OF THE WEEK
(From March 11-16)
Danny Arizmendi (Nogales, La Puente) -- Arizmendi (3-0) pitched a complete-game four hitter, striking out 12, and delivered a three-run homer at the plate leading Nogales to a 5-0 win over West Covina.
Daric Barton/Matt Costello (Marina, Huntington Beach) -- Barton and Costello provided the one-two offensive punch, delivering a double-header sweep for the Vikings over Charter Oak. In the first game, Costello went 5-for-5, scoring four runs, driving in six, while in the nightcap, Barton went 5-for-5, scoring three runs, driving in four.
Erich Fliles (Pasadena) -- Fliles went 3-for-3, in a 6-5 loss to Mountain View of El Monte, but more significantly improved to 13-for-17 for the season.
David Fonseca (Thousand Oaks) -- Blasted a pair of homers, a three-run shot, and a grand slam, and knocked in eight runs, as the Lancers blasted Garfield of Los Angeles, 23-6.
Rauly Gutierrez (Troy, Fullerton) -- Guitierrez came up big, hitting two home runs, including a walk-off grand slam in the eighth inning, and had seven RBI as Troy won a 11-7 slugfest over Buena Park.
Cody Kimbrel (Reseda) -- Pitched a complete-game three hitter, striking out 10, and went 3-for-4 with three RBI, leading the Regents to a 7-0 win over Canoga Park.
Kiel Lavington (Irvine) -- Did it all in 16-8 win over Newport Harbor of Newport Beach with four hits, including a double and a homer, scored four runs, drove in five, and was the winning pitcher.
Gary Moran (Madera) -- Went 4-for-4, hitting for the cycle, and drove in six runs, as the Coyotes "howled" over Foothill of Bakersfield, 21-2.
Adam Moreno (Fresno) -- Moreno went a sizzling 5-for-5, hitting for the cycle, as the Warriors defeated McLane of Fresno, 13-2.
Daniel Nelson (Crenshaw, Los Angeles) -- Finished going 4-for-5 with a homer and three triples as Crenshaw defeated Lincoln 14-7.
Romeo Newman (West, Tracy) -- Allowed three hits, struck out 13 in six innings, and went 3-for-3 at the plate, including a home run, knocking in five, as the Wolfpack handed Tokay of Lodi its first loss of the season, 14-3.
Caleb Maher (Ceres) -- The Bulldog star had a great day, hitting a three-run homer and a grand slam, knocking in seven runs, and pitching a complete-game as Ceres defeated Turlock, 8-3.
Stephan Mercier (Santa Clarita Christian)-- Mercier had a monster day at the plate in a double-header sweep of Bethel Christian. He collected seven hits on the day -- four singles, two doubles, a triple, and a grand slam homer -- and knocked in an amazing 12 runs.
Blake Rossi (Bishop Union, Bishop)-- Rossi hit for the cycle, driving in six runs, as the Broncos bucked Rite of Passage, 21-2.
Nate Schierholtz (San Ramon Valley, Danville) -- Went 5-for-5, hitting for the cycle, scored five runs, and drove in eight, as the Wolves mauled San Rafael, 26-1.
Brian Schroeder (Christian, El Cajon) -- Son of former NFL quarterback Jay Schroeder unlimbered his arm with a two-hitter and struck out 11 as the Patriots won the Patriots Invitational tourney with a 5-1 win over Serra of San Diego.
Matt Stone (University, Los Angeles) -- Stone was "rock" solid, blasting two homers, including a grand slam, and had six RBI, as University defeated Costa Mesa 9-2.
Brett Urie (Hillcrest Christian, Granada Hills) -- Urie had a sportscenter highlight day, going 4-for-4 with three homers and six RBI as Hillcrest Christian defeated Rolling Hills Prep, 16-8.
Justin Woodbridge (Modesto) -- Woodbridge pitched a complete-game no hitter, and lost as the Panthers were defeated by Atwater, 1-0.
Delmon Young (Camarillo) -- In a double-header sweep over Lakewood, the junior phenom was a perfect 6-for-6 at the plate, including two homers, and drove in eight runs.
Amber Carter (Joshua Springs, Yucca Valley) -- Had a career game, going 5-for-5, including a grand slam, scored four runs, and drove in 10, in a 30-1 pounding of Van Horn. The game ended after five innings due to the mercy rule.
Katie Cotta (Brookside Christian, Stockton) -- Cotta pitched a five-inning perfect game, and struck out 14-of-15 batters, including the last 12 in a row, as Brookside Christian defeated Del Campo 5-0. Despite Brookside's small school status, there's little doubt so far that coach Bob Regpala's unbeaten team is one of the best in Northern California, period.
Danika Dukes (East Nicolaus) -- Struck out 23 batters in a 11-inning 2-1 win over Gridley. She pitched nine perfect innings to give East Nicolaus its 32nd straight win. The win streak was broken three days later when Wheatland beat East Nicolaus 2-0 in the 10th inning.
Ashley Freeman (Oaks Christian, Westlake Village) -- Pitched a no hitter, striking out 17, as Oaks Christian defeated Laguna Blanca 14-0.
Danielle Holt (Deer Valley, Antioch) -- Named MVP at the Queen of the Mountain tourney after throwing a two-hitter in 2-1 title game win over Granada of Livermore. Deer Valley started the current week with a 5-0 record.
Diana LaRiva (Tustin) -- LaRiva pitched a complete-game no hitter, striking out 16 batters, as Tustin defeated Troy of Fullerton 3-0.
Allison Lewis (Northwood, Irvine) -- The junior standout pitched a complete-game no hitter, striking out 14, as Northwood defeated Santa Ana Valley 10-0. Followed that up with a complete-game one hitter, striking out 16, ss Northwood beat Westminister La Quinta, 7-0.
Desiree Longo (Modesto Christian) -- Standout hurler pitched a six inning no hitter, her third in seven days, in a 10-0 thumping of Denair. Desiree had a 36-inning scoreless streak heading into this week.
Melissa Santana (Birmingham, Van Nuys) -- Tossed a complete-game, taking a no hitter into the seventh inning, finishing with an 11 strikeout one-hitter, and offensively blasted two homers, accounting for four RBI, in a 7-1 win over Fremont at the Lincoln Tournament.
Mechelle Smith (Jordan, Long Beach) -- Went a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate, stole two bases, as Jordan defeated Artesia 8-7 in nine innings.