It wasn’t productive for several local area baseball programs last Friday, with the exception of Hoover High, which trounced cross-town foe Glendale, 10-0, in a Pacific League game.
Otherwise, Pasadena Poly routed Prep League rival Flintridge Prep, 16-4, Arcadia edged Crescenta Valley, 3-1, in a Pacific League match, and Chaminade earned a hard-fought 6-5 decision over St. Francis in a Mission League battle.
The Tornadoes needed five innings to throttle the Nitros, and it ended when Cameron Doran scored. The game was marred by numerous errors, and is but one reason why Hoover (5-7 and 1-4 in league) now own a three-game winning streak.
Three miscues by the visiting Nitros (1-5 and 1-4 in league) opened the floodgates for a six-run first inning. Tyler Delzell’s two-run homer was part of the uprising, while Kevin Mendoza and Gene Shin, both doubled in a run. Delzell, Doran and Bob Romero each scored two runs.
Romero was the starting pitcher, and he kept the Nitros in check from the start, striking out six, walking none with three hits.
The Panthers leaped to a 4-0 lead in the opening frame, and coasted from there. Pasadena Poly is ranked No. 2 in the CIF Southern Section Division VI, and added three runs in the second inning.
Pasadena Poly (10-2 and 5-0 in league) led 7-1, after the Rebels’ Royce Park launched a solo home run in the bottom of the second inning.
The visiting Panthers did what all good teams do, answer with runs of their own. This time it was a nine-run outburst in the third inning. The Rebels (6-7 and 3-2 in league) committed six errors, which made the offensive assault so predictable.
Flintridge Prep tallied three runs in the fourth inning when Karlsen Termini doubled in Clayton Weirick and Park. Weirick also had a run-scoring single that drove in Kyle McDonald.
Arcadia’s Jonathan Larson had the key hit – a two-run triple in the sixth inning – and pitcher Garrett Tuck tossed a two-hitter over six innings with seven strikeouts. Tuck left with the bases loaded, and none out in the seventh inning.
When Larson tripled with two out, the host Apaches (13-3 and 5-0 in league) were ahead 1-0, and it gave Tuck valuable breathing room against the Falcons (11-5 and 3-2 in league).
With the host Golden Knights (9-8 and 0-4 in league) down by one run, and A.J. Berglund and David Olmedo-Barrera on base in the bottom of the seventh inning at Jackie Robinson Field, Mark Saatzer drilled what appeared to be the potential winning hit.
It wasn’t, as right fielder Dylan Delaney made a beautiful sliding catch on his knees that ended the game.
Ranked No. 6 in the CIF SS Division II, the Eagles (15-3 and 5-1 in league) scored the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh when Mike Dingilian singled in Tanner Reibenspies, who singled, stole second, and advanced to third on a throwing error.