State Stat Stars of the Week

Two of our latest State Stat Stars are Callie Nunes of Ceres and Chase Farrell of Valencia. Both threw impressive no-hitters. Photos: Ceres Courier & Dan Watson/signalscv.com.


With two weeks of performances to search out, we’ve found some real head-turners. In baseball, Jonathan Guardado of La Puente Nogales gets his second and third no-hitters, two players from Etiwanda hit for the cycle in back-to-back games and Wyatt Aguilar of Mountain Empire hits a double in sixth straight game. In softball, we have details from a 25-24 game, Mariah Mazon of Tulare Western surpassing 700 strikeouts and the latest top player from Ceres (which had our Ms. Softball POY last 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 editors Paul Muyskens & Harold Abend & CIF Central Section historian Bob Barnett)
(For games played the last two weeks through Saturday, March 25 with some games from this week)

BASEBALL

Wyatt Aguilar (Mountain Empire)
Already this week even though Mountain Empire was beaten 12-1 by Escondido Charter, Wyatt kept a streak alive by getting a double in his sixth straight game. Last week, he went 3-for-3 with homer and a double in a 11-0 win vs. Vincent Memorial of Calexico.

Tanner Bibee (Mission Viejo)
One of the reasons the Diablos cracked this week’s State Top 20 is that they have Bibee as their No. 1 pitcher. He began this week with a 0.25 ERA and last week he allowed just two walks and one hit with 10 strikeouts during a 6-0 win over Capistrano Valley of Mission Viejo.

Etiwanda’s Chris Jimenez, one of two players for that team who hit for the cycle in back-to-back games, signs a letter of intent with Long Beach State. Photo: Twitter.com.


Blake Campbell (Thousand Oaks)
It was a classic pitching duel last week between the Lancers and league rival Westlake of Westlake Village and Campbell came up on top. He pitched his second straight shutout while striking out five during a 1-0 win over the Warriors.

Izaiah Davis & Wyatt Gilbert (Tulare Western)
Taking the mound in their league opener against Porterville, Gilbert pitched a complete-game shutout and nearly tossed a no-hitter as he allowed just one hit with eight strikeouts during the 4-0 win for the Mustangs. Davis also threw a one-hitter last week during a 3-0 win over Mission Oak and struck out a season-high five batters.

Antonio Escalante (Oceanside)
A player who earlier this season threw a no-hitter against Fallbrook, Escalante was excellent in a 7-4 victory against Mission Vista of Oceanside. He pitched a complete game and went 3-for-4 with a homer, double and two RBI.

Chase Farrell (Valencia)
In a Foothill League that has powerhouse programs like Hart, Valencia and West Ranch, no-hitters become especially newsworthy. Farrell got one for the Vikings when they blanked Golden Valley of Santa Clarita 10-0. In his no-hitter, the UCLA recruit had no walks and eight strikeouts. Two errors cost him the perfect game.

Bo Fick (Pinewood, Los Altos Hills)
In a victory by the Panthers against Alma Heights Christian, Fick used his stick to go 4 for 4 with seven RBI, four runs scored, two doubles and a home run. He was batting over .600 for the season after he did that, too.

Jacob Flores (Rio Mesa, Oxnard)
He’s been a strikeout machine so far for the Spartans and recently set his season-high for strikeouts with 13 and pitched a two-hitter in a 6-0 triumph vs. Pacifica of Oxnard.

Cameron Gaskill (El Camino Real, Woodland Hills)
San Dimas is a quality program that was nearly unbeaten two years ago so when Gaskill almost pitched a no-hitter against that team it’s stat star worthy. In the outing in which ECR won the game 8-0, Gaskill didn’t give up his first hit until two were out in the seventh inning.

Jacob Gilbreath (Enterprise, Redding)
Getting the start with the championship of the River City Classic Invitational on the line, Gilbreath allowed just two hits while striking 10 during a 2-0 win over Foothill of Palo Cedro.

Jonathan Guardado (Nogales, La Puente)
Already with one no-hitter this season, this senior right hander now has three after back to back no-hitters the last two weeks. Guardado first pitched six no-hit innings with 10 strikeouts during a 11-1 win over Azusa two weeks ago and last week pitched five no-hit innings with 11 strikeouts during a 14-0 win over Workman of the City of Industry. We assume Jonathan is the younger brother of 2015 Nogales grad Anthony Guardado, a third-round pick in the 2015 MLB Draft by the Atlanta Braves.

Brett Hansen (Foothill, Pleasanton)
He has been a pitching and hitting standout for a Falcons’ team that began 8-0-1. Against Dublin in a win last week, Hansen had a game-tying double and pitched a two-hitter with nine strikeouts. He also had a double and two RBI when Foothill beat Acalanes of Lafayette. For the season, Hansen had 32 strikeouts in 19 innings.

