Luke Matthews (22) scores as part of a two-run burst by Vista Murrieta to go ahead 7-5 in the top of the sixth inning in a win over Murrieta Mesa Thursday, March 17. Valley News/Andrez Imaging

Week of 3/21 —

Most local high school baseball teams have made their way through the first round of league games and are heading into their spring break games. The Temecula Valley school district will have two weeks off, while Murrieta starts their one week of vacation from school next week. After the break, league action should resume with a two-game series to each, to finish up the regular season

With the Southwestern League being the most competitive all-around league in the area, there seems to be a familiar changing of the guard taking place. Last year’s league champions, Murrieta Mesa, are young after graduating 16 seniors last year from one of their most competitive teams in the past five years. The Rams are currently 1-6 in league play, while the Temecula Valley Golden Bears were out in front with an undefeated 4-0 record, before Murrieta Valley handed them their first loss earlier this week.

Temecula Valley, now with one loss, along with Vista Murrieta, is one game down from everyone else (as is Chaparral) but will play the Pumas in a 3-game series later in the season to catch up with the rest of the league teams, record wise. Right now, though, Darric Merrell has his squad looking like the Golden Bears of old, who have won two CIF Southern Section titles in the past 10 years.

Temecula Prep is out in front of the South Valley League with a 2-0 record, Hemet has come from out of nowhere to take control of the Inland Valley League with their 3-1-1 record, Paloma Valley and Temescal Canyon, 3-1, are tied for first place in the Ivy League, but play each other this week in a two-game series that could put either team well ahead of the other, or could keep them in the same place they are now. Tahquitz has a two-game lead over San Jacinto in the Mountain Pass League. San Jac has a better record than the Titans, but both teams have yet to play each other, which should make for good baseball. Tahquitz is 6-0 in league play.

Linfield Christian is the only Ambassador League team in our coverage area and find themselves in the middle of the pack currently sporting a 2-2 record after defeating Lakeside 9-2 at Storm Stadium last week. Rancho Christian is competing in the Freelance League, so no standings are being built for their 3-10 record, for now.

As spring break tournaments approach, here is a look at the standings for local teams, heading into the week of March 14. These standings are for teams inside the Valley News coverage area, as well as some score recaps and stats, posted from www.maxpreps.com.

Baseball Standings

Southwestern League (Overall, League)

Vista Murrieta – 10-4, 6-1

Temecula Valley – 10-6, 5-1

Great Oak – 8-7, 4-3

Chaparral – 8-7-1, 2-4

Murrieta Valley – 6-11, 2-5

Murrieta Mesa – 5-8, 1-6

Recent Games

Vista Murrieta – 7, Murrieta Mesa – 6

Chaparral – 7, Murrieta Valley – 5 

Temecula Valley – 9, Great Oak – 2

Murrieta Valley – 3, Temecula Valley – 2

Great Oak – 6, Murrieta Mesa – 1

Vista Murrieta – 10, Chaparral – 6

Temecula Valley – 6, Murrieta Valley – 4  

Great Oak – 7, Murrieta Mesa – 3

South Valley League (Overall, League)

Temecula Prep – 7-6, 2-0

Cal. Mil. Institute – 0-1, 0-1

Santa Rosa Academy – 1-5, 0-1

Nuview Bridge – 2-5

San Jacinto Valley Academy – 0-1

Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac Catholic School – 0-0

Recent Games

Cornerstone Christian – 14, San Jacinto Valley Academy – 1

Temecula Prep – 7, Cal. Mil. Institute – 0

Inland Valley League (Overall, League)

Hemet – 3-6-1, 3-1-1

Notre Dame – 3-4-1, 2-1-1

Elsinore – 7-5, 3-2

Lakeside – 6-8, 2-2

Vista del Lago – 2-7, 0-4

Recent Games

Lakeside – 8, Vista del Lago – 5

Elsinore – 17, Notre Dame – 4

Hemet – 7, Elsinore – 5

Ivy League (Overall, League)

Paloma Valley – 6-5, 3-1

Temescal Canyon – 7-6, 3-1

Riverside Poly – 6-6, 2-2

Canyon Springs – 2-11, 2-2

JW North – 4-10, 0-4

Recent Games

Paloma Valley – 9, Riverside Poly – 3

Rancho Cucamonga – 7, Temescal Canyon – 6

Riverside Poly – 3, J.W. North – 0

Mountain Pass League (Overall, League)

San Jacinto – 10-3, 4-0

Tahquitz – 9-2, 6-0

Citrus Hill – 8-2, 2-2

West Valley – 5-9, 0-6

Perris – 0-10, 0-4

Recent Games

Tahquitz – 13, Perris – 0

Citrus Hill – 4, West Valley – 1

Other Area Teams

Linfield Christian (9-2), currently 2-2 and in fifth place in the Ambassador League

Rancho Christian (3-10), currently competing in the Freelance League

Recent Games

Arrowhead Christian – 4, Linfield Christian – 2

Cornerstone Christian – 4, Rancho Christian – 1

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