Prep Baseball Roundup : Espinoza of Kennedy Pitches a No-Hitter in Tournament

Robert Espinoza of Kennedy High School pitched a no-hitter Saturday to lead the Fighting Irish to a 2-0 victory over Riordan of San Francisco in the first round of the Anaheim Lions’ Club tournament at Boysen Park in Anaheim.

Espinoza (1-1), a senior left-hander, had four strikeouts but hit two batters and walked one. Kennedy center fielder Steve Lundby made a diving catch of a sinking line drive to open the seventh inning to preserve the no-hitter.

The Fighting Irish scored in the second when Peter Montera was hit with the bases loaded. Rod Rosales squeezed in a run in the sixth for Kennedy (6-2).

In other first-round Anaheim tournament games:


Troy 6, Cerritos 5--Tom Wilson (2-0) pitched a seven-hitter with nine strikeouts for Troy at Glover Stadium.

La Quinta 4, University 1--Corey Giuliano pitched a four-hitter for La Quinta (8-2), and Jeff Swift had three hits, scored twice and had two RBIs.

Westminster 15, Woodbridge 0--Brett Grebe had two doubles and five RBIs to lead Westminster (6-2) at Glover Stadium.

Anaheim 4, Fullerton 1--Robert Fernandez (2-1) pitched a four-hitter for Anaheim at Glover Stadium. Cesar Rojo had two hits and two RBIs for Anaheim (4-4).


Dana Hills 9, Western 1--Dan Geaney hit a two-run home run in the second for Dana Hills (4-4). Mike Kislig allowed two hits and no runs over the first five innings for the victory.

Sonora 13, Savanna 2--Mike Santillo pitched five innings in relief for the victory and also had three hits and three RBIs at Boysen Park. John Nalbanian and Stewart Cochran had three hits each for Savanna.

In first-round Santa Ana tournament games:

Mission Viejo 4, Foothill 3--Mission Viejo (4-2) scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh with two outs at Villa Park High School. Troy Kopp had a two-run single to cut the lead to 3-2. Don Disbro singled in a run to tie it, 3-3, and the game-winner came on a bad-hop single by Jeff Hawkins. Gregg Scott had a two hits, scored a run and drove in another for Foothill (5-3).

El Dorado 5, Irvine 4 (9 innings)--Phil Nevin singled home Tim Walker with one out in the ninth at Hart Park. Walker opened the inning with a double and went to third on a single by Dave Moore. Wayne Hefft hit a two-run home run in the second for El Dorado (7-2). Irvine scored four runs in the seventh to force extra innings.

Saddleback 8, Santa Ana Valley 3--Ramiro Garcia had a two-run double and Sean Simon a two-run triple for Saddleback, which scored six runs in the fourth. Cort Bickmore had a double, triple and home run for Santa Ana Valley.

Santa Ana 5, Pacifica 4 (8 innings)--Victor Franco tripled with two outs in the top of the eighth, and Brian Corbin followed with a run-scoring double for Santa Ana (5-3).

Diamond Bar 9, Laguna Hills 6--Diamond Bar scored three times in the top of the seventh to break a 6-6 tie. Chris Sheff had four hits for Laguna Hills (4-3).


Tustin 3, Orange 2--Tustin’s Monte Jones (3-0) pitched a two-hitter, striking out 13. Jones singled in Kevin Jurkowski to break a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the fifth.

Villa Park 6, El Toro 5 (10 innings)--Mark Carney had a two-out, two-run double in the 10th for host Villa Park (3-5). El Toro (6-2) scored on a bases-loaded walk in the top of the 10th.

In the first round Pride of the Coast tournament games:

Los Amigos 5, Glenn 2 (9 innings)--Los Amigos scored twice in the seventh to tie and added three runs in the ninth.

Orange Lutheran 11, Corona del Mar 7--Host Corona del Mar led, 7-0, after two innings, but Orange Lutheran rallied with six runs in the fourth and five more in the sixth. Todd Dudley had a two-run double for Orange Lutheran (3-3-1) in the sixth. Mark Bredehoft hit a solo home run for Orange Lutheran.

Capistrano Valley 18, Lynwood 4--Doug Bame hit a grand slam in the third to give Capistrano Valley a 6-3 lead. Carlos Arias had three hits and two RBIs and T.J. Chase had a home run and two RBIs for Capistrano Valley (5-2).

In Angelus League play:

Mater Dei 3, Bishop Amat 0--Tony Pena pitched a five-hitter, striking out 10 for host Mater Dei (6-2 overall, 1-0 in league play).