Prep Preview: REV @ Citrus Valley
I’m covering the Redlands East Valley-Redlands Citrus Valley varsity softball game today for Southern California Newspaper Group.
First pitch is set for 3:15 p.m. PT at Citrus Valley High in Redlands (Calif.).
THE LOW DOWN:
The Wildcats (15-3 overall, 9-1 Citrus Belt League) have won 11 straight games coming into today’s game, the fourth-longest current streak in CIF-Southern Section Division 2. Coach Debbie Garcia’s team hasn’t scored fewer than 11 runs in each of its last four games, allowing just three runs over the same stretch. Sophomores Eve Harvey (.517 BA, 2 HRs, 20 RBI) and Julia Salomon (.435 BA, 10 2Bs, 20 RBI) stepped up fast than anticipated to compliment all-league senior OF Riley Plogger (.454 BA, 2 HRs, 17 RBI).
The Blackhawks (9-10 overall, 4-6 Citrus Belt League) are coming off a 5-1 loss to Redlands and a series split vs. the Terriers last week. With two weeks to play starting today, Coach April Finazzo’s group is holding onto the No. 5 spot in the CBL, and with it the hopes of a wild-card playoff spot. Senior Zoe Richard (.514 BA, 13 XBHs, 24 RBI) and junior Maxine Ortega (.484, 4 HRs, 15 RBI) have supplied the bulk of the power offense.
THE KEY PLAYERS:
REV — P/1B Madison Ferrao, Fr. (#18); P Eve Harvey, Soph. (#36); OF Riley Plogger, Sr. (#2); INF/OF Stephanie Ruelas, Sr. (#19); INF Julia Salomon, Soph. (#3); OF/INF Abby SanPedro, Sr. (#11)
Citrus Valley — P Tish DeLeon, Jr. (#93); OF Olivia Olvera, Sr. (#7); INF Maxine Ortega, Jr. (#21); INF/P Zoe Richard, Sr. (#25); INF Camryn Sierra, Jr. (#2); OF Chandler Tillman, Jr. (#55)
REV’s lineup has been getting stronger and stronger, and will be too much for either of Citrus Valley’s hurlers.
THE FINAL SCORE:
REV 8, Citrus Valley 2