With the amount of baseball talent coursing the veins of the valley, there is never a dull moment when it comes to the high school ball fields. With their 5-3 win over Temecula Valley Wednesday, May 3, the mighty Vista Murrieta Broncos secured their third ever Southwestern League title. The Broncos (21-7, 13-1) were the defending champs going into the 2016 before being ousted by Murrieta Mesa.
“Our team has been hitting the ball very well and just playing really good baseball,” says Vista Murrieta Head Coach Matt Mosiello. This squad has a lot of fight in them.”
The Broncos are very senior heavy, carrying 12 overall, but also rely on a good mixture of juniors and sophomores throughout their 22-man roster. Vista Murrieta will wrap up Southwestern League play this week against Great Oak (13-13, 6-8).
In the South Valley League, the Rancho Christian Eagles (20-3-1, 10-0) are wrapping up their best season ever under head coach, Tony Nobiensky. As one of the most successful baseball coaches in the Inland Empire, Nobiensky has won a CIF title (Temecula Valley, 2014 CIF-SS Division 2 championship), made numerous playoff appearances with the Golden Bears and the Eagles now, has two Southwestern League titles, one South Valley League title now and has two CIF-Southern Section title game appearances. Rancho Christian will wrap up South Valley League play this week against California Lutheran (2-13, 1-10).
Other local teams still fighting for a top spot in their perspective leagues include Linfield Christian (18-4, 9-1) and Paloma Valley (21-3, 12-1) and Heritage (16-6, 10-3) out of the Sunbelt League.
Linfield could split the league title with Woodcrest (18-5, 10-1) as they wrap up league play this week against Ontario Christian (13-11, 5-5) and Arrowhead Christian (12-6-1, 5-5). Linfield recently beat Woodcrest for the first time in Ambassador League history and with two games to play, versus Woodcrest’s one game; it will be interesting to see how it plays out.
In the Sunbelt League Paloma Valley and Heritage will duke it out against each other for the title this week in a 2 game showdown. Heritage needs to win both games to share the league title. Game times are at 3:30 p.m.