First published in the April 21 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.
The Flintridge Prep varsity baseball team recently hit a bump in the road after dropping two games in as many days. The Wolves recently lost a nonleague game at Beckman High of Irvine, 6-2, last Saturday as Flintridge Prep was limited to only four hits.
Juniors John Kully and Max Brunngraber each collected a base hit and a run scored, while senior Nathan Park notched a base hit and an RBI. Junior Graham DesHotel tallied a base hit and freshman Will Koh produced an RBI.
The visiting Wolves were edged by Rio Hondo Prep of Arcadia, 9-8, in a Prep League game last Friday. Park finished 3-for-3 with three RBIs and a run scored, while senior Nicholas Gonzalez collected three hits and a pair of RBIs. Senior Dominick Schraeder doubled with a pair of RBIs, DesHotel tallied a base hit and two runs scored, and senior Spencer Seid produced a base hit and a run scored. Freshman Calvin Chen had a run scored and an RBI, Brunngraber scored twice, and senior Diego Ynzunza scored once.
For the second time in back-to-back starts, Seid twirled Flintridge Prep’s third no-hitter as he struck out six batters and walked three over five innings. He also produced an RBI on offense to help Flintridge Prep defeat visiting Rio Hondo Prep, 10-0, in a league game last Wednesday. The Wolves had never thrown a no-hitter before this season during head coach Guillermo Gonzalez’s 10-year tenure, according to the skipper.
Nicholas Gonzalez led the offense, finishing 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored, senior Josh Beserra tallied a triple, two runs scored and an RBI, and DesHotel went 2-for-2 with a triple and a pair of RBIs. Brunngraber posted a double with two RBIs and two runs scored, while Schraeder scored once.
Flintridge Prep (16-6 overall record, 7-2 in league) owns a comfortable two-game lead over second-place Polytechnic in the league standings. The Wolves will visit Chadwick School of the Palos Verdes Peninsula in a league game on Thursday, April 21, at 3:30 p.m.
The Minutemen tallied their fifth consecutive win after dominating visiting Valley Christian High of Cerritos, 9-0, in an Olympic League game last Thursday. The victory also clinched a fifth consecutive league title for Maranatha and head coach Matt Shupper.
Senior Mikey Ebner, who tallied a double, an RBI and a run scored, held Valley Christian scoreless over five innings, allowing two hits and three walks with five strikeouts. Sophomore Andrew Miller allowed a hit with three strikeouts in one inning, while senior Jackson Podrebarac worked around a hit-by-pitch to toss a scoreless inning with one strikeout.
Senior Nick Cook posted three doubles, two runs scored and two RBIs, senior Camden Andrews went 2-for-2 with a double, a pair of RBIs and a run scored and junior Dylan Zdunek registered a double and a run scored. Junior Bryan Richman collected a base hit, a pair of runs scored and an RBI, senior Donovan Gonsal notched a base hit and a run scored, junior Adrian Lopez produced an RBI and a run scored, and junior Cider Canon tallied an RBI.
Visiting Maranatha defeated Valley Christian, 9-7, in the second of a three-set matchup last Wednesday. The Minutemen carried a comfortable eight-run lead into the final inning before the Defenders made things interesting with a six-run rally. Freshman Jacob Yun hurled five innings, allowing one earned run on six hits with seven strikeouts. Meanwhile, Ebner led the offense by going 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored. Zdunek posted three base hits and a pair of RBIs, Lopez registered a pair of base hits, three runs scored and an RBI, and Cook tallied a base hit and a pair of runs scored. Gonsal and junior Isaac Ton each notched a double while the former added a run scored and the latter had an RBI. Canon recorded a base hit, senior Nicholas Sartor had an RBI, and Richman scored once after reaching on a walk.
The Minutemen opened their league series by defeating visiting Valley Christian, 10-5, last Tuesday. Freshman Zachary Strickland pitched four innings, allowing three earned runs on three hits and three walks with nine strikeouts. Junior Jackson Hisey allowed one earned run on two walks and a base hit over two innings while striking out one. Senior Justin Lee pitched two-thirds of an inning with one strikeout, while senior Jason Tricarico retired one batter on strikes and allowed one earned run on one hit. Andrews went 3-for-3 with a double, a run scored and an RBI, Ebner finished 2-for-3 with a double and a pair of runs scored, and Ton went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Cook collected a double, three RBIs and a run scored, Lopez posted a double, an RBI and a run scored and Zdunek tallied a base hit, two RBIs and a run scored. Richman scored twice, Sartor produced an RBI, senior Angelo Aleman scored once, and senior Will Allen walked once.
