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GHS Baseball continues to roll

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originally posted at glendora.patch.com

There are those who say the coaching staff of the defending CIF Champion Glendora Tartans’ baseball team has done an even more masterful job of coaching up to this point of the season than they did a year ago.

With the team sitting atop first place of the Baseline League coming into Wednesday’s game against Rancho Cucamonga, it’s hard to argue with them.

Glendora (13-5-1, 8-2) has opened up a 3 game lead on their nearest league rivals (Los Osos and Alta Loma) and despite falling behind 1-0 early in Wednesday’s game, rallied to beat the visiting Cougars 9-1 on 18 hits, including two homers by senior first baseman John Alexander.

The Tartans sent senior pitcher Sean Beckman out to the hill again and despite giving up an earned run in the opening frame, Beckman pitched six solid innings to add to his season totals which include seven wins, one complete game and a 1.94 ERA.

Glendora drew even in the bottom of the first on a 2 out solo home run by Alexander, then took a 2-1 lead the following inning on a grounder which got past Rancho shortstop Vince Shewmaker and scored Chandler Duffy from second.

“We knew that we had our hands full, we knew that we didn’t like being in a 2-1 game with missed opportunites,” said Tartans coach Dan Henley. “Those opportunities, we would have liked to have taken advantage of them sooner, but we kept hitting the ball hard and things really worked out towards the end.”

The Tartans got three more runs on four hits in the bottom half of the 5th inning and added four additional runs in the 6th,  which featured a triple by senior Nick Cooksey and Alexander’s second homerun, this time a three run blast to center which cleared the bases and sent a lot of the visiting crowd off to try and beat the traffic.

“I’m just lucky to be out here, the pitchers out there they just do a hell of a job for us, they deserve to be run supported with hits and all that,” said Alexander after the game, adding he visited his doctor earlier in the day due to a bout of tonsillitis.

“It was just great that we could actually support our pitchers but we’ve really been doing that all year long, so it’s good to get a good ‘W’ up there.”

Even though most hitters relax when their team has a big lead, Alexander said sometimes it’s good to battle through the tense moments of a tight ball game.

“You gotta live for the moments when you’re up 2-1, it’s pressure but it’s good for you, it just makes you a better ball player.”

Henley was quick to praise the opposing team and said he wasn’t taking any team lightly.

“Their win-loss record in league doesn’t demonstrate how good they are because they came out on Saturday and they beat Alta Loma who’s in second place, they beat them 10-0,” said Henley.

“So, we haven’t been nor will we look at anybody’s record and take anything for granted and we didn’t with these guys because they’re very good and they compete well and they don’t give up, and that’s what we’re gonna get out of them on Friday and that’s what we’re gonna get out of every team in league.”

The Tartans got a mix of good pitching and solid defensive play on their way to their fourth consecutive victory. Wyatt Wood came in to pitch the final inning of play. Wood and Beckman combined for five strikeouts, two of which came in the top of the seventh inning to close out the Cougars. They gave up a total of five hits.

“We’ve been able to do that this year, we’ve pitched very well on the front end and the back end of games so Sean gave up the run in the first, and shut the door and really pitched with a lot of enthusiasm and toughness from there on end,” said Henley.

With five games left to play in the season, Glendora next travels to Rancho Cucamonga on Friday for the re-match. First pitch is scheduled for 3:15 p.m.

WP: Sean Beckman        LP: Gibby Contreras

BOX SCORE

1 2 3 4 5 6 7    R  H  E

RC           1 0 0 0 0 0 x- 1    5  0

GT           1 1 0 0 3 4 0- 9  18  0

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April 28, 2011 at 9:31 pm

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game five analysis: Lakers-Hornets

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Lakers vs. Hornets Game 5 analysis.

Well, as I sit here the Hornets are getting beat by 16 in L.A. in the pivotal game 5 “swing game.” Personally even though I am disappointed over their performance in this game, I have been pretty impressed by how the Hornets have taken the fight to the world champs and made a series out of it, especially since one of their best shooter (West) is out.

The Hornets are undermanned, undersized and basically have less playoff experience than L.A.’s bigs, but it seems to me that games 1 and 4 proved they could be physical and that Kobe is struggling somewhat guarding younger players (especially Chris Paul.)

