Scott Hong grabs All-SCIAC recognition

Scott Hong (Glendale Community College, 2011) Occidental College baseball senior: Hong wrapped up a phenomenal senior campaign at Occidental with a fitting accolade, as the former Vaquero was bestowed an All-Southern California Interscholastic Athletic Conference first-team selection.

As a junior, Hong was a second-team All-SCIAC outfielder and also a first-team American Baseball Coaches Assn. All-West Region utility player. This year, he was a first-team all-conference selection as he did a little bit of everything and did it all very well.

He was Occidental’s No. 1 starter, a center fielder and leadoff hitter.

“Scott has been an integral part of this program's resurgence and was undoubtedly deserving of the recognition,” Oxy Coach Luke Wetmore stated in a press release on the school’s website.

On the bump, Hong’s 1.50 earned-run average was third in the conference and second among starters. His 21 stolen bases and .427 on-base percentage were conference-highs.

Occidental wrapped up its season May 4 with a 5-2 loss to Pomona-Pitzer in a SCIAC tourney game. Hong went one for three at the plate with a walk and a stolen base and got the start on the mound. He tossed 5 2/3 innings, allowing six hits, two runs and struck out three to two walks. He didn’t factor in the decision.

For the season, Hong finished with a robust .336 batting average (50 for 149) to go with a team-high 36 runs and three home runs, nine doubles, 17 runs batted in, a team-high 25 walks, 33 stolen bases and a .451 on-base percentage.

Through 58 1/3 innings, his ERA for the full season was 1.39. He posted a 5-1 record with four saves, two complete games and 49 strikeouts.

With Hong leading the way, Oxy had one of its best seasons in a long time. The Tigers went 26-15 and took third in the SCIAC to advance into the first-ever SCIAC Postseason Tournament. Oxy put together its best winning percentage since 1982.

Andrew Roide (Crescenta Valley High, 2011) Cal Poly Pomona track and field sophomore: A former Pacific League champion, Roide can add a California Collegiate Athletic Assn. championship to his resume.

On May 4, at the CCAA Championships at Cal State University Stanislaus, Roide contributed 10 points via a championship in the high jump, as Cal Poly took second place in the championship as a team.

Roide won the high jump with a mark of 6 feet 6 3/4 inches. The mark matched a lifetime best.

Also at the meet, Glendale High product Robert Weathers, a Broncos junior, ran a leg on the third-place 4x100 relay team for Cal Poly and took fifth in the men’s 100-meter dash final in a personal-best time of 10.83 seconds.

Troy Mulcahey (Crescenta Valley, 2012) Fullerton College baseball freshman: Mulcahey and Fullerton have made the trek north to Fresno for the California Community College Athletic Assn. State Championship.

Mulcahey notched the game-winning run batted in to send Fullerton to the state championship, as his two-out single brought home teammate Dakota Wix to put the Hornets ahead, 7-6, in the bottom of the eighth on Saturday against Palomar in the Fullerton Super Regional. The inning saw Fullerton rally from a 6-4 deficit to punch a ticket to Fresno. Mulcahey went two for five, adding an RBI double in the bottom the seventh as Fullerton came back from a 6-0 deficit in the sixth inning to win 7-6.

Throughout the postseason thus far, which has seen Fullerton defeat East Los Angeles in three games in the best-of-three opening round of regionals before winning the super regional in four games, Mulcahey has gone eight for 28 with five RBI and three runs.

On the season, Mulcahey, having played in 37 games, has a team-leading 32 RBI and 12 doubles. In addition, he’s scored 25 runs and posted a .333 batting average.

Mulcahey also got a pair of starts on the mound in the postseason.

Making his first appearance on the bump since April 4, Mulcahey, a former All-Area Baseball Player of the Year, got the deciding game-three start in the regional opener against East L.A. He got the win, throwing six innings of three-run ball, allowing six hits, striking out four and walking four. His next start, against Palomar on Saturday, didn’t go as well, as he lasted just 3 1/3 innings, allowing seven runs (six earned) and taking the loss in an 8-0 Palomar win.

For the year, Mulcahey is 3-3 with a 3.08 earned-run average and 37 strikeouts to 30 walks in 49 2/3 innings.

Fullerton (30-13) will open state play against Northern California’s Feather River in the night cap of the opening day at 6 p.m. on Saturday. The opener features Santa Rosa taking on Cypress at noon.

Erin Ashby (Crescenta Valley, 2011) Stanford softball sophomore: A regular in the postseason in her high school days with the Falcons, Ashby and the Cardinal are headed to the NCAA Tournament.

Stanford, boasting a 37-19 record after going 13-11 in the always-arduous Pacific 12 Conference, opens up NCAA Regionals play in Lincoln, Neb. on Friday at 2 p.m.

Ashby has become a regular in the lineup for Stanford, having played in 54 of her team’s 56 games, starting every time. She’s on a bit of a slump as of late, having gone hitless in her last two games and one for 10 with a walk and a run batted in over her last three. It comes on the heels of a big game against Santa Clara, though, as the Cardinal won, 11-3, on May 7 and the former two-time All-Area Player of the Year went two for two with two walks, a RBI and a run.

Thus far, Ashby has put up solid numbers, usually getting the start as the designated player and hitting sixth in the order.

She’s hitting .288 (44 for 153) with 18 runs, 16 extra-base hits, including six home runs, 33 RBI and 22 walks to contribute to a .385 on-base percentage.

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