State Stat Stars of the Week

Among those we've picked to write about from impressive individual outings in baseball & softball based on games played March 17-22 are perhaps the best softball pitcher in the nation, a sophomore who helped his team beat the preseason No. 1 baseball team in the state and two kids from the same team who had five hits in one game.

(Games of March 17-22)

Baseball

Keoki Antoque (Armijo, Fairfield): The junior banged out three hits including his fourth home run of the season but most importently drove in seven runs in leading Armijo over Fairfield 15-7.

Corey Barthel (Capistrano Valley, Mission Viejo): Capo Valley's 6-0 start was fueled by this junior first baseman, who had 10 hits in those first six games, including four for doubles.

Henry Berrera (Rosemead): Hurled a no-hitter and had 12 strikeouts while also banging out two hits in a 10-0 win over Gabrielino of San Gabriel.

Ben Chavez (Lindsay): Set two school records by going 5x5 and driving in nine runs as the Cardinals cruised by Woodlake, 20-3. Chavez had a double and a triple among his hits.

Cody Collet (Newbury Park): Collected six RBI while blasting three home runs as Newbury Park downed University of Los Angeles 13-5.

Nick Corbin (Maxwell): Nick had a remarkable 37-game hitting streak supposedly snapped in a game against Princeton last weekend at the Elk Creek tourney. Later digging by Kevin Askeland of NorthStatePrepUpdate.com, however, revealed that Corbin should have been credited with a hit. The streak is now 40 and counting at last report. Corbin had gone 3x3 vs. Williams in a game earlier in the event, which was his fifth game of consecutive hitting this season. Last year, Corbin had hits in every one of Maxwell's games as his hitting streak extends back to the 2001 season.

John Drennan (Rancho Bernardo, San Diego): This sophomore ripped three doubles and made a running catch in the outfield to end the game as the Broncos edged preseason state No. 1 Mission Bay, 4-3, at the Hilltop tourney and just about assured there will probably be a new No. 1 team in the state when the first regular season rankings are done. Rancho Bernardo lost earlier in the week to University.

Rob Dutra (Woodland): Swatted two homers and had five RBI in a six-inning 13-4 victory over Kennedy of Sacramento.

Brandon Gill (Calvin Christian, Escondido): In a 20-2 six-inning romp past Lutheran of San Diego, Gill had a thrill by banging out two homers and driving in eight runs. Both of his homers came in the first two innings and one was a grand slam.

Gabriel Gonzalez (Franklin, Los Angeles): Tossed a 13-strikeout five-inning no-hitter while also driving in four runs with a double and home run in a 10-0 triumph over L.A. Dorsey.

Ralph Gonzalez (Nogales, La Puente): Gonzalez of Nogales was noble indeed, driving in seven runs while cracking three doubles as the Nobles downed Walnut 16-4.

Ryan Harris (Eisenhower, Rialto): Whacked two homers, had four RBI and scored five times as Ike defeated Redlands 11-6.

Tommy Hawk (Cabrillo, Lompoc): Tomahawked his way to a 16-strikeout one-hitter in downing San Luis Obispo 5-3.

Jarvis Jensen & Coby Lloyd (Riverdale): Jarvis went 5x5 the plate and Coby also had five hits as both players tied the school record in their team's 26-1 romp in five innings over Tranquillity. As a team, Riverdale had 32 hits, third-most in Central Section history.

John Leonard (Kennedy, La Palma): As Kennedy downed Katella of Anaheim 3-0, Leonard zonked his fifth HR in the last four games.

Matt Lockhart (Forest Lake Christian, Auburn): Fired a seven-inning no-hitter with a whopping 19 strikeouts that led to a 11-0 victory over Faith Lutheran of Yuba City.

Chuck Lofgren (Serra, San Mateo): Considering the competition, Lofgren's performance last Saturday against Valley Christian of San Jose might have been the best of the week. The junior standout had three hits, including a home run, and pitched a one-hitter in leading the Padres (11-1) past the Warriors, 6-0.

Jason Lovely (Florin, Sacramento): Had a double and a home run while driving in six runs as Florin downed Valley of Sacramento 16-1 in five innings.

Matt Miller (Lutheran, Orange): Pitched his way to a no-hit 11-strikeout 9-0 win over Laguna Beach and also batted 2x2 with three RBI.

Eddie Murray (Gahr, Cerritos): This namesake of the Major League Baseball Hall of Famer from L.A. Locke batted 5x6 with a double and home run against Warren of Downey in a 20-2 romp.