Tyler Hardman (Temescal Canyon, Lake Elsinore)
It’s been a few games ago, but it’s too hard not to mention what Hardman did in a 21-1 romp by his team over Lakeside of Lake Elsnore. In that game, he went 4-for-4 with two homers, a triple, double and nine RBI. In a more recent game, Hardman belted two more homers to help Temescal Canyon beat Elsinore 13-2.

Kyle Hatai (North, Torrance)
Not only did Kyle come up with the game-winning RBI as a batter, but he also got the win on the mound and did not walk a batter and struck out 12 during a 3-0 win over Hawthorne.

Jake Miller (Newbury Park)
Helping out his own cause, he had two hits at the plate and drove in two runs and that was more than enough to lead the Panthers past Agoura of Agoura Hills 5-0. In the same game, Miller he pitched a complete-game shutout with four strikeouts and gave up just two hits. He followed that performance from two weeks ago with another great performance last week when he pitched another complete-game shutout, finishing with a two-hitter and seven strikeouts in a 1-0 victory over Calabasas.

Isaiah Paige (Damien, La Verne)
A University of Michigan recruit, Paige turned up the heat in two wins for Damien last week. First, he pitched a three-hitter with just one walk allowed in a 2-0 triumph over Upland. Then later on, in a 11-2 win vs. Chino Hill, Paige went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer in a 11-2 victory vs. Chino Hills.

Nick Pratto (Huntington Beach)
He homered twice, doubled and drove in four runs during a 9-0 win over Los Alamitos. His teammates also had some good games as Hagen Danner pitched four scoreless innings with seven strikeouts while also hitting a two-run home run and Ben McConnell was a single shy of hitting for the cycle.

Abraham Ramos (Ridgeview, Bakersfield)
He had quite a game in a South Yosemite League contest by going 3-for-3 in hitting and getting a career high of seven RBI to lead the Wolfpack past West of Bakersfield 15-0.

Alex Reelfs (Los Altos)
This junior standout began the season with a no-hitter and continued to shine last week in a pair of games vs. Wilcox of Santa Clara. First, Reelfs blasted two home runs in a loss to the Chargers and then later he pitched a three-hit shutout in a win.

Steven Rivas & Chris Jimenez (Etiwanda)
These two may have made some history by each hitting for the cycle in back-to-back game. Rivas hit for the cycle in a win over Woodcrest Christian of Riverside and one day later his teammate Jimenez also hit for the cycle during a 19-0 win over Northview of Covina.

Jeremey Rivera (Locke, Los Angeles)
In a game already this week, Rivera raised his batting average to .595 for the season after going 4-for-4 with three RBI in a loss to Cholla of Tucson, Ariz. Two weeks ago, he went 4-for-4 with four runs scored and four RBI when the Saints beat Crenshaw of Los Angeles 28-3.

Jake Saum & Corey Gear (St. Bonaventure, Ventura)
these two combined to throw a no-hitter during a 13-0 win last week over Carpinteria. Saum pitched the first five innings and Gear pitched the final two and the duo also combined to strike out 11 batters.

Ryan Wilcox (Los Gatos)
Adding to his scoreless inning streak last week, Wilcox pitched seven shutout innings with six strikeouts during a 2-0 win over St. Ignatius of San Francisco. With that performance he improved to 4-0 on the year without allowing an earned run over 32 innings. Los Gatos also went back into this week’s State Top 20 rankings.

Miles Williams (St. Mary’s, Berkeley)
He’s been one of the top hitters in the early season in the East Bay. Williams went 3-for-3 with four RBI and two triples last week in a 14-3 triumph over De Anza of El Sobrante and already this week has gone 2-for-2 for three RBI in a 10-0 laugher vs. Pinole Valley of Pinole.

SOFTBALL

Alyssa Brundage (Fullerton)
Not only is this senior catcher a key contributor defensively but she swings a powerful bat as well. Brundage had an RBI double and also hit a three-run home run during a 10-3 win over El Rancho of Pico Rivera at the Coach Takk Classic.

Mariah Mazon was dominant hitter and power pitcher for Mission Oak in CIF Central Section playoffs. Photo: Twitter.com.


Blake Craft (Yuba City)
In a game played two weeks ago, this sophomore struck out 11 and only allowed one hit in four innings of a 10-0 win over Lindhurst of Olivehurst. Later in the week, she then hit a two-run, two-out walk-off home run during a 4-2 win over Marysville while also getting the win in the circle on a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts.

Aariyana Egan (Independence, Bakersfield)
A junior standout who plays multiple posiions, Egan had a career high and school record of nine RBI in a 19-0 crushing of Bakersfield West. She knocked in all those runs by hitting a grand slam and two doubles.

