NorCal/SoCal Players of the Week

Two of this week's NorCal/SoCal honorees are Analise De La Roca from Port of L.A. High & Dalton Daily of Visalia Central Valley Christian. Photos: @JamaalStreet/San Pedro News Pilot &

Two of this week’s best are Analise De La Roca from Port of L.A. & Dalton Daily of Visalia Central Valley Christian. Photos: @JamaalStreet/San Pedro News Pilot &

It’s the Daily Show every game for Visalia’s Central Valley Christian. But Dalton Daily of the Cavaliers wasn’t the only one last week with an eight-RBI game. Our NorCal girls’ pick from Vanden of Fairfield also did that. This week’s other honorees are from Santa Barbara and San Pedro.

Note:For purposes of this feature, we are considering the CIF Central Section to be in the north.

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Baseball Player of the Week

Dalton Daily (Central Valley Christian, Visalia) Jr.

Earlier this season, CVC pitcher Jack Reitsma was a USA Baseball/MaxPreps West Region Pitcher of the Week after he threw a no-hitter. Now, it’s Cavalier slugger Dalton Daily’s turn for some accolades.

According to CIF Central Section historian Bob Barnett, Daily had the second most RBI in school history when he 4-for-5 with eight RBI, including one triple and two doubles, in a 22-5 victory last week over Selma.

Dalton has had some huge outings earlier in the season as well. In the last week of March, he went 3-for-4 with two doubles in a 4-1 win vs. Kingsburg. One week earlier he went 3-for-4 with a triple in a 8-3 win vs. Bakersfield and also 2-for-4 with two triples in a 7-0 win vs. Golden Valley of Bakersfield.

Daily also plays football for the Cavaliers and last fall was an all-league tight end.
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Softball Player of the Week

Hope Brandner (Vanden, Fairfield) Jr.

The Vikings’ hopes for this season have to be high as they are off to an undefeated record with this junior slugger being a big reason why.

Entering this week, Brandner was hitting .636 with five home runs and 26 runs batted in.

Already with one multi-home run game this season, she hit two home runs during a 14-0 win over Vallejo last week while driving in a season-high eight runs.

For the week, Brandner also was a perfect 6-for-6 with a double, two home runs and 11 runs batted in.

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Baseball Player of the Week

Kevin Gowdy (Santa Barbara) Sr.

Showing why he will be headed to UCLA if he doesn’t sign after the MLB amateur free agent draft in June, Gowdy pitched seven no-hit innings during a combined no-hitter by the Dons during a 1-0 win over Buen of Ventura in Channel League play.

Before turning the mound over to Bijan Palme, who pitched a hitless inning of relief, Gowdy was dominant on the mound, striking out 14 to keep the game scoreless until the 8th inning.

With scouts at every start this season, Kevin’s seven no-hit innings came after a few sub-par outings, but he now has a 1.80 ERA on the seasn with 43 strikeouts while walking just two batters.
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Softball Player of the Week

Analise De La Roca (Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro) Jr.

Already with five no-hitters on the season, she didn’t allow a hit over four innings while striking out 10 during a 12-0 win over Crenshaw of Los Angeles last week that saw her pass the 200-strikeout total on the season.

Helping herself out on offense, De La Roca also went 4-for-5 with three doubles and drove in a season-best seven runs.

De La Roca now has 224 strikeouts in 103 innings after throwing another no-hitter earlier this week while striking out 17 during a 13-0 win over Manual Arts of Los Angeles.

For the year, the junior who committed to Arizona State as a freshman was also hitting .542 with 20 runs batted in.

Paul Muyskens is the Stockton office assistant editor for Cal-Hi Sports. Mark Tennis is the co-founder and publisher of He can be reached at Don’t forget to follow Mark on the Cal-Hi Sports Twitter handle: @CalHiSports

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