HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL ROUNDUP : Four-Hitter by Wichmann Tames Bell-Jeff
Junior right-hander Cary Wichmann (7-3) threw a four-hitter, struck out five and walked three Friday in leading Notre Dame High to a 9-2 win over Bell-Jeff in a San Fernando Valley League game at Bell-Jeff.
Bell-Jeff (5-5 in league play) will play LaSalle (5-5) at 3:15 this afternoon at Notre Dame in a third-place tiebreaker. The winner advances to the Southern Section playoffs next week.
Oscar Macias’ double keyed a six-run first inning for league champion Notre Dame (17-10-1, 9-1). Steve Colella and Eric Martoreno each had two hits for the Knights.
Wichmann is 19-5 in two seasons at Notre Dame. Bell-Jeff is 11-12 overall this season.
In other games:
Glendale 8, Hoover 7--Glendale scored twice in the sixth and twice in the seventh to win a wild Pacific League game at Glendale.
Glendale trailed, 7-6, in the seventh, but John Aguilar drilled a leadoff triple and scored when John Strauss’ liner to left was dropped for a two-base error. After taking third on a passed ball, Strauss scored the game-winner on a single by Rene Rangel.
Brent Overfelt (6-1) was the winning pitcher for Glendale (16-6-2, 10-4-1), which finished a half-game behind first-place Arcadia.
Arcadia (16-6, 11-4) clinched first by defeating Crescenta Valley, 7-2.
Hart 9, San Gabriel 2--For the second time in three years, Hart (22-1-2) finished 15-0 in the Foothill League. Rob Davis, Lance Migita, R. J. Simone and Tom Wolff all had doubles in support of junior right-hander Keith Halcovich (5-1), who allowed one hit in five innings.
Burbank 6, Alhambra 5--Brian Gordon went four for four with two RBIs to lead host Burbank (6-12-1, 3-12) in a Foothill League game.
Saugus 6, Canyon 1--Sophomore left-hander Chris Hernandez allowed just two hits over six innings as league champion Saugus (18-4-1, 14-1) closed out Golden League play with a six-game margin over its closest pursuer. Hernandez (6-2), who struck out three, was relieved in the seventh by Doug Maggiora, who set down Canyon without a hit.
Quartz Hill 18, Ridgecrest Burroughs 10--Kendial Armstrong hit a home run and a triple and drove in six runs in the Golden League finale for host Quartz Hill (10-12, 6-9).
Crespi 4, Loyola 3--Pat Bennett singled home Mark Maurizi with the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning as Crespi (18-9, 9-3) finished a game behind Del Rey League champion St. John Bosco. Bennett (9-1) pitched 5 2/3 innings of five-hit relief to earn the victory.
Maurizi walked to open the 11th, moved to second on Scott Barton’s single and was sacrificed to third by Victor Seper before Bennett singled.
St. Francis 6, St. John Bosco 1--Mitch Bowen was three for three with five RBIs to lead host St. Francis (7-11, 4-8) to the upset Del Rey League victory over champion St. John Bosco (20-2-2, 10-2). Matt Jones, J.P. Roberge and Manny Fernandez each had two hits to lead St. Francis.
Agoura 7, Nordhoff 5--Trailing, 5-3, with two out in the seventh, Agoura rallied on Brian Spina’s three-run double. The victory gave Agoura (15-9, 10-0) the Frontier League title. Brian Smith had two hits and scored two runs and Josh Smaler added three RBIs.
St. Genevieve 16, Harvard 7--Alfredo Flores was two for five, including a home run, and five RBIs for visiting St. Genevieve (1-9 in league play) in a San Fernando Valley League game. Teammate Carlos Concha was two for four.
Fillmore 14, Bishop Diego 0--Anthony Chessani had three hits and three RBIs and also pitched for the victory as Fillmore (17-3, 13-2) finished in a tie for the Tri-Valley League title with St. Bonaventure. Because Fillmore won the season series with St. Bonaventure, the Flashes will be the league’s top-seeded team in the playoffs.
St. Bonaventure 9, Oak Park 3--Art Kahn had three hits and Damon Sterling two for Oak Park.
Carpinteria 5, Moorpark 2--Moorpark (7-11-1, 6-8-1) clinched third place in the Tri-Valley League because Oak Park lost. Jim Loosbrook had two of Moorpark’s six hits.