Inland Area Prep Baseball Top 10

For Monday, June 28, 2021

1. Chino Hills Ayala (26-4) — Bulldogs lost both CIF-Southern Section D1 and CIF SoCal Regional D1 title games to end an otherwise brilliant season.
RECORD: 25-4 overall, 14-1 Palomares League. 2020: 9-0, 1-0. 2019: 25-6, 12-3. 2018: 19-12, 9-6.
LAST RANKED: No. 1 (8)
LAST GAME: lost, 5-1, to San Juan Capistrano JSerra Catholic in the CIF SoCal Regional Division I championship game on Saturday, June 26.
BEST STAT: Chris Vogt’s lineup featured six players with three-or-more home runs this season.

2. Riverside King (24-6) — Wolves’ promising campaign came to a halt in the D1 playoffs against a more experienced opponent.
RECORD: 24-6 overall, 12-3 Big VIII League. 2020: 1-6-2, 1-1. 2019: 20-10-1, 9-6. 2018: 14-16, 8-7.
LAST RANKED: No. 2 (21)
LAST GAME: lost, 4-2, to Cypress in a CIF-Southern Section Division I 2nd Round game on Tuesday, June 8.
BEST STAT: Senior INF Evan Yates (.314 BA) led the team in XBHs (14), RBIs (26) and runs (21) in 30 games.

3. Riverside Arlington (23-13) — Lions pressed for more in the CIF SoCal Regional playoffs and came up short.
RECORD: 23-13 overall, 6-6 River Valley League. 2020: 4-6-1, 1-3. 2019: 13-15, 6-8. 2014: 22-11, 7-3.
LAST RANKED: Not Ranked (91)
LAST GAME: lost, 6-5, to El Cajon Granite Hills in the CIF SoCal Regional Division III championship game on Saturday, June 26.
BEST STAT: Sophomore RHP Andrew Rudd pitched 10 shutout innings in the CIF SoCal Regional playoffs.

4. Redlands Citrus Valley (22-8) — Blackhawks survived hottest semifinal in CIF-SS history before winning first title.
RECORD: 22-8 overall, 10-5 Citrus Belt League. 2020: 9-2, 1-0. 2019: 10-15-1, 3-12. 2018: 14-11, 6-8.
LAST RANKED: No. 4 (53)
LAST GAME: lost, 1-0, to Spring Valley Steele Canyon in a CIF SoCal Regional Division III quarterfinal game on Tuesday, June 22.
BEST STAT: Junior C Jared Snyder led team with 12 XBHs (2 HRs, 2 3Bs) and 33 RBIs.

5. Corona (21-9) — Panthers lost to Chino Hills Ayala three times this season, so at least they know where they stand.
RECORD: 21-9 overall, 11-4 Big VIII League. 2020: 7-2, 2-0. 2019: 20-10, 11-4. 2018: 22-9, 10-5.
LAST RANKED: No. 5 (28)
LAST GAME: lost, 7-3, to Chino Hills Ayala in a CIF-SS Division 1 quarterfinal round game on Friday, June 11.
BEST STAT: Andy Wise’s team won 14 consecutive games from early April to early May.

6. Rancho Cucamonga (23-13) — Cougars backed into the playoffs but made a run to the CIF-SS D4 title game.
RECORD: 23-13 overall, 7-8 Baseline League. 2020: 9-2-1, 2-1. 2019: 7-20, 3-12. 2018: 19-11, 9-6.
LAST RANKED: No. 9 (97)
LAST GAME: lost, 3-1, to Bakersfield Ridgeview in a CIF SoCal Regional Division IV semifinal game on Thursday, June 24.
BEST STAT: Junior INF Wilson Dunn (.383 BA) led the team with 23 stolen bases.

7. Murrieta Mesa (26-7) — Rams’ gallop to a semifinal was fueled by a team .328 BA and 70 total doubles.
RECORD: 26-7 overall, 12-3 Southwestern League. 2020: 9-2, 1-1. 2019: 20-5, 11-1. 2018: 21-3, 14-0.
LAST RANKED: No. 3 (41)
LAST GAME: lost, 2-0, to Rancho Cucamonga in a CIF-SS Division IV semifinal round game on Tuesday, June 15.
BEST STAT: Junior INF Carter Garate (.405 BA) led team with 45 hits & 44 runs, was second w/ 15 XBHs.

8. Yucaipa (21-10) — Thunderbirds were brought down by the eventual CIF Division 1 champion in the quarterfinals.
RECORD: 21-10 overall, 11-4 Citrus Belt League. 2020: 7-4, 14-1. 2019: 15-12, 11-4. 2018: 25-2, 15-0.
LAST RANKED: No. 6 (52)
LAST GAME: lost, 7-1, to San Juan Capistrano JSerra Catholic in a CIF-SS Division 1 quarterfinal round game on Friday, June 11.
BEST STAT:  Junior 3B/SS Jacob Reimer (.440 BA) led team with seven HRs and tied for team lead with 33 RBIs.

9. Riverside La Sierra (24-6) — Eagles did a lot but still have yet to win another CIF section title in baseball since 1979.
RECORD: 24-6 overall, 10-2 River Valley League. 2020: 5-2, 1-0. 2019: 21-10, 10-5. 2018: 18-14, 7-8.
LAST RANKED: Not Ranked (79)
LAST GAME: lost, 5-4, to Rancho Cucamonga in a CIF-SS Division IV 2nd Round game on Tuesday, June 8.
BEST STAT: Pitching staff was supported by +150 run differential.

10. Corona Centennial (20-10) — Huskies had their season come to and end earlier than expected.
RECORD: 20-10 overall, 10-5  Big VIII League. 2020: 5-5, 2-0. 2019: 13-12-2, 8-7. 2018: 11-16-2, 6-9.
LAST RANKED: Not Ranked (92)
LAST GAME: lost, 7-6, to Menifee Heritage in a CIF-SS Division IV 2nd round game on Tuesday, June 8.
BEST STAT: Sophomore RHP Ryan Hetzler went 3-0 with two saves and 38 Ks in 20.2 innings.

JUST MISSED: San Bernardino Aquinas (21-3), Menifee Heritage (20-4), Chino Hills (19-9), Vista Murrieta (17-12), San Bernardino Cajon (15-6).

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