Opening day in high school baseball on Saturday brought forth a clear blue sky, the aroma of grilled hamburgers and hot dogs and fans complaining about umpire strike zones. Nothing has changed _ except that the talent and teams are better than ever.
At Valencia West Ranch, JSerra was playing its first game since a heart-breaking 3-2 loss to Mira Costa in last year’s Division 1 playoffs in which sophomore left-hander Gage Jump allowed no hits in 5 2/3 innings. Gage has grown to 5 feet 10, is now committed to UCLA and looks as tough as before. He allowed one hit in 3 2/3 innings and combined with Jared Glenn in a 3-0 victory over West Ranch in the first game of a doubleheader.
The Lions completed a doubleheader sweep with a 4-2 win in the second game. Glenn hit a two-run home run.
Gage Jump starts with two walks, finishes with flourish. End of 1, JSerra 0, West Ranch 0. pic.twitter.com/MQZCb9O4T7— eric sondheimer (@latsondheimer) February 15, 2020
El Camino Real 5, Agoura 0: Adam Christopher struck out 13 in a complete game. Josh Klein had two hits.
El Toro 2, Corona Santiago 1: Paul Skenes struck out 11 and walked none in El Toro’s victory.
Newbury Park 6, Malibu 0: Wesley De La Torre allowed one hit in six innings for the Panthers. Carson Falksen had a triple and single.
Sierra Canyon 11, St. Bonaventure 0: Kassius Thomas allowed no hits and struck out six in six innings of a combined no-hitter with Josh Bryan. Bryan struck out the side in the seventh. Ryan Mittelman finished with two hits and three RBIs.
Marina 3-1, Tesoro 1-6: Trevor Lanksbury threw 1 2/3 innings of shutout relief for Marina in the first game. Carter Jorissen had four RBIs in the second game for Tesoro.
Cleveland 9, Simi Valley 1: Chris Lozano contributed four hits and four RBIs and Braden Lowe allowed no runs in six innings for the Cavaliers.
St. Francis 5, Sun Valley Poly 2: Luke Crawford had a home run, double, single and two RBIs.
Channel Islands 2, Viewpoint 1: Niko Candido had three hits for Viewpoint.
Capistrano Valley 9-2, Villa Park 2-4: Brennan Beckley had three hits and Jack Haley added two hits and two RBIs in the first game. In the second game, Aaron Perez got the save for Villa Park.
Laguna Beach 4-5, Beckman 3-0: Charlie Pillsbury, Nolan Smith and Christian Holm each had two hits for Laguna Beach in the first game of a doubleheader sweep.
Lakewood 9-3, Redondo 2-7: Ricky Tiedemann hit a grand slam for Lakewood in the first game. Patrick Stark had three RBIs for Redondo in the second game.
Dana Hills 4, Gahr 0: Three pitchers combined on a two-hitter
North Hollywood 2, Sylmar 1: Andrew Jaime gave up no hits in five innings for Sylmar in a defeat. Josue Sena struck out nine for North Hollywood.
Burroughs 7, Birmingham 3: The three-time defending City champions lost in an opening game of the Easton tournament.
Hart 11, La Canada 10: Matt Quintanar’s bases-loaded single won the game for the Indians. Isaac Kim had three hits.
Fountain Valley 9, El Modena 5: Tito Sanchez hit a home run and had three hits for Fountain Valley.
Camarillo 3, Calabasas 1: Brian Uribe, out last season with an arm injury, returned to throw 4 2/3 innings for Camarillo. Lucien Wechsberg hit a two-run home run in the eighth.
Oaks Christian 8, Rio Mesa 0: Brandon Menzel threw the shutout and Charles Masino went three for three.
Quartz Hill 7, Ventura 0: Ryan Flannery struck out 12 in six innings. Andrew Allanson hit a two-run home run.
Glendora 5, Narbonne 0: Jeff Isenhart threw five shutout innings for Glendora. Cade Marshman, Matt Gonzales and Nolan Heflin had two hits each.
Thousand Oaks 9, Granada Hills 4: The Lancers opened with a victory. Scott Ellis threw 6 1/3 innings.
Valencia 15, Burbank 1: Ryan Kyser struck out 10 in five innings. Mitchell Torres had a home run, double and three RBIs.
Palisades 1, San Fernando 0: Miles Kirshner threw a two-hit shutout and drove in the game’s only run with an RBI double.
Foothill 3-6, Servite 2-4: Foothill got the doubleheader sweep. Jack Provenzano had two hits and two RBIs in the first game and Brady Ashworth hit a home run in the second game and had three RBIs.
Moorpark 7, Kennedy 1: The Musketeers got five strikeouts from Garrett Yawn.
Norco 9-5, Great Oak 3-0: Justin Drury went three for three with three RBIs in the first game and Brendon Pomerleau threw five shutout innings in the second game for a Norco sweep.
Edison 8, Cerritos 3: Sophomore Jack Ross threw two scoreless innings of relief. Tyler Weaver had a home run for Edison.
North Torrance 9-10, Mary Star 4-4: Joseph McCormack had two hits in the first game and Delshaun Lanier hit a two-run home run in second game for North Torrance.
Grace Brethren 2, Crespi 1: Dante Tardino allowed four hits for Crespi.
Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 2-6, Bishop Amat 1-2: In the first game of a doubleheader that lasted more than four hours, Lucas Gordon’s RBI single in the bottom of the 13th inning gave the Knights the 2-1 victory. Gordon started the game on the mound, throwing four innings with five strikeouts. Gordon, Daylen Reyes and Devan Ornelas each had three hits. Each team scored a run in the first inning. Then there was no scoring until the bottom of the 13th.
In the second game, Reyes continued his strong hitting with a double, triple and three RBIs. Connor Skertich threw a complete game.
Mira Costa 2-7, West Torrance 0-0: The Mustangs’ pitchers threw consecutive shutouts. Billy Bzura had a three-hit shutout in the first game. Kyle Karros had two doubles and two RBIs. Jonah Storey threw five shutout innings in the second game. Nick Bacura went three for four with two RBIs.
Arcadia 14, Carter 1: Mikey Easter had two doubles, a triple and finished with five hits and five RBIs.
Crescenta Valley 1, La Salle 0: Will Grimm struck out nine, walked one and gave up three hits in a complete game. Colby Rees had a walk-off RBI triple in the seventh.