Lancers win on wild night

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first_imgGLENDORA – After three wild innings at a packed Goddard Middle School field Wednesday night, Jordan Fox finally finished what he started. The junior first baseman, who hit a towering home run to right field on the first pitch of the game, hit a two-run, go-ahead single in the top of the eighth inning to lead the Bishop Amat High School baseball team to a 7-5 victory over Glendora in the third round of pool play of the Glendora Tournament. Fox’s lead-off home run in the first held up through five innings thanks to the efficient pitching of sophomore starter Brady Zuniga. And after the Lancers scored a pair of insurance runs to take a 3-0 lead in the top of the sixth, the game looked to be well in hand. But the Tartans (2-1) chased Zuniga after two batters in the bottom half of the sixth and put together two runs off reliever Bryan Seymour on a sacrifice fly by Kevin Roundtree and a wild pitch that scored Kurt Vogel to cut the lead to 3-2. Later in the inning, freshman Woody Woodward came with the big blow, a bases-loaded double off the wall in center to cash in two runs and give the Tartans their first lead, 4-3. Leading 5-3 heading into the seventh, Glendora reliever Frankie Rivera came on and quickly retired the first two batters. But the Lancers weren’t done. After two hit batsmen, the Lancers loaded the bases with one out on a bunt that was picked up and held by Tartans reliever Stephen Chakerian – the fifth of seven Glendora pitchers – when no one moved to cover first base. The left-handed Fox then ripped the ball down the left-field line to give the Lancers (3-0) the win. “Any time you can win a game like that, it’s exciting,” Amat coach Andy Nieto said. “It was exciting for everyone that stood here. I think it was worth the money they paid.” center_img Rivera was replaced by Nathan Rollon after giving up two walks and a single to load the bases, and eventual winning pitcher Andrew Mistone smashed a single to left to drive in two and tie the game at 5. Glendora had one more big opportunity with the bases loaded and none out in the bottom of the seventh. But Nieto brought in a fifth infielder and the strategy paid off as Mistone got an infield fly, strikeout and a comebacker to end the threat. “It’s a gamble, that’s all it is,” Nieto said of the defensive alignment. “If it works out, it looks great.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2239 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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