One SoCal baseball player and a NorCal softball standout join the 30,000 or so names in our record book files. Mitty baseball coach and Corona softball coach reach 600-win mark as well. Our stat stars feature begins a new focus of tracking upcoming milestones and honoring performances that make our exclusive state record book.
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RECORD BOOK ENTRIES
Richard Samudio (San Pedro)
It was a Saturday that he’ll remember forever, as Samudio not only hit the first home run of his high school career, but went 6-for-6 with four home runs and eight runs batted in during the Pirates’ 27-7 victory over Taft of Woodland Hills at the San Fernando Tournament. During Pedro’s nine-run seventh inning, Samudio homered twice, including a grand slam homer, to get his name in the record book alongside immortals such as Ted Williams.
Dominique Jackson (Pleasant Valley, Chico)
Showing off her speed earlier, this sophomore had three triples to tie the state record while driving in four runs in Pleasant Valley’s 15-2 win over Oroville in the first game of a doubleheader.
Bill Hutton (Archbishop Mitty, San Jose)
Besides being a good coach, it takes a long time to get 600 career wins in high school baseball, and the wily veteran Monarchs’ skipper qualifies in both categories. This past Tuesday, in a 2-1 victory across town at West Catholic Athletic League rival Valley Christian, the 2005 State Coach of the Year joined a select group of California coaches to win 600 games. The all-time leader is John Stevenson who won 1,059 games between 1960 and 2009 at El Segundo. “Winning 600 games is kind of exciting and puts a special slant on it because it’s hard stinking work and shows I’m not just some guy sitting on a bucket,” said the 31-year Monarchs’ coach in typical Hutton style. While sitting on the bucket, the Mitty math teacher’s squads have won five WCAL championships and four CIF Central Coast Section Division I titles. “My success is tied to the school and the change in attitude. Since 1990, this school has been like a start-up, a Google or a Facebook, and that comes from the administration,” said Hutton, who told Cal-Hi Sports he’s been “bombarded” since Tuesday on social networks by past players and well-wishers.
Jo Ann Byrd (Corona)
With a 3-1 Panthers’ victory over Centennial of Corona, Byrd picked up her 600th career victory. The milestone comes in her 28th and final season as coach at Corona, which competes in the ultra-competitive Big VIII League. “That’s an impressive accomplishment, even more impressive coming in this league,” Centennial coach Anne Wells told the Riverside Press-Enterprise.
RECORD BOOK TRACKER
Johnny York allowed just one hit while striking out eight in a 6-0 win over Dublin earlier this week to extend Acalanes’ streak of consecutive innings pitched without allowing a run to 32, according to BayPreps.com.
Jack Wheeless (Buchanan, Clovis)
We already mentioned in our updated state rankings about his no-hitter in a 2-0 win over Central of Fresno, but earlier this week he tossed his second straight no-hitter during a 6-0 win over Clovis East of Clovis. According to Bob Barnett, he is one of seven players in Central Section history to pitch two straight no-hitters.
Sierra Hyland (El Diamante, Visalia)
Reached 95 career wins, the second most wins in CIF Central Section history, with two fine pitching performances this past week. In the first game, she pitched a 3-hit, 8-strikeout gem in a 9-0 win over Lemoore and came back with 10 strikeouts in a 11-0 win over Hanford West. Teammate sophomore Rylee Pierce also hit her 14th home run for the season, the third highest single-season mark in section history.
Alyssa Palomino (Mission Viejo)
Get used to it because over the next two-plus seasons you’re going to hear a lot about this Arizona-committed sophomore slugger and granddaughter of Carlos Palomino, a former WBC Welterweight Champion and member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Last week in a 12-1 victory over host Laguna Hills, the 5-foot-9 solidly-built Palomino upped her state-leading home total to 15 in the victory. Not only is she climbing the ladder on the single-season home run list in the Cal-Hi Sports Record Book, but with 22 total in her career, Alyssa will shortly be on that list as well.
STAT STARS OF THE WEEK
Javier Alvarez (Lakewood)
Pitched a perfect game with eight strikeouts in a 7-0 win over West Torrance.
