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Former Glendale Community College players take to NAIA World Series

COLLEGE UPDATE:

Korn, Chapjian cross paths at NAIA World Series, while St. Francis graduates add to impressive collegiate careers.

May 25, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • Former Glendale Angelenos' player Thomas Korn, who played at Glendale Community College, helped lead York College to the NAIA World Series. (File Art/Cheryl A. Guerrero)
Former Glendale Angelenos' player Thomas Korn,…

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

Thomas Korn (Glendale Community College, 2011) York College baseball senior: A historic season came to a close for the Panthers Saturday, as their first trip to the National Assn. of Intercollegiate Athletics World Series ended quickly.

York lost the first two games it’s ever played in the NAIA championship double-elimination tournament on Friday and Saturday.

Korn looked to keep the Panthers’ season alive with a quality start Saturday. He gave up three runs (one earned) in 6 2/3 innings, but didn’t have the offensive and defensive support in a season-ending loss to Rogers State, 4-1.

The right-handed pitcher gave up seven hits and a walk, as York, which fell to No. 3 Embry-Riddle, 8-3 Friday, was hurt by a pair of errors in the game. The contest was tied at 1 after both teams got on the board in the fourth, but Rogers State struck for two more runs in the sixth.

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Korn gave up a leadoff single and saw the next batter reach on error, which put runners at second and third. Another single scored the lead runner and a groundout to third scored the other.

Korn (10-3) improved on the 2.69 earned-run average he took into Saturday. He threw five complete games, which was second-best on the team, and one shutout in 13 starts and 15 appearance this year. He also struck out 53 batters and walked 17.

Korn ended his collegiate career with a strong year in the Panthers’ starting rotation. He earned second-team All-Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference honors after York won the conference title for the second year in a row with a 44-12 (19-3 in conference) record.

One of Korn’s most important performances came May 9. He struck out eight and allowed six hits and three walks through seven innings to lead York to a 5-1 victory over Mayville State University in the Panthers’ opener in the Joliet Bracket of the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round, an NAIA World Series qualifier.

Sako Chapjian (Hoover High, 2008) Lewis-Clark State baseball senior: The Warriors assured their season and Chapjian’s collegiate career would continue Friday with a victory in their first-round game of the NAIA World Series.

Lewis-Clark, the seventh seed, defeated Rogers State, 6-1, Friday and was set to face No. 2 Lee University Saturday night. The Warriors advanced to the NAIA World Series by winning the Cascade Collegiate Conference with a 42-13, 22-6 in conference record.

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