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Baseball: Opening day for Southern Section teams produces strong pitching

Eric Sondheimer
Contact ReporterVarsity Times Insider

The opening day of the Southern Section baseball season produced some strong pitching performances.

Among the highlights:

Granada Hills 2, Roosevelt 0: Chris Murphy struck out 17, walked four and allowed one hit for the Highlanders. Kenny Gallegos struck out 16 for Roosevelt.

Valencia 1, Village Christian 0: AJ Medina had the walk-off RBI double for the Vikings. Ben Fariss struck out eight and threw a two-hitter for six innings.

Agoura 4, Alemany 2: The Chargers rallied behind Tanner Amaral, who had two RBIs, and Michael Radin, who had two hits. Casey Horvat homered for Alemany. Ben Baird threw two shutout innings of relief.

West Ranch 13, Taft 2: Jason Drees, Blake Baumgartner, Sam Gray and Garren Bui each had two hits for West Ranch. Bui finished with three RBIs.

El Camino Real 8, Lancaster 0: Jose Campos threw a complete game and Dane Reed contributed two RBIs. Justin Katona had two hits.

Moorpark 9, Malibu 0: The Musketeers are loaded with pitching this season. Quinton Potter struck out seven in five shutout innings. Sophomore Dillon Holliday had a three-run home run and finished with four RBIs.

Oaks Christian 3, Hart 0: Carson Rudd struck out nine in five innings and Adam Kerner had two hits for the Lions.

Birmingham 2, Calabasas 1: Pitcher Isaac Meza began 2016 with an impressive complete-game performance. Alexis Miranda broke a 0-0 tie with an RBI single in the fourth.

Cleveland 6, Buena 4: The Cavaliers (5-0) stayed unbeaten behind Chris Gonzalez, who had three hits and three RBIs.

Chatsworth 13, Crespi 9: Andrew Renteria had two hits and three RBIs and Nick Henry contributed a double and triple for Chatsworth. Trevor McColley had two hits and two RBIs for Crespi.

Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 12, Garfield 0: Jamie Robertson and Deandre Carter combined on the five-inning shutout. Noah Taylor had two hits.

Simi Valley 14, Ventura 1: Abbott Haffar, Owen Sharts and William Parker each finished with three hits. Shea Barry struck out six in five innings.

Harvard-Westlake 10, Sun Valley Poly 0: Jesse Bergin allowed one hit in five innings and Jake Suddleson had a double, triple and four RBIs in the debut of new coach Jared Halpert.

Valencia 1, Village Christian 0: AJ Medina had the walk-off RBI double for the Vikings. Ben Fariss struck out eight and threw a two-hitter for six innings.

Loyola 5, Westlake 3: Hunter Tiedemann had two hits for the Cubs, who took advantage of six walks and three errors.

Burroughs 3, Palmdale 2: Justin Palafox and Brandon Martinez had two hits apiece for Burroughs.

Thousand Oaks 4, Saugus 2: Christian Walton had a two-run single for the Lancers. Riley Jones threw a complete game and Steele Ledford had three hits. Tyler Grissom and David Shier hit home runs for Saugus.

Huntington Beach 3-8, Aliso Niguel 7-5: No. 1 Huntington Beach earned a doubleheader split by winning the second game. Landon Silver had three hits and two RBIs. Blake Sabol had a three-run triple in the first game for Aliso Niguel.

Vista Murrieta 7-8, Palm Desert 1-0: Chance Hroch struck out 10 and sophomore Jake Moberg contributed three RBI for the Broncos in the first game. Shaine McNeely threw six shutout innings in the second game. Mitch Moralez had three RBIs.

Great Oak 6, Norco 3: Zack Noll struck out nine in five innings. Brandon Stewart and Worth Planer each had two hits.

Servite 5-2, Villa Park 1-0: The Friars’ pitching staff came through in a doubleheader sweep. Sean Paquet pitched well in the first game and Michael Frias threw the shutout in the second game.

Cypress 10-8, Ocean View 4-1: Aaron Lizarraga had two hits and two RBIs in the first game, and James Acuna struck out eight in six innings. In the second game, Isaak Gutierrez pitched Cypress to victory with five strong innings.

Glendora 3, Colton 2: Griffen Herrera and Jake Bryant had two hits each and Hayden Pearce struck out five in five innings.

Temescal Canyon 3, Xavier Prep 0: Chad Bushong struck out seen and threw a three-hit shutout.

Beckman 3-5, Katella 0-4: Jack Wiese allowed one hit in 5 1/3 innings. Matt McLain contributed two hits and Ryan Carpenter had two RBIs. Connor Hatch had two RBIs in the second game.

Culver City 11, Marshall 0: Nolan Martinez struck out eight in four innings. Mason Mulvehill had three RBIs.

Redlands East Valley 5, Rancho Verde 3: The Wildcats picked up the opening win.

Sierra Canyon 5, San Fernando 4: Billy Edwards hit a home run and Chris Torres threw two shutout innings to earn the victory.

Newbury Park 8, Rio Mesa 2: Zachary Clarke went four for four to lead the Panthers.

Los Alamitos 4-0, Lakewood 0-1: Scott Andersen threw a no-hitter for the Griffins in the first game. In the second game, Lakewood junior Bryan Sandoval threw the shutout.

Corona 9-7, Cerritos 0-1: Corona completed the doubleheader sweep.

La Mirada 20-11, La Serna 1-1: La Mirada's hitters were in top form in both games. Chad Wilson was five for six and RJ Lan was four for five on the day.

Quartz Hill 9, Dos Pueblos 8: Christian Epley had two hits and four RBIs.

JW North 7-4, Bishop Amat 3-0: North came up with the doubleheader sweep. Cole Potek had a three-run home run. Manny Galvan threw the shutout in the second game.

Mira Costa 2-12, Torrance 5-2: Zach Chan had a two-run home run for Mira Costa in a split.

Fountain Valley 10-8, Sonora 3-4: Junior Travis Aversa had five hits and six RBIs for Fountain Valley. Sophomore Conrad Villafuerte had five hits and scored four runs.  Sophomore Nathan Wilson threw five shutout innings in the second game.

Woodbridge 4-10, Palm Springs 1-1: Woodbridge got the sweep.

Long Beach Poly 4-4, Buena Park 0-2: Jacob Gregg and Micah Wallette combined on the first-game shutout. Ian Konek had four hits on the day.

Foothill 5-12, Santa Fe 0-3: Dillon Brown went four for five on the day with two doubles and pitched five shutout innings in game two.

Crescenta Valley 6, La Canada 5: Adrian Damla had double and two RBIs for the Falcons.

South Hills 5, Charter Oak 2: Hayden Petrovic gave up one earned run in six innings. Brandon Dieter had two hits and got the save.

Bonita 3, Cantwell-Sacred Heart 0: AJ Woodall threw a two-hit shutout.

Etiwanda 13, Claremont 3: Cody Freeman had two hits and two RBIs.

Edison 7-1, LB Millikan 4-2: In the first game, Kaz Akamatsu went three for four with three RBIs and picked up the pitching win for Edison. In the second game, Michael Killeen of Millikan threw a complete game, striking out six.

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