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Softball: Final Inland Empire Top 20 (6/19/18)

LMU-bound Sierra Marshall of Norco. Photo/@estevedoi.


INLAND EMPIRE TOP 20


Records through June 2 games)


1. (1) Norco (Big VIII) 28-3

The Cougars won their fifth consecutive Big VIII League title, reached the CIF-SS Division 1 finals for the third time in four years and won their second championship in four years. Norco avenged one of its losses with an 8-2 victory over Gahr of Cerritos in the title game. The Cougars lose Ole Miss-bound SS Mikayla Allee, Bryant-bound 2B Toni Camarillo, Army-bound C.DP Bianca Gonzalez, LMU-bound OF Sierra Marshall, but they have Oklahoma-committed C Kinzie Hansen, Washington-committed P Sarah Willis, Ole Miss-committed 3B Paige Smith, P Stevie Hansen and a fresh group of talented freshmen arriving next year.

Final Los Angeles Top 20 (6/19/18)

Final Orange County Top 20 (6/5/18)

Final San Diego Top 20 (6/5/18)

2. (2) Chino Hills (Baseline) 30-5

The Huskies won their first Baseline League title since 2015 and reached the CIF-SS Division 1 semifinals before losing to Gahr of Cerritos, 1-0, in 8 innings. Maryland-committed P Kendall Mangel and DePaul-committed 1B Brooke Johnson, who hit .425 with 11 homers, 11 doubles and 30 RBI, lead a talented cast of players that will be back next year. Chino Hills does lose Long Island-bound C Alyssa Martinez, Long Island-bound OF Camryn Lyman and North Dakota-bound OF Kathleen Schneider to graduation.

3. (3) Murrieta Mesa (Southwestern) 22-8

The Rams won the Southwestern League title for the first time in school history and reached the second round of the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs before losing to Chino Hills, 2-0. Idaho State-bound P Autumn Pease will be a big loss, but Lacie Ham should be ready to step in at pitcher. LSU-committed SS Presleigh Pilon and Middle Tennessee State-committed OF Kelci Hill lead a strong cast of returners coming back next year.

4. (4) Great Oak of Temecula Valley (Southwestern) 22-6-1

The Wolfpack finished second in the Southwestern League and beat Upland, 4-0, and Orange Lutheran, 8-5, before losing to Los Altos of Hacienda Heights, 2-0, in the CIF-SS Division 1 quarterfinals. Great Oak has all of its key players coming back, including New Mexico State-committed P/UT Mata Faapito, Army-committed OF Kayla Edwards, Cal-committed 1B Candace Yingling and Oklahoma-committed 2B/OF Quincee Lilio.

5. (6) King of Riverside (Big VIII) 22-9

The Wolves finished in second place in the Big VIII League and reached the CIF-SS finals for the first time since 2014 before losing to Newbury Park, 3-1, in the Division 2 title game. King loses Arkansas-bound OF Larissa Cesena, a PGF High School All-American, and Purdue-bound P Brenna Smith to graduation, but sophomore P Amiyah Aponte, Northern Illinois-committed SS/2B Kenneth Litana and Kennesaw State-committed 2B/3B Pacy Villa will be back next year.

6. (5) Yucaipa (Citrus Belt) 25-7

The Thunderbirds won their fifth consecutive Citrus Belt League title and reached the CIF-SS Division 2 quaterfinals before falling to Buena of Ventura, 6-4. Yucaipa loses Maine-bound Keely Clark to graduation, but has power-hitting P Esperanza Coe and Stanford-committed SS/2B Sydnee Huff coming back next season.

7. (11) Redlands East Valley (Citrus Belt) 24-8

The Wildcats took second place in the Citrus Belt League and reached the CIF-SS Division 3 title game before losing to West Torrance, 6-4, in the CIF-SS Division 3 championship game. It was REV’s first trip to the CIF-SS finals in school history. The Wildcats lost P Eve Harvey and Cal Baptist-bound 3B Shelby Arbeiter to graduation, but Boise State-committed 2B/SS Autumn Bennett will be back next year.

8. (8) Santiago of Corona (Big VIII) 16-13

Santiago loses UAB-bound C Sierra Frazier, Princeton-bound UT Madison Hamilton and Wagner-bound P Kayla Hooks to graduation, but the Sharkas have UCLA-committed P Savannah Hooks, UCLA-committed OF Stella Bennett and Oregon-committed 2B Hanna Delgado coming back next season.

9. (20) Valley View of Moreno Valley (Inland Valley) 15-14

The Eagles finished in second place in the Inland Valley League and knocked off Etiwanda, 11-8, before losing to Esperanza of Anaheim, 5-3, in the second round of the CIF-SS Division 2 playoffs. P Lauren Feld and Tennessee-committed IF/OF Caliyah Thompson will be back for Valley View.

