MORENO VALLEY – Starter Frank Camarillo is quite imposing. It’s possible reliever Frank Camarillo could be even better.
It looked like this on Friday as he shot four dominant relief innings against Viewpoint. His effort, coupled with an at-bat blast atop the Moreno Valley roster, and the Vikings cruised to a 10-2 victory in the CIF Division 5 South Section Quarterfinals on Friday.
The top-seeded Vikings (26-3) play at home Tuesday against Buena in the semifinals. They are looking for their third league game in six years.
Camarillo watched from first base as starting pitcher Johnny Silva battled through a few high-pitch innings. Silva used five strikeouts to walk out with just one run allowed.
By the time Camarillo entered, he was sitting on a 7-1 lead and Viewpoint’s lineup looked overwhelmed. He allowed three hits and struck out 10 in his four scoreless innings.
“Working out of the bullpen is not his favorite thing,” Moreno Valley coach Brad Allcock said. “It’s on me because it’s my strategy. He embraced it and was a real team player and that helped us manage his pitch count.
Camarillo said he’s still getting used to the routine of doing his pre-game warm-up and then waiting a half hour or more to reach the mound.
“At the end of the day, it’s the same goal, to help my team win,” he said. “He (Silva) is special too. It’s obviously good to have another pitcher supporting me.
Silva had barely finished his job when he left the mound.
He contributed to a monster day at the plate, going 4-for-4, leading by five runs. Hitting fifth in the order, Silva was part of a top five that was 13 for 18 with nine RBIs.
“He’s been doing this all year,” Allcock said. “And he knocks. He doesn’t just hit singles. He goes from gap to gap and hits a lot of doubles. Today it was just off.
Silva followed up Greg Luna’s two-run single with a scoring single in the first, then cleared the net with a double to make it 7-1 in the second.
“We’re starting to dial in at home plate,” Camarillo said. “We read the pitches a little more and are more patient.”
It wasn’t a great end to the season for Viewpoint (17-8), which moved from Division 6 to Division 5.
“I think we far exceeded expectations,” Patriots coach Rick Weber said. “Our school is about 20% the size of this school. We may not have had our best day today, but I think it’s been an amazing season.