STORY/VIDEOS: Aquinas’ Zoe Casas sets new CIF-SS, ties state record

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.

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Pitcher Skie Munoz sets Redlands High strikeout record

Redlands’ Skie Munoz recorded 10 strikeouts while pitching a 7-inning complete game no hitter against Carter High, 4-0, on May 6.

Munoz’s 10 strikeouts gave her 228 strikeouts on the season and breaking the program’s single season strikeout record, according to Terriers softball coach Brandon Ford.Redlands Softball
The record was previously held by Kim Bruins, who reached 227 strikeouts in 2009.
Munoz had 14 strikeouts against Carter in the 11-2 victory on May 7 to improve her season total to 242 strikeouts.
Munoz will be attending Long Beach State next season.

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VIDEO: Yucaipa softball downs REV 4-1 on Senior Day

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: Yucaipa softball downs Redlands East Valley, 4-1.

VIDEO: Yucaipa senior Brooke Bolinger talks about winning on senior day vs REV.

VIDEO: Yucaipa senior Annie Bakenhus talks about beating REV.
VIDEO: Yucaipa senior Jordan Green talks about winning on senior day to clinch a share of league.
VIDEO: Yucaipa softball coach Dave Kivett talks about the step up in competition and beating REV.
VIDEO: Redlands East Valley coach Debbie Garcia talks about miscues that led to a 4-1 loss to Yucaipa.

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Citrus Valley softball has 2 players sign

I forgot to include in the prep notebook that 2 Citrus Valley softball signed either a National Letter of Intent or committed in the past week or so.
Second baseman Jordyn Smith will be going to the University of Redlands, while shortstop Jackie Chairez signed with Iowa State, after being named second-team all-Sun last year.
This year, Chairez is batting .265 with five RBIs and three stolen bases, while Smith is batting .260 with one home run, five RBIs and two stolen bases.

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High School softball: The Sun’s and CIF-SS rankings

Softball rankings: The Sun’s San Bernardino County rankings and CIF-SS Rankings

THE SUN’S TOP 10 SOFTBALL TEAMS
1. YUCAIPA (18-3)
Last week: 1
Passed Citrus Valley test last week

2. GRAND TERRACE (14-3)
Last week: 4
Won Santiago Tournament on Saturday

3. CHINO (11-4)
Last week: 3
Outscored 2 league opponents 14-1 last week

4. CHINO HILLS (15-5)
Last week: 5
Routed first 2 league opponents ever by combined 24-2 last week

5. LOS OSOS (14-8)
Last week: 7
Big win vs. Etiwanda

6. ETIWANDA (17-6)
Last week: 2
Will have chance to make up for Los Osos loss

7. CITRUS VALLEY (11-8)
Last week: 6
0-3 last week vs. Top 2 teams in Sun Top 10

8. UPLAND (15-2)
Last week: 8
None of last 4 games decided by less than 10 runs

9. AQUINAS (14-2)
Last week: 10
6-0 in league, 5 wins by mercy rule

10. REDLANDS EAST VALLEY (10-3)
Last week: NR
1 of 2 6-0 teams in league

Dropped out: No. 9 Cajon (11-5).
Under consideration: Montclair (14-3).

For CIF-SS rankings, click below
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Grand Terrace softball wins Santiago Spring Fling Tournament

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Grand Terrace celebrates on Saturday (via @Flores7899 on twitter)

Grand Terrace won the competitive Santiago Spring Fling Tournament on Saturday, hosted by Corona Santiago.
The event covers two weekends. On April 10, Grand Terrace defeated Valencia West Ranch 5-1 and on April 11, defeated Oak Hills 7-3 before losing to Murrieta Valley 2-1. Last Saturday, the Titans finished off the title with a pair of wins 4-3 over Citrus Valley and avenging their earlier tournament loss by beating Murrieta Valley in the finals, 7-2.
How impressive was it? Murrieta Valley and West Ranch are both ranked in the top 10 in Division 1 and Citrus Valley, although unranked had defeated tournament host Corona Sanitago (ranked No. 2 in Division 1) earlier in the tournament.
On Saturday, Melanie Olmos starred in the circle and at the plate. She was the winning pitcher in both games. She drove in two runs, including the winning run against Citrus Valley and had two more hits and drove in two more runs against Murrieta Valley.

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High school softball: Sun and CIF-SS rankings

Yucaipa’s Brooke Bolinger, above, pitches against Citrus Valley

THE SUN HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL TOP 10
1. YUCAIPA (16-3)
Last week: 1
Ranked No. 4 in country by Maxpreps.com, 0-2 vs. No. 1 Mission Viejo
2. ETIWANDA (16-4)
Last week: 2
3 of last 4 games decided by 1 run
3. CHINO (9-4)
Last week: 3
24-day break ends this week
4. GRAND TERRACE (10-3)
Last week: 5
Off to 5-0 start in league
5. CHINO HILLS (13-5)
Last week: 6
Plays first Baseline League games this week
6. CITRUS VALLEY (11-4)
Last week: 7
Outscored first 3 opponents at Santiago Spring Fling, 14-0
7. LOS OSOS (12-8)
Last week: 4
Outscored 20-3 by very good Norco team in doubleheader
8. UPLAND (14-1)
Last week: 9
Schedule gets much tougher with opening of league play
9. CAJON (10-4)
Last week: 8
Routed twice by Yucaipa
10. AQUINAS (12-2)
Last week: NR
Plays fellow league undefeated Riverside Woodcrest Christian Thursday
Dropped out: No. 10 Apple Valley (8-6)
Under consideration: Montclair (12-3), Rancho Cucamonga (14-4).

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Prep softball: Los Osos remains No. 1 in Sun Top 10


Etiwanda and Citrus Valley play in the championship game of the Redlands Softball Invitational.

This was posted a couple of days ago, but here’s the latest Sun high school softball Top 10. It’s a really strong Top 10.

The Sun Softball Top 10
1. LOS OSOS (10-2)
Last week: 1
Doubleheaders against Corona Centennial, Norco before league play begins
2. YUCAIPA (9-2)
Last week: 2
Has not allowed more than 2 runs in any game
3. CHINO (9-4)
Last week: 3
In the middle of 24-day stretch between games
4. ETIWANDA (14-2)
Last week: 4
Undefeated on Nevada trip
5. GRAND TERRACE (5-2)
Last week: 5
Two weeks off ends Thursday
6. CITRUS VALLEY (5-3)
Last week: 6
Defeated tough Norco team last week
7. CHINO HILLS (12-5)
Last week: 7
Scored at least 10 runs in each of last 3 games
8. CAJON (9-1)
Last week: 8
Only loss came in February
9. UPLAND (12-1)
Last week: 9
Suffered first loss vs. La Serna
10. APPLE VALLEY (8-5)
Last week: 10
Doubleheader vs. rival Granite Hills Saturday

Dropped out: None
Under consideration: Aquinas (11-2), Montclair (9-3), Rancho Cucamonga (12-3).

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VIDEOS: Etiwanda downs Citrus Valley 5-4 in 8 inn to win Redlands Softball Invitational

The Championship game of the Redlands Softball Invitational wasn’t always cleanly played, but it was very competitive and it was clear the teams knew each other well, having played a doubleheader against each other two weeks ago.

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