Los Angeles Preps: Taylor Zander
June, 1, 2012
By Tim Haddock | ESPNLosAngeles.com
LOS ANGELES -- Newbury Park’s Luke Eubank has been hard to hit all season. He was especially tough in the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 championship game at Dodger Stadium on Friday night.
He gave up only three hits, struck out eight, and beat Corona, 2-1, to win the first CIF championship for Newbury Park since 1968.
Coming into the championship game, Eubank (11-0) had a 1.01 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 76 innings pitched. He also had pitched three no-hitters.
Eubank pitched a masterful complete game against Corona. He was perfect through the first three innings. He gave up a run in the fourth inning, then retired the last 11 batters he faced.
“Luke throws a lot of first-pitch strikes,” Newbury Park coach Matt Goldfield said. “After Luke got through that inning, he battled, battled, battled. I know he was a little bit tired, but I wasn’t taking him out, believe me.”
Corona starter Pat Duarte was nearly as effective as Eubank. He gave up only seven hits in six innings and struck out three with no walks.
But he ran into trouble in the third inning.
Nick Lovullo led off the inning with a double into left field. He reached third base when the left fielder misplayed the ball in the corner.
Taylor Zander knocked in Lovullo with a one-out double. Ricky Davis followed with another RBI double to give Newbury Park a 2-0 lead.
But that was about all the offense Newbury Park (20-14) could muster off of Duarte.
April, 3, 2012
By Tim Haddock | ESPNLosAngeles.com
SIMI VALLEY -- It’s hard to find a hotter high school pitcher in Southern California than Newbury Park’s Luke Eubank.
In five starts, he is 5-0, has two no-hitters, three shutouts and 40 strikeouts in 35 innings.
He took a perfect game into the fifth inning against Royal on Tuesday, retiring the first 14 batters he faced.
Even though he lost his perfect-game bid, Newbury Park won the Marmonte League game, 4-0. Eubank struck out nine, didn’t walk a batter and only allowed two baserunners.
Royal’s Jonah White broke up the perfect game with a two-out single in the fifth inning. Jared Paar was the only other batter from Royal to get on base. He led off the seventh inning hitting a routine ground ball to second base that was bobbled, allowing Paar to reach first base on an error.
Newbury Park coach Matt Goldfield said Eubank was a little under the weather the past two days, but he had no doubt his senior right-hander would deliver again.
“When we put Luke out there, the guys know he’s giving it his all,” Goldfield said. “He’s sick today. Yesterday I let him go home early from practice. They just know this guy is giving everything. They have the confidence. You see it in the defense. Every time they’re out there, they’re in a no-hitter. They have to play good. The intensity level is high, any time Luke’s on the mound, you don’t want to make that error or you don’t want to have that ball get by you for a hit. You can see today, he almost had another one.”
Eubank has recorded no-hitters against Loyola and Calabasas. If he can notch another no-hitter, he will be included in elite company in California high school baseball.
Only five pitchers in Southern Section history have thrown three no-hitters in the same season. Tony Ankerson from Mater Dei in Santa Ana holds the state record with five no-hitters in the 1957 season.
Frank Followell from Long Beach Wilson threw four no-hitters in the 1949 season. He was matched in 1972 by Bob Goodyear from Los Angeles Lutheran.
Todd Bridge threw three no-hitters for St. Monica in 1976. The last high school pitcher in the Southern Section to throw three no-hitters in the same season was Jeff Blankenship for El Dorado in 1978.