Draft Begins Monday

  Isbel, Grenier Should Go Early

Originally posted: 7 a.m., Sunday

The MLB amateur draft begins Monday with the first three rounds and at least two with Nevada ties could be selected.

UNLV outfielder Kyle Isbel and Oregon State shortstop Cadyn Grenier (Bishop Gorman) probably will be drafted Monday. But, as usual, it's a crap shoot and predictions are usually thrown out the window because of a lot of different factors, including signability.

The draft starts at 4 p.m. (PDT) Monday and continues with the third through 10th rounds Tuesday (10 a.m.) and concludes at 9 a.m. Wednesday with the 11th through 40th rounds.

Some others that figure to be picked -- RHP Nolan Kingham (Desert Oasis, Texas), catcher Austin Wells (Bishop Gorman), outfielder Nico Decolati (Cimarron-Memorial, LMU), RHP Joey O'Brien (CSN) and RHP Alan Strong (UNLV). There will be others late in the draft. Stay tuned . . .

College Roundup . . .

-- Kingham led Texas to its second straight win in the D-1 Austin Regional, notching the win as the Longhorns downed Texas A&M, 8-3. Kingham worked 7 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on nine hits. He struck out eight and walked one in running his record to 8-3 (4.15 ERA). Kingham used 96 pitches, 71 for strikes.

-- Grenier was 2-for-6 in helping host Oregon State stay unbeaten with a 14-1 victory over LSU.

-- Cal State Fullerton's Jace Cumberlain hit a two-out solo homer in the bottom of the ninth to defeat Stanford, 2-1 at Palo Alto.

-- Augustana, SD won the D-2 World Series championship, topping Columbus State, GA, 3-2 at Cary, NC.

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High Schools . . .

CIF CHAMPS -- Capistrano Valley (25-10) won the CIF Southern Section D-1 title Saturday night, edging Foothill (Tustin), 2-1 at Cal State Fullerton. Earlier, Yucaipa won the D-2 crown, defeating Beckman (Irvine), 9-0.

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Minor Leagues . . .

HIT PARADE -- Jake Hager (Sierra Vista) was 2-for-4 with a double for Bixoli (AA, Southern), upping his average to .291 . . . Jordan Pearce (Nevada Reno) went 2-for-3 with his third homer (solo) for West Michigan (A, Midwest), Pearce is hitting .223.

LOST CAUSES -- Erick Fedde (Las Vegas, UNLV) was touched for five runs on 10 hits in five innings for Syracuse (AAA, IL) and suffered a loss, 6-0 to visiting Columbus. Fedde (2-2, 4.91) struck out nine with no walks . . . Dylan Baker (WNC) was the loser for Tulsa (AA, Texas), allowing three runs in the ninth inning to visiting Corpus Christi in a 3-2 setback. Baker gave up three hits, including a two-run homer. He struck out two, walked one and is now 3-3 with a 6.00 ERA.

PITCHING IN -- Phil Bickford (CSN) made his second appearance of the season for Carolina (A, Carolina), throwing a shutout inning. He pitched to four batters, hitting one . . . Kenny Oakley (Coronado, UNLV) allowed three runs on five hits in one-third of an inning for Lancaster (A, Cal), striking out one. Oakley is 0-3, 6.98.

IN THE BIGS -- Joey Rickard (Bishop Gorman) hit his third homer (solo) for the Orioles during an 8-5 loss to the visiting Yankees. Rickard, leading off, was 1-for-5, dropping his average to .250.

PRO ROUNDUP

  Field, Harper Slug Homers

Originally posted: 7:15 a.m., Thursday

Two former Las Vegas high school standouts hit home runs for their respective major league teams Wednesday.

Johnny Field (Bishop Gorman) banged his fifth homer, a solo in the eighth inning as Tampa Bay won its fifth straight, knocking off host Oakland, 6-0. Field had given the Rays a 1-0 lead in the second on a line-drive double to left. He's hitting .264.

Bryce Harper (Las Vegas) clouted a solo (his 18th) as the Nationals won at Baltimore, 2-0. Harper has a .234 average.

Meanwhle, Joey Gallo (Bishop Gorman) went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI as the Rangers won at Seattle, 7-6. Gallo's hitting .205.

PETERSON MAKES DEBUT -- The Mets promoted RHP Tim Peterson (Western Nevada JC) to the majors from Las Vegas (AAA, PCL) and he made his MLB debut, pitching the sixth and seventh innings during New York's 4-1 win at Atlanta. Peterson gave up one hit (a homer) and walked one in the 29-pitch outing.

Peterson, 27, has pitched in the minors since 2012, when he was taken with a 20th round pick out of the University of Kentucky. He reached the triple-A level briefly last year after a strong showing at Binghamton (AA, Eastern), then returned to Las Vegas to begin the current campaign.

In the Minors . . .

HIT PARADE -- Chris Carter (Sierra Vista) hit his 15th homer of the season, a two-run blast as Rochester (AAA, IL) won at Durham, 5-2 . . . Garrett Hampson (Reno) was 2-for-4 with an RBI and three runs as Albuquerque (AAA, PCL) dropped a 12-11 game to visiting Fresno in 12 innings . . . Ernie De La Trinidad (UNLV) lifted his average to .271 at Kane County (A, Midwest) with a 2-for-4 game, driving in a run . . . Efren Navarro (UNLV) had a pair of doubles in five ABs to raise his average at Iowa (AAA, PCL) to .301.

OH, WHAT A RELIEF! -- Spencer Jones (Reed) threw a shutout inning for Charlotte (A, Florida State), giving up one hit, striking out one.

MOVING ON UP -- Colby Blueberg (Carson) was promoted to El Paso (AAA, PCL) from Midland (AA, Texas) and pitched an inning Wednesday, allowing two runs on three hits with one K.

PITCHING IN -- Kenny Oakley (Coronado, UNLV) gave up one run on three hits in 2 1/3 innings for Lancaster (A, Cal), lowering his ERA to 6.14. Oakley whiffed one, walked two . . . Braden Shipley (Nevada) went 2 2/3 innings for Reno (AAA, PCL), allowing a run on four hits with two Ks, two walks. Shipley has a 6.75 ERA . . . Dylan Baker (Western Nevada) threw one inning for Tulsa (AA, Texas) and gave up a run on two hits. He walked one. Baker's ERA is 5.21 . . . Taylor Cole (Bishop Gorman) was touched for three runs on three hits in 2 1/3 innings for Salt Lake (AAA, PCL) to left his ERA to 5.19. Cole struck out two, walked one.

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Colleges . . .

-- Undefeated Southeastern, FL bids for the NAIA World Series title tonight, facing once-beaten Freed-Hardeman, TN at Lewiston, ID.

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Junior Colleges . . .

NJCAA WORLD SERIES
(at Grand Junction, CO)

Wednesday's Scores:

Monroe, NY vs. San Jacinto North, TX 11, Monroe, NY 1 (6) (Monroe eliminated)
Walters State, TN 12, Southern Idaho 10
  Travis Bohall (Galena) was 3-for-5 with a grand slam homer and a run-scoring single, but Southern Idaho (50-11) lost its first game. David Hudleson (Basic) went 2-for-5 for CSI, which plays San Jacinto North, TX Thursday in an elimination game. Walters State (60-6), the lone unbeaten team remaining, scored four in the sixth to take a 12-10 lead.

Thursday's Games:

San Jacinto North, TX vs. Southern Idaho (loser eliminated), 2 p.m.
Walters State, TN vs. Chipola, FL, 6:30

 

 

Regional Report

  Nevadans in the NCAA Tournament

Originally posted: 7 a.m., Tuesday

Here's a list of Nevadans playing in D-1 regionals, beginning Friday:

ARMY (36-22) vs. North Carolina State (at Raleigh, NC):
  
Tyler Giovinco (Cimarron-Memorial), LHP, Jr., 8-5 w-l, 3.39 ERA, 14 g, 14 starts, 87 2/3 ip
  Matt Hudgins (Bishop Gorman), OF/DH, .224, 57 g, 2 hr, 19 rbi

  NOTES -- Army defeated Navy, two games to none in the best-of-three Patriot League championship series. The Black Knights have not been to a regional since 2013.

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NEW MEXICO STATE (40-20) vs. Texas Tech (at Lubbock, TX)
  Logan Bottrell (Cimarron-Memorial, Cochise JC), IF, Jr., .313, 44 g, 1 hr, 16 rbi

 NOTES -- Texas Tech and New Mexico State have met twice this season with Tech winning both, 12-0 and 2-1 . . . The Aggies won their first-ever Western Athletic Conference title Sunday, beating Sacramento State in a winner-take-all game . . . New Mexico State won one other conference crown -- in 2002 when it was a member of the Sun Belt.

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OKLAHOMA STATE (29-24-1) vs. South Florida (at Stetson U., DeLand, FL)
  Carson McCusker (Spanish Springs, Folsom Lake JC), OF, Soph., .284, 41 g, 7 hr, 17 rbi

 NOTES -- McCusker started 1-for-11 in his first 10 games . . . Oklahoma State was 29-24-1, but finished second (16-8) in the Big 12 regular season, a game behind Texas . . . The Cowboys lost 9 of their last 10 games of the season, including two straight in the Big 12 tournament.

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OREGON STATE (44-10-1) vs. Northwestern State, LA (at Corvallis, OR)
  Cadyn Grenier (Bishop Gorman), SS, Jr., .335, 55 g, 4 hr, 42 rbi

  NOTES -- The Beavers are ranked No. 3 in the nation and Grenier stabilizes the infield. And he's had a solid year at the plate . . . Standing-room only tickets at Oregon State are $20 -- per game. General admission ducets in the outfield are priced at $18 -- per game.

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SAN DIEGO STATE (39-19) vs. LSU (at Corvallis)
  Joe Fitzhugh (Arbor View), C, Fr., .192, 14 g, 7 starts
  Nick Israel (Bishop Gorman), IF, Fr.

 NOTES -- The Aztecs won their fifth Mountain West Conference tournament title in six years, defeating UNLV in the championship game . . . The No. 3 seeding is the highest San Diego State has had since 2009 at the UC Irvine regional . . . The Aztecs and LSU have never met in baseball . . . San Diego State ranks in the top 10 in hitting (.305) and hits (623) . . . Israel is on the roster, but has not played this season.

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STANFORD (44-10) vs. Wright State (at Palo Alto)
  Zach Grech (Bishop Gorman), RHP, Soph., 3-0, 2.78 ERA, 27 g, 1 start, 32 1/3 ip
  Jack Little (Bishop Gorman), RHP, Soph., 3-0, 0.66, 15 saves, 23 g, 41 ip, 54 g
  Brandon Wulff (Bishop Gorman), OF, Jr., .299, 28 g, 4 hr, 20 rbi

 NOTES -- Wulff sat out all of April and half of May with a foot injury, then played the last two weeks . . . Little is one of the premier stoppers with his 15 saves, which ranks sixth in D-1. The nation's saves leader has 20 . . . Stanford has appeared in the NCAA playoffs 33 times and has hosted 17 regionals . . . The Cardinal have not been to the College World Series since 2008.

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TEXAS (37-20) vs. Texas Southern (at Austin)
  Nolan Kingham (Desert Oasis HS), RHP, Jr., 7-3, 4.26 ERA, 16 g, 13 starts, 82 1/3 ip

 NOTES -- Texas won the Big 12 regular season title with a 17-7 record, but was two and gone in the conference tournament, losing to Kansas, 3-2, and Oklahoma, 3-1.

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TEXAS SOUTHERN (27-26) vs. Texas (at Austin)
  Keanu Van Kuren (Desert Oasis HS, McCook JC, NE), .270, 48 g

 NOTES -- Texas Southern was 17-6 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference and 10-20 out of it. TSU won the title for the second straight year, capturing all four games in the conference tournament.

*****

Junior Colleges . . .

NJCAA WORLD SERIES
(at Grand Junction, CO)

Tuesday's Scores:

Monroe, NY 10, Jefferson, MO 4 (Jefferson eliminated)
Chipola, FL 14, Iowa Western 13 (10) (Iowa Western eliminated)
Walters State, TN 17, San Jacinto North, TX 0 (5)

Wednesday's Games:

Monroe, NY vs. San Jacinto North, TX, 2 p.m. (loser eliminated)
Southern Idaho vs.Walters State, TN, 6:30 p.m.

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High School Polls . . .

MaxPreps 50:

  1. Argyle, TX, 33-0 (2)
  2. *Riverdale Baptit, MD, 32-1 (5)
  3. *John Curtis Christian, LA, 30-4 (6)
  5. Vianney, MO, 35-2 (8)
  6. *Mountain Vista, CO, 26-1 (10)
  7. *Har-Ber, Ark, 31-4
  8. Valley Christian, CA, 29-3-1 (11)
  9. *La Cueva, NM, 27-3 (13)
10. *Calvary Christian Academy, FL, 17-15 (NR)

Others -- 20. Eastlake, CA, 27-4-1 (24); 23. Orange Lutheran, CA, 25-7 (27); 36. *O'Connor, AZ, 22-10 (39); 37. Beckman (Irvine, CA), 23-3-1 (41); 42. *Baldwin, HI, 17-1 (40); 48. Poway, CA, 26-6 (NR)

Baseball America 25:

  1. *Parkview, GA, 34-6 (11)
  2. Orange Lutheran, CA, 24-7 (17)
  3. *Har-Ber, AR, 31-4 (20)
  4. *Riverdale Baptist, MD, 32-1 (4)
  5. *Mountain Vista, CO, 23-1 (16)
  6. *Valley Christian, CA, 28-3 (24)
  7. George Jenkins, FL, 25-3 (25)
  8. Vianney, MO, 35-2 (13)
  9. *La Cueva, NM, 27-3 (10)
10. *Desota Central, MS, 27-8 (NR)

Others -- 11. *Harvard-Westlake, CA, 26-4 (3); 14. *Huntington Beach, CA, 28-5 (8); 19. Beckman, CA, 23-3-1 (NR) 21. De La Salle, CA, 24-4 (NR); 22. *Nogales, AZ, 30-5 (NR)

*Season Over

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Minor Leagues . . .

A roundup from Tuesday's games:

HIT PARADE -- Chris Carter (Sierra Vista) went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI for Rochester (AAA, IL) . . . Jordan Pearce (Nevada) was 2-for-4 with a solo homer (his second) for West Michigan (A, Midwest) in a 2-1 loss at Dayton.

PITCHING IN -- Tim Peterson (Western Nevada JC) notched his seventh save for Las Vegas (AAA, PCL), pitching a shutout ninth inning, allowing one hit. Peterson has a 3.45 ERA . . . Sam Held (Nevada) gave up three runs on six hits in two innings for Hagerstown (A, South Atlantic), striking out three, walking one.

