Starry night at Stengel Field

Baseball: Angelenos players come up big on both sides in California Collegiate League All-Star Game at Stengel Field.

July 14, 2011|By Gabriel Rizk,

NORTHEAST GLENDALE — With a direct hand in five of the first six runs scored by the winning American squad, members of the Glendale Angelenos made sure their host status wasn't the only impact the first-year California Collegiate League club would have on the league's midsummer showcase.

Its grandstands festooned with red, white and blue signs and balloons and the brick wall circling the backstop draped in stars and stripes bunting, Stengel Field opened its doors for the third annual CCL All-Star Game and Prospect Showcase and drew a crowd of fans, family, a horde of professional scouts and the cameras of Fox Sports West to get a look at the best from one of the top summer collegiate leagues in the country.

Behind varied contributions from five Angelenos, the Americans led throughout and finished with a 14-3 win over a Nationals squad that included another five members of the local team.


"It was a privilege [to play], I think everybody's leaving very grateful," said Americans center fielder Matt Young of the Angelenos, who went one for one with a walk, a run batted in, a run scored and a stolen base. "Most of us have never played on national TV — I haven't — and a whole lot of scouts were here, so everybody got a chance to be looked at."

It was a good night for the Angelenos from the start, as the Americans' Young and Chad Nacapoy and the Nationals' Aaron Brown, three of the four Glendale players to start, began the night three for three.

Young drove in the first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning with a single to the pitcher that scored Michael Ratteree and resulted in a throwing error that put Young on second. Young would steal third and score on a single to third base by Greg Zebrack for a 2-0 lead.

In the top of the second, Young's Angelenos teammate, but All-Star opponent Aaron Brown got the Nationals on the board with a double ripped up the first-base line that scored Zac Elgie from second base. Nacapoy, the Americans catcher, helped his team get out of the frame with a beebee to third base to gun out Brown trying to take third as Dylan Gavin struck out looking.

Nacapoy's bat came into play in the bottom half of the second, as the former Crescenta Valley High standout, who finished two for two with an RBI and a run, singled to left field to score Christian Summers, who had led off the frame with a single.

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