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Blancett's First Victory Is a No-Hitter

March 21, 1985

Danny Blancett, a senior left-hander, pitched a no-hitter Wednesday to lead Capistrano Valley to an 11-0 victory over San Clemente in the South Coast League opener on the Cougars' field at Mission Viejo.

Jim Auten, who reached first on an infield error in the second inning, was the only Triton baserunner. It appeared that Brad Zell had led off the second with a single when he smashed a grounder up the middle. But the ball caromed off the bag to second baseman Marshall Hudson, who fielded it and threw Zell out.

Blancett improved his record to 1-2 with the no-hitter and received plenty of offensive support from Matt Atwood, who hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning, Keith Garey (solo homer in the fifth) and Fred Yslas (2 for 4 with 2 RBIs).

Blancett also had three hits and one RBI. The Cougars are 4-4. San Clemente is 0-8.

In other South Coast League action:

Mission Viejo 4, Dana Hills 3--Bob Brucato pitched a complete-game, eight-hitter with five strikeouts and held off a seventh-inning Dolphin rally to lead the Diablos to the victory at Dana Hills High.

Dave Kirkpatrick hit an RBI double with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to pull Dana Hills to within one, 4-3, but Brucato got Scott Hefner to ground out to shortstop for the final out. Kirkpatrick went 3 for 4 with two doubles for Dana Hills (4-4).

Mission Viejo (7-1) took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on Robert D'Marino's RBI single and increased it to 3-0 in the fourth when Dave Hori hit a two-run home run.

The Diablos scored the eventual winning run in the top of the seventh inning when, with two outs and the bases loaded, Don Roberson beat out a high chopper to shortstop.

Dana Hills scored its other two runs in the sixth inning on Bill Lasher's two-run homer. Ed Esteban went the distance and allowed seven hits in a losing effort.

El Toro 7, Irvine 5--Doug Barron's two-run double highlighted the Chargers' five-run, fourth inning, and El Toro went on to defeat the Vaqueros at home. Barron also hit a solo home run in the third inning.

Scott Perkins pitched six innings for the Chargers but came out after allowing Steve Lipton's three-run homer in the sixth and two runs in the seventh. Richard Faulks came on and retired three straight batters to preserve the win.


Costa Mesa 5, Saddleback 4--Mike Salladay went 2 for 4 and hit a two-run home run in the second inning to lead the Mustangs to the win at Costa Mesa High. David Austin pitched four innings to earn the victory for the Mustangs (1-0 in league, 2-6 overall).

Albert Camacho went 4 for 4 with an RBI and Danny Ontiveros added three hits for Saddleback (0-1, 1-7). The Roadrunners scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning but were unable to tie the game.

Woodbridge 7, Laguna Beach 3--Jeff Bacon went all the way on a five-hitter and struck out four to help the Warriors beat the Artists at Laguna Beach High.

Mark Seymour went 3 for 4 with 2 RBIs and hit a two-run homer in the first inning for Woodbridge, and Mike Ecklund added a two-run home run in the seventh. The Warriors are 1-0, 4-2.

University 6, Estancia 1--Senior right-hander Mark Stride pitched a complete-game, six-hitter with 11 strikeouts to lead the Trojans to the the win at Estancia High. Dave Huegy and Jeff Baker each drove in two runs for University (1-0, 3-4). Todd Kruger and Stride each added two hits and an RBI.

Newport Harbor 8, Corona del Mar 4--Jon Dishon allowed just three hits and struck out six in five innings and hit a three-run double in the fifth inning to lead the Sailors past the Sea Kings at Newport Harbor High.

Manny Adams went 3 for 4 with an RBI and scored two runs, and Joey James added an RBI double for the Sailors (1-0, 5-4). Corona del Mar is 0-1, 1-7.


Bolsa Grande 4, Los Amigos 2--The Matadors snapped their six-game losing streak by defeating the Lobos at Bolsa Grande High. Tony Beall pitched 6 innings to earn the win, but he needed relief help from Robbie Walker.

Walker entered the game with one out in the top of the seventh inning and runners on second and third. He struck out John Clodfelter and got Mike Luckham to pop out to end the game. Geoff Scott and Beall each went 2 for 3 for Bolsa Grande (1-1, 1-6).

Garden Grove 11, Santiago 6 (six innings)--Donny Lockman hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning and Jeff Kanagae added a solo blast in the fifth to help the Argonauts defeat the Cavaliers in a game that was called after six innings because of darkness at Santiago High.

Kanagae, who struck out nine, also was the winning pitcher. Garden Grove took advantage of 14 walks.

La Quinta 10, Rancho Alamitos 2--Trung Nguyen hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning and also had two doubles and five RBIs to lead the Aztecs to the easy win at Rancho Alamitos High.


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