GAME OF THE WEEK: County Clash
Redlands Citrus Valley vs. San Bernardino Cajon
County Clash No. 2
At San Manuel Stadium, San Bernardino (Calif.)
First pitch: 7 p.m. PT on Saturday, April 15
REDLANDS CITRUS VALLEY (12-4 overall, 5-0 Citrus Belt) has reeled off five consecutive victories, including a 5-3 win over Cajon on Tuesday, and currently sits atop the Citrus Belt League. Senior SS/P Austin Warner leads the Blackhawks with 23 hits in 57 ABs (.404 BA), and senior 1B/DH Cody Branstetter tops the team with eight XBHs and 15 RBI. Starting pitchers Dylan Farris and Chaz McWilliams have combined for eights wins against just one loss, with just 15 earned runs through more than 55 innings of work.
HEAD COACH: Daren Espinoza
SAN BERNARDINO CAJON (12-8-1) had won six in a row until its loss to Citrus Valley on Tuesday, and a win tonight would even the two teams at the top of the CBL standings once more. The Cowboys have four players with at least 20 hits thus far, led by senior OF/DH Nick Figueroa (23 hits, three HRs, 19 RBI) and junior 1B/DH Oscar Rosas (.357 BA, eight XBHs, 17 RBI). Starting pitchers Bodie Evans (5-1, 0.68 ERA) and Chris Velasquez (5-2, 2.22 ERA) have been more than effective than not.
HEAD COACH: Robert Grande
THE LINEUPS (tentative):
Citrus Valley SP Chaz McWilliams, Sr. (5-foot-11, 215 pounds); C Gage Brandt, Jr. (5-7, 155); 1B Logan Berg, Sr. (6-3, 165); 2B Jason Solis, Sr. (5-7, 150); 3B Jon Bagwell, Sr. (5-9, 160); SS Austin Warner, Sr. (5-11, 175); OF Matt Glover, Sr. (6-foot, 190); OF Dylan Farris, Sr. (5-7, 150); OF Derek Bogh, Jr. (5-9, 150); DH Cody Branstetter, Sr. (5-11, 215)
Cajon SP Brody Evans, Sr. (6-foot-1, 185 pounds); C Joey Perez, Jr. (5-10, 180); 1B Oscar Rosas, Jr. (6-2, 210); 2B Andrue Gracia, Jr. (5-7, 140); 3B Jordan Dorado, Sr. (5-10, 170); SS Devin Lopez; OF Bodie Parker, Sr. (5-9, 155); OF Erik Alas, Jr. (5-8, 165); OF Nick Figueroa, Sr. (6-5, 240); DH Daniel Ortega, Jr. (5-8, 165)
Citrus Valley has an advantage at the top of its rotation, but Cajon has a number of quality hitters. So who starts for the Blackhawks tonight?
THE FINAL SCORE:
San Bernardino Cajon 7, Redlands Citrus Valley 3