Prep Baseball : Abbott Strikes Out 16 in Sunny Hills' Victory

Paul Abbott's pitching and hitting led Sunny Hills High School to an 8-1 win over La Habra Friday in a Freeway League game at Sunny Hills.

On the mound, Abbott, a senior right-hander, struck out 16 and allowed only one hit, a solo home run in the first inning, to improve his record to 4-1. At the plate, Abbott went 3 for 3 with a double and two RBIs.

Abbott, who walked four, overpowered La Habra and struck out the side in the second, fifth and seventh innings. At one point, he struck out six consecutive batters.

Pat Fegel also went 3 for 3 for first-place Sunny Hills (4-0, 11-2).

In other Freeway League action:

Troy 13, Sonora 8--The Warriors scored nine runs in the fourth inning and went on to beat Sonora at Troy. Winning pitcher Tony Panetti keyed the big inning with a two-run home run. On the day, Panetti went 2 for 2 with three RBIs, Tony Godfrey went 2 for 3 with a triple and three RBIs and Jeff DeJesse went 2 for 2 with three runs scored. Troy improved its league record to 3-1. Sonora is 1-3.

Fullerton 8, Buena Park 4--The Indians (1-3) got their first league win by beating the Coyotes (2-2) at Fullerton. Jeff Bailey led the Fullerton offense by going 2 for 3 with two RBIs and Mick Mineni added a two-run home run. Paul Bunch was 2 for 4 with two RBIs for Buena Park. Dave Strong was the winning pitcher.


Newport Christian 15, St. Michael's 7--Third baseman Ron Jones went 3 for 4 and drove in three runs and first baseman Robbie Morgan was 2 for 4 with a double, triple and three RBIs to lead the Conquerors (1-7, 1-3) to the win.


Foothill 11, El Modena 3--The Knights (1-3) picked up their first league win by beating the Vanguards (1-2-2) at El Modena. Doug Kopcha led Foothill's 13-hit attack by going 3 for 3 while David Fox drove in four runs and Chris Cutliff drove in three. Mike Grahovic pitched 3 innings to get the win and Mike Pope got his fourth save. Brett Johnson led El Modena by going 3 for 3 with a double.

Canyon 8, Santa Ana Valley 1--Eric DeGraw's three-run home run led the Comanches (2-1-1, 8-1-1) past the Falcons at Anaheim Hills. Mike Townley pitched six innings to get the win.

Santa Ana 8, Tustin 4--John Schilling was 3 for 4 with two runs scored and two RBIs and pitched a complete game to lead the Saints to the win at Tustin. Schilling scattered nine hits in improving his record to 4-0.

Shaun Sterling was 2 for 3 with a two-run homer for Santa Ana (4-0, 9-1) and John Hefler was 3 for 4 and scored twice. Mike Moorhead was 2 for 4 for Tustin and Steve Surico had a solo home run in the second. Dave Staton took the loss for the Tillers.


Garden Grove 1, Los Amigos 0--Argonaut pitcher Keith Mowdy had his bid for a no-hitter broken up with two outs in the top of the seventh and settled for his second one-hitter of the season with the win at Garden Grove. Mowdy (3-1) struck out eight, walked one and has allowed only two earned runs in 33 innings this season.

Mowdy also scored the game's only run. He led off the bottom of the fifth with a single, followed by a walk to Mike Ferguson and a bunt single by Donnie Lockman to load the bases. Todd Fowler got the game-winning RBI, singling through a drawn-in infield to score Mowdy.

John Kuzmic spoiled the no-hitter with a single over second base.

Bolsa Grande 4, Rancho Alamitos 3--Rick Steele scored on an error in the bottom of the seventh inning as the host Matadors (3-2, 3-7) beat the Vaqueros (0-4, 1-6). Bolsa Grande scored three runs in the first to take a 3-0 lead but Rancho Alamitos scored single runs in the second, fifth and top of the seventh to tie the score.

In the top of the seventh, Steele led off with a walk, stole second and third bases and then scored on catcher Rick Harding's throwing error. Harding called for a pitchout on an attempted squeeze play and had Steele picked off, but his throw sailed into left field. Mike Valadez led the Bolsa Grande with a two-run triple and Curtis Adams pitched a complete game to improve his record to 2-2.

La Quinta 20, Santiago 5--The first-place Aztecs pounded out 18 hits and routed the host Cavaliers to improve their league record to 5-0. Troy Paulsen led La Quinta by going 3 for 6 with four runs scored and two RBIs. Trung Nguyen went 4 for 6, Dennis Spradlin went 2 for 4 and Rich Boren worked strong four innings to pick up the win and improve his record to 4-0.


Capistrano Valley Christian 10, Maranatha 2--Junior center fielder Jamie Helmuth hit a solo homer and a three-run double in the first inning to lead the Eagles (3-1, 7-2) to the victory. Left fielder Tim Terrell and shortstop Pete Gervasi each went 2 for 3 with two RBIs.

James Padilla (3-1) pitched a complete game to earn the victory.

Orange Lutheran 8, Melodyland 0--Derek Lee allowed only four hits as the Lancers (3-1, 6-3) beat the Flames. Richard Minogue led the Orange Lutheran offense by going 2 for 4 with three RBIs.


Magnolia 9, Anaheim 4--Carlos Gonzales went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and was the winning pitcher as the Sentinels beat the Colonists in Glover Stadium. Carl Holmes added two hits for Magnolia and Jay Hannah had two hits and an RBI. Lawrence Cabral led Anaheim by going 2 for 4 with a triple.

Valencia 3, Brea-Olinda 2--Andy Ruscitto hit a two-run home run in the first inning to lead the Tigers past the Wildcats at Brea.


Huntington Beach 2, Fountain Valley 0--Jeff Hawk and Ed Lidyoff combined to limit the Barons to four hits as the Oilers won the night game at Mile Square Park. Hawk, who shut out Ocean View on Tuesday, went five strong innings against Fountain Valley. Lidyoff, who also knocked in both Oiler runs, worked the final two innings to get a save.

The win improved Huntington Beach's league record to 3-2 and overall record to 8-5. Fountain Valley is 2-2-2 and 10-4-1.

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