Top area softball teams prepare for league play
CHINO HILLS – Many of the area’s top softball teams participated in the SoCal’s Best Invitational at the Big League Dreams complex in Chino Hills last week. The tournament is used as a warm-up for teams looking to get some work in before league starts. Three teams from the Inland area finished the round-robin showcase with perfect records, and one of those teams was Murrieta Mesa. The two other teams were Norco and Yucaipa.
Norco, the tournament host at No. 1-ranked team in the state, posted victories over Ayala, Glendora, Mater Dei, Huntington Beach and Glendora to improve to 7-0. Yucaipa defeated Great Oak, Rim of the World, Mater Dei, Glendora and El Modena to improve to 9-1, and Murrieta Mesa knocked off Mater Dei, Diamond Bar, El Modena, Ayala and Huntington Beach to improve to 7-0.
Junior Lacie Ham went 4-0 for the Lady Rams with a 1.04 ERA and 42 strikeouts in the circle. Sophomore third baseman Jaelyn Eaves went 9 for 14 with nine RBIs, while senior shortstop Presleigh Pilon went 7 for 17. Junior second baseman Bella Flexen scored nine times. Murrieta Mesa will begin Southwestern League play this week against Vista Murrieta.
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