Area hosting top tennis talent

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Pomona-Pitzer are hosting the NCAA Division III national tennis championships all week. While the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps teams didn’t fare well, individuals are more than holding their own.

Sophomore Alex Lane of CMS just steamrolled past his two foes, losing a grand total of three games. Have you ever watched a sporting event and one side was playing so well you felt sorry for the other? That was the case. Lane said after his second match he was playing with a chip on his shoulder after a loss in the team competition earlier in the week.

He looks like he is going to be hard to beat now.

Tommy Meyer of Pomona-Pitzer also advanced to the qaurterfinals with a pair of straight set wins.

Sophomore Kristin Lim of CMS has been the star on the women’s side. She too is in the quarterfinals.

All the action today is at Pomona-Pitzer beginning at 9 a.m. There is no charge and its a great venue to wander around and watch competition on different courts in a relaxed atmosphere.


Magical ride ends for Broncos

The Cal Poly Pomona baseball team came up short, losing to Sonoma State 8-5 at the NCAA Division II West Region title game at UC San Diego.

The Broncos (36-23) turned in a valiant effort, working their way out of the loser’s bracket but it wasn’t to be.
The Broncos had five players named to the All-Tournament team – pitcher Michael Parker, catcher Jenzen Torres, second baseman Allen Rodarte, outfielder TravisTaijeron and designated hitter Tyson Edwards.
When it comes down to the final game of a double-elimination event it’s all about whose pitching stands up. That happened to be Sonoma State (36-20) which ended the game with Kenny Arnerich on the mound.
Arnerich pitched a complete game shutout in the Seawolves first game against San Diego. He went the last two and two-third innings and got the win.
But Cal Poly Pomona baseball is back on the map after several years of mediocrity.

Resilient Broncos do it again!

Well the Cal Poly Pomona baseball team is still alive and kicking!

And this time the Broncos won in dramatic fashion at the NCAA Division II West Region Tournament at UC San Diego. Hours after fending off favored UC San Diego 6-5 the Broncos chalked up a 5-4 win over Sonoma State.
Cal Poly went up 4-0, only to have to Sonoma back to tie it at 4-all.
Sonoma loaded the bases in the eighth with one out and didn’t score.
Then it loaded the bases again in the eighth, this time with no outs and again didn’t score. When that happens it usually comes back to bite you. That is indeed what happened,
So then Cal Poly came up in the bottom of the ninth. The rally started with hits by Allen Rodarte and Jordan Whitman, A balk by Sonoma pitcher Ian Ocon put the runners at second and third, still with no out.
Then with a 1-2 count to Ryan Goodman, Ocon, still likely miffed by the balk, uncorked a wild pitch and Rodarte scored from third. Game over!
So now it’s Cal Poly and Sonoma at noon on Sunday, winner advances to the College World Series, The Broncos have the momentum now.
But it will likely be pitcher-by-committee.
I wouldn’t bet against the Broncos now.

Broncos advance to final with 6-5 win over San Diego

Before the NCAA Division II West Region Tournament started Cal Poly Pomona coach Randy Betten said his team was “playing with house money.” His team was predicted to finish in the CCAA so advancing to the post-season was a victory in itself.

But the Broncos (35-22) battled their way through the loser’s bracket, eliminating host UC San Diego 6-5. Now they are in the final against Sonoma State (35-19) but they’ll have to beat the Seawolves twice. The first game is coming up in 45 or so minutes.
Michael Parker picked up the win in relief. He also got the win in the Broncos win on Thursday.
It was a good back-and-forth contest. The Broncos got the decisive run in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Tyson Edwards that drove home Jenzen Torres who had doubled.
Edwards and Chris Miller had two hits each. Jordan Whitman and Ryan Goodman both had two-run doubles.
Junior shortstop Mile Santora started. He had missed five games with a pulled hamstring but came out of the game in the third after legging out a double. He is not in the starting lineup for the night game either.
Casey Yokubaitis (2-4, 4.50) will be on the mound for the Broncos while Joey Van Cleave (4-2, 3.60) will go for Sonoma.
This is a resilient Cal Poly team. So I wouldn’t put it past them to win two!

Season ends for Coyote softball team

The Cal State San Bernardino softball team suffered its second 3-1 loss to UC San Diego in as many days at the best-of-three NCAA Division II West Super Region and this one ended the season for the Coyotes.

Cal State had not never advanced this far so the team’s showing is something of which it can be proud.
The Coyotes played far better than they did in Friday’s loss. Their defense was stellar, they had more scoring opportunities and ace Cassidy Lee out-pitched her counterpart Camille Gaito for six innings.
But the Coyotes failure to make the most of their scoring chances proved costly. They had two runners to third in the first three innings and didn’t score in either. They went 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position.
They took a 1-0 lead into the seventh, only to have the the Tritons manufacture three in the seventh. Somehow those kind of losses hurt worse.
The Coyotes have just three seniors on their 13-player roster – Lee and outfielders Priscilla Curiel and Jacquelyn Holtzclaw. So this experience is something the team can build on in the future. Next year there will be no playoff rookies and maybe they can get over the hump next year.

