Freshman Taylor Troost entered the game and struck out 10 of the 17 batters she faced, lifting top-seeded Citrus Valley to a 5-2 victory over Kern Valley in the Division 6 championship game at Deanna Manning Stadium on Friday.
Troost ented in the top of the third for Hayley Jaquess, who had been hit in the hand by a pitch in the bottom of the second. She didn’t allow a run, gave up only three hits in 4 2/3 innings.
Kern Valley had taken an early 2-0 lead in the second inning, but Citrus Valley took the lead for good with three runs in the bottom of the second. Ashlyn Morris’ bases-loaded, two-out, two-run single gave the Blackhawks a 3-2 lead. They added another run in the third and one in the fifth.
In the Division 6 softball championship game, Citrus Valley holds a 4-2 lead through 3 1/2 innings over Lake Isabella Kern Valley.
Ashlyn Morris’ two-run single scored the go-ahead run in a three-run second inning, giving the Blackhawks a 3-2 lead.
Junior Hayley Jaquess was the starting pitcher, but came out in the top of the third. She had been hit by a pitch while batting in the second inning and that appeared to be a factor why the change was made in favor of Taylor Troost.
Troost came in with runners on second and third with one out in the third, and retired the next two batters. She retired Kern Valley in order in the top of the fourth.
Here are the San Bernardino County scores for softball and baseball from Thursday and Friday in the CIF-SS quarterfinals:
SOFTBALL (results from Thursday except where indicated)
Chino 2, Millikan 1
Don Lugo 2, La Mirada 1
Chino Hills 5, Mira Costa 0
It’s not easy when the playoffs roll around and you haven’t been challenged during league play.
Aquinas softball coach Chris Ybarra won’t use that as an excuse after his team, seeded No. 1 in the division, was knocked out of the Division 4 playoffs with a 7-4 loss at home to San Dimas on Tuesday.
“I won’t say anything bad about the other teams in our league,” he said.
Although San Dimas starter Bethie Celaya wasn’t overpowering, she was likely the best pitcher Aquinas had seen in quite a while. Celaya allowed nine hits and four runs, but also had a stretch in which she retired 9 in a row and 11 of 12. Aquinas scored all of its runs in the first and seventh innings, two apiece.
Aquinas won’t have an easy time replacing senior co-captains Danielle Vega, Chelsea Casas, Ybarra admits. But those who said in years past that Aquinas would struggle after losing certain seniors, were wrong.
“We’ve still got seven starters returning,” Ybarra said. “I expect we’ll challenge for the league title again.”
San Bernardino County baseball and softball scores from Thursday’s CIF-SS First round
Unfortunately, there are a few scores of county teams we are still missing
Chino Hills 4, Aliso Niguel 1
Redlands 3, San Luis Obispo 2
South Hills 4, Upland 0
Damien 6, Redlands East Valley 5
Alta Loma 15, Santa Barbara 3
Having been beaten nearly single-handedly by Marci Valenzuela’s five RBI’s in a 6-1 loss to Colton in their first meeting, Cajon softball coach Jerry Tivey new he wasn’t going to let Valenzuela beat him.
So in the rematch on Thursday, Tivey didn’t just pitch around Valenzuela, he
The score will show that Colton downed Cajon 6-1 to take over first place in the San Andreas League, but it won’t show that both teams had opportunities.
The difference was that
Got an e-mail last night from Cajon coach Jerry Tivey detailing the exploits of former Cowgirls Ashley Maroda and Breja’e Washington. Maroda, a 2007 graduate, led New Mexico State to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history this year and went 3-for-3 with two home runs and five RBIs in the Aggies’ 9-0 win over Texas Tech in the NCAA regionals Friday night. A senior, Maroda is in the top 5 of 10 different categories of New Mexico State’s record book.
Washington, a freshman at Texas, tied the school single-season record with 35 stolen bases this year and will likely break it this weekend, as the Longhorns are also playing in an NCAA regional this weekend. Not a bad first year by any means.
Also, Rialto graduate Bree Evans is playing right now for Michigan in the NCAA regional in Ann Arbor. Evans, an outfielder and leadoff hitter, will likely see her season end fairly soon however, as the Wolverines are down 8-3 in the sixth inning to Notre Dame in an elimination game.
Ashley Simmons, who would’ve been one of the pitchers used by Cajon softball coach Jerry Tivey this season, now won’t be. That’s because Simmons has transferred to San Gorgonio.
Simmons was with Cajon just before the season started but has since transferred to San Gorgonio. Her transfer was approved by the CIF-Southern Section on Friday. She has not yet played varsity softball and I believe she is a senior.
Interestingly enough, Cajon opens league play on Tuesday — you guessed it — at home against San Gorgonio.
Cajon, meanwhile, finished play in the Hemet Tournament on Friday night, beating Palm Desert 19-8 in four innings to capture seventh place. Although she didn’t pitch her best, Sharon Estrada had a record-breaking day at the plate. Estrada went 4-for-4 with two home runs and a school-record nine RBIs to lead the Cowgirls.
Bree Evans, a standout softball player at Rialto High School from 2005-08 and now a center fielder at the University of Michigan, was hospitalized Thursday evening in serious condition after being injured in a collison at home plate during an exhibition game with Michigan State according to an article released by annarbor.com.
Evans, a sophomore for the Wolverines, was transported by ambulance to the University of Michigan Hospital, where her condition was described as “acutely ill with questionable prognosis.” The original story can be found here.
Evans started 59 games for Michigan as a freshman, batting .319 with eight doubles, two triples and 25 RBI. She also stole 16 bases.