Scoring decision is the difference in Rodriguez of Fairfield pitcher not getting credit for sixth career no-hitter. Area Code standout Freddy Avis of Menlo School also is among this week’s best.
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(After games of Saturday, April 14; includes some games as of Wednesday, April 18; Contributing: Bob Barnett, Mark Tennis)
Angel Acosta (Gabrielino, San Gabriel)
Make it three no-hitters for the season for Acosta, who notched No. 3 on Wednesday of this week in a 8-0 win over South El Monte. Acosta, who also drove in a pair of runs with his bat, struck out 10 batters and raised his career strikeout total to more than 400.
Freddy Avis (Menlo School, Atherton)
In front of several scouts, Avis fanned 15 Sacred Heart Prep of Atherton batters and popped 91-94 on the gun consistently in a 10-1 win at Menlo. Avis also had a grand slam homer in the second inning and a two-run triple in the fifth.
Paul Blackburn (Heritage, Brentwood)
The Oakland Athletics Area Code Games standout, who just missed making the top 50 draft prospects list by ESPN’s Keith Law, tossed a two-hitter with 14 strikeouts and only one walk in a 2-0 win against California of San Ramon.
Denz’l Chapman & Dominick Smith (Serra, Gardena)
Leading the race around the bases, Chapman stole four bases, including home, as the Cavaliers went a perfect 10-for-10 on steal attempts in a 9-3 win over Mary Star of San Pedro. Smith, meanwhile, hit his sixth homer of the season and went 4-for-4 in the same game. Smith (a .580 batter for the season) also struck out five batters in two innings of pitching.
Christian Charles (Lassen, Susanville)
The junior pitcher/shortstop, who earlier pitched a no-hitter against Phoenix (Ore.), came up with a one-hitter with 16 strikeouts when Lassen defeated West Valley of Cottonwood 1-0.
Sean Curry (St. Vincent de Paul, Petaluma)
Due to limits on innings pitched, Curry could only go four in a 7-6 win over Arbuckle Pierce at the Fort Bragg tournament. All he did was strike out 12 for all the outs he got.
John Davis (Woodcrest Christian, Riverside)
Leader of a team that is 14-2 and figures to be ranked among the state’s best small schools when those lists get cranked up soon had a double, homer and five RBIs in a 16-0 win last week against Loma Linda Academy. In a win this week over Linfield Christian of Temecula, Davis gave up two hits with five strikeouts in five innings and cracked a three-run homer.
Thomas Eshelman (Carlsbad)
Allowing just two hits ,he struck out 15 in a shutout win by the Lancers over Alemany of Mission Hills early last week at the Hard 9 National Classic.
Isaac Feldstein (Palo Alto)
He went 4-for-4 with a home run, two doubles, four RBIs and four runs scored in a 14-2 shellacking of Saratoga.
Tyler Ferguson (Clovis West, Fresno)
He pitched a three-hitter with 14 strikeouts and had an RBI double to lead Clovis West past Clovis North 4-2.
Graham Fisher (Gunn, Palo Alto)
The 6-foot-4, 225-pound senior pitcher tossed a one-hitter, plus he had three hits and five RBIs in a dismantling of San Jose Harker.
James Kaprielian (Beckman, Irvine)
Beckman school history was made on Tuesday in a 8-0 win over Woodbridge of Irvine as this senior headed to UCLA struck out 10 and didn't allow a hit for the first no-hitter by a Patriots’ pitcher.
Brian Kinghom (Fresno Christian)
He helped his team stay unbeaten for the season (6-0-1) by going 3-for-4 at the plate and had five RBIs in a 12-1 win over Riverdale.
Ethan Liddle (Lincoln)
With the help of two doubles, Liddle drove in six runs as the Fighting Zebras scored all their runs in the final four innings of a 15-3 win over Center of Antelope.
Alex Martinez (James Logan, Union City)
Standout for the defending CIF North Coast Section Division I champs pitched a one-hit gem and the Colts needed it in a 1-0 victory over arch-rival Newark Memorial.
Stephen Nogosek (Woodcreek, Roseville)
He doubled and homered during a three-hit game that saw him drive in five runs as the Timberwolves defeated Roseville 16-4 in a Sierra Foothill League game.
Anthony Olmo (Granada, Livermore)
Olmo had El Cerrito players wanting no more of him after the Matadors’ junior tossed a one-hitter with eight strikeouts in 4-0 championship game victory at the Alhambra Tournament.
Kort Peterson (St. Francis, Mountain View)
It seems like every week it’s a different Lancer that graces this feature. This week, it was Kort that stormed the fort in an 11-0 rout of host Riordan of San Francisco. The junior belted two home runs and drove in seven in the West Catholic Athletic League affair.
Ben Ritchey (Capital Christian, Sacramento)
In leading the Cougars past Marysville earlier this week, Ritchey was pitchey with two hits allowed and 13 strikeouts. He also went 2-for-2 and drove in both runs. After that game, he had a 0.16 ERA for the season in 44 innings.
Jim Roll (Rancho Alamitos, Garden Grove)
On the mound and at the plate, he was on a roll against La Quinta of Westminster as he drove in three runs and allowed just two hits while striking out 14 in a 9-1 Garden Grove League win.
Jesse Scholtens (Rodriguez, Fairfield)
The University of Arizona recruit came about as close to throwing his sixth career no-hitter as one can get in a 10-0 win by Rodriguez over Bethel of Vallejo. Bethel coach John Steen had Scholtens with a no-hitter, but Rodriguez coach Jason Chatham had it as a one-hitter. The difference was a hard grounder that bounced off the chest of the Rodriguez third baseman that looks like it could have been ruled either way. We’re going with it as a one-hitter because that’s how we handle discrepancies like that, but it sure would have been nice to see it in person. Six career no-hitters for Scholtens would tie him for first on the all-time state list.
Matt Tyler (Hilmar)
Not only did Tyler strike out 13 batters in a 4-0 win over Riverbank but he did so without allowing a hit for his first career no-hitter.