State Stat Stars of the Week

Two of this week’s top stat stars are Hunter Greene of Sherman Oaks Notre Dame & Mimi Farfan of Chula Vista Calvary Christian. Photos: ndhs.org & ncsasports.org.


Baseball fans everywhere now know the name Hunter Greene, but before the MLB Draft he hopes to get Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks far in the CIFSS Division I playoffs. Although he’s not pitching anymore this season, Greene hit three homers last week in his two final regular season games. Another baseball stat star is Vacaville Christian pitcher Lucas Sweany, who already this week pitched an 18-strikeout no-hitter. For softball, Hanah Bowen of Ramona and Hannah Johnson of La Habra get written up for their recent efforts while Belle Herrera of Riverside Patriot hits her 12th and 13th home runs of the season.

Note: We will collect totals from MaxPreps, newspapers, tweets and from those sent in to us. We also will compile single-game highs from this post throughout the season and of course we use our weekly State Stat Stars collection as an aid for the Cal-Hi Sports State Record Book. That is the only state record book anyone has ever done and we have published it seven times with full copyright protection. To report totals to us for this feature and for the record book, email markjtennis@gmail.com or call 209-608-1317. You can also text to 209-608-1317.

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(All players listed in alphabetical order)
(Writeups by Cal-Hi Sports editor Mark Tennis, contributing editor Paul Muyskens & CIF Central Section historian Bob Barnett)
(For games played through Saturday, May 13 with some games from this week)

BASEBALL

Dylan Cortinas (La Costa Canyon, Carlsbad)
Ending the week last week with a big performance, Cortinas homered and drove in five runs during a 16-0 win by the state-ranked Mavericks over Sage Creek of Carlsbad.

Tyler Dean (Rancho Bernardo, San Diego)
The Broncos put up a football-like score in a win over Mt. Carmel of San Diego and Dean led the offensive attack with two home runs and six runs batted in during the 17-1 win. Dean, who is headed to West Point and also has played soccer at Rancho Bernardo during his prep career, is batting more than .420 on the season.

Long Beach Wilson has one of the state’s great all-time baseball traditions and has another top player with USC-bound Zach Pettway. Photo: Twitter.com.


Nick Fraso (Peninsula, Rolling Hills Estates)
With a chance to get a share of the Bay League title, Fraso came through for the Panthers by going out and pitching a no-hitter with seven strikeouts during a 3-0 win over Palos Verdes of PV Estates.

Bubba Gomez (Fremont Christian)
Just a sophomore, Gomez is continuing to post huge numbers for the Warriors. When they crushed Livermore Valley Charter Prep last week 19-2, Gomez finished 3-for-4 with seven RBI. Earlier in the week, he also hit a three-run homer in another win. For the season, Gomez pushed his reported state-leading RBI total to 57.

Ruben Gomez (Alisal, Salinas)
For the first time in 22 years, Alisal has won a league title in baseball and Gomez led the way in a title-clinching 5-1 win last week against Alvarez of Salinas. Gomez pitched a complete game, allowing just one run, while at the plate he had two hits and one run batted in.

Hunter Greene (Notre Dame, Sherman Oaks)
we all know after that phenomenal cover story in Sports Illustrated that Hunter has been shut down from pitching for the rest of the season with the MLB draft coming up fast. But he’s still starring in the field and at the plate for the Irish. He closed the regular season last week by going 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBi as Notre Dame blanked St. Francis of La Canada 4-0. Earlier in the week, Greene did even better with two homers and went 3-for-5 in a 13-2 victory over St. Francis.

Kyle Hurt (Torrey Pines, San Diego)
Getting the road start against Canyon Crest Academy of San Diego, he looked right at home during his six shutout innings on the mound as he allowed just three hits while striking out 10 in the 7-0 win. Hurt, who has signed with USC but is a top-ranked MLB draft prospect, has two other double-digit strikeout shutouts this season. He lost earlier this week, however, in a league showdown vs. La Costa Canyon.

Trevor Jones (Rancho Christian, Temecula)
He’s one of the standout players for a team we ranked No. 2 in the state in Division V earlier this week. In a 4-0 win against Maranatha Christian of San Diego last week, Jones pitched a one-hitter and struck out four. In the same week, he also hit his fourth homer of the season in a 14-0 triumph vs. California Lutheran. Jones is batting .585 for season for 22-3 Eagles.

Zach Pettway (Wilson, Long Beach)
Leading the way for the Bruins forcing a three-way tie for the Moore League title, this UCLA commit struck out 11 and pitched a complete game shutout during a 5-0 win over Millikan of Long Beach.

Danny Rodriguez (Roybal, Los Angeles)
He’s the top player for the top-seeded team in the CIF L.A. City Section Division II playoffs. In a 13-1 victory last week vs. Los Angeles High, D-Rod ended 3-for-3 with a double, triple and three RBI. In his previous week of playing, Rodriguez also went 5-for-7 with seven RBI.

Lucas Sweany (Vacaville Christian)
Here’s an outing we decided not to wait on until next week. Sweany tossed a complete-game no-hitter in Vaca Christian’s 7-0 win this week in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI playoffs against Ripon Christian. Not only did Sweany get the no-hitter but he also struck out a whopping 19 batters. One batter reached base on an error and two others walked. Vacaville Christian is the top-seeded team in the division and was No. 5 in this week’s D5 state rankings.

SOFTBALL

Una Abarquez (Tehachapi)
With the Warriors pounding out 20 hits in a 25-2 win over West Bakersfield, the senior Abarquez had a career high of seven RBI and also ended going 3-for-5 at the plate.

