Local talent contribute to Division 1 programs as freshman early


Zoe CasasAquinas graduate Zoe Casas played in a doubleheader for the Florida State softball team on Saturday against North Carolina.

In Game 1, Casas hit a 2-run home run, the first of her college career, for the Seminoles in the 9-6 victory over the Tar Heels.

While the freshman did not record a hit in Game 2, she did score a run in the winning effort over the Tar Heels.

Tannon SnowTannon Snow, a graduate of Chino Hills High School, went 1 for 2 with a run for the University of Washington softball team in its 10-8 loss to UCLA.

Snow went 1 for 3 for two runs and a 3-run home run in the sixth inning against the Bruins on March 24. It was her third home run of the season. The Chino Hills grad would go 0 for 3 on March 25 in the second of the three game series.



Freshman left handed pitcher Kyle Robeniol did not get the win Saturday in Oregon’s 7-4 loss to PAC-12 rival Washington but he was not the scheduled starter either.

Kyle RobeniolIn what was his second collegiate start on the mound, the Ducks’ pitcher had a quick turn around from his first start on Tuesday against Seattle University.

The Los Osos alumnus filled in for scheduled starter David Peterson after he was unable to pitch due to an illness.

Robeniol pitched 4 1/3 innings against the Huskies, giving up three runs on four hits while striking out three.

Against Seattle, the freshman pitched 3 innings, again allowing three runs on four hits.

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Cal State San Bernardino named Jim Maier as softball coach

Jim Maier named the new coach of Cal State San Bernardino softball

Jim Maier named the new coach of Cal State San Bernardino softball

Cal State San Bernardino named Jim Maier as the new Coyotes’ softball coach on Dec. 17.

The move was made following the resignation of Tacy Duncan, who left after nine seasons with the Coyotes to accept an assistant principal’s position at Chemawa Middle School.

Maier is coming off a one-year stint as the Dean of Students and the softball coach of Santa Fe Springs St. Paul High School, where he had coached previously.

He named as California’s Coach of the Year after leading the program to 2014 CIF and state softball titles.

In between his two terms as the St. Paul coach, he was at the helm of the Cal State Dominguez Hills Toros until 2013, ending his 13-year term.

During his tenure with the Toros, Maier led the team to an overall record of 460-273-2 while guiding the team to two CCAA championships (2005 and 2012). The Toros also appeared in the NCAA Tournament seven times and advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in both 2012 and 2013.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be the next head coach at Cal State San Bernardino,” Maier stated in a press release. “I am anxious to get back to a college environment.”

Maier believes that the Coyotes are in place to make something special happen for the university and its surrounding community.

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