2011 High School Baseball Road Trip

Gonsalves, Cathedral blank La Jolla

4/7/2011 7:47:21 PM

Box score

SAN DIEGO, CA-- Cathedral Catholic LHP Stephen Gonsalves threw his first complete game of his Dons career. Gonsalves allowed just three hits and three walks while striking out twelve in the latest in a string of dominant outings. The CG effort took 101 pitches, 64 for strikes. His Fastball sat 84-87 and occasionally reached 89 MPH. He mixed in a mid 70's curveball, up to 76, though he mostly relied on spotting his fastball. 

Dons head coach Gary Remiker said that Gonsalves has "as much upside as anyone I've ever coached, including Mark Prior." Adding that "they're similar at the same age in terms of velocity and stuff, but Stephen's size and being left handed gives him a higher ceiling." Gonsalves, who was named Player of the Game said afterwards that his primary focus this season has been improving his fastball command. He is also developing a splitter as a third pitch to go with his hard fastball with plus movement and emerging curveball.

Stephen Gonsalves 2013 LHP from Perfect Game High School on Vimeo.

Cathedral Catholic's lineup provided plenty of run support, eventually. Though it took a few innings for the bats to come alive, the Dons hitters fared much better the second and third time through the lineup. DH Jesse Kay was impressive, going 2-for-2 with a walk, showed improved swing mechanics. Kay's scouting report from the 2010 West Coast Top Prospect Showcase noted: "Shows good bat speed, gets extension out front, good pop to the pull side, hitting tools project even more with slight adjustments in approach and added strength." Since that event last August Jesse has made those adjustments and the improved balance has allowed him to be successful to this point in his Junior season. Remiker said of Kay "he has the strongest arm in our league, he's made strides in cutting down his release time and he could eventually get his pop times down into the low 1.80s."

OF/LHP Daniel Camarena hammered an RBI double off the fence in right center to tack on the final run in the 6th. Camarena has been pitching very well this season, posting a 0.32 ERA in four starts thus far, though he has had a slow start at the plate. With his plus bat speed and emerging power it is unreasonable to expect that Camarena will not pick it up at the plate as the season continues.

Daniel Camarena RBI Double from Perfect Game High School on Vimeo.

The win moves Cathedral Catholic to 11-2 on the year and are now tied for first in the Western League at 2-0. La Jolla falls to 6-6 and 0-2 in league play. After a busy schedule this past week Cathedral Catholic will have a week off before returning to action on April 14th.

The PG High School Baseball Road Trip continues tomorrow at 3:15 (Pacific) when the #1 team in the nation Edison (Huntington Beach, CA) sends their ace Henry Owens to the mound to face Fountain Valley.  

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