Tulare Western’s Anthony Avila ties state record, Central Valley’s Fabian Valencia enjoys three-homer outing while Luke Weichec of Los Altos has been swinging red-hot bat despite injury.
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(After games of Saturday, March 24; includes some games as of Wednesday, March 28; Contributing: Bob Barnett, Mark Tennis)
Anthony Avila (Tulare Western, Tulare)
He had a career day by going 5-for-6 at the plate which included four doubles and eight RBIs in a 29-0 win over Kennedy of Delano. Avila’s four doubles in a game ties the reported state record. According to our own Cal-Hi Sports record book, the first time it was done was in 1919 by William Homen of Hanford.
B.J. Boyd (Palo Alto)
The football star and Area Code Games standout was 4-for-4 with a double, RBI, run scored and five stolen bases in a 4-0 win over Santa Clara. His 21 stolen bases is one of the highest reported totals in the state, according to MaxPreps.
Joey Carney (Mills, Millbrae)
The senior infielder left the yard twice and was 3-fot-3 with four RBIs and three runs scored in a 10-8 win over Aragon of San Mateo.
Joel Castro (Montgomery, San Diego)
In South Bay League play, Castro tossed a no-hitter in a 6-0 win over Sweetwater of National City.
Christopher Flexen (Newark Memorial, Newark)
Flexen has been flexing his muscles so far this season that has the senior pitcher at 3-0 with a 0.28 ERA for the 8-1 Cougars. His best outing was last week when he tossed a two-hitter with one walk and 10 strikeouts in a 1-0 win over Alameda. He also has the team’s lone home run as a batter.
Max Fried (Harvard-Westlake, North Hollywood)
Striking out nearly every batter he faced, Fried allowed just one hit while striking out 14 in five innings during a 9-3 win over Lancaster.
John Gavin (St. Francis, Mountain View)
Taking the mound for the state’s No. 2 ranked team, this sophomore pitched a six innings of a no-hitter and struck out 12 in a 9-0 win over Riordan of San Francisco. Teammate Ryan DiGregorio finished up the no-hitter by pitching the seventh inning.
Kevin Little (Kern Valley, Lake Isabella)
His strikeout total was no little number earlier this week against McFarland as he recorded 16 strikeouts in a 8-0 win for the Broncos.
Paul Martinez (Arlington, Riverside)
After going 3-for-3 in his previous game, Martinez went 3-for-4 with a double and triple to lead the Lions past Moreno Valley 18-6. In his first 10 games, according to MaxPreps, Martinez was hitting .649.
Cody Mashburn (Bakersfield Christian)
The masher went 3-for-4 at the plate which included six RBIs for the game in a 23-1 victory over McFarland. See above: Tough week for McFarland.
James Marvel (Campolindo, Moraga)
The Area Code Games standout pitched a three-hitter with 12 strikeouts in a 1-0 win over Las Lomas of Walnut Creek.
Alex Schick (Cathedral Catholic, San Diego)
Going the distance, he struck out 11 in a 2-0 complete-game win over Mira Mesa of San Diego. Cathedral Catholic began the week at 8-2 and was starting to look like one of the top teams once again in the CIF San Diego Section.
Jake Schultz (La Costa Canyon, Carlsbad)
Facing a Santa Fe Christian of Solana Beach team that should be one of the top small-school squads in the state this spring, Schultz came through for the Mavericks by pitching a no-hitter. He struck out 11 in his no-no and led LCC to a 3-0 victory.
Matt Tyler (Hilmar)
He had quite the day when the Yellowjackets beat Ripon 5-0 last week in a Trans Valley League contest. Tyler pitched a one-hitter with seven strikeouts and also went 2-for-3 as a batter with two doubles and two RBIs.
Fabian Valencia (Central Valley, Ceres)
A senior who did not play last season, Valencia made sure his decision to come out this spring will be a memorable one by blasting three home runs in a game two weeks ago against Modesto. Valencia’s three homers also helped him collect five RBIs in Central Valley’s 10-2 victory. In the same game, teammate Max Lomeli became the first player in school history to go 5-for-5 at the plate. Lomeli also gave up just one earned run in six innings of pitching.
Jake Vehulp (Gunn, Palo Alto)
Vehulp certainly didn’t need much help in a 7-3 victory over Sunnyvale Fremont. The senior centerfielder was 3-for-3 with a home run, five RBIs and three runs scored.
Luke Wiechec (Los Altos)
The Fresno State-bound senior has been fighting a nagging leg injury in the early season but last week his bat exploded for five home runs in a pair of wins over Los Gatos. The left-handed hitter blasted three round-trippers, one to each field, including a grand slam that traveled over 400 feet, in 14-11 victory, then hit two more two days later in a 10-0 win. This week, he had four hits, including three doubles, and four RBIs in a 10-inning 6-5 win over Wilcox of Santa Clara. He’s been limited to a DH role so far but when he takes the mound as a right-handed pitcher, he brings it with 90 mph stuff.