Baseball: La Caada’s Shoemake leads way in 4-2 win

By Miguel A. Melendez, Staff Writer

LA CAADA – To say the La Caada High School baseball team is playing better with the return of Brendon Shoemake would be an understatement.

He didn’t pitch for four weeks because of a bruised bicep muscle in his right throwing arm, but his return to the mound also means one thing – the Spartans’ return to the win column.

Shoemake went the distance, struck out six and allowed two runs on five hits to lead La Caada to a 4-2 Rio Hondo League victory over Temple City on Tuesday.

La Caada (11-6, 5-4) extended its winning streak to five games and three in a row in league, all wins for Shoemake (4-0).

“He’s made a big difference,” La Caada coach Dennis Ballard said. “He’s built our confidence when he’s on the mound. We look to him to get the outs, and that’s what he did today.”


Michael Lee went 3 for 3 and scored three Spartans runs after two singles to left and a bunt single in the sixth.

Temple City (12-7-1, 8-2) struggled at the plate with just five hits, two of which came in the seventh on Justin Smith’s double to left and a single to right from pinch hitter Justin Sutton.

Ruben Jara drew a bases-loaded walk to bring home Smith and make it 4-1 and Jonah Jarrard reached first base on a fielder’s choice. That allowed Corey Copping, who drew a walk, to score and make it 4-2. The Rams got no closer as a grounder ended the threat.

“We’ve been living on borrowed time when it comes to scoring and it finally caught up to us today,” said Temple City coach Barry Bacon, whose Rams beat South Pasadena 1-0 last week in 10 innings. “We gave up too many runs and we left too many runs on base.”

Temple City had two runners thrown out at third. Julian Jarrard, who took the loss, was caught stealing third on a brilliant throw by La Caada catcher Anthony Mizrahi. Branden Pultz headed home on a pitch that got away from Mizrahi, but the ball didn’t go too far from Mizrahi, who helped catch Pultz in a rundown.

“I take that as my fault,” Bacon said. “I sent him and it (the ball) didn’t go as far as it usually goes here. It got caught in the grass.

“We get a guy thrown out at third on a broken hit and run, so offensively we absolutely killed ourselves today. When we had runners in scoring position guys come up and they ground out or they popped up.”

La Caada scored two runs in the third on Shoemake’s RBI single to right and Kyle Gosselin’s sacrifice fly scored Scott Stetson, who was hit by a pitch. The Spartans added a run in the third on Lee’s RBI single, and Lee scored in the sixth. He laid down a bunt single, was sacrificed to second, stole third and came home on a balk.

“You have to take advantage and make a play,” Ballard said. “It’s always exciting when you beat Temple City.”

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  • Goldenarm

    Go Rams!

  • Hugo Mercati Junior

    The Varsity Baseball team at Temple City is led by Julian Jarrard. He brings a solid, and accurate arm to the team. Having watched his pitching at the Arcadia Elks Invitational, he definitely is a standout player around the San Gabriel Valley. Pitching isn’t his only defensive position, but also plays the infield exceptionally well. An awesome and dedicated player for the Temple City Rams! Keep up the great work. He’s definitely a role model for non achieving peers in high schools, that lack the motivation or challenges to sutain the hidden talents. More publicity of positive minority youth, who accel at the athletic and academic levels throughout the valley would benefit others tremendously. The sole purpose of this: To get more youth involoved with athletics, achieving academically also and off the negative road to the lack of being challenged!

  • Baseball Fan

    wow…. congrats to the LC boys for the upset

  • a fan

    Nice article, but that’s a picture of last year’s team.

  • Archangel

    Anonymous said:
    Temple City is playing some good baseball right now but they have won there last three games by only one run.

    A win is a win but if they keep it up they may not pull it off next time.

    April 24, 2010 5:50 PM

    I guess you called it Anon…

  • Spartan Fan

    Nice job B. Good to have you back on the mound and pitching well. Keep the guys focused and drive hard now for 1st Place.

  • Matt

    La Canada is 1 -1 with South Pasadena, San Marino and TC. If they win two of the next three against those teams they will make the playoffs. If they only win one they are out. The same goes for the three other teams.

  • Bob Anon

    How many RHL teams can make it ti the playoffs? 2 or 3?

    Just like football, LC needs to beat San Marino, South Pasadena, and Blair. This was a great win against Temple City. Keep it up LC baseball.

  • Anonymous

    With Monrovia’s only League loss coming from Temple City (so far) La Canada helped the Cats out with their Win.
    Now let’s see if they are able to take advantage of it.

  • Goldenarm

    The Coppings are just sophomores.
    TC’ers should expect great things ahead from both kids.

    A QB who throws touchdowns to his brother.

    Just one possible scenario, if we ever hire someone to coach the football team.

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