This week's best individual outings from baseball & softball games played April 7-12 includes one of the top freshmen baseball players in the state plus one of the top sophomores in Northern California. Softball includes some familiar names and some we're mentioning for the first time.

(Games of April 7-April 12)


Daniel Acquaye-Baddoo (Pilgrim, Los Angeles): Was the winning pitcher, striking out 16 batters in six innings, as Pilgrim edged Pacific Christian of Los Angeles 3-2.

Buck Afenir (Escondido): In a 7-1 win vs. Ramona, Buck made ‘em duck with a hitting display that featured five hits in five at-bats.

Justin Anderson (Canyon, Canyon Country): Was just in time for Canyon, smacking a grand slam and a three-run double, all in the seventh inning, when his team scored 14 runs to pull away from Rio Mesa of Oxnard 18-2. His seven RBI in one inning fell one short of the state record.

Ian Bautista (Encinal, Alameda): Whacked a grand slam and a two-run homer for six RBI in a 10-6 win over De Anza of Richmond and had five RBI as Encinal defeated Richmond 10-0. Bautista is a transfer from Oakland Tech.

Kyle Bruce (Tehachapi): Bruce's bat bruised up Garces of Bakersfield in a 12-11 win. He banged out three home runs and had five RBI.

Travis Denker (Brea-Olinda, Brea): All-State Underclass pick from a year ago zonked two home runs while batting 3x4 with four RBI in a 10-2 triumph over Irvine.

Danny Eastham (Tehachapi): What was going on with the Warriors. In addition to Bruce's big numbers against Garces, Eastham hit for the cycle and wound up 5x6 with two homers and eight RBI as the Warriors crushed Arvin, 19-4.

Chris Errecart (Lincoln, Stockton): Went 4x4 and pushed his sterling season batting average to an even .600 as the Trojans defeated Franklin of Stockton, 13-0, and improved to 13-3 overall.

Brian Forster (Whitewater): Batted 4x4 with two homers as Whitewater flooded Rio Rancho 25-4.

Brandon Fromm (Beyer, Modesto): Fromm hit a couple of home run bombs and finished with six RBI as the Patriots defeated Golden Valley of Merced, 17-1.

Casey Hearther (Chaminade, West Hills): Casey probably is one of the best freshmen in the state, which was demonstrated when he pitched a two-hitter and struck out 10 in a 7-0 victory over Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks.

Billy Hamilton (Calistoga): Had a double, triple and six RBI as Upper Lake went down 17-1.

Pat Johnston (Carmel): Hammered a pair of homers as the Padres improved to 7-0 in league play with a 9-7 triumph over King City.

Bradley Kostopolous (Boron): High-fived Lone Pine with five hits in five at-bats and five RBI in a 17-3 win.

Johnny Mortimore (Apple Valley Christian): Batted 6x6 with a double and four RBI as his team pummeled Antelope Valley Christian of Lancaster 30-0.

Robert Oliver (Beaumont): Fired a three-hit, 12-K shutout while batting 3x4 with a double, three RBI and two runs in a 10-0 win over Big Bear of Big Bear Lake.

Jose Perez (Oceanside): The San Diego State-bound wideout from football deposited a home run and went 3x4 with four RBI to lead the Pirates past Carlsbad, 14-4.

Jon Powell (Foothill, Sacramento): Batted 3x4 with a home run, had six RBI and scored two runs as Foothill buried Center of Antelope 14-2.

Danny Price (Ripon): One of the top sophomore pitchers in Northern California, Price upped his career record to 17-2 with a four-hitter in Ripon's 3-0 win over Livingston. Price struck out 13 and also had two hits himself.

Brandon Rademacker (Fairmont Prep, Anaheim): Bashed three home runs, including a state record tying two grand slams, while knocking in nine runs and scoring five, thus accounting for 14 runs, as the Huskies mauled Pioneer Baptist of Norwalk 25-0. We don't have a record category for runs accounted for in a game, but the RBI record is 14.

Mike Rocco (Palm Desert): Helped to cool Desert Hot Springs 17-0 with a 3x4, six RBI batting performance.

