California Preseason Invitational

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The Inaugural PBR California Preseason Invitational will kick off on Saturday, February 12, 2022 as the officially CIF Southern Section sanctioned tournament will play host to some of the top teams from around SoCal and the entire state. With the changes in the rules for permissible games allowed taking effect in 2022, PBR California believed coaches would want every non-league game to be against the best competition they can play against which proved to be true. With over half the field in the California Power 25 rankings, the PBR California Preseason Invitational will be heavily scouted by both our own staff and pro scouts alike thanks to the amount of draft talent participating in the event this year. 

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DAY ONE DAY TWO DAY THREE DAY FOUR

Orange Lutheran 2

Gahr 1

Chaminade 6

Mira Costa 2

Gahr 12

Ayala 11

Huntington Beach 5

Gahr 4

Alemany 11

Huntington Beach 7

Alemany 4

Gahr 3

Yucaipa 4

Chaminade 3

Capo Valley 3

Mira Costa 0

Harvard Westlake 5

Foothill 4

Foothill 3

Capo Valley1

Corona 21

Mira Costa 3

Redondo 3

Ayala 1

JSerra 7

Redondo 1

Huntintgton Beach 5

Redondo 1

Orange Lutheran 5

Huntington Beach 0

Foothill 4

Chaminade 3

Corona 10

Chaminade 4

Orange Lutheran 4

Ayala 3

JSerra 3

Foothill 2

Corona 2

Alemany 1

Yucaipa 4

Mira Costa 0

Yucaipa 4

Harvard Westlake 3

Redondo 6

Alemany 0

Harvard Westlake 2

JSerra 1

Ayala 9

Capo Valley0

JSerra 10

Corona 3

Harvard Westlake 12

Capo Valley 4

Orange Lutheran 12

Yucaipa 1

CHAMPIONSHIP

GAME RECAPS

DAY FOUR

Huntington Beach 5 - Gahr 6

A Nick Dumensnil home run in the bottom of the sixth proved to be the game winner as Huntington Beach evened their record at 2-2 with a win in the last game of the tournament. Aidan Espinoza continued his hot start with a pair of hits to go with two RBI and a run scored. Brian Trujillo and Brad Navarro also contributed RBI in the win. Andrew Kirchner was 1-for-2 with a pair of RBI for Gahr who also moved to 2-2 for the tournament. 

Capo Valley 3 - Mira Costa 

Behind a strong five shutout innings from Brady Disbro, Capo Valley picked up their first win of  the season by shutting out Mira Costa. Disbro struck out seven, walked three and scattered three hits in his outing. Rhett Chisolm, Jackson Wear, and Jaden Sekhon each had RBI for the Cougars. Dillon DeSpain made his season debut on the mound for Mira Costa going 1.2 innings with three strikeouts with no walks or hits. 

Redondo 3 - Ayala 1 

Tomas Lopez pitched five innings allowing one run on four hits and striking out one en route to the Seahawks win. Noah Williams had a big two-RBI triple in the second inning that proved to be the difference in the game. Ayala hitters accounted for six hits on the afternoon, all from six different hitters.

Foothill 4 - Chaminade 3

Garrett Davidson drew a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the seventh to plate the winning run for the Knights. Davidson also had two hits in the game. Austin Overn had was two-for-three with a triple on the day while Matt Little chipped in with a pair of hits as well. Andrew Parker went the distance striking out four on five hits allowing two earned runs. Tyler Garcia was a bright spot at the plate for Chaminade collecting two doubles from the leadoff spot. Vincent Van der Wel, Wolf Mahony, and Greg Rangel each had a hit for the Eagles. 

Corona 2 - Alemany 1

Corona used a brilliant pitching performance from Ethan Schiefelbein who struck out 11 batters over five innings to keep things close before Jared Saldana hit the walk off base hit in the bottom of the 7th to give the Panthers their third win in the tournament. Saldana was 2-for-3 with two stolen bases on the day. Jacob Gallegos dealt for the Alemany neutralizing a very potent offense during his outing. 

