Pitcher is the top player

The San Di­mas se­nior pitcher had a 13-0 record with a 0.34 earned-run av­er­age.

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - By Eric Sond­heimer eric.sond­heimer@la­times.com Twit­ter: @LATSond­heimer

San Di­mas’ Peter Lam­bert, right, who was 13-0 with a 0.34 ERA this sea­son, is The Times’ high school player of the year.

Top pitch­ers some­times have off days, but the con­sis­tency of se­nior right-han­der Peter Lam­bert of San Di­mas dur­ing the 2015 high school base­ball sea­son sep­a­rated him from all oth­ers.

“He was spe­cial,” co-coach Mike Re­gan said.

Lam­bert had a record of 13-0 with an earned-run av­er­age of 0.34. He threw two shutouts dur­ing the South­ern Sec­tion Di­vi­sion 3 play­offs. He had 15 strike­outs in a 3-2 victory over Ha­cienda Heights Wil­son. He shut out South Hills and shut out Bonita, schools that were both ranked dur­ing the regular sea­son in The Times’ top 25.

He helped San Di­mas win its first 31 games be­fore the Saints lost, 4-1, to Wal­nut in a Di­vi­sion 3 semi­fi­nal.

Lam­bert has been se­lected the South­ern Cal­i­for­nia player of the year in high school base­ball by The Times.

The 6-foot-3 pitcher has signed with UCLA and he also has the op­tion of turn­ing pro af­ter be­ing se­lected No. 44 over­all by the Colorado Rock­ies in Ma­jor League Base­ball’s am­a­teur draft.

“From an in­di­vid­ual stand­point, it was a pretty good sea­son,” Lam­bert said. “Ob­vi­ously, our team did out­stand­ing. We didn’t win the last one to get us where we dreamed of be­ing. I wanted to pitch well ev­ery time and wanted to give my team ev­ery chance to win.”

When­ever Lam­bert was on the mound, it was as close to an au­to­matic victory as a team could get. His abil­ity to throw four pitches for strikes, in­clud­ing a fast­ball that touched the low-90s mph, made it dif­fi­cult for op­pos­ing teams to gain mo­men­tum.

“He was pretty dom­i­nant,” Re­gan said. “All his pitches de­vel­oped and his lo­ca­tion was a big dif­fer­ence-maker. He threw harder this year and lo­cated the ball bet­ter.”

Lam­bert’s only dis­ap­point­ment was he couldn’t pitch un­til the sev­enth in­ning of the semi­fi­nal be­cause he had pitched a cou­ple days ear­lier in a quar­ter­fi­nal. But his team’s only de­feat won’t wipe away the pos­i­tive mem­o­ries of a 31-1 sea­son.

“Noth­ing beats go­ing 31-0 be­sides win­ning it all,” he said. “Ev­ery­thing was fun.”

De­spite ris­ing ex­pec­ta­tions and in­creas­ing scru­tiny, Lam­bert de­liv­ered time and again and learned valu­able lessons that he ex­pects will help him in com­ing years.

“What I learned was not to overdo any­thing,” he said. “Do ev­ery­thing the way you’ve al­ways done it. Don’t try to be the hero. Play the game the way you’ve done it your whole life.”

Eric Sond­heimer Los An­ge­les Times

PETER LAM­BERT has signed with UCLA and has the op­tion of go­ing pro af­ter be­ing drafted by the Rock­ies.

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