Tim Rodriguez (Kingsburg): Led the Vikings to a 2-0 win over Selma by throwing a no-hitter. Rodriguez becomes the ninth player in school history to achieve the feat.

Guadalupe Ruan (Fremont, Los Angeles): Orbited two home runs and had seven RBI as Fremont scored 30 runs in five innings while L.A. Jefferson got zero.

Christian Ruvalcaba (Whitewater): Struck out 13 batters in five innings of relief and batted 3x3 with six RBI in a 25-4 trouncing of Rio Rancho.

Angel Sanchez (West Covina): Whammed two home runs and had five needed RBI as his team edged Rowland of Rowland Heights 7-6 in eight innings.

Nate Seeman (Maria Carrillo, Santa Rosa): Upped his scoreless inning streak to 20 with a two-hit shutout of Elsie Allen of Santa Rosa in a 6-0 victory.

Travis Shahan (Linden): Cracked a pair of homers, a two-run shot in the second inning and a three-run variety in his next at-bat, in a 13-2 win by the Lions over Summerville.

Ian Stewart (La Quinta, Westminster): La Quinta's other Ian walloped three more home runs and had six RBI to lead his undefeated No. 1 team in the state over Rancho Alamitos of Garden Grove 11-5. That brought his season home run total to 12 and RBI total to 41. He's obviously been taking up some of the slack for injured pitcher Ian Kennedy.

Bill Thomas (Golden Sierra, Garden Valley): Tied a state record held by many by bashing four doubles while knocking in six runs and scoring two in a 4 1/2 inning 15-1 win over San Juan of Citrus Heights. He did it in just four innings of a 4x4 batting performance.

David Vibiano (New Roads): Tossed a no-hitter with 17 strikeouts in a 5-1 triumph over Ribet Academy of Los Angeles.

Jackson Walker (North Hollywood): Went 4x5 at the plate and batted in eight runs as the boys from the north blasted Hollywood 25-4.

Eric Walterhouse (Bishop O'Dowd, Oakland): Blasted a grand slam and a solo homer as the Dragons ended San Leandro's 23-game league win streak in a big way, 8-1.

Marcus Watson (Westchester, Los Angeles): Led the Comets to a 14-4 victory over L.A. Hamilton with a three-run homer, four RBI, two stolen bases and three runs.


Monica Abbott (North Salinas): The All-American pitcher dominated with a no-hitter and 20 strikeouts as the Vikings blanked Live Oak of Morgan Hill, 9-0. It was Abbott's seventh no-hitter of the season.

Ingrid Aguirre (Locke, Los Angeles): Had a field day with two home runs, two doubles, a triple and eight RBI while batting 6x6 as Locke locked on to its first win of the season in a big way, 33-7, over L.A.Manual Arts.

Amber Angel (St. Monica, Santa Monica): Had five hits, including a homer, and batted in seven runs as the Mariners humbled St. Mary's Academy of Inglewood 39-0.

Candice Baker (Cypress): Led Cypress over Lutheran of Orange by pitching a two-hit, 15-K shutout and smacking a three-run homer in a 4-0 victory.

Brittney Bargar (Corona): Upped her season record to 7-0 with a five-K perfect game in a 7-0 victory over Santa Margarita of Rancho Santa Margarita.

Brittany Crouch (Woodbridge, Irvine): Fired a no-hitter with seven Ks in a 8-1 victory over Irvine.

Marcie Durham (Golden Sierra, Garden Valley): In two lopsided wins during the week, Marcie batted 8x8 with four doubles, a triple, a home run, 11 RBI and seven runs.

Omaira Estremera (Ceres): Notched a no-hitter with eight strikeouts as the Bulldogs took command of first-place in the Central California Conference with a 1-0 triumph over Davis of Modesto.

Megan Galloway (St. Vincent, Petaluma): Pitched for 17 strikeouts and had two hits and two RBI as the Mustangs steamed Upper Lake 11-2.

Erin Grady (St. Monica, Santa Monica): Four hits, four RBI and six runs were her contribution in the 39-0 rout of St. Mary's Academy of Inglewood.

