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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VIDEO: Reds’ Jermaine Curtis talks to students about achieving goals

Jermaine Curtis, above, is a Miller HS and UCLA product, who was originally drafted in the 5th round in 2008 by the St. Louis Cardinals. He had five at-bats in the big leagues with the Cardinals in 2013, and now he is with the Cincinnati Reds. He apparently has done this at several schools and seems honest about wanting to help kids. He even presented Washington High principal Peter Tanaka with one of his game-used bats.

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Matt Carson, Yucaipa HS alum, signs with Dodgers


Matt Carson

Yucaipa High product Matt Carson has reportedly signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers. Carson, 33, was a fifth-round draft pick by the Yankees in 2002.
The outfielder played 92 career big-league games in 2009-10 (A’s), 2012 (Twins) and 2013 (Indians). He has hit six home runs, 21 RBIs and batting .237 in his big-league career.Last season, he played for the Indians’ Triple-A Columbus affiliate, batting .259 with 10 home runs, 11 stolen bases and 32 RBIs in 82 games.

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In 2014, how San Gorgonio football is like Kaiser baseball

Above, San Gorgonio’s Malik James (7) and Nate Meadors (5) celebrate after a touchdown in a 55-7 win over Cajon in the first round of the CIF-SS Inland Division playoffs on Friday.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, and meaning to write about the similarities between San Gorgonio’s 2014 football team and the Kaiser baseball team last spring.
I’m not trying to say that I think San Gorgonio will come up short of a CIF-SS championship, like Kaiser did last spring.
But stay with me:
Both teams have been good programs for the last few years, but Kaiser’s baseball class of 2014 and San Gorgonio’s class of 2015 have been their best classes in years: starters as sophomores, Division I talents by their senior seasons.
Both aren’t helped by their league, which they dominated, San Gorgonio outscored San Andreas League opponents by a 327-13 score. Kaiser baseball outscored Sunkist League opponents 155-17.
Both teams upgraded their nonleague schedules to better prepare them for the playoffs.
Both teams are/were good but won’t be nearly as good next year.
Now the difference is that while Kaiser had the difficult task of being the favorite/No. 1 seed in the CIF-SS playoffs, San Gorgonio, 9-1 entering the playoffs, isn’t even seeded. And the Spartans are in a division that they were promoted to presumably because the Spartans made the CIF-SS semifinals last year and new SAL teams Rim of the World and Jurupa Hills won CIF-SS titles in lower divisions the last two years.San Gorgonio doesn’t want to duplicate what Kaiser did in the spring: lose before winning a CIF-SS title, and I’m not saying that they will. But regardless of whether they win or lose, San Gorgonio’s football class of 2015 should be appreciated much like Kaiser’s baseball class of 2014, as a remarkable group with bright futures in college.

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San Gorgonio baseball’s Hazahel Quijada picks UC Riverside

San Gorgonio standout pitcher Hazahel Quijada is in the video above talking about his 1-hit, 12 strikeout performance in the County Clash last spring.

Quijada has chosen to play at UC Riverside, according to San G coach Bill Eatinger.
Last year, as a junior Quijada was 8-3 with a 0.98 ERA, striking out 103 in 57 innings while also batting .400 with 15 RBIs.

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All Citrus Belt League baseball, softball and boys volleyball

CITRUS BELT LEAGUE BASEBALL 2014
1st Team
MVP – Ryan Williams 12 Redlands East Valley
C – Zachary Grande 11 Cajon
1B – Anthony Ochoa 12 Eisenhower
2B – Joseph Ortega Rodriguez 9 Redlands East Valley
3B – Hunter Reade 11 Yucaipa
SS – Zachary Kirtley 12 Redlands East Valley
SS – Breyer Gayle 12 Yucaipa
OF – Tom Lerouge 12 Yucaipa
OF – Casey Sheehan 12 Redlands East Valley
OF – Michael Tillman 12 Redlands
P – David Barela 11 Redlands East Valley
P – Blake Tuthill 12 Redlands East Valley
P – Joey Chapman 11 Yucaipa
P – Matt Acosta 12 Cajon
P – Jerad Davila 11 Yucaipa
UTL – Noah Jones 12 Cajon
UTL – Alexis Castillo 10 AB Miller
UTL – Isaiah Bernal 12 Eisenhower
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Prep baseball: schedules for 4 County Clashes

The first of 4 prep baseball County Clashes at San Manuel Stadium is tomorrow, March 22.

Here is the schedule for each of the series of games:

March 22
Arroyo Valley vs. Carter, 1 p.m.
Kaiser vs. Fontana, 4 p.m.
Yucaipa vs. Miller, 7 p.m.
March 29
Citrus Valley vs. Jurupa Hills, 1 p.m.
Redlands vs. Eisenhower, 4 p.m.
Rialto vs. San Gorgonio, 7 p.m.
April 26
Arrowhead Christian vs. Colony, 1 p.m.
Tahquitz vs. San Jacinto, 4 p.m.
Colton vs. Bloomington, 7 p.m.
May 10
Hemet vs. Beaumont, 1 p.m.
Redlands East Valley vs. Eisenhower, 4 p.m.
Cajon vs. Yucaipa, 7 p.m.

 

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Early Signing Day List

Signings from San Bernardino County from the early signing period, either have already signed or are expected to sign.

Ayala volleyball
Erin Clark, Portland State

Bloomington wrestling
Uzo Owuama, Grand Canyon
Derrick Jones III, Grand Canyon

Chino Hills baseball
Aaron Dominguez, Mississippi St
Izzy Fuentes, San Diego State
Cody Sporrer, UC Riverside
Jake Taylor, New Mexico St
Kyle Wade, Iowa
Josh Walker, Grand Canyon

Chino Hills softball
Shianne Brannan, Cal State Fullerton
Patricia Parks, Arizona
Alyssa Mendez, Nevada

Chino Hills volleyball
Mallory Beard, Hampton University (Va.)

Etiwanda girls basketball
Alyssa Anderson UNLV
McKynzie Fort, Oregon
Cherice Harris, Arizona
Amy Okonkwo USC
Deaja Smith, Cal State Fullerton

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Eisenhower names new football coach, baseball coach and athletic director

The summer of change at Eisenhower High School has continued, with the naming of a new athletic director, football coach and baseball coach.

Gilbert Pulido, who has been at the school coaching baseball for the last eight years, takes over as athletic director. He takes over for Steve Johnson, who was asked not to return as A.D. Johnson was shot in a park in San Bernardino in January and had already stepped down as boys basketball coach.

Pulido has been the head baseball coach at the last five years, going 3-22 last year in the rugged Citrus Belt League.

Even though Johnson served as both basketball coach and athletic director, as a novice athletic director, Pulido thought it best to resign as baseball coach.

So Angel Arratia, who had been Pulido’s assistant the last four years, takes over as head baseball coach.

Taking over as head football coach is Mike Clark, who was an assistant for Vinny Fazio, last season takes over for Fazio. Fazio left to coach at Murrieta Valley after there was no teaching job guaranteed for him.

Clark was the obvious choice. He has been an assistant coach from 2000-06 and again from 2009-12. He was the only one of Fazio’s assistants who was on-campus. With teaching jobs at a premium, he was the obvious choice. He was also running the summer program in Fazio’s absence. He will also be bringing along veteran coach Jeff Strycula, who was on Fazio’s staff. Strycula is a former head coach, but is not on campus.

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