August 5, 1998
The Vigilantes, led by a second-inning grand slam by Alan Burke, routed the Tri-City Posse, 9-0, Tuesday night at Saddleback College. The Vigilantes got Mike Smith, among the league leaders in strikeouts, the only run he needed in the first inning. Kendrick Davis led off with a single and two outs later, he scored from third on a single by Burke. Smith struck out 10 and went the distance for the Vigilantes, giving up seven hits and walking only one.
August 2, 1998
Alan Burke got the Vigilantes off to a good start, hitting a grand slam in the first inning, as they defeated the Bend Bandits, 13-12, in a Western Baseball League game in Bend, Ore. The Bandits came back with two runs in the bottom of the inning, and another in the second, on a home run by Brian Conley, his ninth, but the Vigilantes responded with six runs in the third inning. The Bandits tried to play catch-up the rest of the way.
June 24, 1998 |
After winning four of six on a swing through Washington state, the Vigilantes returned to Saddleback College on Tuesday night and lost to Reno, 9-8. The Chukars (15-14) won the game in the eighth inning. Clinging to a 7-8 lead, the Vigilantes (14-15) turned to reliever Kirt Kishita (1-1) for the eighth inning. Reno's Matt Schwenke popped up and Scott Glasser followed with a single. Josh Kilner and Gary Hagy walked to load the bases.
June 17, 1998 |
As the Vigilantes' bus inches toward its next destination, a first baseman with Popeye forearms slouches in his seat and imitates a teammate to break the silence. "I haven't perfected my [Manager] Buck Rodgers imitation yet, but I do a great Ceterko [Steve, a pitcher on the team]," Alan Burke said. Burke, who has decided to retire at the end of this season, has a relaxed attitude about baseball. He simply sees the game as an escape from the real world pressures of a job, car payments and rent.
June 1, 1998
Mission Viejo rallied for two runs in the ninth inning to beat host Chico, 8-7, Sunday night to end the Heat's eight-game winning streak. Alan Burke drove in three runs for the Vigilantes, including two with a double in the seventh. The Heat pushed its winning streak to eight by beating the Vigilantes, 3-2, in an afternoon game also Sunday. The teams played twice Sunday because Friday's game was rained out.
May 24, 1998 |
The Vigilantes' 1998 season opener was a bit more low key than last year. No Susan Anton arriving late to sing the anthem after getting caught up in holiday traffic. No marching bands or circus acts, although there were fireworks during the seventh-inning stretch. But, just as they did last year, the Vigilantes opened the Western League baseball season Saturday night with a 9-6 loss to the Chico Heat in front of 3,178 at Saddleback College.