The Southwestern League baseball and softball coaches recently met to go over the selections for the All-League teams. Murrieta Mesa was the host school for both meetings as the Rams took the top spot on the baseball and softball fields this past season.

The Lady Rams softball team went 13-2 in the Southwestern league and took the league title in dramatic fashion with their final game win over second-place Vista Murrieta (12-3). Murrieta Mesa also showcased the Southwestern League MVP, Jaelyn Eaves, while top pitching honors went to Temecula Valley’s Jada Cecil. Eaves had a .380 batting average with 27 hits and 8 home runs.

Temecula Valley’s Jada Cecil was named the Southwestern League’s “Most Outstanding Pitcher’” for the 2021 season. Valley News/Andrez Imaging

Murrieta Mesa had three first-team selections and two second-team selections, as did Vista Murrieta. Great Oak and Temecula Valley had two selections for each team and Murrieta Valley and Chaparral had one first-team selection, with two second team picks to round things off.

Murrieta Mesa was also the first-place team on the baseball diamond. The Rams went 12-3 in league play and won their school’s second-ever Southwestern League title, matching their softball team with the same accolade as well. Colby Moran (Murrieta Mesa) was named MVP of the Southwestern League, while teammate, Jhayden Raineri, was named Pitcher of the Year.

Murrieta Mesa utility player, Jhayden Raineri, was named “Pitcher of the Year” for the Southwestern League. Valley News/Andrez Imaging

Moran hit .377 in the Southwestern League with 17 hits, 13 RBIs and 2 HRs. Raineri led the Southwestern League going 6-0 on the mound with a 2.43 ERA, 51 strikeouts and only gave up one extra base hit and one home run in his seven league appearances.

The Rams also had three first-team selections and two second-team picks, Vista Murrieta had two first-team selections and two second-team nods, along with Temecula Valley, and Chaparral and Murrieta Valley both had one first-team selection and two selections each for the second-team.

2021 All Southwestern League Softball Team

Most Valuable Player – Jaelyn Eaves – Murrieta Mesa (11)

Pitcher of the Year – Jada Cecil – Temecula Valley (12)

Southwestern League softball MVP, Jaelyn Eaves (left), is pictured here celebrating Murrieta Mesa’s league title with teammates Bella Flexen and Zoe Karam. Valley News/Action Captures Media Group

FIRST TEAM:

Caylea Rains-Campbell – Murrieta Mesa (10); Lacie Ham – Murrieta Mesa; Kayln Hill – Murrieta Mesa (12); Maddie Pierce – Vista Murrieta (12); Maleea Gallaspy – Vista Murrieta (12); Taylour Spencer – Vista Murrieta (10); Quincee Lilio – Great Oak (12); Miali Guachino – Great Oak (9); Kaitlyn Christie – Temecula Valley (11); Raelle Gorman – Temecula Valley (11); Austin Comstock – Murrieta Valley (11); Maya Medina – Chaparral (12).

SECOND TEAM:

Bella Flexen – Murrieta Mesa (12); Jazzy Burns – Murrieta Mesa (10); Sam Ganaden – Vista Murrieta (12); Lexi Powell – Vista Murrieta (12); Brandy Kinch – Great Oak (11); Samantha Young – Great Oak (9); Kara Whisenhunt – Temecula Valley (10); Kailyn Bandel – Temecula Valley (12); Alexa Yarbro – Murrieta Valley (12); Alanah Antillon – Murrieta Valley (10); Jaelynn Lambert – Chaparral (12); Joslyn Woodard – Chaparral (12).

2021 All Southwestern League Baseball Team

Most Valuable Player – Colby Moran – IF – Murrieta Mesa (12)

Pitcher of the Year – Jhayden Raineri – IF, P – Murrieta Mesa (12)

Murrieta Mesa’s Colby Moran was named MVP of the Southwestern League. Valley News/Courtesy photo

FIRST TEAM:

Makana Olaso (12) C – Murrieta Mesa; Caden Byers (12) IF, P – Murrieta Mesa; Jack Kelley (12) IF, P – Murrieta Mesa; Kade Johnstone (12) IF, OF – Vista Murrieta; AJ Johnson (11) P – Vista Murrieta; Nathan Lee (11) P – Vista Murrieta; Nolan George (12) P, IF – Temecula Valley; Christopher Paciolla (11) IF, OF – Temecula Valley; Jacob Kocaya (12) IF, OF – Great Oak; Andruw Householder (12) OF – Great Oak; Jason Mannino (12) IF – Chaparral; Nico Reyes (12) OF – Murrieta Valley.

SECOND TEAM:

Carter Garate (11) IF – Murrieta Mesa; Nate May (12) OF – Murrieta Mesa; LeTrey McCollum (12) OF – Vista Murrieta; Jerrad Gonzalez               (11) IF – Vista Murrieta; Ethan Van Scoy (12) P – Temecula Valley; Zach Anderson (10) C – Temecula Valley; Will Potter (12) IF – Great Oak; Michael Rodda (11) P, IF – Great Oak; Zack Ernisse (12) P, OF – Chaparral; Kameron Brodeur (11) IF, P – Chaparral; Isaac Rodriguez (12) IF – Murrieta Valley; Carson Olsen (12) P – Murrieta Valley.

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