Two of our stat stars this week also are currently being considered for all-state basketball teams: Chase Watkins of Watsonville St. Francis and Brooke Panfili of Lafayette Acalanes. This week’s baseball honor roll also includes pitchers with ERAs of 0.25, 0.25 and 0.19, including one sophomore from Vista Murrieta who beat state’s No. 2-ranked team. In softball, we also have four-year regular Chloe Romero ringing up her second perfect game and seventh no-hitter.
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(All players listed in alphabetical order)
(Writeups by Cal-Hi Sports editor Mark Tennis, contributing editor Paul Muyskens & CIF Central Section historian Bob Barnett)
(For games played through Saturday, April 22 with some games from this week)
Kevin Abel (Madison, San Diego)
Whenever Abel pitches, the Warhawks can beat anybody. He was at his best last week in a 4-0 win vs. St. Augustine of San Diego with nine strikeouts, no walks and just two hits. Abel lowered his ERA to 1.32 and put his season record at 5-0.
Jorge Arellano (Downey)
Moving to 4-1 on the season with a 1.42 ERA, he allowed just two hits while striking out 11 in a 11-0 win Crean Lutheran of Irvine at the St. Paul tournament.
Josh Bozoian (Ayala, Chino Hills)
Players from Etiwanda aren’t the only ones in the Baseline League cranking out big hitting totals. Bozoian went 4-for-4 with a homer in a 13-1 triumph vs. Diamond Bar last week and then went 2-for-2 with three runs scored and one homer in a 10-0 blanking of Chino Hills. Bozoian now has six homers for the season.
Hagen Danner (Huntington Beach)
Named tournament MVP of the Boras Classic South Region, he allowed just one hit and walked two over six innings while striking out 10 in a win over Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks. Both teams entered that game in the top five of the state rankings. During the tournament, Danner also hit two home runs and drove in four runs.
John Jackson Jr. (Serra, Gardena)
The son of the former USC football standout and longtime prep football TV broadcaster continued to shine during his junior season last week in a 11-3 win by Cavaliers against Warren of Downey. Jackson went 3-for-3 with a homer and three RBI and kept his batting average among the reported state leaders at .609.
Ryan Jenkins (St. Mary’s, Berkeley)
In four games at the Dick Windemuth tourney, the only game in which Jenkins was retired on an out was the first one. He then went 2-for-2 vs. Grace Davis of Modesto, 2-for-2 with three runs scored vs. Modesto and finally 3-for-3 vs. Sacred Heart Prep of Atherton. Jenkins also scored eight times in those games. He raised his batting average to .479.
Skyler Johnson (Katella, Anaheim)
He’s been averaging well over one strikeout per inning and last week pumped away nine strikeouts while throwing a one-hitter during a 4-0 shutout of Santa Ana Century. Johnson, who also had one hit, one run and one RBI in that game, was at 76 Ks in 62.2 innings with a 0.56 ERA for the season.
Devin Kirby (Ukiah)
Pitching a complete game shutout during a 10-0 win over Cardinal Newman of Santa Rosa, he allowed just two hits and one walk while striking out six as he picked up his fifth win on the year. After five innings this week vs. Windsor, Kirby again didn’t give up and earned run and lowered his ERA to 0.25. He’s only given up earned runs in one game all season.
Zane Lindeman (La Salle, Pasadena)
He was the man during a 2-0 win over San Pedro last week at the St. Paul tournament. Lindeman pitched a no-hitter with seven strikeouts for his third win of the season.
Andrew Mosiello (Vista Murrieta, Murrieta)
The Broncos trusted this sophomore to make a big start against Chatsworth (ranked No. 2 in the state at the time) in the Boras Classic and he did not disappoint. Mosiello went 6.1 innings, allowing just four hits and an unearned run while walking none and striking out six during a 4-2 win. He began this week 5-0 on the year with a 0.19 ERA with 38 strikeouts in 37.2 innings.
Sean Prozell (Carlmont, Belmont)
Standing out at the plate and on the mound, he led the Scots to a doubleheader sweep of Woodside. Prozell hit a grand-slam home run in game one and finished 3-for-5 in a 17-7 victory. He followed it up with a six shutout innings while allowing just three hits with nine strikeouts as the Scots won 14-0. With the pitching win, Prozell also improved to 8-0 on the season with a 0.25 ERA.
