By Richard Dawson
Armando Zapata stifled the Grand Terrace offense over six innings in route to a 5-2 win at the Titan Spring Break Tournament title game on Thursday, March 27.
Zapata, a slender 6-1 left-handed senior, allowed two earned runs on four hits, while walking two and striking out three to earn his first win of the season for the Steelers.
The performance was even more impressive considering the tournament host Titans had been swinging a hot bat through their first three games of the tournament, scoring 35 runs in the process.
Junior Peter Gomez closed out the game with a scoreless seventh.
Fontana’s offense helped set the tone early with five runs through the first two innings against Grand Terrace sophomore pitcher Max Zeman.
Despite totaling just three hits and five walks in the game while also committing four errors on defense, Fontana always had control of the game.
Senior Gerardo Torreblanca finished 2 for 3 with a double and three RBIs to pace the Steelers.
The Titans were making their first appearance in a tournament title game during the programs short history, but home field advantage proved to be no advantage this time around.
A bright spot from the tough loss for Grand Terrace was relief pitcher Albert Valdez tossing five scoreless innings.
Fontana (5-5, 0-1 SL) has now won four straight after dropping five of six games to open its season.
Fontana will look to carry the momentum into Sunkist League action against Bloomington at home on March 2 before traveling to Colton.
Grand Terrace (6-5, 1-0) will look to bounce back, also in Sunkist League action, when it plays Fontana Summit on March 2, coming back home to play Bloomington two days later.