With a fastball that was touching 95 mph on Wednesday night time, Justin Lee of Sherman Oaks Notre Dame has the type of velocity that draws consideration from professional scouts. His future school coach, John Savage of UCLA, was sitting behind residence plate for Lee’s showdown recreation in opposition to Mission League rival Harvard-Westlake.
Aided by elevated confidence in his expertise, Lee has improved his command vastly in his senior season. He struck out six, walked one and allowed two hits in six innings to assist the Knights (9-1, 5-1) defeat the Wolverines 2-1 at Notre Dame.
“I do know they’re scrappy, so I went proper at them and trusted my stuff,” Lee stated.
Notre Dame scored twice within the first inning off Harvard-Westlake ace Thomas Bridges due to RBI singles from Ryan Limerock and Madden Ocko.
Lee was in management. Twice he struck out Harvard-Westlake junior standout Bryce Rainer with blazing fastballs. Within the sixth, although, Rainer despatched a fastball over the web in proper discipline for a house run.
“I tip my cap to him,” Lee stated. “He’s an actual good hitter.”
As traditional within the Notre Dame versus Harvard-Westlake collection, no win comes simply, so the Wolverines put the stress on within the seventh in opposition to nearer Levi Sterling. Will Gasparino, making his first look of the season after breaking his hand, led off with a single and ended up on third with two outs. Cade Goldstein labored the depend to 3-and-2 in opposition to Sterling and saved fouling off pitches earlier than Sterling obtained the strikeout to finish the sport and decide up the save.
The 2 groups resume motion Thursday and Friday at Harvard-Westlake.
First-year coach Shaun Kort continues to create buzz at St. Francis. First the Golden Knights handed Harvard-Westlake a defeat and on Tuesday, they handed Sierra Canyon its first loss 3-0. Kalani Quiroz hit a two-run residence run and picked up the save. Caleb Thatcher threw 5 shutout innings.
No. 1-ranked Santa Margarita improved to 4-0 within the Trinity League and dropped defending Division 1 champion JSerra to 0-4 with a 7-1 win over the Lions. Collin Clarke struck out seven in 6 2/3 innings and Blake Wilson had three hits and two RBIs.
Mater Dei improved to 4-0 within the Trinity League with a 4-0 win over St. John Bosco. Sophomore Landon Gordon struck out seven in six scoreless innings.