TRANSACTIONS -- Efren Navarro (UNLV) passed through waivers and was sent to Iowa (AAA, PCL) by the Cubs.

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IN THE BIGS -- Bryce Harper (Las Vegas) was 3-for-5 with a solo homer in the first inning (his 17th) as the Nationals won at Baltimore, 3-2. Harper has a .238 average . . . Joey Rickard (Bishop Gorman) went 2-for-4 for the Orioles and is hitting .286 . . . RHP Nick Kingham (Sierra Vista) had a no decision in his start for Pittsburgh. Kingham threw 5 2/3 innings, shutting out the Cubs through four before giving up a two-run homer in the fifth. He allowed three runs on eight hits with four Ks, two walks. Kingham left the game, winning, 4-3 but the Cubs rallied for an 8-6 victory.

 

Minors, JCs

   Baseball Roundup

Originally posted: 7:15 a.m., Tuesday

Minor Leagues . . .

SAY IT AIN'T SO . . . Jake Bray (Spanish Springs) had a game he'll soon forget Monday. Bray, an RHP for the Stockton Ports (A, Cal) staff, was touched for 10 runs on nine hits in 3 1/3 innings, giving up five (yes, five) homers which accounted for nine of the runs. Modesto won, 12-10. Bray did strike out four and walked two. He's 1-3 as his ERA jumped from 2.97 to 4.99.

PITCHING IN -- Erick Fedde (Las Vegas, UNLV) notched his second win for Syracuse (AAA, IL), working the first five innings of a 14-4 victory at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Fedde (2-1, 4.47) gave up three runs on five hits, striking out four, walking two . . . Tyler Wagner (Bishop Gorman) was the losing pitcher for Round Rock (AAA, PCL). Wagner allowed three runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings in a 3-2 setback at Omaha. Wagner struck out one, walked one. He's 0-3, 4.07 ERA.

HIT PARADE -- Tyler Brown (Coronado, CSN) was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs for Richmond (AA, Eastern), lifting his average to .300 after four games . . . Jordan Pearce (Nevada) went 2-for-4 with an RBI for West Michigan (A, Midwest) and is hitting .216.

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IN THE BIGS -- Johnny Field (Bishop Gorman) had a two-out infield single in the 13th inning, moved to second on a single and scored on Mallex Smith's line drive hit to right as Tampa Bay won at Oakland, 1-0.

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Junior Colleges . . .

NJCAA WORLD SERIES
(at Grand Junction, CO)

Monday's Scores:

Walters State, TN 14, Jefferson, MO 9
Chipola, FL 17, Temple, TX 5 (Temple eliminated)
Southern Idaho 4, Iowa Western 2
  Mason Foltz struck out 11 in 8 1/3 innings, leading Southern Idaho to the win. The Eagles play again Wednesday at 6:30 (PDT) against Tuesday's winner of the Walters State, TN-San Jacinto North, TX game.

Tuesday's Games:

Monroe, NY vs. Jefferson, MO, 10 a.m. (loser eliminated)
Chipola, FL vs. Iowa Western, 2 p.m. (loser eliminated)
Walters State, TN vs. San Jacinto North, TX, 6:30 p.m.

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CALIFORNIA STATE TOURNAMENT
(at Fresno)

Monday's Championship:

Sacramento 6, San Joaquin Delta 3
San Joaquin Delta 7, Sacramento 5 (SJ Delta wins title)

 

Baseball Roundup

   Ex-Rebel Kremer: 6 ip, 0 h, 10 k

Originally posted: 7 a.m., Monday

Former UNLV pitcher Dean Kremer put on a show Sunday, throwing six hitless innings for Rancho Cucamonga (A, Cal).

Kremer, a right-hander who pitched one season at UNLV (2016), struck out 10 and had just two runners get to first base -- a second inning lead-off walk and a fifth inning throwing error. That runner was erased by a double play.

Kremer, a Stockton, CA native who pitched for San Joaquin Delta JC before transferring to UNLV, threw 88 pitches, 56 for strikes in winning his third game against two losses. He reduced his ERA to 3.93. In 50 1/3 innings the right-hander has struck out 74.

Rancho won the game, 8-2 at Inland Empire.

He was a 14th round sign of the Dodgers in 2016.

Elsewhere . . .

ROACH SHARP -- Donny Roach (Bishop Gorman) won his fourth game for Charlotte (AAA, IL), giving up two runs on six hits in six innings in a 4-3 win over visiting Indianapolis. Roach (4-2, 3.70) struck out three, walked one in the 88/59-pitch outing.

OH, WHAT A RELIEF! -- Taylor Cole (Gorman) threw 2 2/3 shutout innings for Salt Lake (AAA, PCL), giving up one hit with three Ks, one walk. Cole has a 4.73 ERA . . . Kenny Oakley (Coronado, UNLV) pitched 2 1/3 scoreless frames for Lancaster (A, Cal), allowing two hits with two strikeouts and reducing his ERA to 6.41 . . . Bryan Bonnell (Centennial, UNLV) threw an inning for Arkansas (AA, Texas), giving up one hit with one K. Bonnell has a 2.70 ERA . . . Bryan Harper (Las Vegas, CSN) pitched a shutout frame for Harrisburg (AA, Eastern), walking one, whiffing one and dropping his ERA to 2.93.

PITCHING IN -- Andrew Church (Basic) made his second appearance for Las Vegas (AAA, PCL) and was touched for five runs on seven hits in four innings in a 10-4 loss to visiting Tacoma. Church struck out four, walked three in the 90/57-pitch outing. He shut out Tacoma for the first three innings, then gave up a five spot in the fourth.

HIT PARADE -- Jake Hager (Sierra Vista) was 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and three runs for Bixoli (AA, Southern), upping his average to .294 . . . DJ Peters (Western Nevada JC) slugged his 10th homer (a solo) and also singled in five ABs for Tulsa (AA, Texas). He's hitting .263 . . . Garrett Hampson (Reno) was 2-for-5 with a double for Albuquerque (AAA, PCL) and is batting .256.

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IN THE BIGS -- Bryce Harper (Las Vegas) belted his 16th homer for the Nationals, a two-run shot in a 5-2 win at Miami. Harper is hitting .232 . . . Joey Gallo (Bishop Gorman) slugged his 15th home run (solo) as the Rangers lost at Kansas City, 5-2. Gallo has a .198 average.

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Colleges . . .

-- New Mexico State earned the Western Athletic Conference automatice berth in the NCAA playoffs with a 4-3 win over Sacramento State at Mesa, AZ Sunday.

-- Antelope Valley U. lost to Faulkner, Ala., 8-7 in the second round of the NAIA World Series at Lewiston, ID. UAV plays an elimination game Monday vs. Northwestern, OH at 11:30 a.m.

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Junior Colleges . . .

NJCAA WORLD SERIES
(at Grand Junction, CO)

Sunday's Scores:

San Jacinto North, TX 9, Monroe, NY 0 (7, run rule)
Temple, TX 8, Chattanooga Valley, Ala. 7 (Chat. Valley eliiminated)
Chipola, FL 10, Butler, KS 8 (Butler eliminated)

Monday's Games:

Jefferson, MO vs. Walters State, TN, 9 a.m.
Temple, TX vs. Chipola, FL (loser eliminated), 1 p.m.
Southern Idaho vs. Iowa Western, 6:30 p.m.

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CALIFORNIA STATE TOURNAMENT
(at Fresno)

Sunday's Scores:

Orange Coast 10, Mt. San Antonio 4 (12) (Mt. SAC eliminated)
San Joaquin Delta 9, Sacramento 5

Sacramento 8, Orange Coast 6 (Orange Coast eliminated)

Monday's Championship:

San Joaquin Delta vs. Sacramento, 11 a.m. (second game to follow, if necessary)

 

 

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Mountain West Tourney

  Aztecs Win MWC Title, 14-5

Originally posted: 9:30 p.m., Saturday

San Diego State hammered out 18 hits on the way to a 14-5 win over UNLV Saturday night, capturing the Mountain West Conference tournament title on the winner's field.

The Aztecs (39-19) move on to an NCAA regional, beginning Friday at a site to be determined Monday.

UNLV finished its season 35-24.

San Diego State, which won seven of eight games from the Rebels this season, took a 2-0 lead in the second, but UNLV got four in the fourth, only to see the Aztecs counter with a like number in the home half. San Diego added five in the sixth, two in the seventh and one in the eighth.

The Rebels used seven pitchers to no avail.

In the UNLV fourth, singles by Dillon Johnson and Kyle Isbel started the inning. A double by Nick Rodriguez scored Johnson and Nick Ames' sac fly got Isbel home. Later in the inning, Jack Wold stroked a two-run double. Wold also had a fielder's choice RBI in the sixth.

UNLV was held to seven hits with Johnson getting two.

Elsewhere . . .

-- Cadyn Grenier (Bishop Gorman) was 2-for-3 with a double, upping his average to .339, but Oregon State lost to visiting UCLA, 4-1 in the final Pac-12 regular season game.

-- Nick Quintana (Arbor View) was 2-for-3 with three RBIs in leading Arizona to an 11-3 victory at Oregon. Quintana had an RBI single in the first and a two-run double in the fifth to up his average to .313. 

-- Jack Little (Gorman) pitched the final two shutout innings of Stanford's 6-5 win at Washington. Little, a sophomore RHP, struck out four, giving up two hits. The win ran Little's record to 3-0. He also has 15 saves. Stanford won the Pac-12 with a 22-8 record, 44-10 overall. Washington finished 20-10 (third place), 30-23 overall. 

-- Gonzaga won the West Coast Conference tournament championship with a 17-2 win over Pepperdine in Stockton.

-- Sacramento State defeated New Mexico State, 3-2 in 15 innings to force another game in the championship series of the Western Athletic Conference at Mesa, AZ. They'll play Sunday.

-- Antelope Valley U. dropped its second round game to Faulkner, Ala., 8-7 in the NAIA World Series at Lewiston, ID. Antelope Valley plays Northwestern, OH Monday at 11:30 a.m.

*****

Junior Colleges . . .

NJCAA WORLD SERIES
(at Grand Junction, CO)
(Saturday through June 1/2, double elimination)

Saturday's Scores:

College of Southern Idaho 5, Temple, TX 2
  Nolan Walker hit a three-run homer and Dylan Steen pitched 7 2/3 innings to spark Southern Idaho to the win in the opening game of the World Series. CSI next faces Iowa Western Monday night (6:30 p.m. PDT), Iowa Western defeated Chattanooga Valley, 7-6.

  Walker's homer in the sixth broke a 0-0 deadlock and CSI added a run when Shawn Grandmost followed with a HR. Steen allowed two runs (both unearned) on eight hits, struck out six and walked one, throwing 117 pitches. Travis Bohall (Galena) was 3-for-4 for Southern Idaho.

Ohers scores:

Iowa Western 7, Chattanooga Valley, Ala., 6
Jefferson, MO 11, Barton, KS 2
Walters State, TN 8, Chipola, FL 6

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CALIFORNIA STATE TOURNEY
(at Fresno)
(Saturday through Monday, double elimination)

Saturday's Scores:

Sacramento 6, Orange Coast 4
San Joaquin Delta 7, Mt. San Antonio 6

Sunday's Games:

10 a.m. -- Orange Coast vs. Mt. San Antonio (loser eliminated)
2 p.m. -- Sacramento vs. San Joaquin Delta

6 p.m.ish -- OCC-Mt. SAC winner vs. Sacramento-SJ Delta loser (loser eliminated
 

Mountain West Tourney

   Rebels Give It Away, Get It Back

Originally posted: 5:45 p.m., Thursday

UNLV is one of the top hitting teams in the nation and the Rebels proved it Thursday.

After blowing an 8-1 lead, UNLV broke an 8-8 tie with five in the top of the ninth to defeat top-seeded Nevada-Reno, 13-8 in the opener of the Mountain West Conference tournament at San Diego State.

The Rebels play the winner of the night game matching the host Aztecs with San Jose State.

In the ninth, Dillon Johnson (Silverado) stroked a key two-run single, Kyle Isbel had a perfectly-placed bunt single down the third base line for an RBI and Nick Rodriguez singled for the 13th run.

The Rebels had built an 8-1 lead, only to give it away. After the Wolfpack got one in the sixth, Kaleb Foster (Douglas) had a three-run shot in the seventh to make it 8-5. Nevada tied it in the eighth and had the bases loaded with one out but couldn't add to it.

Jack Wold (Basic) clubbed a solo homer for UNLV in the second for a 2-0 lead, then Rodriguez hit a double to score a run in the third and Grant Robbins (Bishop Gorman) followed with a two-run single, making it 5-1. UNLV added a run in the fourth on Rodriguez's sac fly and got two more in the sixth when Bryson Stott (Desert Oasis) doubled and Isbel homered down the right field line.

That set up the hectic last three innings.

The Rebels got a solid pitching performance from starter Alan Strong, who allowed two runs on five hits in six innings, striking out seven and walking two in a 114-pitch effort. But the UNLV relievers gave up six runs, setting the stage for the Rebels' ninth inning rally.

UNLV reliever Bryan Menendez bailed the Rebels out in the eighth, getting the final two outs with the bags loaded, then setting the Wolfpack down in order in the ninth.

The first five hitters in the UNLV lineup -- Stott, Johnson, Isbel, Rodriguez and Nick Ames -- all had two hits. Robbins, Isbel and Rodriguez drove in three runs each. Cole Krzmarzick (Bishop Gorman) was 3-for-4 for Nevada with two RBIs. Keaton Smith (Green Valley) went 2-for-4.

Nevada will play at 1:30 Friday in an elimination game.

(more to come later)

 



 

 

Tuesday's Highlights

   Minor League Report

Originally posted: 7:30 a.m., Wednesday

CARTER TRADED -- The Angels have traded first baseman/DH Chris Carter (Sierra Vista) to the Minnesota Twins for cash.

Carter signed a minor-league deal with the Angels in February but failed to crack the opening day roster after spring training. Carter hit 13 homers at Salt Lake (AAA, PCL) this season. He'll report to Rochester (AAA, IL).

A SAVE IN TIME -- Bryan Bonnell (Centennial, UNLV), Bryan Harper (Las Vegas) and Tim Peterson (Western Nevada JC) all had saves Tuesday night . . . Bonnell got his first for Arkansas (AA, Texas) with a one inning stint, allowing a hit, getting a strikeout in a 15/11-pitch outing . . . Harper logged his second save for Harrisburg (AA, Eastern), pitching the ninth inning in a 2-0 win over Erie. He gave up a hit, walked one in reducing his ERA to 2.63 . . . Peterson pitched 1 1/3 frames for Las Vegas (AAA, PCL) in a 10-7 victory at Sacramento. It was his fifth save. Peterson, who gave up a hit and struck out one, has a 2.45 ERA.

