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Scott Hong, former Glendale college baseball players excel at next level

COLLEGE UPDATE:

Hong, Korn, Whitman and Ochart all turning in stellar seasons; Sovereign coming on.

April 24, 2013|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com

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

Scott Hong (Glendale Community College, 2011) Occidental College baseball senior: With the Glendale Community College baseball team having clinched its third consecutive Western State Conference South Division title Tuesday, plenty of former Vaqueros who helped lay the foundation for current success are excelling on the collegiate level.

Not the least of which is Hong, who’s achieving success with his arm, legs and bat.

Hong leads the Southern California Interscholastic Athletic Conference with 28 stolen bases, 16 more than the second-best total and more than two teams in the conference have swiped overall. His earned-run average of 1.44 is also second-best in the conference.

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Indeed, Hong has been outstanding overall for the Tigers.

He had a hit, a walk, three runs batted in and a run scored in Oxy’s 14-4 win against Pomona-Pitzer on Sunday in the second game of a doubleheader. In the first game, Hong got the start on the mound and took a hard-luck loss, giving up four hits and two runs over seven innings, while striking out seven versus no walks.

With a 23-12 mark and a 14-10 conference record, Oxy faces Caltech and Pomona-Pitzer in a conference doubleheader on Saturday.

On the mound, Hong has four starts, a 4-1 record, four saves and 38 strikeouts to 12 walks in 43 2/3 innings. At the plate, Hong leads his team with a .328 batting average (42 for 128) and his 31 runs and 22 walks are also team-bests.

Tom Korn (Glendale Community College, 2011) York College baseball senior: York is leading the way in the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference and Korn has been a crucial contributor to the Nebraska NAIA college’s success.

Korn has posted a 2.41 earned-run average through 12 appearances, 10 starts and 56 innings. He’s notched 36 strikeouts to 13 walks and holds a stellar 8-2 record with an impressive five complete games that’s tied for the team lead.

Korn’s last appearance was in relief, though, as he threw a perfect inning against Hastings and struck out all three batters he faced. It came just three days after his previous start in which he gave up four runs in six innings, but earned a win against Oklahoma Wesleyan.

The win was part of a current six-game winning streak for York, which has a two-game conference set starting Friday before the conference tournament starts May 1.

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