Baseball: Luke Eubank is 9-0 after throwing two-hit shutout
The pitcher of the year in Southern California so far is Luke Eubank of Newbury Park. He improved to 9-0 and lowered his ERA to 1.08 after throwing a two-hitter in the Panthers' 3-0 victory over Long Beach Wilson in a first-round Southern Section Division 1 opener.
He struck out six and walked none in outdueling Chase DeJong. Newbury Park scored three runs in the fourth, getting a squeeze bunt from Daniel Barnett and a two-run single from Nick Lovullo. Joe Christian also had a big hit-and-run single in the inning.
It was Eubank's sixth shutout of the season. He doesn't throw hard but he always throws strikes. He has walked just 10 batters in 65 innings. He got 11 ground-ball outs.
The game lasted 70 minutes and Eubank threw only 73 pitches, so he's expected to come back on Tuesday in a second-round game against El Toro.
-- Eric Sondheimer