Still, the Hornets probably lack another quality shooting guard to overtake the Lakers, especially with the resurgence of Andrew Bynum. Bynum’s play, especially on the defensive side of the ball has been the key factor in this series so far, well that and a nagging inconsistent tendency by the refs. to not call offensive fouls both ways, but that’s another story altogether.

So the scene will most likely shift to New Orleans with the champs up 3-2 in the series and looking to close out a round one series that has been more of a struggle and far more challenging than they probably anticipated going in.

Offensively, I think New Orleans should go back to attacking the paint, they took way too many jump shots in the second half and turned the ball over way too many times (18 by last count) to secure the W. They might not be able to pull this out, but it sure would be nice to see them take this thing to seven games. The Lakers aren’t going to give you anything, so you should make it as hard as possible on them in return.

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April 27, 2011 at 5:07 am

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Press box to include Charter Oak?

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The Citrus College baseball team travelled to Mt. SAC last week and earned a 10-6 win over the rival Mounties, they then came home two days later and were unable to complete the sweep as Mt. SAC took game 2 by a 3-2 score.

I have been pretty busy the past couple of weeks with sports coverage and news in the Covina/Glendora area.

I think that patch is going to start incorporating coverage of Charter Oak High School considering more than 30 percent of their students live in our coverage area.

I addition to softball and baseball coverage of Citrus College and Glendora High last week, I also witnessed a pretty good sotball game on Saturday morning in which St. Lucy’s beat Charter Oak in extra innings.

Here’s the rundown in this week’s press box column.

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April 25, 2011 at 10:45 pm

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Glendora softball rained out

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April 19, 2011 at 6:16 am

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Tartans Get Game Winning Homerun in Victory over Los Osos

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Preparation and hard work can go along way, and even a shut-out loss can have a silver lining. The defending CIF Champion Glendora Tartans baseball team found this out on Friday afternoon as they defeated the Los Osos Grizzlies in dramatic come from behind fashion 5-4 with one swing off senior Nick Cooksey’s bat.

The Tartans (10-5-1, 5-2) were blanked on the road by the Baseline League rival Grizzlies earlier in the week 7-0. In that game, Los Osos’ senior pitcher Cody Dill went the distance allowing just 5 hits, 1 walk and striking out 7.

However, the Tartans were more prepared for the opposition’s pitching upon returning to their home field.

“We were behind every inning but we were staying with them,” said Cooksey in reference to Friday afternoon’s see-saw affair where the two teams traded runs through three innings and were deadlocked 2-2 at the conclusion of the fourth frame.

Los Osos’ senior Andrew Vasquez got the start on Friday, and unlike a previous start against Glendora earlier in the year where he got very little run support, Vasquez got a 1-0 cushion in the first inning courtesy of an RBI single from teammate Isaiah Delsi.

“We wanted to do better, He’s a lefty and we wanted to get to know what he was throwing,” said Cooksey.

Vasquez gave the Grizzlies five innings worth of work, giving up two runs and striking out four before relinquishing pitching duties to junior Tyler Rowe in the top of the sixth inning. Rowe was successful in relief through a 1-2-3 inning sixth and seemed to have the win locked up for Los Osos.

The Grizzlies took a 4-2 lead in the top half of the seventh when a line drive between the first and second base gap by senior Daniel Meza drove in two runs.

The Tartans were down, but not out as they got hits from outfielder Riley Carter and senior Josh Luevanos in the final half inning of the game.

Following a passed ball, Cooksey came up to hit with runners on first and third and one out and promptly ended the game as his 3-run blast sailed over the fence.

Glendora Coach Dan Henley said emotions played a big role in the game. “We were tied 2-2, then down 4-2 and we haven’t scored a lot of runs this week, then boom, game is over…the way it played it sure happened in a hurry, it’s real good to be on the winning side,” Henley said.

Cooksey said it felt great to hit the game winner but re-affirmed that knowledge of Los Osos’ pitching helped secure the victory.

“I think if we keep playing like this we have a chance to make a run at a title. We are just as good as any of the other teams,” said Cooksey.

Despite giving up the two runs, senior pitcher Nicholas Hall got the save in relief of starter Scott Burke for the Tartans. Burke recorded two strikeouts through six innings and gave up two runs.

Up next for the Tartans is another home game on April 20 against Etiwanda High School.

