Memorial game to benefit two local college baseball programs

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

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SBVC among teams in the hunt for postseason title

The community college playoffs get underway on Friday with best-of-three series starting throughout California. The second games are Saturday with the if-necessary to follow. Here’s the schedule:

Results of Tuesday play-in games
No. 17 El Camino 2, No. 16 Mt. SAC 1
No. 15 East Los Angeles 6, No. 18 Canyons 5

Friday’s games
No. 17 El Camino (23-14) at No. 1 Orange Coast (27-9)
No. 9 Southwestern (25-11) at No. 8 Rio Hondo (25-11)
No. 12 Los Angeles Pierce (19-16-1) at No. 5 Cerritos (25-12)
No. 13. Allan Hancock (22-13-1) at No. 4 Palomar (27-9)
No. 14 Long Beach City (21-15) at No. 3 Santa Ana (25-11)
No. 11 San Bernardino Valley (26-10) at No. 6 Santa Barbara (23-13)
No. 10 Saddleback (22-14) at No. 7 Los Angeles Mission (23-13)
No. 15 East Los Angeles (24-13) at No. 2 Oxnard (27-9)

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SBVC’s Tyler Rich headed to Colorado

San Bernardino Valley College right-handed pitcher Tyler Rich has signed with NCAA Division II Colorado State-Pueblo.

Rich, a Colton High graduate, has been the anchor of the Wolverines pitching staff the past two seasons. He earned first-team All-Foothill Conference honors last year, going 7-3 with a conference-best 2.09 ERA in 65 innings.

Rich, who plans to major in kinesiology, has not visited the school yet but plans to do so later this spring.

The school is part of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and has qualified for regional play eight of the last 19 seasons.

The team is coached by Stan Sanchez, who coached at San Bernardino Valley from 1984 to 1990. Current coach Bill Mierzwik was an assistant under Sanchez and got the head job when Sanchez left to take an assistant job at Cal State Northridge.

He moved on to Pueblo when the program was re-instated in 1993.


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