Player of the Week: Ben Carasco

Stuart Hall sophomore starting pitcher Ben Carasco sends a pitch toward the plate against Sacred Heart Cathedral on March 9 at Westborough Park in South San Francisco. (Photo by Devin Chen)

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By Jeremy Balan Player of the Week: Ben Carasco, sophomore pitcher, Stuart Hall

Stuart Hall sophomore starting pitcher Ben Carasco sends a pitch toward the plate against Sacred Heart Cathedral on March 9 at Westborough Park in South San Francisco. (Photo by Devin Chen)

Shortened game or not, Stuart Hall sophomore starting pitcher Ben Carasco didn’t allow a single hit on Tuesday.

Against Urban, Carasco struck out 11 and walked two in five innings of work, before the game was ended for the 10-run mercy rule. He also went 2-for-2 at the plate, with a double, triple, two RBIs and two runs scored.

Then in a marquee non-league matchup against Riordan on Saturday, he pitched six strong innings, striking out six, while allowing four unearned runs in a 5-4 loss.

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  1. Anonymous | April 4, 2011 at 1:37 PM |

    His coaches also broke state law:

    2.1.1 STATE PITCHING RULE – Thirty outs and 3 appearances in a calendar week throughout the season, Monday through Saturday

    • Anonymous | April 4, 2011 at 2:20 PM |

      It’s a mute point. The consequence for breaking that rule is that they would have had to forfeit the game against Riordan, but since they lost anyway it doesn’t matter.

      • How is it a mute point, the coaching staff is just ok with operating blatently outside the rules? That point is not mute and should probably lead to some disciplinary action

        • Charlie Peters | April 5, 2011 at 12:14 AM |

          You both should have mute points until you learn that it is a “moot” point.

  2. Anonymous | April 4, 2011 at 7:53 PM |

    this kids parents must be funding san fran preps. hes constantly getting overhyped

    • Caught us red-handed! (hopefully you can detect the sarcasm)

      Come on now… Is that really what you think? We’ve covered Stuart Hall twice this season…

      He’s a good player, and threw a no-hitter, which is very much deserving of our Player of the Week…

      I wish I could be more eloquent in saying this, but stop being a hater…

    • i agree,,,,,overhyped!

  3. | April 4, 2011 at 8:30 PM |

    A no hitter against Urban…Come on there has to be someone more deserving of Player of the Week. Maybe you should check out Badminton if this is all you got.

    • If you’re frustrated, maybe you should nominate someone next week… That would be more productive than whining about it…

      • Cats pride | April 4, 2011 at 9:22 PM |

        Ciaran Murphy, sophomore SI track star, only kid from San Francisco running/qualified at the prestigious Arcadia invitational. He ran a 1:58 in the 800 as a frosh and may win the WCAL in mutliple events…as a sophomore. His times are impressive.

        • annonymous | April 5, 2011 at 5:41 AM |

          i’m going to help Jeremy answer that one with as far as I know SanFranPreps does not cover track. It’s kind of a hard sport to cover as far as writing about it goes. Jeremy keep doing what you’re doing man, you can’t please all the people all the time.

          • Cats pride | April 5, 2011 at 5:18 PM |

            Oh, ok I didn’t know that they didn’t cover track. Nevermind then but if anyone does get the chance they should try to see this kid run. The meet will be streamed online, he runs at 10:30 on Friday in the Rising Stars race.

            • Um so its easier to cover baseball… the most boooring sport in the world. Look that kid just threw a ball at that one kid holding that metal stick. nice

  4. Everyone talking on this board I bet you couldnt throw a no hitter to an 5th grade CYO team so give him his credit The Hall is making a name in San Francisco dont be hater

  5. A 5th grade CYO player could throw a no hitter against Urban. Also ‘the hall’ lost to lowell so i dont think its one of SF’s elite teams.

  6. WOW!!! Come on people, give this young man his props and nominate someone on Sunday.

    Jeremy, you guys are doing a great job.

  7. Ben's dad | April 5, 2011 at 7:50 AM |

    Dear anonymous, I’m not sure if your a player or a parent but I am sorry that you feel that way. All that I can tell you is that Ben works really hard and thank you for providing some new motivation. All I ask that you tell us what school you’re From so this can be settled on the field. Urban are good people with respectfull kids and good coaches.

  8. haha, I love how his dad has to speak for him. Also can you do some articles on lacrosse? As interesting as baseball is…., and all the skills and athleticism it requires… it would be a breath of fresh air to read about lacrosse or some other sport.

  9. Anonymous | April 5, 2011 at 8:14 PM |

    if your going to cover track (and should, those kids work at least as hard as other sports) there are some crazy fast times being run in the BCL, including a 4:23 miler, 49 sec 400m runner, and a 800m runner who makes 1:58 look like standing still.