Casey Neimeyer (Woodland Christian): Had a double, two triples and eight RBI in just four innings as his team downed Sacramento Lutheran 15-1.

Joey Parigi (Monterey): Sophomore making his first varsity start on the hill fanned 13 in throwing a no-hitter as the Toreadores blanked Alvarez of Salinas, 4-0. Parigi also had two hits of his own.

Trevor Plouffe (Crespi, Encino): Slammed two homers and had six RBI against Westlake of Westlake Village in a 12-3 win. In his first seven games, Trevor was hitting .480 with 17 RBI. He also was 3-0 as a pitcher with a 0.39 ERA.

Greg Reynolds (Terra Nova, Pacifica): The returning San Mateo County Player of the Year has started off the season 4-0 on the mound with 57 strikeouts in 25 innings. Reynolds also began this week with a batting average above .600.

Nick Robertson (Middletown): Blasted three triples and had five RBI in a 12-3 win over Clear Lake of Lakeport.

Mike Rodriguez (Gladstone, Covina): Fired a three-hitter with seven strikeouts and blasted a three-run homer in leading Gladstone over Azusa 7-1.

Joe Spiers (Arrowhead Christian, Redlands): In a 9-3, 13-0 doubleheader win over Notre Dame of Riverside, Spiers batted 5x6 with a double, triple and two home runs, drove in six runs and scored five times.

Tim Simons (Chowchilla): Tied a school record by ripping three doubles and going 4x4 as the Redskins knocked off Kerman, 9-0.

Joey Villapando (Brookside Christian, Stockton): Smashed two homers, one double and finished with eight RBI as the Knights clubbed Sierra Christian, 20-2. Teammate Scott Mitchell was the winning pitcher and hit three doubles.

Rob Vyas (Cleveland, Reseda): In two consecutive wins last week, Vyas batted 8x8 with three doubles, a home run and five RBI.

Softball

Precious Aarington (Monroe, North Hills): Banged out three hits including two triples and drove in five runs as the Vikings chased Chatsworth 23-4.

Monica Abbott (North Salinas, Salinas): Monica's team completed a 5-0 run through the Circle of Champions in Santa Clara last Saturday and with her pitching did not give up a run in any of those games. Abbott started the day by pitching her third perfect game of the tournament and cracked a three-run homer as the Vikings defeated Los Gatos, 5-0. She had a four-hitter and struck out 12 in a 1-0 win over Mitty of San Jose and in the final she tossed a two-hitter and whiffed 16 in a 4-0 victory vs. Carlmont of Belmont.

Sarah Adams (Half Moon Bay): Like Abbott, Adams also had three wins in one day last Saturday at the Circle of Champions. Competing in a different bracket, Adams had a one-hitter in a 7-0 win over Aptos, came up with a no-hitter and 13 Ks in a 6-0 win over Salinas and finished up with a one-hitter and 13 Ks in a 3-0 triumph over North Monterey County.

Chachera Brantly (Serra, Gardena): Hurled a five-inning no-hitter with 14 strikeouts as Serra downed Cabrillo of Long Beach 14-0. Just a freshman, it was her secod season no-hitter.

Laura Briones (Cajon, San Bernardino): Just a freshman, Briones has already made a name for herself as a hot hitting catcher. She recently set a school record with 10 RBI in one week and last weekend at the Wrigley Dreams tourney she had six more hits and threw out all four runners who tried to steal on her. Entering this week, Briones was hitting .579.

Chelsea Chapman (Golden Sierra, Garden Valley): Reportedly blasted a state record tying three triples during a 4x4 performance that helped lift her team to a 15-3 triumph over Capital Christian of Sacramento.

Ashley Esparza (San Pedro): Hurled her fifth shutout of the season, 1-0, over Mayfair of Lakewood. She's now 6-0 for the season while San Pedro improved 10-0.

Susie Garcia (Hillcrest, Granada Hills): Blasted two solo homers in a 11-1 triumph over Milken of Los Angeles.

Emily Hively (Troy, Fullerton): Was lively on the mound, pitching a perfect game as Troy got by Tustin 1-0.

Jessica Kerr (Justin-Siena, Napa): The senior pitched her second no-hitter of the season in a six-inning 10-0 win over Calistoga that upped her season and team's record to 5-0. She also has two one-hitters and has allowed just one earned run.

Mandy Kilionski (Thousand Oaks): Struck out 17 batters in a one-hit 5-0 triumph over Moorpark. Mandy also had a one-hitter and 11 Ks in a 4-0 Marmonte League victory over Royal of Simi Valley, which was coming off a championship in the Simi Valley tourney.

