Inland Area Prep Baseball Top 10
For Monday, April 20, 2015
1. Vista Murrieta (12-6) — Broncos split two games last week vs. Southwestern League rival Great Oak, winning big Friday night at the Lake Elsinore Diamond.
RECORD: 11-6 overall, 5-2 Southwestern League. 2014: 20-8, 9-6.
LAST RANKED: No. 1. (39)
LAST GAME: def. Temecula Great Oak, 8-1, in a Southwestern League game on Friday, April 17.
BEST STAT: Junior RHP Jack Moberg mowed down Great Oak on Friday; Just one unearned run on two hits with four RBI of his own.
2. Norco (14-4) — Cougars have been on the up-tick since the return of senior LHP Kyle Hatton from injury, winning a close one Saturday night at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino.
RECORD: 14-4 overall, 4-3 Big VIII League. 2014: 26-3, 15-0.
LAST RANKED: No. 2. (49)
LAST GAME: def. Eastvale Roosevelt, 2-1, in a Big VIII League game on Saturday, April 18.
BEST STAT: Pitching staff has allowed just one run in its last three games.
3. Corona (12-6) — Panthers split home-and-home series vs. cross-town rival Santiago last week, losing at home before winning on the road.
RECORD: 12-6 overall, 6-1 Big VIII League. 2014: 16-12, 8-7.
LAST RANKED: No. 3. (34)
LAST GAME: def. No. 7 Corona Santiago, 8-4, in a Big VIII League game on Thursday, April 16.
BEST STAT: Senior RHP Tristan Beck got the win vs. Santiago, his fifth in five starts this season.
4. San Dimas (20-0) — Saints started league with a pair of shutouts, aggrandizing their pace with history.
RECORD: 20-0 overall, 2-0 Valle Vista League. 2014: 23-7-1, 11-1.
LAST RANKED: No. 4. (8)
LAST GAME: def. Covina Northview, 5-0, in a Valle Vista League game on Thursday, April 16.
BEST STAT: Pitching staff has posted 11 shutouts this season.
5. Murrieta Valley (15-4) — Nighthawks bounced back from an embarrassing loss to Murrieta Mesa to sweep two from Riverside Poly over the weekend.
RECORD: 15-4 overall, 4-2 Southwestern League. 2014: 16-12, 8-7.
LAST RANKED: No. 5. (40)
LAST GAME(S): def. Riverside Poly, 10-4 and 5-4, in a nonleague doubleheader on Saturday, April 18.
BEST STAT: Loss to Murrieta Valley (9-0 on 3/17) was first time team has been shutout in 20 games dating back to last season.
6. San Bernardino Cajon (16-2) — Cowboys shot to the front of the Citrus Belt League after sweeping two games from Rialto Carter last week.
RECORD: 16-2 overall, 5-1 Citrus Belt League. 2014: 17-10, 10-5.
LAST RANKED: No. 5. (35)
LAST GAME: def. Rialto Carter, 5-3, in a Citrus Belt League game on Thursday, April 16.
BEST STAT: Senior RHP Taylor Sims struck out five in a six-hit shutout of Carter on 3/14.
7. Corona Santiago (14-4-1) — Sharks haven’t won more than two consecutive games since their 7-0 start to the season.
RECORD: 14-4-1 overall, 3-4 Big VIII League. 2014: 15-13, 9-6.
LAST RANKED: No. 6. (37)
LAST GAME: lost, 8-4, to No. 3 Corona in a Big VIII League game on Thursday, April 16.
BEST STAT: Has won six of its last nine overall.
8. Riverside Arlington (14-3) — Lions one of only four CIF-Southern Section Division 1 teams with unbeaten league records.
RECORD: 14-3 overall, 7-0 Inland Valley League. 2014: 14-14, 5-7.
LAST RANKE: Not Ranked. (62)
LAST GAME: lost, 3-1, to Long Beach Wilson in nonleague game on Saturday, April 18.
BEST STAT: Team is unbeaten (5-0) at home this season.
9. Lake Elsinore Temescal Canyon (14-4) — Titans took two games from Perris last week, with sophomore Josh Zarbis and junior Christian Bruno combining on a four-hit shutout in Game 1.
RECORD: 14-4 overall, 6-1 Sunbelt League. 2014: 19-8, 12-3.
LAST RANKED: No. 10. (94)
LAST GAME: def. Perris, 12-6, in a Sunbelt League on Thursday, April 16.
BEST STAT: Team has three one-run losses this season.
10. Yucaipa (10-8) — Thunderbirds up and down and all around this season, which has them on the verge. Of what? That’s the question.
RECORD: 10-8 overall, 3-3 Citrus Belt League. 2014: 18-8, 13-2.
LAST RANEKD: No. 9. (135)
LAST GAME: lost, 6-5, at Redlands Citrus Valley in a Citrus Belt League game on Thursday, April 16.
BEST STAT: Senior OF/INF Richard Armagost is 9 for 15 (.600 BA) with seven runs in his last four games.
DROPPED OUT: Rancho Cucamonga (12-7).
JUST MISSED: Hesperia Sultana (14-3), Riverside Ramona (14-5), Fontana Jurupa Hills (13-6), Chino Hills (11-6), Redlands East Valley (11-7).