Baseball: First start is a good one for Kyle Molnar [Updated]
After playing high school basketball all winter, sophomore right-hander Kyle Molnar of Aliso Niguel has had little time to practice his pitching. That's why his first start on the mound on Wednesday must be considered impressive for his ability to throw strikes.
He shut out Gardena Serra for the first four innings, striking out four and walking none. He gave up a two-run triple to Denz'l Chapman in the fifth before leaving the game, but Aliso Niguel (2-2) was able to defeat the Cavaliers, 7-5. A couple of Molnar's fastballs were clocked on a radar gun reaching 91 mph. Justin Fowler had a leadoff triple for Aliso Niguel.
Serra (2-2) played well even though it didn't have standout Dominic Smith (ejected on Monday) and five other players who remain ineligible while going through transfer issues.
Orange Lutheran (3-0) defeated Esperanza, 7-1. Josh Morgan and Joey Sanchez had two hits apiece. Morgan is eight for 12 in three games. Leo Hernandez struck out nine in six innings.
Bonita defeated Carter, 3-1, with Jon Reid striking out seven and allowing two hits in six innings. Ben Fonseca threw the shutout in Baldwin Park's 10-0 win over Colony.
Sherman Oaks Notre Dame improved to 2-0 after a 13-2 win over Santa monica. Jack Morello threw five innings and Chris Colarossi hit a bases loaded triple.
Josh DeVries allowed two hits, struck out six and walked none in Capistrano Valley's 9-0 win over Laguna Hills.
Oxnard Pacifica defeated Arleta, 12-2. Sun Valley Poly (2-0) defeated Sylmar, 5-2. Josue Moreno threw a complete game with six strikeouts. Granada Hills defeated Garfield, 9-2. Justin Castaneda had four hits, including a home run and double. JB Garcia, Clayton Hubbard and Patrick Lofgren added two hits apiece.
Granada Hills Kennedy and Birmingham tied, 2-2, in eight innings. Moises Ceja of Kennedy struck out 13 in seven innings. Daniel Rivas pitched all eight innings for Birmingham, striking out five. Audelio Camacho had two hits and RBI triple. San Pedro defeated North Hollywood, 6-2. San Fernando defeated Campbell Hall, 7-2. Carlos Robles hit a home run and had three RBIs. Roberto Ramos also homered.
Brentwood defeated New Roads, 11-1. Grant defeated Viewpoint, 4-3. Jonny Psaltis had three hits and four RBIs in Crescenta Valley's 10-4 win over Mark Keppel.
-- Eric Sondheimer