Glendale Angelenos get victory over Victory

Baseball: Glendale fends off late rally to defeat Santa Clarita club, 4-3.

June 14, 2013|By Andrew J. Campa,

GLENDALE — While the Glendale Angelenos baseball team certainly didn’t deliver an early blow, perhaps the biggest positive for the squad Friday evening is that the host avoided a knockout punch late, despite an unexpected blow to the head.

The Angelenos scored the game’s first four runs and then held on with just enough pitching and defense in defeating visiting Team Victory of Santa Clarita, 4-3, in a California Summer Collegiate Baseball game nearly marred because of a late ejection.

“It was a good win and a good chance to see how our pitchers performed in important relief roles,” Angelenos skipper Tony Rivera said. “I was confident we would get the win and confident that our team would be able to make the big plays.”


Perhaps the biggest sequence of plays took place in the top of the eighth inning.

Team Victory (5-2) trailed, 4-1, but received the break it needed when infielder Martin Orozco Jr. reached base to lead off the inning on a throwing error.

The following batter, catcher Greg Cole, walked versus Glendale Community College reliever Carl Daniels, who picked up the first out of the inning after a sacrifice bunt from Nick Vigo moved runners to second and third.

Team Victory’s next batter, outfielder Justin Phelps, then delivered a big blow when the College of the Canyons player laced a first-pitch fastball into the left-center gap, scoring two runs and bringing the visitors within 4-3.

While an Angelenos error helped open the wound, a solid defensive effort stopped the bleeding as an 8-6-5 relay ended with a brilliant throw from Reuben Padilla to Ryan Barbarin, who applied a swipe tag on Phelps, who was looking to extend his extra-base hit to a triple.

The out at third proved critical as Team Victory never placed another player in scoring position again.

“The defense was really big today,” Angelenos starting pitcher Keaton Leach said. “They really bailed us out.”

Leach, who threw four scoreless innings to begin the game and allowed only one hit with three strikeouts, had a prime view in the bottom of the eighth when the Angelenos (5-2) were denied a run on a great Team Victory 8-6-2 inning-ending relay.

Yet, the talk wasn’t about the impressive defensive play, but about the out in general, as Glendale’s Bobby Stahel tried to score on a two-out double from Padilla.

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