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Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Inland Empire: Santiago's win also a boost for King

By Dan Arritt

The Corona Santiago baseball team might not be in the hunt for the Big VIII League championship this season, but the Sharks had a big hand in helping Riverside King clinch at least a share of the title.

Santiago traveled to Riverside North on Tuesday and scored six runs in the fifth inning, then let right-hander Steven Pallares finish off the Huskies in the 6-2 victory.

North (21-7, 9-4) came into the game tied with King (18-8, 10-3) for first place, but the Wolves now control their own destiny.

Santiago (18-8, 8-5) was led by sophomore Michael Darr with three hits and an RBI. Pallares allowed one earned run on seven hits and struck out 11 in the complete game.

King travels to North on Thursday, where a victory would give the Wolves sole possession of first place and the No. 1 seeding from the league heading into the Southern Section Division 1 playoffs next week.

If the Huskies win, they would be co-champions and the league’s top-seeded team because of their sweep against King this season. North would also make the rare leap from last in the league standings a year ago to first.

Over in the Sunkist League, Fontana Summit defeated Fontana Kaiser, 5-1, to keep its league title hopes alive. The SkyHawks are 9-5 in league play with a game remaining Thursday at Riverside Patriot, which is tied for third at 7-7.

Kaiser fell to 10-4 in league and travels Thursday to Bloomington (7-7) for another regular-season finale. Summit owns the tiebreaker against Kaiser because it won two of three against the Cats this season.

Lake Elsinore Temescal Canyon clinched the Sunbelt League title Tuesday with a 2-1 victory against Lake Elsinore Lakeside.

Palm Desert (Desert Valley League) and Redlands (Citrus Belt League) also won Tuesday to lock up the No. 1 seeds from their respective leagues.

Here’s a list of the leagues that have key games on today’s slate.

BASELINE

Glendora (10-3), Wed. @ Upland, Fri. vs. Upland

Los Osos (9-4), Wed. @ Rancho Cucamonga, Fri. vs. Rancho Cucamonga

*Glendora owns tiebreaker vs. Los Osos

INLAND VALLEY

Canyon Springs (10-3), Wed. @ Arlington

Vista del Lago (10-3), Wed. vs. La Sierra

La Sierra (9-4), Wed. @ Vista del Lago

*Canyon Springs owns tiebreaker vs. Vista del Lago

MOUNTAIN PASS

Hemet (11-2), Wed. @ Tahquitz, Fri vs. Tahquitz

Tahquitz (11-2), Wed. vs. Hemet, Fri. @ Hemet

*Hemet won first meeting vs. Tahquitz, 6-2

MOUNTAIN VALLEY

Citrus Valley (12-1), Wed. @ at Notre Dame, Thurs. @ Notre Dame

Notre Dame (10-3), Wed. vs. Notre Dame, Thurs. vs. Notre Dame

*Citrus Valley won first meeting vs. Notre Dame, 3-2

MT. BALDY

Colony (9-2), Wed. vs. Ontario

Chino (9-2), Wed. @ Don Lugo

Don Lugo (8-3), Wed. vs. Chino

*Colony owns tiebreaker vs. Chino

SAN ANDREAS LEAGUE

Colton (12-1), Wed. vs. San Gorgonio

Rialto (11-2), Wed. vs. Pacific

San Gorgonio (10-2), Wed. @ Colton, Friday @ Pacific

*Colton and Rialto split season series