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By Mario Aguirre | July 8, 2012
TUJUNGA -- A steady stream of offensive production can do plenty to boost a player's confidence, and perhaps lead them to succeed in other aspects on the baseball field. Coach Rick Dickerson believes this to be particularly true about his 13- and 14-year-old players on the Foothill Junior All-Star baseball team. After all, it was Foothill's four-run opening inning that ignited a 12-8 win Sunday afternoon over Tujunga in the second-chance bracket of the District 16 Tournament at Tujunga Little League Fields.
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By Andrew Shortall | March 31, 2012
SOUTHEAST GLENDALE — Anything less than a win wasn't going to be acceptable for the Glendale High softball team. The Nitros were reeling from two straight losses when they finally got back on track with a commanding 11-1 win over Los Angeles High at home in the final game of a double-header with the Romans as part of the Lincoln High Tournament Saturday. "We needed this," Glendale Coach Christine Paknik said. "They've got to realize they have to do this every game. It has to happen every inning.
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By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com | June 16, 2011
NORTHEAST GLENDALE — Quieting the bats of the Crescenta Valley Landry's Minor Baseball team is no easy task, but one that the Vaquero Cougars were up to nonetheless. Behind 4 2/3 strong innings from starter Geo Ceballos, in which the right-hander allowed two earned runs on five hits while striking out nine, the Cougars opened their Tri-Cities District 16 Tournament of Champions run with a 3-2 win Wednesday afternoon at Scholl Canyon Ball Fields. "It's always tough against CV, they're always the No. 1 team to come out of this area," Cougars Coach Mickey Moreno said of Landry's, which had scored a combined 38 runs in its previous two tournament contests.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latims.com | April 27, 2011
SOUTHEAST GLENDALE — With extra-base hits aplenty and power pitching to boot, Crescenta Valley High's baseball team flexed its might against host Glendale. Behind big contributions from Elliott Surrey and Terry Ha at the plate, among others, and a standout performance on the mound from Troy Mulcahey, the Falcons thumped the Nitros, 11-0, in Tuesday afternoon's Pacific League tilt at Glendale High. "It should be a game that we pound the ball and work on some things," said Surrey, who went three for five with four runs batted in and two runs scored.
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By Grant Gordon | March 19, 2010
SOUTHEAST GLENDALE — Amid a slow start to the season, scoring some runs and taking an early lead over visiting Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy on Thursday certainly qualified as a breakthrough for the Glendale High softball team. Unfortunately for the Nitros, the nonleague affair was much more of a breakout day for the Tologs’ own recently quiet bats, which rapped out 13 hits in a 14-2 victory shortened to six innings by the mercy rule. Coming off two shutout losses to open the season and a 2-1 win over Flintridge Prep on Tuesday, Thursday’s output may be a sign the Tologs are gaining confidence at the plate.
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By Grant Gordon | March 11, 2009
PASADENA — Whether the St. Francis High baseball team’s bats stay hot and its pitching steady when Mission League play rolls around next week remains in question, obviously. But for now, the Golden Knights are rolling, having dismantled their last two opponents, including Tuesday afternoon’s 12-3 pummeling of visiting Sierra Vista in an Arcadia Elks Tournament contest at Jackie Robinson Field. “Every game, we get better and better,” said St. Francis junior designated hitter Ryan Pires, who was one of five Golden Knights with multiple hits.
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By Gabriel Rizk | April 8, 2010
NORTHEAST GLENDALE — Riding a six-game winning streak and hitting the ball hard all over the field, the Crescenta Valley High baseball team is spending its spring break heating up. The Falcons bats were white hot over their final two offensive innings of Wednesday’s closing game of the 44th annual Babe Herman Tournament, pounding out 14 runs on nine hits in that span to bury Jesuit, 19-9, in what had been a close game through four-plus...
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By Grant Gordon | February 2, 2007
NORTHEAST GLENDALE ? Struggles at the dish were the main reason the Glendale Community College baseball team started its 2007 campaign winless in its first four games. A quick start and a seemingly endless hit parade on Thursday were the reasons the Vaqueros got their first win of the season. Glendale college nearly doubled its offensive output in its previous four games in the first four innings before fending off Mt. SAC for a 7-4 win in the Western State Conference Tournament on a chilly, overcast day at Stengel Field.
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By Dylan Kruse | April 30, 2008
NORTHEAST GLENDALE — Both the Burroughs and Crescenta Valley high baseball teams entered Tuesday night’s Pacific League bout swinging hot bats, with each club averaging over 13 runs in its previous five contests. At the end of the night, only the Indians were able to keep that trend going. Burroughs junior right-hander Kyle Hart tossed a one-hit, complete-game gem to silence the lethal Falcons attack and the Indians pounded out 10 hits, including two towering home runs, to grab a pivotal 6-2 victory over the Falcons at Stengel Field.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | April 25, 2014
LA CRESCENTA - For four seasons, Crescenta Valley High's Hannah Cookson has drawn acclaim largely due to her dangerous bat in the heart of the Falcons' lineup. But her glove and range in center field have been steady, if not spectacular, all along. In a pivotal Pacific League game against archrival Arcadia on Friday afternoon at Crescenta Valley High, Cookson shined in all facets. PHOTOS: Cookson leads Crescenta Valley to 3-1 victory Her two-run home run propelled Crescenta Valley to a lead it would not relinquish and a dazzling over-the-shoulder catch sealed the Falcons' 3-1 victory over the Apaches.
