NorCal/SoCal Players of the Week

Two of this week’s NorCal/SoCal Players of the Week are Autumn Pease of Murrieta Mesa & Aiden Yarwood from Capuchino. Photos: Twitter.com & smdailyjournal.com.


Leading the way among this week’s fearsome foursome is San Bruno of Capuchino’s Aiden Yarwood, who pitched his second no-hitter of the season. The CIF Central Coast Section also gets a sweep with the softball honoree from NorCal coming from Mountain View St. Francis. This week’s two SoCal picks are from CIF Southern Section schools Quartz Hill and Murrieta Mesa.

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Cal-Hi Sports Northern California
Baseball Player of the Week

Aiden Yarwood (Capuchino, San Bruno) Sr.

For the second time this season, this senior right-hander pitched a no-hitter, this time striking out four and allowing four walks to lead the Mustangs in a 6-0 win over Burlingame last Friday in the Peninsula Athletic League.

For the season, heading into this week, Yarwood also lowered his ERA to 0.32 to go with a 5-2 record. He’s also one of Capuchino’s top hittiers with a .321 average and 12 RBI through 17 games.

Earlier this season, Aiden pitched his first no-hitter during an 11-0 win against Archbishop Riordan of San Francisco and in that game he also struck out a season-best nine batters. Yarwood nearly made it back-to-back no-hitters as in his next start after the Riordan game he allowed just one hit during a 2-1 win over Pioneer of San Jose.

Cal-Hi Sports Northern California
Softball Player of the Week

Hannah Damore (St. Francis, Mountain View) Soph.

Standing 5-foot-10, this sophomore looks like an upperclassmen at the plate and is following up her freshman season that saw her hit .303 with an even bigger sophomore season.

Damore already has driven in 37 runs and hit seven home runs while hitting .400 heading into this week. In the Lancers’ two wins last week, she went a combined 5-for-7 with three runs batted in, three doubles and a home run. Damore’s homer and all three of her runs batted in came during a 15-1 over Westmont of Campbell.

A few weeks ago, Hannah drove in a season-high seven runs and hit two home runs during a 15-0 win over Sacred Heart Cathedral of San Francisco. She has driven in a run in 14 out of the team’s 21 games this season, helping the Lancers to a 16-5 record on the year.

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Cal-Hi Sports Southern California
Baseball Player of the Week

Jonathan Cornish (Quartz Hill) Sr.

Following back-to-back seasons of hitting over .400 as a sophomore and junior for the Rebels’ varsity, this captain is making sure his senior season is one to remember.

Going 5 for 8 in Quartz Hill’s two wins last week over Eastside of Lancaster, it was the final game of the week that saw Cornish’s biggest performance as he went 3 for 4 with four runs batted in and two triples. The four RBI also tied his season-high while the two triples was the second time in three games that he recorded that feat to now have five triples on the year. It takes 10 triples for one season to get into the state record book.

The big week also enabled Cornish to pump up his season totals heading into this week. He’s among the reported state leaders (according to MaxPreps) with eight home runs and also has 25 RBI and a .543 batting average.

Cal-Hi Sports Southern California
Softball Player of the Week

Autumn Pease (Murrieta Mesa, Murrieta) Jr.

After a week in which she helped put a scare into national and state No. 1 Norco in a 1-0 loss at the Michelle Carew Classic, Pease had another more than solid week at the plate and in the circle in a pair of Southwestern League games.

In a 4-0 victory vs. Temecula Valley of Temecula, Pease tossed a one-hitter with 12 strikeouts and also went 1-for-3 with an RBI double. Then later in the week against the same team, while she gave up some runs she did strike out 11 and went 3-for-3 with a double, a homer and two RBI in a 7-6 triumph.

So far for the 16-5 Rams, Pease is hitting .403 with two homers and 18 RBI and also has a 0.73 ERA to go with 156 strikeouts in 114.1 innings. She got out to a hot start at the Stu Penter Classic, leading Murrieta Mesa to the championship. That came in a 4-1 win over Riverside Poly, which is now 17-3 and in the State Top 20. Some later losses have dropped the Rams, but with Pease in the circle they are capable of beating any team on any day.

Paul Muyskens is the assistant editor at the Stockton office of 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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