Friday, May 4, 2012
Cal-Hi Sports Baseball State Stat Stars
By Harold Abend & Paul Muyskens
Fresno’s Hawkins sets section homer record in same game his coach gets win No. 600. Week’s best also includes another coach winning 800th game plus second no-hitter for Beckman’s Kaprielian and perfect games for Pleasant Grove’s Stilwell, East Union's Swift.
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 28; includes some games as of Wednesday, May 2; Contributing: Bob Barnett, Mark Tennis)
Paul Blackburn (Heritage, Brentwood) With the Cal-Hi Sports caravan there to see his match-up with Cal-Hi Sports No. 9 state-ranked Deer Valley of Antioch and its Cal State Fullerton-bound ace Ricky Delgado, it was Blackburn that did the roasting and toasting. Despite an illustrious career that earned him a spot on the Oakland Athletics Area Code Games roster last summer, he had never pitched a no-hitter in high school. That is until he only needed 72 pitches and faced the minimum 21 batters, in a 6-0 no-no that included eight strikeouts and two double-play grounders that erased his two walks.
Casey Bloomquist & A.J. Ramirez (Bakersfield Christian) All Bloomquist allowed was one hit in a 7-0 win late last week over Tehachapi with no walks and 10 strikeouts in six innings of work. He also had two hits and drove in a run at the plate. Early last week, the USC-bound Ramirez had a big game as he went 3-for-5 at the plate with five RBIs and scored six times in a 22-2 win over Tehachapi. Bloomquist also went 2-for-3 in that game and scored five times.
Francis Christy (Casa Grande, Petaluma) The Gauchos’ 6-foot-3, 220-pound junior catcher launched two home runs, drove in four and scored twice in a 7-1 win over College Park of Pleasant Hill.
James Cullinane (Riordan, San Francisco) H tossed a one–hitter and had two hits himself, including a double, in a non-league 10-0 victory over crosstown Galileo.
Tony Cruz (Bonita Vista, Chula Vista) Mater Dei Catholic was able to score one run but that was about all it could do against Cruz as he allowed just three hits and struck out 14 in a 4-1 win.
Max Dutto (San Ramon Valley, Danville) The Oakland Athletics Area Code Games standout had a home run, triple and seven RBIs in an 18-2 win over Pittsburg.
Christopher Flexen (Newark Memorial, Newark) Flexen was flexing those biceps once again. The Cougars’ senior tossed a two-hitter with 18 strikeouts in a 6-0 win over Mission San Jose. Flexen also had a long fly, and drove in four to boot.
Nolan Gannon (Santa Fe Christian, Solana Beach) Doing it all in a 13-0 win over Bishop's of La Jolla, he pitched six shutout innings with eight strikeouts and then at the plate he homered and drove in four runs.
Anthony Hawkins (Fresno) In a week of history at a school well-known for it in baseball, Hawkins belted his 35th career homer to set a CIF Central Section record to lead the Warriors past McLane of Fresno 16-2. The win also gave Fresno coach Ken Papi No. 600 for his career. According to section historian Bob Barnett, Papi is just the second coach in the section to reach that total. Later in the week, Hawkins had a double and three RBIs in a 10-1 romp past Hoover of Fresno.
Nick Huebner (Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates) Making just his first start on the mound this season, he struck out six and didn't allow a hit for a no-hitter in a 12-0 win over Leuzinger of Lawndale.
Jahman Ingram (Rolling Hills Prep, San Pedro) Jahman was the man on offense in the Huskies’ 18-2 win over Vistamar as he homered twice and drove in six runs.
James Kaprielian (Beckman, Irvine) An error in the seventh inning took away a possible perfect game but he did manage to record his second no-hitter of the season and struck out nine in a 6-0 victory over University of Irvine. He has signed with UCLA.
Matt Krook (St. Ignatius, San Francisco) It has been learned that this junior pitcher and outfielder just had what was reported to be a 30-game hitting streak halted last week at St. Francis of Mountain View. Krook’s streak stretched over the 2011 and 2012 seasons. If validated, Krook’s streak could be a Bay Area record and would gain him entry into the state record book. The record total of 46 games was set in 2004 by Joe Spiers from Canyon Springs of Moreno Valley.
