Highland’s Sahvanna Jaquish is getting set for next year’s Olympic Games.
Redlands East Valley’s product, a multiple award-winning player at Louisiana State University (2013-2017), will prep for next year’s Games with a stop at the Pan Am Games on Aug. 4-11 in Lima, Peru.
In preparation for the Pan Am Games, there will be a three-game exhibition series in Lafayette, La., near where Jaquish played for LSU. Another series will take place in Houston, July 20-25.
Jaquish, a catcher, caught in the USA’s 2-1 win over worldwide power Japan on July 7 in Columbus, Ga. She drew a walk in her only plate appearance.
Collegiate legends Cat Osterman and Monica Abbott, who have played loads of international games since their collegiate days over a decade ago, logged four innings in the win.
Every pitcher on the team has international experience, which includes Olympic experience.
Jaquish was named to the national team on Jan. 7.
Following the Pan Am Games, the team will travel to play in the Japan Cup (Aug. 30-Sept. 1).
WARNER COMING TO DODGER STADIUM
Get set for a visit from Ronnie Warner next month when the St. Louis Cardinals show up for a three-game Monday through Wednesday series against the Dodgers, Aug. 5-7.
Warner, a shortstop from Redlands who graduated in 1988, took over as Cardinals’ third base coach this season. Mike Schildt is St. Louis’ first-year manager.
While the two-time National League champion Dodgers are likely heading for a N.L. Western Division championship, St. Louis is thick in playoff contention, which means this could be post-season preview.
Warner’s dad, Ron Warner, lives in Highland.
BIG BULLDOG BOPPER?
A University of Redlands transfer may well be showing up to play, coming in as an NCAA Division 1 player likely for next season.
No name yet, mainly because the local university can’t divulge that information, but also due to the fact that plenty of would-be Bulldogs change their mind.
The kid is a big bopper that could fit into the middle of the Bulldogs’ lineup.
Redlands is set in the middle of a strong conference, the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, which has produced the NCAA Division III champion twice in the past three seasons.
In 2017, California Lutheran University-Thousand Oaks won the national championship.
Two years later, Chapman University-Orange, coached by former Bulldog coach Scott Laverty, copped the NCAA title.
A trio of San Gorgonio High School players won spots on this year’s San Bernardino County squad, selected by a county paper.
Catcher Isaiah Ayala, pitcher-outfielder Ionel Iniguez and pitcher-third baseman Matt Luva won spots on the squad.
San G (19-7, 12-3), coached by California Baseball Coach’s Association Hall of Famer Bill Eatinger, took second place in the San Andreas League race this season, behind unbeaten Fontana Jurupa Hills.
Luva hit .333 with 15 doubles while logging four games on the mound, finishing 1-0 with a 1.77 ERA.
Iniguez was 4-0 with a 0.85 ERA, hitting .373 with five triples and six doubles.
Ayala, the team’s top hitter at .398, scored a team-high 25 runs.
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Citrus Valley High landed two players on the All-County squad, including pitcher-third baseman Carlo Flores and first baseman Dominic Lopez.
Lopez, who swatted the Blackhawks’ only two home runs this season, hit .349.
Flores, who had a team-high eight doubles and scored 20 runs, batted .338.
Coached by onetime Cajon coach Jon Austin, the Blackhawks (10-15-1) took fifth place, one spot ahead of Cajon in the Citrus Belt League standings.
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More selections came from a rival county publication, which selected just San Bernardino County players.
Redlands East Valley’s Kaden Hopson was a clear-cut first-team selection along with a trio of Yucaipa High players -- pitcher Tyson Heaton, former Citrus Valley catcher Michael Carpintier and infielder Jordan Andrade.
Second-team honors went to San G’s Iniguez.
Redlands High’s Nahri Tath-Slezak, a pitcher who hits over .500 with some power, was the lone area player to make first-team All-Area in a release by a county publication.
Nearby Aquinas High star pitcher, Reina Castillo, a sophomore who also strikes for plenty of power and high batting average, made the second team.
Most of Riverside County’s teams are loaded with high-ranking club players which, unlike baseball, has provided a much higher glow of achieving softballers. Only two San Bernardino County players -- Tath-Slezak and Grand Terrace’s Alycia Flores -- made the 14-player first-team.
Just three players made the 15-player second-team.
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Another All-Area team from a rival county newspaper selected only players from San Bernardino County.
Tath-Slezak was joined on the first team by Castillo and Huff. Second-team honors went to Redlands East Valley outfielder Amaya White.
EX-COYOTE CLAIMED BY BALTIMORE
Aaron Brooks, who started the season as Oakland’s No. 5 starter after a strong spring training in Arizona, has turned up with the Baltimore Orioles.
Brooks, a Cal State San Bernardino product from Cajon High School, got off to a poor start in the A’s rotation -- 2-3, 5.03 earned run average -- and was waived by Oakland.
The Orioles selected him on July 6. As of last weekend, he had yet to appear in a Baltimore game.
Brooks, a 2011 draft pick by Kansas City in the ninth round, has pitched in organizations for the Cubs, Milwaukee, Kansas City and Oakland before landing with the Orioles. He 5-8 with a 6.65 ERA over parts of four major league baseball seasons.