Among the best on this week’s baseball honor roll is one of the state’s top Class of 2013 football recruits plus Erik Barron of San Jose Mt. Pleasant (threw second straight no-hitter) and Luke Eubank of Newbury Park (threw second no-hitter).
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(After games of Saturday, March 31; includes some games as of Wednesday, April 4; Contributing: Bob Barnett, Mark Tennis)
Erik Barron (Mt. Pleasant, San Jose)
Throwing a no-hitter with 15 strikeouts doesn’t get you into the state record book, but Barron did it after he had a no-hitter in his previous start and that certainly does the trick. Barron’s first no-hitter came in a 5-0 win two weeks ago against Evergreen Valley of San Jose. The second came in a 4-0 win last week over Oak Grove. The Cardinals also beat Oak Grove 24-0 in a recent game. Barron didn’t pitch in that game, but he hit and went 3-for-4 with six RBIs.
Anthony Bender (Casa Grande, Petaluma)
Not only did Bender not break, he didn’t even bend in 2-1 victory over crosstown arch-rival Petaluma. On the mound, the 6-foot-3 195-pound junior right-hander pitched a two-hitter, using a bending curveball that kept Petaluma off balance. At the plate ,he was 3-for-4, drove in one, and scored the winning run in the sixth inning.
Blake Billinger (St. Francis, Mountain View)
The state’s top-ranked team at the start of this week has more than a few guys that can get the job done, and one of them is this 6-foot-3, 200-pound sophomore first-baseman, who twisted his ankle and missed the 1-0 victory last week over Valley Christian witnessed by the Cal-Hi Sports caravan. The only thing he twisted in a 8-1 win this week over Carmel were the baseballs he sent flying, after hitting a home run, two doubles and driving in four.
Ty Boyles (Quartz Hill)
After his team got shutout 1-0 in its Golden League opener by Eastside of Lancaster, Boyles launched three homers and had seven RBIs for the Rebels in a 12-1 bounceback win later in the week.
Willie De la Barcena (Marshall, Los Angeles)
It’s not a category in the state record book, but Willie probably would have one all to himself for most doubles in consecutive days. Playing at a tourney in Las Vegas, he had three doubles on Tuesday of this week when the Barristers blasted Pahranagat Valley of Nevada, 15-5. The next day, De la Barcena had three doubles again as part of a 4-for-5 outing at the plate in a 16-10 victory over Basic of Henderson, Nev.
Ryan Delaney (El Cerrito)
He had three hits and four RBIs and pitched five solid innings in a win over Hercules that gets him to 5-0 this season.
Luke Eubank (Newbury Park)
For the second time this season, Eubank didn't allow a hit and struck out five as he pitched a no-hitter in a 6-0 win over Calabasas. According to the Ventura County Star, he is now a perfect 4-0 while allowing just one earned run in 28 innings pitched this season. Considering the competition that Newbury Park faces, two no-hitters in a season is a very impressive feat.
Daniel Gallagher (Monte Vista, Danville)
The 6-foot-5 senior right-hander tossed a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts in a 3-1 win over Pleasanton Amador Valley in a East Bay Athletic League game.
Hans Hansen (Harvard-Westlake, North Hollywood)
He didn't start the season getting all the notoriety that Lucas Giolito and Max Fried got but his nine-inning shutout performance in a 1-0 win over American Heritage of Florida at the National High School Baseball Invitational certainly will start to get him more attention.
Julian Kelly (Valley Christian, Dublin)
Julian ruled in a 3-0 shutout of Antioch. He pitched a one-hitter with 10 strikeouts, and at the plate he knocked in the only run he would need.
John Legoretta (West, Bakersfield)
He set a Central Section high for the season at the time by striking out 17 batters and gave up only one hit as the Vikings beat Foothill of Bakersfield 7-1.
Jorge Navarro (Archbishop Riordan, San Francisco)
The Crusaders’ junior pitcher faced 21 batters and retired them all for a perfect game in a 3-0 win over Stuart Hall. His fielders helped as he only fanned six. Navarro also helped himself with a double and run scored.
Craig Norton (Hoover, Fresno)
He pitched a no-hitter in a seven-inning game and added nine strikeouts in a 10-1 win over McLane of Fresno.
Brendan O’Connor (Piedmont)
The Highlanders’ junior pitched a no-hitter with nine strikeouts in a 1-0 win on Thursday over Hayward Mt. Eden. O’Conner has put up a lot of zeros in his last three starts, as in no runs for 20 consecutive innings. In the two previous wins over Alameda St. Joseph Notre Dame (3-0) and Swett of Crockett (2-0), O’Connor only allowed three hits combined.
Cyrus Parsons (Shafter)
At the plate, he had three hits in his team’s 9-0 win over Lindsay but on the mound he did even more damage as he allowed just one hit and struck out 19 in a complete-game shutout.
Ulysses Ramos (James Logan, Union City)
He may not have quite the same strength as the ancient Greek warrior he’s named after, but at 6-foot-3, 232-pounds this junior can bring some heat. Last week in a 10-0 win over Fremont Kennedy, the Colts’ hurler tossed a no-hitter with 12 strikeouts, with only two batters reaching on a walk and an error.
Jonah Son (Sonoma Valley, Sonoma)
Son was certainly no one’s stepchild in a 7-2 victory over Windsor. The Dragons’ junior first-baseman was 3-for-3 with two home runs, a double, stolen base, five RBIs and two runs scored.
Matt Valencia (Escalon)
The senior struck out 11 and threw a no hitter in 10-0 win over Ripon. The game was shortened to six innings.Valencia has not given up a run in 33 innings pitched this year and Escalon is undefeated.
Eddie Vanderdoes (Placer, Auburn)
Known more for his football abilities, this junior left-hander struck out 16 batters in six innings of work on the mound while also driving in two runs in a 9-3 win over Churchill County of Nevada. Vanderdoes, a 6-foot-2, 295-pound nose guard, received an offer from Alabama for football just last week.
Art Vidrio (Lutheran, Orange)
California showed its baseball dominance at the NHSI and he helped contribute to it as he allowed just four hits in a complete game shutout in a 1-0 win for the Lancers over Columbus of Georgia, which was undefeated.
Erik Williams (Stockdale, Bakersfield)
He went 3-for-3 at the plate, which included a home run and drove six runs, in a lopsided 16-3 win over Independence of Bakersfield.