Los Angeles Preps: Steven Pallares

OC and Inland Empire: Edison's Henry Owens fires no-hitter

May, 20, 2011
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HUNTINGTON BEACH — Oh Henry!

The Southern Section Division 1 playoffs opened with a bang for the Huntington Beach Edison baseball team. Henry Owens, a 6-foot-7 senior left-hander, threw a no-hitter in an 11-0 victory Friday afternoon against visiting Corona Santiago.

Owens faced only one batter over the minimum while striking out 12. He issued a two-out walk to Jeremy Goldenetz in the third and hit Steven Pallares with a pitch with one out in the seventh. The game ended when the next batter, Kyle Ferret, grounded into a force play and Pallares was called for interference after sliding well past second base, resulting in a double play.

Owens, who is expected to be taken early in next month’s major league draft, raised his long arms in celebration and was quickly engulfed by his teammates.

“I was fresh and ready to go,” Owens said. “My stuff was there the whole game.”

Owens struck out the side in the first, fifth and sixth innings. During that late stretch, he struck out seven consecutive batters. But he was also efficient. Heading into the seventh inning, he had thrown only 69 pitches.

“He had command of everything,” said Edison coach Steve Lambright. “That’s a good hitting ball club over there. [Santiago] scored 10 runs against Mater Dei and 15 runs against Vista Murrieta, so it just kind of shows what a special pitcher he is.”

Lambright said he had not seen Owens so dominant since he threw a five-hitter in a 2-1 victory against Mater Dei two years ago in a Division 1 semifinal. Lambright said he challenged Owens earlier in the week to put the team on his shoulders.

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Inland Empire: Santiago's win also a boost for King

May, 11, 2011
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The Corona Santiago baseball team might not be in the hunt for the Big VIII League championship this season, but the Sharks had a big hand in helping Riverside King clinch at least a share of the title.

Santiago traveled to Riverside North on Tuesday and scored six runs in the fifth inning, then let right-hander Steven Pallares finish off the Huskies in the 6-2 victory.

North (21-7, 9-4) came into the game tied with King (18-8, 10-3) for first place, but the Wolves now control their own destiny.

Santiago (18-8, 8-5) was led by sophomore Michael Darr with three hits and an RBI. Pallares allowed one earned run on seven hits and struck out 11 in the complete game.

King travels to North on Thursday, where a victory would give the Wolves sole possession of first place and the No. 1 seeding from the league heading into the Southern Section Division 1 playoffs next week.

If the Huskies win, they would be co-champions and the league’s top-seeded team because of their sweep against King this season. North would also make the rare leap from last in the league standings a year ago to first.

Over in the Sunkist League, Fontana Summit defeated Fontana Kaiser, 5-1, to keep its league title hopes alive. The SkyHawks are 9-5 in league play with a game remaining Thursday at Riverside Patriot, which is tied for third at 7-7.

Kaiser fell to 10-4 in league and travels Thursday to Bloomington (7-7) for another regular-season finale. Summit owns the tiebreaker against Kaiser because it won two of three against the Cats this season.

Lake Elsinore Temescal Canyon clinched the Sunbelt League title Tuesday with a 2-1 victory against Lake Elsinore Lakeside.

Palm Desert (Desert Valley League) and Redlands (Citrus Belt League) also won Tuesday to lock up the No. 1 seeds from their respective leagues.

Here’s a list of the leagues that have key games on today’s slate.

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Inland Empire: Top baseball prospects of 2011

May, 5, 2011
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The Inland Empire has been well represented during the last few Major League Baseball drafts.

Chino Hills first baseman Chris Parmelee was selected 20th overall by the Twins in 2006, Riverside Patriot catcher Kyle Skipworth was chosen sixth overall in 2008 by the Marlins, and Norco right-hander Matt Hobgood went fifth overall to the Orioles two years ago.

A number of other I.E. high school players were selected in the latter parts of the first round in recent drafts.

This season’s crop of seniors might not have a sure-fire top 10 pick like Skipworth and Hobgood, but there should be a few local names called out during the this year’s draft June 6-8 in New Jersey.

Here’s a look at some of the top prospects from the region.

The Elite

Jacob Anderson, Chino: Slick, speedy and powerful, Anderson can play a corner outfield spot or first base. He madea name for himself by winning the home run derby at the Under Armour All-American Game last August at Wrigley Field in Chicago and might just be the first I.E. player drafted next month. Anderson has committed to Pepperdine but it’s more likely he’ll be playing minor-league ball next spring.

Daniel Arellano, Corona Centennial: At 6 feet 2, 205 pounds, pro scouts like Arellano’s size and raw power. A right-handed hitter and left-handed thrower, Arellano slammed 12 home runs as a junior at Centennial, splitting time between first base, the outfield and the mound. He committed to Long Beach State prior to his junior season.

Ryan Garvey, Palm Desert: As the son of Steve Garvey, the legendary Dodgers first baseman, Ryan has inherited his father’s smooth swing and natural power. An outfielder and first baseman, Garvey has seven home runs for a Palm Desert team that’s ranked No. 1 in Southern Section Division 4. Garvey has signed with USC.

Brandon Martin, Corona Santiago: Martin’s soft hands and strong, accurate arm has placed him in the upper echelon of middle infield prospects. He also passes the speed test with ease, but needs to continue cutting back on his strikeouts. Martin signed with Oregon State in November after de-committing from Cal State Fullerton.

Best of the Rest

Austin Bailey, Temecula Great Oak: A lean middle infielder with a lightning-quick release, Bailey entered the week hitting .493 with a team-high three home runs after connecting twice last week against Vista Murrieta. He signed with San Diego.

Scotty Burcham, Palm Desert: Another member of a star-studded team, Burcham plays shortstop for the Aztecs, hitting .329 with three homers and 20 RBIs. He has signed with Sacramento State.

Kevin Davidson, Yucaipa: Davidson, the younger brother of 2009 supplemental first-round draft pick Matt Davidson, came into the week hitting .525 in 24 games. In addition to playing third base, the UC Riverside recruit also owns a 6-1 record on the mound with a 1.94 ERA.

Kyle Ferret, Corona Santiago: Ferret is another big-bodied catcher who hits more for average than power. He’s smooth and steady behind the plate as well.

Steven Pallares, Corona Santiago: Another top player for the Sharks, Pallares came into the week hitting .473 while splitting time between third base and the mound. He has signed with San Diego State.

Chris Rabago, Riverside Poly: Rabago has seen his numbers dip after hitting .425 with five home runs as a junior and then signing with UC Irvine last fall. The shortstop came into the week hitting .292 with one home run for the 12-10 Bears.

Michael Jordan, Murrieta Valley: A 6-1 right-handed pitcher who signed with Pepperdine, Jordan has a 2.18 ERA in 45 innings this season.

Dave Schuknecht, Palm Desert: Another steady catching prospect, Schuknecht usually bats behind Garvey and came into the week hitting .390. He signed with Arizona.

Next year’s crop

R.J. Ybarra, Riverside Poly, C
Cody Bruder, Corona Santiago, 2B
Vahn Bozoian, Chino Hills Ayala, OF

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