Mexico’s walk off win over Team USA last weekend at a world baseball Olympic qualifier lifted the team into the 2020 Tokyo Games.
Right-hander Adam Quintana, a 2011 San Gorgonio High product, was on Mexico’s team roster when they clinched the bronze medal at the Premier12 Tournament in Tokyo.
Mexico’s 3-2, 10-inning win has kept Team USA out of the Games, at least for now. It was a heart-breaking loss for the Americans, which held a 2-1 lead in the ninth inning.
In the tournament, Quintana pitched twice, logging a perfect inning each in games against Australia and The Netherlands.
Half of Mexico’s team roster includes players with U.S. birth certificates. In Quintana’s case, he’s eligible because his parents were Mexican-born.
For Team USA, there will be another qualifying tournament next spring.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL
California Collegiate Athletic Association tournament play began this week with Cal State San Bernardino, at 24-0, taking the nation’s No. 1 ranking into play.
The Lady Coyotes, serving as hosts, took on Chico State in the opening round. Other first round matches at Coussoulis Arena:
* Sonoma State vs. UC San Diego
* San Francisco State vs. Cal State Los Angeles
* San Marcos vs. Stanislaus State
The Lady Coyotes concluded regular season play with a 3-game sweep over Stanislaus.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER
Chaffey College came down from Rancho Cucamonga, threw up two goals on San Bernardino Valley College’s scoreboard and left with a 2-1 win. It knocked the Lady Wolverines out of first place in conference play for the first time in several years.
Heading into the post-season, Chaffey (16-2-2, 11-1) finished a notch ahead of SBVC (14-3-2, 10-1-1) in the Inland Empire Conference.
Earlier this season, SBVC beat Chaffey, 2-0, but the Lady Panthers’ rematch turned into revenge.
Caitlyn Saucedo gave SBVC a 1-0 lead in the 26th minute, but a pair of second half goals knocked off the Lady Wolverines.
Both goalkeepers -- SBVC’s Taylor Milner and Chaffey’s Savannah Ornelas -- had four saves.
SBVC rebounded with back-to-back shutout wins over College of the Desert and Victor Valley.
MEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER
In La Jolla, a 2-0 loss to California Collegiate Athletic Association-leading Cal State Los Angeles concluded the season for Cal State San Bernardino (12-3-3, 8-2-2). The loss came in the CCAA semifinals, the third-ranked Golden Eagles eliminating the 13th-ranked Coyotes.
The match was scoreless through the first 85 minutes.
Cal State will likely reach the NCAA Division II tournament field despite the conference loss.
One match earlier, the Coyotes eliminated Chico State, 1-0, on Jonathan Garcia’s goal.
Here’s how close the Inland Empire Conference went for tri-champion San Bernardino Valley College (4-2-2), which came out of a eight-match slate, sharing first place with College of the Desert (5-3) and Norco (4-2-2) while Chaffey College (3-2-3) trailed by just one point in the standings.
SBVC’s final seven matches:
* Chaffey 2, SBVC 2
* SBVC 4, Norco 0
* SBVC 1, COD 0
* SBVC 5, Victor Valley 0
* Chaffey 0, SBVC 0 (draw)
* Norco 1, SBVC 0
* COD 1, SBVC 0
At 11-6-4 overall, the Wolverines have played a strong schedule, which includes state-ranked teams Chaffey (15th), Santa Ana (14th), fifth-ranked Oxnard and No. 1-ranked Mt. San Antonio College this season.
PREP CROSS COUNTRY
At last week’s CIF-Southern Section division preliminaries, Citrus Valley’s boys took 14th and its girls 20th in Division 2 heats, unable to qualify for this week’s championships.
The meet took place at the Riverside Cross Country course.
Ethan Romero (39th place, 15:58) was the Blackhawks’ top male finisher.
Junior Kira Hooper topped the Lady Blackhawks’ runners (104th, 20:14).
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Aquinas’ Alejandro Ayala finished 10th in a heat at last week’s CIF Division 4 cross-country preliminaries in Riverside.
Running a 16:54, the Falcons’ junior came up with a top 10 finish.
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San Gorgonio, running for a spot in this weekend’s CIF-Southern Section championships last Friday, finished 16th in one girls’ heat.
In the boys’ Division 3 heat, the Spartans ran 16th, unable to qualify for the finals.
San G’s top runner in the boys’ division was Edgar Ocampo (81st, 17:00).
Unieque Solis ran 86th in 21:39 for the Lady Spartans’ top finisher.