Baseball: Right-hander J.D. Busfield is impressive for Valencia
No one around Valencia can remember the last time the baseball team got only two hits and won. The Vikings usually win games, 10-9, or 15-14. Perhaps this season's team is different, and the Vikings seem to have found an ace in 6-foot-6 junior right-hander J.D. Busfield, who struck out four, walked none and gave up six hits in a 3-1 win over Granada Hills Kennedy on Friday.
"It's very encouraging to see a young pitcher step up like that," Coach Jared Snyder said.
Freshman Devin Davis had an RBI single. Kennedy pitcher Moises Ceja also pitched well, giving up just two hits with five strikeouts. But five walks helped Valencia scored two unearned runs. Pablo Gonzalez had three hits for Kennedy.
In other Easton tournament games, Cody Thompson struck out seven, walked none and gave up two hits in Alemany's 4-0 win over Thousand Oaks. Loyola upset Camarillo and ace pitcher Hunter Virant, 10-6, behind Angelo Armenta, who had two doubles. Chris DeVito had three hits and three RBIs and Jared Holley added two hits in Chatsworth's 11-1 win over Palmdale.
No. 1 Harvard-Westlake defeated Burbank Burroughs, 13-5. Lucas Giolito gave up one hit in four innings, striking out four and walking none. Arden Pabst had three doubles and five RBIs. Simi Valley defeated St. Francis, 5-2. Nick Vigo had a triple. Reece Schmidt got the win.
El Camino Real used a six-run fifth inning to rally for a 7-4 win over Burbank. Hayden Rappoport had two hits and two RBIs. Sophomore Davis LeBarron threw four shutout innings of relief in West Ranch's 6-0 win over Rio Mesa.
Quartz Hill defeated Hart, 4-0. Brandon Leonhardi and DJ Milam combined on the shutout. Ty Boyles had a two-run single. St. Bonaventure and Cleveland finished in a 2-2 tie after eight innings. Grant Shapiro had three hits for Cleveland. Chaminade defeated Dos Pueblos, 7-4. Nolan Bennett and Sam Mayall had three hits each. Luke Dykstra hit the first pitch of the game for a home run in Westlake's 5-4 win over Oaks Christian. Calabasas defeated Crespi, 6-5.
Agoura and Saugus ended in an 8-8 tie.
-- Eric Sondheimer