Los Angeles Preps: Corona Santiago baseball team

I.E.: Five notes from last week

April, 9, 2012
1. For the second consecutive season, the Corona Santiago baseball team won the Darryl Kile tournament championship at Norco High. That Sharks (10-6-1) pushed across a run in the top of the eighth inning Saturday night on Cody Bruder’s RBI single and held on to beat Norco, 8-7, for their seventh consecutive victory. The tournament was named in honor of Norco graduate Darryl Kile, a Major League pitcher who died of a heart attack in 2002 while playing for the St. Louis Cardinals. Santiago resumes Big VIII League play Wednesday with a key game at J.W. North.

2. Another tournament championship needed extra innings last week after the San Jacinto baseball team scored four runs in the top of the seventh Wednesday to take a 9-8 lead against Elsinore at the Tahquitz tournament in Hemet. The Tigers rallied to tie the score in the bottom of the seventh, then won it in the bottom of the ninth on a walk-off single by Matt Herring. It was a fitting finish for Herring, who finished 4-for-5, including a 375-foot blast in the bottom of the sixth that extended Elsinore’s lead to 8-5. The Tigers had rallied back from a 5-0 deficit after the third inning.

3. The Redlands baseball team is off to a 16-1 start but their hopes of winning a section title took a blow last week when it was confirmed that junior catcher Jacob Nottingham will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, the Riverside Press-Telegram reported. Nottingham, who has already committed to Oklahoma, was injured two weeks earlier while trying to beat out a throw to first base in a 5-4 victory against Citrus Belt League rival Redlands East Valley. He was hitting .341 with 16 RBIs. Roman Cross has taken Nottingham’s spot behind the plate and is hitting .469 with 14 RBIs.

4. Peter Chapman of Murrieta Valley set a Riverside County record while winning the boys’ pole vault Saturday at the Arcadia Invitational. Chapman, a senior who shared the previous county mark of 16 feet, cleared 16-6 to win the prestigious title. The Vista Murrieta boys’ team also captured the distance medley relay, as sophomore Tyler Dain, juniors Omar Solis and Porter Reddish and senior Kevin Gonzalez combined to win in 10:08.52, less than a half-second ahead of Las Vegas Centennial. In the girls’ long jump, Redlands freshman Margaux Jones had the top mark of the meet at 19 feet.

5. The Norco softball team, which entered last week ranked No. 1 in the nation by ESPN, suffered its first blemish when it lost to Orange Lutheran, 2-1, in the second round of the Michelle Carew Memorial Classic at Peralta Canyon Park in Anaheim. After the Lancers scored an unearned run in the first inning Thursday, Norco tied the score in the sixth on a home run by sophomore Ashley Goodwin. Orange Lutheran, which entered the week ranked No. 15 in the nation, scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh on the fourth error of the game by the Cougars.

Inland Empire: Santiago's win also a boost for King

May, 11, 2011
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.

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