Waves Come Up Big in the Middle Innings to Beat Alumni, 9-2
Feb. 4, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. - The Waves shook off a slow start in the 2012 John Scolinos Alumni Game on Saturday afternoon, going on to score a run in the fourth inning and four runs in both the fifth and the sixth frames to coast to a seven-run win.
The alumni brought an excellent turnout, with 36 former Waves returning, including four current major leaguers: Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Eric Thames, Detroit Tigers infielder Danny Worth, Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Chase d'Arnaud and Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Barry Enright.
The team looked to be in good shape, not surrendering a hit over the first four frames, and in the top of the fifth, David Harris hit a two-run blast to give the alumni a 2-1 lead, but it would be short lived.
The current Waves answered loudly, hanging four runs in back-to-back innings, courtesy of a number of walks and a few timely hits. Junior SS Zach Vincej (Saugus, Calif./Saugus HS) broke up the no-hitter with a single that loaded the bases with no one out in the bottom of the fifth. Senior outfielder David DiPaola (San Carlos, Calif./Canada College) tied it with an RBI walk, and the Waves pushed three more across courtesy of free passes.
Starter Corey Miller (Mission Viejo, Calif./JSerra Catholic HS) picked up the win, going five strong, surrendering only the two runs on five hits, while striking out five and not giving up a walk.
He turned the ball over to Cody Dickerson (Cypress, Texas/Cypress Woods HS), who threw a scoreless top of the sixth before the Waves piled on four more in the bottom half of the frame, from an RBI walk by Vincej, an RBI double from junior 2B Joe Sever (San Jose, Calif./Bellarmine College Prep) and a two-RBI single by DiPaola.
Dickerson and Steve Casey (Phoenix, Ariz./Pinnacle HS) closed out the game with a scoreless inning apiece.
Other highlights of the day included a father-son matchup of alumnus Randy Hacker facing his son, freshman Drew Hacker (Moorpark, Calif./Oaks Christian). In the last inning, Andrew Alvarez (Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King HS) beat the alumni team's unorthodox defensive positioning (putting every team member on the field) for a two-out single but was stranded.
After the game, the Waves, alumni, family and friends turned their attention to the John Scolinos Award Dinner. Since 2005, the John Solinos Award has been given to a Wave with exemplary behavior during a season or career. The recipient is honored for demonstrating strong character traits, including humility, resourcefulness, loyalty, honesty, work ethic, Christian behavior and sportsmanship. All of these attributes were key to Coach Scolinos, contributing to outstanding performance and dedicated honors both on and off the baseball diamond.
This year's recipient is 2011 graduate Trent Diedrich. The catcher finished his career with a .289 batting and started in 136 of 148 games played. He also knocked in 68 runs.
On Diedrich, head coach Steve Rodriguez said, "As a teammate, he set an example through his hard work and served as an incredible emotional leader to his peers. Not only did he bring his intensity with him to the field each day, but he also brought his faith. While Trent was playing for the Waves, we saw him grow on the field, in the classroom and as a man, exemplifying what Pepperdine wants in its program."
The Waves will open the season on Friday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. PT as they host Oklahoma in the first of a three-game series.