Rancho Cucamonga’s Tayari Venable picks Washington State

Junior Tayari Venable of Rancho Cucamonga is headed to Washington State. The 6-foot-2, 160-pounder made the declaration Wednesday night along with some of his peers.

The decision came down to where he thought he had the best opportunity to play early. The school also was the first to make an offer.

Introduction 2017: DB Tayari Venable

He was also considering UCLA, Arizona State, Washington and San Jose State. The only other school he had been to was UCLA, having played in a passing tournament there.

“I really looked at the depth chart at my position and I think I can play right away.” he said. “I also went there for a camp a month ago and I really liked it.”

Venable played a lot as a sophomore last year, managing 29 tackles and helping the Cougars to a third-place finish in the tough Baseline League.

He is the latest local to cast his lot with the school. Among those currently there are Kameron Powell, a former teammate, as well as former Upland quarterback Tyler Hilinski. Venable says he plans to talk to Powell later today.

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Here’s how some of our local players are faring in the minor leagues

Matt Anderson

* Matt Anderson (Claremont/Chaffey College) – Mariners AA, Jackson (Miss.) of Southern League. Is 1-4, 3.60 ERA, 10 saves, 14 ER, 10 BB, 37 K’s in 35 innings.

* Matt Andriese (Redlands East Valley/UC Riverside) – Rays AAA, Durham (N.C.) of International League. Is 1-0, 2.70 ERA, 6 ER, 20 Ks, 5 BB, 20 innings.

* Branden Becker (Cajon) – Orioles Rookie, Gulf Coast League. Hitting .136 ut that is in just 5 games after signing following this year’s draft.

* Aaron Brooks (Cajon/CS San Bernardino) – Royals AAA, Omaha of International League. Is 4-4, 3.67 ERA, 31 ER, 75 Ks, 14 BB in 76 innings.

Geoff Broussard

* Geoff Broussard (Alta Loma/Cal Poly Pomona) – Angels High-A, Inland Empire of California League. Is 2-1 with 2.61 ERA, 3 saves, 6 ER, 37 Ks, 8 BB in 20 2/3 innings.

* Gary Brown (Diamond Bar) – Angels AAA, Salt Lake City of Pacific Coast League. Hitting .214, 3 doubles, 4 triples, 5 home runs, 27 RBI in 50 games.

* Chris Carlson (Chino Hills/Cal Poly Pomona) – Blue Jays Low-A, Lansing, Mich of Midwest League. Hitting .299 with 14 doubles, 2 triples, 1 home run, 21 runs scored and 17 RBI.

* Ethan Chapman (Upland Christian/CS San Bernardino) – Phillies AA, Reading of Eastern League. Hitting .083 in just 5 games. Just joined organization after being released by Royals where he spent the bulk of season at AA Northwest Arkansas.

* Matt Clark (Etiwanda) – Brewers AAA, Colorado Springs of Pacific Coast League. Hiting .269, 14 doubles, 1 triple, 12 home runs, 39 RBI, 30 runs in 71 games.

* Matt Davidson (Yucaipa) – White Sox AAA, Charlotte of International League. Hitting .236, 12 doubles, 13 home runs, 41 RBI, 25 runs in 76 games.

* Bailey Falter (Chino Hills) – Phillies Rookie, Gulf Coast League in Florida. Hasn’t pitched yet but joined them after signing afterthis year’s draft.

* Josh Fellahuer (Rancho Cucamonga) – Brewers AA, Biloxi, Miss. of Southern League. Hitting .286, 2 doubles, 1 home run, 11 RBI in 21 games.

Isaac Galloway

* Isaac Galloway (Los Osos) – Marlins AAA, New Orleans of Pacific Coast League. Hitting .243, 6 doubles, 2 triples, 17 RBI, 18 runs scored in 56 games.

* Kyle Garlick (Chino Hills/Cal Poly Pomona) – Dodgers Low-A, Great Lakes of Midwest League. Just reported there after a few games in rookie ball.

