LA QUINTA – One run was all that was needed to decide the outcome of the Desert Valley League baseball opener on a windy evening in the desert.
Behind great defense and a stellar pitching performance by Chris Burciaga, Indio High School got the better end of a pitcher’s duel Tuesday, beating La Quinta 1-0.
Burciaga allowed just four hits and struck out one in the shutout.
“Chris was outstanding,” Rajahs coach Mark Brenner said. “He showed great control and had a lot of poise and got out of a big situation in the third inning.”
The situation came when the Blackhawks had the bases loaded with no outs but Burciaga forced a 1-2-3 double play before a groundout ended the rally.
Juanny Siqueiros also made a big play as he threw out a La Quinta baserunner attempting to score in the second inning.
Indio scored the only run of the game when Jonathan Diaz singled and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt before Jaime Rocha hit an RBI-single in the second inning.
“They played well and made some good plays,” Blackhawks coach Brent Conley said.
La Quinta starting pitcher Angel Palomares allowed five hits and struck out three in seven innings.
The two teams play again at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Indio High School.
Palm Springs 5, Nogales 2: Zeke Ibarra struck out two and allowed two runs in seven innings to pick up the victory for the Indians at the Don Lugo Easter Classic.
Ibarra also had a double and scored twice, while Julian Gonzalez went 3 for 4 with a run and two RBIs. Jacob Alvarez added a run for Palm Springs (6-7).
Cathedral City 12, Coachella Valley 3: Andy Ramirez struck out three in five solid innings to lead the Lions.
Offensively, Cole Danielson went 3 for 4 while Sabino Ramirez, Luis Castellanos, Joel Osuna, Louie Castellanos, Andy Ramirez, Adam Shabli and Joey Everett had two hits apiece for Cathedral City (7-4, 1-0), which visits Coachella Valley on Friday.
Palm Desert 6, Xavier Prep 0: Gil Sauceda recorded a shutout as he struck out nine and allowed just two hits to lift the Aztecs at home.
Brody Kato went 2 for 3 with a double and three RBIs, while Isaiah Torres contributed two hits and an RBI for Palm Desert, which jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning.
Travis Moniot added an RBI for the Aztecs (9-5, 1-0), who visit Xavier Prep at 3:15 p.m. Friday.
Shadow Hills 12, Desert Mirage 0: Darian Beck pitched all five innings, striking out seven and yielding one hit against a Rams team coached by his father Jason.
Beck also had two doubles and two RBIs. Alex Lopez and Nathan Tiaga were both 2 for 4 with an RBI. JJ Uselton had two RBIs and Edgar Gonzalez added a double for the Knights.
Desert Chapel 15, Cornerstone Christian 3: Max Casey went 3 for 3 with three RBIs to lift the Eagles at home.
Jaleel Miles and Daniel Camargo each had two hits and two RBIs, while Moises Durazo struck out four and allowed three hits in five innings for the win for Desert Chapel (2-0).
Coachella Valley 13, Cathedral City 3: The Arabs prevailed in their DVL opener behind a big game by Briana Ramos.
Ramos had 10 strikeouts in a complete game and also added three hits, two RBIs and two runs to help spark Coachella Valley, which recorded 17 hits.
Sally Miramontes went 4 for 5 with two RBIs and three runs, while Taylor Garcia was 2 for 4 with a double and three RBIs.
Kassi Perez (two hits, RBI) and Jasmine Rodriguez (two hits, RBI) also contributed for the Arabs (8-5, 1-0).
Palm Desert 43, Xavier Prep 1: The Aztecs recorded a lopsided victory as they finished with 31 hits and scored 26 runs in the seventh inning.
Jamiana Gateb recorded six hits, including two doubles and a triple to go along with three RBIs and four runs.
Lyzette Huizar went 4 for 4 with two triples and five RBIs while picking up the victory on the mound for Palm Desert.
Megan Donnelly was 3 for 4 with two doubles and six RBIs, while Maya Pollard added four hits and three RBIs as every player scored at least twice for the Aztecs (7-8, 1-0).
Desert Hot Springs 17, Big Bear 12: Neomi Rodriguez went 3 for 5 with four runs to lead the Golden Eagles at home.
