L.A. MISSION COLLEGE EAGLES
BEGIN BASEBALL SEASON ON JAN. 31
The Los Angeles Mission College mens baseball team returns to action
after a five-year hiatus when it begins non-conference play on January
31 in the Rio Hondo Tournament.
The game against Rio Hondo College marks the start of a 13-game, non-conference
schedule before the Eagles first conference game on February 20
against Bakersfield College. The 24-game conference season follows, as
well as games in the Ventura Tournament (April 15-17).
The first home game for Mission College takes place on February 1, when
the Eagles host Oxnard College in a 2 p.m. contest at El Cariso Park in
Budget cuts forced Mission College to end athletics in 1997, but the program
was revived this year. Mens and womens soccer marked the return
of the athletics program last fall, with mens baseball and womens
softball on the schedule this spring.
Despite a rich baseball history at Mission College, Coach Dave Mallas,
in effect, had to build a program from scratch. But Mallas is optimistic
about the coming season.
"I think people will be surprised," he said. "Weve
managed to recruit some of the top players around."
Mallas, former assistant baseball coach at Los Angeles Harbor College,
said he expects the teams success to revolve around three key players:
catcher Jose Carillo, pitcher and first baseman Adam Geery, and Miguel
Gonzales, third base and pitcher. The three freshmen were All-City players
last year as high school seniors.
Carillo, a Van Nuys resident, played last year at Birmingham High School,
where he batted .430, hit seven home runs and knocked in 33 runs. He made
the All City team three times and was named West Valley MVP last year.
Geery of Mission Hills had an outstanding career at Kennedy High School,
both as a pitcher and first baseman. From the mound, Geery struck out
108 batters and had an earned run average of just 1.72. He was named first-team
All City three years and once made the All State team. At the plate, Geery
batted .486 as a junior and .420 as a senior.
Gonzalez, a Pacoima resident, played last year at San Fernando High School,
primarily as a pitcher but also at third base. As a pitcher, his ERA was
1.09. As a hitter, he batted .375.
Mallas is joined on the bench by assistant coaches Brian Baisch, Emmett
Markulis, and Kevin Serr.
Mission College competes in the Western State Conference. The Eagles will
play all of their home games at El Cariso Park, 13100 Hubbard St., Sylmar.
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