* Jeff Gelalich (Bonita) – Reds High-A, Daytona of Florida State League. Hitting .200 with 3 doubles, 2 triples, 7 stolen bases, 6 RBI, 17 runs scored in 47 games.

* Tommy Hanson (Redlands East Valley) – Giants High-A San Jose. Is 1-1, 2.25 ERA, 3 ER, 15 Ks, 5 BB, 12 innings. Has pitched at major league level with both the Braves and Angels.

* Grant Hockin (Damien) – Spent last year in Arizona rookie ball. Currently on disabled list.

* John Holdzkom (Rancho Cucamonga) – Pirates AAA, Indianapolis of International League. Is 2-0 with 3.38 ERA, 2 saves, 8 ER, 27 Ks, 15 BB.

* Chris Kohler (Los Osos) – A’s Short-A, Vermont of New York-Penn League. 1-0, 2.70 ERA in 10 innings, 3 ER, 1 BB, 10 K’s.

Jiovanni Mier

* Jiovanni Mier (Bonita) – Astros AA, Corpus Christi of Texas League. Hitting .264, 9 doubles, 2 triples, 5 home runs, 35 RBI, 29 runs in 58 games.

* Ryan Miller (San Bernardino Valley College) – Padres High-A, Lake Elsinore. Hitting .298 with 10 doubles, 3 triples, 2 home runs, 14 RBI, 14 runs scored in 24 games.


*Jacob Nottingham (Redlands) – Astros High-A, Lancaster of California League. Played first game last night after receiving promotion from Low-A Quad Cites where he hit .326 in 59 games and made the Midwest League All-Star team.

* Ricky Oropesa (Etiwanda) – Giants AA, Richmond of Eastern League. Hitting .282, 13 doubles, 1 home run, 9 home runs, 46 RBI in 70 games.

* R.J. Peace (Serrano) – Marlins Rookie, Gulf Coast League. Pitched his first 4 innings since signing after this year’s draft. Has 3 Ks’ 1 ER allowed.

* Cody Ponce (Damien/Cal Poly Pomona) – Brewers Rookie, Helena of Pioneer League. Has pitched in 2 games (5 innings) since signing last month after draft. He has 4 Ks, 2 ER and 0 BB.

* Addison Reed (Los Osos) – Diamondbacks AAA, Reno of Pacific Coast League. Has one scoreless inning after being sent down from the major league team.

* Daniel Robertson (Upland) – Rays AA, Montgomery (Ala.) of Southern League. Hitting .271, 15 doubles, 4 triples, 3 home runs, 32 runs scored, 32 RBI in 49 games.

* Jake Romanski (Chaffey College) – Red Sox AA, Portland of Eastern League. Hitting .100 in 3 games. But that was after hitting .262 in 47 games at High-A Salem and earning a promotion.

* Josh Smith (Etiwanda) – Diamondbacks rookie ball. Is 0-0, 16.20 ERA in 2 games, 1 2/3 inning, 3 ER, 2BB.

* Travis Taijeron (Cal Poly Pomona) – Mets AAA, Las Vegas of Pacific Coast League. Hitting .302 with 9 doubles, 2 triples, 13 home runs, 40 RBI, 38 runs scored in 66 games.

Dillon Tate

* Dillon Tate  (Claremont) – Rangers Short-A, Spokane of Northwest League. Just saw action in his first game and pitched a scoreless inning with 1 strikeout.

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Los Osos High’s Paige Halstead starts play with Team USA

 Los Osos High School graduate Paige Halstead is spending the summer playing with the Junior Women’s National Softball Team.
The team is currently playing Argentina at Barber Park in Irvine. It is the first game of the World Cup of Softball which is taking place through July 5.
Halstead, a catcher who has signed with UCLA, was the top player for the Grizzlies and one of the marquee players in the Baseline League as well as in Southern California. She hit .568 with 16 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs, 36 RBI and 38 runs scored with 17 multiple hit games.
Halstead came in to pinch hit in the third and ripped a run-scoring single that made it 11-0.
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San Dimas pitcher Peter Lambert lands another honor


San Dimas pitcher Peter Lambert has landed yet another honor. The senior right-hander was named Medium Schools State Player of the Year by Cal Hi Sports.

