Sunday, January 29, 2023

South Valley All-League baseball teams announced before 2022 graduation

Temecula Prep’s Ryan Cardenas was named Pitcher of the Year for the South Valley League. Valley News/Courtesy photo

TEMECULA — The South Valley League baseball coaches met before the 2021-2022 school year ending, in order to go over the selections for the All-League teams. The Temecula Prep Patriots took the top spot in the standings this past season with a 9-1 record, going 18-9 overall. Following the Patriots was Nuview Bridge (8-2), Santa Rosa Academy (7-3), San Jacinto Valley Academy (4-6). Cal. Mil. Institute and St. Jeanne de Lestonnac went 1-9.

Depending on where a team places in the league standings determines how many First and Second Team selections they received. Of course, there is always wiggle room, especially when a player from a team that may not have the best record outshines other players.

Temecula Prep had a season of success, making it through to the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division 7 playoffs, where they fell to Baldwin Park, 5-3. The Patriots also nearly had a clean sweep of the top league awards, with Roman Meyers taking home MVP, Ryan Cardenas being named Pitcher of the Year and head coach Jason Litt getting named Coach of the Year. San Jacinto Valley Academy received the Sportsmanship Award.

Meyers, who has reportedly transferred to Chaparral High School, hit .500 this past season and led the league in hits (32), home runs (5) and doubles (8). Cardenas led the league on the mound with a 3.28 ERA in 42.2 innings pitched, had 38 Ks and 4 wins and 2 losses. The overall South Valley League First and Second Team selections included:

Roman Meyers – Most Valuable Player, Temecula Prep

Ryan Cardenas – Pitcher of the Year, Temecula Prep

Coach of the Year – Jason Litt, Temecula Prep

Sportsmanship Award – San Jacinto Valley Academy

Braden Litt of Temecula Prep batted .356 this past season with 21 hits, garnishing him a First Team All-South Valley League nod. Valley News/Courtesy photo

First Team

Chris Canava – Temecula Prep

Kody Kobayashi – Temecula Prep

Matt Canavan – Temecula Prep

Braden Litt – Temecula Prep

Victor Villarreal – Nuview Bridge

Vincent Solano – Nuview Bridge

Elijah Tapia – Nuview Bridge

Moses George – Santa Rosa Academy

Gabriel Enriquez – Santa Rosa Academy

Tyler Kaewpalug – Santa Rosa Academy

Brennon Carroll – San Jacinto Valley Academy

Jacob Chapman – Temecula Prep – At-Large

SECOND TEAM

Evan Bacani – Temecula Prep

Josh Elizalde – Temecula Prep

Carter Oddo – Temecula Prep

Johnny Compozano – Nuview Bridge

Franky Rodriguez – Nuview Bridge

Nolan Hill – Santa Rosa Academy

Brandon Lucero-Akana – San Jacinto Valley Academy

Local sports tips, as well as photos/scores/stats/highlights, can be submitted to the Valley News Sports Department by emailing sports@reedermedia.com.

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