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Arroyo Seco Saints baseball storm back, eliminate Central Michigan

Baseball: Palomino teams opens up game with four-run fifth in defeating Stars, 14-1, to advance in World Series Tournament.

August 03, 2013|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com

COMPTON — If there was one comfort for the Arroyo Seco Saints 19U summer baseball team heading into Saturday afternoon’s elimination contest of the Palomino World Series Tournament, it may have been that the Saints had found themselves in a similar setting a week before.

Arroyo Seco, which rallied to a West Zone Tournament title earlier this week, bounced back in its bid to win the World Series with an impressive 14-1 victory over the Central Michigan Stars in second-chance bracket action at the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy.

“We said before this game that we had to go after it right away, we couldn’t hang around and let Michigan hang around,” said Arroyo Seco skipper Aaron Milam, who is also the head coach at St. Francis High. “We did a pretty good job of jumping on the ball earlier and getting out to a good lead.”

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With the victory, Arroyo Seco (33-6) earned advancement to Saturday evening’s second-chance game versus the Bayamon Vaqueros of Puerto Rico.

The contest was a rematch of Friday’s affair, which the Vaqueros won, 16-4, in five innings. Saturday evening’s game finished past deadline and a full report can be found now at glendalenewspress.com/sports.

Arroyo Seco, which rallied for five straight wins after dropping the opener of the West Zone Tournament on July 26, picked up what it’s hoping is the first of four wins over a three-day stretch in the World Series.

While Arroyo Seco scored six runs through the first three innings in taking a 6-1 advantage, the Saints didn’t deliver a knockout punch until the fifth when the squad scored four runs in going up 10-1.

A leadoff single from Chris Devito (two for three with a double and two runs) appeared to go wasted as the Stars recorded two quick outs.

Yet, the Saints’ offense exploded with five consecutive hits, the first a run-scoring double to left from former Crescenta Valley High product Troy Prasertsit that was proceeded by a single from Pat Adams (Crescenta Valley).

“Today was a new day and we were planning on playing two games, so we wanted to win quickly,” said Prasertsit, who finished two for three with a double, triple, three runs batted in and one run. “I was just trying to put the ball in play and get the barrel right out in front.”

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