State Stat Stars of the Week

Alyssa Ross from Terra Linda of San Rafael is new single-season home run queen from Redwood Empire while Dominic Smith from Serra of Gardena is helping his team win in a multitude of ways. Photos by Harold Abend and

Alyssa Ross from Terra Linda of San Rafael is new single-season home run queen from Redwood Empire while Dominic Smith from Serra of Gardena is helping his team win in a multitude of ways. Photos by Harold Abend and

Best of baseball and softball include pitcher from San Ramon who helps team end unbeaten dream for Livermore Granada. Plus, QB with 24 TD passes last fall pitches second no-hitter and girl who hits 13th and 14th homers of the season.

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Dominique Aguilar & Joe Ramos (Inderkum, Sacramento)
These two took their turns to lead the Tigers’ offense in their regular season finale. Aguilar, a junior, had four hits and drove in seven runs while Ramos, just a sophomore, doubled twice and drove in five runs during their 24-2 win over Natomas.

George Avina (Savanna, Anaheim)
Getting four hits in his six at bats, he tripled twice while driving in six runs as the Rebels defeated Santa Ana Valley of Santa Ana 18-11.

Josh Ballard (Clayton Valley, Concord)
A two-time All-Diablo Valley Athletic League player at third base, Ballard swung the hot bat for the Ugly Eagles in their 8-2 win last Saturday over state-ranked Buchanan of Clovis at the Dave Stewart/Oakland A’s Showdown held at the Coliseum. Ballard drove in four of Clayton Valley’s runs with a double and a triple.

Jake Barnett (Orange Glen, Escondido)
His streak of complete game starts without allowing an earned run is now at four games. Barnett also has struck out 13 batters in each of the last three starts, which also includes his third no-hitter of the season coming against Ramona.

Sean Barry (Moorpark)
He now has a school-record 128 strikeouts on the season after striking out 15 last week against Thousand Oaks but had to settle for a no-decision as the Musketeers lost 1-0 in 10 innings.

Phil Bickford (Oaks Christian, Westlake Village)
In a recent MLB Mock Draft by, this talented right hander was one of three California high schoolers projected to be picked in the first round He also is nearing a school record for strikeouts in a season as he pitched six innings and struck out 11 in a 4-0 win over Grace Brethren last Friday. On the year, he now has 112 strikeouts with the school record standing at 127, which was set by Travis Radke back in 2011.

Tyler Blake (Franklin, Elk Grove)
Making the most of his at bats, he went 2 for 2 with a triple and a grand slam home run to account for six RBIs during the Wildcats’ 13-1 five-inning win over Monterey Trail of Elk Grove.

Justin Calomeni (Bellarmine, San Jose)
Single-handedly wrecking havoc on our state rankings, he pitched a second complete-game shutout against St. Francis of Mountain View as the Bells defeated the Lancers 3-0 on Wednesday night to advance to the WCAL tournament championship game.

Tyler Carvalho (Paraclete, Lancaster)
Not only did he extend his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 34 innings earlier this week but he also pitched his second no-hitter this season for the Spirits. They defeated Viewpoint of Calabasas 2-0 earlier this week. Carvalho had 24 touchdown passes for Paraclete’s state-ranked football team in the fall.

Joey Chapman (Yucaipa)
Making Thunderbirds’ history, this sophomore struck out seven and pitched the school’s first ever perfect game during a 7-0 win against A.B. Miller of Fontana on Tuesday.

Chris Davidson (Village Christian, Sun Valley)
It was a game to remember for this starting pitcher when he didn’t allow a hit and struck out 13 in a 3-0 triumph over Heritage Christian of North Hills.

Kaleb Fulbright (Enochs, Modesto)
It was a performance that happened two weeks ago but we wanted to make sure we mentioned it as he struck out nine while pitching the school’s first ever no-hitter during a 6-0 win over Modesto. According to the Modesto Bee, it was just Kaleb’s second career league start. He normally pitches in relief and until he got to the game he didn’t know he was even going to get the start.

Adam Kimmel (California, San Ramon)
Getting the start on Wednesday against the newly named No. 2 team in the state and undefeated Granada of Livermore, Kimmel was impressive. He struck out seven and didn’t allow a run as the Grizzlies knocked off the Matadors by a 5-0 final score, ending Granada’s 20-game win streak.

