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August 27, 1998
Left-hander John Homan allowed six hits over seven innings and Alan Burke hit a two-run home run for the Vigilantes in a 5-2 victory over the Pacific Suns in Western League game Wednesday at Oxnard College. The Vigilantes (45-39), with their second consecutive victory, are a game ahead of Sonoma County in the second half of the season and making headway in the playoff race. Sonoma (46-38) lost to Chico, 6-4. Rafael Ozuna hit his sixth home run for the Suns (26-57), his second in two nights.
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August 27, 1998
Left-hander John Homan allowed six hits over seven innings and Alan Burke hit a two-run home run for the Vigilantes in a 5-2 victory over the Pacific Suns in Western League game Wednesday at Oxnard College. The Vigilantes (45-39), with their second consecutive victory, are a game ahead of Sonoma County in the second half of the season and making headway in the playoff race. Sonoma (46-38) lost to Chico, 6-4. Rafael Ozuna hit his sixth home run for the Suns (26-57), his second in two nights.
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SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
August 8, 1998 | MIKE TERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Vigilante first baseman Alan Burke is in the midst of a great home run year. On Friday Burke belted two more home runs, and none was more important that his one-out blast to left in the bottom of the eighth that gave Mission Viejo an 8-7 victory over the Western Warriors in front of an announced crowd of 2,468 at Saddleback College. Burke, has 19 homers on the year, a career high with the Vigilantes, and has hit six in his last five games. He has driven in 17 runs in that stretch.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
July 10, 1997
The Vigilantes needed 11 innings to defeat Salinas, 3-2, in a Western Baseball League game Wednesday night in Salinas. Trailing by a run after eight innings, the Vigilantes tied the game in the ninth. Alan Burke led the Vigilantes with three hits and one run batted in. Kirk Kishita, who relieved starter Mike Smith in the eighth, picked up his third victory for the Vigilantes (18-24). Kishita pitched three scoreless innings. Steve Ceterko pitched the 11th inning and got his fifth save.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
July 12, 1997
Salinas scored in the first inning and made it stand up behind the pitching of Mike Trimarco in a 1-0 victory over the Vigilantes in a Western League baseball game Friday night in Salinas. Brian Kooiman, who had a two-run double in Thursday's game, drove in the only run with a single that scored Steve Hosey, a former San Francisco Giant. Hosey had doubled off the center-field fence. Trimarco's pitching kept the Vigilantes quiet.
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June 5, 1988
To compare Morton Downey Jr. with Wally George is almost as ridiculous as doing an article on either of these "broadcasters" in the first place. Downey is merely a watered down, warmed over, inferior version of Joe Pyne, the late TV venom-vendor and his intelligent successor, Alan Burke. Downey is only a rebel without a chin. Where Pyne and Burke, two truly psychotic egomaniacs, were able to make their shows entertainingly vindictive and almost frightening, the only thing frightening about Downey is his teeth.
SPORTS
June 24, 1998 | YUNG KIM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
June 24, 1998 | YUNG KIM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
SPORTS
June 17, 1998 | YUNG KIM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
May 24, 1998 | MIKE TERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
SPORTS
June 17, 1998 | YUNG KIM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
SPORTS
July 30, 1997 | MIKE TERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mission Viejo's Paul Anderson and Grays Harbor's Rayon Reid both delivered the kind of solid pitching performance Tuesday that neither deserved to lose the game. And neither did. Through seven innings, Anderson scattered seven hits, gave up two runs (one unearned) walked none and struck out seven. Reid gave up three runs and seven hits in eight innings, walking three and striking out six. So it came down to who had the successful bullpen and the extra-inning stamina.
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