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Angelenos return to action, winning ways versus Stars

Baseball: Glendale's first action in six days results in 10-3 victory over Montebello despite only playing with an 11-player roster.

July 25, 2013|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com

GLENDALE — No hit for the game’s first three innings, the Glendale Angelenos certainly made up for lost time in collegiate summer league wood bat action Thursday evening.

After the visiting Montebello Stars removed starting pitcher Nick Brown before the top of the fourth, the Angelenos responded by scoring at least one run in each of their five final innings in picking up a 10-3 victory at Stengel Field.

“It was good to get out here, play some small ball and win,” Angelenos skipper Tony Riviera said. “We had some strong pitching today and delivered some key kits.”

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The game marked the first action in almost a week for the Angelenos, who had two games canceled on them Tuesday and Wednesday versus the California Gold Sox and Bakersfield Braves, respectively, and hadn’t played since a 5-3 defeat to the Ventura Pirates on Friday.

The Angelenos were also short-handed, fielding an 11-player roster that included newcomer Alek Strain, as several players, according to Riviera, were out due to summer school finals.

With all those issues, Glendale came to life in the top of the fourth against Stars reliever Kevin Hindes, with the visitors holding a 1-0 lead.

The Angelenos scored all the offense they needed in one half inning, plating five runs on five hits with the benefit of an error and some overall shaky Stars defense.

With one in the fourth, center fielder Scott Hong (formerly of Glendale Community College) knotted the game after depositing a 2-2 hanging breaking ball over the right-field wall for a solo homer that easily cleared 330 feet.

The Angelenos’ following batter, right fielder John Schwer (GCC), hit a routine ball to third base that was kicked.

The error was followed by a single to right from Andre Bello (GCC), while both Bello and Schwer advanced a base on a wild pitch.

Montebello’s mistakes continued when Glendale’s subsequent batter, Strain, bunted a comebacker to Hindes, who hesitated and then fired home too late to get a sliding Schwer with the go-ahead run as Glendale led, 2-1.

Glendale’s Ryan Barbarin and Tony Iezza added to the scoring with run-scoring singles, while Sam Frakes (GCC) also chipped in a sacrifice bunt for a run as the Angelenos took an insurmountable lead.

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