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.
Above, from left Aquinas softball players Jasmin Valenzuela (Antelope Valley University), Erica Almaraz (McPherson) and Ciera Luna (Wagner) pose after a celebration for them signing their National Letters of Intent. (courtesy photo)
Valenzuela, Almaraz and Luna signed their National Letters of Intent recently, bringing the total to five senior Aquinas softball players signing to play in college. Zoe Casas (Florida State) and Allie Hotetz (Hampton) signed during the early signing period in the fall.
“Aquinas has prepared me for this University because it is a small community and everyone gets along just like at Aquinas,” said Almaraz in a press release.
Luna said, “I chose Wagner because it is a Private University and it will allow me to choose my preferred major and focus on academics as well as softball.”
Coach Chris Ybarra said, “ This is a very special group of seniors, on and off the field, and I am just blessed to have coached them during their years at Aquinas.”
Carter’s Ryan Maestas tags out Etiwanda’s Omar Larranaga at home plate in the seventh inning during Tuesday’s CIF-SS Division 2 first round baseball game at Carter High School. May 26, 2015. (Photo by John Valenzuela/The Sun)
Tuesday’s Second Round Scores
Chino Hills 6, Rio Mesa 2
Carter 2, Etiwanda 1 (9 inn)
San Gorgonio 6, St. Bonaventure 4
Serrano 5, Victor Valley 2
Sunny Hills 7, Grand Terrace 6
Granite Hills 14, Laguna Beach 7
Village Christian 4, Big Bear 0
Salesian 2, Bloomington Christian 0
Excelsior 20, New Roads 2
Avalon 4, Hesperia Christian 2
Riverside Prep 20, Apple Valley Christian 0
AAE 26, Moreno Valley Calvary Chapel 2
Friday’s Quarterfinal Games
Moorpark at Chino Hills
Carter vs. Crescenta Valley at Stengel Field, 6 p.m.
California at San Gorgonio
Serrano at Sonora
South Torrance at Granite Hills
Trinity Classical at Excelsior
Rolling Hills Prep at Riverside Prep
Santa Clarita Christian vs. AAE at James Woody Community Center, 12:30 p.m.
Here is a baseball/softball update for San Bernardino County teams
Think about how crazy Division 2 baseball is:
The Citrus Belt League has lost 3 of its 4 teams. The one team alive? Fourth-place Carter, which had to win 2 games (wild card, first round) just to get to the second round.
The Palomares League had two of the four seeds: Glendora and South Hills. The one team alive? Third place Bonita
Bonita 5, Cajon 2
All games 3:15 p.m. except where noted
Chino Hills at Rio Mesa
Etiwanda at Carter
San Gorgonio at St. Bonaventure
Victor Valley at Serrano
Grand Terrace at Sunny Hills
Laguna Beach at Granite Hills
Village Christian at Big Bear, 4 p.m.
Bloomington Christian at Salesian, 2 p.m.
Excelsior Charter vs. New Roads at Clover Park
Avalon at Hesperia Christian, 1 p.m.
Riverside Prep at Apple Valley Christian
Moreno Valley Calvary Chapel at AAE
All games 3:15 p.m. except where indicated
Bonita at Cajon, ppd. rain, resched for Sat 3:15 pm
Chino Hills 7, Redlands East Valley 1
Mission Viejo 6, Yucaipa 4
Etiwanda 2, Warren 1
Carter 3, Foothill 1
Santa Ana Calvary Chapel 1, Kaiser 0
San Gorgonio 3, Silverado 1
Katella 2, Alta Loma 0
Victor Valley 5, Patriot 1
Serrano 3, Whittier 0
Sunny Hills 3, Don Lugo 2
Grand Terrace 2, Jurupa Hills 1
Laguna Beach 20, Colton 0
Granite Hills 11, Ridgecrest Burroughs 3
South Torrance 13, Montclair 4
Bloomington Christian 6, Silver Valley 2
Crean Lutheran 18, Upland Christian 0
Los Osos 3, Chino 1
Grand Terrace celebrates Thursday’s win
Thursday’s CIF-SS playoff Results
Big Bear 7, Ontario Christian 6
Excelsior 27, Lucerne Valley 3
Hesperia Christian 10, San Jacinto Valley 4
Apple Valley Christian 30, Cornerstone Christian 14
Riverside Prep 17, Lee Vining 1
AAE 1, St. Monica Academy 0