BOX SCORE    1   2   3   4   5  6  7   R  H  E

Los Osos-          1  0   0   1   0   0 2   4  10  1

Glendora-         0 0   1   1   0   0  3   5    8   0

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April 16, 2011 at 9:33 pm

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Mt. SAC Relays cap off a busy week of sports coverage

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53rd annual Mt. SAC relays got underway Saturday

It was another busy week in sports, in addition to compiling my first press box column for Glendora patch, on Saturday I went down to shoot the community college Invitational at the Mt.SAC Relays

I should point out that I don’t really consider myself a photographer, I am more of a journalist who also happens to take his own shots occasionally. Although I enjoy taking photos, this photography thing can get a bit technical and takes years to master, so I have developed a great respect for the photographers I have worked with in my past.

More to come.

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April 13, 2011 at 3:04 am

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Tartans Rally to Preserve 6-6 Tie in Tournament game against San Dimas

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Glendora's Josh Luevanos takes his turn at bat during Saturday's tournament game against San Dimas

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ARCADIA-Resilient would be the word to describe the Glendora baseball varsity team. Time and time again this season they have found themselves behind, only to scrape back into a game. Saturday’s contest against San Dimas was no exception as the Tartans fought back from a deficit to tie the Saints 6-6 in the Apache Invitational Tournament at Arcadia High School.

Glendora (7-3-1, 4-1) was coming off an 8-4 loss to Baseline League leaders Etiwanda High School (10-2, 3-0) on Friday afternoon, but after finding themselves down 1-0 in the first inning of Saturday’s game, the Tartans scored two runs of their own on their half of the inning for their first rally courtesy of RBI hits by seniors Aaron Miller and William Regis.

Glendora increased their lead to 3-1 when junior fielder Donovan Holmes stole second base, and then reached home plate on a fielding error by San Dimas.

A number of Glendora miscues allowed the Saints to tie the score at 3-3 including a player who got hit by a pitch and a ball mishandled by catcher Brennan Salgado which allowed the Saints’ Matt Munoz to score from third base.

The teams added a run each in their respective halfs of the fourth. Freshman Daniel Milwee, who stole a base earlier in the inning, scored on another throwing error by the Tartans to give the Saints a 4-3 advantage, but Glendora responded by tying the game again on a one out solo homerun blast by senior Nick Cooksey.

Glendora Coach Dan Henley said he was pleased with his team’s ability to battle and stay in the game.

“It’s a spring break tournament and you never know how kids are going to react. We got down once and came back, we got down again against a real scrappy ball club who’s enjoying some early success and we stayed right there, we stayed focused,” said Henley.

Despite a good pitching performance by junior Calvin Berdugo which included three strikeouts, the Tartans turned to senior pitcher Nicholas Hall in the fifth inning to close the Saints out. However, once again the Tartans misplayed the ball on several occasions as they gave up two runs on a pair of hits and found themselves down 6-4.

“He came in and gave up the two runs in his first inning of work and then the last innings that he threw he did a much better job, he came in and had some deep counts, and he executed 3-2 pitches to get outs,” said  Henley about Hall’s pitching in relief of Berdugo.

“He did things that he’s been doing all year, that’s pitching effectively with his arsenal, curve ball, change-up, fastball, we’re proud of what he did to give us the chance to score that last run.”

Following Nick Cooksey’s two-out single in the sixth inning, John Alexander, who’s averaging .375 this season, sailed a two run homerun over the fence to deadlock the game at 6-6.

The Tartans loaded the bases once more on hits by Salgado and Miller but were unable to capitalize on that offensive threat.

“My heart kind of sank,” said Alexander in reference to his homerun shot. Just like many of the Glendora fans in attendance, he initially thought it would come up short and be caught by the San Dimas outfielders.

“I was just trying to find a way to help my team win. I feel like we battled all over the place, our defense was good, we just couldn’t find a way to win it,” said the senior slugger.

“Yes it’s kind of an empty feeling of a tie, but moving forward, it could have been the antithesis of that — a loss — so they battled, they really did. It wasn’t pretty at times, especially on the defensive end of it, but we got back in it,” said Henley.

BOX SCORE

SCHOOL 1    2    3      4     5   6   7   8             R    H     E

Glendora 2     1    0     1     0   2   0   0          6     7     3

San Dimas 1     0    2     1     2   0   0   0       6    12    2

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April 3, 2011 at 6:26 pm

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