Tuesday, April 07, 2009


Notes on my napkin while hiding the Easter eggs at the senior center and getting ready for what Long Beach State has to call “The Week That Is”. I mean how often do you try and snap a one game losing streak by beating a home town Hall of Famer and then travel to the new diamond darlings of college baseball? That dear readers is mission for Mike Weathers and company and it starts this evening with Tony Gwynn’s red hot SDSU Aztecs, 22-11 and finally inside the top 20.

Hiding by the way is our word of the week, and reminds us of this crazy Big West trophy dash, which has six, seven or eight teams still in the hunt and Fullerton ain’t in first! Oh yes, if you think that the BWC standings will give you the answer, well, think again. Last weekend the Dirtbags (having just re-earned their nickname) beat pitching-rich UC Riverside two of three while UC Irvine, #5 in the polls and next weekend’s foe, went into F-town won the first two and went extras for game three before the Titans avoided an Anteater with a broom. Close at the top and actually close top to bottom. Eight teams already have at least two wins so no clues about where that NCAA immunity idol is hidden. For the lineups tonight there is some addition and subtraction. For the Niners add Steve Tinoco who will try that ailing hamstring but catcher Kellen Hoime and second baseman Derek Legg will get the night off. SDSU meanwhile gives the pro scouts the night off saving their potential top MLB pick Steven Strasburg (6-0) for his regular Friday night conference duties. The Niner staff night will start with either Manny McElroy or Jason Markovitz followed by a parade of familiar lefty/righty guys depending on who Tony sends up, maybe himself.

ALL THE DUST THAT FITS--On the softball side the Lady Niners (24-14, 5-1) are out in front of the pack but travel to their chief rival, Cal Poly SLO this weekend. In tennis the Beach ladies swept through their regular season a perfect 8-0 and now have non-conference matches at Pepperdine and LMU prior to the Big West Tournament, beginning on April 17 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. For men’s volleyball we turn the reportage over to acerbic assistant coach Andy Read. “We did drop eight straight league matches (five of them going five games) so if you were there you gotta admit you got your money’s worth!”…The Beach has three more matches to play, the first two at home Friday Night against UCSB and CSUN on Saturday then finish the regular season at UCSD. The MPSF tourney begins in two weeks but right now there are three teams fighting for two playoff spots: UCLA 8-10, LBSU 8-11, and UCSD 7-12. Stay tuned, the outcome is well, hidden…The hard core recruiting fanatics around the LBC are still shaking their head about a legacy that got away, that would be the Ricky Wise, son of 49er great Francois Wise. Ricky was pretty much the go to guy at Irvine last season and an all Big West second teamer. So if the LB family felt deserted on that kid imagine Fullerton who’s think that former major leaguer Tim Wallach was the greatest Titan of all time. Well his kid, Orange Coast pitcher/first baseman Brett Wallach has signed with Long Beach. Like his dad, Brett is an iron man, hitting .391 with a team-leading 31 RBIs, a 4-1 pitching record with a 2.95 ERA and 63 strikeouts. ..Closing note, is our popular Fullerton slam…ESPN had to bring in extra lights for Titan Field to get that yard up to TV broadcast standards last weekend…Blair Field of course also flunked the TV light test but I figured that it is an excuse to use the shadows to hide concession prices….where are they, Brian Shaw will start at the Diamondbacks Visalia Rawhide on at Lake Elsinore on Thursday...Shaw was a 2008 second-round selection and the right-hander has a mid-90s fastball...last outing for SDSU was upsetting, UC Davis came back for a 6-5 victory at Tony Gwynn Stadium Sunday…sort of like that 4-3 UCR upset of LB… the Aztecs were led by Erik Castro, who went 4-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs. Cory Vaughn added two RBIs to account for the team's run production….SDSU also has Beach transfer Brandon Decker playing well (.315)…midweeker for UCI is at UCLA, sort of a Dan Guerrero classic since those schools are two spots on his tax return…have a joyful Easter Sunday and a equally pleasant IRS Wednesday—DR. DAN


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