  10. I would have to agree with jbalan’s comment. You are being a hater…”a hater is someone who is jealous and envious”…this about sums it up. Instead of hating, why don’t you spend some time trying to get good at something, so one day you can be in the lime light as well. This “kid” IS a good player.

    • Yes Ben is an awesome player but he is on a team .So no matter what The Hall is coming with some Defense to support there pitchers .Be a hater but dont be disrespectful

  11. he is just so overrated… he didn’t have 4 unearned runs against Riordan… they were all earned… kids were hitting the balls off the fences and hitting what would have been homeruns down left field if they weren’t foul… he throws slow and throws a lot. if he weren’t left handed he would be terrible… one game doesnt make you a great player… it is just one good game.

    • Jealousy really does breed contempt.

      Whoever posted this, is an idiot. “One game doesnt make you a great player… it is just one good game.”

      Holy crap its player of the WEEK you idiot, not player of the century.

      All of you who are crapping on this kid need to really take a good look at why youre so unhappy in your own lives, that you need to put down a sophomore in high school.

    • 2 earned runs against riordan and on ball hit 3 feet high on a fence 285′. As a member of the Ben fan club it was another complete game for him this week. 11 strike outs and a ball that short hoped the fence at TI # 3 (344′) . Would have been over the bathrooms at riordan. Don’t even bring up that Stuart Hall was using bbcor while the Riordan is using an exemption on their bats. (thats for people who actually know something about high school baseball in the city). Also he is a lefty that throws four pitches chnageup,slider,curve and two seam fast ball. Witch hes is only allowed to throw two or thre of the pitches during this part of the season. As for the Bcl haters Frank Duncan Bens former team mate has made 8 appearances for Kansas as a freshman with an era under 2. By the way that was ben’s second no hitter the third in Stuart Hall history. Who threw the first you ask (Frank Duncan). The over and under is two more for Ben before high school ends. (any takers)

  12. Villa - good friend of Ben's aunt. | April 9, 2011 at 5:45 AM |

    Congratulations Ben! I know you have worked hard to be where you are today. Keep working hard and know that with the positive comes the negative. It’s that negative that makes you stronger. Wishing you the best! Ben’s parents should be proud of themselves for the time and commitment they have for their children in giving them all they can. Ben’s parents are a normal hard working parents. Don’t down a young man.

  13. Anonymous | April 9, 2011 at 3:56 PM |

    where do we go to nominate players of the week? In a lacrosse wcal rematch. SI beat Bellarmine 12-6 and JW McGovern scored 5 goals. He was also interviewed after the game by Cal-Hi

  14. Anonymous | April 9, 2011 at 7:32 PM |

    people are getting really intense about this. (just to stir things up even more) people only think stuart hall is good because the league sucks. theyd be the worst team in the wcal and only the 3rd best in the aaa

    • stuart hall has under 200 student. they were able to keep a really close game with riordan that has way more students. i feel like the team is pretty good seeing as how many guys they can choose from at such a small school.

      • Riordan is the smallest school in the W.C.A.L. Boys Sports. (Notre Dame (Belmont) has a smaller enrollment on the girls side.)

        Riordan’s Enrollment for basketball is listed as 1140, which is 570 boys doubled.

        Stuart Hall’s enrollment is list as 308 for North Coast Section Division V Baseball. The N.C.S. web site does not indicate if a school is an all boys school. If Stuart Hall is an all boys school, then it’s enrollment would be 154.

        And it seems the coach forfeited the game against Riordan before the game started.
        Assuming Ben, pitched 4 innings on Tuesday vs. Urban, and 5 against Urban on Friday, then the coach decides to start him against Riordan on Saturday, with about only 1 inning remaining for that week’s allowed inning via California Rules.

        • T.J. Pitched friday against Urban. That why Stuart Hall while not as deep as most teams have one of the best combo of pithers in the city. On any given day with T.J. or Ben on the mound and the Hall defence behind them can win against any team. The recipe for most teams are the same good pitching,good defence and timely hitting and you win. The only problem with that it’s hard to put all three together. There are teams better than the Hall in the city but the divide is not as big as you think.

          Ben is not over hyped he is lucky that on two times he was on the mound Jeramy Balan was at the game and he talks about the pitchers on both teams. Then he threw a no hitter witch a haven’t heard about all the other no hitter againt Urban or anyone else this year.

          I am proud to watch the Hall play and on every city team i have seen play this has players that have one time or another play with Ben and have a connection in this great game.

          In closing if you have a problem with a boy getting his name on this site for hard work and a lttle luck you are whats wrong withs athletics today.

          Thanks Jeramy the only thing i ask next time it’s spelled Carrasco and maybe a better picture i heard his family paid allot for the article!

          • hahahahahaha thank you for this lovely explanation of Stuart Hall baseball Mike Carrasco, owner of x-level sports on treasure island and the father of Ben Carrasco

  15. Sorry for the bad grammer i went to Riordan.

  16. ok new week clear the plate .BEAT LA

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