Friday, May 25, 2012
Cal-Hi Sports Baseball State Stat Stars
By Harold Abend & Paul Muyskens
Pacifica’s Kyle Davis shows there more to the Mariners than nationally-ranked softball team. This week’s honor roll also includes Theron Kay from San Jose Valley Christian and Cody Snider of Dougherty Valley.
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 19; includes some games as of Wednesday, May 23; Contributing: Bob Barnett, Mark Tennis)
Donovan Bertonchini (Madera South) He went 3-for-5 at the plate with a home run, double and a career high seven RBIs in a 15-2 win over Porterville in a CIF Central Section D3 playoff game.
Nate Broaddus (Lemoore) He had a nice game by going 3-for-3 with his bat and hitting two home runs for the Tigers as they beat Madera South 9-7 in the CIF Central Section D3 playoffs. Broaddus also finished with four RBIs.
Kyle Davis (Pacifica, Garden Grove) Not only did he hit a two-run home run but he also had a no-hitter into the seventh inning as the Mariners defeated Redondo Union 7-0 in CIF Southern Section Division II playoff action.
Luke Eubank (Newbury Park) Facing Wilson of Long Beach ace Chase DeJong, it was this senior pitcher that picked up the win as he walked none, struck out six and allowed just two hits in a 3-0 CIFSS Division I playoff win.
Kevin Flemer (St. Mary’s, Berkeley) The Panthers’ junior pitcher struck out 12 and also had an RBI single in a 4-2 win over arch-rival Salesian in the Bay Shore Athletic League finale for both teams.
Christopher Flexen (Newark Memorial, Newark) Flexen’s muscles never seem to tire. This time, he makes the feature after tossing a one-hitter with 10 fanned in a 10-0 rout of San Lorenzo Arroyo in the NCS D1 playoffs. It’s the seventh time the reported NCS strikeout leader (135) has been in double-digit strikeouts this season.
Kevin George (Casa Grande, Petaluma) It used to be the Cal-Hi Sports caravan kibosh, but recently it’s been just the opposite. For George, the caravan’s second visit was even better than the first. In a 2-0 NCS Division II victory over Fremont Washington, the junior left-hander used a high 80s fastball and a wicked curve to strike out 12, including 7-out-of-9 in one stretch. He also had two hits, including an RBI double. “I went to my curve the second time through the order and that really got them off balance,” George told Cal-Hi Sports. The last time the caravan was at the Big House, George pitched a four-hitter with 11 strikeouts in a 6-3 win over D1 Monte Vista of Danville.
Evan Giddings (St. Mary’s, Berkeley) Giddings got giddy again this season in an NCS D4 8-0 win over San Francisco Lick-Wilmerding. He allowed just one hit and struck out six, and also came through with two hits and two RBIs.
Mitchell Holland (Mission Viejo) Swinging a hot bat, he hit two three-run home runs as the Diablos defeated Chaminade of West Hills 8-2 in the first-round of the CIFSS Division II playoffs.
Jacob Kamine (Fowler) Fowler always seems to have some big boppers and Kamine was the one doing the bopping last week. He first went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs in a 13-0 triumph over Golden Valley of Bakersfield, then he went 3-for-4 with four RBIs as the Redcats beat Mira Monte of Bakersfield 11-4. Both outings came in the Central Section Division 4 playoffs.
Theron Kay (Valley Christian, San Jose) It was definitely Kay’s day in a 4-2 CCS Division I semifinal victory over defending champion Palo Alto. The Warriors’ sophomore delivered a two-run double in the top of the eighth inning that broke a 2-2 tie, and then he went back out on the mound and finished the job with a complete game three-hitter with eight strikeouts. The win earns Kay and his mates a date with Hollister San Benito in the championship game on Saturday night at San Jose Municipal Park.
James L'Esperance (Rock Academy, San Diego) Lutheran looked like they were trying to hit rocks against him in the San Diego Section Division V playoff opener as he struck out 11 and didn't allow a hit in the team’s 15-0 win.
Tanner McVey (Rocklin) With little room for error and pitching around three errors by the Thunder, he struck out 11 and allowed just two hits as the Thunder advanced in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs with a 1-0 win over Rosemont.
Stephen Nogosek (Woodcreek, Roseville) On the mound as expected to open up the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs, he gave up just three hits while striking out 10 as the Timberwolves defeated Bella Vista of Fair Oaks 4-0.
Makay Redd (Monte Vista, Danville) Berkeley is used to seeing red on its own jerseys, but not the kind of flaming stuff Redd dealt in a 3-0 NCS D1 victory by the Mustangs over the Yellowjackets. The 6-foot senior overpowered Berkeley on a three-hitter with 12 strikeouts and no walks.
Trent Shelton (Campolindo, Moraga) The junior hurler gave up one hit in a mercy-shortened 10-0 win over Pinole Valley (Pinole) in the NCS D2 playoffs.
David Smith (Elk Grove) After Rowdy Tellez recorded the first out of the game and was unable to continue pitching, Smith took over and didn't allow a hit. He also struck out nine in the combined no-hitter to lead Elk Grove past Napa 1-0 in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs.
Cody Snider (Dougherty Valley, San Ramon) He had his seventh multi-hit game of the season after homering, doubling twice and scoring four runs in an NCS D2 mercy-shortened blowout of Rancho Cotate of Rohnert Park.
Kyle Twomey (El Dorado, Placentia) He pitched nine shutout innings and allowed just two hits with seven strikeouts to earn the win in the Golden Hawks’ 2-0 win in 10 innings over Tesoro of Rancho Santa Margarita.