Temecula Valley catcher Janelle Monaghan makes a play at the plate against Great Oak Friday, March 24. Valley News/Time Stood Still Photography

While the rain was busy washing away a slurry of high school games and events over the past couple of weeks, a good amount of spring sports programs found ways to get some games in, when the weather wasn’t so bad. For the teams that didn’t have such luck, well, area athletic directors have been busy on the phone, and behind their screens, rescheduling games.

With only one month left in the regular spring season, prep athletes are going to be busy making up those missed games. Up until this past Friday, some local teams had not had a game in almost 14 days, which also means practice time was limited to whatever unique ideas coaches could come up with indoors.

In a nonleague bout, Paloma Valley first baseman Jaylen Adams (4) receives a pick-off throw during a game against the Broncos Saturday, March 25, at Vista Murrieta High School. Valley News/Action Captures Media Group

On the baseball fields, Murrieta Valley, despite being the fourth-place team right now, seems to be the sneaky sleeper. The Nighthawks have now beat two of the top three teams that are ahead of them in the standings. Their most recent victory came at home when they took down the Pumas 2-1 Friday, March 24.

Chaparral had been sitting nicely in first place without a league loss in their first few games, but are now joined by Vista Murrieta at 3-1, who beat Murrieta Mesa prior to going into last weekend. The Rams are still trying to find a way to get in the fight after dropping their first five league bouts. Great Oak, who fell to Murrieta Valley a couple weeks back, picked up their third league win, also before last weekend, with a 5-0 victory over fifth place Temecula Valley.

The standings for SWL baseball teams, going into this week, looked like this: Chaparral (3-1, 10-2 overall); Vista Murrieta (3-1, 6-4 overall); Great Oak (3-2, 6-3 overall); Murrieta Valley (3-3, 7-6); Temecula Valley (2-2, 5-2-1); Murrieta Mesa (0-5 2-6).

On the softball fields, first place Murrieta Mesa continued their winning ways as the week wrapped up, even though they keep getting tested at every corner of league play. The Rams, who didn’t make it to the top tier bracket at the Dave Kops Memorial Tournament of Champions in Arizona two weekends ago, responded nicely to having to face a steadfast Beaumont on Monday of last week. It was a rescheduled nonleague bout, featuring a showdown against their ace pitcher Cambria Salmon, who is Texas-bound next season.

Murrieta Mesa remains unbeaten in league play after routing Vista Murrieta 2-0 last Friday, March 24. Valley News/Andrez Imaging

Salmon was the 2022 IE Varsity Player of the Year but could do little to stop Mesa sluggers Paige Bambarger and Jazzy Burns, who knocked in three runs apiece. With 14 hits in the game overall, Murrieta Mesa grabbed an early lead and rolled to a 12-2 win in a nonleague game that ended in the fifth inning because of the mercy rule. Standings going into this week looked this: Murrieta Mesa (4-0-1, 10-1-1); Vista Murrieta (2-2, 6-3); Murrieta Valley (2-2, 4-9); Chaparral (1-3, 3-5); Great Oak (0-0-1, 1-4-1); Temecula Valley (0-2, 0-4).

While we don’t have many notes to go with for the following Southwestern League sports, here is a look at where teams are falling in line when it comes to standings.

Girls’ Lacrosse

Murrieta Mesa (3-0, 8-4-1)

Temecula Valley (2-1, 5-4)

Chaparral (2-2, 8-3)

Vista Murrieta (1-1, 8-2)

Murrieta Valley (0-2, 5-6)

Great Oak (0-2, 1-4)

Boys’ Lacrosse

Vista Murrieta (2-0, 10-2)

Temecula Valley (2-0, 7-2)

Chaparral (2-1, 4-7)

Great Oak (1-1, 6-4)

Murrieta Mesa (0-2, 2-4)

Murrieta Valley    (0-2, 1-3)

Boys’ Volleyball

Vista Murrieta (5-0, 13-4)

Murrieta Mesa (3-1, 16-5)

Chaparral (2-2, 5-8)

Temecula Valley (1-1, 9-7)

Great Oak (1-4, 3-11)

Murrieta Valley (0-4, 3-14)

Boys’ Tennis

Great Oak (5-2, 6-4)

Temecula Valley  (3-2, 5-3)

Chaparral (1-1, 2-1)

Murrieta Mesa (2-3, 2-3)

Murrieta Valley (1-1, 2-2)

Vista Murrieta (1-2, 2-2)

JP Raineri can be reached by email at sports@reedermedia.com.

JP Raineri
JP Raineri

JP is an award-winning multimedia journalist, and head of the Sports Department for the Valley News. Over his time in the Temecula Valley, JP, a former Southwestern League head baseball coach, was also an on-air radio personality at Q103.3, KATY 101.3, Hot 103.9, and was a television host for the Outdoor Channel. When not covering local, or national sports, JP also serves as an Associate Baseball Scout with NSR.