With only seven conference games remaining in the high-octane Southwestern League high school softball race, the standings are heating up. The Murrieta Mesa Rams are leading the charge with an impressive 8-0 league record. Dominating the field, they’ve lost just two games all season, boasting a strong 17-2 record. The team’s offensive talent is evident, having scored 181 runs while surrendering merely 50. Taelyn Holley, a standout star for the Rams, leads the league with an outstanding 34 hits in 50 at-bats and has smashed 7 homeruns.

Murrieta Mesa’s Lilly Hauser, who leads the Southwestern League in the wins column, makes the throw to first base during a recent game. Valley News/Action Captures Media Group

Notably, Murrieta Mesa has five of the top ten hitters in the league—illustrating their deep lineup strength. In the pitching sphere, Lilly Hauser is throwing victory after victory, leading the league with 11 overall wins and 102 strikeouts. But it’s not all about Murrieta Mesa; Trista Clarke from Chaparral is also making waves as one of the next top hitters in the group with 16 hits in 32 at-bats.

The race for second place is currently led by the Great Oak Wolfpack, holding a solid 5-1 league standing with their only league loss handed to them by the formidable Rams. Their overall record is 6-4-1. In third, the Vista Murrieta Broncos are keeping the competition tight with a 4-1 league record and an overall 8-5 record, not to be underestimated as we approach the business end of the league.

The Murrieta Valley Nighthawks are perched in fourth place with a 2-5 league record and hold an 8-11 overall record, showing they have the potential to stir the standings.

Meanwhile, the Chaparral Pumas and the Temecula Valley Golden Bears are sitting in fifth and sixth place, respectively. Chaparral is currently 2-6 in the league and 5-11 overall, whereas Temecula Valley is searching for their first league win, with a 0-8 league record and a 1-11 overall. Can the Rams maintain their flawless streak, or will the Wolfpack close in on the lead? Don’t miss any of the action with key matchups set for this week:

Upcoming Games include the series bouts between Murrieta Mesa as they take on Murrieta Valley, Vista Murrieta goes head-to-head against Great Oak and Temecula Valley faces off with Chaparral. Be sure to catch these exciting encounters on Tuesday and Thursday at 3:30 pm. Stay tuned for more thrills from the Southwestern League softball field!

All standings and stats up to date on MaxPreps as of 03/28/24. Send sports updates to 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.