Inland Area Prep Baseball Top 10

1. Riverside North (24-5) — The Huskies dropped their second league game (to Riverside King on 5/7), but bounced back to beat Norco in the regular season finale and claim their second consecutive Big VIII League title. Now the real defense of their title begins.
LAST RANKED: No. 1.
LAST GAME: def. Norco, 5-3, in a Big VIII League game on Wednesday, May 9.
NEXT PITCH: vs. TBA in CIF-Southern Section Division 1 playoffs.

2. Redlands (22-5) — The Terriers were forced to forfeit their game vs. Fontana Miller on 5/11 and finished third in the Citrus Belt League as a result. How’s that for winning a prestigious out-of-state tournament earlier this season?
LAST RANKED: No. 2.
LAST GAME: lost, 1-0 by forfeit, to Fontana Miller in a Citrus Belt League game on Friday, May 11.
NEXT PITCH: vs. TBA in CIF-Southern Section Division 2 playoffs.

3. Redlands East Valley (19-7) — The Wildcats split their season-ending series with No. 7 Yucaipa, finishing in a tie atop the Citrus Belt League standings alongside the T’birds. This team should be able to hit (.338 team BA) its way to a deep playoff run.
LAST RANKED: No. 3.
LAST GAME: lost, 7-0, to No. 7 Yucaipa in a Citrus Belt League game on Friday, May 11.
NEXT PITCH: vs. TBA in CIF-Southern Section Division 2 playoffs.

4. La Verne Bonita (26-2) — The Bearcats bound into the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 playoffs having defeated their previous two opponents by identical 15-4 scorelines. Senior P Justin Garza (6-foot, 175 pounds) had two hits in each but it’s his arm that will carry this team.
LAST RANKED: No. 4.
LAST GAME: def. Rowland Heights Rowland, 15-2, in a Hacienda League game on Thursday, May 10.
NEXT PITCH: vs. TBA in CIF-Southern Section Division 3 playoffs.

5. Woodcrest Christian (20-3) — The Royals finished the regular season outscoring opponents 55-0 over their final five games. Senior P/C John Davis (5-foot-8, 175 pounds) is a serious Player Of the Year candidate.
LAST RANKED: No. 5.
LAST GAME: def. Temecula Linfield Christian, 12-0, in an Ambassador League games on Thursday, May 10.
NEXT PITCH: vs. TBA in CIF-Southern Section Division 5 playoffs.

6. Elsinore (20-5) — The Tigers finished the regular season riding a seven-game winning streak — including a two-game sweep of Menifee Paloma Valley — en route to a Sunbelt League title and a top seed in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 playoffs.
LAST RANKED: No. 6.
LAST GAME: def. Lake Elsinore Lakeside, 7-5, in a Sunbelt League game on Thursday, May 4.
NEXT PITCH: vs. TBA in CIF-Southern Section Division 3 playoffs.

7. Yucaipa (18-9) — The Thunderbirds went 3-4 in seven games against either No. 2 Redlands or No. 3 REV this season, and somehow managed a share of another CBL title. What a weird season (so far).
LAST RANKED: No. 7.
LAST GAME: def. No. 3 Redlands East Valley, 7-0, in a Citrus Belt League game on Friday, May 11.
NEXT PITCH: vs. TBA in the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 playoffs

8. Jurupa Valley (21-2) — The Jaguars take an Inland Area-leading 18-game winning streak into the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 playoffs. Pretty impressive.
LAST RANKED: No. 8.
LAST GAME: def. Riverside Norte Vista, 11-0, in a Sunkist League game on Thursday, May 10.
NEXT GAME: vs. TBA in the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 playoffs.

9. Rancho Cucamonga Alta Loma (18-7) — The Braves split a two-game season-ending series with Upland, winning the first game at home 7-1 on 5/8 before dropping the road-half 7-5 on 5/10. Coach Tim Burton’s team should host at least one playoff game.
LAST RANKED: No. 9.
LAST GAME: lost, 7-5, to Upland in a Baseline League game on Thursday, May 10.
NEXT PITCH: vs. TBA in CIF-Southern Section Division 2 playoffs.

10. Apple Valley Granite Hills (20-5) — The Cougars won 13 of their last 15 games, and took the Desert Sky League by three games to jump into the Inland Area Prep Baseball Top 10 for the first time. Senior INF Taylor Wetzel (.460 BA, .542 OBP, 35 RBI) is a man.
LAST RANKED: Not Ranked.
LAST GAME: def. Hesperia Sultana, 2-1, in a Desert Sky League game on Friday, May 11.
NEXT PITCH: vs. TBA in CIF-Southern Section Division 4 playoffs.

DROPPED OUT: Vista Murrieta (17-9).

JUST MISSED: Chino (19-7), MoVal Canyon Springs (19-7), Colton (17-10).

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