Four baseball players from San Bernardino Valley have decided the next step of their collegiate careers.
That quartet includes pitcher Nick Przybylek (Campbellsville University), first baseman Aaron Cisneros (UC Riverside), pitcher Brandon Conlin (Colorado State-Pueblo) and outfielder-designated hitter Kurtis Kloke (Pacific University, Ore.).
Przybylek was is a two-time first team Foothill Conference selection, this year also earning Pitcher of the Year honors. He went 8-2 with a 1.71 ERA and registered four complete games.
Cisneros, also a graduate of San Bernardino HS, was also named first team All-Foothill Conference twice. He finished first in the state in home runs (11), was second in the state in slugging (.735). He hit .349 with 40 RBI. He also finished with a fielding percentage of .994.
Conlin, out of Norco HS, was named to the second team All-Foothill Conference. He went 5-5 with a 3.52 ERA.
Kloke, out of Cajon HS, hit .294.
Tyler Hardge of the Cal State Fullerton women’s track and field team has been names Big West Women’s Freshman Athlete of the Year award.
She is a resident of Colton and graduate of Summit High School.
Hardge burst onto the collegiate track in the first meet of her career, taking home first-place in the 100-meter hurdles at the Riverside Community College Open on March 7 after crossing the finish line in 14.21 seconds.
She would go on to take home six more first-place finishes between the 100m and 400m hurdles, saving her top time in the 100m hurdles for the Big West Championships at UC Riverside Track Facility on May 16. She finished third in the event with a season-best time of 13.81 sec. and used her 60.14 sec. finish to outpace the field in the 400m hurdles, earning the first individual Big West title of her career.
Hardge finished her first year in a Titan uniform ranked 49th in the NCAA West Region in the 400m hurdles and 63rd in the 100m hurdles.
The Cal Poly Pomona baseball team will take on University of Tampa (Fla.) on Sunday in the NCAA Division II Elite 8 in Cary, N.C.
A couple of old friends will have their teams square off in a first round game. Cal Poly Pomona coach Randy Betten was a teammate of Tampa coach Joe Urso in 1996 with the Lake Elsinore Storm, then an Angels minor league affiliate.
The two have kept in touch. It was Urso that told Betten if his team won the West regional theirs would be squaring off in the College World Series.
The Broncos (43-15) are making their first appearance in that event in 30 years. Betten’s team finished first in the CCAA in the regular season, then won the postseason conference tournament to win the automatic bid to the West Region which it hosted.
Tampa (39-13) is the South Region champion and making its 16th straight NCAA appearance, including ones in all 15 years Urso has been at the helm.
Here’s what Betten had to say about facing his old friend’s team: