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Jimmy Bosco looking for stellar summer with Angelenos

Menlo College product comes to Glendale fresh off excellent season, capped by nabbing regional accolades.

May 29, 2013|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com
  • Jimmy Bosco of Menlo College is set to play for the Glendale Angelenos.
Jimmy Bosco of Menlo College is set to play for the Glendale… (Photo by Brian Byllesby…)

From the bustling shore of the San Francisco Bay to the tranquil surroundings of the Ozark Mountains, Jimmy Bosco found himself a member of two high-profile Division I collegiate baseball programs.

Moving practically across the country twice wasn't something Bosco had planned for while looking to map out a collegiate baseball career. Different circumstances led to him making difficult choices before blazing a trail back to his Northern California roots to thrive at Menlo College.

Bosco's traveling excursions will bring him this summer to Glendale, where he will serve as an outfielder for the Glendale Angelenos.

"I eventually want to become a professional baseball player and I need to play every single day," said Bosco, a Mt. Shasta native who previously played at the University of California at Berkeley and University of Arkansas. "I get to come to Glendale and get some more playing experience and try to make the Angelenos an even stronger program.

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"The goal is to put in some good at-bats and continue to play good defense."

Bosco comes to Glendale with quality credentials following a break-through season at Menlo, a National Assn. of Intercollegiate Athletics program. Bosco was named 2013 NAIA West Group Player of the Year after batting .426 with 15 home runs and 56 runs batted in. He scored 51 runs and posted an .805 slugging percentage and didn't commit an error in 104 fielding chances.

In the postseason, Bosco batted a sturdy .533 and led Menlo to a runner-up appearance in the NAIA West Group Tournament. He collected eight hits and drove in four runs in the tournament before the Oaks were eliminated by Concordia University of Portland.

"I came into the season prepared to do some real good things," Bosco said. "I was on a mission right from the beginning.

"I learned that you have to be solid in every aspect of the game through and through. To succeed, you have to be able to do a lot of things well offensively and mix it in with playing stellar defense. These are things I want to continue doing with the Angelenos."

Former Glendale Community College standout Ellis Whitman, who played at Vanguard University this past season, witnessed first-hand what Bosco could do on a diamond when Menlo and Vanguard met in several nonconference contests this season.

Whitman, an infielder for the Angelenos, said Vanguard couldn't solve Bosco.

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