Nathan Kuchta (El Modena, Orange)
Dominating on the mound, he has not allowed a run in 18 innings, including seven scoreless in a 3-0 win over Foothill of Tustin. Kuchta, who only gave up two hits, was coming off of an eight-inning shutout of Anaheim Canyon.

Alex Nieto & Emilio Ponce (Inderkum, Sacramento)
Sophomore Nieto was 5 for 6 with six runs batted in while the junior Ponce was 4 for 4 with five runs batted in as the Tigers defeated Natomas 28-0. Yes, that is the same team Inderkum beat 24-2 later in the week.

Eli Putnam (Foothill, Palo Cedro)
He had quite the back to back performances against Enterprise of Redding as he had four hits and drove in six runs in a 18-10 win and then had both of his hits go for home runs while driving in five runs during an 11-1 road win over the Hornets.

Jeff Rogan (East Bakersfield)
The super sophomore banged out two home runs for a game high of six RBIs in a 34-3 win over Foothill of Bakersfield.

Elijah Saunders (Lowell, San Francisco)
Before Wednesday, he had yet to have a game with more than one double but he did way better than that during a 7-0 win over Washington of San Francisco in the San Francisco Section championship game at AT&T Park. Saunders hit three doubles, drove in three runs and helped the Cardinal and longtime coach John Donohue win their first city title since 2008

Christian Sinnott (Liberty, Bakersfield)
He threw his first career no-hitter with 11 strikeouts in a seven-inning game as the Golden Hawks beat Independence 2-0.

Dominic Smith (Serra, Gardena)
On pace to perhaps get chosen in the first round of next month’s MLB Draft, Smith hit his sixth homer of the season last week to help the Cavaliers defeat St. Paul of Santa Fe Springs 7-1. Already this week, he’s pitched five innings with four strikeouts and got the win in a 4-2 triumph over Cathedral of Los Angeles. The 6-0, 210-pound athlete is another product of the promising Urban Youth Academy funded by Major League Baseball.

Jake Sweaney (Garces, Bakersfield)
He helped his team stay unbeaten in the Southeast Yosemite League by going 4 for 8 at the plate with two doubles and two RBIs for the week in wins over North and Foothill.  Jake moves into the third spot in the Central Section record book with 182 career hits.

Carlos Salazar (Kerman)
Small school pitching phenom tied a school record with two other players with 19 strikeouts as the Lions beat Yosemite of Oakhurst 3-0.  Salazar is 9-1 for the season with an earned run average of 0.00. He also has a 26-2 career record.

Jake Thompson (Bakersfield Christian)
He went 3-for-6 at the plate with a home run and a career high of seven RBIs against Arvin to lead Bakersfield Christian to an 18-7 triumph.

Austin Toerner (Golden Valley, Bakersfield)
Earlier this week, this sophomore right-hander had his best performance of the season in a 1-0 win over South of Bakersfield. Toerner pitched a no-hitter and struck out 11.

Matt Trask (Davis)
For the second time this season, this UCLA committed junior had the walk-off hit to defeat Elk Grove and the one he hit on Tuesday not only gave the Blue Devils a 3-2 win but it also gave them the Delta Valley Conference championship. He also leads their pitching staff with six wins and 53 strikeouts in 48.1 innings pitched.


Meghan Bradbury (Salesian, Richmond)
There are definitely some talented sophomores in the Bay Area, including this catcher/infielder, who was 3 for 3 with a double in a 2-1 win over St. Patrick/St. Vincent of Vallejo. Earlier this season, she homered in five out of six games with multi-home run games at the start and end of a three-game home run streak. On the year she has nine home runs and has driven in 35 while hitting .618.

Kaylee Carlson (Pacifica, Garden Grove)
Striking out nearly every Valencia batter she pitched, Kaylee notched a perfect game with 17 strikeouts as the Mariners defeated the Tigers 7-0.

Syndee Cisneros (Laton)
She pitched her fifth no-hitter of the season in a five inning game as the Mustangs beat Farmersville 11-0 in an East Sierra League game.

Mariah Davis (Madera)
The junior set a new school record with 47 hits for the season, surpassing Jocelynn Medina’s 46 hits in 2009.  Mariah was 2-for-4 at bat against Sanger in a 13-3 win and 1–for-3 against Edison in a 9-0 win. Mariah also has set a school record for runs scored in a season with 45.

