HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS : Poly’s Fast, Furious Start Is Decisive, 25-0

The game was so one-sided that even Poly Coach Jerry Cord could hardly bear to watch.

Poly sent 15 batters to the plate in the first inning, scoring 10 runs, and finished with 20 hits in a 25-0 victory over Hollywood on Thursday in an East Valley League game at Hollywood.

All nine Poly starters hit safely and drove in at least one run. Mario Gomez (1-0), Poly’s No. 3 starter, threw a complete-game four-hitter. Joey Speakes, Luis Porres, Danny Gil, Bill Chavez, Hans Hekking, Don Senegal and Luis Garcia each had two or more hits for the Parrots (16-3, 14-1).

“I substituted for nearly everybody in the third,” Cord said. “I tried to call off the dogs.”


Speakes, who entered the game batting .508, hit his fifth home run, leaving him one behind Canoga Park’s Adam Schulhofer for the lead among Valley-area City Section players.

Hollywood, which didn’t win a league game last season, fell to 0-15.


Donnie Kelley and Shawn Fontenot each had three hits, four runs batted in and a home run to lead Sylmar (13-6, 11-4) over Verdugo Hills, 14-7, in an East Valley League game. . . . North Hollywood (8-6) took advantage of two walks and a hit batter to score three runs in the fifth inning en route to a 5-2 East Valley League win over Grant (6-9).


Steve Brody scattered four hits and struck out 10 as Reseda (4-8) defeated Taft, 6-1, in a West Valley League game. J.P. DesEnfants led Reseda with two hits and a run batted in. . . . Adam Schulhofer was 4 for 4, hit a two-run home run and drove in three runs to lead Canoga Park (9-3 in league) to a 14-2, West Valley League win at Cleveland (5-7). Kasey Fink was 3 for 3 with 2 RBIs for Canoga Park.

Alemany committed six errors in the first four innings in a 10-8, Del Rey League loss to Bosco Tech (2-7). All of Bosco Tech’s runs were unearned. Mark Scott was 3 for 3 and Sean Sosa hit a three-run home run and had four RBIs for Alemany (16-8, 4-6). . . . Bobby Hughes hit a two-run home run in the sixth to lead Notre Dame (11-7-1, 7-3-1) to a 6-2, Del Rey League win over St. Francis.

Eric Gunther hit a grand slam in the seventh to lead St. Genevieve (9-10, 6-6) to a 9-1, Santa Fe League win over Cathedral (2-10). Mike Rohrbough scattered six hits and struck out eight. . . . Emilio Gomez had three hits and collected four of his six RBIs on a fifth-inning grand slam to lead Queen of Angels (8-7, 6-2) to an 18-0, Liberty League win over Yeshiva (2-6).



Robin Thomas scored on an error by Thousand Oaks catcher Julie Chellevold in the ninth inning to give Newbury Park (20-4, 11-0) a 6-5, Marmonte League title-clinching win. Chellevold’s sister, Amy, led Thousand Oaks (19-7, 8-3) with two hits and two runs scored.

Cathy Lewis allowed one hit and struck out 10 as Saugus defeated Palmdale, 2-0, in a Golden League game. Saugus (11-8, 9-4) got its first run in the third when Tina Dahlenburg singled home Jo Ann Farkas, who had doubled.

Hart scored on two singles in the sixth to defeat Burbank, 1-0, in a Foothill League game. Hart (14-4, 6-2) and Burbank (19-3, 6-2) are tied for second in league. Hart pitcher Kim Weil struck out nine and walked five. . . . Oak Park (10-6, 6-6) scored seven runs in the sixth to defeat Fillmore, 8-5, in a Tri-Valley League game.

Letty Carranza had a bases-loaded single in the sixth, driving in two runs, to lead North Hollywood over Van Nuys, 12-11, in an East Valley League game. Carranza has two hits, four RBIs and six stolen bases for North Hollywood (5-3). . . . Rebecca Schuster and Toni Gutierrez combined on a three-hitter as Canyon (10-8, 9-4) scored a 3-1 Golden League win over Burroughs of Ridgecrest (3-9-1).


Michelle Ruffner pitched a three-hitter and struck out eight as L.A. Baptist defeated Marshall Fundamental, 14-1, in an Alpha League game. Shawn Davison had three hits and scored two runs for L.A. Baptist (7-4, 9-10).