It's back-to-back no-hitters for duo from St. Bernard of Eureka. This week's best also includes a six-hit game by San Diego Clairemont's Luke Jarvis in which he also hit for the cycle plus a clutch homer by Jack Stinn of S.F. St. Ignatius that will shake up the next state rankings.
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(After games of Saturday, April 21; includes some games as of Wednesday, April 25; Contributing: Bob Barnett, Mark Tennis)
Josh Allen (Firebaugh)
It wasn’t a typo that Firebaugh defeated Avenal 42-0 in a baseball game last week. Allen went 5-for-6 at the plate in that game with five RBIs and also pitched a five-inning no-hitter with 12 strikeouts. Teammate Juan Garcia also had a career day at the plate as he scored six times and had eight RBIs.
Carlos Aveltz (Chowchilla)
He pitched the finest game of his career with a one-hitter and 19 strikeouts in a eight-inning game as the Redskins edged Sierra of Tollhouse 1-0.
Kris Bartlett (Kimball, Tracy)
In a 17-6 win over Weston Ranch of Stockton that pushed the Jaguars to 4-0 in the Valley Oak League, Bartlett ripped a double among four hits and finished with six RBIs.
Tanner Brown (Fountain Valley)
With little room for error, he allowed just five hits and pitched nine scoreless innings in a 1-0 win over Edison of Huntington Beach.
Mikey Clark (Linden)
A walk-off grand slam not only invoked the mercy rule in Linden’s 16-6 win last Friday over Summerville of Tuolomne but gave Clark a new school record with nine RBIs. Linden improved to 13-3 overall.
Christopher Collett (Maria Carrillo, Santa Rosa)
Coming into the game, he only had three hits on the season, but in a 9-1 win over crosstown Elsie Allen it was Collett’s turn to collect. The Pumas’ senior went 4-for-4 with two triples, two RBIs and two runs scored.
T.J. Dove (River Valley, Yuba City)
Doing all his damage in the first three innings, he went a perfect 5-for-5 with a double, home run and five runs batted in during a 25-2 win over Natomas of Sacramento.
Steve Farinaro (Head-Royce, Oakland)
Farinaro was throwing arrows as he pitched a three-hitter with 10 strikeouts and had an RBI double and a run scored in a 7-1 win over crosstown College Prep.
Morgan Giamonna & Andrew Caramagno (Tomales)
In a five-inning nightcap of a double-header with Upper Lake, Giamonna pitched a no-hitter with five strikeouts and one walk. Caramagno struck out 10 in a 4-0 win that started the day. He also had an RBI double and scored a run in the nightcap.
Tyler Gilbert (San Lorenzo Valley, Felton)
He pitched a no-hitter (six strikeouts, three walks) and went 2-for-3 in an 11-0 win over Santa Cruz.
Justin Gubser (Terra Nova, Pacifica)
The Tigers’ 6-foot-4, 240-pound backstop put a charge into the ball last week, smacking two home runs and finishing with six RBIs, but his team fell 12-11 to Carlmont of Belmont.
Michael Hernandez (Sonoma Valley, Sonoma)
He tossed a two-hitter and only faced 22 batters in a 2-0 win over Petaluma. He also stroked an RBI single. Hernandez lowered his ERA to 0.78 and improved to 6-0 for the 17-3 Dragons.
Luke Jarvis (Clairemont, San Diego)
This junior shortstop hit for the cycle and drove in six runs while going a perfect 6-for-6 at the plate in a 25-0 win over Crawford of San Diego.
Daulton Jefferies (Buhach Colony, Atwater)
He just missed a perfect game as he allowed just one hit with no walks while striking out 13 in a 2-0 win over Atwater.
Matthew Jepsen (Fallbrook)
Not only did he record the complete-game shutout in a 5-0 win over Mission Hills of San Marcos, but this talented junior also managed to rack up an impressive 14 strikeouts.
Sam Kiel (San Juan, Citrus Heights)
Going a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate, he doubled twice and tripled while driving in five runs during a 14-8 win over Highlands of North Highlands.
Matt Kirk & James Pastori (St. Bernard’s, Eureka)
The right-handed duo pitched back-to-back no-hitters in 6-0 and 8-0 victories over South Fork of Miranda. Kirk walked one and struck out 12, including four in one inning when one of two base runners the junior allowed reached on a passed ball third strike. Pastori had 11 strikeouts and a walk, and even though the defense committed four errors behind him, the senior refused to yield. He also doubled and scored a run while Kirk had two hits and scored a run in Pastori’s no-no.
Daniel Rivas (San Leandro)
With Rivas and his team holding a nervous 2-1 lead after four innings, the Pirates’ sophomore got busy. He finished with two doubles and four RBIs with three runs scored in a 12-1 victory over St. Joseph Notre Dame of Alameda.
Jack Ross (Palma, Salinas)
Ross was the boss once again after reaching base all five times in a 14-2 win over Salinas. His towering three-run home run to right field with two out in the bottom of the sixth ended the game prematurely due to the 10-run rule. According to the Salinas Californian, he signed the ball for a little kid that retrieved it. The boss also had a pair of doubles, five RBIs and three runs scored.
George Sammon (Saint Vincent de Paul, Petaluma)
Sammon was certainly not a guppy, not after he pounded out five hits in a blowout win against Santa Rosa Rincon Valley Christian.
Brett Seeburger (Vista)
Allowing just three hits, he struck out 15 in a 2-0 win over San Pasqual of Escondido in Avocado East League play earlier this week.
Deandre Simpson (The Rock Academy, San Diego)
At the plate or on the mound, this junior had an impressive week as he went 4-for-4 with two home runs and six runs batted in during a win against High Tech of San Diego while he allowed just two hits and struck out 16 in a win against High Tech of Chula Vista.
Cameron Stewart (Valley Christian, San Jose)
The big pitcher is back in this feature after getting to 8-0 on the season in a 3-1 victory at Riordan of San Francisco. The 6-foot-9, 220-pound Stewart also hit his fourth home run of the season, a two-run shot in the top of the seventh that decided the game.
Jack Stinn (St. Ignatius, San Francisco)
When Stinn put a sting in the ball with two out in the seventh inning, it provided all the runs the Wildcats would need in a 1-0 win earlier this week over state-ranked St. Francis of Mountain View.
Travis Tessendorf (Tehachapi)
With three stolen bases in a 15-2 win by the Warriors over Wasco, Tessendorf established a new school record of 34 for the season. He also went 3-for-3 at the plate and scored four times.
Noah Villegas (Northgate, Walnut Creek)
He tossed a one-hitter with 10 strikeouts in a 2-1 win over Concord Clayton Valley.
Hunter Villanues (West, Bakersfield)
He went 3-for-5 at the plate and had seven runs batted in while scoring four times in a 18-6 win over Ridgeview of Bakersfield.
Tyler Vistalli (Deer Valley, Antioch)
Having three good pitchers has helped propel the Wolverines into the Cal-Hi Sports’ state rankings and this junior has been a key contributor. Last week in a 6-0 win over arch-rival Antioch, he tossed a two-hitter with no walks and seven fanned to improve to 5-1 this season with a 0.51 ERA.