Above, highlight videos of Cajon’s 3-2 win over Redlands East Valley. The video includes all 5 runs that scored.
Cajon senior Branden Becker, above, talks about earning the save and scoring the go-ahead run in the 6th inning.
High School baseball
The Sun and CIF-SS rankings
The Sun Top 10
1. CAJON (16-2)
Last week: 2
Battle for first place this week vs. REV
2. AYALA (13-7)
Last week: 3
Showdown this week vs. Glendora
3. UPLAND (13-5)
Last week: 1
Went 1-2 vs. Damien, still in first place
4. ETIWANDA (12-4)
Last week: 4
Dropped to 6-1 in 1-run games
5. CHINO HILLS (11-6)
Last week: 6
Swept Rancho Cucamonga to improve to 4-3 in league
6. DON LUGO (13-5)
Last week: 9
Has chance to avenge lone league loss vs. Ontario this week
7. REDLANDS EAST VALLEY (11-7)
Last week: 10
Will know more about Wildcats after this week vs. Cajon
8. YUCAIPA (10-8)
Last week: 5
Split each of the first 3 weeks in league
9. SAN GORGONIO (14-4)
Last week: 7
Missed chance to grab control of San Andreas
10. SULTANA (14-3)
Last week: NR
Snapped Oak Hills’ 12-game league win streak with a sweep last week
No. 8 Rancho Cucamonga (12-7).
Under consideration: Jurupa Hills (13-6), Kaiser (11-7), Ontario Christian (13-5-1), Rancho Cucamonga (12-7).
For CIF-SS rankings, click below
Cajon junior Kayla Washington (24).
I didn’t put together full highlights of Tuesday’s 46-40 overtime game, won by host and No. 1 seed Ventura over No. 5 Cajon. But I wanted to post this. It shows the chance Ventura had to put the game away, up by one (and facing a one-and-one) with 7.8 seconds left.
Then a chance for Cajon to win before Tyla Turner is fouled with 2.2 seconds to play, keeping her from getting a shot off, but enabling her to go to the line. She missed the first, then made the one she really needed, the second. She then nearly had a steal on the inbounds pass, but the inbounder stepped in and denied a shot as time expired. In overtime, Cajon ran out of gas (and personnel) and lost, ending a great season.
Saturday’s CIF State Basketball Scores, upcoming schedule
Chino Hills 82, San Marcos 63
Lawndale 75, Redlands East Valley 50
Cajon 49, Riverside North 48
Garden Grove Orangewood Academy 60, Aquinas 20
Tuesday’s Games, 7 p.m.
No. 3 Etiwanda at No. 2 Los Angeles Fairfax
No. 6 Torrey Pines at No. 2 Chino Hills
No. 5 Cajon at No. 1 Ventura
Cajon girls basketball coach Mark Lehman was surprised when he found out his team was picked for the CIF-SS Open Division playoffs.
Should he have been?
Absolutely. Considering his team was ranked fifth in Division 1A entering the season’s final week, the Open Division took only one of the teams ranked ahead of Cajon in Division 1A, Riverside North.
Entering the week, 3 Division 1A teams were on the Open Division Watch List: Riverside North, Fullerton Troy and Cajon. North was ranked No. 1 in 1A, and got the 16 seed in the Open Division. Cajon was No. 5 in 1A, and got the 15 seed. Troy was ranked No. 3 and didn’t get in, and is the No. 2 seed in 1A.
I realize that Cajon had a big win, beating Eisenhower, which had given Cajon its only loss in the teams’ first meeting. Yet no one else above them in 1A lost during the final week. So, how is Cajon the No. 5 team in 1A according to that division’s pollsters entering the week, then essentially the No. 1 team (highest Open Division seed) just a week later?
I cannot recall a week with two games as crazy as the ones I had this week.
First, there was Redlands East Valley’s 5-4, 5 overtime win over Yucaipa in girls water polo on Tuesday.
Then came Thursday, when Eisenhower girls basketball rallied from 9 points down in the final 9.3 seconds to force overtime, before falling to Cajon, 65-57.
I have never seen a 5 overtime game in water polo, and neither had anyone I talked to at the game. And scoring 9 points in the final 9.3 seconds to force overtime? It just doesn’t happen.
But what makes these games remarkable beyond that is that both games had Citrus Belt League titles at stake at the end of the season. In the first case, REV won the CBL title outright, its sixth straight title with the marathon win. In the latter, Cajon earned a share of the CBL title by knocking off Eisenhower. In each case, none of the four teams had lost to anyone else in league. And they were all ranked in CIF-SS.
Those were two games what show why I love high school sports. In both cases, great fan atmosphere, two closely matched teams and two games in which there was a big mental aspect. in the first case, REV fought through fatigue to finally win. In the second case, Cajon fought through the embarrassment of squandering a big lead and recovered to win in overtime.