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PREPS: Valley baseball players prepped for all-star game

03/04/2013, 1:41pm PST
By By LANDON NEGRI lnegri@californian.com

Nine Valley high school baseball players are scheduled to take

Nine Valley high school baseball players are scheduled to take the field Tuesday night during the San Bernardino-Riverside County All-Star Game on Tuesday at San Bernardino's Arrowhead Credit Union Park.

Heading the list are five Southwestern League players, including Great Oak's Austin Bailey and Vista Murrieta's Holger Robalino, who finished the season ranked third and fourth, respectively, in batting average.

League RBI leader Joe Ortuno from Vista Murrieta, Great Oak's Kyle Davis and Murrieta Valley's Kyle Nielsen are also slated to play for the Riverside County team.

Joining them will be Tahquitz catcher Ryan Miller, Hemet second baseman Nick Bruno, and pitchers Joey Gallardo (Hemet) and Andrew Morovick (Tahquitz).

Great Oak coach Eric Morton is schedule to serve as an assistant coach for the Riverside County team.

Tickets are $5 and are available through Ticketmaster or at the stadium.

Locals shine at St. Mary's

Two local baseball players earned All-West Coast Conference honors this week with St. Mary's baseball team.

Murrieta Valley alum Patrick Wisdom was named to the first team after leading the Gaels in batting average (.351), runs (33), home runs (eight) and RBIs (46).

Temecula Valley product Brenden Kalfus was named to the second team after hitting .292 with 17 doubles. He hit two home runs in a win over Stanford.

Bears grad honored

Temecula Valley graduate Karyl Bacon, a standout women's volleyball player at Liberty University, was named Woman of the Year last week by the Big South Conference.

Bacon is a two-time all-conference selection in women's volleyball. She was also named to the Big South all-tournament team in 2008 and 2010. She ended her career with 1,155 kills and 1,472 digs.

The award came as a result of not just her athletic talent, a Liberty release said, but also due to service and leadership activities, including service on Liberty's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and volunteering at Special Olympics volleyball clinics.

Franklin wrestles for state team

Vista Murrieta's Reuben Franklin wrestled for a California team at the NUWAY America's Cup in Fresno during Memorial Day Weekend that won after defeating Michigan in the finals, 31-18.

The senior picked up three wins the first day before losing twice on the second day, the second by just two points to Michigan state champ Anthony Abros by two points.

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