There were no Inland Valley baseball players drafted on Day 1 of the MLB first-year player draft.
But Day 2 saw three: Los Osos LHP Chris Kohler (third round supplemental, No. 106), Oakland A’s; Upland HS/Pepperdine RHP Scott Frazier (6th round, 168), Chicago Cubs; Diamond Bar HS/Riverside City College Kenny Mathews (7th round, 201), Cleveland Indians.
For Kohler, he was drafted by an organization he said he knew was very interested. He also had someone to talk to about that organization.
“I talked Daniel Robertson (from Upland High), who was drafted by the A’s in the supplemental first round last year. He told me all about the organization and how they do things. I’ve been playing with him with the ABD Bulldogs for a long time.”
The above video shows Robert Mendez scoring the winning run with two outs in the ninth inning on a wild pitch and a throwing error in Ontario Christian’s 2-1 Division 5 quarterfinal victory in nine innings on Friday.
But consider some of the interesting aspects in this game:
Unlike the first two games of the Battle of the Baseline, the last game was up against my deadline and I am sorry I don’t have any highlight or interview video.
But suffice to say that Upland took advantage of Rancho Cucamonga mistakes to tie and win the game in the seventh. The tying run scoring on a throwing error with two outs, and a wild pitch scored the game-winner.
In the bottom of the seventh, there was drama immediately when the Rancho Cucamonga first base coach was ejected when Dakota Oberhauser was ruled out at second after trying to advance on an overthrow to first. But with two outs and no one on, a single and a double put the tying an winning runs in scoring position before Michael Gomez struck out the final batter to end the game.
Etiwanda trailed 3-1 in the third inning Saturday in Game 1 of the Battle of the Baseline against first-place Los Osos. The Eagles scored once, and thought they had tied the score, but didn’t get a balk call despite coach Don Furnald’s vehement argument. Here he talks about the next strategy, a double-steal that tied the game. Etiwanda went on to score five more in the fifth inning en route to an 8-3 victory.
The Inland Valley brought 8 wrestlers to the CIF State Championships.
Here’s a look at how they did: Still alive: but needing to win their first match Saturday to clinch a top eight spot:
No. 6 Jon Solano, Los Osos (170). He won his first two, lost to the No. 5 wrestler, then won twice more in consolation. He faces No. 4 Bryan Salinas of Covina Northview in the first round of consolation. Salinas beat Solano 5-3 in CIF-SS Masters semifinals last week.
No 13 Garrick Gurney, Chino Hills (170). He won his first match, lost 6-4, then won twice in consolation. He will face No. 11 Harlan Kistler of Riverside King the CIF-SS Masters runner-up, in the next round of consolation.
Here is a glance at the 8 Inland Valley wrestlers competing at state. Rankings are from TheCaliforniaWrestler.com. I will be reporting from Bakersfield for the State Championships. Follow me at twitter.com/PeteMarshallLaw for updates.
Toughest draw: Kenny Clark, Carter (285) and Nathan Rodriguez, Diamond Bar (182) Clark,ranked No. 7, should have an easy second round match, but would face No. 1 Nick Nevills of Clovis in the third round. Rodriguez, ranked 27th, gets top-ranked Adrian Salas in the 1st round.
Best first match: Jon Solano, Los Osos (170)
While some first matchups appear one-sided, the No. 6 Solano faces another wrestler in the top half of the rankings: No. 18 Dylan Kainrath of Del Oro.
Best chance to place for someone ranked outside of top 8: Garrick Gurney, Chino Hills (170).
Gurney, ranked 13th, doesn’t have to face anyone higher than No. 12 en route to the quarterfinals. Continue reading →
Inland Valley is sending a total of 8 wrestlers to state after Saturday’s CIF-SS Masters Meet.
Here’s a look at the area qualifiers: 106: Martin Garcia, So. Rialto 1st at divisionals, 6th at Masters 126: Daniel Romero, Sr.., Montclair, 4th at divisionals, 5th at Masters 132: Justus Cervantes, Sr., Los Osos, 3rd at divisionals, 8th at Masters 145: Brad Pearce, Jr., Alta Loma, 3rd at divisionals, 9th at Masters 170: Jon Solano, Sr., Los Osos, 1st at divisionals, 3rd at Masters
Garrick Gurney, Sr., Chino HIlls, 4th at divisionals, 5th at Masters 182: Nathan Rodriguez, Sr., Diamond Bar, 1st at divisionals, 7th at Masters 285: Kenny Clark, Sr., Carter, 1st at divisionals, 2nd at Masters
After Friday’s Day 1 of the CIF-SS Masters Meet, each weight class is whittled down to the final 12. Those in the semifinals have guaranteed a trip to Bakersfield for next weekend’s CIF State Championships. The other eight still alive in consolation in each weight class will be vying for the final five spots. The 4 winners in the consolation quarterfinals in the first consolation round Saturday advance, with the four losers dropping into the ninth-place bracket and will need to win their final two matches.
There are 12 Inland valley wrestlers alive, including three in the semifinals.
Here they are, by weight class. All are in consolation except those designated otherwise:
106: Alex Garcia, Rialto (faces Vincent Parra of Covina Northview in the semis)
David Gonzalez, San Dimas 126: Daniel Romero, Montclair 132: Justus Cervantes, Los Osos 145: Brad Pearce, Alta Loma 152 Seth Morales, Bonita 170: Jon Solano, Los Osos (No. 4 in state faces Bryan Salinas of Northview in semis)
Garrick Gurney, Chino Hills 182: Nathan Rodriguez, Diamond Bar 195: Matt Carrillo, Diamond Bar 220: Cody Fahamokioa, Rancho Cucamonga 285: Kenny Clark, Carter (No. 5 in state and only CIF-SS wrestler ranked higher, No. 1 Nour Abdullatif of Eastvale Roosevelt, lost in the quarters. Clark faces Alejandro Ruelas of Westminster in semis)