Hanah Bowen (Ramona)
When Hanah pitches for the Bulldogs, they haven’t been beaten which is one reason why they’re the top seed for the CIF San Diego Section Open Division playoffs. Bowen, who has signed with Arizona, was batting .488 with a 21-0 record entering this week. In a 8-1 win last week against Escondido, she pitched a two-hitter with nine strikeouts and went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI. Bowen also had a 4-for-4 game at the plate last week with two doubles, four runs scored and three RBI in a 29-0 romp past Fallbrook.

Belle Herrera just missed hitting for the rare home run cycle (grand slam, three-run, two-run, solo) butr has continued hitting home runs for her team. Photo: SoCalAthletics.com.


Analise De La Roca (Port of Los Angeles)
Pitching another no-hitter, she struck out 14 during a 5-0 win over Birmingham of Lake Balboa in the first round of the L.A. City Section Division I playoffs. The Polar Bears, who were seeded No. 1 in the bracket, have since lost and have had their season end. De La Roca, a graduating senior, also ended her career with seven no-hitters and two perfect games.

Hailey Dolcini (Fortuna)
Headed to UC Riverside, Dolcini is having a huge season for a team that learned this week it could be in line to finish No. 1 in the Division IV state rankings this season if it were to win the CIF North Coast Section D4 title. Dolcini, a four-year standout, pitched a five-inning no-hitter with 15 strikeouts and went 4-for-5 with a homer in a 24-0 romp last week vs. Arcata. In a different win vs. Arcata, she struck out 18 in a seven-inning two-hitter and went 3-for-4 with a double. For the season, Dolcini is hitting .658 with six homers, 30 RBI and has a 22-1 pitching record with 318 strikeouts in 151 innings.

Mimi Farfan (Calvary Christian, Chula Vista)
She’s been putting up monster stats since her freshman season and is still only a junior. In the same week in which she pitched two shutouts with just three hits allowed and 29 strikeouts, Farfan also wasn’t retired as a batter. She finished 3-for-3 with four runs and four RBI in a 14-0 win vs. Ocean View Christian of San Diego and also ended 3-for-3 with a double and a homer in a 3-0 win vs. Liberty Charter of Lemon Grove.

Emily Garcia (Mira Monte, Bakersfield)
It’s almost automatic to be a stat star when you hit two homers in a game and Garcia did that and finished with six RBI to lead Mira Monte past Foothill of Bakersfield 12-8.

Belle Herrera (Patriot, Riverside)
The home runs are starting to pile up for this leading all-state candidate. Herrera smacked No. 12 of the season and went 2-for-4 with three runs scored in a 27-0 pounding of Riverside La Sierra. Already this week in a CIF Southern Section Division III playoff win, Herrera ripped No. 13 to lead the Warriors past Summit of Fontana 4-3.

Janessa Jasso (Dos Palos)
The sophomore pitching standout for the Lady Broncos has led the team to 24 straight wins, including results from this week. Jasso hurled a no-hitter with 10 strikeouts and also wound up 3-for-3 with a double and two RBI in a 12-0 shutout last week of Mendota. Earlier in the week, she pitched a two-hitter and whiffed 14 batters in a 3-0 win vs. Firebaugh.

Chaynau Johnson (Bishop)
She had two nice games to end the regular season. First, Johnson had 16 strikeouts on a two hitter against California City in a 24-2 win. Then later, she had 15 strikeouts in a wild 13-10 win over Frazier Mountain.

Hannah Johnson (La Habra)
Helping the Highlanders clinch the Freeway League championship, she pitched two shutouts last week including a two-hit shutout with five strikeouts in a 6-0 win over Sunny Hills. When La Habra played Sunny Hills earlier in league play, it was a 16-4 loss. Committed to Cal State Fullerton, Johnson also was 2 for 2 at the plate with a double and an RBI.

Katie Lucas (Livermore Valley Charter)
Her stats just popped up on MaxPreps this week and they’re ridiculous. In just 14 games, they show her with 19 homers, including four home runs in two separate games. It wasn’t immediately obvious if there’s a mistake made somewhere down the line, but if confirmed (and they’d need to be by the school) Lucas would get several state record listings for single season homers and single game homers.

Mikayla Nunlist (Highland, Bakersfield)
Nunlist made it onto this week’s hotlist by going 5-for-5 at the plate and adding two RBI in a 19-4 victory over North of Bakersfield.

Briana Perez (Alhambra, Martinez)
Even after she was reported as getting shutdown in an 0-for-5 week this week, Perez still had a batting average of .609 for the season. Ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2017 nationally by FloSoftball, Perez went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBI last week vs. Northgate of Walnut Creek and finished 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI in win against Clayton Valley of Concord.

Cindy Robles (San Pedro)
She also had an impressive pitching performance in the opening round of the L.A. City Section Division I playoffs as she allowed just three hits while striking out 11 during a 4-0 win over Lincoln. The Pirates have since continued to win and will now play Banning of Wilmington for the section crown.

Danielle Williams (Amador Valley, Pleasanton)
Allowing just one batter to reach, after that batter struck out, Williams retired the final 19 batters and finished with 13 strikeouts during a no-hit performance when the Dons defeated Foothill of Pleasanton 2-0. Both teams entered the game in the State Top 20 overall rankings.

COACHING NOTE
Congratulations to coach Frank Thiessen of Bakersfield Christian and his boys tennis team in winning the CIF Central Section Division II title 6-3 over East Bakersfield. According to section historian Bob Barnett, Thiessen has won 22 Boys & Girls Section Championships at Bakersfield Christian. He also has won five Boys section championships at Wasco.
All put together, Thiessen has won 1,288 games since 1962 in Boys & Girls Tennis and Basketball.

Mark Tennis is the co-founder and publisher of CalHiSports.com. He can be reached at markjtennis@gmail.com. Don’t forget to follow Mark on the Cal-Hi Sports Twitter handle: @CalHiSports


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