The Leland High School baseball team had 14 batters reach base April 27 against visiting Leigh.
But it was the only extra-base hit of the game that stood out. Chargers sophomore Carson Yates slammed a fifth-inning two-run home run over approximately a 30-foot fence in left field to give Leland insurance runs in a 4-1 victory.
Entering this week, Yates was batting .443 with three home runs and 17 RBI. He was 3 for 3 in the April 27 win with three RBI, and he also had a home run and two RBI in the Chargers’ 7-3 nonleague loss to Aptos on April 28.
“He’s been unbelievable for us, offensively and defensively,” said Leland coach Mike Sparrer about the 6-foot-3 outfielder. “He’s not by any means a finished product. He’s a guy that I think is still going to get better.”
The Chargers put the ball in play in the April 27 game – in addition to six hits, five batters reached base by fielder’s choice and one reached base due to an error. On April 25, Leland had 15 hits in a 14-6 victory over Leigh.
“We’re always trying to get those bats going early … it just sets the tone early,” Yates said.
The Chargers took the lead for good in the bottom of the first inning. Anthony Sortino reached base on a fielder’s choice, moved to third on a single to right field by Albert Hsiao, and scored on a single to center by Yates. Hsiao then scored on an error for a 2-0 Chargers lead.
Hsiao, who entered this week with a .414 batting average, also singled in the fifth inning before being lifted for pinch-runner Kekoa Lopez. The Washington-bound Hsiao finished 2 for 3 with a run scored in the game.
Leland also received a complete-game from pitcher Justin Kuhns. The senior allowed only two hits through five innings and finished with a five-hitter, three strikeouts and no walks.
Kuhns also received major defensive help from third baseman Michael Garcia, who made several outstanding plays.
With the April 27 victory, Leland remained tied with Willow Glen for first place in the Blossom Valley Athletic League Mt. Hamilton Division with an 8-2 division record. Leigh fell to 5-5 in the Mt. Hamilton Division.
Leigh scored its run in the top of the sixth inning. With one out, pinch hitter Nicolas Robinson singled to left-center field. Ren Lowe followed with a bunt single. Garcia made a great stop of a Robbie Hamchuk infield smash and proceeded to get a force out at second base. But Leigh’s Mitchell Dowd followed with an RBI single to left field.
In the opener between the two teams on April 25, Leland’s Trevor Johannes hit three doubles, scored two runs and drove in three. Kuhns also had three hits, including a double, two runs scored and two RBI. Ryan Renelle, who also was impressive defensively at first base on April 27, was 2 for 2 with a double and an RBI. Teammate Joey Taddie was 2 for 5 with a double and two RBI.
Leigh’s Aidan Selfridge was 3 for 3, including a double and a triple, with two runs scored and two RBI. Hamchuk was 3 for 4 with a run scored, and teammate Tyler Mead hit a double and drove in two runs.
Leigh bounced back with a 12-7 nonleague win over Los Altos to enter this week with a 13-10 overall record. Hamchuk slammed a home run and drove in four runs in the victory. Mead was 3 for 3 with two RBI, and teammates Michael Montrezza, Trevor Strachman, Lowe and Dowd all had two hits and a total of seven runs scored.
Leland entered this week with a 12-7-1 overall record after the loss to Aptos. Sortino was 3 for 4 with a run scored, and Garcia was 2 for 3, including a double, with a run scored.
Willow Glen swept Live Oak with a pair of shutouts to remain tied for first in the Mt. Hamilton Division.
The Rams’ Aaron Burriesci pitched six innings of one-hit ball, and Davis Miller added a hitless seventh inning in a 1-0 shutout over the Acorns on April 25. Willow Glen scored in the bottom of the first inning on an RBI from Matt Miller, who was 3 for 3 in the game. Joey Costantino added two hits in the win.
Then Willow Glen improved to 18-4 overall with a 5-0 victory over Live Oak on April 27. Miller pitched a seven-hitter with nine strikeouts, and was also 2 for 3 at the plate with a run scored and an RBI. Antonio Silvas was 2 for 2 with two RBI, and Costantino and Matt Miller both had two hits in the win.
Pioneer won three straight Mt. Hamilton Division games last week, including a sweep of Santa Teresa.
On April 23, the Mustangs edged Live Oak 1-0 in eight innings. Nick Garcia pitched all eight innings and allowed only one hit and no walks, striking out five batters, Ian Torpey drove in the winning run in the top of the eighth inning.
Two days later, Pioneer produced 11 hits in a 10-3 win over Santa Teresa. Jonathon Teschner was 3 for 4 with two runs scored and two RBI and teammate Hayden Matulich was 2 for 3, including a double, with two runs scored and two RBI.
In a 6-1 win over Santa Teresa on April 27, Jake Rincon and Torpey combined for a five-hitter and 11 strikeouts. Matulich had a double and a triple, a run scored and three RBI. Torpey was also 2 for 2, including a double, and drove in a run. Pioneer entered the week with a 15-7 overall record and 7-3 Mt. Hamilton Division mark.
Lincoln was 3-1 last week, including a split with Sobrato, to enter this week with a 14-7 overall record and 8-2 BVAL Santa Teresa Division mark, one game behind division leader Piedmont Hills.
On April 23, Lincoln had 10 hits in a 4-3 win over Independence. Casey Bleicker was 2 for 4, including a triple, with a run scored for the Lions. Teammate Gus Murphy was 3 for 4 with two runs scored and an RBI, and Adam Henriques was 2 for 3 with two RBI. Bryan Pantoja had Lincoln’s other RBI.
Bleicker was also 2 for 4, including a double, with a run scored and an RBI in a 5-3 loss to Sobrato on April 24. Henriques and Jacob Hall both had two hits, and Hall drove in three runs in a 6-2 win over Sobrato two days later. The Lions ended the week with a 12-2 victory over Hill on April 27.
Branham was swept by Westmont, but won a nonleague game with Scotts Valley to enter this week with a 9-12-1 overall record and 3-7 Mt. Hamilton Division mark.
In the 8-5 win over Scotts Valley on April 24, Henry Wright slammed a home run and was 3 for 4 in the game with three runs scored and two RBI. Carter Jones was also 3 for 4 with two doubles, two RBI and a run scored. Carson Ledesma, Connor Seoane and Evan Bartlett each had two hits in the victory.
Cameron Rynhard had two hits and Bartlett drove in both of the Bruins’ runs in a 7-2 loss to Westmont on April 25. Two days later, Westmont shut out Branham 5-0.
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Yates blast helps Leland baseball team beat Leigh