At every level, tossing a no-hitter is the dream of every pitcher. La Canada High’s Anthony Mizrahi had his fulfilled this past Friday afternoon in a non-league game against host Hoover.
The Spartans were simply too good on the mound and at the plate as they routed the Tornadoes, 10-0, with the junior right-handed hurler striking out 11.
Mizrahi wasn’t originally scheduled to start, but received his opportunity when Cole Herzer missed practice the previous day.
It’s only one start, but because it was an impressive outing, there’s real hope Mizrahi (1-0), who has had problems with wildness, was able to solidify his status.
Beside his stellar mound performance, Mizrahi, who fanned the final three Hoover batters, smacked a two-run homer and reached base five times.
Mizrahi set aside the first seven Hoover (2-5-1) batters before plunking Jose Estrada in the third inning.
But Mizrahi worked his way out of the minor jam, and then retired the next nine batters before walking Michael Zalin with two out, and then hit Fidel Hernandez with a pitch.
Mizrahi was able to escape by getting Kevin Mendoza to dribble into a force out.
Mizrahi’s single in the first inning made it 1-0, and a three-run outburst in the second inning, highlighted by Matteus DeFaria’s run-scoring single which increased the lead to 2-0.
Not done, the Spartans (6-3), who own a five-game winning streak, added two more runs in the inning for a 4-0 advantage.
DeFaria’s grounder in the third pushed the lead to 5-0, and it eventually swelled to 7-0 after Mizrahi swatted a two-run shot in the sixth. Kevin Paynter’s run-scoring hit made it 8-0.
La Canada tacked on its final runs on a grounder, and Scott Moulin’s run-scoring base hit.
In other action, Webb walked away with a 4-3 victory over visiting Flintridge Prep in a Prep League encounter.
The Rebels (1-5 and 0-2 in league) had run-scoring hits from Alex Sierra, Steve Fleming and Dylan Arya, while pitcher Karl Termini fanned six in six and two-third innings.
Loyola routed St. Francis 7-1 in a Mission League battle with Jeff Garavaglia driving in the only run for the Golden Knights.
It got even worse for St. Francis (3-6 and 0-2 in league) as head coach Brian Esquival, in his fifth season, resigned.