You know high school baseball is under way when the weather begins to turn sunny and warm.
This past week, Glendale, Hoover, and Crescenta Valley highs were in action, and each had varying degrees of success.
Campbell Hall took out the visiting Tornadoes 6-4 on Saturday in a non-league encounter even though Fidel Hernandez and Michael Zalin each collected three hits. One of Zalin’s hits was a bases-empty homer.
Glendale pitcher Jason Marquez was the winner after toiling nine strong innings with eight strikeouts during Friday’s 2-1 non-league game against visiting Village Christian.
Marquez was in the middle of the game-winning rally in the ninth as he stole second base, but when the Crusaders’ catcher tried to pick off Dillon Howard at third, the ball went awry and Howard scored.
Glendale’s first run was driven in on Hosue Aguilera’s infield single as Daniel Aragon was plated.
The Falcons were turned away by Los Osos 7-2 on Friday in the Bonita Tournament as pitcher Troy Mulcahey had a rough outing.
Mulcahey was pushed around for six runs (four earned) over four innings, and was relieved by Cole Currie.
Mulcahey managed three hits and a run batted in, while Troy Prasertsit added the other RBI.
Luis Zamora drove in three runs for Hoover which blasted Buckley 12-2 on Tuesday in a non-league match that was halted after five frames due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Zamora finished with two singles including a two-run hit in the first that padded Hoover’s lead to 4-0.
Kevin Mendoza had an RBI double in the same inning, and Jonathan Ramos drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk.
Host La Canada had no problem with the Nitros on Tuesday behind pitcher Alex Bang’s 11 strikeouts, four hits, and four walks across six innings of a 7-1 rout.
Derek Georgino, Scott Moulin, Clayton Herrmann, and Jacob Yonan all had two hits for the Spartans.
Glendale made it 1-0 in the second when Ryan Vargas doubled in Rafael Rios (two hits).
La Canada tallied four runs in the fourth inning on Georgino’s single, Mitch Russell’s double, Mateus De Faria’s squeeze bunt, and Herrmann’s single.