Freshman throws a one-hitter to lead his varsity team to a league championship. This week’s best also includes J.D. Cisneros of Bakersfield Ridgeview (6-for-6) and Dalton Smith of San Diego University City.
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(After games of Saturday, May 12; includes some games as of Wednesday, May 16; Contributing: Bob Barnett, Mark Tennis)
Brady Aiken (Cathedral Catholic, San Diego)
The promising sophomore shut out Coronado in the Dons’ 5-0 Western League with 13 strikeouts in six innings. He has helped Cathedral Catholic to the No. 2 state ranking in Division III so far this season.
Charlie Caccamo (El Cerrito)
We’re going coo-coo for Caccamo after he had three hits, four steals and scored twice in a 13-2 win over Pinole Valley of Pinole.
Ben Carasco (Stuart Hall, San Francisco)
The Knights’ senior was 3-for-4 with a home run and five RBIs in an 11-3 win over crosstown Lick Wilmerding.
Hank Childs (Parker, San Diego)
It was no kid-like performance in a football-like final score of 18-10 over Bishop's as Childs went 5-for-5 with three doubles and six runs batted in.
J.D. Cisneros (Ridgeview, Bakersfield)
He went 6-for-6 at the plate with three RBIs and scored four times in a 21-4 win by the Wolfpack over South of Bakersfield.
Joe DeMers (College Park, Pleasant Hill)
Whether or not this 6-foot, 215-pound freshman grows a few inches, you may be hearing a lot more about the Eagles’ right-handed pitcher in the future. This week, in a 2-0 win over Northgate (Walnut Creek), he tossed a one-hitter with no walks and eight strikeouts. He only needed 75 pitches to lead College Park to its first Diablo Valley Athletic League title since 1994.
Christopher Flexen (Newark Memorial, Newark)
Somehow Flexen just keeps those biceps moving. In a 7-1 win over Irvington of Fremont, the Cougars’ senior tossed a three-hitter with 14 strikeouts, and also was 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles and an RBI.
Nolan Gannon (Santa Fe Christian, Solana Beach)
Doing it all in a 3-0 win over La Jolla Country Day, he homered and drove in all three runs while striking out 13 and pitching a complete-game shutout.
Juan Garcia (Firebaugh)
He was perfect at the plate, going 4-for-4, which included two triples, one double and six RBIs in a 20-0 win over Avenal.
Colby Genasci (Salinas)
The Cowboys’ right-handed senior pitcher, who earlier this season no-hit Tri-County League champion San Benito of Hollister, ended up delivering San Benito the league title. His three-hitter (none after the second inning) in a 4-0 victory over Palma (Salinas) cost Palma the championship.
Christopher Hau (Washington, San Francisco)
Hau never asked how, the Eagles’ junior right-handed pitcher and slugger just went to San Francisco State University knowing he could get the job done. Not only did he pitch a complete game, he stole a base and finished 3-for-4 at the plate, including smoking a two-run single that gave his team a commanding 6-1 lead in a 7-4 victory over Oakland Tech of Oakland. The win swept the Transbay Series and gave Washington its first Transbay title since 2006.
Justin Jacome (Redlands East Valley, Redlands)
Helping the Wildcats clinch at least a share of the Citrus Belt League championship, he pitched 9 2/3 scoreless innings of relief and tripled and scored the game-winning run in a 5-4, 14-inning win over Yucaipa.
Nick Kern (Brea Olinda, Brea)
Making sure the Wildcats postseason would be more than one game, Kern pitched six shutout innings while allowing just one hit in Brea’s 3-0 win over JSerra.
Ben Krauth (Northgate, Walnut Creek)
The senior southpaw pitched a no-hitter with nine strikeouts in a 16-0 win over crosstown Berean Christian.
Devin Mahoney & Kevin Flemer (St. Mary’s, Berkeley)
Mahoney had two home runs, knocked in six, and scored four times in a 20-3 romp over Salesian of Richmond. This week he came back with four RBIs, three coming on a double that cleared the bases and won the game, in a wild 13-12 victory over Encinal of Alameda. Flemer hit a home run and also had six RBIs against Salesian and three hits and two RBIs versus Encinal.
Kyle McAllister (Mt. Whitney, Visalia)
He had a big day by hitting a home run and a double for six RBIs in a 9-0 win over arch-rival Redwood of Visalia.
Reed Nothwang (Ventura)
Striking out nine batters, he pitched a complete-game shutout as the Cougars defeated Buena 1-0 to clinch a CIF Southern Section playoff spot.
Dalton Smith (University City, San Diego)
On the mound, he pitched a shutout in a 1-0 win over Point Loma of San Diego, but it was what he did the game before that stood out the most as he went 4-for-5 with three home runs and eight runs batted in during their 14-1 victory over Point Loma.
Kaito Streets (Sequoia, Redwood City)
He tried to reach the street with two home runs in a 6-4 win over Woodside that gave the Cherokees a share of the Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division championship.
Rinaldo Thompkins (Santa Clara)
His team had won only three games coming into a game with Los Gatos last week, but the Bruins woke up big-time, particularly Thompkins, in a 20-3 victory. The junior infielder had four hits, including a triple and double, with five knocked in.
Jacob Warken (Western, Anaheim)
The Pioneers picked up a rare Empire League win – 1-0 over Tustin -- as all of Warken’s pitches were Warken well in a 10-strikeout, no-hit performance.
Eli Wiliams (Cordova, Rancho Cordova)
Making the most of his two hits, he tripled and drove in five runs during the Lancers’ 26-0 four-inning win over Mira Loma of Sacramento.
Zach Williams (Valencia, Placentia)
Not only did Williams pitch a shutout, but he also homered for the game's only run as the Tigers defeated Yucaipa in the CIFSS playoff opener.