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.
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The San Bernardino Valley College baseball team (21-12, 17-4) will play for a third straight Foothill Conference this week when it goes head-to-head this week with Rio Hondo (25-8, 17-4) with whom it is tied. It is a three-game series so there will be no shared first place.
The teams will play at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at San Bernardino Valley, then again at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday at Rio Hondo. The final game would be on Friday at SBVC.
Wolverines coach Bill Mierzwik says sophomore right-hander Nick Przybylek (8-2, 2.22) will be on the mound for today’s game.
Sophomore right-hander Brandon Conlin (3-5, 3.68) has been going the second game and freshman left-hander Sam Fitzgerald (4-0, 3.97) the third.
Mierzwik is leaning toward keeping that the same although it could change of Conlin is needed out of the bullpen today.
Key offensive players include sophomore first baseman Aaron Cisneros (.339, 11 HR, 36 RBI), freshman second baseman Jonathan McCray (.355) and freshman outfielder Austin Berglund (.376).
Last year the teams were part of a three-way tie for first that also included Chaffey.
The second annual Jake Pilkerton Memorial Baseball Game is slated for 1 p.m. Nov. 8 at Fiscalini Field.
Pilkerton was a baseball standout at Rim of the World High School, then went on to play two years at San Bernardino Valley College and two at Cal State San Bernardino.
Pilkerton, who played second base and earned multiple honors in his prep and collegiate career, was killed in an automobile accident on Aug. 3, 2013.
There will be a raffle, memorabilia and food and beverages available with the proceeds going toward a trust fund that will be distributed to help the baseball programs at all three schools for which Pilkerton played.
Athletes who played with him at one of the three schools are invited to play in the nine-inning contest.
Donation items are still needed, as are players or volunteers to help run the event.
For more information or to help out call Matthew Winn at (951) 807-9867 or Catherine Figone at (760) 899-947