Cajon grad throws no-hitter at UC Riverside

Cajon High School graduate Chelsea Ponce put her name in the record book at UC Riverside, pitching the first no-hitter in school history since the Highlander moved to NCAA Division I.

She walked one and struck out five as the Highlanders blanked Bethune-Cookman (Fla.) 7-0. She faced three batters over the minimum. In addition to the one walk, two runners reached on errors.

Two of the base runners against her came in the seventh inning but she got out of the jam with the shutout in tact.

On the season Ponce boasts an impressive mark of 20-3 with a 1.11 earned run averages. She has 116 strikeouts, 86 hits and 22 earned runs allowed in 141 innings.

The junior is coming off a red-shirt season after spending her first two collegiate seasons at Riverside Community College.

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Cal Poly Pomona’s Christian Kelly named best of the week


Cal Poly Pomona sophomore Christian Kelley has been named California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Baseball Player of the Week for March 9-15.

Kelley, a graduate of Don Lugo, boosted the Broncos offensively with past weekend as CPP split its four-game series with Sonoma State.

He batted .611 on the weekend and compiled a .722 slugging percentage after hitting 11-for-18 with two doubles. He also totaled six runs, three RBI, and a walk in his 19 total plate appearances.

He recorded a hit in all four games against the Seawolves, and all of those games were multi-hit games.

He has now reached base safely in five consecutive games. Defensively, Kelley was perfect with 27 putouts and one assist.

The Broncos will return to action on Friday for a 3 p.m. start against the defending CCAA champions, the Chico State Wildcats, with a home series at Scolinos Field.

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Cal State San Bernardino pitcher is best of week

Cassandra Williams

Cal State San Bernardino sophomore Cassandra Williams has been named California Collegiate Athletic Association Softball Pitcher of the Week for Mar. 9-15.

The Apple Valley native led the way for the Coyotes in their series against Chico State last week. She went 2-0 and threw two complete games, giving up 10 hits, allowing just one run, striking out nine and walking only two.

She threw 6 1/3 innings of shutout play in Friday’s 3-1 victory with six strikeouts and one walk. The following afternoon, she threw a 3-hit shutout with three strikeouts and a walk.

On the weekend, she contributed offensively as well, compiling a .385 average and .769 slugging percentage with five hits, including two doubles and a home runs in 13 plate appearances. 

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