OF THE WEEK (May 13-18)
John Beal (Granada Hills) -- Beal pitched a masterful complete game two-hitter with 10 strikeouts as Granada Hills ended league play with a 10-0 win over Taft of Woodland Hills.
Travis Benker (Brea-Olinda) -- Benker was a bonker with three hits, including his 13th homer of the season, as the Wildcats downed Redondo of Redondo Beach, 12-0, in the CIFSS playoffs.
Scott Bradley (Northgate, Walnut Creek) -- Winning pitching helped himself considerably by hitting for the cycle, scoring three runs and batting in seven during a five-inning 15-3 mashing of Alhambra of Martinez.
Gil Castillo (Stockdale, Bakersfield) -- Castillo went a perfect 4-for-4 on the day with five RBI as Stockdale rolled in the CIF Central Section playoffs with an 18-0 victory over Tulare Western.
Jason Corder (Capistrano Valley, Mission Viejo) -- Already regarded as one of the top sophomores in the nation, Corder blasted two home runs, including a grand slam, that accounted for eight runs driven in as Capistrano Valley defeated Rialto 14-8 in the opening round of the CIFSS Division I playoffs.
Danny Eastham (Tehachapi) -- Eastham went 4-for-5, scored four runs and knocked in six more, leading the the Warriors to a one-sided 19-2 win over Granite Hills of Porterville.
Joey Huskins (Fountain Valley) -- A hot hitter from a hot team, Huskins collected a pair of hits including a double and a grand slam home run as the Barons defeated Temecula Valley 15-0 in the first round of the Southern Section Division I playoffs. Fountain Valley won this year's Sunset League title, which automatically makes it one of the state's top teams.
Daniel Jago (Yosemite, Oakhurst) -- Etched his name into the Central Section record books by delivering a game-winning double, his 21st of the season, as the Badgers beat Garces 6-4. The double tied him with Stan Holmes of Dos Palos, who accomplished the feat in 1976.
Kyle Jean (Stockdale, Bakersfield) -- The left hand pitcher was not the only standout from Stockdale for the week. Jean's feat was to throw a no-hitter with 13 strikeouts as the Mustangs rode over Edison of Fresno, 19-0.
Jordan Lucas (San Luis Obispo) -- Lucas pitched a masterful complete game no-hitter with eight stikeouts, leading San Luis Obispo over Duarte in the CIFSS playoffs.
Francisco Molina (Sylmar) -- Molina went 3-for-3 with a home run and a triple, driving in three runs, as the Spartans defeated Van Nuys 10-0 in their final Valley Mission League contest of the season. Sylmar was seeded No. 2 in the L.A. City Section playoffs, which drew snickers from some as the Valley Mission League isn't exactly known was being one of the city's best leagues.
Blake Nelson (Oak Park, Agoura Hills) -- Nelson hit for the cycle and drove in seven runs as Oak Park crushed Cathedral of Los Angeles, 20-2, in the CIFSS playoffs.
Omar Padilla (Tomales) -- Continues to keep Tomales hot with a 4-for-4, two home run performance in a 14-4 victory over Rincon Valley Christian of Santa Rosa.
Jared Pickett (Benicia) -- Pickett was a one-man show as he went 4-for-4 with a triple, double, RBI and four runs scored, leading the Panthers over Ceres 12-2 in the opening round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs.
Robby Sheldon (St. Joseph, Santa Maria) -- Collected three hits which included a double and grand slam, and accounted for seven RBI as St. Joseph defeated Cate 21-2 in the CIFSS playoffs.
Raymond Taylore (Laytonville) -- His two home runs, including a grand slam, plus another hit resulted in six RBI as Laytonville pounded Leggett Valley of Leggett, 18-5.
Sadie Barton (Paramount) -- The sensational freshman improved her record to 17-4 with a no-hitter, her 15th shutout of the season, and had nine strikeouts, as Paramount defeated Westminster 6-0 in the opening round of the CIFSS playoffs.
Mandy Brown (Poway) -- With Brown in the circle, Poway is normally in every game and that was the case again in last week's 1-0 win in eight innings over Rancho Bernardo. In a matchup between two of the top 10 teams in San Diego County, Brown came through with a no-hitter despite the extra inning and finished with 10 strikeouts.
Ashley Esparza (San Pedro) -- Esparza (20-2) pitched her 14th shutout of the campaign which included nine strikeouts, and she went 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBI, leading San Pedro to a 7-0 win over Verdugo Hills. The Pirates played for the L.A. City Section title earlier this week.
Megan Galloway (St. Vincent, Petaluma) -- Struck out 18 and hit a home run as Upper Lake fell to her spell, 10-2. Galloway finished the regular season undefeated, at 16-0.
Tina Gonzales (Madera) -- Gonzales struck out 19 batters over the course of her 15-inning complete game shutout, as the Coyotes defeated Bakersfield 1-0 in the CIF Central Section Yosemite Division Large playoffs.
Alicia Hollowell (Fairfield) -- Weekly update on the nation's all-time career strikeout leader had her pitching two shutouts and striking out 25 in Fairfield's first two CIF Sac-Joaquin Section playoff games. Hollowell's team won by 7-0 over Del Campo of Fair Oaks and 10-0 over Merced.
Jill Jeranko (Capistrano Valley Christian) -- Jeranko went 4-for-5 with three doubles, two RBI and five runs scored, leading Capistrano Valley Christian over Apple Valley Academy 12-1.
Diana LaRiva (Tustin) -- LaRiva pitched a slick complete game one-hitter with 17 strikeouts, as Tustin opened the CIFSS playoffs on a winning note with a 2-0 win over La Habra.
Katie McColeman (Arrowhead Christian Academy, Redlands) -- McColeman pitched a complete game shutout with 14 strikeouts, and went 2-for-3 with an RBI at the plate, leading the Eagles to a 7-0 win over Desert in the first round of the CIFSS Division V playoffs.
Emily Nelson (Poly, Pasadena) -- Candidate for State Small Schools Player of the Year pitched her third perfect game of the season, which included 12 strikeouts, and went a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate with a home run and four RBI as Pasadena Poly shutout Brentwood 7-0 in the CIFSS Div. V playoffs.
Brittney Tachara (East Union, Manteca) -- The crafty sophomore hurler delivered a beautiful 12 strikeout no-hit performance in the opening round of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division II softball playoffs, as the Lancers defeated Foothill of Sacramento 5-0.
Summer Tobias (Chaparral, Temecula) -- Tobias did it all, first by pitching a complete game one-hitter with 11 strikeouts, as the Pumas opened the CIFSS Div. II playoffs witha 3-0 win over Sultana. Tobias also collected two hits, including a double, and accounted for all three runs driven in.
Sarah Trevino (Calvary Chapel, Downey) -- Trevino went 3-for-5 with a grand slam home run and eight RBI, leading Calvary Chapel to an easy 22-0 opening round victory over Glendale Holy Family in the CIFSS Div. V playoffs.
Richelle Villescas (El Segundo) -- Villescas (20-3) pitched a superb complete game no-hitter with 12 strikeouts, leading El Segundo over Alemany of Mission Hills 1-0 in the opening round of the CIFSS Div. IV playoffs.