BY HEATHER GRIPP
Brian Felten gets early bragging rights in the family and in the Mission League.
Loyola of Los Angeles defeated visiting Crespi of Encino 4-3 on Tuesday to not only give the Cubs’ baseball coach a victory over the team for which his younger brother plays, but also lift Loyola into sole possession of first place in the Mission League.
Brian Clark singled in Trey Rallis for the deciding run in the sixth inning.
The teams, which entered the game tied for first place, meet again Thursday at Valley College.
“With my brother being on the team, I follow Crespi real closely,” said Felten, also a former Celt
`I probably know more about Crespi than any other team we play.”
Paul Felten is a senior outfielder for the Celts (13-6, 6-1). He walked in the first inning, but finished 0 for 2.
Another set of brothers was instrumental in giving Loyola (15-5, 7-0) an early 3-2 lead. Cubs junior Danny Muno hit his team-high seventh home run in the first inning, then doubled in older brother Kevin Muno in the second inning.
A two-out double by Crespi’s Carlos Lopez tied the score in the fifth inning. The Celts had four doubles in the game, including the ones by Sean Camacho and Jeremy Rodriguez that drove in runs in the first inning.
Crespi’s Sean Gilmartin and Travis Forbes finished with two hits each. John Paillet and Danny Muno led Loyola with two hits apiece, and teammate Justin Shepherd was 1 for 1 with three walks and an RBI.
Cubs junior right-hander Patrick Drolet (6-1) got the win with 1 2/3 innings of hitless relief.
Reliever Jeff Warren (0-3) took the loss. Celts starter Matt Wabby had eight strikeouts in five innings, but frequently had to work out of jams because of the six hits and six walks he issued.
Loyola is in a familiar situation, having won a share of last year’s league title, but Crespi is loaded with underclassmen who saw last year’s Celts fail to reach the playoffs.
“It’s fun to play them,” Brian Felten said. “It’s fun to complete against the coach I played for. I learned a lot from him, so maybe I can use some of his tricks against him.
“We lost a lot a lot of guys from last year, but guys have been stepping up and we’ve been winning a lot of games late. We did that again today.”