La Quinta High School remained unbeaten in Desert Valley League softball by beating Palm Springs 17-5 on Thursday.
The Blackhawks (12-10, 6-0) collected 20 hits, blasted five home runs and scored 17 unanswered runs after Palm Springs scored five runs in the first inning.
Mariah Estrada expended her scoreless innings streak to 19 as she picked up the win in relief. Estrada pitched five hitless innings and struck out six.
La Quinta had home runs from Star Padilla, Lauren Robinson, Mia Olvera, Kelli Finan and Salena Salinas. Salinas went 3 for 5 with five RBIs, and Olvera was 2 for 5 with three RBIs.
Xavier Prep 76, Indio 46: Chris McElrath won three individual events and Tom Bleicher added two firsts to help Xavier Prep finish with a 5-1 record in the DVL.
McElrath grabbed firsts in the long jump (20-8), triple jump (45-51/2) and high jump (5-6). Bleicher won both the 100 (10.99) and 200 (22.08) for the Saints.
Other individual winners for Xavier Prep included Daniel Stabile (400, 51.55), Hogan Lizza (3,200, 10:23), Ceasar Lopez (shot put, 38-81/2) and Hunter Congress (discus, 115-61/2).
The Saints’ 4×100 relay team of Bleicher, Zeke Coronel, Stabile and McElrath teamed to win in 44.39. The 4×400 relay team of Daniel and David Stabile, Isaiah Orduno and Adrihel Ibarra took first in 3:35.
Brian Cervantes was a double-winner for Indio, taking first in the 110 hurdles (15.91) and 300 hurdles (42.5). Also winning for Indio were Mario Salazar in the 800 (2:00.62), Brandon Mondragon in the 1,600 (4:33.25) and Fernando Meza in the 100 (11.09).
Palm Springs 92, Coachella Valley 30: Ricky Wright helped Palm Springs to the win by collecting firsts in the long jump (19-81/2), triple jump (40-10) and high jump (5-6). Rome McLean won both the 110 hurdles (15.79) and 300 hurdles (42.67).
Xavier Prep 64, Indio 54: Julia Dalecio, Izzie Lehman and Cassidy Hill all won two individual events to help the Saints edge host Indio.
Dalecio won both the 1,600 (5:40) and 800 (2:33). Lehman had firsts in the high jump (4-10) and triple jump (29-10). Hill won the shout put (30-81/2) and discus (97-10). Ayanna Suarez also won the 200 (27.17).
Xavier Prep’s 4×100 relay team of Suarez, Glenda Lopez, Jordan Skeen and Amaranta Bello teamed to win in 52.55.
Dalecio, Cozette Nash, Lopez and Skeen won the 4×400 relay in 4:35.
Xavier Prep (3-3) runs Saturday at the Inland Empire Championships at Vista Murrieta High.
Jazmyne Santiel led the Rajahs by winning both the 100 (12.22) and long jump (14-23/4). Other Indio winners were Laura Constantino in the 400 (1:06.91), Kelcey Beckham in the 300 hurdles (49.5) and Regina Casas in the 3,200 (12:48.25).
Indio runs Saturday in the Meet of Champions at Gahr High School.
Palm Springs 79, Coachella Valley 54: The Indians won the meet as Joana Adams won the 400 (1:02.04) and Jada McLean took first in the 100 hurdles (16.05).
Also winning for the Indians were Sierrah Osborne in the shot put (33-1/2), the 4×400 relay team of Adams, McLean, Itzel Garduno and Sophia Gentile in 4:17.55) and the 4×100 relay team of McLean, Garduno, Ashtyn Lyneis and Adams in 50.70
Xavier Prep 18, Cathedral City 0: Cole Alcorn tossed a two-hit complete-game shutout and collected two strikeouts to lead the Saints.
At the plate, Alcorn finished 2 for 5 with two RBIs and two runs. Also for Xavier Prep, Victor Conterars finished 4 for 4 with three RBIs and two runs. Isaac Ortega went 2 for 2 with one RBI and one run. Houston Willis finished 2 for 4 with two runs and two doubles.
Xavier Prep (12-10, 5-3) hosts La Quinta at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday.
La Quinta def. Cathedral City by forfeit: Nick Conoway shot a 40 and Daniel Marrujo added a 42 to lead La Quinta in the match at Cathedral Canyon.
Steven Padilla Rue shot a 44 for La Quinta, while Kyle McCune and Cris Song had 47s and Milo Gubler 48.
Patrick McGihon, Cathedral City’s lone player, shot 42.
La Quinta (12-2, 8-2) faces Great Oak at 1 p.m. Friday at Los Serranos.
