Inland Area Prep Baseball Top 10

FINAL 2012

1. La Verne Bonita (32-2) — The Bearcats season, so dominant in so many ways, culminated in a CIF-Southern Section Division 3 title on 6/1. Cal State Fullerton-bound P/SS Justin Garza (5-foot-10, 170 pounds) struck out seven and allowed just one run on four hits in a masterful performance vs. Alhambra at Dodger Stadium.
LAST RANKED: No. 1.
LAST GAME: def. Alhambra, 5-1, in the CIF-SS Division 3 Championship Game on Friday, June 1.
BEST STAT: Garza compiled 27 Ks, three wins and two saves in five playoff appearances.

2. Woodcrest Christian (25-3) — The Royals ouscored playoff opponents 46-7 en route to the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 title. Senior P/C John Davis (5-foot-8, 175 pounds) pitched heroically with a massive wound on his throwing hand, striking out seven in a complete-game four-hitter. He’ll play at Cal Baptist next season.
LAST RANKED: No. 3.
LAST GAME: def. Lancaster Paraclete, 6-1, in the CIF-SS Division 5 Championship Game Saturday, June 2.
BEST STAT: Royals outscored all opponents 240-59 in 2012.

3. Riverside North (25-6) — The Huskies defended their 2011 CIF-SS Division 1 title nobly, winning the Big VIII League before bowing out in the 2nd Round despite an 15-9 run differential in the playoffs. Oh, and North’s seniors are still the only D1 champs around.
LAST RANKED: No. 2.
LAST GAME: lost, 7-4, to Saugus in a CIF-Southern Section Division 1 Second Round game on Tuesday, May 22.
BEST STAT: Huskies won both Redlands HS and Corona Centennial HS tournaments in 2012.

4. Corona (19-15) — The Panthers’ fantastic playoff run came to a close under the lights at Dodger Stadium in 6/1, an amazing ending to a nearly indomitable playoff run. How it all materialized will be the stuff of local Circle City legend.
LAST RANKED: No. 5.
LAST GAME: lost, 2-1, to Newbury Park in the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 Championship Game on Friday, June 1.
BEST STAT: Panthers lost first three games of 2012, their longest losing streak of the season.

5. Redlands (24-6) — The Terriers could do it all, except win more than two consecutive playoff games. Too bad, Coach Estevan Valencia’s offense (.352 team BA) and pitching (1.18 team ERA) were among the very best in the Inland Area.
LAST RANKED: No. 4.
LAST GAME: lost, 10-2, to Mission Viejo Trabuco Hills in a CIF-SS Division 2 Second Round game on Tuesday, May 22.
BEST STAT: Terriers had five players with 24 or more RBIs.

6. Palm Desert (26-8) — The Aztecs made the mystical sacrifice, came into UC Riverside and shutout Temple City in the marquee 7:30 p.m. game. Almost cannot reason why there wasn’t more heat on this team during the regular season. Senior SS Brooks Kriske (6-foot-3, 185 pounds) is on MLB radars.
LAST RANKED: No. 10.
LAST GAME: def. Temple City, 4-0, in the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 Championship Game on Saturday, June 2.
BEST STAT: The Serven brothers (Brian & Jonathan) were a combined 29 for 29 on stolen base attempts.

7. Jurupa Valley (23-3) — The Jaguars had one of the most successful seasons in school history; winning their first Sunkist League title and getting to within a breathe of the Final Four in CIF-SS Division 4. Good things are on the horizon for this program.
LAST RANKED: No. 6.
LAST GAME: lost, 1-0, to Monrovia in a CIF-Southern Section Division 4 Quarterfinal Round game on Friday, May 25.
BEST STAT: Jaguars went undefeated (15-0) in league.

8. Apple Valley Granite Hills (22-6) — The Cougars’ playoff prowling became precarious in the Quarterfinals, where Coach Tyler Scurlock’s team, which had outscored postseason opponents 20-6 to that point, umm… perished under the pressure.
LAST RANKED: No. 7.
LAST GAME: lost, 6-2, to Temple City in a CIF-Southern Section Division 4 Quarterfinal Round game on Friday, May 25.
BEST STAT: Cougars emassed 358 total bases this season.

9. Elsinore (21-6) — The Tigers’ offense stalled in the playoffs, scoring just a total of seven runs before bowing out in the Second Round on 5/22. That said, this team won the Sunbelt League by two games, and had a middle-the-order lineup that produced at an elite clip.
LAST RANKED: No. 8.
LAST GAME: lost, 6-2, to Cerritos Gahr in a CIF-Southern Section Division 3 Second Round game on Tuesday, May 22.
BEST STAT: Of the four Tigers with more than 100 PAs, only Garrett Weathers (.371) hit less than .430.

10. Redlands East Valley (19-8) — The Wildcats simply have too much talent to leave off the Inland Area Top 10 so that’s where their free fall ends. Either that, or senior SS Frank Alvarez (6-foot, 180 pounds) has everyone fooled.
LAST RANKED: No. 9.
LAST GAME: lost, 6-5, to No. 3 La Verne Damien in a CIF-SS Division 2 First Round game on Thursday, May 17.
BEST STAT: Wildcats earned a share Citrus Belt League title along with Yucaipa (18-10) after No. 5 Redlands was forced to forfeit a game when it went over the CIF-imposed limit.

JUST MISSED: Rancho Cucamonga Alta Loma (19-8), MoVal Canyon Springs (20-8), Temecula Valley (19-7).

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