Baseball : Canyon's Cummings Caps Regular Season With No-Hitter

John Cummings, a senior left-hander, pitched a no-hitter to lead Canyon High School to a 1-0 victory over Santa Ana Valley in a Century League baseball game Friday at Santa Ana Valley.

Cummings (7-3), who will attend USC, had 10 strikeouts to increase his Orange County-leading total to 104. He walked one batter, and another reached base on an error.

Scott Myers' fifth-inning double scored Tom Furukama for Canyon's only run. Furukama was pinch-running for Kevin Mahoney, who reached first base on an error.

Canyon (17-8, 10-5) ended in a tie for second place with Foothill but will advance to the Southern Section 4-A playoffs as the No. 2 team because it defeated Foothill twice in three meetings. Santa Ana is the league champion.

In other Century League games:

Santa Ana 12, El Modena 1--Bob Reimers (9-3) allowed 6 hits in 6 innings, struck out 5 and walked only one for host Santa Ana (16-9, 11-4). Santa Ana scored two runs in the second, three in the third, four in the fifth and three in the sixth. Julio Vargas had 2 doubles, scored 2 runs and had 2 RBIs for Santa Ana. Mark DeLaRiva and Jason Harmed squeezed in runs and Philip Flores stole home for Santa Ana. DeLaRiva also had a double and three RBIs. El Modena finishes 7-15, 5-10.

Foothill 6, Villa Park 4--Kent Madole hit a two-run homer to right field with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning for Foothill. Todd Delnoce, who was pinch-running for Bob Buckner, scored ahead of Madole. Buckner beat out an infield single. Madole was 2 for 4 for Foothill (15-10, 10-5). Chris Johnson was 2 for 3 with an RBI for Villa Park. Mike Higgins (6-3) got the victory; Jerry Aschoff got the loss for Villa Park. Both pitchers went seven innings.

In the Empire League:

Los Alamitos 18, Cypress 2--Greg Pirkl had 4 hits, including a grand slam and 2 doubles, to lead host Los Alamitos (20-6, 11-4). Pirkl finished the regular season with 9 home runs and a school-record 38 RBIs. Tony Muser had 3 hits and scored 3 runs and pitched a complete game with 14 strikeouts for Los Alamitos. Muser is 4-1. Darren Sugiyama had 2 hits and scored 2 runs, and Sal Mancuso had 2 hits and 4 RBIs for Los Alamitos. Cypress ends the season 6-19, 2-13.

Loara 13, Katella 7--Loara scored 7 runs in the fifth inning to break a 5-5 tie at Boysen Park. Dan Rodriguez was 4 for 5, scored 2 runs and had 2 RBIs, and Kenny Williams was 4 for 4, scored 2 runs and had 3 RBIs for Loara (11-12, 6-9) off four Katella pitchers. Katella lost 10 of its last 11 games and ends the season 9-17, 3-13.

In the Garden Grove League:

Pacifica 7, Santiago 1--Todd Long, a senior right-hander, threw a 2-hitter for host Pacifica (17-7, 10-4). Long (9-4) allowed a sixth-inning home run to Steve Alafro. Kevin Ashworth was 2 for 3, scored 2 runs and had an RBI for Pacifica. Ashworth, a junior first-baseman, ends the regular season hitting .532 with 37 hits, scored 29 runs and had 29 RBIs. Richard Yukihiro was 1 for 3 with 3 RBIs, all coming on a third-inning double. Pacifica enters the Southern Section 2-A playoffs as the second-place team behind league-champion La Quinta. Santiago ends the season 12-15, 7-7.

In the Olympic League:

Capistrano Valley Christian 11, Southern California Christian 0--Keven Kepner (5-5) struck out 11 batters, setting a school record with 86 this season. Kepner broke the record of 85 set by Daron Sutton last season.

Bret Biergert was 2 for 5 with 2 RBIs and scored 2 runs, leading Capistrano Valley Christian (9-12, 3-8). Mike Mann was 2 for 2 with 2 RBIs.

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