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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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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Yucaipa downs Fontana 3-2 in first game at San Manuel Stadium

Not everything is new at the ballpark in San Bernardino, but there is a new name on it: San Manuel Stadium as officially christened on Wednesday.
A game between Fontana and Yucaipa followed, with Yucaipa pulling out a 3-2 victory on Billy Baldwin’s one-out RBI single that snapped a 2-2 tie in the sixth inning.
For Fontana, Juan Robles had a two-run double (in the top of the sixth to tie the score) and Anthony Ayala was 2 for 3 with a double and a run scored. Greg Espinosa was 2 for 2 with a double and two runs scored (including a steal of home) and Alec Morabito was 2 for 3 with an RBI to lead Yucaipa.
Tyler Sapp got the final two outs for Yucaipa with the tying run in scoring position to earn the save.

The field is in immaculate shape, in part because of improvements. The infield grass and dirt are all new, but the rest of the field that looks so great is just because it has been well-maintained. There are more signs around the ballpark and the parking lot has been repaved.

A full County Clash will take place on Saturday at the ballpark: Pacific vs. San Bernardino at 1 p.m., Rialto vs. Colton at 4 p.m. and Yucaipa-Redlands at 7 p.m.

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