Baseball: Royal honors fallen South Torrance player

Royal honored the late Jesse Esphorst Jr. of South Torrance by having each player wear No. 10.

Royal honored the late Jesse Esphorst Jr. of South Torrance by having each player wear No. 10.

(Courtesy Royal High School)

Simi Valley Royal Coach Dan Maye found a way to honor Jesse Esphorst Jr., the South Torrance High baseball player killed in a hit-and-run crash this month.

Maye looked for every No. 10 jersey still around since he began coaching in 1990. And on Friday, each Royal player wore a different No. 10 jersey for its game against South Torrance.

Royal defeated South Torrance, 2-0, with Gabe Garcia getting two RBI.

Newbury Park continued its quality pitching, relying on Jake Miller to shut out Calabasas, 1-0, in a Marmonte League game.


Miller allowed two hits and struck out seven. Shay Whitcomb’s home run in the fourth inning produced the game’s only run. Newbury Park improved to 8-2 overall and 4-0 in league.

Oak Christian defeated Agoura, 8-2. Jack Aldrich had three RBI. Thousand Oaks got its fourth consecutive shutout in a 1-0 win over Westlake. Blake Campbell struck out six.

In the Mission League, Diego Avila threw five shutout inning and Joe Fortin homered to help Loyola defeat Alemany, 4-0. Crespi defeated St. Francis, 3-2. Harvard-Westlake and Chaminade ended in a 1-1 tie because of darkness in the 10th inning.

In the Palomares League, Glendora defeated Bonita, 10-8. Freshman Cade Marshman had a two-run single in the sixth. Jake Gonzalez and Hayden Pearce each had three hits. South Hills defeated Diamond Bar 6-4. Zack Bromstead (3-0) struck out six. Claremont defeated Ayala, 7-6.

In the Sunset League, No. 1 Huntington Beach (9-0) got a walk-off hit from Trevor Windisch in the seventh to defeat Fountain Valley, 4-3. Nick Pratto hit a home run. Hagen Danner struck out six in four innings. Marina defeated Los Alamitos, 4-1. Newport Harbor defeated Edison, 4-0.

Jake Jackson struck out seven, walked one and threw a six-hitter in El Toro’s 3-0 win over Aliso Niguel. Erik Tolman had two hits and two RBI.

Will Levine struck out seven in six shutout innings in Mission Viejo’s 8-0 win over San Clemente.

El Modena defeated Foothill, 6-3, with three runs in the seventh.

Great Oak defeated Murrieta Mesa, 13-3. Blayne Jones had a home run.

Etiwanda defeated Los Osos, 8-2. Ryan Meza and Tyler Freeman each had two RBI.

Chad Wilson went four for four to lead La Mirada to a 13-7 win over Bellflower. RJ Lan was three for three with a home run.

Trabuco Hills defeated Tesoro, 2-1. Nathan Casebier allowed one run in six innings and struck out four.

Narbonne defeated L.A. Roosevelt, 5-4, in eight innings. Cantwell-Sacred Heart won its seventh consecutive game with a 7-4 win over Salesian.

Poly defeated Verdugo Hills, 5-1. Alex Leon threw a one-hitter.

Beckman defeated Irvine, 4-0. Zach Espinosa struck out eight and allowed one hit in five innings.

Sherman Oaks Notre Dame defeated Xavier Prep, 12-0. Lucas Gordon, Cole Dale and Ryan Winters combined for the shutout. Noah Taylor hit two triples, had three hits and six RBI.

Chaparral defeated Vista Murrieta, 3-2, in 12 innings. Hayden Johns threw five shutout innings of relief for Chaparral.

In the Foothill League, Hart defeated Saugus, 4-3. Josh Cerpa had three hits. West Ranch defeated Canyon, 10-0. Brothers Ryan and Jovan Camacho combined for four hits and six RBI. Valencia defeated Golden Valley, 9-7.

Orange Lutheran completed a three-game Trinity League sweep of Santa Margarita with a 21-5 victory. Garrett Mitchell finished with three doubles, four hits and six RBI.

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