Stat Standouts of the Week

This week's honor roll of baseball and softball standouts from April 8-13 includes a slugger who hit two grand slams in one game and softball pitcher who struck out 23 in an 11-inning game.

Baseball

Joe Arnold (L.A. Baptist, North Hills) -- Cracked a grand slam homer, finished with five RBI and pitched a four-hit shutout as his team defeated Marshall of Pasadena, 12-0.

Bo Banach (Lakewood) -- Banach went 5-for-5 and drove in seven runs as Lakewood blasted Cabrillo 21-1 in Moore League play.

Andy Beal (Peninsula, R.H. Estates) -- This sophomore made news as a freshman pitcher a year ago and already is on the radar screens of pro scouts. In a 6-4 win last week over Temple City, Beal showed he can run, too, with three stolen bases to go with three hits and one RBI.

Cole Garner (Artesia, Lakewood) -- Collected four hits, including two home runs, and had six RBI to lead the Pioneers to an 8-2 win over Mayfair.

Tyler Delamater (Garces, Bakersfield) -- Rams played Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks in a intersectional double-dip and won the second game, 6-4, after losing the first by the same score. Delamater delivered big hits in both games and finished the day going 7-for-7 with a home run and a double.

Nick Epidendio (Mitty, San Jose) -- Third baseman for state-ranked team came through in the clutch with a two-out grand slam homer vs. St. Francis of Mountain View that turned a 2-1 deficit into a 5-2 lead of eventual 11-2 win. Epidendio did it again in the next game vs. St. Ignatius of San Francisco with another two-out grand slam in Mitty's 15-3 victory.

Richard Gonzalez (Winters) -- Threw a no-hitter with 12 Ks in a 9-0 win over Sutter. He also had a double among his two hits. The win was Gonzalez's 14th straight victory dating back to last year. He has a 15-1 pitching record at the varsity level.

Cameron Johnson (Head-Royce, Oakland) -- Winning pitcher Johnson went 4-for-4 with a double and a grand slam plus three three runs scored in a 27-3 win over Athenian. Head-Royce scored 23 runs in the first inning alone and three players ripped homers. The state record for most runs scored in a single inning is 28.

Ian Kennedy (La Quinta, Westminster) -- Kennedy improved his pitching record to a perfect 7-0 with a one-hit 14 strikeout performance in a 5-0 whitewashing of Garden Grove. The 14 strikeouts gave the hurler 84 on the season and he lowered his ERA to an impressive 0.31.

Terry Mermer (Calvary Chapel, Santa Ana)-- Before going to the Nike Camp on Saturday at USC, Mermer, a junior quarterback last fall for the football team, blasted three home runs and had six RBI as Calvary Chapel handed Whittier Christian a 15-5 defeat.

Omar Padilla (Tomales) -- Hammered a pair of homers as the Braves downed Upper Lake in a Redwood Empire contest.

John Peabody (Rancho Bernardo, San Diego) -- It wasn't all bad last week for the Broncos as Peabody, who is one of the top pitchers this season in the San Diego area, ripped a pair of home runs in a 5-0 win vs. Poway. Peabody began this week with 10 homers for the season. Tristan Gale also hit two homers in the same game and pitcher Cole Hamels added a home run while allowing only four hits.

Kevin Pollack (Montclair Prep, Van Nuys) -- Pollack collected four hits and drove in seven runs as Montclair Prep rocked Pacific Hills, 22-0, in Delphic League action.

Gilbert Ruacho (Wilson, Hacienda Heights) -- Ruacho went 4-for-5, including a grand slam homer, and knocked in six runs as Wilson handed Diamond Bar a 17-3 loss in Miramonte League play.

James Shackleford (Beyer, Modesto) -- Shackleford flirted with greatness, before settling for just plain good. He came within two outs of a no-hitter before settling for a complete-game one-hitter as the Patriots defeated Davis of Modesto, 5-1.

Derek Simper (San Marcos) -- Almost led his team to upset of La Costa Canyon with five hits in five at-bats. Simper scored three times and hit a home run.

Tim Stewart (Mater Dei, Santa Ana) -- Smashed two grand slam homers and drove in eight runs, leading the Monarchs to a 13-2 win over Santa Margarita.

Konrad Thieme (Westlake, Westlake Village) -- Picked a good time to rip his first two home runs of the seasons as they came in a 4-2 win over Agoura and kept the Warriors in the hunt for their third straight Marmonte League title.

Owen Weaver (Biggs) -- Hit two home runs, went 3-for-3 with five RBI and struck out eight batters in three innings in picking up the win for the Wolverines in a 21-0 victory over Hamilton.

James Wheeler (El Camino, Sacramento) -- James was a Wheeler "dealer" against Davis, pitching a complete-game two-hitter and collecting two home runs in a key 8-3 league victory. The result evened the league record for both teamsat 5-2.

Delmon Young (Camarillo) -- Junior phenom collected three hits, including two home runs, and drove in five, as Camarillo defeated Buena of Ventura, 7-4. Young's second home run broke the single-season school record established by current coach Scott Cline in 1985 and tied by former Stanford star Joe Borchard in 1997. On the season in 19 games, Young has scored 35 runs, collected 47 hits with six doubles and 12 home runs. He has a .635 batting average, a .671 on base percentage, and a 1.230 slugging percentage.

Softball

Maria Coder (Argonaut, Jackson) -- Began the week with a no-hitter against Summerville of Tuolomne and then pitched a two-hitter in a 7-1 win over Linden. Coder also went 3-for-3 with the bat against Linden.

Omaira Estremera (Ceres) -- The Modesto Bee female athlete of the week proved to be the right choice as she pitched a masterful 11 inning no-hitterwith 23 strikeouts, including 14 in a row, and drove in the winning run as the Bulldogs defeated Johansen 2-1 in CCC play.

Laura Ferreira (Holy Names, Oakland) -- After striking out 17 batters in a victory over Albany, Ferreira stayed hot with a one-hitter plus 12 more Ks in a 2-0 win vs. Salesian of Richmond.

Ashlee Freeman (Oaks Christian) -- Sophomore pitched her third no-hitter of the season, this time achieving a perfect game with 12 strikeouts, as Oaks Christian blanked Cate 12-0 in Condor League action.

Hilary Hirzel (Tokay, Lodi) -- Junior pitcher tossed a no-hitter and had 13 strikeouts in a 3-0 triumph over St. Mary's of Stockton. Hirzel also upped her season total to 199 strikeouts in 110 innings.

Jessica Johnson (Mayfair, Lakewood) -- Went 2-for-3 with an RBI and pitched her fifth no-hitter of the season as the Monsoons swamped Glenn of Norwalk, 4-0.

Jenny Jones (University, Irvine) -- Jones was the "talk" of this Pacific Coast League contest, as she went 5-for-6 and drove home the winning run in the 10th inning of an 8-7 victory over Laguna Beach.

Krystal Kehr (Petaluma) -- In a victory over Piner of Santa Rosa, Kehr was in rarified air with a no-hitter that also was her ninth shutout of the season. She lowered her ERA to 0.27 and also has a .568 batting average.

Kindal Kincaid (Villa Park) -- The junior hurler pitched a no-hitter with 10 strikeouts, as the Spartans defeated Orange 4-0 in a Century League contest.

Kari Lohse (Orland) -- Went 5-for-5 to tie a school record and also struck out 17 in a 3-2 10-inning win over Oroville.

Becky McCullough (Campolindo, Moraga) -- The sophomore ace gave up a hit to the first batter then retired the final 21 batters she faced in a 2-0 win over Alhambra of Martinez. The victory pushed her season record to 9-1.

Alicia Owen (Loara, Anaheim) -- All-American senior did it at the plate with a homer and pitched a no-hitter as well in the Saxons' 9-1 triumph over Century of Santa Ana.

DeAnna Richards (Redwood, Visalia) -- Richards pitched her second perfect game of the season, as the Rangers defeated Hanford 4-0.

Angelica Selden (Vanden, Travis AFB) -- Yet another no-hitter for this sophomore star that included 19 strikeouts, as the Vikings defeated Encinaof Sacramento 19-0 in a five-inning contest.

FINAL NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS

•Best wishes go out to the students at Golden West High of Visalia, who learned last Wedneday that freshman Justin McClain, Jason Tilley and Bobby Craine were all killed in a plane crash that happened in Sequoia National Park. The pilot, 43-year-old Patrick Carey, also died. The foursome were celebrating Craine's 16th birthday. All three Golden West students were athletes on the junior varsity or freshman levels.

•The State CIF, saying he has "consistently been a positive role model for high school coaches across the state," has named San Francisco 49ers head coach Steve Mariucci as its first "Pursuing Victory With Honor" award recipient. Mariucci will be honored by the CIF at a ceremony at the State Capitol in Sacramento on May 2. He is entering his sixth season with the 49ers after guiding the team to the NFL playoffs last season and successfully rebuilding the team in the post Steve Young-Jerry Rice era. The CIF adopted the Pursuing Victory With Honor program in 1999 and put a major emphasis on its Coaching Education program. It's ironic that Mariucci will be honored at the State Capitol as the legislature cut all funds for the Coaching Education program in January due to the current budget crisis. Wonder if a similar award will ever be given to 49ers' player Terrell Owens?

•Four-time California state wrestling champion Darrell Vasquez was a second-place finisher in his weight class last week at the Senior National Championships in Cleveland. Vasquez was the highest finisher among any of the Californians who qualified for the event. Although no Californians won in any weight class, the 15-member team was second in team scoring, trailing only the host team from Ohio.


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