Former GCC baseball player Chris Stroh sets table for Westmont College

Former Glendale Community College standout has scored nine runs and added three steals for the Warriors.

March 08, 2013|By Charles Rich,
  • ARCHIVE PHOTO: Former Glendale Community College and Crescenta Valley High School baseball player Chris Stroh at Stegel Park in Glendale on Monday, April 2, 2012. Stroh moved on to play at Westmont College.
ARCHIVE PHOTO: Former Glendale Community College and… (Tim Berger / Staff…)

The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level.

Chris Stroh (Glendale Community College, 2012) junior outfielder, Westmont College baseball: After serving as a consummate lead-off hitter and base-stealing threat for Glendale college, it appears Stroh has set the tone for Westmont’s lineup during the first part of the season.

Stroh has provided a shot in the arm for the Warriors, having recorded three stolen bases and nine doubles through March 2. Stroh, a Crescenta Valley High graduate, is batting .304 (28 for 92) in 22 contests with nine runs batted in and a .981 fielding percentage.

In the second game of a Golden State Athletic Conference road doubleheader against Arizona Christian on March 2, Stroh had a pair of runs batted in to help Westmont record a 4-1 win.

The Warriors entered Friday’s conference game against visiting The Master’s College at 14-9 and 7-7 in conference.

Lonnie Kauppila Jr. (Glendale native, Burbank High, 2010) junior infielder, Stanford University baseball: A former two-time All-Area Baseball Player of the Year selection, Kauppila helped the Cardinal complete a three-game home sweep of Texas, ranked No. 22 in the nation.


Kauppila picked an ideal time for his heroics, as he had a game-winning double in the bottom of the ninth inning to lead Stanford to a 3-2 win. Kauppila, a shortstop, finished the series going four for 10 for Stanford, which swept Texas for the second straight season. Stanford outscored Texas, 11-3, in the set.

On March 2, Kauppila, who began his high school days at Crescenta Valley before transferring to Burbank, had one hit and drove in a run to spark the Cardinal to a 7-2 victory. He began the series March 1 with a hit in Stanford’s 2-0 victory.

He scored a run in Stanford’s 6-4 nonconference road win against Santa Clara on Wednesday. Stanford (10-2) has won nine games in a row leading up to Friday’s nonconference home contest against UNLV.

In 11 games, Kauppila is batting .250 (seven for 28) with seven runs and four runs batted in.

Dylan Kilgour (Crescenta Valley High, 2012) freshman guard, Macalester College men’s basketball: After helping Crescenta Valley advance to the state tournament last season, Kilgour proved he could handle his share of responsibilities on the collegiate stage.

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