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Hoover High baseball prevails against rival Glendale

Hoover High baseball prevails against rival Glendale
Hoover High’s Orlando Marin throws during away game vs. crosstown rival Glendale High on Friday. Marin threw six strong innings, allowing three hits in a Nitros’ 6-3 victory in Pacific League play.(Raul Roa/Staff Photographer)

GLENDALE — Behind a solid pitching performance and a potent offense, the Hoover High baseball team prevailed over cross-town rival Glendale High on Friday afternoon.

Tornadoes starting pitcher and captain Orlando Marin threw six strong innings, allowing three hits and three walks. The senior also proved instrumental at the plate, going two for three with two runs batted in to lead Hoover to a 6-3 victory over the Nitros at Glendale High.

PHOTOS: Glendale High School vs. Hoover High School baseball

Marin picked up his second win of the season and led the Tornadoes to their fourth, including three of the last four. Glendale’s struggles continued, as its offense couldn’t get going in the team’s 13th loss of the season.


“My approach was to throw early strikes, try to make them get themselves out and let my defense make the plays behind me,” said Marin, whose two-run single in the third inning gave the Tornadoes a 3-0 advantage after getting on the scoreboard with a bases-loaded walk in the second.

Glendale (2-13, 1-6 in league) answered with two runs in its half of the third, cutting the lead down to 3-2 on Sean Harris’ grounder that allowed Thaddeus Wilson to score from third and Brandon Keen’s sacrifice fly, scoring Andrew Swett.

Wilson stole three bases on the afternoon, doing his best to provide a spark to a Glendale offense that has scored nine runs in seven Pacific League games.

The Nitros surprised Crescenta Valley in the early part of Wednesday’s game and sustained the passion for the entirety. Coach Chris Funaro said he didn’t see the same hunger from his team against Hoover (4-12, 2-5).


“Our team was down, dead in the dugout,” Funaro said. “Against CV, we were a totally different team. I expected us to be loud against our rival.

“Their pitcher hit his spots and we didn’t hit the ball.”

Keen, Marin’s counterpart, started the game for the Nitros and pitched three innings before being relieved for Tyler Lousarrarian.

Lousarrarian cruised for the next two innings, but a pair of errors from the Nitros defense in the top of the sixth inning allowed the Tornadoes to score three runs and extend their lead to 6-2.

What could have been a 1-2-3 inning turned into runners on second and third for the Tornadoes with Fidel Hernandez at the plate. The sophomore short stop capitalized and lined a double to score Scott Yzarnotegui and Tim Gneier.

Hernandez went two for three at the plate with the double, as well as triple in the fourth.

Marin was pulled after hitting Ethan Howard with a pitch to start the bottom of the seventh. Howard would eventually score on Josue Aguilera’s grounder, but Hernandez was able to close it out and secure the always-important win over rival Glendale.

“To the kids and to the city, it’s a big rivalry,” Tornadoes Coach Brian Esquival said. “I didn’t mention it once during the week. We’re just trying to play good baseball and keep improving. Offensively, we’re getting better and showing more patience at the plate.”


The teams will meet again and close out the regular season at Hoover High on May 10.

“We have to come out next week and get ‘em again,” Funaro said.