Prep Preview: South Hills vs. REV
Correspondent Harvey Cohen (@harveycoleslaw) is covering the Covina South Hills-Redlands East Valley CIF-Southern Section Division 2 Championship Game today, Saturday, June 4, 2016, for Inland Empire Community News/(iecn.com).
First pitch is set for 4 p.m. PT at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino (Calif.).
THE LOW DOWN:
South Hills (25-7 overall) has three wins over previously national No. 1 La Verne Bonita, speaking volumes. Coach Darren Murphy’s team has playoff wins over L.A. Mayfair, Rosamond Paramount, Tustin Foothill and La Verne Damien, and has won 13 straight in all due to team 1.68 ERA and .318 team batting average. Lineup filled with eight legit D-1 college hitters. Johnny Dearth, Chris Moya, Karlos Morales, Aaron Fong all over .340 and 33 hits. Quietly added effective closer Ryan Mauch (6-4, 185) to pen. Probable starter Brandon Dieter, 7-2, 1.07 ERA. Very tall pitchers Hayden Petrovich, 6-2, 1.80 ERA and Johnny Dearth, 5-1, 1.85 ERA ready if needed.
Redlands East Valley (23-7 overall) has quickly climbed the rankings. Coach James Cordes’ team has won 15 of its last 16 games, and no one has defeated probable starter Andrew Miner (9-0, 1.06 ERA). Miner holds playoff wins over Trabuco Hills and La Mirada. Ryan Silva could throw a few innings after going six in 2-1 quarterfinal win over Dos Pueblos. Twelve capable hitters combining for .337 team average. Team 1.29 ERA. Paul Rojas .457 batting average. Set up winning run v. Dos Pueblos with triple. Justin Wear .400. Christian Kirtley, Joe Rodriguez, Aaron Andreas, Isaac Humildad, Robert Gonzales, Keller Raborn, John McKee all can hit and Brett Vansant could provide power. Reliever Noah Moya 2.25 EA, five saves.
South Hills — Brandon Dieter (Soph, 5-11, 180); Hayden Petrovich (Sr. 6-4, 195); Johnny Dearth (Jr. 6-5, 180); Chris Moya (Sr. 6-0, 175); Aaron Fong (Sr. 5-10, 160)
Redlands East Valley — Joe Rojas (Sr. #15); Andrew Miner (Sr. #2); Ryan Silva (Jr. #8); Noah Moya (Sr. #9); Nick Pagan (Sr. #30)
South Hills has played much stronger competition and has more publicized players. South Hills has deeper pitching, more power. Statistically holds advantage. The championship will be played at San Bernardino Stadium which is a home game for REV, giving them an extra run. Doesn’t look like REV has a chance but it always finds a way to win. Could come down to REV closer Noah Moya.
THE FINAL SCORE:
REV 8, South Hills 5