Thursday, April 12, 2012
Cal-Hi Sports Baseball State Stat Stars
By Harold Abend & Paul Muyskens
Strikeout kings once again steal the spotlight as San Pasqual’s Kevin Grendell nearly sets San Diego Section record with 20 in one game while Tracy’s Jonah Wesely starts out a five-inning no-hitter with 13 in a row.
Note: We’re proud once again to collect weekly writeups of the most significant individual high school baseball totals in California. We use these as the basis for updating the state record book, which has been published seven times, most recently in the spring of 2009. To report a state stat star of your own, please email highlights to Mark.Tennis@espn.com.
(After games of Saturday, April 7; includes some games as of Wednesday, April 11; Contributing: Bob Barnett, Mark Tennis)
Angel Acosta (Gabrielino, San Gabriel) The strikeouts kept coming for Acosta as well in a 5-0 win by Gabrielino last week over Mountain View of El Monte. He ended with 16 although he did give up six hits. Acosta tossed a no-hitter in his previous start.
Cameron Avila-Leeper (Grant, Sacramento) Just a sophomore, he now more than likely holds a school record for strikeouts in a game as he struck out 17 in a 3-2 win over Inderkum of Sacramento.
Trevor Bettencourt (St. Francis, Mountain View) The senior right-hander pitched a no-hitter in a 3-1 victory over De La Salle of Concord at the Lancers’ Elite 8 tournament. The team lost in the semifinals on Wednesday to Damonte Ranch of Reno, its first of the season.
Nabee Blackburn (Pittsburg) The Pirates’ senior starred on the mound, at the plate and on the bases in a 4-1 upset of James Logan of Union City. He pitched a three-hitter, went 2-for-3 with an RBI and stole three bases.
Paul Blackburn (Heritage, Brentwood) The right-handed pitching Area Code Games standout for the Oakland Athletics not only got the win, but drove in three runs in a 13-3 victory over El Camino (South San Francisco) in the championship game of the Knights of Columbus tournament.
Tommy Boyle (Clayton Valley, Concord) After tossing a one-hitter in a 2-0 win over Cupertino Homestead, the Eagles’ 6-foot-4 senior right-hander improved to 5-0 with a 0.29 ERA and only nine hits allowed in 24 innings pitched.
Anthony Durchette (La Puente) It may have just been a five-inning 11-0 win, but this sophomore hurler still didn't allow a hit and struck out seven for a no-hitter.
Scott Ericksen (Acalanes, Lafayette) Scott was in the spotlight after being named MVP of the Willie Stargell Classic. He solidified his choice in the title game when the Dons’ senior doubled, tripled and drove in four in a 9-0 blanking of Alameda.
Nolan Gannon (Santa Fe Christian, Solana Beach) A stat star regular from last year, Gannon is at it again for the Eagles. He pitched his fourth shutout of the season on a two-hitter with 12 strikeouts in a 1-0 triumph last week over Otay Ranch of Chula Vista.
Evan Giddings (St. Mary’s, Berkeley) The way Giddings tossed a no-hitter in a Panthers’ 13-0 victory over Hayward Mt. Eden had to make the fans observing the performance a little giddy. He struck out eight but had to overcome six walks.
Kevin Grendell (San Pasqual, Escondido) Recording all but one out on his own, Grendell struck out 20 batters in a 10-0 win over Madera South at the San Diego Lions Tournament. It doesn't set a state record but it will get him listed in the state record book and is just one off the San Diego Section record for most strikeouts in a seven-inning game.
Chance Gusbeth (Desert Christian, Lancaster) The senior shortstop bashed a pair of homers, added a double and collected four RBIs in a 21-5 win against Silver Valley of Yermo. Gusberth raised his season totals to six homers and 23 RBIs.
Marcus House (Palma (Salinas) Marcus was in the house as he extended his hitting streak to 13 games and drove in three runs in a 7-2 win by Palma over Santa Cruz.
Kevin Little (Kern Valley, Lake Isabella) In helping his team get to 14-1 on the season after an 8-1 win against Windward of Los Angeles, Little pitched a four-hitter with 11 strikeouts and also added two hits, two RBIs and a double.
K.C. Magliore (Washington, Easton) He went 3-for-4 at the plate with all three hits going for doubles in a 9-9 tie against Fresno Christian.
Adam Martinez (Lincoln, Los Angeles) The two-time all-league pick smacked his fourth homer of the season and went 2-for-3 in a 10-7 victory last week over Grant of Van Nuys. Earlier in the week, Martinez went 4-for-4 with six RBIs when the Tigers ripped Sherman Oaks CES 13-1.
Jonny Molnar & Evan Englehardt (Westview, San Diego) Molnar recorded the first 17 outs before Englehardt recorded the final four as the two combined for a no-hitter in a 8-0 win over Coronado.
Robert Ortiz (Camarillo) Recently gaining eligibility after transferring from a school in Washington, Ortiz went a perfect 5-for-5 with four runs batted in during a 7-2 win over Oxnard.
Carlos Salazar (Kerman) Salazar was the czar of the strikeout in Kerman’s 2-0 win over Bakersfield Christian at the Selma Kiwanis Tournament. He pitched a complete-game no-hitter that was aided by 15 strikeouts.
Reggie Southall (Serra, Gardena) After racking up 4-for-5 and 3-for-3 batting totals in his previous games, Southall posted a 3-for-4 line in a 23-6 romp past Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Montebello. He also had a homer, double and six RBIs in that game. Teammate Denz'l Chapman also had six stolen bases in a game last week but Serra lost that one 15-7 to Carson.
Zack Stilwell (Pleasant Grove, Elk Grove) He more than pitched well earlier this week against Sheldon of Sacramento as he allowed just two hits and tied the school record for strikeouts in a game with 15 in a 5-0 victory.
Beau Sulser (Ramona) Wth Sulser not allowing a run or a hit, the Bulldogs picked up a 2-0 win over Westview in Palomar League play.
Kyle Twomey (El Dorado, Placentia) Opening the Hard 9 National Classic in a dominating way, Twomey struck out 14 and didn't allow a hit in a 7-0 win over Galena of Reno, Nev.
Jonah Wesely (Tracy) The Bulldogs’ Wesely could be one of the top seniors in Northern California. He threw a no-hitter and struck out the first 13 batters in a 13-0 win over Chavez of Stockton earlier this week. The game was shortened to five innings. Wesely has committed to play baseball at UCLA.