First published in the Feb. 26, 2022, print issue of the Glendale News-Press.
The Hoover High School varsity baseball team edged visiting St. Pius X-St. Matthias Academy of Downey, 6-5, in a nonleague game on Tuesday.
Senior center fielder Alejandro Concepcion led the offense with a 3-for-5 performance, including a double, stolen base, two runs scored. His lone RBI was a big one as he walked it off for the Tornados with the bases loaded.
Senior catcher Tristan Ulloa collected two singles in three at-bats and a hit-by-pitch while stealing one base, scoring a run and driving in one run. Junior shortstop Brandon Piehr also had a fine day at the plate, finishing 2-for-4 with a stolen base and an RBI, while junior right fielder Jose Mendez notched two singles. Senior first baseman Ethan Tobey and junior starting pitcher Fernando Gallegos each finished 1-for-3 with a walk, stolen base and RBI, while the former scored once. Senior second baseman Natasha Cohen registered a single in the bottom of the eighth inning. Senior left fielder Joaquin Rodriguez tallied a crucial RBI in the second inning despite not reaching base. Junior third baseman Matthew Romero reached base on a walk, stole third and later scored in the first inning. Sophomore right fielder Julian Corral scored one run despite no official at-bat due to a hit-by-pitch.
Hoover lost a lopsided nonleague game at South Pasadena, 8-2, on Saturday. It was a two-run ballgame in favor of South Pasadena, but a tough five-run sixth inning essentially put the game out of reach. Senior shortstop Tony Torrez finished 2-for-4 with two doubles and a stolen base. Ulloa notched an RBI double and scored a run when Gallegos registered an RBI single. Piehr tallied a stolen base after reaching on two walks.
The Falcons defeated visiting Diamond Bar, 10-3, in a South Hills Tournament game on Wednesday as senior starting pitcher Jameson Ferraro tossed six strong innings to earn the win.
The Falcons previously shut out host Los Angeles Garfield, 6-0, in a tournament game on Feb. 17. Starting pitcher Connor Campbell registered 6.1 shutout innings with seven strikeouts, while Kris Mc Collum finished 3-for-3 at the plate.
The Falcons are scheduled to open Pacific League action at Pasadena on Tuesday, March. 1, at 3:30 p.m. — the first of a three-game set between the two schools.
The Nitros extended their win streak to four games after shutting out visiting Calabasas Viewpoint, 1-0, on Tuesday. Glendale previously traveled to Oxnard and won a high-scoring contest, 10-6, last Friday. No individual statistics were reported to the Glendale News-Press.
The Nitros (4-0 overall) are scheduled to begin Pacific League action by hosting Burbank on Tuesday, March 1, at 3:30 p.m.