The San Marino High School boys’ varsity baseball team took giant leap towards their first Rio Hondo League baseball championship since 1996 with a 5-3 come-from-behind victory over Monrovia on Friday afternoon at McNamee Field. Junior Miles Glazier shook off two unearned Wildcat runs in the first inning and except for a lone enemy tally in the fifth – also unearned – cruised to his fifth league win, seventh overall, against no losses.
Glazier helped his own cause with a two-out, two-strike, two-run double into the left-centerfield gap in the fifth inning to cap the scoring and raise the Titans’ record to 7-2 in league play with three games remaining on the docket. Monrovia dropped to 6-3 in RHL action.
Defense eventually saved the day for San Marino. Senior centerfielder J.T. Stirling made a huge defensive play in the sixth inning, running down a fly ball deep in the gap with two out and two runners circling the bases. In the third inning, shortstop Tyler Spitzer went deep into the hole and threw a bullet to first baseman, who’s stretch was the difference in the inning-ending fielding gem.
Will Derrick and Larsen Cobb scored runs in the second inning to tie the game at two apiece. In the fifth, Cobb hammered an RBI single past a diving third baseman to score Aiden Santino with San Marino’s third run of the game.
“This was a great team effort,” said head Coach Mack Paciorek. “We made a couple errors, but everyone kept playing ball and we ended up with some big defensive plays. Miles was his typically gritty self on the mound and got a huge win for us.”
San Marino hosts Valley Torah High School on Tuesday, May 6 and visits Temple City on Thursday, May 8 at 3:30 p.m.
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