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
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
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
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