Elisa Graves (Pioneer Baptist, Norwalk): Struck out 19 batters while pitching a no-hitter in a 4-0 win over Lutheran of La Verne.

Tamar Gruwell (Vacaville): The sophomore, who led Vacaville to the Division II girls basketball state championship game, blasted two home runs and had three RBI in a 10-0 triumph over Hogan of Vallejo. She's also prominent in cross country and track.

Christina Haake (Dos Pueblos, Goleta): Hurled a one-hitter with 13 strikeouts and banged out a solo homer as the Div. III state-ranked Chargers charged past Santa Barbara 12-0.

Ashley Howard (Santiago, Garden Grove): Led her team to a 6-0 win over Los Amigos of Fountain Valley by pitching an 11-strikeout no-hitter and smashing a three-run homer.

Whitney Jenks (Villanova Prep, Ojai): Pitched a no-hitter with 13 Ks and banged out four hits while scoring four runs and batting in a run as the Wildcats blanked Laguna Blanca of Santa Barbara 18-0.

Danielle Kinley (Carlsbad): Cracked a three-run homer, a two-run homer and finished 5x5 with five RBI as the Lancers beat Ramona, 7-1.

Amanda Martinez (Vista):Perfection was Amanda's middle name against Valley Center as she threw a perfect game and had 16 strikeouts in leading the Panthers to a 3-0 victory.

Chelsea McKeever (Mountain Empire): Whiffed 19 batters to account for nearly all of the outs in a 9-0 no-hit victory by her team over Lutheran of San Diego.

Amy McKenzie (Center, Antelope): Batted 3x3 with two triples, knocked in six runs and scored two in a 17-4 win over River City of West Sacramento.

Ashley Mitchell (Lakewood): Hurled a no-hitter with 13 strikeouts as Lakewood downed Jordan of Long Beach 14-0 in five innings.

Cameron Murfit (Menlo-Atherton, Atherton): The junior was a nice fit for M-A, tossing a two-hit shutout with 17 strikeouts in a 3-0 triumph over South San Francisco.

Eli Murillo (Garfield, Los Angeles): Swatted a grand slam and had six RBI in a 5x6 batting performance that featured Garfield's 21-1 rout of L.A. Roosevelt.

Breanna Palacio (Grace Brethren, Simi Valley): Got seven RBI out of just two hits in a 21-2 rout of Scott Academy.

Sierra Pereira (Alameda): As the Hornets surprised Campolindo of Moraga, 4-0, the sophomore hurled a nine-K one-hitter. She also had a two-hitter with 12 strikeouts in a 10-2 win over Hercules.

Tynissa Rodriguez (Arroyo, El Monte): Bashed two home runs and a double as Arroyo downed El Monte 5-0.

Selena Salazar (San Fernando): Hurled her third no-hitter of the season, this time with 15 strikeouts, as her team edged Monroe of North Hills 1-0.

Kathleen Salvo (La Salle, Pasadena): Fired a perfect game and had 12 strikeouts in a five-inning 11-0 win over Marlborough of Los Angeles.

Torrey Schroeder (Buchanan, Clovis): Tied a school record set in 1999 by Amanda Rodriguez by striking out 16 batters against Sanger as the Bears posted a 5-1 triumph.

Angelica Selden (Vanden, Travis AFB): Here she is again, this time for a one-hit, 19-strikeout, 2-0 shutout over Rio Linda and a no-hit, 14-strikeout, five-inning 16-0 shutout over Highlands of North Highlands.

Shawna Sexton (Bakersfield Christian): In a 29-1 romp past Valley Christian of Bakersfield, Sexton collected five hits in six at-bats.

Kirsten Slouber (Montclair Prep, Van Nuys): Tossed a no-hitter with 12 strikeouts and smashed a two-run homer in a 4-2 triumph over Crossroads of Santa Monica.

Jessica Stewart (Alverno, Sierra Madre): Pitched her second perfect game of the season and had 10 strikeouts as Alverno downed Holy Family of Glendale 10-0.

Elsa Tang (Windsor): Has Windsor's softball future looking bright, as the sophomore tied up Healdsburg 5-0 with a seven strikeout, no-hitter.

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