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Arroyo Seco Saints continue dominant regional play

Baseball: Saints begin another summer run highlighted by mercy-rule victories in PONY SoCal Palomino Regional Playoffs.

July 20, 2013|By Nathan Cambridge, Special to the Glendale News-Press
  • Arroyo Seco Saints shortstop Mitch Gallagher barely missed the ball on a leaping try during a game versus Hart in PONY SoCal Palomino Regional Playoff action at Jackie Robinson Field in Pasadena on Saturday. The Saints won in five innings, 12-0. (Raul Roa/Staff Photographer)
Arroyo Seco Saints shortstop Mitch Gallagher barely…

PASADENA — Regional play has become an annual summer feast for the Arroyo Seco Saints baseball team.

That trend continued when the Saints competed in the PONY SoCal Palomino Regional Playoffs at Jackie Robinson Field against Hart in the second of two games to complete pool play.

“This is how the region has been the last three or four years… it’s a little lopsided in pool play,” Saints Coach Aaron Milam said.

PHOTOS: Arroyo Seco Saints vs. Hart Palomino in Pony League Baseball

The Saints had no trouble dispatching their opponents from Santa Clarita, dominating every facet of the contest to claim a 12-0 victory over Hart in a game shortened to five innings via the mercy rule.

Arroyo Seco (24-4) scored at least one run in every inning and clobbered 13 hits, six of the extra-base variety.

JJ Muno, formally of Sherman Oaks Notre Dame High and headed to UC Santa Barbara, led the way for the Saints with four runs batted in.

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Muno drove in the first two of his team’s three second-inning runs with a two-out double to the gap in left-center field. He drove in his third and fourth runs in the Saints’ six-run fourth inning with another two-out hit, a triple over the center fielder’s head, to score Carter Hodge and Brandon Caruso, both of whom will be teammates at Pepperdine next fall.

“It was a fun game, lots of hits,” Muno said. “It’s good to be part of this.”

Corey Dempster, who is headed to USC in the fall on scholarship after graduating from Loyola, joined the hit parade with a first-inning triple and followed that with run-scoring doubles in the second and fourth innings. Hodge joined Dempster with two RBI. Chris Devito got things started for Arroyo Seco with a double in the first inning to drive in Dempster for the game’s first run.

“Dempster hit the ball well. Muno hit the ball well. Those two, for instance, are guys that come out of the Mission League and play good baseball all year around,” said Milam, who also coaches St. Francis High, “and they’re both going to big Division I schools to play next year. So, that’s the kind of stuff you want to see out of those guys.”

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