With the sound of swimmers splashing in the nearby pool, catcher Tommy Beres of Sherman Oaks Notre must have received some inspiration. He crushed a pitch over the left-field fence for a three-run home run in the second inning on Saturday during the Knights’ 8-0 victory over Hart.
Beres played water polo in the fall and also scored a perfect 36 on the ACT. He did not take a swan dive to celebrate after rounding the bases.
Notre Dame (3-0) advances to the semifinals of the Easton tournament. The Knights once again displayed outstanding pitching. Sophomore Jack Snyder threw four shutout innings, striking out four in his varsity starting debut. Carter Kessinger, last year’s ace pitcher, threw three shutout innings with three strikeouts in his season debut.
Next week, the Knights are expected to unveil Lucas Gordon, coming back from shoulder surgery. Dominic Allegretti also homered and finished with two hits and four RBIs. Notre Dame will play at Simi Valley on Tuesday.
Harvard-Westlake 4, Thousand Oaks 3: The Wolverines advanced to the Easton tournament semifinals. Pete Crow-Armstrong had two hits.
Birmingham 3, Camarillo 0: Alex Ballesteros, emerging as a top pitcher for the defending City Section champs, threw six shutout innings to help the Patriots reach the Easton tournament semifinals. Birmingham will be at Harvard-Westlake on Tuesday.
Simi Valley 7, Crespi 4: Andrew Devine hit two doubles and Brant Voth hit a home run for the 3-0 Pioneers to advance to the Easton tournament semifinals. Devine struck out six in five innings.
JSerra 7, Chino Hills 0: Sophomore Cody Schrier hit a home run and joined Michael Curialle with two hits in the Lions’ opening victory. Four pitchers combined on a five-hitter.
Cypress 14, Sonora 0: Tyler Chaffee threw five shutout innings and Brett Wozniak had three hits and four RBIs. Cypress is 3-0.
Chaminade 4, Garfield 0: Tyler Olivas had a home run, double and three RBIs to lead the Eagles. Dorian Asher threw four shutout innings.
Loyola 9, Culver City 4: Kevin Parada contributed two doubles and three RBIs for the 3-0 Cubs.
Granada Hills 7, North Hollywood 2: Alex Becerra had two hits and two RBIs for the Highlanders.
Beckman 11, Montclair 2: Alec Gomez contributed two hits for Beckman.
St. Francis 7, Moorpark 0: Kiko Robles allowed three hits in six shutout innings. Doyle Kane and Bradyn Muro each had three hits.
St. John Bosco 9, Riverside Poly 3: David Hays went three for four and Oscar Favela had two hits and three RBIs for the 2-0 Braves.
Corona Santiago 5, Long Beach Millikan 1: Ryan Silvers struck out seven in a complete-game performance. Santiago scored four runs in the first inning.
Vista Murrieta 3, Servite 0: Cayden Castellanos threw a complete game, striking out seven to hand Servite its first defeat.
Chatsworth 2, Burroughs 0: Austin Carrillo threw five shutout innings and also contributed two hits for the Chancellors.
Valencia 5, Newbury Park 3: Mitchell Torres struck out five in three shutout innings of relief.
Agoura 7, Grace Brethren 1: Aaron Suval struck out 12 in six innings.
Oaks Christian 5, El Camino Real 1: The Lions won the Easton tournament game.
Mira Costa 8, Foothill 2: Christian Bodlovich threw a complete game with six strikeouts and Chase Meidroth contributed a double and home run. James Park added two doubles and two RBIs.
Los Alamitos 7, Pacifica 3: Matt Mingram had two hits and two RBIs.
Ayala 14, San Clemente 0: Ethan Rivera allowed two hits in five shutout innings. Jacob Johnston, Cole Koniarsky, John Pappas and Daniel Ramirez each had two hits.
Corona 5, Palm Desert 3: The Panthers went 2-0 in Palm Desert, also beating Gahr 8-3. Freshman Andrew Walters hit a home run and Isiah Greene, Daniel Perez and Michael Flores each had four hits on the day.
Quartz Hill 5, Rio Mesa 2: Ryan Sanders had a no-hitter for 5 1/3 innings and finished with nine strikeouts.
Mater Dei 6, King 1: The Monarchs improved to 2-0.
Huntington Beach 8-2, Orange Lutheran 7-8: Josh Hahn hit a home run in the Oilers’ game one victory. In the second game, Josiah Dixon finished with three hits and Caden Connor had two hits and three RBIs for the Lancers. Max Rajcic struck out 10 in four innings.
La Mirada 9, Marina 2: Darius Perry hit a home run and Jared Jones struck out six in five innings.
Redlands 2, Temescal Canyon 0: Christian Diaz hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning.