Baseball: Gabrielino pitching sensation Angel Acosta is the nation’s strikeout leader among sophomores

Gabrielino’s Angel Acosta is proving more and more that he’s a man among boys. The sophomore pitcher dazzled fans with yet another brilliant performance Friday, tossing a no-hitter and striking out 17 to lead the Eagles to a 7-1 Mission Valley League victory over El Monte. Acosta (6-4, 2.00 ERA) became the first pitcher in school history to pitch a no-hitter, posting a new single-game strikeout record and single-season record for most strikeouts. According to MaxPreps, Acosta is the nation’s strikeout leader among sophomores. The 17 strikeouts puts him at 100 this season, surpassing Calvin Chambers’ record of 98 set last season. El Monte will host the Eagles on Friday. It was just a few weeks ago when Acosta, who also leads the team in batting with a .467 average, pitched seven scoreless innings in relief, struck out 14, and went 3 for 4 with two doubles and three RBIs to help Gabrielino storm back from a 15-1 deficit to beat St. Anthony 21-17 in 11 innings.

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  • featherhead

    correction for Friday action- @ SoElMonte.

  • Realist

    I would love to see this kid play some competition. I guarantee he would get shelled against good hitting.

  • Truth21

    Stop hating on the kid, and give him his due props. If you knew this kid you would appreciate his tremendous work ethic and dedication to the game. Its a shame he stopped playing football because he was just as good on the field as a safety as his is on the diamond as a pitcher.

  • fourfourfourfour

    21 — He’s smart for not wagering it on the gridiron this year — otherwise what Realist said will be moreso fact.

  • Realist

    Im not hating on the kid. Im just saying that Gabrielino plays no body. I would just like to see how he does against some real competition. Even the RHL, i would like to see him against Temple City.

  • featherhead

    When in form, he’s as tough as any of your guys (Apache crew). The problem is that his defense lets him down @ times and if he’s not sharp (hammer for strikes and cheese with location) a lot of barrels find the ball. When it all lines up, he would shove bats up anyone’s tail-pipe.

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  • Abel Hinojosa

    Stats say it all facts are facts cant wait to see this kid in the big leagues