Having a top pitcher is a must requirement in the tough Southern Section Division 1, and Sherman Oaks Notre Dame's Chris Collins looked the part on Saturday, striking out the side in the first inning and throwing two scoreless innings in the Knights' 6-1 season-opening win over Buena. He has signed with San Diego State.
The Knights took advantage of four errors to inflict a rare defeat on Arizona-bound Austin Rubick, who shut them out, 2-0, last season. Notre Dame received some good defense from shortstop Hunter Greene and outfielder Joe Pace.
Aliso Niguel 3-7, Huntington Beach 2-4: Eric Wagaman drove in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh to knock off preseason No. 1 Huntington Beach. Zak Nocon threw three shutout innings of relief. Aliso Niguel completed the sweep behind Demetri Colacchio, who had three hits.
Alemany 16, Palmdale 1: Christian Goretti had three hits and five RBI. Alex Mckenna added three hits and Kyle Merkel gave up an unearned run in five innings.
Royal 4, St. Bonaventure 3: Kurt Johnson struck out 13 in his season debut.
Loyola 1, Birmingham 0: Spencer Rouse hit a home run and Holden Groff threw the complete game as the Cubs knocked off defending City champion Birmingham. Adrian Rodriguez, the City player of the year, pitched well for the Patriots.
Agoura 12, Taft 6: Matt Lautz hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and finished with six RBIs for the Chargers. Joey Dawes had three hits. Jayson Newman hit his fifth home run of the season for Taft (5-1).
Calabasas 5, West Ranch 4: Joey Medellin hit a three-run home run to help the Coyotes prevail in nine innings. Jagger Rusconi homered for West Ranch. Job Keller had a walk-off single for Calabasas.
Villa Park 5, Servite 1: Villa Park won in nine innings.
Mission Viejo 3-1, El Toro 4-0: Daniel Strickland threw a no-hitter in the second game for Mission Viejo. Phil Sandoval struck out eight for Mission Viejo in the first game.
Glendora 4, Big Bear 0: Austin Isenhart struck out 12 and threw a no-hitter.
South Hills 2, Fullerton 1: Gavin Velasquez allowed four hits in six innings.
Granada Hills Kennedy 3, Oaks Christian 0: Felix Rubi struck out nine and threw a two-hitter.
El Camino Real 3, Westlake 1: Jordan Berg threw a complete game and Eric Yang had two hits, making him 4 for 5 on the season for the 2-0 Conquistadores.
Simi Valley 12, Quartz Hill 11: Freshman Owen Sharts hit a two-run home run in his first at-bat and finished with three hits and four RBI. Cal Hodgins also homered and Jake Whipple went three for three.
Long Beach Millikan 6, Placentia Valencia 0: The Rams cruised to victory. Jacob Acorn struck out five and walked none in six innings. Spencer Steer had two hits and three RBIs.
Chatsworth 4, Burbank 1: Josh Garcia threw a four-hitter, striking out 10, and All-City shortstop Sam Shaikin went three for three to help Chatsworth win in the return of Coach Tom Meusborn.
Granada Hills 3, Glendale 1: Sophomore Gerardo Ramirez threw a two-hitter and Mario Diaz, Holden Mehr and James Bacon each had two hits for the Highlanders.
Vista Murrieta 4-1, Palm Desert 2-3: Ian Nowak struck out two in 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Luis Silva hit two doubles and Hunter Tidwell added two hits for Vista Murrieta, which lost the second game.
Beckman 7-6, Katella 0-2: Tyler Geurts had a double, triple and three RBIs. Adam Lamar struck out three and walked none in six shutout innings in the first game. Isaiah Bull went 4 for 7 with seven RBI on the day.
Burroughs 7, Camarillo 6: Aidan Anding had three hits for Burroughs. Nico Lima had a triple, home run and four RBIs for Camarillo.
Thousand Oaks 8, Crespi 3: The Lancers hit four home runs, including two from Ryan Pemberton.
