Victor Valley gets a shot at the Mavericks

The Victor Valley College baseball team will play an exhibition game at 7:05 Tuesday at Stater Bros. Stadium against the High Desert Mavericks, the Seattle Mariners High-A affiliate of the California League.

Part of the proceeds will go toward the schools baseball program. About $4,000 was raised last year.

It’s really a lot of fun, Rams coach Bob Smith said. Our guys enjoy playing against the pros and the kids come and have a great time. They don’t know the difference. They’re just having fun.

Smith said freshman Louis Martus (Sultana HS) would probably start but he plans to use a handful of pitchers.

The Rams are coming off a doubleheader sweep of Mt. San Jacinto on Saturday. They are eld by sophomores Blane Lloyd and Luke Mullinax.


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Coyote pitcher earns CCAA weekly honor

Senior right-hander Cheyne Hann of Cal State San Bernardino has been named CCAA Pitcher of the Week.

He turned in a dominating performance against No. 26 Cal State Stanislaus Saturday, throwing a complete-game two-hit shutout in an 11-0 Coyote win.

In nine innings Hann struck out six while facing just 31 batters four over the minimum. Two of the base runners reached on errors. Hann did not allow a runner past second base and retired the side in order five times.

He is the second Coyote pitcher in two weeks to earn the award as senior Matt Long did so two weeks ago.

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No. 11 Redlands men look to regional play

The University of Redlands mens tennis team is gearing up for another run at the regional playoffs. The No. 11 Bulldogs, coached by Geoffe Roche, are 15-3 with seven wins over nationally ranked opponents.

The Bulldogs have advanced to regional play for 16 straight years. They usually end up running into either UC Santa Cruz and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, who are top contenders again this season.

I like to think we have played good enough competition were going to be ready, Roche said. We return most of our team and they did too so it will be a battle.

The Bulldogs have been bolstered by the addition of sophomore Matt Liebman, a transfer from the University of Delaware who has moved into the No. 1 slot. That has strengthened the lineup by allowing senior Eric Wagar, who was No. 1 last year, to move down to No. 2.

Rounding out the top five are junior Aron Ouye, sophomore Mike Reading, junior Chris Trippel and sophomore Jeff Hammond. The doubles lineup consists of Wagar and senior Ransom Cook at No. 1, Reading and senior Zack Hasenyager at No. 2 and Hammond and freshman Keven Wong at No. 3.

I think its just a matter of everyone being a year older and more experienced, Roche said. Now they all know more about what theyre facing.

The three losses have all been to top 10 teams – No. 5 Middlebury (6-3), No. 9 Williams (5-4) and No. 10 University of Mary Washington (6-3).

No doubt the most dramatic match came last week as the Bulldogs upset No. 1 Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.) 5-4, the pivotal match coming when Wagar won the last match of the day in a third-set tiebreaker.

The Bulldogs were up 2-1 after doubles but the Gusties won three of the five singles matches to tie it with Wagar still out on the court.

It doesnt get any more exciting than that, Roche said. It was a great match and a great atmosphere. And what makes it even more interesting is that he was in that same position last year and lost. So it was ironic.

Next up for the Bulldogs is a Wednesday home match against Concordia-Irvine, a quality NAIA program. The most notable matches will come on April 11 when the Banana Slugs come in and April 12, the last match of the season, when the defending SCIAC champion CMS team pays a visit.

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