Chase Watkins (St. Francis, Watsonville)
You may remember Chase as one of the top players for a St. Francis boys basketball team that went to the CIF Division V state final and lost by one point to Rolling Hills Prep. He’s now one of the leading baseball players in Santa Cruz/Monterey counties. The 6-foot-4 senior hit for the cycle last week and finished 5 for 5 with two home runs (including a grand slam) and eight RBI in a 14-4 win over Scotts Valley. Then later in the week, Watkins tossed a one-hitter with 15 strikeouts and went 2-for-4 with three RBI as the Sharks blasted Harbor of Santa Cruz 21-0.
Reece Weinberg (Chaminade, West Hills)
Take away the first e in his last name and you have win and that is what he did at the Righetti Tournament. Weinberg pitched a one-hit shutout with two strikeouts and no walks during a 3-0 semifinal win over Eastern. During the tournament, he also had four runs batted in and hit .308 as the Eagles captured the championship.
Alika Williams (Rancho Bernardo, San Diego)
After back-to-back seasons with over 20 runs batted in, he had been quiet this season until breaking out in a big way during a 25-1 win over Mission Vista of Oceanside. In that game, Williams hit his first two home runs of the season and drove in seven runs. He also had a four double game against the Timberwolves as ended the week with six doubles, a triple, two home runs and nine runs batted in over three games.
Alexis Allan (Oak Hills, Hesperia)
The Hills is Hesperia are alive with sound of Allan’s bat connecting for homers. She hit three of them in two separate games earlier this season against Victor Valley and Burroughs of Ridgecrest and is among the state leaders with 10. In a 24-2 win vs. Hesperia last week, Allan went 2-for-2 with five runs scored and four RBI. She has signed with Michigan and also has USA Softball experience.
Jessica Castillo (Monache, Porterville)
In a 5-3 win against Tulare Western, Castillo smacked two home runs, scored two times and was 3-for-3 at the plate. Teammate Chloe Rivas also pitched a three-hitter with 15 strikeouts.
Aiyanna Cruz (Gunderson, San Jose)
Improving her batting average to .618 on the season,she has been swinging a hot bat for the Grizzlies. In a win last week vs. Andrew Hill of San Jose, Cruz homered twice and drove in four runs.
Sofia Earle (Carondelet, Concord)
Not only did she pitch a one-hit shutout against Dublin last week but she also pitched a no-hitter while going 3 for 3 with an RBI during a 10-0 win over Granada of Livermore. In those two games, Earle also finished with 22 strikeouts.
Avery Lawley (Buchanan, Clovis)
Showing that the Buchanan softball team has some pop to go with the school’s top-ranked baseball team, Lawley had a career high of seven RBI, which included two doubles, four runs scored and she went 4-for-4 in a 16-0 win over East Bakersfield at the Arroyo Grande Tournament.
Shealyn Ollison (Vista Murrieta, Murrieta)
The Broncos remained undefeated in the Southwestern League with two wins over Murrieta Mesa. Ollison pitched two complete games,including a two-hit shutout in the team’s 6-0 win.
Brooke Panfili (Acalanes, Lafayette)
An athlete we are currently considering for at least one of our all-state girls basketball teams, Panfili is showing off her athleticism in two sports this spring. While we don’t normally include track performances in this honor roll, Panfili finished third in the 100 in a track meet against Ygnacio Valley but it was her softball performance that gets her listed here. In the circle, she pitched a no-hitter against Miramonte of Orinda and a one-hitter against Ygnacio Valley with 18 strikeouts in the two games combined. At the plate, Brooke also went 5-for-8 with five runs scored.
Haylee Ridge (Mayfair, Lakewood)
Nearly doubling her season runs batted in total in two games last week, Ridge drove in three runs during an 13-3 win over Valley Christian of Cerritos and then had four runs batted in during a 10-2 win over St. Joseph of Lakewood.
JaSha Roberts (Jurupa Hills)
This Jurupa Hills player has been ripping ropes. In three games last week, Roberts racked up eight hits, including three doubles, a triple and seven runs batted in. She also extended her current hitting streak to 14 games.
Chloe Romero (Acadmey of Careers & Exploration, Helendale)
A stat star regular because of her abilities combined with lower-level competition, Romero pitched her seventh no-hitter of the season and her second perfect game when her team blanked Cobalt Institute last week 18-0. Romero also finished with 14 strikeouts.
Abigail Sebert (San Diego High Tech)
One of the San Diego Union Tribune’s athletes of the week, Sebert tossed a perfect game with 12 strikeouts as the Storm blew by Chula Vista Learning Charter in five innings. She also improved her record to 6-1.
Vivian Valencia (Marina)
The sophomore infielder has been batting well over .700 so far this season and had two more strong outings last week. First, Valencia went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI vs. York of Monterey (15-0 win) and then later went 4-for-4 with a triple and two RBI in a 5-3 loss to Greenfield.