Armondo Gallegos (Tulare Western, Tulare)
Went for a career high of six RBIs on two doubles and scored three times in a 17-7 over Delano.
John Gavin (St. Francis, Mountain View)
Some of the top teams in the state have been getting big-time performances from star players and that applies here. Gavin pitched six hitless innings while striking out eight and then Patrick McMullen struck out the side in the seventh inning for a combined no-hitter during a 9-0 win over Archbishop Riordan of San Francisco.
Stevie Guerra (Caruthers)
Had the game of his life by pitching a five-inning perfect game with six strikeouts. At the plate, Guerra had three doubles good for eight RBIs, which is the third most in school history, as Caruthers beat Parlier 19-0.
David Herrera (Cesar Chavez, Delano)
He was perfect at the plate (4-for-4) with two doubles and a career high five RBIs in a 12-6 win over Arvin.
Austin McGeorge (Canyon, Anaheim)
Not only was he 3-for-3 at the plate and scored the game’s winning run, but McGeorge also pitched six shutout innings as the Comanches defeated Villa Park 2-0.
Ryan Morris (Dublin)
Driving in enough runs on his own to get the Gaels the victory, Morris homered twice while driving in seven runs during a 11-5 win over Las Lomas of Walnut Creek.
Daniel Patzlaff (Fountain Valley)
Playing a big factor in the Barons’ No. 3 state ranking is this junior shortstop. He had two home runs in both of their wins over Huntington Beach, including a walk-off game winner in a 12-11 victory. The four home runs all came in a row, as Patzlaff hit two at the end the first game and two more in his first two at bats of the second game.
Ulysses Ramos (James Logan, Union City)
Doubling and driving in two runs was more then enough to help get Ramos a win, as he allowed just one hit and struck out 11 in a 15-0 win over Moreau Catholic of Hayward.
Scott Serigstad (El Dorado, Placentia)
Not only was Serigstad nearly perfect on Wednesday, as he allowed just one hit while walking none, but he also struck out 16 batters as the Golden Hawks defeated Villa Park 4-0 in Century League play.
Jake Sweaney (Garces, Bakersfield)
Went 2-for-4 at the plate, with one RBI as Garces edged Highland 6-5 and went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs in a 5-2 win over North. Jake now has 172 career hits, good for fifth spot in CIF Central Section history, according to Bob Barnett.
Kristina Brown (Dixon)
Her name may start with the letter K, but she certainly didn’t strike out in the Rams’ 7-5 win over Liberty Ranch. Brown was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with two triples and a home run while driving in five runs to increase her RBI total on the year to 51.
Tori Castaneda (Laton)
Had a career high of six RBIs by going 4-for-4 at the plate and scored three times in a 19-0 win over Orosi.
Kira Czyrklis (Simi Valley)
Starting off a stretch of homering in three straight games, this sophomore hit a grand slam and a three-run homer during a 16-1 win over Calabasas. Entering that game with just three home runs on the year, Czyrklis now has a team-high seven home runs for the Pioneers.
Kelly Drake (Concord)
Since a 4-3 start to the season, the Lady Minutemen have won nine in a row. Drake tossed a no-hitter during a 7-0 win over Berean Christian in DVAL action this week.
Morganne Flores (Mater Dei, Santa Ana)
Named the OCVarsity.com Athlete of the Week, this sophomore has been swinging a hot bat since her return from a wrist injury. She has gone 12-for-19 with six extra base hits and 13 runs batted in addition to taking home MVP honors at the Woodbridge Softball Classic.
Yazzi Gonzales (Reedley)
She went 4-for-4 at the plate with a home run, double and a career high of six RBIs in a 18-2 win over Fresno High.
Aryn Guzman (Woodbridge, Irvine)
The Warriors may have a losing record on the season, but they remained undefeated in Pacific Coast League play as Guzman struck out 11 and didn’t allow a hit during a 2-0 win over Beckman of Irvine.
Thalia Ortiz & Sami Garcia (La Quinta)
Ortiz had two home runs and drove in five while Garcia had four hits, including a home run, while driving in six as the Blackhawks defeated Xavier Prep of Palm Desert 30-0 in four innings.
Harold Abend, Bob Barnett and Mark Tennis contributed to this report.