Inland Area Prep Baseball Top 10

For Monday, May 23, 2016

1. Riverside North (22-8) — Huskies came up short vs. overwhelmingly talented private school.
RECORD: 22-8 overall, 13-2 Inland Valley League. 2015 16-12, 10-5. 2014: 17-13, 8-4.
LAST RANKED: No. 1 (24)
LAST GAME: lost, 10-7, to Studio City Harvard-Westlake in a CIF-Southern Section Division 1 1st Round playoff game on Friday, May 20.
BEST STAT: Senior Christian Koss hit a game-tying two-run HR in the fourth inning.

2. Corona (23-9) — Panthers’ Michael Hobbs hurled a no-hitter on the road to open the postseason.
RECORD: 22-9 overall, 10-5 Big VIII League. 2015: 16-11, 10-5. 2014: 14-14, 5-7.
LAST RANKED: No. 4 (43)
LAST GAME: def. Huntington Beach Marina, 8-0, in a CIF-SS Division 1 1st Round playoff game on Friday, May 20.
BEST STAT: Hobbs (7-6, 1.76 ERA) struck out eight in the victory.

3. La Verne Bonita (25-6) — Bearcats could not get anything going in their postseason opener.
RECORD: 25-6 overall, 12-3 Palomares League. 2015: 23-10, 9-6. 2014: 23-8, 10-2.
LAST RANKED: No. 2 (19)
LAST GAME: lost, 8-1, to Villa Park in a CIF-SS Division 2 1st Round playoff game on Thursday, May 19.
BEST STAT: Coach John Knott’s team cored exactly 200 runs this season.

4. Vista Murrieta (21-10) — Broncos’ strong playoff start lands them date with a wrecking ball.
RECORD: 20-10 overall, 11-4 Southwestern League. 2015: 18-9, 11-4. 2014: 20-8, 9-6.
LAST RANKED: No. 5 (67)
LAST GAME: def. Aliso Niguel, 6-1, in a CIF-SS Division 1 1st Round playoff game Friday, May 20.
BEST STAT: Plays Studio City Harvard-Westlake (22-8) in a 2nd Round game on Tuesday.

5. Corona Santiago (17-12) — Sharks end the season with back-to-back losses.
RECORD: 17-12 overall, 11-4 Big VIII League. 2015: 17-9-1, 6-9. ’14: 15-13, 9-6.
LAST RANKED: No. 3 (57)
LAST GAME: lost, 5-2, to Huntington Beach in a CIF-SS 1st Round playoff game on Friday, May 20.
BEST STAT: Coach Ty De Trinidad’s team has won 17 games three of the last four seasons.

6. Woodcrest Christian (26-5) — Royals open postseason with a definitive win over the other ‘WC’.
RECORD: 26-5 overall, 11-1 Ambassador League. 2015: 20-5, 11-1. 2014: 21-3, 14-0.
LAST RANKED: No. 6 (116)
LAST GAME: def. Whittier Christian, 8-0, in a CIF-SS Division 5 1st Round playoff game on Friday, May 20.
BEST STAT: Have not allowed more than one a game so far in May.

7. Rialto Carter (21-6) — Lions squeaked past Etiwanda in the Inland Area’s best first-round matchup.
RECORD: 21-6 overall, 11-3 Citrus Belt League. 2015: 20-11, 8-6. 2014: 21-6, 14-1.
LAST RANKED: No. 7 (80)
LAST GAME: def. Rancho Cucamonga Etiwanda, 7-6 in 8 inn., in a CIF-SS Division 2 1st Round playoff game on Friday, May 20.
BEST STAT: Have gone to extra innings in three of its last five games (2-1).

8. Murrieta Mesa (23-7) — Rams won a playoff game for the first time in school history.
RECORD: 23-7 overall, 12-3 Southwestern League. 2015: 14-14, 4-11. 2014: 8-18, 3-12.
LAST RANKED: No. 8 (65)
LAST GAME: def. Lakewood, 8-0, in a CIF-SS Division 1 1st Round playoff game on Friday, May 20.
BEST STAT: Have outscored opponents 18-0 in its last two games.

9. Norco (21-8) — Cougars proving it’s not how you start but how you finish.
RECORD: 21-8 overall, 10-5 Big VIII League. 2015: 25-6, 12-4. 2014: 26-3, 15-0.
LAST RANKED: No. 9 (62)
LAST GAME: def. West Hills Chaminade, 6-4, in a CIF-SS Division 1 1st Round playoff game on Friday, May 20.
BEST STAT: Have won eight consecutive games dating back to last month.

10. Fontana Kaiser (24-3) — Cats moving on in the playoffs by a whisker.
RECORD: 24-3 overall, 14-1 Citrus Belt League. 2015: 15-12, 11-4. 2014: 25-2, 15-0.
LAST RANKED: No. 10 (83)
LAST GAME: def. La Habra Sonora, 6-5, in a CIF-SS Division 4 1st Round playoff game on Thursday, May 19.
BEST STAT: Are 6-1 in one-run games this season.

DROPPED OUT: Redlands East Valley (19-7).

JUST MISSED: San Bernardino San Gorgonio (22-5), Yucaipa (20-9), Redlands East Valley (20-7).

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