit up the middle, anything to get them in.”
The Lancers will play the winner Chino and Torrance in the semifinals Tuesday.
Kaiser scored in the top of the first on an RBI single by Dylan Farris but made three costly mistakes in the third that led to three runs.
Kaiser right-fielder Christopher Mathewson misplayed a routine single by Andrew Gutierrez into a two-base error. Jay Andreson then struck out but the ball got away from Kaiser catcher Jacob Hernandez, allowing Andreson to reach base safely.
After a walk to Wallace Gonzalez, Alcantara came through with the first of three two-run singles to give the Lancers the lead for good, 3-1.
Alcantara also had a two-run single in the third to stretch the lead to 6-2 and another in the fourth to make it 11-2. In between, Andreson delivered a bases-loaded triple.
Bernardo Zavala provided the final blow for the Lancers, a two-run homer in the fifth inning, only the second home run hit at Bishop Amat’s spacious field this season.
“It was a curve ball low,” said Zavala, a senior catcher who was set to graduate later Friday evening. “I was just trying to battle.”