Orange Lutheran 12 - Yucaipa 1 - CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

Behind a 4-for-4 night from Gabe Miranda that included an RBI triple and an RBI double, Orange Lutheran cruised to the PBR California Preseason Invitational Title. Mikey Romero, Karson Bowen, Sawyer Voortman, and Ben Reiland each had two hits in the game for OLu. Brady Strohm went four innings striking out five on 3 hits allowing one earned run. Chase Antillon has been hot to start the season and that continued with a 2-for-3 effort that included an RBI for Yucaipa. Owen Egan, Luke Scherrer, and Danny Arambula each contributed a hit for the Thunderbirds. 

DAY THREE

Gahr 12 - Ayala 11

Gahr used a four run bottom of the seventh to come from behind and beat Ayala in walk off fashion. Alahni Salcedo continued to swing a hot bat for the Gladiators going 3-for-4 with a walk, two RBI, and two runs scored. Alex Hernandez contributed a pair of hits, an RBI and a run scored while four others had a hit in the game for Gahr. Vinny Hudson, Anthony Dominguez, and Bryan Yang each had a pair of hits for Ayala while Ethan Nunez had a hit and a pair of RBI for the Bulldogs. 

Yucaipa 4 - Chaminade 3

Yucaipa used a solo home run from Jacob Reimer in the top of the 12th along with a brilliant six innings of relief from Peyton Von Kaenel to claim the victory over a tough Chaminade team. Von Kaenel was masterful, scattering three hits and striking out seven in his appearance en route to the win. Owen Egan, Luke Scherrer, and Wes Hickey collected a hit apiece for the Thunderbirds who sit at 3-0 in the tournament. Tyler Garcia and Christian Brewster had two hits apiece for Chaminade who carried a two-run lead into the sixth before Yucaipa tied it. In the top of the 12th Reimer took a 1-1 fastball over the left center field wall for what would be the game winner. 

Corona 21 - Mira Costa 3

Josh Springer was 4-for-4 with a double and a triple and Jared Saldana was 3-for-3 with a double to lead the Panthers. Kai Hopfel, Jaylen White(2B), Troy McCain, Ryan Vosika(HR), and Ethan Schiefelbein(two doubles) all had multiple hit games for Corona. Win Gurney continued to swing it for Mira Costa with an early RBI double. 

Orange Lutheran 5 - Huntington Beach 0

Oliver Santos and Louis Rodriguez combined on the four hit shutout that featured 16 (8 apiece) strikeouts for the Lancers duo with only a pair of walks allowed. OLu scored two in the second to take a 2-0 lead that held until the sixth when Mikey Romero hit a bases clearing triple to make the score 5-0. Antonio Ventimiglia led the Oiler with a pair of hits while Cade Hart and Brian Trujillo added a hit apiece. 

JSerra 3 - Foothill 2

Tyler Gough made his JSerra debut and did not disappoint, striking out four with one walk over two innings pitched. JJ Hollis got the win allowing two hits and one run over 3.1 innings with four strikeouts and five walks. Owen Fuller led the offense with a pair of hits and RBI while Lou Fujiwara, Brian Chang, Hollis, Andrew Lamb, and Ryan Stickland each had a hit apiece. Cameron Kessel took a tough loss on the mound after five strong innings in which he struck out one, had no walk, scattered five hits and gave up no earned runs. Brady Schrank had a very good day offensively going 2-for-2 with two runs scored and a pair of walks. Matt Little was 0-1 with three walks for the Knights. 

Redondo 6 - Alemany 0

Cole Stokes pitched four innings allowing zero runs on two hits with 12 strikeouts and a walk in his season debut for the Seahawks. Chris Thurman and Gavin Grace (3 strikeouts) came on in relief to close the game out. Noah Williams, Nathan Stiveson, Jacob Pech, and Zephyr Clement each had multi-hit games for Redondo. Freshman Jayden Lusk led the way for the Alemany offense going 2-for-2 while Nate Lopez and Landon Hodge had one hit apiece. 

