Los Angeles Preps: Thomas Castro

Baseball D3: Bonita 5, Alhambra 1

June, 1, 2012
Bonita HS baseball celebrating thier CIF-SS Division 3 title.Tim Haddock/For ESPNLA.comBonita players celebrate winning the CIF-SS Division 3 title after a 5-1 win over Alhambra.

LOS ANGELES -- Thomas Castro provided the big hits. Justin Garza came up with the big pitches. The two combined to lead Bonita to the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 baseball championship at Dodger Stadium on Friday.

Garza gave up one run and three hits in his team’s 5-1 win over Alhambra. He struck out seven, walked two and didn’t give up a hit after the second inning.

“It was just our year,” Garza said. “We knew it was going to happen. We had a good vibe and we finally did it.”

Castro was 2-for-2, scored a run in Bonita’s four-run third inning and reached base all three times he came to the plate. He drove in a run in the first inning with a one-out single and walked in the fifth inning.

“To play out here and win a championship is a dream come true,” Castro said.

Castro was on the Bonita team that lost to Ocean View, 2-1, in the Division 3 championship game in 2010. He was the only player on the 2012 Bonita roster who started on the 2010 team.

“I still think about that game and how we let it slip away,” Castro said. “Going out my senior year, winning a championship, it’s amazing. It’s a great feeling.”

Bonita (32-2) won its second CIF baseball championship in school history. The Bearcats have played in five CIF championship games in the 109-year history of the school.

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