Talk about respect.
Scott Pearson, the head baseball coach at Cathedral (Los Angeles, Calif.)
, has so much respect for USC recruit Dominic Smith
of Serra (Gardena, Calif.)
that he ordered his pitchers to walk the hard-hitting junior catcher every time he came to the plate.
Smith ended up walking four straight times - including his first-inning appearance with nobody on base. However, Cathedral did win the game 10-7 to take over first place in the Camino Real League. Serra, which had been ranked No. 1 in Division 5, contributed mightily to its own demise by committing five errors, walking six and hitting three other batters.
* Kayden Porter
of Spanish Fork (Utah)
set a Utah state record when he slammed his 31st career home run during an 8-0 victory over Delta (Utah). The 6-foot-5, 230-pound University of North Carolina recruit still is most coveted by pro scouts as a pitcher, however, due to high-90s fastball.
* Jacob Flemmer
of Orono (Long Lake, Minn.)
tied the Minnesota state record when he collected six hits in as many at-bats during a 14-8 victory in eight innings over Dassel-Cokato (Cokato, Minn.). A catcher and leadoff hitter, Flemmer is only the third Minnesota player to accomplish the feat.
* Unity Christian (Hudsonville, Mich.)
nipped Zeeland West (Zeeland, Mich.)
5-4, despite a school-record 18 strikeouts by the losers' Clayton Coatney
, who allowed only one earned run. Derek Fleming
tied the school record with 16 strikeouts while leading West Shamokin (Rural Valley, Pa.)
to a 3-2 victory over Summit Academy (Herman, Pa.).
* Portsmouth (N.H.)
extended its national-record winning streak to 89 games on Friday with an 8-3 victory over Souhegan (Amherst, N.H.).
* In softball, Allison Foster
of Christian Academy (Louisville, Ky.)
set a state record with her 37th career triple during a 19-2 rout of Kentucky Country Day (Louisville, Ky.). A .407 hitter, she has signed with Bellarmine University.