The Minutemen dominated visiting San Marino, 12-1, in a nonleague matchup recently, earning a nice bounce-back win after being edged by La Cañada.
Junior Garret McGuigan allowed one unearned run on one hit and two walks with three strikeouts across three innings, while Tricarico retired the side on strikes despite allowing two batters to reach on hit-by-pitches. Ebner finished 2-for-2 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored, Aleman collected a pair of hits, including a double, two RBIs and a run scored, and Richman went 2-for-3 with a double and a pair of runs scored. Gonsal tripled and scored a run, Strickland notched a double, a pair of RBIs and a run scored, and Canon recorded a double and a run scored. Cook tallied a base hit and a pair of runs scored, while junior Judson Pitre, Ton and Sartor notched a base hit and an RBI. Andrews and senior Daniel Latshaw each scored once after reaching on a walk, while Zdunek had an RBI.
First-place Maranatha (16-6 overall, 9-1 in league) is scheduled to compete against Pitman High of Turlock in the Central Coast Classic on Thursday, April 21, at 3:30 p.m.
The visiting Panthers had their season-best four-game win streak snapped by losing at Chadwick School of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, 5-3, in a Prep League game last Thursday.
Catcher Bradley Schmoke stroked two base hits and a pair of RBIs, third baseman Sean Asperger collected two hits and a run scored, and right fielder Nick Cardenas tallied two base hits. Second baseman Sam Howell produced a base hit and a stolen base, left fielder Charlie Brunold had a base hit, shortstop Henry McDonald walked twice, stole two bases and scored once, and center fielder Jason Mayo walked once, stole a base and scored a run.
The Panthers held visiting Chadwick to one hit while scoring in every inning to win the league contest, 10-0, last Tuesday. Starting pitcher Adam Arther went the distance in the five-inning, mercy-rule shortened affair, striking out 11 batters with three walks and one hit. The lanky lefty also went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and an additional run scored at the plate. Asperger nearly hit for the cycle, going 3-for-3 with a home run, a double, four RBIs, three runs scored and a stolen base. Mayo finished 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBIs, two runs scored and a stolen base, while McDonald tallied a triple and a run scored. Schmoke posted a double and a run scored, Cardenas registered a pair of base hits and an RBI, and left fielder Jonathan Fink recorded a base hit and a run scored. Howell scored once and stole a base, while Max Alsoufiev walked once.
Poly collected a 10-6 league victory at Rio Hondo Prep of Arcadia recently. Starting pitcher Eddie Konjoyan kept the Panthers in the game, allowing five runs (zero earned) on six hits and one walk with 10 strikeouts over six innings. Asperger belted a home run with three RBIs and a run scored, Mayo went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored, and McDonald finished 2-for-2 with a double, a run scored and an RBI. First baseman Ethan Chan produced a triple, Alsoufiev registered a pair of base hits and two runs scored, Schmoke tallied a base hit and a pair of RBIs, and Cardenas had a base hit. Howell scored twice and stole a pair of bases, while Griffin Unanue scored once as a pinch-runner
Poly (7-5 overall, 4-4 in league), which sits a half-game in front of Rio Hondo Prep of Arcadia for second in the league standings, will visit La Salle College Preparatory in a nonleague matchup on Friday, April 22, at 3:45 p.m.
The visiting Lancers lost a Del Rey League game at Serra High of Gardena, 10-6, last Wednesday. La Salle had previously won consecutive matchups, defeating visiting Serra, 6-1, in a league game last Monday after blanking visiting Salesian High of Los Angeles, 5-0. No individual statistics were reported to the Pasadena Outlook.
La Salle (12-10 overall, 5-5 in league) will visit Alhambra in a nonleague game on Thursday, April 21, at 3:30 p.m.
The Golden Knights were edged by visiting Valencia, 2-1, in a nonleague game on Monday.
SFHS previously lost a nonleague game to visiting La Cañada, 11-6, in a nonleague game. Freshman Jordan Lewallen collected a base hit, an RBI and a run scored and sophomore John Calmette tallied a pair of base hits and a run scored. Senior Simon Lee and sophomore Brody Ruyle each had a base hit and a run scored, while senior Luke Fogarty registered a base hit and an RBI. Senior Quinn Deitch recorded a base hit, junior Grant Valentine produced two RBIs and a pair of runs scored, and senior Miles Leyva posted an RBI.
The Golden Knights (4-8 overall, 3-12 in league) will visit St. Bonaventure High of Ventura in a nonleague game on Thursday, April 21, at 10:30 a.m.