Baseball: Adrian Velasco hits a 3-run home run to lift Monrovia to a 5-2 win over Temple City; Pasadena’s Robert Lain strikes out 10 in 7-4 win over Glendale.

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Monrovia’s bats came alive in the seventh, that’s when Adrian Velasco connected on a 1-1 pitch for a 3-run home run to give the Wildcats a 5-2 win over Temple City in Rio Hondo League play Thursday afternoon. Monrovia’s Nick Bueno went 3 for 4 and Aaron Murphee pitched six solid innings for his fifth win of the season. Temple City’s Calvin Copping was solid as well. He struck out six and made it difficult for the Wildcats (10-1, 4-0) at the plate. “I’m going to give credit to their kid,” Monrovia co-head coach Brad Blackmore said. “He pitched great. It was not a very good offensive day for us. We had some horrendous at-bats in the first few innings. I thought we were taking good swings as the game went on, but early in the game we were clueless.” Bueno made a diving stop at second to help record the first out and Jairo Jiorge made a spectacular stop on a liner down the third base line to give Temple City (4-4, 2-1) two quick outs on what seemed like sure hits. “To make two very good plays to start the game I think gives your pitcher good confidence that he can pitch the contact all day and not let guys hit,” Blackmore said. Temple City couldn’t find what it was looking for at the plate. “The whole game the one hit we needed we didn’t get,” Temple City coach Barry Bacon said. “I told the kids, ‘We need back-to-back hits’ and we didn’t get them.”

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  • Big Baseball Fanatic

    Games between Monrovia and Temple City are always battles, regardless of the stakes.

    Each team usually brings it’s A-Game and the best team doesn’t always win, the team that plays best that day does.

    We should see Sr. Aaron Murphree(4-1)starting on the mound for the Cats and possibly So. Corey Copping
    (1-0) for TC

    Both of these teams have solid hitting, so it will come down to defense as usual.

  • Archangel

    Anybody else see Monrovia Alum Eddie McKiernan pitching for the Angels vs Texas?

    Eddie struggled with the first couple of batters and then struck out the next three in a row.

    Overall he looked really good, great mound presence,working quickly to the plate,throwing his fastball with authority.

  • Big Baseball Fanatic

    Correction from my previous post So. Calvin Copping RHP

  • Anonymous

    does anybody have a score on that game?

  • tcchamps

    Yo Eleven Miguel.

    Enjoy Vegas.

  • M-town dad

    Monrovia 5 – TC 2

  • BigFatFan

    SP beat LC 12-3

  • Anonymous

    anyone have the so. pas vs lc score

  • lil’ baseball fanatic

    ADRIAN VELASCO IS A BEAST!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Worst Umpires ever!
    The most unahamedly blatant bad calls I have ever witnessed.

    I know it’s only High School baseball but a certain degree of professionalism is required even at this level.

    Also the Umpire calling balls and strikes should have to be tall enough to see over the catcher when crouched.

    The guy at this game coulda been a leprachaun! How could he even see and then he bent over with every pitch. What a joke!

  • tcchamps

    I saw some good baseball today so that always makes me happy. Monrovia, as always, makes the plays and I believe every infielder for M-town made a great plays on hard (I mean hard hit)balls today. Simple baseball today. Both pitchers got tried. We kept a kid out there longer then he deserved to be, he had already done his job, and did it fabulously. Monrovia changed pitchers in the 7th after 2 consecutive batters got on board and they won. We didnt (after Nakumura and Bueno got on Board) and lost. Its really Baseball 101. Third time through, ball is now getting up, dude is getting tired. I love that all these kids bring their A game against each other. Man, I hate losing to Monrovia. Good job to ALL of you out there today, it was some good ball today.

  • Spartan Fan

    WHAT happened to the Spartans? That’s a pretty good hitting team to get held to only 3 runs. Maybe the Tigers are for real this season but they haven’t beat the top 2 yet. Come-on Spartans, you can do better!!!!!!

  • MCOAST23

    adrian velasco is a stud. Monrovia wildcats are gonna win the rio hondo league. point.blank.period

  • apache fanito

    so i hear there was a fight at the arcadia- burroughs game today that cleared both benches…… them burbank teams have no class. at all. none.

  • apache fanito

    so i hear there was a fight at the arcadia- burroughs game today that cleared both benches…… them burbank teams have no class. at all. none.

  • apache fanito

    so i hear there was a fight at the arcadia- burroughs game today that cleared both benches…… them burbank teams have no class. at all. none.

  • Anonymous

    Arcadia played Burroughs today not Burbank.