10. (7) Roosevelt of Eastvale (Big VIII) 13-17

Mike Smith’s first season as Roosevelt’s coach didn’t go as planned. The Mustangs had to play a third-place playoff game in the Big VIII with Santiago of Corona and lost 7-3 to miss the playoffs. Roosevelt had wins over King of Riverside, Santiago, Vista Murrieta and Redlands during the regular season. Roosevelt loses a bunch of players to graduation, including Long Beach State-bound Maddy Ruffin, a member of the Mexican National Team, but they have Tennessee-committed C/OF Rylie West back to help rebuild.

11. (9) Etiwanda (Baseline) 21-8

The Eagles finished tied for second with Upland in the Baseline League before losing to Valley View of Moreno Valley, 11-8, in teh first round of the CIF-SS Division 2 playoffs. The Eagles have Michigan-committed SS/3B/P Julia “Juju” Jimenez (.535, 12 2Bs, 7 HRs, 45 runs, 31 RBI, 4-0, 0.93 ERA) returning next year.

12. (10) Upland (Baseline) 16-8-1

The Scots finished tied for second place with Etiwanda in the Baseline League and then they lost to Great Oak of Temecula, 4-0, in thefirst rond of the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs.

13. (12) Vista Murrieta (Southwestern) 16-13

The Broncos had a rough season, had a couple players quit the team and finished third in the Southwestern League before losing to Valencia of Magic Mountain, 2-1, in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs.

14. (13) Riverside Poly (Inland Valley) 19-9

The Bears won their second consecutive Inland Valley League title before losing to Huntington Beach, 16-4, in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs. BYU-committed OF Megan Delgadillo had another huge season and she will be back for her senior year.

15. (14) Grand Terrace (Sunkist) 15-12

The Titans won their fifth straight Sunkist League title before exiting the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs in the first round after an 8-2 loss to Pacifica of Garden Grove. Oklahoma-commited OF Alycia Flores will be back for the Titans, who had a bunch of freshmen, including P Jessica Hubbard, gain valuable experience this season. Grand Terrace will miss San Jose State-bound IF/OF Alyssa Graham (.541, 8 HRs, 34 RBI).

16. (15) Redlands (Citrus Belt) 18-12

The Terriers finished third in the Citrus Belt League and lost to Aliso Niguel of Aliso Viejo, 5-1, in the opening round of the CIF-SS Division 2 playoffs. Redlands had a bunch of young players get valuable experience this season and the returners include P/SS Nahri Tath-Slezak (14-11, 2.43 ERA, .404, 28 runs, 12 RBI), 2B/1B Jacey Leyvas (.479, 13 2Bs, 33 RBI) and OF Lexi Torres (.481, 10 2Bs, 37 RBI).

17. (16) Murrieta Valley (Southwestern) 12-17

The Nighthawks finished fourth in the Southwestern League and missed the postseason, but they had wins over Cerritos, Bishop Amat of La Puente, Agoura, Vista Murrieta and Great Oak of Temecula. Cal-bound C Makena Smith graduates after an outstanding career. Let the rebuilding begin.

18. (NR) Don Lugo of Chino (Mt. Baldy) 20-7

The Conquistadores won their first Mt. Baldy League title since 2016 and reached the CIF-SS Division 3 semifinals before losing to Redlands East Valley, 9-1. Freshman P/1B Ellie Garcia (.394, 20 RBI) and junior SS/OF Madison Flexser (.325, 19 RBI) will be back for Don Lugo next year.

19. (NR) JW North of Riverside (Inland Valley) 22-8

The Huskies finished tied for third with Canyon Springs of Moreno Valley in the Inland Valley League and reached the CIF-SS Division 5 finals for the first time in school history before losing to Chaminade of West Hills, 5-3. Tennessee-committed SS/OF Lair Beautae had a spectacula freshman season, finishing with a .643 batting average, 63 hits, 13 doubles, five triples, five homer, 46 runs, 26 RBI and 33 stolen bases.

20. (17) Jurupa Hills of Fontana (San Andreas) 20-4

The Spartans won their third consecutive San Andreas League title before losing to California of Whittier, 8-7, in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 3 playoffs. Louisville-committe 3B Bella Rocco, who has 33 career homers, will be back for her senior season.

OTHERS CONSIDERED: Beaumont (Mountain Pass) 19-8; Paloma Valley of Menifee (Sunbelt) 18-9; Temescal Canyon of Lake Elsinore (Sunbelt) 17-8.

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