Baseball: Chasen Ford throws four-hitter for El Toro
The South Coast League began play on Friday with a huge matchup of El Toro taking on Capistrano Valley, and El Toro's Chasen Ford came through with a four-hitter, striking out seven and walking one in a 4-0 victory. Dan James hit a three-run home run.
Mission Viejo defeated Tesoro, 10-4, with junior Tyler Clark getting three hits, including a home run. Kyle Candalla added two hits and two RBIs.
In the Sunset League, Fountain Valley (7-0) defeated Huntington Beach, 5-0. Monty Plattner threw six shutout innings. In the Trinity League, Mater Dei defeated Santa Margarita, 4-2. Tyler Adkison hit a two-run home run. JSerra defeated St. John Bosco, 8-5. Jake Pries had two hits and Parker Joe Robinson had three RBIs.
In the Foothill League, Valencia improved to 2-0 with an 8-5 win over West Ranch. Devon Davis had a three-run home run in the sixth for Valencia. J.D. Krauskopf hit a three-run home run in the first for West Ranch. Hart defeated Canyon, 5-4, despite getting only one hit. Saugus defeated Golden Valley, 15-1. Joey Mendez had a three-run home run and Chris Danielson (3-0) threw five shutout innings.
In the Mission League, Alemany is 2-0 after an 8-3 win over St. Francis. Kyle Merkel struck out six in six innings. Nick Suniga had two doubles and two RBIs. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame defeated Crespi, 14-4. Chris Colarossi had four hits and Michael Wilson and JJ Muno added three hits apiece.
In the Marmonte League, Bryce Fehmel contributed three hits in Agoura's 12-9 sweep of Newbury Park this week. Zander Clarke had three hits and three RBIs for the Panthers. Spencer Dubaich pitched Simi Valley past Moorpark, 8-3. Matt Donovan and Luke Dysktra had two hits apiece in Westlake's 10-2 win over Royal. Thousand Oaks defeated Calabasas, 2-1, in eight innings. Jordie Stephens of Calabasas had a shutout through six innings.
Paramount upset Gahr, 1-0. Ulices Moreno threw five no-hit innings with six strikeouts and zero walks. Frankie Valenzuela got the save.
Montebello defeated Alhambra, 1-0, in nine innings. Chris Gonzalez drove in the winning run. Jose Amezquita of Alhambra had a no-hitter for eight innings with 10 strikeouts.
In the Baseline League, Glendora defeated Alta Loma, 7-1. Matt Young and Kale Morton combined on a one-hitter. Nick Kaye had two doubles.
El Camino Real defeated Palisades, 4-3, with the final out coming on a runner thrown out at the plate. Nick Snyder hit a three-run home run. San Fernando defeated Maywood, 5-0. Armando Esparza threw a complete game and had a no-hitter through five innings. Oscar Garcia had two hits. Miguel Castaneda had two RBIs.
Cleveland defeated Narbonne, 8-1. Jack Hartman threw five scoreless innings. Nate Shapiro, Ben Kaser and Reno Rankin had two hits apiece.
Ventura defeated Santa Barbara, 5-0, behind Jay Navarro in a Channel League opener. He struck out 11 and walked one.
Angel Villagran struck out seven and walked none in Burbank's 10-0 win over Hoover. Crescenta Valley defeated Muir, 10-0. Bryan Wang threw five innings with eight strikeouts. Michael Russo hit a three-run home run.
Malibu defeated Santa Paula, 5-1. Freshman Ezra Allen threw 4 2/3 innings of no-hit ball and junior Noah Simon followed with 2 1/3 innings of no-hit ball with four strikeouts.
-- Eric Sondheimer