Clinging to a one-run lead, the Palm Springs High School baseball team needed a key defensive play with the bases loaded in the seventh inning Thursday. Shortstop Alex Avalos came up with that big play, and he didn’t even need his glove.
Starter Aaron Meyer pitched 62/3 innings of great baseball, but was relieved by Zac Costello after Beaumont loaded the bases in the final inning. Costello induced a groundball to shortstop which took a wicked hop, forcing Avalos to grab it with his bare hand. He then fired to first to complete the out and preserve the 2-1 victory.
Jacob Alvarez had a hit and an RBI and Brandon Shaw went 1 for 2.
This was a game in the Redlands Baseball Invitational, and Palm Springs (2-1) plays its next game Saturday but the opponent and site are to be determined.
La Quinta 5, Canyon Springs 5: Pitcher Flavio Mendoza allowed three runs with five strikeouts in five innings for La Quinta during the opener of the Redlands Tournament. The game ended in a tie because of darkness. Joel Osuna finished 1 for 2 with two runs, two RBIs and a double for La Quinta. Christian Valdez also had a double with one run and one RBI.
La Quinta (1-1-1) continues tournament play Saturday.
Temecula Prep 4, Palm Valley 1: Eliot Weintraub pitched a gem, striking out nine and allowing just one earned run, but it wasn’t enough for the Firebirds. Palm Valley (0-1) plays at NuView on Monday.
Desert Chapel 9, Joshua Springs 8: The Eagles had a dramatic finish scoring five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Kaleb Whan started and struck out seven batters. He also went 3 for 3 at the plate. Daniel Camargo and Paul Cruz each had two hits for the Eagles. Camargo also got the save, striking out five batters. Shortstop Moises Durazo made several spectacular plays.
Coachella Valley 10, Desert Hot Springs 3: The Arabs started the season off right cruising to a victory over the Golden Eagles.
Freshman Jahzell Estrada pitched a complete game, striking out 10 while giving up five hits for Coachella Valley. Sally Miramontes had a strong evening at the plate, going 2-4 with an RBI, as did Daisy Rodriguez, who was 2-3 with two runs scored and a double.
The Arabs play next in the Needles Tournament next Thursday.
Desert Christian Academy 12, Xavier Prep 2: Kirsten Ranswill threw a complete-game three-hitter to lift the Conquerors past the Saints. Kaylee Espinoza had a hit, three runs scored and three steals. Brooke Jordan was 2 for 4 with a run, two steals and an RBI and Lauren Sawdey had a hit, a run and two steals.
Desert Christian Academy (1-1) is off until March 13 when it travels to Walnut to play Southlands Christian.
Shadow Hills 11, Indio 3: Briana Avila went 4 for 4 and Megan Berrelleza blasted a home run as the Knights captured a non-league win. Anissa Guillen had two hits and two runs, and Caitlyn Whiteside pitched well, getting the win with five strikeouts.
Indio’s Janay Garcia and Jackie Aguilar each had a triple in the losing effort for the Rajahs.
Shadow Hills (1-0) plays San Jacinto on Friday in the Palm Springs Tournament, and Indio (1-3) plays Murrieta Mesa on Monday in the Hemet Tournament.
Palm Desert 181, San Clemente 187: The Aztecs picked up a narrow road win at Talega Golf Club with all five golfers shooting 38 or better on the par-35 course. Jackson Polakov was match medalist with a 33. Charlie Reiter and Chase Cadwallader each had 36, and Casey Scott and Chase Werry each had 138. Palm Desert (2-0) hosts Great Oak on Monday.
Boys’ track and field
Shadow Hills 63, Palm Springs 54: The Knights picked up a non-league road win thanks in part to the speed of Isaiah Ortega-Dage who won the 100-meter in 11.11 seconds and the 200-meter in 22.23 seconds, and the strength of Jalen Morgan who set school records in winning the shot put (50-feet, 1/2 inch) and the discus (169-3).
Noah Brown also won twice for the Knights sweeping the hurdles with a time of 15.99 in the 110 hurdles and 42.64 in the 300 hurdles. Ivan Magana added a win in the 1,600 (4:46.50).
Ricky Wright sparked the Indians winning all three jumps. He won the high jump (5-10), the long jump (21-41/2) and the triple jump 44-0. Alfredo Gonzalez won the 800 (2:08.29) and the 3,200 (11:22.38). Jose Jauregui won the 400 in 52.83, and the Indians won both relays, the 400 (44.47) and the 1,600 (3:43.16).
La Quinta 103, Heritage 24: Casey Cruz won the 800 (2:03.94) and the 1,600 (4:47.66) to spark the Blackhawks. Alec Archer won the long jump and the high jump, and the Blackhawks also swept the throws with Westley Siedbdrath taking the shot put (53-23/4) and Omar Valenzuela winning the shot put (164-31/2). Adam Kasten won the 300 hurdles (43.52), Ivan Esquivel won the 3,200-meter (1:51.02) and Alphonso Nelson won the long jump (18-113/4). Logan Shirley won the 200-meter (23.00) and was on the winning 400- and 1,600-meter relay teams.
