Cal Poly Pomona baseball team ready for regional at CBU

The Cal Poly Pomona baseball team got to host the NCAA Division II West Regional at Mt. SAC a year ago. It paid off as the Broncos won that and advanced to the NCAA championship and finished third.

The Broncos won’t be playing quite that close to home this year but they won’t be going far either. Cal Baptist, champion of the Pac West Conference, is the top seed and will host the six-team event that begins Thursday and runs through Monday.


There will be three games on Thursday with Cal Poly Pomona’s first foe being a familiar one – Chico State.

The Broncos (35-17) are seeded third with the Wildcats (35-20) seeded fourth. The teams are not strangers, having split four meetings this season. They met last week in the first round of the CCAA Tournament in Stockton with Chico prevailing 6-2. Chico leads the all-time series 58-34.


The Broncos went 10-5 against teams in the field this season, having played four of the other five entrants, with games against all the other three CCAA participants.
Other games the first day pit No. 2 Dixie State against No. 5 Cal State Monterey Bay at 11 with Cal Baptist playing Cal State East Bay at 3.

Admission is $10 a day for general admission and $5 for students and senior citizens. Military personnel and children 12-under are admitted free.

There are no local players on the Chico State roster bit there are several playing at CBU. Those include seniors Andrew Montoya (Colton), Jake Galloway (Etiwanda/Chaffey College), Taylor Wetzel (Grantie Hills), juniors Alec Morabito (Yucaipa), Brian Ruhm (Yucaipa) and Jeremy Steggell (Chino Hills), sophomores Travis Booth (Ontario Christian), D.J. Porter (Los Osos) and Brody Robinson (Redlands East Valley) and freshmen Vini Haro (Big Bear), Kenny Boardman (Grand Terrace) and Derek Escobar (Grand Terrace).

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Chaffey College reps lead All-Foothill Conference selections

Here are the All-Foothill Conference selections in baseball for the Foothill Conference:

COACH OF THE YEAR: Jeff Harlow, Chaffey

PITCHER OF THE YEAR: Joe Wills, Rio Hondo

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Kevin Riley, Chaffey

Jordan Abernathy, Rio Hondo
Jordan Babbitt, San Bernardino Valley
Breion Barron, San Bernardino Valley
Brady Carlson, Rio Hondo
Anthony Franco, Rio Hondo
Isaiah Haro, Chaffey
D.J. Hernandez, College of the Desert
Dominique Hernandez, Cerro Coso
Cody Palmer, Chaffey
Tyler Penix, San Bernardino Valley
Sean Romo, College of the Desert
Caleb Squire, Barstow
Travis Tanaka, College of the Desert
Gerardo Torreblanca, San Bernardino Valley
Easton Withers, Barstow
Jonah Yang, Barstow

Anthony Aguila, San Bernardino Valley
Jacob Arguello, Chaffey
Gabe Chavez, Rio Hondo
Logan Copperton, Chaffey
Cole Danielson, College of the Desert
Jesus Gonzalez, San Bernardino Valley
Mauricio Guadarrama, Rio Hondo
Daniel Honorof, Chaffey
Patrick Keller, Chaffey
Kayln Kimmel, Barstow
Cameron LeGrand, Rio Hondo
Aaron McCann, Chaffey
David Osuna, San Bernardino Valley
Billy Reyes, San Bernardino Valley
Chris Rocco, San Bernardino Valley
R.J. Romo, Rio Hondo
Taylor Sims, Chaffey
Albert Vargas, Chaffey

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Max Barkeley to finish college career at Antelope Valley

Local basketball standout Max Barkeley has decided to use his last year of eligibility at NAIA University of Antelope Valley in Lancaster.

It will be the last stop for the shooting guard who played for two years at Victor Valley College, before transferring to Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada) where he exhausted his junior year in 2015-2016.

It was a tough season at the Canadian school for Barkeley, a Rim of the World High School graduate. He was slowed by a pair of concussions and his playing career never really got back on track at that school.

Barkeley was also considering Cal State San Bernardino, Cal State Los Angeles, Cal State San Marcos and Sonoma State – all NCAA Division II schools in the same conference.  But the transfer of credits from a Canadian school as well as other  issues meant he was destined for an NAIA school as opposed to an NCAA school.

“I am close to graduating so I wanted to find the place that will keep me on that path and there were a lot of hoops to jump through with many NCAA schools. Also coach (Brad) Rogers is a great coach with a proven track record so with one year left I wanted to finish strong both academically and athletically,” he said.

Barkeley has three semesters left for a degree in criminal justice.


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