Dylan Lee (Dinuba) He had a fine game as he went 3-for-4 at the plate with all three hits going for doubles in a 11-2 win over Coalinga.
Tyler Mahle (Westminster) There wasn’t much of a margin for error, but Mahle got it done in a 1-0 win over Segerstrom of Santa Ana. He pitched the shutout, struck out 10 and scored the game’s only run.
Chris Manderson (Valley Christian, San Jose) The Warriors’ 6-foot-2 sophomore tossed a two-hitter in a 1-0 squeaker over Sacred Heart Cathedral of San Francisco.
Ryan Mason (Placer, Auburn) He was nearly perfect in a 2-0 win over Bear River of Lake of the Pines as he allowed just two hits and walked none while striking out 12.
Jake Mauldin (Sequoia, Redwood City) Not only did Mauldin mow down 12 Aragon of San Mateo batters from the mound, he mauled them at the plate as well, with two hits, including a double, in a 2-1 victory.
Ty Moore (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) The UCLA-bound senior picked up his eighth win of the season as he struck out six and walked none in a 1-0 win over Orange Lutheran.
Eric Peters (La Quinta, Westminster) Doubling and scoring twice to help his own cause turned out to be more than enough as he tossed a no-hitter in the Aztecs’ 8-0 win over Bolsa Grande of Garden Grove.
Joe Redmond (Marin Catholic, Kentfield) The Wildcats’ senior threw his first no-hitter with 13 strikeouts in a 15-0 victory over Branson. Bone chips in both elbows that tore a ligament and threatened his pitching career did not deter his comeback after missing six months of his sophomore year due to the injury. The win improved Redmond’s record to 6-1 this season, with a 1.42 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 44.1 innings pitched.
Luc Rennie (Torrey Pines, San Diego) Getting a chance to pitch at Petco Park, he had a performance he will always remember as he allowed just two hits in a 2-0 win over Westview in Palomar League play.
Timmy Robinson (Ocean View, Huntington Beach) It was a football like final score of 13-10 in the Seahawks’ win over Loara of Anaheim and Robinson was star of the day. He hit two homers and knocked in five runs.
Hokeem Sadon (South Fork, Miranda) There was no hocus pocus for Hokeem in two games last week. First, he had a home run, double, four RBIs, and two runs scored in a 12-2 win over Laytonville. He came back the next day to pitch the first game of a double-header with Ferndale and went all the way, tossing a three-hitter with 10 strikeouts in a 5-1 win. He also had three hits, including a triple and double, and he scored twice.
Zack Stilwell (Pleasant Grove, Elk Grove) He did better than just well in a 3-0 win on Monday over Ponderosa of Shingle Springs as he pitched a perfect game with 13 strikeouts.
Brock Swift (East Union, Manteca)
We got a call from a reporter about Zack Stilwell's perfect game wondering when the last time a pitcher from the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section had thrown one. Turns out it was the previous Friday at Sierra of Manteca when Swift accomplished the feat for East Union in a 2-0 win over the Timberwolves. Swift gave up a deep fly ball for the first out and told Stephen Roberson of the Stockton Record: "He hits one to deep right and I'm thinking, 'I am not on.'" None of the next 20 batters got on, either.
Chris Tewhill (Marin Catholic, Kentfield) The All State football two-sport star had five RBIs in a 13-3 win over Novato. Tewhill now has at least one hit, RBI and run scored in his last six games.
Jonah Wesley (Tracy) The UCLA-bound Wesley has been another of the top pitchers in Northern California this season. He pitched a no-hitter with eight strikeouts last week when the Bulldogs (who are knocking on the door of the state top 20) blanked Lincoln of Stockton 2-0 and clinched first-place in the San Joaquin Athletic Association.
Warren Woolery (Clairemont, San Diego) While the offense was scoring runs in bunches, he was shutting down the Hoover of San Diego offense and finished with a no-hitter. Clairemont won 22-0.
Sam Blalock (Rancho Bernardo, San Diego) With a 5-3 win over Westview, Blalock earned his 800th career win as a head coach. He became just the third coach in state history to reach the 800 total. The other two are the late John Stevenson of El Segundo and Guy Anderson from Cordova of Rancho Cordova.