Friday, May 11, 2012
Cal-Hi Sports Baseball State Stat Stars
By Harold Abend & Paul Muyskens
Being a stat star is one thing, but S.F. Washington’s Christopher Hau put together his big game at AT&T Park. Also among this week’s best is pitcher Cody Valdez, who threw an eight-inning no-hitter and lost.
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, May 5; includes some games as of Wednesday, May 9; Contributing: Bob Barnett, Mark Tennis)
T.J. Briggs (Freedom, Oakley) He pitched six innings of two-hit ball and also drove in four runs in a 7-1 win over Antioch.
Joe DeMers (College Park, Pleasant Hill) In a 4-0 win over likely North Coast Section playoff team Clayton Valley of Concord, DeMers hit a home run, drove in three runs, stole a base and scored, and also pitched the shutout.
Bowdien Derby (La Salle, Pasadena) Throwing a complete game shutout, he struck out 10 and allowed just one hit in the Lancers’ 2-0 win over St. Paul of Santa Fe Springs in their regular season finale. Derby is a main reason why La Salle has beaten Bishop Amat twice this season.
Kyle Dryer (Heritage, Brentwood) You’ll hear more about his teammate, Paul Blackburn, later in the week for his exploits, but in a 9-0 victory over Pittsburg it was Dryer that pushed the visiting Pirates overboard and left them soaking wet. The junior pitched six innings of one-hit ball and struck out 13 in the win.
Kevin Flemer (St. Mary’s, Berkeley) The Oregon State-committed junior had two hits, including a home run, drove in five, and also struck out six over his five innings on the hill of an 11-1 win over Piedmont. Kevin is the younger brother of Matt Flemer, who was the closer for Cal’s team that played last year in the College World Series.
Christopher Flexen (Newark Memorial, Newark) Flexen keeps flexing, and this week he allowed just four hits and two unearned runs, while striking out 12, and he also drove in all three Cougars runs in a 3-2 victory over Fremont Washington.
Zach Fox (Los Gatos) Fox was pretty sly in the way he pitched a no-hitter, walking just one, and striking out eight for the Wildcats in a 1-0 win over Santa Clara in the De Anza League fifth-place series opener.
Steven Gee (Taft) Gee was a whiz as he pitched a one-hitter in five innings, struck out seven strikeouts and went 3-for-4 at the plate with three RBIs in a 18-1 win over Arvin.
Derek Hacker (Sunny Hills, Fullerton) With little room for error, he allowed just two hits as the Lancers defeated Troy of Fullerton 1-0 in Freeway League action.
Matt Hartman & Russell Harmening (Calvary Christian, Vista) They each had two triples as the Lions as a team combined for seven triples in their 23-1 win over Ocean View Christian. Calvary Christian debuted at No. 3 in this week’s first Division V state rankings.
Christopher Hau (Washington, San Francisco) How about that was what Hau was probably thinking after delighting the Eagles’ faithful with a two-hitter in a 10-0 victory over Balboa at AT&T Park in the Academic Athletic Association (San Francisco Section) championship game. The junior also had two hits, an RBI and two runs scored in a victory that gives Washington its second straight section title and fifth since 2000.
Derek Hill & Ryan Tellez (Elk Grove) Hill tripled, homered twice and drove in five runs as the Thundering Herd defeated Davis 16-2 in six innings. Tellez, an Area Code star from last summer, is heating up as well. He homered and had five RBIs against Davis and upped his season total in RBIs to 45.
Dustin Hughes (La Jolla Country Day, La Jolla) Falling just short of a no-hitter, he allowed just one hit in six innings during a 13-0 win over Francis Parker. La Jolla Country Day looks like it will be among the teams to beat in the San Diego Section Division V playoffs.
Ben Krauth (Northgate, Walnut Creek) The Broncos’ senior may have walked five, but he didn’t allow a hit and struck out nine in a blowout win over crosstown Berean Christian.
Rod Mackey (McClatchy, Sacramento) This 6-foot-2 senior hurler struck out 14 in a 10-1 win over Sacramento.
Tyler Mahle (Westminster) For the second week in a row, he gets his name listed here as he pitched a perfect game in a 6-0 win over Orange.
Ty Moore (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) No stranger to our weekly state stat star feature, he struck out 10 while driving in two runs in the Monarchs’ 5-0 win over Servite of Anaheim.
Channing Nesbit (Bishop O’Dowd, Oakland) Nesbit wasn’t exactly chomping at the bit, but the sophomore pitcher did throw a one-hitter in a 5-0 win over San Leandro.
Danny Perez (Firebaugh) CIF Central Section standout was perfect at the plate, going 5-for-5, including one homer, one triple and five RBIs in a 23-2 over Tranquillity.
Timmy Robinson (Ocean View, Huntington Beach) After his second two-homer game of the season two weeks ago, he has continued the streak with home runs in each of his games since then. For the season, Robinson has now hit 11 home runs.
Ivan Sanchez (Soledad) The Aztecs’ junior third-sacker had a home run, two doubles, five RBIs and three runs scored in a big win over neighboring Gonzales.
Dominic Smith (Serra, Gardena) Starting a stretch of homering in three straight games, he homered, doubled twice and drove in five runs during a 27-0 victory over Bosco Tech of Rosemead. He currently has nine home runs on the year.
Cody Valdez (Western, Anaheim) This junior left-hander has had quite the last few outings as he has had back-to-back one-hitters and then on Tuesday he struck out 12 and didn't allow a hit in eight innings but got the loss in a 2-0 final against Kennedy of La Palma.
Tyler Vistalli (Deer Valley, Antioch) The Wolverines’ junior right-hander tossed a one-hitter with no walks and eight fanned in a 7-0 win over Antioch.