Spring Valley baseball coach Paul Bassett said he has three pitchers he considers No. 1 starters.
Senior right-hander Jose Rosales-Rodarte showed Tuesday why he’s part of that group.
Rosales-Rodarte pitched a five-hit shutout with eight strikeouts, Drew LaComb drove in four runs, and host Spring Valley rolled to a 5-0 win over Legacy in the Grizzly Invitational.
“Jose was special,” Bassett said. “He’s been good every time out. He does a good job of commanding three pitches for strikes and getting ahead in the count, and he did a good job pitching today.”
Spring Valley (11-2-1) took a 3-0 lead in the third inning on a two-run single by LaComb and an RBI single from Rosales-Rodarte.
Legacy (3-6) had two runners in scoring position with two outs in the fourth, but Rosales-Rodarte got Colton Malich to ground out.
“It was big, because if they drive those runs in right there, then they’re right back in the game, so it was a good momentum swing our way,” Bassett said.
Rosales-Rodarte said he tired after the sixth inning, but it didn’t show, as he struck out two of the four batters he faced in the seventh.
“I would say my changeup and my fastball (worked), and I was hitting my locations,” said Rosales-Rodarte, who walked one and hit one batter.
Legacy left-hander Brayden Torres, who has signed with UNLV, pitched a complete game, allowing four earned runs on 11 hits with one walk and 10 strikeouts. Torres struck out the side in the second inning before Spring Valley jumped on him in the third.
“(Torres) is a very good pitcher, one of the better guys in town,” Bassett said. “So we tried to get his pitch count up and get a ball we could use the middle of the field with to get guys on and drive guys in.”
LaComb drew a bases-loaded walk in the fourth inning and smacked a two-out RBI single to right field in the sixth to help the Grizzlies take a 5-0 lead.
“Drew’s been our leader, a go-to guy for us,” Bassett said. “He’s just a ball of energy, he’s never scared of competition, (and) he’s stepped up plenty.”
LaComb, a senior second baseman, was 2-for-3, and Michael Macove went 2-for-4 with two runs for the Grizzlies.
Spring Valley’s Dylan Drachler and Robby Brewster each had two hits including a double, and Cody Smith added two hits.
Malich was 2-for-3 for the Longhorns.
Liberty 3, Bonanza 1 — At Spring Valley, Jesse Keiser doubled home Michael Vargas with the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning, and the Patriots held on for the win in the Grizzly Invitational.
Liberty’s Nate Bennett pitched a three-hitter with five strikeouts. Vargas and Chris Bradford also doubled for Liberty.
Sean DeSoto had a double for Bonanza.
Bonanza 7, Coronado 6 — At Spring Valley, Danny Romero singled home the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth, and the Bengals held on to top the Cougars.
Mike Hoyes notched three RBIs, and Travis Ming went 2-for-3 with a double for Bonanza, which scored three runs in the fifth to take a 7-4 lead.
Cody Howard was 3-for-4 with three doubles, two runs and two RBIs for Coronado.
Bishop Gorman 15, Del Campo (Calif.) 5 — At Bishop Gorman, Joey Gallo belted a grand slam, and Kenny Meimerstorf went 2-for-3 with a double, a homer and four RBIs as the Gaels cruised past the Cougars.
Cadyn Grenier earned the win in relief for Bishop Gorman, which got two hits, including a double, and four RBIs from Scott Campagna.
Poway (Calif.) 6, Silverado 5 — At Poway, Calif., Wyatt Reid, Vince Taormina, David Kuzma and Mark Janosik each went 2-for-3 for Silverado, but it wasn’t enough as the Titans edged the Skyhawks.
Bryan Faucher homered for Silverado.
San Marcos (Calif.) 6, Desert Oasis 0 — At El Cajon, Calif., Collin Orellana tossed a five-hitter with 14 strikeouts and one walk to help the Knights blank the Diamondbacks in the Lions Tournament.
Jake Smith went 2-for-4 with two runs scored for San Marcos.
Jack Lavine tripled for Desert Oasis.
Elk Grove (Calif.) 13, Green Valley 4 — At El Cajon, Calif., the Gators lost a Lions Tournament game at Granite Hills despite a 3-for-4 effort from Evan Van Hoosier.
Calvary Christian (Calif.) 10, Del Sol 1 — At San Diego, Isaac Conover threw a five-hitter as the Lions rolled the Dragons in the Lions Tournament.
El Toro (Calif.) 9, Rancho 1 — At Anaheim, Calif., Dan James hit a two-run home run to highlight a four-run sixth inning as the Chargers pulled away from the Rams in the Anaheim Lions Tournament.