Prai Harris was 4 for 5 with four runs, while Makala August had a two-run homer to go along with four runs and three RBIs. August also picked up the victory on the mound.
Jessica Cruz added three hits for Desert Hot Springs (3-8, 2-0 in De Anza), which visits Twentynine Palms on Thursday.
Shadow Hills 32, Desert Mirage 1 (5 inn.): The Knights finished with 21 hits as Emily Lopez went 5 for 5 with seven RBIs.
Caitlyn Whiteside went 4 for 4 with four RBIs and struck out eight in five innings for the win. Luisa Davila-Pablo was 3 for 3 with four RBIs for Shadow Hills (8-3, 2-2), which visits Yucca Valley on Thursday.
Bloomington Christian 10, Desert Christian Academy 1: Kelsey Babua scored on an RBI by Chloe Kleine but the Conquerors couldn’t overcome 12 hits by Bloomington Christian.
Mikayla Halay-ay added two hits for the Conquerors.
Palm Desert 18, Indio 0: Brendon Russell (6-0, 6-0, 6-0), Jared de la Paz (6-0, 6-0, 6-0), Sebastian Gomez (6-0, 6-0) and Hanull Joh (6-0) all won in singles for the Aztecs, who are currently ranked No. 2 in Division II.
In doubles, David Higgins and Mark Welsh swept 6-0, 6-0, 6-1, while Alex Kuperstein and Noah Feldman won 6-0, 6-0, 6-1.
Devan Sauerbrey and Ethan Weiss recorded two victorious sets (6-0, 6-0), while Cameron McDonald and Brad Cummins won 6-0 for Palm Desert (8-0, 5-0 in DVL), which visits Indio at 3 p.m. Thursday.
Cathedral City 10, Xavier Prep 8: The Lions won at home as Daniel Hernandez and Kevin Gastelum swept 6-2, 6-1, 6-1.
Sam Navarrete and Dan Vogt won 6-0, 6-3 while Francis Angeles and Chris Gutierrez won 6-0, 6-0. Andy Meza (6-1), Javier Plazola (6-0) and Robby Stephens (6-0) won in singles for Cathedral City.
Brian Johnson (6-0, 6-4, 7-5) and Tad May (6-1, 6-3, 6-3) swept for Xavier Prep. Gabriel Dreisbach and Burke Meyers added two winning sets (6-1, 6-3).
Palm Desert 193, Indio 313: The Aztecs won at Indian Palms Country Club as Jake Vincent had a low round of 35.
Vincent was followed by Justin Kallim (37), Mike Jones (38), T.J. Wurtz (39), Ben Lewis (44) and Zane Rhodes (44).
Mathew Ortiz led the Rajahs with a 56. The two teams face each other again Thursday at Desert Willow.
La Quinta 186, Palm Springs 231: At Indian Canyons North, Vinny Vetrano shot a par-35 to lift the Blackhawks.
J.J. Qualkenbush and Isaac Calderon added rounds of 37 apiece to lead La Quinta.
Will McMahon carded a 38 for Palm Springs (3-5, 0-3 in DVL).
Xavier Prep 205, Cathedral City 281: RJ Garcynski shot a 36 at The Classic Club to lead the Saints.
Xavier Prep (9-1) visits Cathedral City on Wednesday.
Desert Christian 224, Temecula Prep 274: John Nichols paced the Conqueroros with a 39 in Monday’s win over Temecula Prep at Mountain View.
The Conquerors (4-0) play Palm Valley on Wednesday at Woodhaven.
Rancho Mirage: Aaron Corey led Rancho Mirage with a 45 at the Gary Player Course in a match against Beaumont.
Shadow Hills 92, Xavier Prep 74: The Knights won at home as Josh Purificacion won both the 200 IM and the 100 fly and was also part of two winning relays.
Purificacion won both the 200 medley relay and the 200 free relay with Omar Seraj, Ryan Bikis and Tyler Jarrett.
Individually, Seraj was victorious in the 200 free and 100 backstroke while Tyler Jarrett won the 100 free.
Xavier Prep 97, Shadow Hills 72: The Saints recorded a victory over the Knights on the road.
For Shadow Hills, Ramsie Haskell won the 100 free and teamed with Angela Gonzalez, Ann Wang and Megan Broe to win the 200 free relay.
No information was reported from Xavier Prep.