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Scott Hong grabs All-SCIAC recognition

GCC products nabs baseball accolade, former Falcon wins CCAA title, two other CV products in postseason.

May 15, 2013|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com

Scott Hong (Glendale Community College, 2011) Occidental College baseball senior: Hong wrapped up a phenomenal senior campaign at Occidental with a fitting accolade, as the former Vaquero was bestowed an All-Southern California Interscholastic Athletic Conference first-team selection.

As a junior, Hong was a second-team All-SCIAC outfielder and also a first-team American Baseball Coaches Assn. All-West Region utility player. This year, he was a first-team all-conference selection as he did a little bit of everything and did it all very well.

He was Occidental’s No. 1 starter, a center fielder and leadoff hitter.

“Scott has been an integral part of this program's resurgence and was undoubtedly deserving of the recognition,” Oxy Coach Luke Wetmore stated in a press release on the school’s website.

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On the bump, Hong’s 1.50 earned-run average was third in the conference and second among starters. His 21 stolen bases and .427 on-base percentage were conference-highs.

Occidental wrapped up its season May 4 with a 5-2 loss to Pomona-Pitzer in a SCIAC tourney game. Hong went one for three at the plate with a walk and a stolen base and got the start on the mound. He tossed 5 2/3 innings, allowing six hits, two runs and struck out three to two walks. He didn’t factor in the decision.

For the season, Hong finished with a robust .336 batting average (50 for 149) to go with a team-high 36 runs and three home runs, nine doubles, 17 runs batted in, a team-high 25 walks, 33 stolen bases and a .451 on-base percentage.

Through 58 1/3 innings, his ERA for the full season was 1.39. He posted a 5-1 record with four saves, two complete games and 49 strikeouts.

With Hong leading the way, Oxy had one of its best seasons in a long time. The Tigers went 26-15 and took third in the SCIAC to advance into the first-ever SCIAC Postseason Tournament. Oxy put together its best winning percentage since 1982.

Andrew Roide (Crescenta Valley High, 2011) Cal Poly Pomona track and field sophomore: A former Pacific League champion, Roide can add a California Collegiate Athletic Assn. championship to his resume.

On May 4, at the CCAA Championships at Cal State University Stanislaus, Roide contributed 10 points via a championship in the high jump, as Cal Poly took second place in the championship as a team.

Roide won the high jump with a mark of 6 feet 6 3/4 inches. The mark matched a lifetime best.

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