OH, WHAT A RELIEF! -- Dylan Baker (WNC) pitched two shutout innings for Tulsa (AA, Texas), lowering his ERA to 5.40.

ON THE BUMP -- Dean Kremer (UNLV), the starter for Rancho Cucamonga (A, Cal), went 2 2/3 innings, allowing three hits, including a two-run homer. He had four Ks in his 51/33-pitch outing. Kremer's ERA is 4.47 . . . Braden Shipley (Nevada) was the losing pitcher for Reno (AAA, PCL). After a shutout eighth inning at Fresno, Shipley allowed a double, a walk, a wild pitch and a two-run single in a 4-3 loss. He's 2-4, 6.75 ERA.

HIT PARADE -- Ernie De La Trinidad (UNLV) was 2-for-3 with a double and two runs for Kane County (A, Midwest), lifting his average to .271 . . . Jordan Pearce (Nevada) was 2-for-3 for West Michigan (A, Midwest) and is hitting .200 . . . TJ Friedl (Nevada) raised his average to .304 at Daytona (A, Florida State) with a 2-for-5 game, including a triple.

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IN THE BIGS -- Bryce Harper (Las Vegas) had his second straight 2-for-4 game for the Nationals, belting his 15th homer (solo) in a 2-1 win over the visiting Padres. Harper moved his average to .238.

*****

Colleges . . .

The matchups for the opening round of the NAIA World Series at Lewiston, ID:

Friday:

8:30 a.m. -- Antelope Valley, CA (44-12-1) vs. Reinhardt, GA (41-8)
11:30 a.m. -- Southeastern, FL (50-11) vs. Oklahoma City (50-8)
3 p.m. -- Freed-Hardeman, TN (43-14) vs. Northwestern, OH (30-20)
7 p.m. -- Lewis-Clark State, ID (38-11) vs. St. Thomas, FL (56-7)

Saturday:

8:30, 11:30 a.m. -- Elimination games
3 p.m. -- Faulkner, AL (53-7) vs. Antelope Valley-Reinhardt winner
7 p.m. -- Georgia Gwinnett (48-10) vs. Freed-Hardeman-Northwestern winner

NOTES -- Faulkner is seeded No. 1, Gwinnett second, host Lewis-Clark State sixth, Antelope Valley eighth  . . . Championship game is May 31 or June 1, depending on earlier outcomes . . . No games Sunday . . . All times Pacific.

*****

High School Polls . . .

MaxPreps 50:

  1. Calvary Christian, FL, 29-0 (1)
  2. *Montverde Academy, FL, 26-0 (2)
  3. Argyle, TX, 32-0 (3)
  4. Cleburne, TX, 32-0 (3)
  5. Riverdale Baptist, MD, 32-1 (6)
  6. *Curtis Christian, LA, 30-4 (8)
  7. St. Xavier, KY, 30-1 (12)
  8. Vianney, MO, 33-2 (15)
  9. Har-Ber, Ark., 31-4 (16)
10. Mountain Vista, CO, 21-0

Others -- 11. Valley Christian, CA, 27-3-1 (19); 13. *La Cueva, NM, 27-3 (21); 22. Huntington Beach, CA, 26-6 (25); 24. Eastlake, CA, 25-3-1 (27); 27. Orange Lutheran, CA, 23-7 (28); 37. La Mirada, CA, 26-3-1 (45); 39. O'Connor, AZ, 22-10 (NR); 41. Beckman (Irvine, CA), 23-3-1 (NR); 46. Baldwin (Wailuku, HI), 17-1 (NR)

College Baseball 30:

  1. Calvary Christian, FL, 29-0
  2. Argyle, TX, 32-0
  3. Riverdale Baptist, MD, 32-1
  4. Cleburne, TX, 35-1-1
  5. St. John Vianney, MO, 33-2
  6. Valley Christian, CA, 27-3-1
  7. American Heritage, FL, 25-3
  8. St. Xavier, KY, 30-1
  9. Arcadia, CA, 24-2
10. *La Cueva, NM, 27-3

Others -- 12. Huntington Beach, CA, 25-5; 13. Eastlake, CA, 25-3-1; 18. Mountain Vista, CO, 21-0; 21. Mira Costa, CA, 28-3; 26. *Puyallup, WA, 23-2; 30. *Nogales, AZ, 31-5

Perfect Game 50:

  1. Calvary Christian, FL (1)
  2. Argyle, TX (2)
  3. Faith Academy, AL (4)
  4. Riverdale Baptist, MD (5)
  5. Parkview, GA (6)
  6. *Curtis Christian, LA (8)
  7. Orange Lutheran, CA (14)
  8. St. John Vianney, MO (11)
  9. St. Xavier, KY (15)
10. Huntington Beach, CA (9)

Others -- 15. Valley Christian, CA (22); 17. La Mirada, CA (28); 30. Arcadia, CA (36); 36. Palo Verde (NR); 39. Mira Costa (NR); 40. Westview, OR (NR); 43. Harvard-Westlake, CA (7); 47. Dixie (St. George, UT) (NR)

* Season Over

 

Random Thoughts:

  Will Rarified Air Continue for Palo? 

Originally posted: 8 a.m., Tuesday

-- Is the Palo Verde state title a one-time type deal or can the Panthers double up next year?

-- Palo loses the Godman brothers, plus a couple of other seniors, but there's plenty of talent returning, namely four D-1 verbal commits -- Pitcher Bryce Robison (BYU), shortstop Peyton Cole (BYU), pitcher Austin Raleigh (UNLV) and pitcher Noah Carbajal (St. Mary's). Carbajal will be a junior, the other three seniors.

-- Jaret Godman, Palo's No. 1 player, set a state 4-A pitching record for wins with 12 this past season (he was 12-0) and will take his talent to LMU next year. (He has a full ride.)

-- The former 4-A record for wins in one season was held by a trio of players -- John Savage (11-2, Reno, 1982), Jacob Anderson (11-0, Galena, 2007) and Jeff Malm (11-1, Bishop Gorman, 2009). Savage is the head coach at UCLA. The state record (all divisions) is 17 wins, set by Jason Diaz of North Tahoe (2-A) in 1996.

-- Palo also loses Jaret Godman's brother, Jacob, a catcher who has a 93% ride to UNLV.

-- Two other Panther seniors are headed in opposite directions -- outfielder Noah Williamson to D-2 Point Loma Nazarene and infielder EJ Arnold to D-3 Union College in Schnectady, NY.

-- (NOTE: One of my ardent readers whose son plays high school ball (not for Palo) predicted the Panthers' success prior to the season. I disagreed, thinking they didn't have the coaching to get over the hump. Undoubtedly that was wrong.)

-- Speaking of coaches, there are rumblings at Bishop Gorman, but there are always rumblings at Bishop Gorman, mostly because of meddling parents. My son Chris had a tumultuous first two years at Gorman with parents, then after winning the first state baseball title in the school's history (2006), most of them shut up. But there's always one or two that think they know better than the coach . . . and they don't.

-- Bishop Manogue, which was two-and-barbeque at the state tourney, returns 20 of its 24 players.

-- Basic, of course, will re-tool. The Wolves, champions in 2016 and '17, have a pair of good ones returning in senior-to-be Shane Spencer, a RHP who has verballed to Long Beach State, and junior-to-be John-Howard Bobo, a UNLV commit. Basic will lose RHP CJ Dornak (Air Force), infielders Jesse Fonteboa (USD), Garrett Giles (UNLV) and Christian Rivero (CSN).

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-- Can UNLV win the Mountain West Conference tourney? Hell, yes. It's wide open. San Diego State should be the favorite because it's being played at the Aztecs' yard. The Rebels face top-seed Nevada Thursday at 1:30.

-- Through Sunday's games, UNLV is ranked sixth in the nation in team batting with a .313 average. The leader is Tennessee Tech (.347). Oregon State is third (.324), New Mexico State fifth (.316) and Air Force eighth (.310). The Rebels have hit 67 homers, 14th in the nation. Nick Ames leads the way with 18, followed by Kyle Isbel (13), Nick Rodriguez (10) and Max Smith (9). UNLV is No. 1 in the NCAA D-1 with 132 doubles and third in hits with 619.

-- Pepperdine is the top seed in the West Coast Conference tourney, but this one is also wide open. No clear-cut favorite. Gonzaga or LMU could win it all. Whoever wins won't last long in the NCAAs. Not enough pitching.

-- Cal State Fullerton (29-22 overall) has clinched the Big West title and figures to be the only team from that conference playing in an NCAA regional. Irvine (31-22) is a longshot to get in. A sweep at UC Davis this week would help. Definitely on the bubble.

-- Arizona State (22-30) has had another disappointing season. A first in ASU's history -- two straight losing seasons. Remember when the Sun Devils were winning 40-50 games a season? Not any more. ASU has qualified for the playoffs 39 times, been in 22 College World Series, winning five. The Sun Devils have also won 21 Pac-12 titles, and like USC, were virtually unbeatable in years past . . . not any more.

-- Other disappointments -- Oregon, New Mexico, BYU and USD. The Ducks (25-27 with three to go) haven't been a contender since recruiting coordinator Mark Wasikowski left for Purdue . . . The Lobos (20-33-1), always a contender in the Mountain West, just gave up too many runs . . . BYU (22-28) and USD (23-32) just couldn't put it together in a rather mediocre conference.

 

 

Pros, Colleges

  Baseball Roundup for Monday

Originally posted: 7 a.m., Monday

Minor Leagues . . .

PITCHER OF THE DAY -- Erich Uelmen (Faith Lutheran), who got off to a rugged start this season, had his second straight shutout effort Sunday for South Bend (A, Midwest), limiting Fort Wayne to just three hits in six innings. He has not allowed a run in the last 12 frames. Uelmen had a no decision, leaving the game with a 1-0 lead as South Bend lost late, 3-1. He struck out three, walked three to lower his ERA to 5.34. Uelmen has a 2-4 record after the 78/49-pitch outing.

OH, WHAT A RELIEF! -- Taylor Cole (Bishop Gorman) pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings for Salt Lake (AAA, PCL), lowering his ERA to 4.45. Cole gave up two hits, struck out three in the Bees' 12-3 win over Sacramento . . . Tim Peterson (Western Nevada) threw a shutout inning for Las Vegas (AAA, PCL) with two Ks, one walk, dropping his ERA to 2.59 . . . Dylan Baker (WNC) put down all six batters he faced for Tulsa (AA, Texas), whiffing one. He has a 6.14 ERA . . . Spencer Jones (Reed) allowed one hit in two innings for Charlotte (A, Florida State), lowering his ERA to 3.00 . . . Bryan Harper (Las Vegas) put down both hitters he faced, striking out one for Harrisburg (AA, Eastern) and has a 2.84 ERA.

WE HAVE A WINNER! -- Sam Held (Nevada Reno) pitched two shutout innings for Hagerstown (A, South Atlantic) and logged the win. He gave up a pair of hits, struck out one in lifting his record to 2-2, 4.15 ERA.

PITCHING IN -- Bryan Bonnell (Centennial, UNLV) gave up two runs on three hits in 1 2/3 innings for Arkansas (AA, Texas) and has a 3.86 ERA . . . Mikey York (Basic) was touched for three runs on four hits in one inning for Charlotte (A, Florida State) with one K, one walk. York has a 6.35 ERA.

HIT PARADE -- Ernie De La Trinidad (UNLV) went 2-for-4 with a double to lift his average at Kane County (A, Midwest) to 264 . . . Trenton Brooks (Nevada) was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and a run for Lynchburg (A, Carolina). He's hitting .225 . . . DJ Peters (WNC) raised his average to .270 with two hits in six ABs with two RBIs for Tulsa (AA, Texas).

REHAB GRAND SALAMI -- Drew Robinson (Silverado), rehabbing at Frisco (AA, Texas) slugged a grand slam in five ABs. Robinson was put on the Rangers' DL May 5 with left hip soreness.

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IN THE BIGS -- The Rays' Johnny Field (Bishop Gorman) slugged a lead-off homer (his fourth) in the third inning and had a double in the eighth, both against the Angels' Shohei Ohtani. Field was 2-for-4 to up his average to .308 as the Halos won, 5-2 . . . Joey Rickard (Gorman) was 2-for-4 in the Orioles' 5-0 loss at Boston, lifting his average to .333.

*****

Colleges . . .

-- Jack Little (Bishop Gorman) logged his 15th save in 22 games as Stanford edged visiting Washington State, 4-2 Sunday. Little went the final 2 2/3 shutout innings, allowing one hit, striking out five with no walks. The Cardinal improved to 43-8.

-- Niko Decolati (Cimarron-Memorial) was 2-for-5 with a double, helping LMU sweep visiting St. Mary's, 6-5 and earn a berth in the West Coast Conference tournament, beginning Thursday in Stockton. LMU (24-28), the third seed, will face second-seeded Gonzaga (29-22) at 3 o'clock, followed by the 7 p.m. game matching top-seeded Pepperdine (29-22) against No. 4 USF (28-25).

-- Junior LHP Tyler Giovinco (Cimarron-Memorial) pitched Army to an 8-5 win over Navy in the first game of a best-of-three Patriot League championship series at Annapolis. The teams continue the series Monday, with a second game, if necessary. The series was postponed two days because of inclement weather. The winner gets a bid to the NCAA tournament. Giovinco threw seven innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, with four Ks and two walks in a 105-pitch effort. Army is 34-22, Navy 38-15.

-- Senior Nick Borowski (Cimarron-Memorial) went 5-for-8 in two games Sunday as Colorado Mesa was eliminated from the D-2 South Central Regional at Canyon, TX. Borowski went 3-for-5 with a pair of run-scoring singles in an 11-4, 11-inning win over Colorado School of Mines, then was 2-for-3 with an RBI in the championship game loss, 12-5, to Texas A&M-Kingsville.

*****

Junior Colleges . . .

CALIFORNIA SECTIONALS
(best-of-three)

Northern California:

at *San Joaquin Delta 9, Ohlone 4
*Sacramento 2, at Sierra 1

Southern California:

*Mt. San Antonio 3, at Saddleback 2

*Qualifies for state tournament, beginning Saturday in Fresno. First round games:

Sacramento (35-12) vs. Orange Coast (33-13)
Mt. San Antonio (35-12) vs. San Joaquin Delta (40-8)

 

College Roundup

  UNLV Loses in 9th, 9-8

Originally posted: 5:45 p.m., Saturday

Fresno State rallied for three runs in the last of the ninth inning, including a walk-off walk, to defeat visiting UNLV, 9-8 in the regular season finale.