Alicia Estrada (Rio Mesa, Oxnard)
Making her case as a front runner for State Freshman of the Year, Estrada went 5-0 and pitched a no-hitter as her team captured the TNT championship two weeks ago. Last week, she allowed just one hit and an unearned run over nine innings while striking out 22 during a 2-1 win over Oxnard. In the last two weeks, the Spartans also have moved up into the top 10 of the state rankings.

Jocelyn Hurtado (Lathrop) & Izzy Starr (Mountain House)
In the craziest game we’ve seen so far this year (from two weeks ago), Hurtado and Lathrop outlasted Starr and Mountain House 25-24. Lathrop held on for the win after Mountain House had scored seven times in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Spartans had pushed their lead to 25-17 with five runs in the top of the seventh. Hurtado led Lathrop by going 4-for-6 with five runs scored and eight RBI. She had one homer and one double. Starr individually did even better with three home runs and scored five times. She also had seven RBI. The high score was due to neither team throwing strikes. Lathrop walked nine times while Mountain House walked 17 times.

Alexandra Lee (Washington, San Francisco)
In a recent 17-2 blasting of San Francisco Galileo, Alexandra connected for three doubles in three at-bats. Her two previous outings also were stat-tastic: 3-for-3 and 4-for-5. The sophomore was hitting well over .700 on the season.

Kalea Kaui (Lincoln, San Jose)
While the offense went crazy and she was part of it with a home run and three runs batted in, she also impressed in the circle. The sophomore pitched a five-inning no-hitter with four strikeouts during the 17-0 win over Lynbrook of San Jose.

Mariah Mazon (Mission Oak, Tulare)
We saw some big strikeout totals last week and she was one of those doing it. Mazon, one of the top players in the CIF Central Section last year, allowed just three hits, an unearned run and one walk while striking out 18 during a 2-1 win in 11 innings over Coalinga. According to CIF Central Section historian Bob Barnett, Mazon also went past 700 strikeouts for her career.

Makayla McCarthy (Steele Canyon, Spring Valley)
She was the MVP of the Hilltop tourney last weekend, mainly due to getting three pitching wins in one day. Her best of those wins was a one-hitter in five innings vs. Serra of San Diego. She also had some solid outings at the plate last week, including 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBI in a win vs. Otay Ranch of Chula Vista.

Lexy Mills (Agoura, Agoura Hills)
Needing to throw more than just seven no-hit innings, the super sophomore finished with an eight inning no hitter while striking out 19 during a 1-0 win over Thousand Oaks.

Callie Nunes (Ceres)
She’s from the same school as our 2016 Ms. Softball State Player of the Year, Nicole Bates, and she’s having a strong senior season. Nunes tossed a no-hitter last week and had 15 strikeouts in a 2-0 victory against Turlock. Two weeks ago, she had a one-hitter with 21 strikeouts over nine innings in a win vs. Oakdale. Nunes had 136 strikeouts on the season after she played on March 29.

Danielle Pasquariello (Pacific Grove)
In leading the Breakers to a lopsided win vs. Greenfield, Pasquariello shined with five hits and two home runs. Three other teammates had three hits while Lauren Coppla added a homer.

Kate Polucha (Aliso Niguel, Aliso Viejo)
She had a big game last week during a 10-1 win over Tesoro of Mission Viejo. Polucha batted 4-for-5 with a double, two home runs and drove in six runs.

Linnah Rebolledo (Ramona, Riverside)
From a possible state record standpoint, Rebolledo is one to watch for home runs. She began this week with nine already this spring and last week she had a double, a homer and six RBI when Ramona ripped La Sierra of Riverside 25-0.

Alyse Rojas (Vacaville)
It was hard not to notice Alyse just went 3-for-3 in a game just played on Friday afternoon (vaca beat Rodriguez of Fairfield 14-1), but what gets her on the honor roll was this from two weeks ago: 3-for-4 with two homers, a double and eight RBI in a 21-4 victory vs. Armijo of Fairfield.

Madison Saunders (Santa Clara, Oxnard)
She had more hits herself than she allowed as she went 3 for 4 with two runs scored as a batter while in the circle she struck out 10 while allowing just one hit during a 7-2 win over Nordhoff of Ojai.

Jessica Seely (Foothill, Palo Cedro)
During the Anderson Cubs Classic championship, this all-state returnee did a bit of everything. She went 4-for-4 with two home runs and five runs batted in during an 8-1 win over Shasta of Redding. SHe next got the start in the championship game and allowed just two hits and struck out 13 while also getting two hits with a triple in the 3-1 win over East Nicolaus of Nicolaus.

McKinzie Spriggs (Galt)
From a game two weeks ago we had to write up, Spriggs was huge with two triples, one double and a 5-for-5 line and seven RBI to lead the Warriors past Cordova of Rancho Cordova, 20-4. Earlier in the season, she had a 4-for-4 game vs. Weston Ranch of Stockton.

Paul Muyskens is the Stockton office assistant editor for Cal-Hi Sports. 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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