In a matter of five very eventful seconds, Glendale High's Rene Rangel went from hero to goat to hero in his team's 3-2 defeat of first-place Arcadia in a Pacific League game at Glendale on Friday.
With the bases loaded and nobody out in the bottom of the ninth inning, Rivas missed a suicide-squeeze sign on an 0-and-1 pitch. Instead of bunting, Rivas swung away and banged what seemed destined to be the game-winning hit up the middle.
Yet Arcadia right-hander Randy Martinez stabbed the line drive and turned to throw to third base to double up Glendale's Marco Rivas. But Martinez dropped Rangel's line drive in the process, allowing Rivas to score the winning run.
"If he catches it, he turns two and we're in trouble," Glendale Coach Chris Axelgard said.
Senior right-hander Danny Gray (5-3) threw a six hitter, struck out five and walked two. Brent Overfelt was three for four for Glendale (10-5-2, 4-3-1 in league play).
In other baseball games:
Westlake 11, Royal 4--Mike Lieberthal hit his 13th home run--a two-run shot--as the host Warriors took an 8-0 lead after an inning and cruised in a Marmonte League game.
Junior James Clark (3-0), a left-hander who relieved starter Scott Lerner in the fourth, struck out six in 3 2/3 innings of one-hit, shutout ball. Keith Hess had two hits for Westlake (20-1, 8-0), including his sixth home run to give the Warriors 26 this season, breaking the school record set in 1985.
Steve Bernstein, Tim Casagrande and Richard Naranjo each had two hits for Royal (12-8, 4-4).
Newbury Park 8, Channel Islands 3--Newbury Park's Jason Smith pounded a bases-loaded double to drive in three in a six-run third inning of a Marmonte League game at Newbury Park.
Shane Gallimore and Brian Smith each had two hits for Newbury Park (6-9-1, 1-6). Jim Davis was two for three with an RBI for Channel Islands (12-10, 2-6).
Sylmar 19, Monroe 6--Sylmar had 17 hits and scored 15 runs in the first four innings of the Valley Pac-8 Conference game at Monroe.
Sylmar's Danny Hernandez was four for six with a triple and four RBIs. Pat Garcia, Dereck Ornelas and Ben Soliz each had two hits for Sylmar (12-6, 6-4).
Grant 8, Van Nuys 5--Grant used six hits and two Van Nuys errors to score seven runs in the sixth inning of a Valley Pac-8 Conference game at Grant.
Grant starter Gary Rosoff (1-4) earned the victory. Justin Howard had three hits, and Colin McHarg and Petur Georgesson each had two hits for Grant (5-13, 3-8).
Rio Mesa 20, Hueneme 3--Rio Mesa slammed 17 hits--including 15 singles--en route to a Channel League victory at Hueneme.
Angel Lopez (four RBIs), Dmitri Young (four RBIs) and Sam Garcia (two RBIs) each had three hits for Rio Mesa (12-5-2, 5-1-2).
La Salle 3, St. Francis 2--Shawn Haney hit a solo home run and Matt Jones doubled in a run for St. Francis in a nonleague game at La Salle. St. Francis sophomore Jose Cevera allowed two hits and two runs in four innings but was relieved in the fifth by Manny Fernandez (4-2), who yielded the winning run an inning later.
Hoover 9, Muir 7 (nine innings)--Mickey Moreno had two hits and knocked in one run to lead visiting Hoover (6-9, 4-5) in a Pacific League game. Hoover's Cesar Covarrubias added two hits.
Saugus 9, Quartz Hill 2--Kyle Lonsberry paced host Saugus to a Golden League victory with a double, a triple, three RBIs and two runs scored.
In six innings, Doug Maggiora (8-1) struck out four and yielded two earned runs for the Centurions (12-5-1, 8-1).
Palmdale 4, Canyon 1--Junior left-hander Chris Tampoya held visiting Canyon (8-9, 4-5) scoreless for six innings, and Palmdale scored four runs in the first three innings of the Golden League game.
Tampoya (5-1) struck out seven and walked five. He also had two hits and an RBI. Jeff Pica drove in a run in the first and had two hits for Palmdale (10-4, 6-3).
Antelope Valley 9, Burroughs Ridgecrest 3--Jack Cox hit doubled, tripled, had three RBIs and scored two runs to lead host Antelope Valley (9-9, 5-4) in a Golden League game.
Agoura 2, Santa Ynez 1 (nine innings)--Agoura's Joey Medagila walked with the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the ninth as Agoura (9-8, 4-0) remained in first place in Frontier League play.
Oak Park 7, Moorpark 2--Sophomore right-hander Jeff Gibbons (3-4-1) struck out six and limited Moorpark to four hits in a Tri-Valley League game at Moorpark (4-8-1, 3-5-1).
Montclair Prep 11, Marshall Fundamental 0--Russell Ortiz, Chris Ferebee and Scott Saklad combined for a one-hitter to lead host Montclair Prep (17-2, 5-0) in an Alpha League game.
Montclair Prep's Keyaan Cook hit his fifth home run and was two for three with two RBIs, two runs scored and two stolen bases. Teammate Leland Sparks had two hits, two RBIs and two steals.
Western Christian 6, Village Christian 0--Chris Watson held Village Christian (12-3, 3-2) to three hits and struck out seven in an Alpha League game.
Chaminade 9-5, St. Bernard 11-2--Sophomore left-hander Ted Corcoran struck out a career-high 13 for Chaminade in the second game and hit a home run in the first of a nonleague doubleheader at home. Corcoran (4-3) walked only three and held St. Bernard (12-5) to three singles. He was also two for two with two runs scored in the second game.
Paraclete 14, Mojave 0--Aided by a 12-hit barrage, starter Tim Salado pitched four innings and struck out six of the last 10 batters he faced for visiting Paraclete.
Agoura 17, Santa Ynez 0--Melissa Thatcher pitched her third no-hitter to lead visiting Agoura (11-4, 4-0) in a Frontier League game shortened to six innings.