The Rebels finished the regular season with a 33-22 record and meet the Mountain West Conference's No. 1 seed Nevada Thursday at 1:30 at San Diego State in the four-team, double-elimination tournament.

UNLV slugged four solo home runs Saturday -- Nick Ames had his 18th, Max Smith his ninth, Grant Robbins (Bishop Gorman) hit his fourth and senior Caleb Summerhays (Faith Lutheran) his first. All four had two hits each along with Vince Taormina (Silverado). Smith and Taormina also had doubles.

Fresno ended the season with a 30-24 record.

In other games . . .

-- Cadyn Grenier (Bishop Gorman) was 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI as Oregon State won at USC, 4-1.

-- Cole Krzmarzick (Bishop Gorman) was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run in Nevada Reno's 12-10 win over San Diego State.

-- Preston Pavlica (Liberty) had a pair of hits in four ABs, driving in a run as Grand Canyon won at Seattle, 7-5 to claim the No. 1 seed in next week's Western Athletic Conference tournament in Mesa, AZ.

*****

Junior Colleges . . .

NJCAA Western District Tournament
(at College of Southern Idaho)

Saturday's Championship:

Southern Idaho 4, Arizona Western 3
  Travis Bohall (Galena) has a flair for the dramatics. After hitting a two-out solo homer in the last of the ninth inning to tie the game, he had a walk-off single in the 11th, sending CSI to the NJCAA World Series in Grand Junction, CO, May 26-June 1/2. David Hudleson (Basic) was 3-for-5 for CSI. Southern Idaho is 50-10 and was 28-0 on its home turf.

*

California Sectionals
(Best of three)

Northern California:

Sacramento 4, at Sierra 1 (series tied, 1-1)
Ohlone 10, at San Joaquin Delta 6 (series tied, 1-1)

Southern California:

at *Orange Coast 7, El Camino 4
at Saddleback 13, Mt. San Antonio (series tied, 1-1)

*Advances to state tournament Memorial weekend in Fresno

 

 

College Roundup

  Rebels Qualify for MWC Tourney

Originally posted: 9:30 p.m., Friday

UNLV has earned a trip to the Mountain West Conference tournament next week at San Diego State.

The Rebels defeated host Fresno State, 7-3 Friday night, and coupled with San Jose State's walk-off 6-5 victory over Air Force, qualified as the the fourth place team.

UNLV is 14-15 in the conference, a game back of third place San Jose with one to play. Air Force is 12-16 and Fresno 12-17.

The Rebels combined some good pitching with timely hitting to defeat the Bulldogs. Junior RHP Trevor Horn got the win for UNLV, throwing 6 2/3 innings, allowing two earned runs on seven hits. He struck out five, walked one to even his record at 5-5. Bryan Menendez went the final 2 1/3 innings, notching his 12th save while giving up three hits (no runs) with two Ks, no walks.

The key hit for UNLV was a two-run homer by Nick Ames in the seventh inning, culminating a three-run rally in which the Rebels widened their lead from 4-3 to 7-3.

UNLV took a 2-1 edge in the third on singles by Grant Robbins (Bishop Gorman) and Jack Wold (Basic), a sacrifice fly by Bryson Stott (Desert Oasis)and singles by Dillon Johnson (Silverado) and Kyle Isbel for the RBI.

The Rebels made it 4-2 in the sixth with a two-run rally. Johnson led off with a walk, was sacrified to second by Isbel, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a fielder's choice/error. A ground out by Max Smith got the second run home.

Ames had three RBIs, stroking his 17th homer. Isbel and Robbins had two hits each as the Rebels improved to 33-21 overall.

Also . . .

-- Nevada Reno won the regular season Mountain West Conference title with a 13-3 victory over visiting San Diego State. With one game left, Nevada has an 19-9 record, 1 1/2 games up on the Aztecs (18-11). Nevada will be the No. 1 seed in the MWC tourney. Cole Krzmarzick (Bishop Gorman) was 3-for-5 with two runs and Keaton Smith (Green Valley) went 2-for-3 with a double and four RBIs for the Wolfpack.

--Nico Decolati (Cimarron-Memorial) clubbed his sixth homer, a two-run shot in helping LMU to a 7-0 win over visiting St. Mary's. Decolati was 2-for-5.

-- Frankie Fitzgerald (Green Valley), a freshman RHP, threw the final four shutout innings as Colorado Mesa stayed alive in the D-2 South Central Regional with a 3-2, 11-inning win over Tarleton State at Canyon, TX Friday. Fitzgerald did not allow a hit, striking out four with two walks to run his record to 2-0. Fitzgerald has a 2.62 ERA in 24 innings (13 games). Colorado Mesa plays St. Edward's, TX Saturday.

-- Chapman staved off elimination in the D-3 Western Regional at Spokane, WA with a 6-5 victory over Redlands. Jerrod Penniman (Green Valley) was 1-for-4 for the winning Panthers.

*****

Junior College Playoffs . . .

NJCAA Western District Tournament
(at College of Southern Idaho)

Friday's Scores

Arizona Western 12, Trinidad State, CO 4 (Trinidad eliminated)
  Sean Roby drove in six runs with a three-run homer, a two-run HR and a single to keep his team alive.

Salt Lake vs. Southern Idaho 10, Salt Lake 7
  Shawn Grandmont 
hit a bases loaded-clearing double to climax a six-run sixth inning as CSI rallied to win. Southern Idaho trailed 6-1 entering the last of the sixth. Travis Bohall (Galena) was 2-for-6 for CSI. Jaxson Otis (Tech) went 2-for-4 with two RBIs for SLCC.

Arizona Western 10, Salt Lake 0 (5) (Salt Lake eliminated)

Saturday's Championship:

11 a.m. -- Arizona Western vs. Southern Idaho (second game to follow, if necessary)

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CALIFORNIA SECTIONALS
(Best-of-three, Friday through Sunday)

Northern California:

at Sierra 14, Sacramento 3
at San Joaquin Delta 7, Ohlone 2

Southern California:

Mt. San Antonio 7, at Saddleback 6
at Orange Coast 9, El Camino 0

 

 

College Roundup

   Rebels Fall to Fresno State, 6-1

Originally posted: 8:45 p.m., Friday

Junior RHP Edgar Gonzalez held UNLV to four hits in throwing a complete game as host Fresno State stayed alive in the Mountain West Conference race, 6-1.

Gonzalez needed 112 pitches in the two-hour game, striking out seven, walking three as he improved to 8-2.

The loss dropped UNLV's MWC record to 13-15 and dropped them into fourth place in the race to gain the conference tourney next week at San Diego State. The top four teams advance with Fresno (12-16) needing a sweep over the Rebels to gain the tourney. San Jose State (13-14) hosted Air Force (12-14).

Nick Rodriguez had two of the Rebels' four hits. They scored their lone run in the fourth on a wild pitch after loaded the bases with one out.

The teams play game two Friday night at 6.

Elsewhere . . .

-- David Modler (Rancho) banged a solo home run (his fifth) in Utah Valley's 4-3 loss at Sacramento State.

-- Logan Bottrell (Cimarron-Memorial) was 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs in helping New Mexico State to a 14-3 win at UT Rio Grande Valley in eight innings (run rule)

-- Preston Pavlica (Liberty) slugged his fifth homer (a solo) for Grand Canyon in a 12-3 victory at Seattle.

-- Jerrod Penniman (Green Valley) was 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run, but Chapman fell to host Willamette in the opening game of the NCAA D-3 Western Regional at Spokane, WA. Chapman plays an elimination game Friday morning.

-- In the NAIA Western Regional championship game at Rocklin, CA, Antelope Valley U. scored a walk-off run in the ninth inning to outlast William Jessup, 16-15, earning a berth in the World Series at Lewiston, ID, beginning Friday, May 25. Jessup outhit Antelope Valley, 21-17, but stranded 16 runners.

*****

Junior Colleges . . .

NJCAA Western District Tournament
(at College of Southern Idaho)

Thursday's First Round Scores:

Salt Lake 9, Trinidad State, CO 6
  Jaxson Otis (Tech) had a couple of hits in five ABs and two RBIs as SLCC won an error-plagued game. Of the 15 runs, nine were unearned, including the six Trinidad runs. Trinidad had five of the nine errors in the game.

Southern Idaho 10, Arizona Western 2 (7)
  Travis Bohall 
(Galena) was 4-for-5, driving in three runs with a triple in the seventh inning as host CSI won in seven. Bohall's three-bagger made it 9-2 and David Hudleson (Basic) followed with an infield single to end the game, because of the run rule. Hudleson had two hits in four ABs, including a double.

Friday's Games (All times PDT)

11 a.m. -- Trinidad State vs. Arizona Western (loser eliminated)
2 p.m. -- Salt Lake vs. Southern Idaho
6 p.m. -- Friday 11 a.m. winner vs. Friday 2 p.m. loser

 

 

A Look Back: Two Wild and Crazy Games

  State Tourney: Answers Unveiled

Originally posted: 4:15 p.m., Tuesday

Can Basic win its third straight Nevada 4-A state championship?

Can Palo Verde notch a title in its first trip to a state tourney?

Can Bishop Manogue or Reno end a 13-year Northern drought?

The answers?

Yes, No and No.

Palo has the pitching to win it all, but experience will be the difference.

The tournament begins Thursday. It's a quick one. First day winners have a tremendous advantage. 

In the opening games at Bishop Manogue, Basic tangles with Reno at 1, then Palo meets Manogue at 4. Two teams will be eliminated Friday, meaning a short trip. The title game is 10 a.m. Saturday, with a second game to follow, if necessary.

NOTES -- The North has won just two championships in the last 25 years -- Wooster in 2002 and Reno in 2004 . . . Green Valley won six in a row (1993-98) and Bishop Gorman captured seven straight (2006-12) . . . The shift from Bishop Manogue to Reno for Friday's games is because Reno has lights. The title game or games will return to Manogue Saturday . . . Manogue HC Charles Oppio won his 650th game last week . . . The tournament expands to six teams next year, two from each region. It will be Las Vegas' turn to host.

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TWO WILD AND CRAZY GAMES -- There have been many classic state tournament games, but two really stand out for me, and both involved Bishop Gorman and Galena . . .

2007 -- This one, for the championship, was at CSN and Gorman had rallied from a 3-0 first inning deficit to win, 4-3 in the last of the seventh inning on John Rickard's single with one out. After the Gaels celebrated near the mound, Galena appealed, saying that the two trail runners (Taylor Cole and Brandon Garcia) did not proceed to their respective bases (third and second), instead joining the pile-on. The appeal was upheld, Cole and Garcia called out and the game remained tied.

But not for long.

Gorman loaded the bases in the eighth with two outs and Jeff Malm hit a game-winning single on a 3-and-2 count, giving the Gaels another pile-on.

2010 -- This one was a second round game at Bishop Manogue and heavily-favored Gorman trailed 22-10 with one out, the bags empty and headed for what looked like a mercy thumping. But Erik Van Meetren got it started with a solo home run and the Gaels added nine more, three each on homers by Johnny Field and Kenny Meimerstorf. Both Field and Meimerstorf had seven RBIs that day, each slugging three-run blasts earlier. It wasn't the cleanest of games -- Galena had six errors, Gorman four.

The Gaels went on to win their fifth straight state title, this one at Aces Ballpark. Rancho won the first game, 4-2 and Gorman blew out the Rams, 13-0 in five innings with Field hitting another three-run blast. NOTE: The Rancho win was Gorman's only state loss in five years.

Bishop Gorman's Box (24-22 Win)

Friday, May 21, 2010  •  1 p.m.  •  Bishop Manogue HS

                    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Galena 3 7 7 1 4 0 0 22 17 6
Gold 1 6 3 0 10 4 X 24 13 4

Bishop Gorman Batting Stats

No Name   PA AB R H 2B HR RBI HBP BB SO SacF SB AVG OBP SLG
  Sewald, Johnny 1 6 3 4         1 2 2   1 .000 .500 .000
10 White, TJ 2 5 4 2 1 1   2   1       .250 .400 .500
2 Field, Johnny 3 5 5 3 2   2 7     1     .400 .400 1.600
22 Welch, Cory 4 5 4 2 3 1   2     1 1   .750 .600 1.000
13 Gallo, Joey 5 5 3 1           2 2     .000 .400 .000
9 Lawhorn, Neil 6 5 5 2 2     1     1     .400 .400 .400
9 Roth, Matt 6                         .000 .000 .000
21 Denzler, Wesley 7 4 3 1 1     1   1 2     .333 .500 .333
15 Hunter, Mikal 7 1 1 1 1     2           1.000 1.000 1.000
1 Vukasin, Shane 7     1                   .000 .000 .000
  Van Meetren, Erik 8 5 4 3 1   1 1   1 1     .250 .400 1.000
12 Meimerstorf, Kenny 9 5 3 4 2   2 7 1 1 1     .667 .800 2.667
23 Tulak, Chris 10                         .000 .000 .000
6 Rankin, Tyler 10                         .000 .000 .000
11 Roper, Cody 10                         .000 .000 .000
3 Church, Andrew 10                         .000 .000 .000
  TOTAL   46 35 24 13 2 5 23 2 8 11 1 1 .371 .500 .857

Bishop Gorman Pitching Stats

No Name Order GS W INN BF H R ER HR HBP BB SO WHIP OBA ERA
23 Tulak, Chris 1 1   1.2 18 8 10 5 3 2 2   6.00 .571 21.00
6 Rankin, Tyler 2     0.1 5 2 4 4     2   12.00 .667 84.00
11 Roper, Cody 3       5 2 3 2     2     .667  
3 Church, Andrew 4     1 5 1 1 1     1 2 2.00 .250 7.00
21 Denzler, Wesley 5     2 12 4 4 2     1 1 2.50 .364 7.00
10 White, TJ 6   1 2 8         1 1 2 .50   .00
  TOTAL     1 7 53 17 22 14 3 3 9 5 3.71 .415 14.00

 

Baseball Roundup

   Grenier Drives In 5 With 4 Hits

Originally posted: 7:15 a.m., Tuesday

Bishop Gorman product Cadyn Grenier went 4-for-6 with a pair of doubles, driving in five runs in sparking No. 2 ranked Oregon State to a 23-6 win over visiting University of San Diego Monday.

The game was called after 6 1/2 innings because of a run rule.

Grenier, a junior shortstop, stroked an RBI double in the first, a run-scoring single in the second, and RBI single in the fifth and got two more ribbies with a double in the sixth when the Beavers scored eleven.

