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Nitros walk off with rivalry win

May 11, 2012

BASEBALL

Glendale 4, Hoover 3: Though the Glendale High and Hoover baseball teams will not qualify for the postseason, the teams created some suspense in the final inning of their Pacific League finale Friday afternoon.

It came down to the final plate appearance.

Jason Marquez singled home Sean Harris with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to give Glendale the victory.

Glendale finished at 5-16, 3-11 in league and Hoover wound up 5-16-1, 3-11.

Hoover scored three runs in its half of the seventh off Marquez, who came in to try to pick up the save.

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"That's baseball in that it's a game where you get a chance to prove yourself again," Glendale Coach Jesus Osuna said. "It's a great game and, at the end of the day, we made it count."

Hoover knotted it at 3 in the seventh on a run-scoring single by Michael Zalin with one out.

Glendale took a 1-0 lead in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Harris. It extended the lead to 3-0 on a two-run single by Evan Norton.

Hoover Coach Joe Cotti said the Tornadoes battled.

"They stuck together and got some runs late, but we just came up short," Cotti said. "It's been a tough season and there's lots of room for improvement."

BOYS' SWIMMING

Crescenta Valley, Glendale in CIF Southern Section Division II preliminaries: The qualifying meet for today's Division II championship meet went swimmingly for the Falcons, with its top individuals foreshadowing dominance and crucial fringe qualifiers clearing the bar Friday at Riverside Aquatics Center.

Harrison Thai, Young Tae Seo and Louis Wojciechowski each pinned down No. 1-seed times in at least one event, with Thai doubling in the 200-yard individual medley in 1 minute 51.98 seconds and the 100 backstroke 50.49. Seo is seeded No. 1 in the 100 breaststroke (57.20) and second in the 500 freestyle (4:31.34), while Wojciechowski is the top seed in the 50 freestyle (21.12) and third in the 100 freestyle (46.54).

"Young Tae and Harrison and Louis, they've been in these situations so many times, myself and the whole team can't feel anything but confident that they're going to have a great day tomorrow," said Crescenta Valley Coach Jan Sakonju, whose team, based on prelim projections, has an eight-point lead over its nearest competitor, Damien. "It's a much more positive feeling than last year at this time."

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