Palm Springs 239, Desert Chapel 268: Will McMahon was medalist for Palm Springs with a 37 to lead the Indians.
Keegan Ibanez shot his lowest score of the season for the Indians with a 45.
Desert Chapel’s Aaron Copley shot a 42
Palm Springs (6-11, 2-7) hosts Cathedral City on April 28 at Cathedral Canyon.
Rajahs, Saints postponed: The Desert Valley League match between Indio and Xavier Prep at Classic Club in Palm Desert was postponed Thursday because of lightning in the area of the course. The match, a home match for Xavier, has been rescheduled for Tuesday at Classic Club.
La Quinta 129, Cathedral City 41: La Quinta (4-1) won nine events to beat Cathedral City and improve to 3-1 in league action.
Karissa Frech and Hunter Olivier each won twice, with Frech taking first in the 200 free and 100 breaststroke and Olivier winning the 50 and 100 freestyle. Addison Phillips won the 500 free for La Quinta, while Hailey Rudisill won the 100 back.
The Blackhawks also swept the three relays, with Rudisill, Olivier, Frech and Alexis Range teaming to win the 200 medley relay. Phillips, Joann Garcia, Frech and Rudisill took first in the 200 free relay. Paige Schoppe, Mandy Strong, Phillips and Brooke Smith won the 400 free relay.
La Quinta travels to Palm Desert for the last dual meet April 30. Both teams head into the last week of the regular season with the same league records and will battle for second place.
Palm Valley 9, Desert Hot Springs 4: Palm Valley concluded the regular season with the win as Joe Hall won twice in singles by identical 6-1 scores. Andrew Belet also won twice in singles for Palm Valley, 7-5 and 6-4.
In doubles, Cody Coleman and Soren Craig teamed to win 6-1, 6-2.
La Quinta 11, Cathedral City 7: Cathedral City won six of its points in singles in the defeat. Daniel Vogt, Kevin Gastelum and Javertt Hernandez all won two sets.
Daniel Hernandez and Robbie Stevens won the other point in doubles 6-0.
The match at La Quinta High was suspended twice for nearly an hour because of lightning and then by rain.
Cathedral City (10-8, 4-6) ends the regular season against Palm Springs on Tuesday and Thursday.
Valley athletes fare well: Several Coachella Valley tennis players enjoyed success during the first day at the 115th Ojai Tennis Tournament.
Palm Desert High’s singles and doubles entries survived the opening round of the CIF Boys’ division as Ryan Marker defeated Neil Tengbumroong of Diamond Bar, 6-1, 6-1, in singles while the doubles team of Bradley Cummins and Alex Kuperstein dominated David Chee and Russell Chen of Diamond Bar, 6-2, 6-1. The trio’s second-round matches to follow were postponed until Friday due to rain.
Connor Rapp of Rancho Mirage won his opening two matches in the Boys’ 16 Singles draw, defeating Scott Magallon of Oxnard, 6-0, 6-0, and Andrey Molyak of Ojai, 6-2, 6-3. Rapp’s older brother, Austin, won the CIF Boys’ Singles championship at The Ojai last year and is competing in Ojai as a freshman at UCLA, which defeated Washington 4-0 Thursday at Libbey Park to advance to Friday’s semifinal match with USC in the Pac-12 Conference men’s team championships at The Ojai.
College of the Desert advanced all four of its men’s singles players and both of its men’s doubles teams onto the third round of the CCCAA Individual State Championships. Felipe Fuentes and doubles teammates Pedro Carle and David Bensoussan advanced in singles and doubles, while COD’s Leticia dos Santos also moved onto the third round in singles and doubles in the women’s CCCAA Individual State Championships.
Kontaxis wins two divisions: Christian Kontaxis of Rancho Mirage won both the 18 and 16 age groups at the Monterey Junior Open recently.
Drew Hayduke of Rancho Mirage won with a 6-3, 6-4 score over Jake Presser, while Micah Gonzales of La Quinta defeated Eliana Harvey of Cathedral City 6-2, 6-1.
Eduardo Gonzales of La Quinta and Tatiana Harvey of Cathedral City were finalists.
Free baseball clinic: The Kiwanis Club of Palm Springs and the East Coachella Valley Kiwanis Club (Indio) will host the fifth annual and free Youth Baseball Clinic on April 25 from 9 a.m. to noon at Palm Springs High School.
Registration will begin at 8:15 a.m. by the bleachers on the baseball field. Attendees need to bring their glove and favorite bat. The clinic will begin at 9 a.m.
Rudy Law and Derrel Thomas, retired Los Angeles Dodgers, will conduct the clinic with assistance from the Palm Springs High School baseball and softball teams.
For questions contact Tony Lopes at 760-770-3101.