Ramirez Tosses 6 1/3 Scoreless & Hitless Innings to Complete No-Hitter, & Ebel Goes 3-for-4 w/HR & 3 RBIs in Etiwanda’s 6-1 Victory Over Maranatha

Jun 01 2022 06:06:58

Photos by Josh Thompson


Ten days after defeating Torrance in the CIF-SS Division 2 title game at Cal State Fullerton, Etiwanda hosted Maranatha in the first round of the CIF State Division 2 playoffs.

The Eagles started Mason Schultz, and he lasted 2/3 of an inning, allowing one run on four walks.

Yahir Ramirez entered the game in the top of the first with the bases loaded, and he went 6 1/3 innings of scoreless and hitless baseball in EHS’ 6-1 victory over the Minuteman.

In that top of the first inning, two of Maranatha’s three outs came on the base paths, and they scored their lone run on a Dylan Zdunek hard grounder that MHS thought was a hit, but Etiwanda, the home team, ruled it a fielder’s choice.

Angelo Aleman walked and scored for MHS.

And that meant Schultz and Ramirez teamed up on a no-hitter.

As mentioned, Ramirez did the heavy lifting, getting 19 of the 21 outs, walking two and striking out six.

Of his 70 pitches, 48 were strikes.

It was his first outing in two weeks.

Back then, Ramirez went the final four innings in Etiwanda’s 11-inning shutout victory at Palos Verdes in the CIF-SS Division 2 semifinal round.

Maranatha had a terrific season, which included the second most wins (24) in the area, but after not playing for two weeks, the rust was definitely there.

The Eagles first three runs came on wild pitches/passed balls.

Mikey Ebner got the loss after allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits in his 1 1/3 innings.

He walked two and didn’t register a strikeout.

Zachary Strickland would go 3 2/3 innings, allowing a pair of unearned runs on three hits.

Strickland walked two and fanned five Etiwanda batters.

Garrett McGuigan pitched a scoreless sixth inning for the Minutemen, including one strikeout.

The offensive star of the game was 14-year-old freshman, Brady Ebel.

Ebel went 3-for-4, with a two-run home run, and three RBIs.

One of the area’s best leadoff batters, Austen Roellig, had Tommy John Surgery after the CIF-SS playoffs had concluded, and on Tuesday, Roellig was in the dugout and cheering on his boys in basketball shorts and his arm in a sling.

The good news is the Eagles’ star junior will be ready for his senior season in 2023.

Armando Briseno moved up to the leadoff spot and walked, singled twice and scored.

Abraham Zapata and Kaedon Mas singled and scored one run apiece.

Tyler McEvoy and Tyler Shigenaka walked and scored one run each.

Luke Mariscal doubled and Mike Harrison singled in the win.

You’d have to like the position Etiwanda finds itself in.

The Eagles are potentially two wins away from a state championship, knowing that both games would be played at home, and they have Dylan Goff and Brady Ebel ready to go.

Goff and Ebel are a combined 17-0 with a less than 1.00 ERA

Up next: EHS will host Birmingham (Lake Balboa) on Thursday at 4.

The Patriots (22-10) picked up an 8-4 victory at Righetti.

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Box Score:
M: 1-0-0-0-0-0-0-(1)
E: 0-4-0-2-0-0-X-(6)

Win: Yahir Ramirez
Loss: Mikey Ebner

HR: Brady Ebel (E)
2B: Luke Mariscal (E)

Records: Maranatha (24-8); Etiwanda (26-8)