Ashley Dufresne (Davis)
She went 2 for 2 with two home runs and five RBIs as the Blue Devils defeated Monterey Trail of Elk Grove 17-2 in five innings. Her two home runs came during the Blue Devils’ 13-run first inning which will get her listed in our state record book in the category of most home runs in an inning.

Rachel Garcia (Highland, Palmdale)
Recording nearly every out of the game with a strikeout, Garcia struck out 14 batters and allowed just one hit as the Bulldogs defeated Antelope Valley 14-0 in five innings. She also went 3 for 4 at the plate with two doubles and three runs driven in.

Sahvanna Jaquish (Redlands East Valley, Redlands)
The returning all-state underclass pick and headed to LSU on a full ride, Jaquish drove in a season-high five runs and went 5 for 5 with two doubles during the Wildcats’ 21-0 win over Eisenhower of Rialto. On the season, she is hitting .561 with 46 runs batted in.

Naomi Kubo (West Campus, Sacramento)
Just a freshman, she nearly recorded every out herself from the circle in the Warriors’ 10-0 five-inning win over Capital Christian. Kubo allowed just one hit and struck out 14. At the plate, she doubled and homered while driving in three runs and on the year she has seven home runs with a .410 batting average.

BethAnn McCann (Loara, Anaheim)
In a 17-0 romp past Orange in a Golden West League game, McCann did more than stick to the plan as she pitched a no-hitter with 15 strikeouts.

Rachel Nasland (Torrey Pines, San Diego)
The Notre Dame-bound standout may be ramping it up to end the season. Nasland had 13 strikeouts in two separate shutouts last week – 3-0 over Westview and 1-0 over Mt. Carmel. She also now had 227 strikeouts in 133 innings.

Alyssa Palomino (Mission Viejo)
With her 17th home run of the season on Monday, in a 8-3 win over San Clemente, she tied the county’s single season home run record which was set by Lauren Chamberlain of El Toro back in 2010.

Kylie Reed (Norco)
According to Eric-Paul Johnson at the Riverside Press Enterprise, her three hits last week during Norco’s 5-3 win over Roosevelt of Eastvale increased her career hit total to 192 which ties the Riverside County record set by former teammate Nicole Sappingfield. She also is approaching the Inland-area record for hits in a career which is held by Danielle Vega with 209 hits. In a 12-3 win over Corona earlier this week, she had four hits to break Sappingfield’s record and put her total at 196.

Alyssa Ross (Terra Linda, San Rafael)
Prior to this season, no girl from the Redwood Empire part of the CIF North Coast Section had ever made the previous threshold of 12 home runs that qualifies for the Cal-Hi Sports State Record Book. Last week, in an 11-0 victory over San Anselmo Drake, the Notre Dame de Namur-bound catcher left little doubt as to who is the greatest home run hitter ever from north of the Golden Gate Bridge. With the Cal-Hi Sports Caravan in attendance, Ross wasted little time getting busy. On a 3-1 pitch in the bottom of the first inning, the right-handed slugger hit a laser shot to the opposite field power alley that travelled an estimated 230 feet. It was home run No. 13 this season and she’s not finished. “I’d like to get higher on that list,” a beaming Ross told Cal-Hi Sports. On Monday of this week, Ross had to have some mixed emotions. She hit home run No. 14 but her Trojans lost 10-5 to Novato San Marin.

Megan Sabbatini (San Benito, Hollister)
The University of San Diego-bound pitcher has overcome an early season non-softball arm injury, and getting sick in Las Vegas that caused head coach Scott Smith to hold her out of a 6-5 tournament loss to Burbank Bellarmine-Jefferson. After a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts in a 2-0 victory last week over Salinas Notre Dame, Sabatini is now 17-0, has only given up one run in Monterey Bay-Gabilan League play, and tossed a perfect game and a no-hitter to go with last week’s performance.

Noa Yakir (Homestead, Cupertino)
We’re saying yes to Noa, who had three hits, including a double, in a 11-2 win over Los Altos, and then slugged her 10th homer of the year with three RBIs in a 10-0 triumph over Los Gatos.

Paul Muyskens contributed to this report.

Mark Tennis is the co-founder and publisher of He can be reached at Don’t forget to follow him on Twitter: @CalHiSports

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