Three no-hitters so far this season with the latest gem coming last week, it’s easy to see why Gabrielino High School’s Angel Acosta has been chose as this week’s ESPNHS Cal-His Sports State Athlete of the week.
Acosta joinsEmilyLockwood of Norco and Kim Scarsella of Tamalpais, the softball winners this semester, and baseball’s Scott Silva of Clovis West as the spring semester winners.
Acosta last week threw a no-hitter, struck out 10 and drove in two runs to lead Gabrielino (10-7, 8-1) to an 8-0 Mission Valley League victory over South El Monte. Acosta, a senior right-hander, has an 18-strikeout performance this season against El Monte, 13 strikeouts against Arroyo and 16 strikeouts against Mountain View.
Acosta is 5-1 this season with a 0.61 ERA. He has 84 strikeouts this season with five complete games and four shutouts.
Against South El Monte last week, Acosta needed just 88 pitches (57 strikes) to complete his latest feat. He also recorded his 408th career strikeout,which tied him for 11th all time in the CIF-SS with New Life Christian’s Randy Betten (1988-90).Acosta is two behind 10th-place Ian Kennedy’s of La Quinta. With six league games left plus the playoffs, Acosta is on pace to finish at least eighth all time. Apple Valley Christian’s Craig VanHulzen holds the all-time mark of 646 strikeouts.
Acosta is just as potent at the plate. Last week in a 7-0 win over Arroyo, Acosta went 3 for 3 and drove in a run.