  • ball-fan

    Burrough’s coach gets in Arcadia’s coaches face about trying to bunt in the bottom of the 6th while up 12-5..
    Then all hell breaks loose .. Burrough’s coach puts his hands on the first baseman of Arcadia than the kid strikes back at the coach..Bench’s clear.. Burrough’s parent goes on the field with a bat .. 6 cops show up.. How could you ask for more entertainment on a Friday night for free…

  • sgv observer

    mcoast23

    monrovia is a decent ball club playing in a terrible league. they played a well rounded ball club in st francis and got their butts kicked. st francis threw their number 3 or 4 and the cats threw murphee and st francis piled on hits from their so called ace. If St Francis was in a crap league like that they would win it year in and year out. instead they play in the 3rd best league in california.

  • sgv observer

    mcoast23

    monrovia is a decent ball club playing in a terrible league. they played a well rounded ball club in st francis and got their butts kicked. st francis threw their number 3 or 4 and the cats threw murphee and st francis piled on hits from their so called ace. If St Francis was in a crap league like that they would win it year in and year out. instead they play in the 3rd best league in california.

  • sgv observer

    mcoast23

    monrovia is a decent ball club playing in a terrible league. they played a well rounded ball club in st francis and got their butts kicked. st francis threw their number 3 or 4 and the cats threw murphee and st francis piled on hits from their so called ace. If St Francis was in a crap league like that they would win it year in and year out. instead they play in the 3rd best league in california.

  • Anonymous

    sgv observer

    St. Francis isn’t even a true High School team. They are a bunch of kids from various citys around the area that play together. That’s why they are in the Mission League.

  • sgv observer

    they are not recurited to go there, they choose to go there for a better education. They dominate any team in the area hands down. period. dominated south pas, dominated monrovia, dominated la salle, gab, alhambra and they play temple city during spring break. who else do they have to beat

  • Anonymous

    sgv observer

    Never said they were recruited.

    Look you are comparing a Div II Team vs Div IV Teams.

    They are essentially a team of good athletes from all over the area. They should be able to win against teams of lower Divisions comprised of whatever student body that team draws for the season.

    Win they can win against other Div II teams from their own League then they will have accomplished something.

    I mean what if Monrovia went to a Tournament of all Div V & VI Teams and won Big Deal! they should right?

    That’s all I’m saying.

  • Anonymous123

    sgv observer: Please O please observer, can you tell me if St. Francis will win again and when. You seem to compare a few wins that detail the team to be the worlds best in the area? Has St. Francis always been so great in baseball or have they lost to any of the teams that you say they have such a dominance over…..Look into that foggy crystal ball of yours and give us some answers. I looks like your team cut the rope and are falliing fast and hard.

  • Goldenarm

    tc champs

    great post my friend.

    I wasn’t there but thanks to you, now I am pissed we lost to M-town too.

  • Anonymous

    St Francis does get players from all around the SGV area, but it is an incredibly small school. Look at the size of Monrovia, Alhambra, etc. Their male student body is quite large in comparison. You should be able to pull some decent athletes from such large masses. Stop complaining about a few boys that chose to go the SFHS. And these “few” boys are playing in Division II. If the “Cats” are so great and win year after year, maybe they should move up a division or two and challenge themselves a little!

  • featherhead

    Marking my calendar for the next Burroughs/Arcadia tilt, that is if cif allows Burroughs to continue with the program.

  • Anonymous

    If St. Francis doesn’t qualify as a “real” high school baseball team because it’s a private school that draws kids from all over the area, then you need to take LaSalle and Maranatha out of the equation, too! All three baseball programs are real and deserve respect!!!

  • Anonymous

    You said it anon! They are all three baseball programs! that happen to be at a high school, not a High School that has a baseball program.

  • Slugo

    Really? St Francis, Maranatha, and LaSalle are not HIGH SCHOOL baseball programs. You need to come up with a better excuse than that! All of them are great high schools that provide an incredible education. They just happen to have good sports programs, too. Sounds like you have a problem with private schools? Get over it!

  • Anonymous

    Private Schools are great! where would kids named Hunter or Tanner go to school if we didn’t have them?

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like someone has private school envy…

  • Knight of Columbus

    Saint Pedophile looks strong this year too. They have been in the news a lot.

  • Slugo

    To Knight of Columbus:
    You know your defense to the argument is weak when that’s your response. Move on. Get over it. Public or private, it doesn’t matter. Its baseball!

