San Marino High School junior Michael Liquori hurled a complete-game shutout at La Cañada on Friday, helping his own proverbial cause by singling home the only run the Titans needed in the second inning en route to a 4-0 victory.
The win lifted SMHS’ record to 2-5 in the Rio Hondo League (7-8-1 overall) heading into spring break.
Liquori went the distance, allowing just three hits while striking out five and walking one in seven full innings. “Michael had a nice game both on the mound and at the plate,” said first year head coach J.J. Franklin.
Senior Owen Grannis got on base three times and collected two RBIs. Junior center fielder Tyler Giddings and sophomore Ryan Park added two hits apiece for the Titans. Sophomore Coleman Morning chipped in with a run and a hit while senior Kyle Ly and junior Truman Koch also added hits.
The Titans added some timely defense to the mix, with Liquori, Park and Giddings making inning-ending plays that helped preserve the shutout.
The Titans dropped a nonleague game to visiting La Salle of Pasadena, 8-2, on Saturday morning.
Park was 3-for-4 at the plate and Morning was 2-for-4 and scored both runs for the Titans. Playing second base, Liquori remained hot with two more hits while Giddings and senior catcher Christopher Roe also hit safely in the game.
The Titans return to Rio Hondo League action on Tuesday, April 12, at Temple City for a 3:30 contest. The Titans will also host Los Angeles Hamilton on Friday, April 15, in a nonleague game at 3:30 p.m.