Harvard Westlake 12 - Capo Valley 4

Bryce Rainer, Jacob Galloway, and Kai Caranto had two hits apiece as the Wolverines cruised to the 12-4 win. Toussaint Bythewood, Marty Kaplan, Andrew Citron, Niko Price, and Owen Carlson each had one hit apiece. Matthew Radogna was the offensive leader for Capo Valley going 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Owen Geiss was 1-for-1 with a pair of RBI and a walk. 

DAY TWO

Foothill 3 - Capo Valley - 1

Aiden Taurek (RBI) and Brady Schrank (2 RBI) each had two hits to lead Foothill offensively as the Knights scored two in the top of the sixth to put away Capo Valley. Austin Overn and Brett Castillo each had a hit for Foothill as well. Andrew Parker got the win going 6IP scattering three hits and striking out two. Junior Owen Geiss was very good on the mound for Capo Valley with 10 strikeouts through 5.2 IP and scattering six hits. Matthew Deutsch contributed two hits offensively for Capo Valley. 

JSerra 10 - Corona 3

JSerra erupted for five runs in the top of the sixth to pull away and eventually close out Corona. The big hit came off the bat of sophomore Andrew Lamb two-run homerun sailed over the left center field wall. Shortstop Lou Fujiwara was brilliant for the Lions defensively and offensively going 3-for-3 with four RBI. Owen Fuller was 2-for-4 for the Lions. Andrew Walters lead the Corona offense going 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored. Seth Mifflin got the start for the Panthers going 3.2 IP while also going 2-for-3 at the plate. 

Huntington Beach 5 - Redondo Union 1

Bradley Navarro paced the Oilers offense with a 2-for-3 day while Aidan Espinoza, Brian Trujillo, Nick Dumensnil, Cade Hart, and Ralphy Velzquez each contributed a hit on the day. Matthew Lopez went a strong four innings with six strikeouts while allowing only a run in a no decision. Carson Lane threw 2.1 innings striking out four allowing only one hit en route to collecting the win. For Redondo, Nathan Stiveson, Jacob Pech, and Tomas Lopez each had hits. Luka Brancato was very good in his start on the mound going 4.2 innings with a walk and strikeout and allowing only two hits in a no decision. 

Orange Lutheran 4 - Ayala 3

Senior outfielder led the offense for Orange Lutheran going 2-for-3 with a run scored. Sawyer Voortman and Derek Curiel each had a hit for the Lancers while Gabe Miranda drove a solo home run over, his first of the season. The Lancers used four pitchers with Ross Clark going 3IP with three strikeouts while allowing only one hit. Ayala scored two in the top of the seventh to tie the game on a base hit by Ethan Nunez, a sac bunt, and errant back pick. Orange Lutheran would respond with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh on a throwing error by Ayala. 

Alemany 4 - Gahr 3

The Warriors scored on a bases loaded walk in the top of the seventh inning to take the lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Jarrett Segura had a two-run home run, his first of the year, in the top of the first inning to get the offense started. Johnny Zermeno, and Adonis Jenkins also contributed hits for Alemany. Josh Sotelo went four strong innings for the Warriors, striking out seven while scattering three hits. Angel Cortez paced the offense for Gahr going 2-for-4 with a run scored. Ethan Kang, Kyle Panganiban, and Joe Tomassi-Ortiz each had hits for the Gladiators. 

Yucaipa 4 - Harvard Westlake 3

Yucaipa used a double from Isaiah Walz in the bottom of the seventh inning to walk-off Harvard Westlake in thrilling fashion. Owen Egan collected the win after his two innings of relief in which he struck out three. Wyatt Doty led the Thunderbirds offense with a pair of hits, with Jacob Reimer, Wes Hickey, Luke Scherrer, Danny Arambula, and Carter Elliott each contributing a hit. Chase Antillon hit a two-run home run for Yucaipa. Harvard Westlake was led by Bryce Rainer and Andrew Citron who each had a pair of hits while Toussaint Bythewood, Jacob Galloway, Kai Caranto, and Marty Kaplan each contributed with a hit apiece. 