Hart 9, Oak Park 1: Austin Russ hit two home runs and Jake Lewis threw one-hit ball for four innings. Robert Reeves also homered.
Cleveland 6, University 3: Sammy Villa had two hits and two RBI for the Cavaliers. Ben Kaser struck out 10.
Palisades 6, San Fernando 1: Jed Moscot struck out 10 for the Dolphins. Henry Conquillard went three for four with two RBIs.
Bonita 7, Charter Oak 2: Justin Gomez went four for four and Isaiah Haro threw a complete game for Bonita.
Harvard-Westlake 8, Village Christian 7: Ezra Steinberg delivered the game-winning hit in the seventh. Steinberg and Chase Aldridge had three hits apiece.
Saugus 7, Poly 1: Rudy Aguilar contributed three hits and three RBIs for the Centurions. Troy Williams had a bases loaded triple.
Newbury Park 8, Dos Pueblos 7: The Panthers got a run in the eighth to win after Dos Pueblos scored five runs in the seventh to send the game into extra innings. Nick Spencer had four hits for Newbury Park.
Los Osos 4, Valencia 1: Kyle Robeniol struck out 11.
Bishop Amat 3-0, Riverside JW North 1-2: The teams split a doubleheader.
Glenn 3, Valley Christian 2: Victor Sanchez struck out and threw a no-hitter.
El Dorado 2-9, St. John Bosco 1-5: Nick Sprengel struck out seven in four innings. Jesse Lopez had three hits in the second game.
Ayala 4-11, Brea 1-2: Daniel Ramirez went five for six on the day in the sweep.
Sierra Canyon 2, Maranatha 0: Seth Stone threw a complete game and was two for three at the plate in the opening game on Sierra Canyon's new baseball field.
Campbell Hall 4, Santa Monica 1: Charlie Goldring had two RBIs. Eli Edwards allowed three hits in five innings.
Temescal Canyon 10, La Quinta 3: Matt Tomazin had two hits.
Roosevelt 10, Verdugo Hills 5: Robert Contreras had a double, triple and four RBI to help Roosevelt improve to 5-0.
Santa Barbara 7, Nipomo 0: Kevin Gowdy and Marcus Turner combined on a three-hit shutout. Gowdy struck out nine.
Corona Santiago 7, Diamond Ranch 0: Freshman Brice Turang had two hits and two RBIs in his prep debut. Jesse Rivera had two triples and three RBI.
Mira Costa 9-14, West Torrance 1-1: Mira Costa picked up a doubleheader sweep. Reese Alexiades had three hits in the first game. Dylan Tyrer had three hits and three RBI in the second game.
Warren 10-5, Serrano 6-0: Eric Menjivar went four for four in the first game. Joaquin Castillo added two doubles and two singles. In the second game, Steven Nuno had a two-run home run. Andy Garcia threw a three-hit shutout.
Moorpark 14, Lancaster 1: Kenny Brawner struck out seven in five innings. Fox Anderson had three hits and seven RBIs.
Long Beach Poly 14-5, Buena Park 0-2: Paul Estrada had a three-run triple and Ian Konek had a three-run double in the first game. John Vozzella had seven strikeouts in six innings in the second game.
Foothill 11-7, Santa Fe 0-2: Foothill got the sweep. Dylan Doherty had three hits and four RBI in the first game. Sebastian Lopez threw six scoreless innings. In the second game, Soren Yarnall threw five innings of hitless ball.
Cathedral 2, Malibu 1: David Quinonez threw six innings, allowing five hits with zero walks.
Heritage Christian 11, Windward 6: Zack Kastler had a no-hitter through five innings and struck out 10 for Heritage Christian.
Rio Mesa 4, Chaminade 3: The Eagles lost their opener of the Easton tournament.
Edison 14-12, Capistrano Valley 4-7: The Chargers came out with their bats on fire in a doubleheader sweep.
Great Oak 2-5, Norco 4-4: The two teams split their doubleheader. Mitch Hayes had two hits and threw four scoreless innings in Great Oak's second game.