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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


Written by sgvsports

April 16, 2011 at 9:33 pm

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