Baseball: Valencia's Ben Fariss is off to MVP start

Junior Ben Fariss of Valencia has certainly done his best to make an impact in the opening weeks of the high school baseball season.

Through seven games, he's 2-0 on the mound and hasn't allowed any runs in 18 innings.


At the plate, he's batting .617 with 14 RBIs.

Action picks up this coming week with the start of Mission League play. Teams will be playing three-game series against the same opponent.

The big matchup has Harvard-Westlake taking on Chaminade, with games on Tuesday at Chaminade, Wednesday at Harvard-Westlake and Friday at Chaminade. Chaminade has played only one game, a 4-2 loss to Chatsworth on Saturday.

No. 1 JSerra has a big week ahead. It plays preseason No. 1 Huntington Beach in a doubleheader on Monday, then faces St. John Bosco in a league game on Wednesday at Angel Stadium.

JSerra sidearmer Collin Quinn hasn't given up any runs in 11 innings. Trinity League player of the year Royce Lewis has moved from third base to center field to help fill in for the absence of the injured Brady Shockey.

San Clemente pitcher Andre Pallante shut out Servite on Saturday. Santa Barbara standout Kevin Gowdy opened with a one-hit shutout of Righetti. Jake Larson of Woodbridge has thrown 19 innings without allowing an earned run.

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