Moreno Valley Calvary Chapel 11, Public Safety Academy 4
Etiwanda 5, Yorba Linda 0
Chino Hills 16, Vista Murrieta 6
Garden Grove Pacifica 11, Upland 1
Sunny Hills 3, Redlands East Valley 0
Citrus Valley 5, Aliso Niguel 4
Valley View 3, Cajon 2
Yucaipa 10, Bonita 0
Grand Terrace 2, Palos Verdes Peninsula 1
St. Paul 3, Don Lugo 2
Gahr 8, Fontana 0
Warren 5, Kaiser 1
Montclair 3, Hemet 2
Apple Valley 2, Ontario Christian 1
Ramona 13, Jurupa Hills 12
Oak Hills 15, Patriot 6
Loara 10, Rialto 2
Aquinas 10, Palm Desert 0
San Dimas 13, Barstow 1
Silverado 15, Nogales 0
Yucca Valley 7, Desert Christian Academy 1
Alverno 14, Mesa Grande Academy 0
Katella 18, Bloomington Christian 1
University Prep 24, Lucerne Valley 0
Upland Christian 3, Temecula Prep 2
Bishop Diego 24, Hesperia Christian 2
ACE 20, Lake Arrowhead Christian 0
Grace Brethren 11, AAE 3
Zoe Casas of Aquinas High School broke the CIF State softball record for career hits in the CIF Southern Section first round playoff victory over Palm Desert, 10-0.
Casas entered the game already tied for the CIF State record, with 244 hits, but after going 3-for-4 at the plate, she stands alone with 247 career hits.
Aquinas softball coach Chris Ybarra, who has been her coach for all four years in high school, stated that it is a joy to watch her whether it is during practice or a game.
“Her work ethic is second to none,” Ybarra said. “I may never have someone like that again.”
Ybarra stated that because it was a playoff game, the team acknowledged the efforts of Casas after the game.
“After the game we handed her the game ball with the ball she broke the record with,” he stated.
Casas, who is a Florida State commit, also had two singles, a double and a run batted in during the playoff victory while pitcher Allie Hotetz had a complete game 3-hitter with nine strikeouts.
Fontana’s Alyssa Burk pitches on Tuesday in a win over Chaffey.
The first day of the baseball/softball playoffs were Tuesday, and here are the San Bernardino County results from the wild-card round and Wednesday’s schedule
Ontario Christian 8, Vista Del Lago 3
Tahquitz 9, Yucca Valley 0
Shadow Hills 4, Aquinas 2
Fontana 2, Chaffey 0
Apple Valley 7, Arroyo Valley 0
Jurupa Hills 11, Palm Springs 3
Knight 7, Serrano 2
Lucerne Valley 18, Lee Vining 3
Temecula Prep 20, Grove 0
AAE 20, Capistrano Valley Christian 0
Today (Wednesday’s) schedule
Carter at Mayfair
Silverado at Sultana
Rim of the World at Whittier
Colton at Century
Nordhoff at Montclair
The rain fell, but Aquinas senior softball player Zoe Casas did was she always does: she hit.
Casas went 3-for-3 as Aquinas downed Loma Linda Academy 8-0 in a four-inning, rain-shortened game at Aquinas High School.
Aquinas (21-3 overall, 13-1 Ambassador League) earned a share of the league title.
The hits gave Florida-State bound Casas 244 for her career, setting a new CIF-SS career mark, breaking the old mark of 242 set by Santa Ana Mater Dei’s Kelsey Kollen from 1995-98. She tied the state career record, set by Brenna Moss of Bakersfield North from 2008-11.
“It means so much to me,” she said. “It means my hard work and dedication has actually paid off, to do something for my small school.”
“You share a league title, seven in a row,” Aquinas coach Chris Ybarra said. “That’s something to be really proud of. On top of that, you want Zoe to break the record, and she gets three hits.”
Thursday’s was Aquinas’ last regular season game, so Casas will have a chance to break the state record in the first round of the playoffs next Thursday. Casas has a hit in every game this season, has at least two hits in 19 straight games and is batting an incredible .740.
Redlands’ Skie Munoz recorded 10 strikeouts while pitching a 7-inning complete game no hitter against Carter High, 4-0, on May 6.