Tara Krogstad (Notre Dame Academy, Los Angeles): Walloped a grand slam and a triple in a five-inning 20-0 walloping of Bellarmine-Jefferson of Burbank.

Jenna Maiden (Righetti, Santa Maria): Her no-hit 13-strikeout performance led to a 6-0 triumph over Arroyo Grande.

Kory Marco (Garces, Bakersfield): It wasn't all bad news for the Rams last week as Marco struck out 18 for a new school record in a 1-0 win in eight innings over Tehachapi in a South Sequoia League game.

Shanna McCracken (Arcata): Pitched a perfect game in a win over McKinleyville.

Jennifer McElroy (Western, Anaheim): Sophomore standout tossed a no-hitter and knocked in the only run of the game in one of two 1-0 losses for Tustin last week.

Tatyana McElroy (Washington, Los Angeles): Pitched a five-inning perfect game with 14 strikeouts in a 14-0 win over L.A. Locke and followed with a 19-strikeout performance in a 1-0 loss to Eagle Rock.

Stacy Milne (Canoga Park): Shut out Monroe of North Hills 6-0, then no-hit Palisades of Pacific Palisades 4-1 while striking out 15 batters and followed with a one-hit, 10-strikeout five-inning 11-0 win over Van Nuys. Against Van Nuys, she also batted 4x4 with two RBI.

Emily Nelson (Poly, Pasadena): Facing big schools was no big deal for Nelson in last week's Arroyo tourney. She had 11 strikeouts in pitching Poly past Div. II state-ranked Wilson of Hacienda Heights, 2-0, and had seven strikeouts in a 2-1 triumph over Crescenta Valley.

Chanel Pangilinan (Mira Mesa, San Diego): Picking up for the departed Lisa Dodd (now at University City), Chanel tossed a perfect game as the Marauders cruised to a 9-0 win in five innings over Chula Vista.

Melissa Porche (Oxford Academy): Raced her way to a 17-strikeout 4-1 win over Buena Park and a nine-strikeout 9-3 win over Calvary Chapel of Downey, a game in which she also blasted two home runs.

Isabel Ramos (American, Fremont): Tossed a one-hitter with 15 strikeouts as the sophomore shut out Mt. Eden of Hayward 6-0.

Christina Ross (Valencia): Tossed her second perfect game of the season while striking out 11 batters as Valencia downed Rio Nesa 7-0.

Angelica Selden (Vanden, Travis AFB): Pitched a seven-inning one-hitter with 12 strikeouts and also swung for three hits including a double and triple that led to four RBI and a run scored as Vanden zeroed in on Center of Antelope 10-0.

Cassandra Simcox (Mesa Verde, Citrus Heights): Scored five runs and batted in two more as Mesa Verde defeated San Juan of Citrus Heights 15-3. Jessica Stewart (Alverno, Sierra Madre): Had a perfect game with 14 strikeouts as Alverno downed Pasadena 7-0.

Sarah Strong (Savanna, Anaheim): Had four hits including a triple and homer and also had four RBI in a 13-0 win over Santiago of Garden Grove.

Danielle Treiber (Mater Dei, Santa Ana): Smacked a grand slam and had six RBI as the Monarchs downed Santa Fe of Santa Fe Springs 12-0 in a four-inning game.

Kat Walsh (Granada Hills): Pitched a no-hitter and had 16 strikeouts for the third time in a game this season as her team defeated Narbonne of Harbor City 4-0 (what a difference a sport makes; this isn't basketball).

Brandi Want (Willits): Drove in eight runs while batting 5x5 with a HR and three doubles and was also the winning pitcher, allowing one hit in four innings, as Willits gave Potter Valley the willies 21-5.

Jennifer Winford (Brethren Christian, Huntington Beach): Pitched a no-hitter and struck out 15, but it still wasn't enough as Brethren Christian lost, 3-0, to Huntington Beach. Two runs scored in one inning when three runners reached base on dropped third strikes and two of them came home on passed balls.

DeAnn Young (Camarillo): In not taking a back seat to her more famous older brothers, Dmitri and Delmon, she went 5x5 at the plate with a home run and scored four times as her team trounced Pacifica of Oxnard 18-0.

Vanessa Zbonl (Orange): Crushed Los Amigos of Fountain Valley with a 16-strikeout perfect game as Orange squeezed out seven runs and won, 7-0.


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