San Bernardino Valley clinched its first Foothill Conference title since 2004 with a 5-4 win over local rival Chaffey on Thursday. Word of Mt. San Jacinto’s loss to College of the Desert trickled over just as the Wolverines were recording the last out. That made it official.
Of course it was just a matter of time. SBVC’s last three-game series is against last place Victor Valley so it’s not like it was going to lose multiple games to the Rams.
It’s one of the better teams coach Bill Mierzwik has had in his more than two decades. The Wolverines (24-8, 16-4) don’t do anything fancy. They had eight hits in their most recent game. That’s OK, but it’s not overwhelming.
They get good pitching, play solid defense and do a good job with situational hitting. That’s what it takes, particularly come playoff time when hits are harder to come by.
It’s also a matter of minimizing the damage. Don’t let an opponent put up a big inning. All four of Chaffey’s runs came in different innings as pitchers Tyler Rich and Kurtis Sargent were able to work out of trouble when Chaffey did threaten.
It is the 13th conference title in he history of the baseball program and the sixth that has come in the Foothill. It’s the best record the Wolverines have had since the 28-9 overall (22-5 in conference) of the 2004 team.
Chaffey has had a stellar program but the Panthers are young this year, with a freshmen-laden roster. So it’s the Wolverines time! Hopefully the squad make a run in the postseason and represent the Foothill Conference.