The five-RBI total was a career best for Grenier at Oregon State and improved his batting average to .348.

USD (23-31) closes its season Tuesday with another game against the Beavers (39-8-1).

Also . . .

-- Nick Quintana (Arbor View) clubbed his 12th homer for Arizona during a 5-2 victory at Sacramento State. Quintana was 2-for-3, raising his average to .291. The Wildcats improved to 32-20. Sac State is 28-23.

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D-1 STANDINGS: (Through Monday's Games)

Mountain West Conference

Nevada, 18-8, 27-21; San Diego State, 17-10, 35-17; UNLV, 13-14, 32-20; San Jose State, 13-14, 23-27; Air Force, 12-14, 24-26; Fresno State, 11-16, 28-23; New Mexico, 11-19, 18-32-1

This Week (Thursday through Saturday) -- UNLV at Fresno State; San Diego State at Nevada; Air Force at San Jose State; UC Davis at New Mexico (non-conf)

NOTES -- San Diego State and Nevada will settle the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds, but the third and fourth teams are still in doubt, and probably will be going into Saturday's finales . . . UNLV probably needs at least one win at Fresno, and maybe two . . . Fresno needs to sweep to have a shot at gettting in . . . A lot of scoreboard watching, especially the Air Force-SJS series . . . The MWC tournament begins Thursday, Nov. 24 at San Diego State.

Big West Conference

Cal State Fullerton, 14-4, 27-21; Cal State Northridge, 12-9, 24-26; UC Irvine, 10-8, 29-20; Cal Poly (SLO), 9-9, 23-27; Hawai'i, 9-9, 25-20; Long Beach State, 9-9, 24-27; UC Santa Barbara, 8-10, 23-24-1; UC Davis, 7-14, 15-31; UC Riverside, 6-12, 18-28

This Week -- Cal State Northridge at Cal State Fullerton; Long Beach State at Hawai'i; UC Riverside at UC Irvine; UC Santa Barbara at Cal Poly (SLO); UC Davis at New Mexico (non-conf)

NOTES -- Fullerton can really cement the conference title with at two wins vs. Northridge . . . Irvine still has a shot at an NCAA berth.

Pac-12 Conference

Stanford, 18-6, 39-8; Oregon State, 16-7-1, 39-8-1; UCLA, 15-9, 31-16; Washington, 15-9, 25-21; Cal, 14-13, 29-19; Oregon, 11-13, 25-24; Arizona State, 11-13; 21-28; Arizona, 10-14, 30-20; USC, 11-16, 23-23; Washington State, 7-16-1, 15-27-1; Utah, 6-18, 13-35

This Week -- Arizona State at Arizona; Oregon at UCLA; Oregon State at USC; Washington at Utah; Washington State at Stanford; Cal at Creighton (non-conf)

NOTES -- Oregon State won two of three from Stanford last weekend at Corvallis. so the teams did a flip flop in the polls. The Beavers are now No. 2 and Stanford drops to third . . . Both figure to host regionals . . . Washington pulled into a third place tie with UCLA after winning two of three on the Bruins' diamond . . . Arizona has a tough time winning Pac 12 games on the road. The Wildcats are 3-12, hosting ASU this week and concluding with a series at Oregon.

West Coast Conference

Pepperdine, 16-8, 28-19; Gonzaga, 14-10, 25-21; St. Mary's, 14-10, 30-20; USF, 15-12, 26-26; LMU, 12-12, 21-27; Santa Clara, 11-13, 25-24; USD, 12-15, 23-31; BYU, 10-14, 21-25; Portland, 10-14, 19-27; Pacific, 9-15, 20-27

This Week -- Pacific at BYU; Portland at Pepperdine; St. Mary's at LMU; Santa Clara at Gonzaga; Kansas State at USF (non-conf); USD idle

NOTES -- Pepperdine is in as far as the four-team conference tourney is concerned . . . LMU must sweep visiting St. Mary's, otherwise it'll be Gonzaga, USF and St. Mary's joining the Waves in Stockton next week.

Western Athletic Conference

Grand Canyon, 16-5; 29-22; New Mexico State, 15-6, 34-18; Sacramento State, 14-7, 28-23; Seattle, 13-8, 32-18; Northern Colorado, 11-13, 28-22; Cal State Bakersfield, 8-13, 18-32; UT Rio Grande Valley, 7-14, 22-29; Utah Valley, 6-15, 15-33; Chicago State, 6-15, 12-38

This Week -- Chicago State at Cal State Bakersfield; Grand Canyon at Seattle; New Mexico State at UT Rio Grande Valley; Utah Valley at Sacramento State

NOTES -- Grand Canyon, New Mexico State, Sacramento, Seattle and Northern Colorado have qualified for the post-season tourney in Mesa, AZ, leaving only Bakersfield or Rio Grande Valley as No. 6

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Junior Colleges . . .

NJCAA Western District Tournament
(at College of Southern Idaho)

Thursday's Games:

2 p.m. -- Salt Lake (34-15) vs. Trinidad State, CO (46-10)
6 p.m. -- Arizona Western (46-14) vs. Southern Idaho (44-10)

Friday's Games:

11 a.m. -- Thursday losers (loser eliminated)
2 p.m. -- Thursday winners
6 p.m. -- Friday 11 a.m. winner vs. Friday 2 p.m. loser (loser eliminated)

Saturday's Games:

11 a.m. -- Championship (second game to follow, if necessary)

NOTES -- Winner advances to NJCAA World Series, May 26-June 1/2 at Grand Junction, CO . . . CSI last won a Region 18 title (Scenic West AC) in 1999 . . . All times Pacific.

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CALIFORNIA SECTIONALS
(Friday Through Sunday, best-of-three)

Northern California:

Sacramento (31-13) at Sierra (38-7)
Ohlone (38-6) at San Joaquin Delta (38-7)

Southern California:

Mt. San Antonio (33-11) at Saddleback (32-12)
El Camino (28-17) at Orange Coast (31-18)

NOTES -- Sacramento, Sierra and Delta all play in the Big 8 Conference . . . Saddleback and OCC are members of the Orange Empire Conference . . . Sectional winners advance to the  state tourney in Fresno Memorial Day weekend . . . Ohlone has won 16 in a row.

*****

High School Polls . . .

Basic HS has been added to this week's MaxPreps 50 poll at No. 48. Desert Oasis, 30th a week ago, was dropped. In the Baseball America 25, no Nevada team is rated. The Perfect Game 50 poll will released later today. 

MaxPreps 50:

  1. Calvary Christian, FL, 28-0 (1)
  2. *Montverde Academy, FL, 26-0 (2)
  3. Argyle, TX, 30-0 (3)
  4. Cleburne, TX, 32-1-2 (5)
  5. Lake Travis, TX, 31-2 (6)
  6. Riverdale Baptist, MD, 32-1 (7)
  7. Blessed Trinity, GA, 34-3 (4)
  8. John Curtis Christian, LA, 30-4 (8)
  9. Flanagan, FL, 24-1 (9)

10. Harvard-Westlake, CA, 26-3 (11)

Others -- 17. Mountain Vista, CO, 21-0 (20); 19. Valley Christian, CA (21), 26-3-1; 21. *La Cueva, NM, 27-3 (24); 25. Huntington Beach, CA, 24-4 (22); 27. Eastlake, CA, 23-3-1 (33); 28. Orange Lutheran, CA, 22-7 (34); 30. Puyallup, WA, 21-1 (39); 45. La Mirada, CA, 25-3-1 (NR); 48. Basic, 30-5 (NR)

* Season over

Baseball America 25:

  1. Blessed Trinity, GA, 34-3 (1)
  2. Calvary Christian, FL, 28-0 (2)
  3. Harvard-Westlake, CA, 26-3 (9)
  4. Riverdale Baptist, MD, 31-1 (7)
  5. Cleburne, TX, 29-1 (8)
  6. American Heritage, FL, 23-3 (12)
  7. Lake Travis TX, 33-2 (15)
  8. Huntington Beach, CA, 25-5 (5)
  9. McAllen, TX, 32-4 (11)
10. *La Cueva, NM, 27-3 (17)

Others -- 12. Mira Costa, CA, 27-3 (16); 16. Mountain Vista, CO, 21-0 (23); 17. Orange Lutheran, CA, 22-7 (NR); 21. Serra (San Mateo, CA), 22-8 (NR); 24. Valley Christian, CA, 26-3 (19)

* Season over

Perfect Game 50: (to come)

 

 

 

College Roundup

  UNLV Fighting for Tourney Berth

Originally posted: 6:45 p.m., Saturday

It's down to the final three games in the Mountain West Conference and UNLV is among four teams in the fight for the final two playoff berths.

The Rebels fell to 13-14 in the MWC after absorbing a 12-4 loss by conference leader Nevada Reno Sunday at Wilson Stadium.

UNLV is currently tied for third place in the standings with San Jose State, which won at San Diego State in 10 innings Sunday. Air Force (12-14) is a half-game back. The Rebels travel to Fresno State (11-15) Thursday through Saturday while Air Force is at San Jose. Fresno is still in the hunt for a tourney berth, but the Bulldogs must sweep UNLV to get in.

Two wins will get the Rebels in.

New Mexico (11-19) is out of it. Nevada (18-8) hosts San Diego State (17-10) this week. Both teams have qualified for the tourney.

In Sunday's game, UNLV scored three in the second for a 3-1 lead and it held up until the fifth when the Wolfpack plated three, then three more the following inning. Nevada add four in the eight. The Wolfpack outhit UNLV, 15-9 to salvage one game of the three-game set.

In the second for the Rebels, Nick Ames belted a solo homer, Seth Mullis had a run-scoring single and Dillon Johnson hit a sac fly. UNLV's final run came in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Max Smith. Johnson and Nick Rodriguez had two hits each for the Rebels.

Mike Echavia hit a three-run homer for Nevada in the sixth and Dillan Shrum had a two-run shot in the eighth. Cole Krzmarzick (Bishop Gorman) was 2-for-6 with a double for the Wolfpack.

Also . . .

-- David Modler (Rancho) slugged a three-run homer and also singled in four ABs in leading Utah Valley to a 9-2 win over visiting Seattle Sunday. It was Modler's fifth homer. He's hitting .299.

-- Jack Little (Bishop Gorman) was the winning pitcher for Stanford in a 9-6, 10-inning decision at Oregon State. Little went the final 3 1/3 innings, not allowing a run on three hits with two Ks, two walks. Cadyn Grenier (Gorman) was 2-for-5 for the Beavers and is now batting .330.

-- Preston Pavlica (Liberty) was 2-for-3 as host Grand Canyon beat Seattle, 9-2.

*****

Junior Colleges . . .

Region 18 Championship
(at College of Southern Idaho)

Southern Idaho 7, Salt Lake 5 (CSI hosts Western District tournament, beginning Thursday)

Hayden Leatham hit a two-out, two-run homer in the last of the ninth inning, giving CSI the win. Salt Lake will also participate in the tourney, which includes Arizona Western and Trinidad State, CO. Travis Bohall (Galena) was 3-for-5 for CSI. Southern Idaho trailed, 5-2, entering the last of the eighth, scoring three runs to tie.

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California Super Regionals

at San Joaquin Delta 8, San Mateo 7 (SJ Delta advances to Northern California sectionals)

 

Nevada Regionals

  Basic Wants Three-Peat

Originally posted: 3 p.m., Saturday

Basic High School has won the last two Nevada 4-A state championships and undoubtely the Wolves would like to make it three in a row.

They took a major step towards that goal Saturday, holding off Rancho, 12-10 in the Sunrise Region championship game at Green Valley HS.

Basic (30-5) won four straight in the Sunrise Regional and now will face the No. 2 Northern Region team (Reno or Bishop Manogue) Thursday at 1 at a site to be determined in Reno.

Rancho, which trailed 12-5 in the sixth inning, ended its season with a 29-8 record.

In the Sunset Regional, Centennial was extended an extra game when it was rudely blitzed by rival Palo Verde, 15-0 at Shadow Ridge HS. The Sunset Region winner will meet the North's No. 1 team at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Reno and Bishop Manogue were also playing a second game after Reno won the opener, 4-3.

Saturday's College Roundup

  Rebels Belt Wolfpack, 8-1

Originally posted: 5 p.m., Saturday

UNLV slugged four home runs and junior RHP Trevor Horn stymied Nevada Reno for 6 1/3 innings as the Rebels romped to an 8-1 victory at Wilson Stadium.

The win pushed UNLV (13-13 in MWC) into third place in the race to gain the four-team Mountain West Conference tournament. The Rebels are 32-19 overall. 

Horn, a transfer from Scottsdale JC, came into the game with a 3-5 record and a 7.39 ERA in 12 starts. But he was solid Saturday, holding the first place Wolfpack to just five hits. He struck out two and did not walk a batter. Donavon McCrystal pitched the final two frames, giving up one hit.

Meanwhile, the Rebels battered Nevada's pitching for 18 hits, including two homers by Nick Rodriguez (both solos), a two-run shot by Kyle Isbel (his 13th) and a solo by Max Smith (eighth). Rodriguez now has 10 round-trippers.

After Rodriguez had given UNLV a 1-0 lead with his first homer in the second, the Rebels sprung for a four-spot in the fifth with Seth Mullis' single, a two-run double by Dillon Johnson (Silverado) and Isbel's two-run homer the big hits.

After Nevada scored its run in the seventh, UNLV countered with the homers by Rodriguez and Smith. The Rebels added their final tally in the eighth on Bryson Stott's double, a single by Johnson and Nick Ames' two-out single.

Rodriguez had four hits, Stott three and Johnson, Ames, Grant Robbins (Bishop Gorman) and Jack Wold (Basic) two each.

The teams wrap up the three-game set Sunday at 1.

In other MWC games, New Mexico edged Air Force, 13-12 and San Diego State topped San Jose State, 2-1 in the opener of a doubleheader. Air Force is 11-14 in the MWC and San Jose dropped to 12-13.

Elsewhere . . .

-- Niko Decolati (Cimarron-Memorial) was 2-for-4 for LMU in a 6-3 setback at Santa Clara.

(more to come later)

*****

Junior Colleges . . .

Region 18 Championship
(at College of Southern Idaho)

Southern Idaho vs. Salt Lake, postponed to Sunday (11 a.m., PDT), rain

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Region 1 Championship
(at South Mountain JC, AZ)

Arizona Western 16, South Mountain 5

NOTE: Arizona Western advances to the Western District tournament, winning two of three games.

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Region 9 Championship
(at Trinidad State, CO)

Trinidad State 9, Lamar, CO 5

NOTE: Trinidad State advances to the Western District tournament.

