Trevor Jones Homers & Pitches a 3 Hit Shut-out
BY LYNN GUERIN
LA Angels rookie sensation Shohei Ohtani seems to be changing a paradigm in major league baseball. The same player hitting homeruns and pitching shutouts on a regular basis hadn’t happened in the Big Leagues since the early days of Babe Ruth back in the 1920’s. Now Ohtani seems to be saying with his performance, “stay tuned you will be seeing more of it”.
That idea seems to have caught the attention and inspired the performance of Rancho Christian senior star and South Valley League MVP Trevor Jones.
Friday night with Rancho entertaining a very solid Oxford Academy Patriots team in the first round of division five playoffs, Jones did an excellent imitation of Ohtani San. In the first inning Jones who came into the playoffs hitting .527 with 4 homeruns, took a Luke Hogancamp fastball and hammered it over the left field fence, giving Rancho a 1-0 lead.
Exciting for sure, but with Rancho averaging 10 runs and 13 hits a game coming in, no one would have thought at the time, that the homerun would be the only run and only hit Rancho would get until the sixth inning. Credit Luke Hogencamp for that who pitched brilliantly, but that is exactly what happened.
Luckily for the Eagles, Jones was equally Ohtani like on the mound scattering 3 singles in pitching a complete game shutout. Jones struck out the first two batters he faced, walked two batters and hit two batters, but kept Oxford from getting any runner past second base.
To keep the symmetry of “two’s” going Jones came up in the sixth and of course got his second hit and drove in the Eagles second run. Credit Joey Hauck for scoring the run as he ripped a 2 out double to right center. After a Taylor Tosches walk, only the second one worked by Rancho batters, Jones lined a single scoring Hauck with a very important insurance run.
Jones wouldn’t need the insurance, but what he did need throughout the game was Rancho’s best defensive effort of the season. And that was exactly what he got. Rancho played flawless defense coming up with one big play after another. Every single Rancho player made at least one big play at a crucial time. Hauck in center and Elijah Goodwin at first were standouts. In fact neither team made an error which gave fans on both sides a great high school playoff experience.
Rancho takes a 21-4 record into round two of the playoffs .Rancho will travel to Pasadena on Tuesday the 22nd, to take on the Muir Mustangs, who sport a 14-8-1 record. Muir qualified for round two by defeating Twenty-nine Palms, 5-2.
In other CIF Southern Section Playoff action, Vista Murrieta lost to Huntington Beach 9-1 in Division 1. Murrieta Valley edged Millikin 3-1 in Division 2, Linfield Christian fell to San Dimas 10-0 while Temescal Canyon beat Garden Grove 6-1 in Division 3.
Temecula Valley beat Valley View 6-2 in Division 3. Heritage crushed Alta Loma 15-2 in Division 4 while Santa Rosa Academy lost 4-0 to Pomona in Division 6.
Photos by Rob Hauck