Grant High senior right-hander Javier Delahoya missed two days of school last week because of the flu. But in an East Valley League baseball game against North Hollywood on Thursday, he made his opponents queasy.
Delahoya, an All-City Section selection as a junior, struck out 13 and threw a two-hitter in a 13-2 win at Grant. He also homered in his first two at-bats.
Delahoya (1-0) allowed a pair of singles in the fourth inning when North Hollywood scored twice to close within 10-2. “He was a little rusty,” Grant Coach Tom Lucero said of Delahoya, who walked seven and hit three batters. “The long layoff hurt him a little.”
Delahoya hit a two-run home run in the first and a solo shot in the second. Neil Simon was two for two with three runs batted in for Grant (2-0).
In other East Valley League games:
Sylmar 1, Poly 0--Jose Gallegos scored the winning run for the Spartans (1-1, 1-1) on a squeeze bunt by Bruce Gomez with one out in the sixth inning at Poly.
Poly (3-2, 1-1) outhit the Spartans, 6-3, but left 11 runners on base. The Parrots loaded the bases in the third, sixth and seventh innings but failed to score.
WEST VALLEY LEAGUE
Chatsworth 8, Canoga Park 1--Junior right-hander Reed McMackin threw a five-hitter, striking out 10 and walking four, at Lanark Park.
Vince Simili was three for four with three RBIs, including a two-run triple in the seventh, and Kevin Chong was two for four with a home run for Chatsworth (5-2).
Taft 6, El Camino Real 1--Benji Belfield retired eight of nine batters in relief of starter Scott Tiano to pick up the save for Taft (5-2, 2-0) at El Camino Real.
Belfield had two of Taft’s eight hits. Brett Reisner keyed a four-run fourth inning with a bases-loaded, two-run double. Jason Shapiro singled to extend his hitting streak to seven games.
NORTH VALLEY LEAGUE
Cleveland 7, Granada Hills 6 (9 innings)--Host Cleveland scored three runs with two out in the ninth to win. Pat Bryant opened the inning with a single and scored two outs later on a single by Herman Rodriguez. Sean Burwell and Mario Valencia walked to load the bases, and Tony Rangel lined a game-winning two-run single to left.
Monroe 5, Birmingham 3--Monroe’s Tony Rolando scored the go-ahead run on an errant throw in the eighth for Monroe (2-0) at Birmingham. Adam Clark got the win in relief.
Wilson 9, Verdugo Hills 4--Wilson scored six runs in the first inning at Verdugo Hills.
Bob Yerby was three for four and scored two runs for Verdugo Hills (2-3, 0-2).
St. Genevieve 3, Calabasas 0--Senior right-hander Roland De La Maza threw a two-hit shutout to lead the Valiants at Branford Park.
Harvard 14, Santa Paula 13--David Lee singled home pinch-runner Tony Choi in the sixth and final inning to give host Harvard (1-6) its first victory in the nonleague game.
The Saracens pounded out nine hits--including a double and home run by catcher Robby Thayer and a three-run triple by Chris Stone--and survived a 13-hit assault by Santa Paula (1-3).
Rio Mesa 104, Santa Barbara 31--Patrick Van Scoy and George Echols each won two events for the Spartans in the Channel League meet at Rio Mesa.
Loyola 71, Notre Dame 56--The Knights dominated the sprints, but Loyola’s superior depth in the distance races and field events gave the Cubs the victory in the nonleague meet at home.
Palmdale 75, Saugus 61--Tom Hayes won the shotput (48-0) and discus (150-0) for Saugus in the Golden League opener at Palmdale. Angel Martinez added victories in the long jump (19-11) and triple jump (40-9).
Rio Mesa 82, Santa Barbara 39--Angela Burnham and Shannon Wiebelhaus each won two events for host Rio Mesa in the Channel League meet.
Thousand Oaks 2, Newbury Park 0--Alicia Zinner pitched a two-hit shutout for Thousand Oaks in a Marmonte League opener at Newbury Park. Zinner (3-0), who has not allowed an earned run in 21 innings, struck out seven.
Sylmar 13, Chatsworth 11--Sophomore catcher Becky Perry had a triple, home run and five RBIs, but Chatsworth committed seven errors and suffered its first loss of the year in the nonleague game at Chatsworth.