Welcome back to the Big Leagues.

That’s the message for Matt Andriese, the onetime Redlands East Valley ace who was summoned by the Tampa Bay Rays from the Triple A Durham Bulls. He shows up in time to beat the Angels, 4-1, in a seven-inning game in Anaheim. Manager Kevin Cash handed him the ball again in Oakland last Saturday night, whipping the A’s in a two-hitter, 6-0.

Andriese was 1-2 in Durham before being recalled to the Rays.

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Andriese, who was part of REV’s dominant 1-2 punch with Tyler Chatwood, must have seen his ex-Wildcat teammate rack up his fifth win this season with Colorado in Sunday’s win over the Mets. Chatwood was 5-3 with a 3.20 ERA after the win.

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Now that the Southern Section swimming championships are being held at Riverside City College (RCC), area media can’t possibly ignore a sport that’s got a rich tradition and deep-rooted history from the local base of schools.

In years past, the host site at Belmont Plaza in Long Beach served as a major detriment to coverage for area media sports staffs, already shorthanded. At this time of year, springtime, multiple sports and a growing number of schools and athletes, well, swimming often gets left out.

RCC’s state-of-the-art facilities, in the heart of the inland area, makes it a completely different story.

Part of that story is state-bound swimmers from REV.

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Even after graduation, onetime Redlands East Valley wrestling star Chris Mecate continues to produce for Old Dominion (Va.) University. ODU’s two-time Academic All-American notched Academic All-American honors for the third and final time. More on Mecate this summer.

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There are always plots, sub plots and even deeper plots at events like Southern Section track & field prelims. Try this one: In last Saturday’s Div. 2 prelims at Moorpark High School, Citrus Valley’s running QB, Chris Shiley, landed in the same heat as San Gorgonio’s read-option QB, Kaleb Hayes.

The two both qualified for the 400 – Hayes sixth and Shiley ninth.

The 200 results were Shiley in fifth and Hayes 10th, one spot from qualifying. By how much? Two-hundredths of a second.

Wow!

That, in a nutshell, is what Southern Section track & field qualifying is all about. It’s maddening, frightening, disappointing, frustrating and absolutely heartbreaking when it comes down to fractions that close.

In the boys’ 4 x 400 relay, consider REV’s. 3:26.83 missed Mission Viejo’s ninth and final qualifying mark of 3:24.91. Every kid on that relay – Mason Gaw, Billy Bowens, miler Elias Opsahl and Dave Dusick – was probably saying to himself on the bus ride home, “Why couldn’t I have gone a half-second faster.” If they each carved off .50 seconds, REV’s time of 3:24.83 would’ve nailed down a finals spot.

That’s the thing: Dozens of athletes left their division prelims for home, short by an inch, or two, a fraction of a second. It’s heartbreaking.

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REV swimmer Jack Moyles’ 200-individual medley swim, 1:53.98, came just short of the 1:53.05 need for state.

Less than a second away from state – Emily Rigsby in the girls’ 50, Kyle Acevedo in the boys’ 50. Autumn D’Arcy in the girls’ 100-fly and Moyles in the 100-breast.

Throw in the boys’ opening relay – Benji Duenas, Jack Moyles, Reymond Munson and Kyle Acevedo – kicking home in 1:35.46, when 1:34.58 would’ve gotten them to state.

More hard-working heartbreak.

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Even before the season started, San G tennis coach Patrick Kahler was plotting his boys’ playoff drive: “Semifinals is our goal,” he said.

It’s a tough division, considering defending champion Menifee Heritage was back in full force while 2014 champion Beaumont, ranked No. 2, returned some firepower from two years ago.

In the end, San G ran into an unbeaten team, Hesperia Oak Hills, in the second round.

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Back to Andriese and Chatwood: On July 18-20, Colorado will take on Tampa Bay in Denver, a rare interleague matchup between the National League West Rockies and the American League East Rays.

If there’s any hope of a Chatwood-Andriese matchup, that’s the series you’d want to shoot for starting now.

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