Inland_Sports multi-media journalist and Souris Valley play-by-play man Cullen Holt catches up with King High School product and Sabre Dogs infielder Connor Franco.
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Steven Wright is enjoying a breakout season posting a record of 10-5 and earning a spot in his first Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
The Valley View High School graduate adopted the knuckleball about six years ago and has helped Wright not only reach the Big Leagues, but also anchor the Red Sox starting rotation.
Wright spoke with Pep Fernandez in an exclusive Inland_Sports interview:
The Redlands East Valley baseball team reached the CIF Southern Section Division II Finals at San Manuel Stadium but came up short against South Hills in the championship game, falling 4-3.
BASEBALL CIF SOUTHERN SECTION FINALS:
Division 1: Murrieta Mesa vs. Harvard-Westlake @ San Manuel Stadium
Division 2: Redlands East Valley vs. South Hills @ San Manuel Stadium
Division 4: Kaiser vs. Laguna Beach @ San Manuel Stadium
Division 5: Woodcrest Christian vs. Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary @ UC Riverside
SOFTBALL CIF SOUTHERN SECTION FINALS:
Division 2: Valley View vs. Mission Viejo @ Deanna Manning Stadium in Irvine
Division 3: Grand Terrace vs. Redondo Union @ Deanna Manning Stadium in Irvine
*Game times will be determined
The CIF Southern Section baseball and softball playoffs roll into the quarterfinals and there’s several things that we’re keeping an eye on here at Inland_Sports.
On the baseball side, We have a potential Redlands East Valley vs. Yucaipa matchup brewing in the semifinals; if they both advance.
In softball … Great Oak, Norco, and Vista Murrieta are holding it down in Division I. Check out Division II where we find a CIF-SS championship rematch in the quarterfinals as Yucaipa hosts Mission Viejo. The Thunderbirds captured the title last season with a 1-0 victory:
Murrieta Mesa @ Orange Lutheran (D1)
Yucaipa @ Dos Pueblos (D2)
La Mirada @ REV (D2)
*REV vs. Yucaipa in the semifinals if they both win
Kaiser @ Santa Fe (D4)
*San Gorgonio playing Sultana Wednesday in the 2nd Round
Woodcrest @ Santa Ynez (D5)
Tahquitz @ Monrovia (D5)
Village Christian @ Citrus Hill (D5)
Calvary Murrieta @ Buckley (D6)
Great Oak @ Mater Dei (D1)
Norco @ Valencia (D1)
Vista Murrieta @ Los Alamitos (D1)
Mission Viejo @ Yucaipa (D2)
Valley View @ South Hills (D2)
Grand Terrace @ Don Lugo (D3)
Torrance @ Ramona (D4)
Santa Rosa Academy @ Academy Careers & Exploration (D7)