Lambert, who signed with the Colorado Rockies earlier this week, went 13-0 with a 0.34 ERA for a Saints’ team that was two wins away from ending the season undefeated and the No. 1 team in the state.

Lambert’s high school career ended with back to back complete game shutouts in the postseason. He gave up only one hit in a 9-0 win over La Quinta and then just three in a 1-0 win over Santa Monica.

He also hit .295 with 27 runs batted in.

Cal Hi Sports selected Joe DeMers of College Park of Pleasant Hill its overall Player of the Year. He was also the Large Schools candidate.

DeMers, who has signed with Washington, went 13-1 record with an 0.51 ERA, three no-hitters, including two straight, one perfect game and 103 strikeouts in 96 innings. At the plate, he was almost as impressive with a .447 average, and a team-leading six homers and 44 RBI.

The Small Schools Player of the Year was Nico Hoerner of Oakland Head-Royce. He hit .517 with 30 RBI and six home runs. He finished his high school career hitting .523 with 103 runs batted in, 118 runs scored and 10 home runs in 80 games.


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Cajon’s Taylor Sims leads CBL baseball team

Here is the complete list of Citrus Belt League baseball players honored:

Most Valuable Player: Taylor Sims, Sr., Cajon

First team
Rick Armagost, Sr., Yucaipa
Branden Becker, Sr., Cajon
Marcos Castanon, Soph., Carter
John Castro, Jr., Miller
Joey Chapman, Sr., Yucaipa
Marc Cruz, Sr., Redlands East Valley
Isaiah Davis, Jr., Carter
Blake Garcia, Jr., Redlands
Jake Gozzo, Sr., Redlands East Valley
Zach Grande, Sr., Cajon
Griffin Logan, Jr., Citrus Valley
Jacob Lopez, Sr., Miller
Gabriel Olvera, Jr., Eisenhower
Hunter Reade, Sr., Yucaipa
Billey Reyes, Sr., Yucaipa
Tyler VMan Marter, Jr., Yucaipa
Anthony Villegas, Soph., Carter

Second team
Theodore Albert, Sr., Cajon
Austin Amante, Sr., Yucaipa
Elijah Borden, Sr., Citrus Valley
Damien Carrion, Sr., Eisenhower
Robert Gutierrez, Sr., Eisenhower
Justin Guizar, Jr., Redlands
Mario Espinoza, Sr., Cajon
Isaiah Gonzalez, Soph., Redlands East Valley
Logan Gopperton, Sr., Cajon
John Maroda, Jr., Cajon
Kel McPeck, Sr., Redlands
Cory Moore, Soph., Yucaipa
Joseph Ortega Rodriguez, Soph., Redlands East Valley
Paul Rojas, Jr., Redlands East Valley
Erik Sandoval, Sr., Yucaipa

Honorable mention
Andrew Ramirez, Sr., Eisenhower
Charles Whitley, Sr., Citrus Valley

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Yucaipa players dominate CBL softball selections

The Division 2 CIF champion Yucaipa Thunderbirds have landed all the top honors for softball. Here is the complete list of players honored:

Most Valuable Player: Kelly Martinez, Jr., C, Yucaipa
Most Outstanding Pitcher: Brooke Bolinger, Sr., Yucaipa

First team
Victoia Avalos, Sr., Miller
Annie Bakenhus, Sr., Yucaipa
Katekyn Biley, Sr., Citrus Valley
Maya Cabang, Sr., Carter
Briana Cassidy, S., Cajon
Kirsten Caudle, Sr., Cajon
Mallorie Cross, Jr., Yucaipa
Autumn Gillespie, Sr., Redlands East Valley
Skie Munoz, Sr., Redlands
Maxine Ortega, Soph., Citrus Valley
Jacquelyn Ortiz, Sr., Redlands East Valley
Monica Pasiillas, Sr., Redlands
Riley Plogger, Jr., Redlands East Valley
Zoe Richard, Jr., Citrus Valley
Melissa Sota, Sr., Eisenhower
Taylor Troost, Sr., Citrus Valley

