With one game remaining in the regular season, the College of the Desert softball team has clinched a share of its fourth-consecutive Foothill Conference title, after a 9-0 five inning mercy rule victory at home against Chaffey Wednesday.
The Roadrunners are now 12-2 in the conference, one game ahead of both Rio Hondo and San Bernardino Valley, with a game left against Rio Hondo on the road Friday – a must-win for COD to win the title outright and qualify for the regional playoffs.
Wednesday’s win ensured the team’s second-straight undefeated mark at home during conference play. Myranda Libunao earned the victory with four scoreless innnings where she struck out five batters and allowed only one baserunner with a hit.
At the plate, sophomores shined for the Roadrunners on a day where COD honored all its two-year playres. Ali Tuller was 2 for 2 with a triple, a run scored and two stolen bases. Lindo Ontiveros was 2 for 3 with a run and an RBI, and Kodie Sturm was 2 for 3 with two runs scored, a stolen base and an RBI.
Redlands Valley 224, Palm Springs 253: Senior Will McMahon was the dual match medalist with a 35 despite his team’s loss. The Indians (4-8, 1-5 in DVL) play against Thursday against Indio at Indian Palms Country Club.
Palm Valley 280, Desert Chapel 281: In Wednesday’s tight match between Victory League teams, Desert Chapel’s Aaron Corey and Palm Valley’s Conner Morley tied for low medalist honors, each shooting a 41 on the Legends Course at Tahquitz Creek.
Rancho Mirage 13, Desert Mirage 5: The Rattlers’ singles trio of Umrith Bajaj, Ismael Cuevas and Daniel Whelan sweft all three of their matches to contribute to the easy team victory. The doubles team of Marco Giron and javier Campos also completed a sweep, and Alex Arias and Juan Felix grabbed a set for Rancho Mirage as well.
Palm Desert 25, Xavier Prep 0: Freshman Bayley Gonzales grabbed her third win of the season, and Megan Donnelly came in for relief to help clinch the one-hit blowout for the Aztecs. Both pitchers went a combiend 5 for 5 at the plate with five total RBIs.
Sophomores Alyssa Velasquez and Shawna Aguerrebere each had four hits to lead Palm Desert, with Velasquez scoring five runs, and Aguerrebere added four runs and three RBIs.
The Aztecs (14-5, 5-0 in DVL) play at Cathedral City Thursday.
Shadow Hills 15, Desert Hot Springs 2: Caitlyn Whiteside picked up another win Wednesday while throwing a two-hitter and striking out seven batters in five innings. Earlier in the day, Whiteside made her plans official to attend Wilmington College to play softball next year.
At the plate, Whiteside helped herself, going 3 for 4 with an RBI. The Knights were led by Megan Berrelleza and Maritza DeLara at the plate, as both knocked three hits, scored three runs and knocked in three RBIs.
The Knights (11-7, 5-0 in De Anza) play again Saturday at Southwest High School in a double-header.
Xavier Prep 12, Palm Springs 2: Tuesday, Sam Neufeld threw a complete game where he allowed just four hits and struck out five batters to keep Palm Springs hitters at bay.
At the plate, Cole Alcorn led the Saints, going 3 for 4 with three RBIs. Ryan Van Meetern and Trent Covel also added two hits each, and Van Meetern knocked in two runs while Covel knocked in one and scored two himself.
Xavier Prep (9-10, 2-3 in DVL) plays Palm Springs again Thursday at Palm Springs Stadium.
Shadow Hills 16, Desert Hot Springs 0: Darian Beck pitched a complete game shutout, including six strikeouts, while allowing just three hits and walking one batter.
Sean Roby went 3 for 3 at the plate for the Knights, including four RBIs, a double and three runs. Nate Tiaga also had a strong night at the plate, going 2 for 4 with three RBIs, two doubles and two runs scored.
Shadow Hills (10-9, 5-0 in De Anza) plays next at Yucca Valley next Wednesday at 3:15 p.m.
Shadow Hills 137, Rancho Mirage 28: The Knights took first place in every event in a senior night performance in their home pool. Tyler Jarrett (50 freestyle and 100 backstroke) and Josh Purificacion (200 individual medley and 100 breast stroke) each grabbed two individual titles to lead Shadow Hills, and they also were a part of the winning 200 medley relay team.
Shadow Hills 120, Rancho Mirage 32: The Knights took first place in nine of 11 events, and the team was led by Ramsie Haskell, who took first place in both the 200 freestyle and the 100 freestyle while also taking part in the winning 200 medley relay team.
Boys track and field
Shadow Hills dominates: In a tri-meet with the host Knights, Desert Mirage and Desert Hot Springs, Shadow Hills remained undefeated (6-0, 5-0 in De Anza) led by three double-event winners. Shadow Hills defeated Desert Mirage 86.5-40.5, and they took down Desert Hot Springs 99-28.
Noah Brown took first in the 110 meter hurdles (15.37) and the 300 meter hurdles (41.47). Jalen Morgan easily won both the shot put (51-0) and the discus (162-4), and Ivan Magana finished first in both the 400 meters (52.74) and the 200 meters (32.74).
Between Desert Mirage and Desert Hot Springs, Desert Mirage’s Jose Vargas took first in the 800 meters, the 1600 meters and set a school record in the 3200 meters with a time of 10:04. Desert Mirage’s 4 x 400 meter relay team (Celso Deleon, Arturo Silva, Melvin Harmon and Jesus Ortiz) set a school record with a time of 3:35.38)
The Knights hit the track again Saturday in the Mt. SAC Invitational.
Girls track and field
Shadow Hills picks up two victories: In a tri-meet, the Knights (3-3, 3-2 in De Anza) eased past Desert Mirage 116-9, and they also beat Desert Hot Springs 99-27.
Vivianna Camarillo moved up from the junior varsity team to win both the triple jump (28-0) and the 100 meter hurdles (18.88). Victoria Sota also took two titles, with wins in the shot put (26-9.5) and the discus (80-7.5).
The Knights run again Saturday at the Mt. SAC Invitational.