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CALIFORNIA SUPER REGIONALS (best-of-three)

Saturday's Scores:

Northern California

San Mateo 5, at San Joaquin Delta 2 (series tied, 1-1)
at *Sierra 8, Mission 6
Fresno at Sacramento 
at *Ohlone 4, at Feather River 2

Southern California

*El Camino 7, at Cerritos 5
at *Orange Coast 11, Riverside 6
*Saddleback 8, Palomar 6
*Mt. San Antonio 8, Glendale 2

*advances to sectionals
 

 

 

Friday's Highlights

  UNLV Gets a Win It Needed

Originally posted: 6:30 a.m., Saturday

The headline tells it all.

UNLV, fighting for one of four berths in the Mountain West Conference tournament, needed a win badly Friday night at Wilson Stadium.

The Rebels got it when Nick Rodriguez singled in Kyle Isbel in the 11th inning, giving them an 8-7 victory over MWC leader Nevada Reno.

With five games remaining in the regular season, the win raised UNLV's MWC mark to 12-13, good (right now) for fourth place, a half game back of San Jose State (12-13) and a half game ahead of Air Force. San Jose knocked off San Diego State Friday night while New Mexico won at Air Force.

The winning rally was started by Dillon Johnson (Silverado), who singled to open the inning. Isbel's grounder forced Johnson at second, but Isbel then stole second and went to third on a throwing error by the catcher. Then came Rodriguez's dramatic hit to right.

There were heroes aplenty for the Rebels, but Max Smith really stood out. He stroked an RBI single in the fourth, had a two-run triple in the fifth and another RBI single in the seventh, tying the score a 7-7.

Isbel belted a fourth inning solo homer and Jack Wold (Basic) hit one over the fence in the sixth.

Smith and Nick Ames had three hits each while Wold, Isbel and Johnson hit safely twice.

The teams go at it again Saturday at 2.

Also . . .

-- Preston Pavlica (Liberty) had a solo homer and a run-scoring double in four ABs as Grand Canyon fell to visiting Sacramento State, 9-5.

-- Cory Wills (Basic) was 2-for-4 for Pepperdine as the Waves won at St. Mary's, 9-5 to remain in first place in the West Coast Conference.

*****

Junior College Roundup . . .

SCENIC WEST TOURNEY (Region 18)
(at College of Southern Idaho)

-- CSN was eliminated from the Region 18 tournament Friday, losing to host Southern Idaho, 4-0 and Salt Lake, 6-3. Unbeaten Southern Idaho needs one win Saturday to host the district tourney. Salt Lake also qualified for the district event with the CSN win. The Coyotes were held to four hits by CSI sophomore RHP Mason Foltz, who had a complete game, striking out five, walking two.

In the second game of the day, Salt Lake ousted Eastern Utah, 5-3 behind Jaxson Otis (Tech). Otis was 2-for-4 with a two-run single in the second and a run-scoring single in the sixth.

IN ARIZONA (Region 1)
(at South Mountain, best-of-three)

Friday's Score:
South Mountain 10, Arizona Western 9 (series tied, 1-1; Championship Saturday)
South Mountain rallied for three runs in the last of the ninth to tie and won it in the 10th.

IN COLORADO (Region 9)
(at Trinidad State, double elimination)

Friday's Scores:
Trinidad State 9, Colorado Northeastern 3
Lamar, CO 7, Miles, MT 6 (Miles eliminated)
Lamar 10, Northeastern 0 (6) (Northeastern eliminated)
Saturday's Championship
Trinidad State vs. Lamar (second game to follow, if necessary)

IN CALIFORNIA (Super Regionals):
(Best-of-three, Friday-Sunday)

Northern California Scores

at San Joaquin Delta 15, San Mateo 12
at Sierra 19, Mission 10
at Sacramento 13, Fresno 7
at Ohlone 6, Feather River 5

Southern California Scores

El Camino 6, at Cerritos 2
at Orange Coast 2, Riverside 1
at Saddleback 9, Palomar 5
at Mt. San Antonio 9, Palomar 5

*****

High Schools . . .

Pitching depth wins tournaments and that's why Basic and Centennial are big favorites to win their respective Nevada regionals Saturday. Both are unbeaten and rested, needing one win to trek to Reno.

Basic, the two-time defending state champ, meets Rancho at noon at Green Valley in the Sunrise championship while Centennial takes on Palo Verde at the same time in the Sunset title game at Shadow Ridge. In the North, it's unbeaten Bishop Manogue facing Reno at Galena.

There wasn't much pitching depth Friday, as indicative in the scores.

Rancho eliminated Green Valley, 15-14 and Coronado, 14-10. Palo Verde ousted Bishop Gorman, 6-4 after Gorman had rallied for a 16-15 win over Cimarron-Memorial.

Reno won in eight, 2-1 over Damonte Ranch.

 

 

Nevada Regionals

  Basic, Centennial Head to Title Tilts

Originally posted: 7:30 p.m., Thursday

Basic and Centennial may be on the way to the state tournament -- IF they can win one game Saturday.

Both teams will take Friday off after victories Thursday. Basic got a two-run double by John-Howard Bobo in the last of the eighth inning to defeat Coronado, 2-1 in the Sunrise Regional while Centennial turned back Palo Verde, 10-4 in the Sunset regional matching unbeaten teams.

Bobo's double came with no outs after Dalton Miller had a pinch hit single and Nick Thompson got aboard on a bunt single and an error on the play, sending Miller to third. Bobo then hit his game-winner.

It was a pitching duel, to say the least. Coronado's Joey Calvert, a senior RHP, limited Basic to just two hits through seven, before running out of gas in the eighth. He struck out eight and walked one. Junior Shane Spencer issued six hits in six innings and Nick Thompson pitched the last two frames for the Wolves. Coronado scored its run in the top of the eighth on a two-out, three-and-two single by Logan Bleazard.

In another game, Bishop Gorman got some retribution with a resounding 16-5 five-inning victory at Desert Oasis, knocking out the top-seeded Diamondbaks. Desert Oasis had won the three previous meetings with Gorman. The Gaels hit four home runs and totaled 18 hits. Carson Wells led off the game with a round-tripper, Tyler Curtis went deep with a three-run shot and John Gaughan and Dutch Landis blasted two-run dingers.

Gorman had five players with two or more hits, led by Christian Lamar, who was 4-for-4. Curtis drove in five runs with three hits and Gaughan had a double to go with the homer, driving in four.

The Gaels play at 1 Friday against Cimarron-Memorial at Shadow Ridge HS. Cimarron ousted Spring Valley, 9-5. The Gorman-Cimarron winner witll face Palo Verde at 4 with that victor moving on to meet Centennial Saturday.

In the Sunrise Regional, Green Valley and Rancho tangle at Green Valley at 1 with the winner taking on Coronado at 4. Green Valley eliminated Liberty, 6-5 and Rancho ousted Foothill, 11-5.

In the North Regional, Bishop Manogue advanced to Saturday's championship with a 5-3 win over top-seeded Reno. Manogue, the No. 2 seed, secured a state tourney invite with the victory. In other games, Damonte Ranch ousted McQueen, 11-5 and Galena eliminated Spanish Springs, 11-1.

*****

Junior Colleges . . .

CSN ADVANCES -- Joey O'Brien pitched eight solid innings, Beau Capanna (Bishop Gorman) and Justin Lutes (Liberty) came through with clutch hits as CSN edged Salt Lake, 2-1 in the Region 18 tournament at College of Southern Idaho Thursday.

The win moved the Coyotes into a matchup with top-seeded CSI at 11 a.m. (PDT) Friday. The winner gains the championship round and an automatic berth in the District tournament the following week.

Capanna had an RBI single in the second inning and Lutes hit a homer to right center in the sixth, giving CSN a 2-0 lead. O'Brien surrendered a lead-off home run in the eighth and allowed two other singles in the inning, before dousing the rally. He struck out eight, gave up six hits and did not walk a batter. Ryan McDonald, pitching the ninth, allowed a lead-off single, then got a K and a double play (6-3) to end the game.

Jay DeSoto (Bonanza) and Peyton Koopman (Boulder City) had two hits each for CSN.

In an earlier first game, Southern Idaho defeat Colorado Northwestern, 4-3 behind the pitching of Dylan Steen. CNCC and Eastern Utah played an elimination game Thursday night.

IN ARIZONA:

Arizona Western blitzed host South Mountain, 13-5 on the loser's diamond to take a 1-0 lead in their best-of-three Region 1 series. The teams play single games Friday and Saturday, if necessary. Sam Powers (Palo Verde) had two hits and an RBI for South Mountain.

IN COLORADO:

Northeastern and Trinidad State won their Region 9 openers in Trinidad, CO. Northeastern topped Lamar, CO, 7-2 and Trinidad defeated Miles, MT, 14-5 in six innings.

 

Nevada Regionals

  It's Showdown Time !

Originally posted: 7:45 a.m., Thursday

Today's Nevada regional games matching unbeaten teams are big.

Duh.

The winners get to sit in the driver's seat -- not only getting a day off Friday, but being in the position of having to win just one game (of a possible two) on Saturday -- thereby qualifying for the state tournament.

The matchups:

SUNSET -- Palo Verde (25-8) at Centennial (26-7)

The teams have met three times . . . Palo won the season opener, 4-0 with Centennial nabbing the two league games, 15-14 and 5-0 . . . Palo defeated No. 1 seeded (Southwest) Desert Oasis, 9-3 with Centennial rallied to top Cimarron-Memorial, 7-6 Wednesday . . . Palo has never played in a state tournament in baseball.

SUNRISE -- Coronado (21-10) at Basic (28-5)

Both teams pummeled their opponents Wednesday in five innings. Coronado scored eight in the first on the way to a 21-6 win over No. 1 seed Rancho while Basic blew out Green Valley, 13-1 with a nine-run opening frame . . . The teams have met three times. Basic won in the Boras Classic title game in Arizona, 18-4 and the first league game, 8-4. Coronado ran roughshod over the Wolves, 11-1 in their last meeting.

NORTH -- Bishop Manogue (22-9-1) at Reno (30-3).

The top two seeds in the North split their two league games, Manogue winning the first, 5-4, Reno the second, 9-5.

NOTES -- Obviously, the losers of these three regional matchups will have to win Friday and then two Saturday to get to state . . . The Sunset championship will be played at Shadow Ridge, the Sunrise at Green Valley and the North at Galena . . . Las Vegas teams have won the last 13 state titles . . . Basic is two-time defending state champ . . . The last team to win from the North was Reno in 2004 . . . Sierra Vista captured the crown in 2005, Bishop Gorman won the next seven, followed by Coronado (2013), Liberty (2014), Gorman (2015) and Basic . . . Another battle of interest is the Gorman-Desert Oasis elimination game at DO. The Diamondbacks defeated Gorman three times in a four-day stretch two weeks ago. Both teams figured to be contenders for a state berth, but one will be very disappointed tonight.

*****

Minor Leagues . . .

Wednesday's results:

PITCHING IN -- Nick Kingham (Sierra Vista), who was 2-0 at Pittsburgh before being sent down to Indianapolis (AAA, IL) recently, threw six innings with a no decision. He gave up three runs on seven hits with three Ks, three walks. Kingham is 2-1, 2.20 ERA at Indy . . . Tim Peterson (WNC) allowed a run on two hits in two innings for Las Vegas (AAA, PCL) in a 14-4 loss to visiting Fresno. Peterson has a 3.32 ERA . . . Sam Held (Nevada Reno) was touched for three runs on five hits in two innings for Hagerstown (A, South Atlantic), raising his ERA to 5.51. He struck out two.

GOING DEEP -- Garrett Hampson (Reno) slugged a solo homer (his fourth) an also singled in five ABs for Hartford (AA, Eastern), lifting his average to .297. Hampson has multi-hits in four of his last five games.

HIT PARADE -- Trenton Brooks (Nevada) was 3-for-4 for Lynchburg (A, South Atlantic) and is hitting .224 . . . Efren Navarro (UNLV) went 2-for-5 for Iowa (AAA, PCL) and is batting .273 . . . Nate Nolan (Damonte Ranch) had a double and a single in four at-bats for Winston-Salem (A, Carolina). He's hitting .210 . .. Jordan Devencenzi (Nevada) upped his average to .358 at Beloit (A, Midwest) with a double and a triple in three ABs.

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IN THE BIGS -- Kris Bryant (Bonanza) was 2-for-4 with a solo homer, two runs, two RBIs in the Cubs' 13-4 victory over the visiting Marlins. It was Bryant's eighth jack.

*****

Colleges . . .

-- Tim Lichty (Galena) was 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run as Azusa Pacific captured the Pac-West title on the final day of the regular season, beating visiting Pt. Loma Nazarene, 15-11. Azusa is 39-9, 29-9 in the Pac-West. Pt. Loma has a 33-16 record, 29-11 in conference play. Both teams are headed for D-2 regional play, with sites and pairings announced Sunday.

-- Jacob Portaro (Centennial) was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI in Biola's 7-4 loss at Concordia-Irvine, ending the regular season. Biola (29-21) will play in the NCCAA tournament, beginning Saturday against St. Katharine at Biola. The NCCAA is the National Christian Conference Athletic Assn.

*****

Junior Colleges . . .

-- Eric Jordan (Shadow Ridge) was 3-for-5 with a two-run homer in sparking Colorado Northwestern past Eastern Utah, 4-2 in the opening game of the Region 18 tournament at College of Southern Idaho Wednesday night.

Colorado NW plays No. 1 seed Southern Idaho today at 11 (PDT), followed by the CSN-Salt Lake contest at 2:30. Eastern Utah meets the lowest losing seed at 6 in an elimination game.

 

College Roundup

  Quintana Drives In 5 With 2 HRs

Originally posted: 7:30 a.m., Wednesday

Nick Quintana (Arbor View) slugged a pair of home runs, driving in five in helping Arizona to a 20-6 win over visiting Grand Canyon Tuesday night.

Quintana stroked a three-run shot in the opening inning, then hit a two-run dinger in the eighth as the Wildcats won their sixth in a row to improve to 29-17.

Quintana leads Arizona with 11 round-trippers and 45 RBIs. He's hitting .294.

Arizona had 12 hits, but took advantage of 13 walks by Grand Canyon. The Cats wrapped it up with a nine-run eighth.

Elsewhere . . .

-- Keaton Smith (Green Valley) hit a grand slam and Cooper Powell (Centennial) pitched six shutout innings as Nevada Reno knocked off visiting USF, 6-0. Smith's slam came in the fourth inning when the Wolfpack scored all six. Powell limited the Dons to five hits, struck out four and walked one in an 85-pitch outing. Nevada improved to 26-19. USF is 25-24.

