Those who didn’t know Kenny Boardman before, saw him on Monday. When was the last home run you saw hit by a high schooler at San Manuel Stadium? I can’t remember. And this one was legit, out to left-center, not just inside the foul pole.
Robert Grande did a nice job of allowing several of the pitchers to hit in addition to pitch in the game.
Above, Yucaipa’s Annie Bakenhus talks about winning a CIF-SS title and playing in the all-star game.
It was a rough game for the Inland Empire all-star softball team on Wednesday night. Orange County won the game at Big League Dreams in Chino Hills 9-0, but while Orange County was mostly missing Mission Viejo slugger Alyssa Palomino, the Inland Empire was missing more.
The Inland Empire roster of players who couldn’t make it might’ve been better than the one that did make it: Yucaipa pitcher Brooke Bolinger (travel ball commitment), Los Osos catcher Paige Halstead (junior national team), Chino Hills infielder Tannon Snow (graduation). Assuming the Junior National schedule doesn’t change (that’s also why Palomino didn’t make it), hopefully in the future they can avoid other things like travel ball tournaments and graduations to get the best players. There’s no doubt the players who made it had a good time and played hard, but they were overmatched by some of the Orange County pitching.
Yucaipa’s Brooke Bolinger, left, is expected to play in Wednesday’s all-star game.
In the past, it was a Riverside County vs. Orange County all-star softball game, but now, San Bernardino County is involved, pitting the Inland Empire vs. Orange County. The game is tomorrow, Wednesday June 10 at 6 p.m. at Big League Dreams in Chino Hills. It is expected to feature two players and head coach Dave Kivett from Yucaipa’s CIF-SS Division 2 championship team that knocked off the country’s No. 1 team.
Players expected to appear on Inland Empire all-star roster (sorry for the formatting issues):
San Bernardino County
Annie Bakenhus, Yucaipa, OF
- Brooke Bolinger, Yucaipa, P
Zoe Casas, Aquinas, OF
Brianna Cassidy, Cajon, C
Kirsten Caudle, Cajon, OF
Autumn Gillespie, Redlands East Valley, C-1B
Destini Peck, Grand Terrace, C
Ciera Schick, Los Osos, IF-P
Taylor Troost, Citrus Valley, PRiverside County:
- Ashley Coleman, Santiago, P
- Nichole Fry, Santiago, SS
- Sydney Golden, King, P
- Abby Lockman, Norco, C-IF
- Amanda Lynch, Santiago, 3B
- Rachel Minogue, Santiago, 1B
- Amber Nelson, Murrieta Valley, C-1B
- Cheyenne Smith, Lakeside, OF-SS
- Cortney Smith, Canyon Springs, SS
- Kora Wade, Temescal Canyon, OF
- Kwynn Warner, Norco, 2B
- Ariana Williams, Canyon Springs, OF
San Gorgonio’s Wesley Hill
It’s better late than never for San Gorgonio linebacker/running back Wesley Hill, who committed to UTEP and is expected to sign his National Letter of Intent this week after officially getting his scholarship offer to UTEP.
“I thought I was going to have to go the junior college route,” said Hill. “I didn’t think they had the (scholarship) money to give me.”
San Gorgonio coach Ron Gueringer said that Hill would’ve signed much earlier but did not get a qualifying test score until after National Signing Day in February.
“We had some different schools go back and forth, but it was about finding the (scholarship) money. A lot of people were already filled up,” Gueringer said.
Gueringer said that Fresno State, UNLV, Montana State, and Washington State were all talking to Hill, but that at this point, it’s frequently about who makes the first offer and UTEP won that battle.
Hill said that UTEP first started talking to him about a month ago, but it wasn’t until Tuesday that they gave him the official word they had scholarship money for him.
“I’m more diligent than most,” Gueringer said. “No is never an answer I readily accept. We are saying, ‘if you get it (academically) done, we’re going to do our due diligence.'”
Gueringer said while Hill played running back and linebacker at San Gorgonio, he promoted him as a safety for college.
“He wasn’t big enough to play inside linebacker,” Gueringer said. “(But) he’s agile, he’s fast and he has the ability to play in the box.”
Hill said there are several keys to staying positive while trying to be recruited late.
“Keep your head up high, and have a great connection with your coach. Every time talking to a (college) coach, do it,” Hill said.
Last year, Hill rushed for 760 yards and nine touchdowns, while also catching 12 passes and scoring three more touchdowns.
On defense, he had 52 total tackles, including 10 for loss and had three sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery.
Grand Terrace celebrates its CIF-SS semifinal win
Here’s a recap of local Sun/Bulletin CIF-SS semifinal baseball and softball scores from Tuesday as well as this weekend’s schedule.
