Victor Valley’s Reggie Lawson is done pitching

Victor Valley senior pitcher/infielder Reggie Lawson’s pitching season is over.

According to a text sent by his coach, A.J. LeDay, Lawson is “done for (the) season.” LeDay didn’t elaborate as to why, but last week said Lawson was day-to-day.

Lawson, who signed with Arizona State, was ranked as the No. 26 draft prospect by Baseball America. According to maxpreps.com, the 6-foot-4, 190-pound right-hander last pitched April 5. He has continued to play infield in the absence of pitching.

This season, Lawson is 3-0 with a 1.20 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 35 innings. He is batting .469 with one home run, 13 runs scored and nine RBIs, but his draft prospects are primarily as a pitcher.

Of course many people speculate as to what the problem is. I don’t know, so I won’t toss out guesses.

Many think Lawson will be a first round pick in early June, but how will this news affect that? Regardless of the reason, scouts will want to know why Lawson stopped pitching. Is it serious or just precautionary? Will they get medical reports (if there are any)? Will he throw a side session just before the draft just to show scouts he’s worthy of a high draft pick?

All that remains to be seen. But it’s possible, if his draft stock falls, that the (temporary) loss for pro baseball will be Arizona State’s gain.

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2016 County Clash schedules

 

San Gorgonio High School's Hazahel Quijada pitches during a game against Jurupa Hills High School on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino, Ca. (Micah Escamilla/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

San Gorgonio’s Hazahel Quijada throws a pitch at one of last year’s County Clashes.

Prep baseball’s first County Clash of 2016, at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino takes place on Saturday. Here’s the schedule of all 4 County Clashes.

Saturday March 26
Beaumont vs. West Valley, 1 p.m.
Silverado vs. Bloomington, 4 p.m.
Fontana vs. Kaiser, 7 p.m.

Saturday April 2nd
Grand Terrace vs. Summit, 1 p.m.
Rialto vs. San Gorgonio, 4 p.m.
Redlands vs. Yucaipa, 7 p.m.

Saturday April 9th
Rim of the World vs. Arroyo Valley, 1 p.m.
Tahquitz vs. Citrus Hill, 4 p.m.
Norco vs. Corona Centennial, 7 p.m.

Saturday May 7th
AB Miller vs. Carter, 1 p.m.
Redlands East Valley vs. Citrus Valley, 4 p.m.
Yucaipa vs. Cajon, 7 p.m.

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18U Baseball National Team picks Reggie Lawson

Team USA baseball announced its 18-and-under National Team on Wednesday, and Victor Valley High’s Reggie Lawson was one of 20 players across the country to be picked for the team.

The 6-foot-4 Lawson, who will be a senior next season, went 6-4 with a save and a 2.25 ERA in the regular season for the Jackrabbits while striking out 67 batters in 53 innings. He was even more impressive at the plate, batting .461 with four home runs and 26 RBIs in 24 games for Victor Valley, which won the Desert Sky League title before falling to eventual champion Serrano in the second round of the CIF-SS playoffs.

While Lawson is listed as a pitcher, shortstop and third baseman on Victor Valley’s roster from last year, he is listed as only a pitcher on Team USA’s roster. He is one of seven Southern Californians on the 20-man roster. The team is expected to play in the 2015 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Japan Aug. 28-Sept. 6.

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MaxPreps.com releases all-state baseball team

As we near football season, we are still getting state honors for baseball and softball.

The all-state baseball team is out, and here are some of the honorees from San Bernardino County and Inland Valley

BASEBALL

Large Schools, first team
Bailey Falter, Sr., P, Chino Hills
Chris Ceballos, Sr., OF, Chino Hills

Large Schools, second team
Kyle Isbel, Sr., INF, Etiwanda

Medium Schools
Player of the year: Peter Lambert, Sr., P, San Dimas
First Team
Peter Lambert, Sr., P, San Dimas
RJ Peace, Sr., OF, Serrano
Hazahel Quijada, Sr., Util, San Gorgonio
Jacob Castillo, Jr., Util, San Dimas

Second team
Soloman Bates, Sr., INF, Oak Hills
Saxon Andross, Jr., OF, Serrano

Small Schools
First Team
Kaleb Murphy, Sr., C, Excelsior

Second Team
Cameron Wilson, So., INF, Excelsior

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Citrus Belt League spring all-league teams

It doesn’t appear that these Citrus Belt League all-league teams were posted before so here they are:
2015 Citrus Belt League baseball2015 Citrus Belt League softball

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2015 San Andreas League all-league baseball, softball

Here are San Andreas League spring all-league teams

BASEBALL

2015 San Andreas baseball

 

For SOFTBALL, click below

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San Gorgonio baseball coach Bill Eatinger named to Hall of Fame


San Gorgonio baseball coach Bill Eatinger talks about beating Jurupa Hills earlier this season.

Hall of Fame? Bill Eatinger never thought his name would be mentioned in the same sentence.
But the long-time San Gorgonio High baseball coach has been inducted into the California Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
“I’m shocked anybody knows San Gorgonio,” Eatinger said. “It seems they do.”
Eatinger, a head coach for 24 years including the last 19 at San Gorgonio, got some support from a veteran coach, former Redlands East Valley coach Steve Hernandez.
“Steve Hernandez nominated me and that was quite a nomination,” Eatinger said.
Eatinger was told what some of the factors were in his nomination.
“According to Steve, it was just coaching in a bankrupt city and being able to be successful with kids who don’t get drafted,” Eatinger said. “We still managed to raise funds, we’re able to travel and compete against some pretty good teams. And this year (when they went to the CIF-SS quarterfinals), we only had an 11-man team.”

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Local baseball players up for all-state awards

CalHi Sports is in the process of doling out its postseason honors for the springs sports.

It has published a list of players from each section up for All-State honors.

Here is the list of Southern Section candidates from the Daily Bulletin/Sun coverage area.

They’re listed in alphabetical order with grade, position and school.

Solomon Bates, Sr., P, ONF, Oak Hills
Branden Becker, Sr., SS, Cajon
Kenny Boardman, Sr., P-INF, Grand Terrace
Morgan Brannock, Sr., P, Big Bear
Jacob Castillo, Jr., P-SS, San Dimas
Chris Ceballos, Sr., OF, Chino Hills
Joey Chapman, Sr., P, 1B-OF, Yucaipa
Steven Elliott, Sr., OF, Alta Loma
Bailey Falter, Sr., P, Chino Hills
Justin Gomez, Sr., C, Bonita
Peter Lambert, Sr., P, San Dimas
Logan Murratalla, Sr., 1B, San Dimas
Niko Navarro, Sr., 3B, Los Osos
RJ Peace, Sr., P-OF, INF, Serrano
Robert Peterson, Sr., La Verne Lutheran
Hazahel Quijada, Sr., P, San Gorgonio
Taylor Sims, Sr., P-INF, Cajon

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