-- Cadyn Grenier (Bishop Gorman) went 2-for-5 with a two-run double in Oregon State's 10-0 win at Oregon in a non-conference game. Grenier improved his average to .330.

In D-2 Play . . .

-- Kaid Urban (Arbor View) went 3-for-5 with an RBI as Dixie State edged Cal Baptist, 8-7 in St. George. Dixie (23-24) closes its season Wednesday, playing two vs. Cal Baptist.

-- Jerron Largusa (Palo Verde) was 2-for-3 in both games of a doubleheader as Biola split at Concordia-Irvine, winning, 15-3 and dropping the nightcap, 6-3.

-- Tim Lichty (Galena) had two hits in five ABs as host Azusa Pacific (38-9) divided with Pt. Loma Nazarene. Pt. Loma won the opener, 5-4 with AP capturing the second game, 10-5.

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Minor Leagues . . .

Tuesday's roundup:

GOING DEEP -- Four players with Nevada ties belted homers . . . T.J. White (Bishop Gorman, UNLV) had a three-run round-tripper for Chattanooga (AA, Southern) in a 9-8 win over Jackson. It was White's fourth. He also singled to raise his average to .196 . . . Garrett Hampson (Reno) hit his third, a two-run shot for Hartford (AA, Eastern) in a 9-7 victory over Binghamton. Hampson was 2-for-4 and is hitting .292 . . . Efren Navarro (UNLV) slugged homer No. 3 for Iowa (AAA, PCL), a two-run blast, as the Cubs won at Omaha, 8-4 . . . DJ Peters (Western Nevada) had two dingers, good for three ribbies for Tulsa (AA, Texas) in a 5-3 victory at Springfield. Peters has seven homers and a .291 average.

HIT PARADE -- TJ Friedl (Nevada Reno) was 2-for-3 for Daytona (A, Florida State) and is batting .308 . . . Sean Kazmar (Las Vegas) went 2-for-4 for Gwinnett (AAA, IL) and is hitting .278.

PITCHER OF THE DAY -- That honor goes to RHP DJ Myers (Coronado, UNLV) who threw five shutout innings in relief for San Jose (A, Cal) in a 4-2 loss at Modesto. Myers got 10 of the 15 outs on Ks, walking one and allowing just one hit. He has a 2-1 record with a 5.13 ERA. Myers threw 66 pitches, 45 for strikes.

OH, WHAT A RELIEF! -- Kenny Oakley (Coronado, UNLV) was perfect in his two innings of relief for Lancaster (A, Cal), striking out three. Oakley threw 24 pitches, 18 of 'em in the zone. Lancaster lost to Inland Empire, 6-5 . . . Conor Harber (WNC) threw three shutout frames for Carolina (A, Carolina), giving up one hit with three Ks, one walk. He has a 1.73 ERA in 26 innings. Carolina dropped a 2-0 decision at Buies Creek.

BLOWN SAVE, WIN -- Dylan Baker (WNC) pitched an inning, allowing a two-run homer and blowing a save, then picking up the win when Tulsa (AA, Texas) rallied. Baker is 2-1, 7.59 ERA.

EX-GAELS LOSE -- Two former Bishop Gorman pitchers suffered defeats Tuesday . . . Donny Roach was touched for seven runs on 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings for Charlotte (AAA, IL) in an 8-1 loss at Gwinnett. Roach is 3-2, 4.46 ERA. He threw 90 pitches, 56 for strikes . . . Tyler Wagner was the loser for Round Rock (AAA, PCL), working the first five innings and allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits. Wagner whiffed three, walked one. He has an 0-1 record with a 4.68 ERA after the 82/53-pitch outing.

DISABLED? -- RHP Andrew Church (Basic) is on the DL (phantom version) while Binghamton (AA, Eastern) makes some roster moves.

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IN THE BIGS -- Paul Sewald (Bishop Gorman) pitched a perfect 1 1/3 innings for the Mets in a 7-3 loss at Cincinnati. Sewald has a 3.48 ERA . . . Bryce Harper (Las Vegas) is mired in a 0-for-16 slump (0-for-4 the last four games) and his average has dropped to .230 for the Nationals. The Nats won at San Diego Tuesday night, 4-0.

ON THE DL -- RHP Braden Shipley (Nevada Reno) was placed on the 10-day DL by the Diamondbacks with right elbow inflammation.

 

Monday's Games

  Minor League Report

Originally posted: 7 a.m., Tuesday

A look at what happened in the minor leagues Monday night:

PITCHER OF THE DAY -- Mikey York (Basic) won his fourth game for Charlotte (A, Florida), working 4 1/3 innings in relief. York entered the game in the second and shut down Fort Myers until the sixth when he gave up a two-run homer. York allowed five hits and walked one. He's 4-2 with a 4.85 ERA.

OH, WHAT A RELIEF! -- Tim Peterson (Western Nevada JC) notched his first save for Las Vegas (AAA, PCL), getting the final two outs in a 10-8 victory at Salt Lake. He gave up a hit, struck out one in reducing his ERA to 3.18 . . . Bryan Harper (Las Vegas) threw 1 1/3 shutout innings for Harrisburg (AA, Eastern), lowering his ERA to 3.27. Harper whiffed two, walked one.

ON THE BUMP -- Taylor Cole (Bishop Gorman) had a blown save for Salt Lake (AAA, PCL), allowing three runs on four hits in two-thirds of a frame. He struck out one. Cole's ERA is 4.91 . . . Erick Fedde (Las Vegas) was the losing pitcher for Syracuse (AAA, IL), giving up five runs on six hits in 4 2/3 innings. Fedde struck out 10 and walked three. He's 1-1 with a 4.55 ERA.

GOING DEEP -- Nate Nolan (Damonte Ranch) slugged a three-run homer (his third) for Winston-Salem (A, Carolina) in a 6-4 win at Salem.

HIT PARADE -- Jordan Pearce (Nevada Reno) was 2-for-5 for West Michigan (A, Midwest) . . . DJ PetersJ (WNC) went 2-for-4 for Tulsa (AA, Texas) and is batting .283 . . . Blight Madris (Foothill) had a pair of hits in five ABs for Bradenton (A, Florida State) and is hitting .2 66 . . . TJ Friedl (UNR) had two singles in three ABs for Daytona (A, Florida), lifting his average to .298 . . . Brock Stassi (UNR) went 2-for-4 with a double for Rochester (AAA, IL). He's hitting .236.

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IN THE BIGS -- Kris Bryant (Bonanza) went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and a double in the Cubs' 14-2 win over the Marlins.

ON THE DL -- The Rangers' Drew Robinson (Silverado) is on the 10-day DL with a sore left hip.

 

Colleges, JCs, Preps

  Today's Baseball Roundup

Originally posted: 7:30 a.m., Tuesday

Colleges . . .

WESTERN D-1 STANDINGS:

Mountain West Conference

Nevada Reno, 17-6, 25-19; San Diego State, 15-8, 33-15; Air Force, 11-12, 23-24; San Jose State, 11-12, 21-24; UNLV, 11-13, 30-19; Fresno State, 11-16, 26-21; New Mexico, 9-18, 16-30-1

This Week -- Nevada at UNLV; New Mexico at Air Force; San Jose State at San Diego State; Hawai'i at Fresno State (non-conf)

Final Week (May 17-19) -- UNLV at Fresno State; Air Force at San Jose State; San Diego State at Nevada; UC Davis at New Mexico (May 18-20, non-conf)

NOTES -- It may go down to the last day of the regular season to decide the four teams headed to the conference tourney. If UNLV can win two of three from Nevada and Fresno, I would guesstimate the Rebels are tournament-bound. But the pitching has to come through . . . A San Diego State-San Jose State game was rained out earlier this season and will be made up this weekend as part of a doubleheader Saturday . . . One other rainout -- Nevada at Air Force -- will not be made up.

Big West Conference

Cal State Fullerton, 12-3, 25-20; Cal Poly (SLO), 8-7, 21-25; UC Irvine, 8-7, 27-19; Cal State Northridge, 9-9, 21-25; Hawai'i, 9-9, 23-19; Long Beach State, 7-8, 21-26; UC Santa Barbara, 7-8, 22-20; UC Davis, 7-11, 15-27; UC Riverside, 5-10, 16-26

This Week -- UC Davis at Cal State Northridge; UC Irvine at Cal Poly; UC Riverside at Cal State Fullerton; UC Santa Barbara at Long Beach State; Hawai'i at Fresno State (non-conf)

NOTES -- Fullerton is on a roll with two straight Big West sweeps and a four-game lead with nine to go. The Titans are home to Riverside and Northridge,then at Long Beach, thus I would gusstiate they are NCAA bound . . . With no conference tourney, UCI is the only other team capable of gaining the playoffs, but the Anteaters must get hot over the final 10 games. They're at Poly and Davis, sandwiched around a home series with Riverside . . . Fullerton, by the way, squeaked back into the national rankings this week, being rated No. 30 by Collegiate Baseball.

Pac-12 Conference

Stanford, 17-4, 37-6; Oregon State, 14-6-1, 35-7-1; UCLA, 14-7, 30-13; Washington, 13-8, 23-20; Arizona, 10-11, 28-17; Arizona State, 11-13, 19-27; Cal, 11-13, 26-19; Oregon, 8-13, 22-23; USC, 21-22; Washington State, 6-14-1, 14-25-1; Utah, 6-15, 12-32

This Week -- Arizona at Cal; Stanford at Oregon State; UCLA at Washington; USC at Washington State; Utah at Oregon; Pacific at Arizona State (Sun./Mon) (non-conf)

NOTES -- Showdown series in Corvallis matching two of the top four teams in the nation. Stanford has won six in a row and 14 of 15, Oregon State is 11-1-1 in the last 13 . . . Arizona got back in the playoff picture with a sweep of visiting UCLA . . . Arizona State and USC, two teams that once dominated college baseball, are now mediocre, at best.

West Coast Conference

Pepperdine, 14-7, 24-18; St. Mary's, 13-8; Gonzaga, 14-10, 24-20; USF, 14-10, 25-22; LMU, 12-9, 20-24; Portland, 9-12, 16-25; USD, 10-14, 21-27; BYU, 8-13, 19-21; Santa Clara, 8-13, 20-23; Pacific, 9-15, 19-26

This Week -- BYU at USF; LMU at Santa Clara; Pepperdine at St. Mary's; USD at Portland; New Mexico State at Gonzaga (non-conf)

Final Week (May 17-20) -- Pacific at BYU; Portland at Pepperdine; St. Mary's at LMU; Santa Clara at Gonzaga; Kansas State at USF (non-conf)

NOTES -- Showdown at Moraga with Pepperdine holding a one-game lead over St. Mary's . . . Final three conference games for USF this week against visiting BYU so the Dons have to make the most of it . . . Top four play in the conference tourney in Stockton (May 24-26) and that will be wide-open.

Western Athletic Conference

Grand Canyon, 14-4, 27-20; Sacramento State, 13-5, 26-20; New Mexico State, 15-6, 32-16; Seattle, 11-7, 30-15; Northern Colorado, 9-12, 26-21; Cal State Bakersfield, 7-11, 17-29; UT Rio Grande Valley, 6-12, 21-27; Utah Valley, 5-13, 14-31; Chicago State, 4-14, 9-36

This Week -- Cal State Bakersfield at Northern Colorado; Sacramento State at Grand Canyon; Seattle at Utah Valley; UT Rio Grande Valley at Chicago State; New Mexico State at Gonzaga (non-conf)

Final Week -- Chicago State at Cal State Bakersfield; Grand Canyon at Seattle; New Mexico State at UT Rio Grande Valley; Utah Valley at Sacramento State; Northern Colorado idle

NOTES -- Showdown in Phoenix this week with the top two teams going at it. Conference tournament (May 23-27) in Mesa, AZ features the top six teams with No. 1 and No. 2 drawing byes.

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Junior Colleges . . .

REGION 18 TOURNAMENT
(at College of Southern Idaho)

Wednesday -- 5 p.m. -- #5 seed Colorado Northwestern vs. #4 Eastern Utah

Thursday -- 11 a.m. -- Colorado NW-Eastern Utah winner vs. #1 Southern Idaho; 2:30 -- #3 CSN vs. #2 Salt Lake; 6 p.m. -- Eastern Utah-Colorado NW loser vs. lowest losing seed

Friday -- 2:30 -- losers bracket game; 11 -- winners bracket game; 6 p.m. -- losers bracket game

Saturday -- 11 a.m. -- Championship (second game to follow, if necessary)

NOTES -- The winner of the Region 18 tourney will host the district tournament which will include the Region 18 runner-up and champions from Region 1 (Arizona) and Region 9 (Colorado/Nebraska). 

All times Pacific

Final Scenic West AC Standings:

Southern Idaho, 24-8, 44-10; Salt Lake, 21-10, 33-14; CSN, 17-15, 35-19; Eastern Utah, 14-17, 22-27; Colorado NW, 2-28, 6-46

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IN ARIZONA:

South Mountain hosts Arizona Western in the Region 1 best-of-three championship series Thursday through Saturday. Both teams are 45-13.

IN COLORADO:

Top seed and host Trinidad State, CO (44-10) meets Miles, MT (32-20) and Northeastern, CO (25-26) faces #2 seed Lamar, CO (32-22) in the first round of the Region 9 tournament Thursday. Championship game is Saturday.

IN CALIFORNIA:

The super regional matchups Friday through Sunday (best-of-three):

Northern California:

#11 San Mateo (28-14) at #1 San Joaquin Delta (36-6)
#8 Mission (27-15) at #2 Sierra (32-10)
#7 Fresno (30-13) at #3 Sacramento (29-13)
#5 Feather River (32-11) at #3 Ohlone (36-6)

NOTES -- SJ Delta, Sierra and Sacramento finished 1-2-3 in the Big 8 Conference.

Southern California:

#11 El Camino (26-17) at #1 Cerritos (31-11)
#9 Riverside (27-15) at #2 Orange Coast (29-13)
#7 Palomar (28-15) at #3 Saddleback (30-12)
#5 Glendale (30-13) at Mt. San Antonio (31-11)

NOTES -- OCC, Saddleback and Riverside all play in the Orange Empire Conference . . . 2017 state champion Grossmont (22-18) failed to gain the playoffs.

*****

High School Polls . . .

Desert Oasis is ranked 30th in this week's MaxPreps poll, which expanded from its usual top 25 to 50.