Chino Hills 4, San Clemente 3
Walnut 4, San Dimas 1
Serrano 4, California 2
Excelsior 7, Avalon 6
Saturday’s Championship Games
At UC Riverside
Santa Clarita Christian vs. Excelsior, noon
Flintridge Prep vs. St. Anthony, 3:30 p.m.
Hemet vs. Temple City, 7 p.m.
At San Manuel Stadium
South Torrance vs. Serrano, 10 a.m.
Redondo vs. Walnut, 1 p.m.
Mission Viejo vs. Chino Hills, 4 p.m.
Hart vs. Huntington Beach, 7 p.m.
Here are San Bernardino County CIF-SS Masters Track and Field competitors, and if they qualified for state or not
Big Bear: Caleb Webb (3200)
Chino: Taylor Crocken (shot put)
Colony: Khalil Dorsey (110 hurdles, long jump)
Etiwanda: Jacquelyn Hill (800)
Jurupa Hills: Devon Reed (3200)
Los Osos: Tomi Adegoke (long jump), Aidan Christensen (300 hurdles), Tyler Merkley (shot put, discus), Michael Pertusati (discus), Caleb Repp (400).
Rancho Cucamonga: girls 4×400.
Redlands: Claire Crowley (800), Margaux Jones (long jump), Juanita Webster (triple jump, 300 hurdles)
Silverado: Tia Cooke (long jump, triple jump)
Upland: girls 4×100 team, Mikaela Adolphus (400), Joseph Anderson (110 and 300 hurdles), Skyler Daniel (high jump), Jada Hicks (100 hurdles)
Yucca Valley: Michael Perrance (long jump)
Did not qualify for State:
Alta Loma: James Wilson (triple jump)
Indian Springs: Micheletta Forbus (long jump)
Rancho Cucamonga: Jalyn Harris (400)
Redlands: Juanita Webster (100 hurdles)
Redlands East Valley: Emerald Bowens (100),
San Gorgonio: Kyle Jenkins (shot put)
Summit: Jennifer Sandoval (3200)
Upland: Kierra Davis (200), Antonio Woodard (200).
California pitches to San Gorgonio in Friday’s CIF-SS quarterfinal
Here are Friday’s CIF-SS baseball quarterfinal scores for Sun/Daily Bulletin schools
San Clemente 4, Bonita 3 (10 inn.)
Chino Hills 3, Moorpark 2 (9 inn.)
Crescenta Valley 1, Carter 0
San Dimas 1, Santa Monica 0
California 4, San Gorgonio 1
Serrano 4, Sonora 0
South Torrance 5, Granite Hills 4
Excelsior 21, Trinity Classical 0
Rolling Hills Prep 10, Riverside Prep 2
Santa Clarita Christian 4, AAE 2
Tuesday’s Semifinal Games
San Clemente at Chino Hills
Walnut at San Dimas
Serrano at California
Avalon at Excelsior
Yucaipa’s Brooke Bolinger
Here are the scores from Thursday’s Sun/Daily Bulletin CIF-SS softball quarterfinals
Los Osos 9, El Modena 4
Yucaipa 4, Oaks Christian 1
Grand Terrace 3, Cerritos 2
Highland 19, Apple Valley 0
Dos Pueblos 2, Aquinas 1
San Dimas 8, Mary Star 2
University Prep 14, Santa Clara 2
ACE 4, Faith Baptist 1
Tuesday’s Semifinal games
Murrieta Valley/West Ranch winner (Friday) at Los Osos
Westlake at Yucaipa
Grand Terrace at Gahr
St. Bonaventure at San Dimas
University Prep at Rolling Hills Prep
Grace Brethren at ACE
Chris Ybarra, above, had 7 seniors play their last high school game on Thursday.
It’s a tradition at Aquinas to do this after the last game of the year, the seniors hugging the underclassmen.
The Miller High football team is still looking to get some on-field success, but it’s getting it off the field.
Soon-to-be senior linebacker/defensive end Freddy Livai has verbally committed to Brigham Young University.
“It’s been my dream school ever since eighth grade,” said Livai. “And my cousin goes there.”
Livai’s cousin is Sione Takitaki, who played at Menifee Heritage in high school and will be a sophomore this season.
Livai won’t be joining his cousin right away, however. As a Mormon, he intends to go on a church mission immediately after high school.
The BYU commitment didn’t come without plenty of offers. He received interest from several Pac-12 schools and, according to Rivals.com, he received offers from Colorado, Oregon State, UNLV, Washington State and Weber State.
Livai, who is about 6-foot-4, 250 pounds, said he doesn’t think his commitment will help get colleges out to recruit other Miller players.
“It’s already happening,” he said. “Our quarterback, Malik Flowers, just got his first offer at Weber State.”