VIDEOS: Cajon baseball holds off Redlands East Valley, 3-2


Above, highlight videos of Cajon’s 3-2 win over Redlands East Valley. The video includes all 5 runs that scored.


Cajon senior Branden Becker, above, talks about earning the save and scoring the go-ahead run in the 6th inning.

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High School baseball: The Sun and CIF-SS Rankings

High School baseball
The Sun and CIF-SS rankings

The Sun Top 10
1. CAJON (16-2)
Last week: 2
Battle for first place this week vs. REV

2. AYALA (13-7)
Last week: 3
Showdown this week vs. Glendora

3. UPLAND (13-5)
Last week: 1
Went 1-2 vs. Damien, still in first place

4. ETIWANDA (12-4)
Last week: 4
Dropped to 6-1 in 1-run games

5. CHINO HILLS (11-6)
Last week: 6
Swept Rancho Cucamonga to improve to 4-3 in league

6. DON LUGO (13-5)
Last week: 9
Has chance to avenge lone league loss vs. Ontario this week

7. REDLANDS EAST VALLEY (11-7)
Last week: 10
Will know more about Wildcats after this week vs. Cajon

8. YUCAIPA (10-8)
Last week: 5
Split each of the first 3 weeks in league

9. SAN GORGONIO (14-4)
Last week: 7
Missed chance to grab control of San Andreas

10. SULTANA (14-3)
Last week: NR
Snapped Oak Hills’ 12-game league win streak with a sweep last week

No. 8 Rancho Cucamonga (12-7).
Under consideration: Jurupa Hills (13-6), Kaiser (11-7), Ontario Christian (13-5-1), Rancho Cucamonga (12-7).

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Yucaipa’s Jared Davila finally makes his season debut

Yucaipa’s Jared Davila, one of the top returning pitchers in the area, finally made his season debut on Tuesday after a lengthy rehabilitation from an elbow injury.
Davila pitched a shutout inning of relief on Tuesday in a win vs. Citrus Valley, allowing one hit and striking out one.
“He’s finally getting in there,” Yucaipa coach Jeff Stout said. “He’s probably 85-90 percent. His velocity is in the low-mid 80s.”
A year ago, Davila went 7-1 with a 0.97 ERA in 12 appearances including 10 starts. Stout said that Davila will be limited to an inning or two out of the bullpen, partially because Yucaipa is deep with pitching.

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High School Baseball: Sun and CIF-SS rankings

San Gorgonio’s Hazahel Quijada

The Sun’s High School Baseball Top 10
(Does not include results from this week)
1. UPLAND (12-3)
Last week: 3
Shut out 3 of last 4 opponents
2. CAJON (14-2)
Last week: 2
Nearly swept Yucaipa
3. AYALA (10-7)
Last week: 1
Rough week at National Classic
4. ETIWANDA (11-3)
Last week: 4
Had string of 3 straight 1-run wins snapped by loss to Upland
5. YUCAIPA (9-7)
Last week: 6
Rallied to split with Cajon
6. CHINO HILLS (9-6)
Last week: 5
Scored 27 runs while going 1-1 last week
7. SAN GORGONIO (13-3)
Last week: NR
Won 8 straight overall since lone league loss
8. RANCHO CUCAMONGA (12-5)
Last week: 7
Off to 2-3 start in league
9. DON LUGO (9-5)
Last week: 8
Scored 1 run apiece in 2 losses last week
10. REDLANDS EAST VALLEY (9-7)
Last week: 9
Schedule should be tougher after this week
Dropped out: No. 10 Carter (11-6).
Under consideration: Carter (11-6), Oak Hills (11-5).

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2015 San Bernardino County Clash Weekend No. 2 Preview

2014 County Clash

Photo from the 2014 County Clash at San Manuel Stadium. (Micah Escamilla/San Bernardino Sun)

San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino serves as the host of the County Clash that host a series of games of a span of four weeks. The games below are for the second weekend of the 2015 County Clash series which take place on April 4.

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Redlands East Valley’s David Barela needs Tommy John surgery


REV left-hander David Barela pitching against Los Osos in the playoffs last year.

Redlands East Valley senior left-hander David Barela, a second-team all-Sun selection last season and who has signed a National Letter of Intent with New Mexico State, will undergo Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery on Friday, coach James Cordes said.
Barela went 8-1 with a 0.78 ERA last year and entered the season with 14 career wins, just seven away from the school career record. He threw for REV “only about 14 innings” in the fall because REV was looking at other pitchers.
When they returned from winter break in January, Barela’s arm didn’t feel right. It took a while for him to get insurance approval for an MRI, and in the meantime Barela didn’t pitch at all. They got the results of the MRI back a couple of weeks ago and Cordes said the results indicated that surgery and not rehab, was necessary.
Cordes said that New Mexico State still wants Barela and will likely redshirt him next year.
“It certainly bumps everyone up on the pitching chain. That’s why you work hard to develop eight or nine pitchers. On a personal note, it’s devastating for David,” Cordes said.

