STATE STAT STANDOUTS
OF THE WEEK (May 20-25)
John Bassett (Hanford West, Hanford) -- This new school picked up its first CIF Central Section title after a 1-0 triumph over Tehachapi in the Sequoia Division Large School division. Bassett was in command with a one-hitter and won his 12th game of the year. He shut down a Tehachapi offense that had scored 38 runs in its two previous games.
Evan Bayless (Clovis) -- Mixed up his pitches well and finished with a one-hitter to lead the Cougars past Buchanan, 1-0, in the CIF Central Section Yosemite Division Large playoffs. Bayless dedicated his effort to former Clovis pitching coach Dick Selma, also a former major leaguer, who died last summer of cancer. Bayless struck out eight and was the winning pitcher in the section finals for the second straight season.
Steve Brown (Verdugo Hills) -- Brown went 3-for-3 including a double, four runs scored and three runs driven in to lead Verdugo Hills to an easy 16-4 victory over Jefferson in Los Angeles City Section playoff action.
Bobby Cale (Elk Grove) -- Almost was taken out of the lineup due to a slump, but made coach Jeff Carlson's hunch pay off by going 5-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI to lead the Thurdering Herd to a 6-5 victory over Woodland to capture the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I North title Saturday afternoon. They will face Merced for the overall crown this weekend
Jake Coash (Canyon, Canyon Country) -- Returning all-state underclassman pitched a slendid complete game one-hitter with 10 strikeouts, as Canyon defeated Anaheim Canyon, 5-0, in the Southern Section Division II playoffs.
Chad Gabriel (Valley Christian, Cerritos) -- Blasted three consecutive home runs and drove in four to lead Valley Christian to a 6-1 win over Notre Dame Riverside in the CIFSS Div. V playoffs.
Jon Heineman (Newark Memorial) -- Racked up four hits to go with three runs and four RBI in the Cougars' 15-6 win over Amador Valley in the CIFNCS East Bay 3A playoffs. Heineman also was the winning pitcher.
Taylor Holiday (Mission Viejo) -- Holiday was happy with two home runs and five RBI as he led Mission Viejo to the next round of the Southern Section Division VI playoffs with a 15-5 win over Chaparral.
Ricky Hughes (Boron) -- Hughes went 4-for-5 with five RBI as Boron blasted Southlands Christian 15-3 in a CIFSS Div. VI playoff contest.
Kyle Kupiec (Immanuel, Reedley) -- Led the Eagles to the CIF Central Section Sierra Division crown with a five-hit shutout and an RBI double vs. Fresno Christian in 3-0 triumph.
Richard Meikle (Narbonne, Harbor City) -- In a wild 13-6 slugfest win over Reseda in the L.A. City playoffs, Meikle finished 3-for-4 with two long home runs and drove across seven runs.
Jamie Mah (Sylmar) -- Scored the game-winning run on a double by Mike Garcia and struck out 10 in a dominant pitching performance. Sylmar beat South Gate, 2-1, and moved on in the CIF L.A. City Section playoffs.
David Marvuli (Merced) -- Was simply marvelous by going 4-for-4 with two RBI, while teammate Joel Pedretti went 2-for-2 with a triple and two RBI as the Bears defeated Lincoln of Stockton 11-1 to capture the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I South baseball crown Saturday afternoon.
Greg Mistler (River City, W. Sacramento) -- Pitched two gems for the Raiders in the Sac-Joaquin Section Div. III playoffs, first with nine strikeouts, a four-hitter and no earned runs allowed and then a five-hit shutout with seven strikeouts.
Eric Perez (Palisades) -- Perez was a "one-man show" as he went 3-for-3 at the plate with two home runs accounting for all four runs driven in and earned the save on the mound, as Palisades took a hard fought 4-1 win over Grant of Van Nuys.
Steve Sata (Glendora) -- Sata was "sensational" going 4-for-4 with two home runs, three runs scored and five RBI, leading Glendora to a 17-1 pounding of Silverado in the CIFSS Div. VI playoffs.
Adam Schlecht (Central Catholic, Modesto) -- Schlecht pitched a masterful complete game one-hitter with 10 strikeouts, as the Raiders defeated Denair for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV baseball championship by 11-1. The victory gives Central its third straight section title and its first mythical state championship. The team is ranked in Div. V and finished 29-2.
Serena Benavente (Notre Dame, Salinas) -- Smacked a bases-loaded triple and finished 3-for-3 with three RBI in the Spirits' 8-0 triumph over Capuchino of San Bruno in the CCS Div. III title game. Benevente also capped a season-ending hot streak that saw her collect seven hits in seven official at-bats. Notre Dame won its fifth straight section title.
Katie Cotta (Brookside Christian, Stockton) -- Combined with senior Carly Harmon to no-hit previously unbeaten Vanden of Travis AFB, 2-0, in the Sac-Joaquin Section Div. III final. Cotta, a freshman, also drove in both runs with a home run off Vanden ace Anjelica Selden, and singled in another at-bat.
Karin Erickson (Riverside Christian) -- Erickson (15-4) pitched a no-hitter with 10 strikeouts as she led Riverside Christian to a 6-0 win over Avalon in the Southern Section playoffs.
Ashley Esparza (San Pedro) -- Scored the game's only run after she doubled and finished with a two-hitter as the Pirates beat Carson, 1-0, to win their third straight CIF L.A. City Section championship. San Pedro also has now won seven section titles in the last 11 years.
Jamie Hambry (Templeton) -- Punched out two doubles and scored two runs as the Eagles downed Lindsay, 4-2, in the