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On March 21st, the opening game features top-seeded Temecula Valley playing Vista Murrieta, Murrieta Valley will take on Great Oak and Murrieta Mesa meets Chaparral under the lights.
On March 21st, the opening game features top-seeded Temecula Valley playing Vista Murrieta, Murrieta Valley will take on Great Oak and Murrieta Mesa m...

Valley News Diamond Showcase opens this Friday, March 21

Opening Day for Southwestern League Baseball

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
Issue 12, Volume 18.
Paul Bandong
Sports Writer

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The Valley News Diamond Showcase will feature all the teams of the Southwestern League and the Sunbelt League playing in two exciting days of baseball at Diamond Stadium, home to the Lake Elsinore Storm, Class A-Advanced farm team of the San Diego Padres. The Southwestern League triple-header will be on Opening Day, this Friday, March 21st; the Sunbelt League tripleheader will be on May 2nd. Fans will be able to watch three baseball games in one day for only $5 admission.

This is the sixth year that the Storm has provided local high school baseball teams with the opportunity to experience the professional baseball life in their state-of-the-art facility. This is the twenty-first anniversary of the Storm at the Diamond and Pete Lehr Field, considered one of the finest venues in all of minor league baseball, seating over 8000 for baseball. In that time, the Storm has sent 120 players to the major league and won three California League Championships. The facility can handle 14,000 for other events, like concerts.

On March 21st, the opening game features top-seeded Temecula Valley playing Vista Murrieta at 2 pm; Murrieta Valley will take on Great Oak at 4:45 pm; and Murrieta mesa meets Chaparral at 7:30 pm under the lights. Temecula Valley was the CIF runner-up in last year’s Division 2 finals.

This year’s event sponsors include: Lake Chevrolet, Juice It Up, Rancho Physical Therapy, Swivel Vision, Executive Event Services, Get Air trampoline Park, Hill Recovery, Sun Pro Solar, and Paradise Chevrolet. Sponsorships are still available for the Sunbelt League Showcase. Contact Laurianna Briana at for details.

Upcoming events at the Diamond include: Storm Fan fest on April 2nd, JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes on April 5th, Eibach Springs Honda Meet on May 4, and the memorial day 5k/10K run on May 26. Details can be found online at

Take the day off and watch a great tripleheader as our local teams battle it out.



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