Chaminade 6 - Mira Costa 2

Christian Brewster was lights out on the mound in his 6.1 innings pitched. The junior USC commit had 10 strikeouts with only one walk and one earned run. Wolf Mahony and Hunter Essang paced the offense with a pair of hits while Greg Rangel, Jackson Tyler, Vincent Van der Wel, and Miles Ghossein each had one. Senior Ben Gneiser had a strong outing for Mira Costa going 4 innings with five strikeouts while scattering three hits and allowing one earned run. Freshman Win Gurney continues to swing a hot bat smashing a two-run home run in the seventh inning for the Mustangs. 

DAY ONE

Ayala 9 - Capo Valley 0

Behind a strong outing from Sophomore Brain Yang, Ayala cruised to a 9-0 win over state ranked Capo Valley. Vinny Hudson and Ethan Nunez each had multi-hit games while Anthony Dominguez and Roman Lopez also collected hits. Yang cruised through five innings striking out three, walking one and allowing zero runs. 

Alemany 11 - Huntington Beach 7

Alemany used a huge eight-run third inning to take a lead they would not relinquish after falling in a 6-0 deficit to defeat the #1 team in the Power 25 rankings. Andrew Garcia (2 RBI), Josh Sotelo (3 RBI), Adonis Jenkins, and Johnny Zermeno each had two hits for the Warriors. Josh Habell was lights out in relief going 5.2 innings allowing only one run while surrendering three hits en route to collecting his first win of the season. For Huntington Beach Brian Trujillo hit his first home run of the season while Aiden Espinoza collected three hits for the Oilers. 

JSerra 7 - Redondo 1

Ben Reimers was lights out for the Lions going 5 innings, striking out seven, while scattering just two hits en-route to his first win of the season. Catcher Brian Chang was a difference maker at the top of the JSerra lineup collecting three hits and collecting two RBI. Owen Fuller also had two hits for JSerra, the #3 ranked team in the Power 25. Eight other Lions had a hit in the game. The lone run for Redondo came after Tomas Lopez singled and Noah Williams drove him home in the fourth. 

Yucaipa 4 - Mira Costa 0

Carter Herrera and Owen Egan combined for the shutout for Yucaipa as the #5 team in the Power 25 rankings made an early statement against a good Mira Costa team. Herrera went five innings, allowing zero runs on five hits while striking out four. Egan threw two innings of relief striking out three allowing no hits and walking none. Jacob Reimer was 2-for-3 but the big blow came off the bat of Luke Scherrer who hit a two-run homerun in the fourth inning. Ryan Matsukawa led Mira Costa with a pair of hits. 

Corona 10 - Chaminade 4

Corona used a strong three innings from it’s starter along with key hits en route to the opening day win. Sophomore Ethan Scheifelbein threw nothing but fastballs in his three innings of work and struck out seven while allowing four walks and no hits. Jared Sadana led the Corona offense with two-hits and three runs scored. The Panthers were aided by four Chaminade errors. Sophomore Miles Ghossein led Chaminade with two RBI. 

Harvard Westlake 5 - Foothill 4

Despite being outhit 10-5 Harvard Westlake was able to walk away with a one run win over a strong Foothill team. An Alex Shane 0-2 single scored two runs in the third inning and the Wolverines would not look back. Shane would later come in to pitch in relief of Tommy Bridges who went 5 innings giving up two runs and scattering six hits. Austin Overn, Brady Schrank, and Ramon Ramirez led the way offensively for Foothill with two hits apiece with Overn collecting a pair of RBI in the game. 

Orange Lutheran 2 - Gahr 1

The matinee game of the day proved to be one of the best. With the game tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Sawyer Voortman drove in what would be the winning run on an 0-1 single. The pitching was strong on both sides with Gahr starter Cristien Banda going 1.2 innings on a strict pitch limit before giving way to Noah Andrunas who struck out six in his four innings of work. Oliver Santos was lights out for Orange Lutheran going three innings and striking out five while not allowing a hit or a walk. Closer Evan Miranda pitched the final 2.1 innings of no hit ball with six strikeouts. Miranda didn’t allow a ball out of the infield. Gahr scored a run in the fifth on an RBI single by Alahni Salcedo. Orange Lutheran responded with an RBI double by Casey Borba to tie the game in the bottom half of the frame.