A tough day for the locals in La Jolla

The Cal Poly Pomona baseball and Cal State San Bernardino softball teams both had a tough day in their respective tournament on the campus of UC San Diego.

The Coyotes lost to the host Tritons 3-1 in the first game of the best-of-five Super Regional series. All three San Diego runs were unearned wit two Coyote errors figuring prominently.
Cal State’s lone run came on a home run by Stefanie Pace.
The Coyotes hit some balls hard off San Diego pitcher Camille Gaito. In fact Gaito took a shot off the wrist and a shot off the thigh. It will be interesting to see how she comes back today.She is expected to pitch Game 2 while the Coyotes will go with Cassidy Lee, who did an admirable job on Friday.
The teams play at noon Saturday, then again at 4 if they were to forcea decisive game.
The news wasn’t much better for the Broncos, who fell 10-2 to Sonoma State in NCAA Division II West Region play. Just not good night all around. They managed just four hits. Starter Kevin Bosson had a tough nigh, giving up nine runs and committing an error that compounded the problem..
Cal Poly trailed 6-0 before it got on the scoreboard.
Coach Randy Betten said Geoff Broussard will likely start a 1 p.m. game against UC San Diego. The Broncos need to win to force a 6 p.m. game the same night.

Cal State trailing 3-1 in Super Regional opener

The Cal State San Bernardino softball team is trailing UC San Diego 3-1 in the sixth inning at the NCAA Division II West Super Region.

The culprit has been the Coyotes defense which has committed three errors and led to all the runs in the third being unearned.
Two of the errors have been by the first baseman on what were catchable throws from third and the other error was a dropped fly ball in right field. The game started with a show over the left side of the infield and that shadow now stretches over to the first base dugout. There is some speculation in the press box as to whether or not that posed a problem.
Stefanie Pace just homered to left in the sixth to get the Coyotes on the scoreboard but they aren’t mounting much of an offense.
It’s a best-of-three series so maybe they can shake off the defensive issues and have a better outing on Saturday in the noon game.

Broncos advance with 10-4 win

Cal Poly Pomona didn’t play like a team that hadn’t been in the playoffs in 19 years.

The Broncos chalked up a 10-4 win over Western Oregon in the NCAA Division II West Regional at UC San Diego. Cal Poly battled from a 4-1 deficit, evened the score in the sixth and put the pedal to the medal with six in the eighth.
Give Cal Poly starter Erick Ruvalcaba credit for battling back after a shaky start to give his team a chance.
Michael Parker was impressive on the mound after that, retiring 10 of the 11 hitters he faced. The exclamation point came when he struck out the side in the ninth.
The Broncos had 12 hits with Travis Taijeron getting three, two of those doubles.
Tyson Edwards had a two-run double that tied the game at 4 and a sacrifice fly that made it 5-4. Jordan Whitman also had a two-run double in the eighth.
The Broncos advance to face either Sonoma State or UC San Diego at 6 p.m. on Friday. Kevin Bosson will be the mound.
This is an underdog team playing with a lot of poise and confidence.

Broncos forge ahead 10-4 at regional

The Cal Poly Pomona Broncos have surged ahead 10-4 in the eighth at the NCAA Division II West Regional at UC San Diego.

Western Oregon is playing like the tournament newcomer, not a team that has won 10 straight conference titles. The Wolves have made two errors in this inning, contributing to a Cal Poly rally.
A sacrifice fly by Tyson Edwards made it 5-4 Broncos. Then an error gave the Broncos another run. Then a run-scoring single by Humberto Tovalin.
Jordan Whitman knocked home two with a double off the wall and he later scored on a sac fly by Ryan Goodman. 
The Broncos are in good shape!

Cal Poly on the field at regional

The Cal Poly Pomona Broncos are squaring off against Western Oregon in the NCAA Division II West Regional at UC San Diego. In the bottom of the fourth, its 3-1 Western Oregon.

The Broncos took the early lead as Ryan Goodman doubled and scored on one by Travis Taijeron in the first.
The Wolves came back and got three in the bottom of the inning off Broncos starter Erick Ruvalcaba. The Wolves had two on and two out with Bo Folkinga up. He hit a fly ball to right that looked like a catchable ball but it eluded Jordan Whitman and both runners scored.
It looked the wind might have gotten a hold of the ball but its a play a more experienced outfielder probably would have made. But Whitman was a pitcher last year and made the transition this year.
Another double knocked him Folkinga and it was 3-1.
The Broncos had two on and no out in the fourth but didn’t score.
It’s now the top of the fifth. Looks like Ruvalcaba has regrouped nicely.