  • Realist

    Slugo-

    Sure, its baseball. But how lame do you have to be to send your kid to a private school when you live in a district that has a great public high school. For example, Arcadia, San Marino, or Crecsenta Valley. Where is your pride? How do you go watch your kid knowing they aren’t representing the city they grew up in. Pathetic, NO PRIDE!

  • Anonymous

    Realist

    It’s called Elitism: It’s the belief that

    exceptionally gifted individuals, either

    intelectually,or physically,should be trained and

    educated with others possessing those same gifts.

    See: Pretentious,Egotistic,Arrogant,etc.

  • Realist

    Anonymous-

    So now you are trying to tell me that parents send their kids to private schools because their kids are “better” than the kids at Public schools?? That sounds quite arrogant to me. There are plenty of Public schools that would beat up on St Francis in baseball. Therefore, the private school kids can’t be “better” than the public school kids. Can they? It makes me sick to see these kids go to these private High Schools when they live in cities like Arcadia. Arcadia has a great sports program and is rich in tradition. Not to mention the education is top notch. There is no legit reason to send your kid to a private school if you live in a city like Arcadia. Bottom line.

  • Anonymous

    Realist

    No they are NOT better “that’s my point” their parents just think they are because the Parents think “THEY themselves” are better, thus it follows their kids absolutely cannot! attend a Public School like some common child.

    See: Sarcasm

  • fprep

    Love the public vs. private argument. I just read that 45% of Pasadena school-age kids go to private schools. Are all of their parents elitist? They sure all can’t be rich. Maybe they’re voting with their feet and saying their kids’ futures are so important that they’ll pay tuition on top of taxes. Maybe that’s more important to them than which school’s baseball uniform they wear.

  • Realist

    I like what anonymous said. You have to be an elitist to send your child to a Private school. Its all about the parents ego and thinking their kid is better than everyone elses. Sad.

  • Anonymous

    The public schools are funded by the government and are therefore subject to alot of nonsence handed down to them from the powers that be. They have to meet certain testing standards, and therefore the students become real good at passing tests, but not so good at critical thinking, which should be the purpose of education. People do “vote with their feet”. Not many private school parents are “elitists” as someone suggested, just wanting their children to get a good education. And by the way, it’s the PUSD that is particularly bad.

  • ball-fan

    Burrough’s coach gets in Arcadia’s coaches face about trying to bunt in the bottom of the 6th while up 12-5..
    Then all hell breaks loose…

    Actually the Arcadia coach started the brawl by shoving the Burroughs coach after he whined about bunting in the 6th inning. Then the Arcadia players followed suit with the 1st basebman charged the Burroughs dugout and punched a player with braces in the mouth. The Burroughs coach only stepped out of the dugout to separate the players.

    The really sad part is one of the Arcadia coaches punched a Burroughs player.

    It was all caught on video.

    I expect league suspensions and possible legal action

    March 27, 2010 8:41 AM

  • Realist

    ball-fan:

    You are obviously from Burroughs. Its funny because the coach for Burroughs started this whole thing by getting in the face of Nick Lemas (Arcadia’s coach) and yelling obscenities. Not only that but the Burroughs players were talking trash from the dug out the WHOLE game. That is totally out of line, especially when you are losing 12-5. And then finally the 1st baseman for Arcadia had enough and he said something back. Then a Burroughs player came out and got in his face. What kind of a coach lets his player out of the dugout to get in the face of an opposing player???? then they started fighting. Then the coaches broke it up. But not before a PARENT from Burroughs came onto the field with a BAT. Are you kidding me? What are you going to do? Beat up a high school kid with a bat? Pycho.. And i can assure you, no Arcadia coaches threw any punches. Only a coach from a Burbank school would throw a punch at a High School kid. The Burbank schools are PATHETIC and they are low lifes.

  • tcchamps

    The way this game use to be played was:
    Bunt while up 12-5? Next batter is going down.

  • High School Sports Lover

    To Anonymous,
    I have read your postings and have always assumed you were intellegent and informed, although I have not always agreed with your opinion. But after reading your line about private schools and Hunter and Tanner… well my friend you could be writing for Leno or Letterman, that was flat out brilliant…kudos to you for giving me the best laugh I’ve had in weeks.

  • ball-fan

    Hey Ballz Fan

    You might want to go back home to your double wide, reach in your ice box and pull out a Schlitz malt liquor 40. Then sit down in your old trusty recliner and read this article:

    http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/preps/ci_14782546

  • Mom

    My child attends a private faith based school. Why? FAITH based is the key. I’m old enough to remember when the holidays were called Christmas vacaction and we sung Away in the Manger. Or Easter Vacation instead of spring break.An entire generation of young people are being robbed. Except mine.

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