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Slugger returns to Stengel

Former CV standout Chad Nacapoy is back on local scene with Angelenos.

July 12, 2011|By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com
  • Glendale Angelenos catcher Chad Nacapoy will play in the California Collegiate League All-Star game at Stengel Field on Wednesday night.
Glendale Angelenos catcher Chad Nacapoy will play in… (Cheryl A. Guerrero,…)

During his college baseball career, Chad Nacapoy has spent defensive innings shifting his weight between pitches in the outfield or taking in the action from the dugout as a designated hitter, but for the former Crescenta Valley High backstop, neither can compare to seeing the game from behind the mask.

For Nacapoy, it's about being in control, at the center of the action and visible to the people who matter most.

"I just like catching because I'm in the action every single play," says Nacapoy, a senior-to-be at Cal State Los Angeles and a current member of the California Collegiate League's Glendale Angelenos. "Plus, my dad always says, 'I like when you catch because when you're on TV, I can see you and watch you play.' That's always a plus."

Nacapoy's folks, and anyone else with access to the Fox Sports Network, will be able to get an eyeful of Nacapoy plying his trade behind the plate when he takes part in the third annual CCL All-Star game, which will be nationally televised live from Stengel Field beginning at 6 p.m. on Wednesday night.

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Putting up solid offensive numbers and calling a good game from behind the dish in his second summer in the CCL, Nacapoy will be making his second appearance in the midsummer exhibition after playing in the game last year as a member of the MLB Academy Barons.

"He means a lot to the team, he's one of the most vocal leaders we have and we couldn't do it without him," Angelenos All-Star pitcher Thomas Korn says. "He's one of the biggest bats in our lineup. You can bet he's going to do some damage if you send him up to the plate."

In addition to Nacapoy's most ardent local supporters, it's a safe bet that plenty of scouting personnel from the professional ranks will be checking out Wednesday's game from the stands at Stengel and on TV. Showcasing his talent in one of the premier summer collegiate leagues in the country, along with having a solid senior year next spring with the Golden Eagles, is part of Nacapoy's plan to realize his lifelong baseball ambitions.

"That's my dream to play professional ball somewhere with a major league team," Nacapoy says.

Angelenos Coach Tony Riviera says a shot at the pros isn't out of Nacapoy's reach and that he's brought the dream closer to reality this summer by making necessary adjustments to his game, such as focusing this summer on driving the ball to the opposite field.

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