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By Emin Avakian, Special to the News-Press | March 15, 2014
GLENDALE - Glendale High's baseball team has faced some tough pitching in nonleague action so far and its offense just hasn't found a way to overcome the bigger arms yet. Glendale, taking part in its first game of the Babe Herman Tournament on Saturday morning, looked, at times, overwhelmed at the plate, as Village Christian's Chris Davidson had his way with the lineup and led the Crusaders to a 4-1 win at Glendale High School. Like Johnson in the opener, Davidson struck out 13 batters, while allowing three hits and two walks in a complete game gem.  “He had command, never got behind, threw curveballs for first-pitch strikes,” said first-year Nitros Coach Alan Eberhart, whose team lost for the first time this season by more than one run. “We were overmatched and never really responded.” The Nitros (2-4)
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | January 31, 2014
GLENDALE - After paying tribute to their former coach, the members of the Glendale Community College softball team turned to Jocelyn Zavala for some clutch plate appearances Friday night. Prior to Glendale's game against Long Beach City College at the Glendale Sports Complex, the Vaqueros honored Dave “Hawk” Wilder, who had piloted the program the past 13 years. Wilder died in June at 70, and the program decided to name its annual tournament in honor of him. Zavala enjoyed a big night at the plate, as she drove in all three runs to propel Glendale to a 3-1 tournament victory.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | September 14, 2013
The following are updates on area Major League Baseball players. Marco Estrada (Glendale Community College, 2003) starting pitcher, Milwaukee Brewers: Even when he's not battling injuries, Estrada still can't seem to catch a break on the mound. An example came in his latest start against the host St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday. Estrada, 30, had a no-hitter entering the sixth inning before being struck by a come backer off the bat of Matt Carpenter that went for a hit. Estrada yielded one run and two hits and struck out six over 6 2/3 innings, but didn't factor into the decision.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | August 20, 2013
The top 10 high school games from the 2012-13 season were selected by the sports writers of the Glendale News-Press. 1 Flintridge Prep baseball stages dramatic comeback over Crean Lutheran, 4-3, for historic playoff run, May 24 - It appeared the Flintridge Prep baseball team was going to have be content with being in the CIF Southern Section Division VI quarterfinals. Faced with a 3-0 deficit headed into the bottom of the seventh inning at the Glendale Sports Complex, the fourth-seeded Rebels, who missed the playoffs the previous year, felt like they were going to have to settle until they were aided by two Crean Lutheran defensive miscues.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | August 16, 2013
The following are updates on local baseball players at the minor league level. Fernando Valenzuela, Jr. (St. Francis High, 2000) designated hitter/first baseman, Leones de Yucatan: Though Leones de Yucatan finished 50-61 and didn't qualify for the triple-A Mexican League postseason after taking sixth in the league's Sur Division, Valenzuela certainly put up stellar numbers by season's end. Valenzuela, who transferred to UNLV after playing...
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | July 5, 2013
GLENDALE - After falling into a six-run hole, the Vaquero All-Stars created hope for an improbable comeback when they clawed within three runs of Burbank-Tujunga in a first-round game of the District 16 All-Star 10-11 baseball tournament Friday night. Burbank-Tujunga saved its best for an answer in the bottom of the fourth inning when it became a close game. It exploded for four runs on four hits and a leadoff intentional walk to pad its lead and dash the Vaquero comeback attempt for a 12-4 win at Montrose Community Park.
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By Andrew Shortall | August 4, 2012
COMPTON - Arroyo Seco Saints Coach Aaron Milam said his team thrives when it plays on emotion after it won its first game facing elimination Saturday. Milam found out just a few hours later that his team doesn't do well playing angry, as it saw its season end in a 10-0 mercy-rule loss in a much-anticipated and heated rematch with Chinese Taipei in the 2012 Palomino League World Series at the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy in Compton. The Saints left a total of seven runners on base (five in scoring position)
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | July 16, 2012
Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a vandal who used a metal baseball bat Saturday to smash windows and scratch up seven vehicles parked on Graynold Avenue. The vehicles were parked about 11 p.m. in the neighborhood between the 800 and 1200 blocks of Graynold Avenue and sustained scratches, dents and shattered mirrors and windows, according to Glendale police reports. “It is unknown who this individual is, what the purpose is or what the reason,” police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.
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By Gabriel Rizk | July 10, 2012
NORTHEAST GLENDALE - First the Burbank 10-11 Baseball All-Stars made it easier on pitcher Blake Traxel, scoring three runs in support of the right-hander before he even took the mound in Tuesday evening's District 16 championship game at Scholl Canyon Park. Then Traxel simply made it look easy, holding Crescenta Valley's lineup in check over the next five innings of Burbank's 7-0 victory that propelled it into the Section 2 Tournament on Saturday. "The pitching was there, we had timely hits, timely defense, it was an all-around great game," said Burbank Coach Thomas Magoon, whose team will open Section 2 play at 4 p.m. Saturday at Arcadia Little League against District 17-champion Sierra Madre.
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