August 8, 1998 |
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.
June 26, 1997 |
Daniel Ehler didn't have to think twice when asked if his performance Wednesday was his best of the season. He didn't really have much else to choose from. Ehler, a right-handed pitcher, came in with an 0-4 record and a team-high earned-run average of 6.55. But he turned his season around a bit when he gave up five hits in 8 1/3 innings as the Vigilantes beat Bend, 7-4, in a Western Baseball League game in front of an announced crowd of 1,846 at Saddleback College.
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.
July 30, 1997 |
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.
July 14, 1998
Alan Burke of the Vigilantes had a single and drove in a run for the South team, which lost to the North, 8-3, in the Western Baseball League all-star game before an announced crowd of 4,297 Monday in Chico. The Vigilantes' Mike Smith came into the game in the seventh with the North leading, 4-3, but Smith gave up five hits and four earned runs.
August 7, 1998 |
vs. Western Warriors * 6:55 p.m. Friday-Saturday 5:35 p.m. Sunday Site--Saddleback College. Radio--830 (KPLS). Records--Vigilantes 9-11; Warriors 12-8 . Record vs. Warriors--4-2. Update--Vigilante first baseman Alan Burke has been on a tear, driving in 15 runs his last four games. Of his four home runs over that stretch, two have been grand slams, including his blast Tuesday against Tri-City. Western has the league's second best team-batting average (.302) and leads the league in home runs (69).
August 13, 1998
Raul Rodarte's two-run home run, his 19th of the season, tied Mission Viejo's Alan Burke for the Western Baseball League lead and helped Reno to a 7-3 victory over the Vigilantes Wednesday at Saddleback College. Rodarte, from Fountain Valley, had four hits and three runs batted in for the Chukars (13-12). The Vigilantes (11-14) got sixth-inning RBIs from Phil Kernan, Kevin Tahan and Robert Muro. Reno scored two in the fourth inning and three in the fifth off Kirk Irvine (4-6).
August 10, 1998
Jon Fuller's run-scoring single in the eighth inning proved to be the difference as the visiting Western Warriors defeated the Vigilantes, 3-2, Sunday in front of an announced crowd of 1,957 at Saddleback College. The Warriors (14-9) scored two runs in the fourth when Ryan McDonald hit a home run and Chris Vasquez had an RBI double. The Vigilantes (10-13) scored in the fourth on Manny Gagliano's RBI single.