Indio second in quad meet: The Rajahs took second place in a four-way meet scoring 48 team points, trailing only Hemet which had 72. Bloomington was third at 36 and Sherman Indian was fourth with three points. Statistical information was not available before press time.
Girls’ track and field
Palm Springs 96, Shadow Hills 27: Four different Indians won two events in this non-league victory.
Janelle Wong won the 800 (2:39.22) and the 3,200 (13:41.50). Freshman Jada McLean won both hurdles, the 100 (16.98) and the 300 (48.91). Joana Adams won the 200 (27.69) and the long jump (15-61/2). Sierrah Osborne took the shot put (34-1/2) and the discus (85-9).
Itzel Garduno won the 100 for Palm Springs in 13.40. Sofia Gentile took the 1,600 (5:52.69). Hannah Wright won the high jump (4-8) and Amanda Jayasekara won the triple jump (29-81/2).
The lone winner for Shadow Hills was Leyah Toland in the 400 in 1:06.72.
La Quinta 84, Heritage 38: Sandra Flores had a huge night, winning three events and anchoring the winning 1,600-meter relay team for the Blackhawks. She won the 1,600 (5:17.15), the 800 (2:19.18) and the 3,200 (11:56.24) all with personal best times.
Nirie Boglino won the high jump at 5-6 and the 400-meter in 61.65 and was also on the winning relay team. Kiara Jackson won the 100 hurdles (19.08) and the 300 hurdles (52.91). Other winners for La Quinta were Alana Wilson in the 200 (26.69), Susan Contreras in the shot put (32-3), and Delilah Hernandez in the discus (106-11).
Indio second at quad-meet: Hemet ran away with this race, racking up 160 points, but the Rajahs took second place at 44 points. Bloomington was third at 22 and Sherman Indian had six. Statistical information was not available before press time.
Shadow Hills 130, Indio 38: The Knights took first place in all 11 events for an easy non-league victory. Ramsie Haskell won both the 50 free and 100 free, and Emilia Brady won both the 200 free and the 100 fly to pace the Knights. Other Shadow Hills winners were Paris Burgie (200 IM), Mary Turley (500 free), Samantha Torres (100 back) and Angela Gonzalez (100 breast).
Shadow Hills 116, Indio 40: The Knights won every event except the 400 free relay in this win. Josh Purificacion won the 200 free and the 100 breaststroke and Tyler Jarrett won the 50 free and the 100 fly to lead the way. Other winners for the Knights were Dylan Vanbuskirk (200 IM), Nathan Vanbuskirk (100 free), Eduardo Arce (500 free) and Justin Carbajal (100 backstroke).
Palm Desert 123, Cathedral City 45: The Aztecs got a big night from Eric Shin who won the 200 IM, the 100 breaststroke and was on two winning relay teams, and Noah Thomas won won the 100 free, the 100 backstroke and was on two winning relay team to beat the Lions. Eric Thomas won the 50 free, Kenny Pineo won the 200 free and Frankie Kardos won the 500 free. Eric Thomas, Pineo, Ryan Farzaneh and Kardos teamed up to win the 200 free relay.
Indio 18, Shadow Hills 0: The Rajahs rolled as singles players Joey Herrera, Eleazar Vazquez and Bryan Hinojosa all won all three of their sets.
The doubles teams of Edgar Montoya-Jesus Garcia, Rolando Navarro-Cristian Garcia, and Pedro Zazueta-Saul Garcia each won two sets. The doubles teams of Jose Cuevas-Waldo Herrera, Josue Mejilla-Jesus Garduno and Mario Guevara-Jose Galindo
Indio (2-0) plays at Cathedral City on Tuesday.
Cathedral City 10, Xavier Prep 8: In a match which did not count as a DVL contest, the Lions and Saints played until near darkness before Cathedral City eked out a win when Kevin Gastelum won a set 7-6 (7-4).
Other winners for Cathedral City were Javertt Hernandez who won two sets in singles, and the doubles teams of Daniel Hernandez and Robbie Stevens (two sets), Daniel Vogt and Mark Vogt (two sets), Andy Meza and Aaron Catarroja (two sets), and Mark Vogt and Hector Montoya (one set).
Xavier Prep was led by Brian Johnson who swept his singles sets. Topher Saliba won twice and Cameron Matthews won one singles set.
COD 8, San Diego City College 1: In singles, David Bensoussan won 6-1, 6-1, Felipe Fuentes won 7-6, 7-5, Shimon Murakami won 6-0, 6-4, Pedro Carle won 6-2, 6-0, Pablo Blasco won 6-0, 6-0 and Matias Zafatle won 6-2, 6-0 for the Roadrunners. Bensoussan and Blasco won a doubles match 8-4 and Carle and Zafatle won 8-1. COD plays at Grossmont on Tuesday.
Victor Valley 4, COD 0: Cole Danielson went 2 for 4 and DJ Hernandez was 1 for 1 in a pinch-hitting role but it wasn’t enough. Roberto Aladane pitched well in the loss, going six innings and allowing two earned runs. COD (2-4 Foothill) host Rio Hondo on Tuesday.