The top 10 and others, with records and last week's position in parenthesis:

  1. Calvary Christian, FL, 27-0 (1)
  2. Montverde Academy, FL, 26-0 (2)
  3. Argyle,TX, 28-0 (3)
  4. Blessed Trinity, GA, 32-2 (4)
  5. Cleburne, TX, 30-1-2 (5)
  6. Lake Travis, TX, 29-2 (7)
  7. Riverdale Baptist, MD, 27-1 (8)
  8. Curtis Christian, LA, 28-4 (10)
  9. Flanagan, FL, 23-1 (13)
10. St. Xavier, KY, 20-0 (14)

Others -- 11. Harvard-Westlake, CA, 23-3 (15); 20. Mountain Vista, CO, 19-0 (21); 21. Valley Christian, CA, 23-3-1 (22); 22. Huntington Beach, CA, 24-4 (23); 28. Arcadia, CA, 21-0; 30. Desert Oasis, 29-3; 33. Eastlake, CA, 21-3-1; 34. Orange Lutheran, CA, 19-7; 39. Puyallup, WA, 19-1

Perfect Game 50:

 

Collegiate Baseball 30:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rally Falls Short, Rebels Lose, 10-8

Originally posted: 5 p.m., Sunday

Down 10-6, UNLV staged a last ditch rally in the ninth inning, scoring two runs and had the bases loaded, but couldn't pull off the magic in a 10-8 loss to visiting San Jose State Sunday.

A lead-off double by Bryson Stott (Desert Oasis) and a single by Dillon Johnson (Silverado) put runners on the corners. After Kyle Isbel's sacrifice fly and a pop-up, the next two batters walked. tGrant Robbins (Bishop Gorman) came through with an infield single, making it 10-8. But a strike-out ended it.

With six Mountain West Conference games remaining, UNLV now finds itself in jeopardy of not making the four-team conference tournament.

The Rebels (11-13 in the MWC) fell to fifth place behind Air Force and San Jose, both 11-12. UNLV hosts conference leader Nevada Reno (17-6) next weekend, then ends the regular season at Fresno State (11-16). Air Force hosts New Mexico (9-18) and is at San Jose in its final two series. San Jose treks to San Diego State (14-9) next weekend.

In Sunday's game, the Spartans scored a trio of runs in the third, fourth and sixth and made them hold up as UNLV's pitching once again deserted it.

Robbins had three hits, including an eighth inning homer. Four others had two hits each -- Isbel, Nick Rodriguez, Jack Wold (Basic) and Stott, but it wasn't enough.

The Rebels got their first run in the second, tying the score on singles by Robbins and Wold and a double play grounder. After San Jose scored three in the third, UNLV matched it behind a two-run double by Rodriguez and a two-base hit by Nick Ames. The Rebels cut the SJS lead to 7-5 in the fifth on Isbel's triple and a sac fly by Ames.

After the Spartans had scored three more in the sixth, Robbins hit his homer to left.

UNLV is now 30-19 on the season. The Spartans improved to 21-24.

Also . . .

-- Kaleb Foster (Douglas) clobbered a two-run homer and also singled in four ABs, helping Nevada Reno sweep visiting Fresno State, 12-11. Nevada improved to 17-6 in the Mountain West Conference, 25-19 overall. Fresno is 11-16, 26-21. Fresno outhit the Wolfpack, 16-11.

-- Jack Little logged his 14th save, pitching Stanford's final three innings in a 6-4 win at Utah, sweeping the series. Little gave up a run (unearned), allowed three hits with three Ks, no walks. Stanford improved to 37-6. Utah is 12-31

-- David Modler (Rancho) was 2-for-4 for Utah Valley, including a solo homer, but the Wolverines fell at New Mexico State, 17-7 in seven innings (run rule) following a grand slam homer. For Modler, it was his third dinger.

-- Matt Hudgins (Bishop Gorman) stroked a two-run double in the first game as Army (30-21) won two from visiting Lafayette, 11-1, 8-1.

 

 

College Roundup

     UNLV Falls to San Jose, 8-5

Originally posted: 6 p.m., Saturday

San Jose State scored five in the opening inning on the way to an 8-5 Mountain West Conference win over UNLV at Wilson Stadium Saturday afternoon.

The Spartans added two more before UNLV began a late scoring surge. The Rebels posted single tallies in the sixth, seventh and eighth and two in the ninth, but that was it.

San Jose outhit UNLV, 15-6 with no Rebel getting more than one hit. Kyle Isbel had a pair of RBIs, including a sacrifice fly. Nick Rodriguez scored a run with a sac fly and Dillon Johnson (Silverado) stroked an RBI single in the ninth

Of the 15 Spartan hits, 13 were singles.

The loss ran UNLV's record to 11-12 in the Mountain West, 30-18 overall. San Jose State is 10-12, 20-24.

The teams wind up the series Sunday at 1.

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Other D-1 Games . . .

-- Logan Bottrell (Cimarron-Memorial) went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run in helping New Mexico State to a 6-2 win over visiting Utah Valley.

-- Cory Wills (Basic) stroked his fifth homer (a solo) and also had an RBI ground out in Pepperdine's 5-3 victory over USF in Malibu.

-- Tyler Giovinco (Cimarron-Memorial) pitched a seven-inning complete game in sparking Army to a 6-2 victory over Lehigh in the first of two. Giovinco (7-4), a junior, gave up four hits, struck out seven and walked two in a 107-pitch outing. Army dropped the nightcap, 5-0.

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In D-2 Play . . .

-- Nick Borowski (Cimarron-Memorial) had a two-run homer as Colorado Mesa throttled visiting Metro State, 17-8.

-- Cole Crosby (Sierra Vista) was 2-for-5 with two runs and an RBI in Concordia-Oregon's 5-4 victory at St. Martin's.

*****

Junior Colleges . . .

SCENIC WEST AC:

-- CSN won a pair from visiting College of Southern Idaho, 6-5 in 11 innings and 9-3 in seven. CSN plays Salt Lake in the opening round of the Region 18 tournament at CSI Thursday. Southern Idaho will meet the Eastern Utah-Colorado Northwestern winner.

Wyatt Featherston was 4-for-5 with a three-run homer in the opener while Peyton Koopman (Boulder City) went 2-for-4. David Hudleson (Basic) had two hits for CSI. Joey O'Brien had a walk-off single.

CALIFORNIA:

Scores from regional playoffs:

Northern California (best-of-three)

Butte 4-4, *Sierra 1-15
Fresno 6, Folsom Lake 1
*Ohlone 3, Sequoias 1

Reedley 9, Feather River 5
*Sacramento 5, Chabot 1
*San Joaquin Delta 4, Taft 1
San Mateo 2, Marin 1
Santa Rosa-Mission

*Advances to sectionals

Southern California (best of three):

*Cerritos 9, Pierce 4
*El Camino 9, Moorpark 5
Moorpark 6, El Camino 1
*Mt. San Antonio 15, Santa Barbara 10
*Orange Coast 5, Cuesta 3
Palomar 11, Canyons 8
*Riverside 8, Bakersfield 1
*Saddleback 7, East LA 5 (11)

*Advances to sectionals
 

 

 

College Roundup

  Rebels Thump San Jose, 11-2

Originally posted: 9 p.m., Friday

Nick Rodriguez hit a pair of solo homers, Kyle Isbel slugged his 11th of the season and RHP Alan Strong threw seven solid innings as UNLV blasted San Jose State, 11-2 Friday night at Wilson Stadium.

The Rebels amassed 16 hits with Rodriguez, Max Smith and Grant Robbins (Bishop Gorman) getting three each. Seth Mullis and Isbel hit safely twice. For Rodriguez, it was homers No. seven and eight.

Strong, a senior, throttled the Spartans through six innings before giving up a run in the seventh. He was relieved after seven, giving up nine hits, striking out two and walking one. Strong raised his record to 7-2.

The Rebels scored twice in both the second and fourth innings and by the end of the sixth it was 10-0.

UNLV improved its Mountain West Conference record to 11-11, 30-17 overall. San Jose is 9-12, 19-24.

The teams play Saturday at 2.

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In Other D-1 Games . . .

-- Mark Nowaczewski (Reed) pitched a complete game and Cole Krzmarzick (Bishop Gorman) slugged a two-run homer and a double in three ABs as Nevada Reno topped visiting Fresno State, 4-2. Nowaczewski, a senior, threw 116 pitches, allowing five hits, striking out 10 and not walking a batter. He's 5-4. Krzmarzick gave the Wolfpack a 2-0 lead with his dinger in the fourth. Nevada stayed atop the Mountain West standings at 15-6, one game ahead of San Diego State.

-- Cory Wills (Basic) slugged a solo homer and had a two-run triple in Pepperdine's 6-4 West Coast Conference loss to visiting USF. Wills, the Waves' center fielder, banged his fourth homer in the second after the Dons had take a 4-0 lead. His triple cut USF's edge to 5-3. Wills is hitting .307.

-- Cadyn Grenier (Bishop Gorman) was 2-for-6 as Oregon State romped at Washington State, 17-3 in a Pac-12 game.

Also . . .

-- Austin Atkerson (Reno) was 2-for-6 with a double and a run as Colorado Christian dropped an 8-7 contest at New Mexico Highlands in D-2 action. In the second game, Atkerson had a sac fly in a 5-2 victory.

-- AJ Landis (Desert Oasis) notched his fourth save in Colorado Mesa's 5-3 win over visiting Metro State. Landis (4-2), a junior RHP, put down the side in order, striking out two.

-- In NAIA play, Frankie Valle (Bonanza) was 3-for-4 with a double, three runs and an RBI in William Woods' 11-2 win over Lindenwood-Belleville, IL in the American Midwest Conference tournament in Joplin, MO. William Woods met Missouri Baptist in a late elimination game.

*****

Junior Colleges . . .

SCENIC WEST AC:

-- College of Southern Idaho wrapped up the title with a 2-0 win in the first game at CSN as sophomore RHP Dylan Steen threw a two-hitter. CSI will now host the conference tournament (Region 18) Wednesday. The conference winner and runner-up advances to district play, hosted by Region 18. Steen struck out five and walked two in the seven-inning CG. Travis Bohall (Galena) and David Hudleson (Basic) had two hits each for CSI.

In the nightcap, CSN lost again, 3-0. Justin Lutes (Liberty) had two of the Coyotes' five hits. CSN has dropped 13 of its last 19 games. Hudleson was 2-for-4 with a solo homer.

IN ARIZONA:

-- South Mountain eliminated Cochise, 6-5 to win its D-1 semifinal series, two games to none. South Mountain advances to the championship round Thursday against 

IN CALIFORNIA:

-- Taft dropped a 4-1 game at San Joaquin Delta (Stockton) in the first game of the best-of-three Northern California regional series. Cassius Shy (Rancho) was the losing pitcher, despite only allowing three hits. But one was a two-run homer. Shy walked five, struck out four in five innings. 

Northern California Scores (best-of-three):

at Feather River 7, Reedley 6 (12)
at Marin 18, San Mateo 2
at Ohlone 10, College of Sequoias 2
at Sacramento 6, Chabot 1
at San Joaquin Delta 4, Taft 1
Santa Rosa 18, at Mission 2
at Sierra 2, Butte 0

 

Southern California Scores (best-of-three):

at Cerritos 7, Pierce 6 (11)
Canyons 5, at Palomar 3
El Camino 1, at Moorpark 0
at Mt. San Antonio 7, Santa Barbara 3
at Orange Coast 4, Cuesta 3
Pasadena 3, at Glendale 2

 

 

 

High Schools

        Pairings for Regional Playoffs

Originally posted: 7:15 a.m., Friday

The Nevada high school regional tournaments begin Tuesday and here are the first round matchups.

4-A

Sunset Region:

(#4 Northwest) Cimarron-Memorial (10-7, 19-11) or Arbor View (11-6, 19-10-1) at (#1 Southwest) Desert Oasis (18-0, 29-3)
(#3 Southwest) Spring Valley (11-7, 18-11) at (#2 Northwest) Palo Verde (14-4, 23-8)

(#4 Southwest) Durango (8-10, 12-17-1) at (#1 Northwest) Centennial (15-3, 23-7)
(#3 Northwest) Cimarron or Arbor View at (#2 Southwest) Bishop Gorman (15-3, 23-7)

NOTES -- Cimarron-Memorial plays at Arbor View today to decide the third and fourth seeds in the Northwest . . . Higher seeds host second round games . . . Championship game is at Shadow Ridge Saturday, May 12 at noon, with a second game to follow, if necessary . . . Only the winner advances to the state tournament in Reno.

Sunrise Region:

#8 Silverado (8-12, 11-17-1) at #1 Rancho (17-3, 25-5)
#4/5 Liberty (13-6, 15-13) vs. #4/5 Coronado (14-6, 19-10) (site to be determined)

#7 Las Vegas (9-11, 16-13) at #2 Basic (16-4, 26-5)
#6 Foothill (11-9, 16-13) at #3 Green Valley (15-5, 18-11)

NOTES -- Liberty is at Canyon Springs today to decide the site for the game with Coronado . . . Higher seeds host second round games . . . Championship game is Saturday, May 12 at Green Valley, with a second game to follow, if necessary . . . Only the region winner advances to state.

Northern Region:

#8 Carson (8-13, 14-16) at #1 Reno (21-1, 28-3)
#5 McQueen (15-7, 19-12-1) at #4 Galena (15-7, 18-14)

#7 Reed (13-9, 20-12) at #2 Bishop Manogue (17-5, 20-9-1)
#6 Spanish Springs (13-9, 16-11) at #3 Damonte Ranch (15-7, 21-11)

NOTES -- Championship game (or games) will be played at Galena Saturday, May 12 . . . Champion and runner-up advance to state.

3-A

Southern Region:

(#4 Sunrise) Tech (4-6, 16-11) at (#1 Sunset) Pahrump Valley (8-1, 14-13-1) or Desert Pines (8-2, 19-8)
#3 Sunset) Western (5-4, 8-14) at (#2 Sunrise) Virgin Valley (7-3, 16-8-1)

(#4 Sunset) Mojave (3-6, 7-19) at (#1 Sunrise) Boulder City (9-1, 17-11-1)
(#3 Sunrise) Chaparral (5-5, 22-6) at (#2 Sunset) Pahrump Valley or Desert Pines

NOTES -- Championship game at Boulder City Saturday, May 12 with second game to follow, if necessary . . . Champion and runner-up advance to state in Reno.

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Colleges . . .

-- Nick Quintana (Arbor View) slugged his ninth homer of the season, a solo shot in the fifth inning, as host Arizona topped UCLA, 2-0 in a Pac-12 game. Quintana is batting .294. Arizona has a 26-17 record overall, 8-11 in the Pac-12. UCLA is 30-11, 14-5 and in second place a half-game back of Stanford.