Second team
Natalie Alas, Sr., Cajon
Taylor Babbitt, Sr., Citrus Valley
Jocelyn Chavez, Jr., Eisenhower
Jordan Green, Sr., Yucaipa
Eve Harvey, Fr., Redlands East Valley
Danielle Lopez, Sr., Redlands East Valley
Megan Martin, Soph., Yucaipa
Laura Mendez, Sr., Carter
Chrsytal Obando, Jr., Miller
Jada Overby, Soph., Redlands
Jeanette Ponce, Sr., Cajon
Taryn Rahler, Sr., Cajon
Angelica Redmond, Sr., Miller
Leilani San Pedro, Jr., Redlands East Valley
Gabrielle Ursay, Soph., Eisenhower
Jayme Steward, Soph., Redlands
Daisy Vizcarra, Sr., Carter
Morgan Zamora, Fr., Cajon

Honorable mention: Deziree Valdez, Soph., Carter; Carsyn Taitague, Fr., Citrus Valley; Helena Ramirez, Soph., Eisenhower; Halayna Chavez, Sr., Miller; Raylene Anaya, Soph., Redlands; Julia Solomon, Fr., Redlands East Valley; Keely Clark, Fr., Yucaipa.

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Redlands’ Cal Mende leads CBL boys volleyball picks

Here is the complete list of boys honored by the Citrus Belt League for volleyball:

MVP: Cal Mende, Sr., Redlands

First team
Raul Duran, Jr., Citrus Valley
Troy Fields, Redlands
Antwione George, Sr., Eisenhower
Brian Goh, Jr., Redlands East Valley
Christopher Green, Sr., Citrus Valley
Dalton Johnson, Sr., Yucaipa
Donshay Lefridge, Sr., San Gorgonio
Shynol McClain, Sr., Redlands East Valley
Chandler Oliver, Sr., Yucaipa
Manuel Savalza, Soph., Riverside Poly
Jaziel Villalvazo, Sr., Redlands

Second team
Aryoc Arellano, Sr., Redlands
Mitchell DeBoer, Jr., Citrus Valley
Lance Diaz, Sr., Carter
Daniel Fisher, Sr., Redlands East Valley
Joshua Martinez, Sr., Redlands East Valley
Reed Mortensen, Jr., Redlands
Rasheed Ogaldez, Jr., Carter
Joey Paulo, Soph., Riverside Poly
Jesse Sommerfelt, Sr., Citrus Valley
Cameron Salvatierra, Soph., Redlands East Valley
Sean Stange, Jr., Yucaipa
James Zarglis, Sr., Yucaipa

Honorable mention: Esgardo Duarte, Jr., Citrus Valley; Dorian Fedrick, Jr., Redlands East Valley; Kim Aiken, Soph., Redlands East Valley; Johnathan Ramirez, Jr., San Gorgoin.


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San Dimas pitcher Peter Lambert signs with Colorado Rockies

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It’s official. Peter Lambert is a professional baseball player.

The San Dimas High School pitcher signed with the Colorado Rockies today. He was drafted by that organization earlier this month in the second round with the 44th overall pick in the draft.

It was the highest any player from the school had gone in the draft.

Lambert signing means he will not be attending UCLA, the college with which he signed.

But that seemed like a forgone conclusion after being drafted so highly. Lambert was nothing short of spectacular. He had 13 starts and completed nine of those. Five were shutouts and he allowed only four earned runs and managed 113 strikeouts in 83 innings for a miniscule ERA of 0.43.

And that’s just what he did on the mound.  He also hit .295 and came up with some clutch hits, excelling at shortstop when not pitching.

Lambert is currently in Colorado with his family.  Right after signing he caught another flight to Grand Junction, Col., where he will begin his career with the team’s Short-Season rookie ball team.

“It hasn’t quite sunk in yet. I’m sure it will soon,” he said. “I am relieved to have it over and excited about getting going again.”


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