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Prep baseball: Rancho Cucamonga remains No. 1 in Sun Top 10

The Sun High School Baseball Top 10
1. RANCHO CUCAMONGA (11-2)
Last week: 1
Won 7 straight
2. CHINO HILLS (8-4)
Last week: 2
In stretch of playing only two games in 19 days
3. YUCAIPA (7-5)
Last week: 3
Sophomore Cory Moore: 2-0, 1 save, 0.00 ERA
4. AYALA (7-4)
Last week: 4
In 4-way tie atop league after 3 games
5. CAJON (11-1)
Last week: 5
Big games against Yucaipa next week
6. DON LUGO (7-2)
Last week: 6
Only team to start 3-0 in Mt. Baldy league
7. ETIWANDA (7-2)
Last week: 8
Allowed 6 runs in 3 of last 4 wins
8. UPLAND (8-3)
Last week: 9
3 of last 4 games decided by 1 run
9. REDLANDS EAST VALLEY (6-6)
Last week: 7
Two of its losses have been to Mater Dei
10. OAK HILLS (8-2)
Last week: 10
Doesn’t start league until April 14

Dropped out: None.
Under consideration: Alta Loma (4-3), Carter (9-4), Citrus Valley (7-5), Jurupa Hills (8-3), San Gorgonio (9-3), Summit (7-3).

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First County Clash at San Manuel Stadium Saturday, complete 2015 schedule

Rialto’s Adam Stead fields the ball during last year’s County Clash

The County Clash, at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino, is a great showcase for high school baseball. This year, there are four County Clashes, the first this coming Saturday. The complete schedule:

Saturday, March 28, 2015
Rim of the World vs. Arroyo Valley, 1 p.m.
Kaiser vs. Fontana, 4 p.m.
A.B. Miller vs. Citrus Valley, 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 04, 2015
San Gorgonio vs. Jurupa Hills, 1 p.m.
Bloomington vs. Colton, 4 p.m.
Yucaipa vs. Carter, 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 18, 2015
Arrowhead Christian Academy vs. Western Christian, 1 p.m.
Norco vs. Roosevelt, 4 p.m.
Tahquitz vs. Beaumont, 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 02, 2015
Rialto vs. Eisenhower, 1 p.m.
Redlands vs. Cajon, 4 p.m.
Yucaipa vs. Redlands East Valley, 7 p.m.

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CIF-SS Baseball Finals coming to San Manuel Stadium

The CIF-SS Finals are coming to San Manuel Stadium, a stadium used to hosting high school baseball, like the “County Clash,” pictured above.

For years, CIF-SS Finals events were never held in San Bernardino County. But lower division basketball finals were held at Colony High for several years (and now CIF State regional finals), the CIF-SS Masters Wrestling Meet is at Citizens Business Bank Arena now. Now you can add baseball finals to the list.
The CIF-SS announced on Monday that the top four divisions’ CIF-SS Final baseball games will be played at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino Stadium on June 6.
“We are excited to showcase the best in high school baseball and provide a memorable championship experience at San Manuel Stadium,” said CIF-SS Commissioner of Athletics Rob Wigod in a press release. “It is a beautiful venue and I know that our student-athletes, coaches and fans will enjoy it very much. I look forward to the outstanding competition that will take place in the four championship games that will be played there and I want to thank the staff at San Manuel Stadium for welcoming us to their home and for their sense of community in giving back to high school baseball.”
The CIF-SS started having baseball finals at a neutral site beginning in 1970 and have been at Dodger Stadium or Angels Stadium every year except for three since 1970. In 1994 and ’96 Finals were held at Blair Field in Long Beach and in 2010, they were held at The Diamond in Lake Elsinore. Each of the last four years the upper-division finals have been at Dodger Stadium.

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REV baseball to host team from South Korea

REV senior David Barela, above, pitches last year

Redlands East Valley will get a taste for international baseball when it plays an exhibition against the best team from Seoul, South Korea.
REV’s game against Yatap High School is set for Thursday and will serve as the final game of a nine-game, 40-day tour of California by the South Korean team, made up of players from ages 16 to 18. It will be the third San Bernardino County team that Yatap has played.
Yatap is the official guest of the San Bernardino-based American Sports University and is making its second straight tour of Southern California. On Friday, Yatap swept a doubleheader from Carter, winning 6-1 and 14-6.
“We wanted to do this for a lot of reasons,” REV coach James Cordes said. “First, it’s because of the high level of baseball we will see and we want to see any differences in the game they have. And just to get the cultural experience on baseball from a team that is a world away from us. We will field teams, but how great will it be just to experience the cultural exchange.”
Yatap has posted wins over San Bernardino (3-0) and Carter. It has also played Thousand Oaks, Mission Hills Alemany, Arcadia, Placentia Valencia and Beaumont.
Today, Yatap plays at Placentia Valencia and at Beaumont on Tuesday.
“My guess is that we will see mistake-free baseball, high on the fundamentals,” Cordes said. “The game will move pretty quickly for them. It’s going to be fun for us to play at a level that is pretty high.”
Yatap made its Southern California debut during last year’s tour through the Los Angeles area. In 2011, the Oakland A’s signed Yatap catcher Seong-Min Kim, who played for the A’s farm team in the New York-Penn League last season.
— Ed Castro

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