Baseball: Gabrielino’s Acosta is State Player of the Week.

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.

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  • Big Baseball Fanatic

    Why do they keep making a big deal outta this kid?
    Gabrielino is in the weakest League in the SGV.
    They lost back to Back games against RHL’s South Pasadena (7-14)and acosta pitched 8 Innings in the first game.
    Pitching well against inferior teams isn’t a Player of the week performance.

    I have seen Acosta Pitch and he is good but on another team in a (Real League) he wouldn’t even be the ACE.

  • Give Credit

    Fanatic, before you go posting scores do a little research, I was there for both games and he lost 4-3 to South Pas. a div4 team. I also saw him pitch and win versus Montebello a div 3 team 2-0. I am with you if he was in a different league maybe he wouldnt have as many k’s but he would have a better offense to back him. lets say if he played for Alhambra, Temple city, Arcadia, San Marino.
    You cant take away his ability to pitch, weather hes near or above 90 with a good offspeed, Angel is an above average player in a below average league. Pro teams are same. Some pro teams own the weak leagues they are in.GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE!!

  • Give credit

    Fanatic, before you go posting scores do a little research, I was there for both games and he lost 4-3 to South Pas. a div4 team. I also saw him pitch and win versus Montebello a div 3 team 2-0. I am with you if he was in a different league maybe he wouldnt have as many k’s but he would have a better offense to back him. lets say if he played for Alhambra, Temple city, Arcadia, San Marino.
    You cant take away his ability to pitch, weather hes near or above 90 with a good offspeed, Angel is an above average player in a below average league. Pro teams are same. Some pro teams own the weak leagues they are in.GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE!!

  • Giselle

    Honestly Fanatic, you must be one of the worst people, who hates on other players most likely because you have a kids who’s not as good as my brother, and who hasn’t gotten as far as he has. He’s been offered to play for major teams, and you know nothing about him. I hate when people belittle someone who’s talented.