The start of the playoffs doesn't stop some of the state's top baseball and softball players from posting significant individual totals. Among the best from games of May 12-17 were two boys who each had eight RBI in one game and two girls who moved up in the Central Section record book.

(Games of May 12-May 17)


Zack Arnstein (Sherman Oaks CES): Swung for four hits and six RBI in a 23-2 win over Elizabeth Street. Both are L.A. City Section specialty schools.

Andy Beal (Peninsula, Rolling Hills Estates): This pitching standout demonstrated his batting prowess by smashing three home runs in his first three at-bats and driving in eight in a 15-6 victory over Santa Monica. He's just a junior and part of the state's potentially awesome Class of 2004.

Chad Boyd (El Camino Real, Woodland Hills): Accounted for every run by pitching a complete game and driving in four runs while blasting two home runs in leading ECR past Birmingham of Lake Balboa 4-2.

Josh Bradbury (Corona del Mar, Newport Beach): Smacked a grand slam, a solo homer and a double and had five RBI as the Sea Kings blew by Tesoro of Las Flores 12-2.

Dave Brand (Windward, Los Angeles): Branded Oakwood of North Hollywood with a grand slam, a solo homer and seven RBI as Oakwood fell 22-0.

Willis Bumphus (Lincoln, San Diego): Bumped out a pair of homers as the Hornets clipped Hoover of San Diego and in the process ended a 45-game losing streak. Lincoln entered the game at 0-20 so far this year and was 0-25 last season.

Brian Chavez (Quartz Hill): Clouted a grand slam and a two-run homer as his state-ranked team downed Highland of Palmdale 14-5.

Josh Christy (Tehachapi): Slammed a pair of homers and a single and scored four times in a 17-12 triumph over Shafter. Christy also had five RBI.

Jared Clark (Valencia): Fired a no-hitter with 10 strikeouts as the Vikings blanked Burbank 12-0.

Aljay Davis (Lakewood): Hit for the cycle while scoring five runs and batting in two as Lakewood clipped Compton 29-0. Moore League baseball routs involving Compton are unfortunately far too common.

Zac Fidler (Serrano, Phelan): Fiddled around for five hits including three doubles, six RBI and five runs scored as Serrano crushed Apple Valley 29-9.

Nicholas Gorman (Gardena): Tossed a four-hitter with 16 strikeouts in a 3-1 triumph over South Gate.

Ted Hamner (Twin Pines): Whacked a grand slam and a solo homer in a 21-6 hammering of Rio Contiguo.

Phil Hughes (Foothill, Tustin): After hurling a two-hitter with 14 strikeouts in a 2-0 win over Newport Harbor, Hughes upped his scoreless innings streaks to 22. He also improved to 11-0 with a season ERA of 0.64.

DeAndre Miller (Berkeley): Batted 3x3 with three singles but also had three RBI, four runs scored and three stolen bases in a 22-1 pounding of Hercules.

Steve Morgan (Eureka): Had five hits and eight RBI as the Loggers cut down Del Norte of Crescent City 23-5. Earlier in the week, he also smacked a three-run homer in a 10-7 win over Arcata.

Casey Milligan (Valencia): The freshman blasted two home runs and had five RBI in a 15-3 win over Burbank.

Sean O'Sullivan (Valhalla, El Cajon): The sophomore cracked a grand slam homer and added a solo shot as the Norsemen dumped Mt. Miguel of Spring Valley, 11-4.

Rolando Rodriguez (Shafter): In the same game in which Josh Christy of Tehachapi earned attention (see above), Rodriguez came up big as well with five hits in five at-bats plus four runs scored and five RBI.

Alex Rollin (Los Gatos): Posted his 11th pitching win of the season with a three-hitter and also had two hits offensively as the Wildcats defeated Milpitas, 8-2, in a Santa Clara Valley League game.

Reggie Ross (Mira Mesa, San Diego): Reggie has been a football-baseball standout for the Marauders for two years. He had one of his best baseball outings last week with four hits, including two doubles and a triple, four runs and three RBI in a 13-9 victory over La Jolla.

Chuckie Tiffany (Charter Oak, Covina): Hurled a no-hitter with 15 strikeouts in a 14-0 victory over Garey of Pomona that upped his season record to 6-0. If you can pitch like that, you can get away with having a name like that.

Chris Valaika (Hart, Newhall): Hammered two home runs and two doubles while scoring four runs and driving in three as Hart shut out Saugus 10-0.

Steve Vogt (Central Valley Christian, Visalia): Finished his four-year carer with 160 hits, second best in Central Section history, behind Chris Patrick, the former Clovis star who had 169. Vogt also scored 142 career runs, had 37 career doubles and finished with 65 of 65 consecutive stolen bases, which is a new section record and is second on the all-time state list.

