Roc Riggio completes three home runs in Thousand Oaks quarter-final win over San Dimas – San Gabriel Valley Tribune

When your name is Roc Riggio, and it’s your birthday, what else are you waiting for?

Riggio, the Thousand Oaks second baseman who signed to play for Oklahoma State, turned Friday’s CIF South Section Division 2 quarterfinal into his own home run derby.

The senior circled three home runs – all in different parts of the pitch – including a mammoth, punctuating a three-point shot in the sixth inning that left those watching with their jaws on the ground as he finished the day with six RBIs then as Thousand Oaks went on to rout San Dimas, 12-1.

“This kid, he hit a ball all over the place, and we knew he could hit it a mile,” San Dimas coach Mike Regan said of Riggio. “It’s about as good as baseball in high school, he’s going to do a lot of good things, he’s a very talented kid.”

The Lancers have over 40 home runs this season, and Riggio reached his ninth, tenth and eleventh.

“I couldn’t have done it without the guys behind me,” said Riggio. “Obviously I felt great at home plate today and had a few good shots that helped my team, but we all had a great day, and that’s all you can ask for in playoff baseball. . “

Thousand Oaks coach Jack Wilson could tell how serious his team was in warm-ups and someone might have a day like this, and why not Riggio.

“It’s a big birthday day,” Wilson said. “You spend a lot of time with these kids and you can see they were focused and got off the bus and their stretch was silent. We worked really hard on our game plan yesterday, especially Roc, and he stayed in the ball today and hit a home run down center, center left and center right and that was kind of our plan. for today.

Young Saints (20-5) starting four freshmen and one sophomore got a good taste of what a senior seed looks like with three Division 1 signers, that’s for sure.

“Obviously they’re a great team and they smoked the ball,” said Regan. “But we had opportunities early on and we didn’t move the runners and got a big hit and we can hit. Hats off they’re really good and we’re super young and getting to the quarterfinals with this group is huge because we only lose three (senior) kids, but there is going to be a bright future for this group, and Mille Oaks. has an amazing team, so congratulations to them.

Thousand Oaks (27-1), who opened the season winning their first 23 games, advance to Tuesday’s semi-finals, where they await the winner of Saturday’s quarter-final between Bonita and Los Alamitos.

Thousands Oaks’ show of power didn’t end with Riggio, hitting a two-run homer in the third inning and a solo shot in the fifth.

Charlie Saum, who signed with Stanford, hit a two-run homer that gave the Lancers a 5-0 lead in the third inning and shortstop Max Muncy, who is signed for Arkansas, went 2 in 3 with a double and a point. scored as the Lancers had 11 hits.

Lancers starting pitcher Myles Weiss played five innings and allowed seven hits, but allowed just one run.

The Saints almost did something dramatic in the bottom half of the third, but it wasn’t.

After Thousand Oaks ran with the bases loaded, Matt Rice completed a deep left volley that looked like it could go for a game-tying grand slam, but it was only a long flight, and the Saints were still in the game. lagging behind, 5-1, and it was never a contest after that

Riggio’s three-run homerun in the sixth set made it 9-1 and that was it.

PHOTO GALLERY

  • Ryan Kim (35) of San Dimas steals second base as Thousand Oaks shortstop Max Muncy (23) jumps for the pitch in the baseball quarterfinal at San Dimas High School on Friday, June 11, 2021. Thousand Oaks defeated San Dimas 12-1. (Photo by Keith Durflinger, Contributing Photographer)

  • Charlie Saum of Thousand Oaks (20) celebrates after hitting a two-run home run in the baseball quarterfinal at San Dimas High School on Friday, June 11, 2021. Thousand Oaks defeated San Dimas 12-1. (Photo by Keith Durflinger, Contributing Photographer)

  • Charlie Saum of Thousand Oaks (20) hits a two-run home run in the baseball quarterfinal at San Dimas High School on Friday, June 11, 2021. Thousand Oaks defeated San Dimas 12-1. (Photo by Keith Durflinger, Contributing Photographer)

  • Roc Riggio (3) of Thousand Oaks is congratulated after hitting his third home run in the baseball quarterfinals at San Dimas High School on Friday, June 11, 2021. Thousand Oaks defeated San Dimas 12-1. (Photo by Keith Durflinger, Contributing Photographer)

  • Roc Riggio (3) of Thousand Oaks hits his third homer in the baseball quarterfinals at San Dimas High School on Friday, June 11, 2021. Thousand Oaks defeated San Dimas 12-1. (Photo by Keith Durflinger, Contributing Photographer)

  • San Dimas pitcher Matt Romero (44) throws a pitch as they play Thousand Oaks in the baseball quarterfinal at San Dimas High School on Friday, June 11, 2021. Thousand Oaks defeated San Dimas 12-1. (Photo by Keith Durflinger, Contributing Photographer)

  • San Dimas first baseman Ryan Kim (35) eliminates Max Muncy (23) of Thousand Oaks in a baseball quarterfinal selection game at San Dimas High School on Friday, June 11, 2021. Thousand Oaks defeated San Dimas 12-1. (Photo by Keith Durflinger, Contributing Photographer)

  • Thousand Oaks pitcher Myles Weiss (10) throws in the San Dimas High School baseball quarterfinal on Friday, June 11, 2021. Thousand Oaks defeated San Dimas 12-1. (Photo by Keith Durflinger, Contributing Photographer)

  • San Dimas outfielder Kasen Khansarinia (6) catches a ball as they play Thousand Oaks in the baseball quarterfinal at San Dimas High School on Friday, June 11, 2021. Thousand Oaks defeated San Dimas 12-1. (Photo by Keith Durflinger, Contributing Photographer)

  • San Dimas third baseman Landon White (8) throws Thousand Oaks runner on first base n the baseball quarterfinals at San Dimas High School on Friday, June 11, 2021. Thousand Oaks defeated San Dimas 12-1. (Photo by Keith Durflinger, Contributing Photographer)

  • Thousand Oaks outfielder Easton Rulli (34) dives to catch the ball in the baseball quarterfinals at San Dimas High School on Friday, June 11, 2021. Thousand Oaks defeated San Dimas 12-1. (Photo by Keith Durflinger, Contributing Photographer)

  • San Dimas wide receiver Matt Rice (12) forces home Max Muncy (23) of Thousand Oaks and attempts the double play on first base in the baseball quarterfinals at San Dimas High School on Friday, June 11, 2021. Thousand Oaks defeated San Dimas 12-1. (Photo by Keith Durflinger, Contributing Photographer)

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