Tommy Wiley (Santana, Santee): In a 6-5 win by the Sultans over a slumping El Capitan of Lakeside team that was soaring in the rankings just three weeks ago, Wiley hit his first two home runs of the season. The second one bounced off a truck that was traveling down a street on the other side of the fence.

Steven Wright (Valley View, Moreno Valley): Had the Wright stuff with 12 strikeouts in pitching his team past Canyon Springs, 5-0. Wright began the postseason with a 9-0 record and a 1.05 ERA. Offensively, he'll make the state record book with 18 doubles already on his ledger.


Amber Angel (St. Monica, Santa Monica): Was St. Monica's guiding Angel, whacking three three-run homers in a 19-9 six-inning triumph over St. Bernard of Playa del Rey.

Lisa Bautista (Elk Grove): Hurled a perfect game at the perfect time, in the Sac-Joaquin Section Div I playoffs, striking out 15 as Elk Grove downed Kennedy of Sacramento 2-0. Later in the day, she followed up with a 2-0 shutout win against Lodi in the double-elimination tourney.

Cori Blanton (Notre Dame, Sherman Oaks): Blasted two solo homers that turned out to be the difference in a 2-1 victory over Louisville of Woodland Hills.

Amber Carter (Joshua Springs, Yucca Valley): Clouted a three-run homer and a two-run homer as her team downed Antelope Valley Christian of Lancaster 18-0.

Krystle Corrall (Serra, Gardena): Batted for three singles but ended up with six RBI as Serra corralled St. Mary's Academy of Inglewood 21-0.

Heather Davis (Taft): Pitching ace won her 84th career game as her team beat Kingsburg, 4-1, in the Central Section Sequoia Division Small School championships. She only needed one more win this week to tie Marissa Marzan (formerly of Fresno Bullard) for the section record.

Dena DePompa (Verdugo Hills, Tujunga): Smacked two solo home runs in a 8-2 loss to Carson.

Alexis Garcia (Faith Baptist, Canoga Park): Was the winning pitcher with nine Ks and smashed two home runs in a four-inning 18-1 win over Skyward Christian of Tujunga.

Elisa Graves (Pioneer Baptist, Norwalk): Hurled a one-hitter while striking out 20 batters in a 8-0 win over Tarbut V'Torah. She also drove in two runs and stole home.

Lisa Herbertson (Victory Christian, Carmichael): Tossed a two-hitter with 17 Ks in a 9-1 victory over Forest Lake Christian of Auburn.

Megan McAllister (Carlsbad): After slamming three home runs in two games the previous week, Megan connected twice for the Lancers last week in a 9-0 victory over Fallbrook. The senior who's also an excellent student now has nine home runs for the season.

Ashley McDonough (Lompoc): Contributed a perfect game with 12 Ks as Lompoc downed St. Joseph of Santa Maria 2-0.

Ta'Tyana McElroy (Washington, Los Angeles): Pitched a no-hitter with 16 strikeouts as Washington blanked Bell 4-0 in the first round of the Los Angeles Section Invitational playoffs for middle-tier teams.

Courtney Moore (Golden West, Visalia): Went 3-for-3 and 2-for-3 in the Central Section Yosemite Small Division playoffs and how has 55 hits for the season. The senior is second on the all-time section list for hits in a season and moved into a tie for fifth on the section career list with 173.

Taryne Mowatt (Santiago, Corona): Fired her 21st season shutout with a one-hit, 12-strikeout, 4-0 victory over Centennial of Corona. That performance also raised her season strikeout total to 339.

Amanda Padilla (Hilltop, Chula Vista): In a 1-0 victory by her team over Castle Park, Padilla pitched the first no-hitter of her prep career. She also finished with six strikeouts.

Lauren Pieretti (Notre Dame, Belmont): Rang up a perfect game and recorded eight strikeouts in her team's 2-0 win over Presentation in the West Catholic Athletic League playoffs.

Milissa Porche (Oxford Academy, Cypress): Had 18 strikeouts while pitching a two-hit shutout as Oxford downed Sage Hill of Newport Coast 3-0.

Sabrina Sanchez (Silver Creek, San Jose): Led an 11-hit attack with a homer, triple and double as the Raiders romped past Prospect of Saratoga, 9-1, in a Blossom Valley Athletic League game.

Amanda Williams (Freedom, Oakley): Freshman standout struck out 19 batters in a eight-inning 3-1 win over Clayton Valley of Concord.

Jennifer Winford (Brethren Christian, Cypress): Fired a one-hitter with 13 Ks and smashed a three-run homer in a five-inning 12-1 win over St. Margaret of San Juan Capistrano. The 13 strikeouts raised her season total to 300.

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