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HS Baseball: Paloma Valley Wildcats steal two from Elsinore Tigers


Last updated 5/5/2018 at 1:10am


Senior left-handed pitcher, Jake Umathum, earned a win last week against Elsinore and went 2-3 at the plate.

The Paloma Valley Wildcats have taken over sole possession of third place in the Sunbelt League after taking down the Elsinore Tigers twice last week. Wednesday, April 25, Paloma Valley defeated Elsinore 6-0 and Friday, April 27, the Wildcats won 8-1.

The first game of the week was a pitcher's duel through the first six innings until Paloma Valley's offense broke through for 5 runs. Trevor Bateson, the Sunbelt League strikeout leader (48), threw a complete game no-hitter striking out three batters along the way. Travis Shaff-Brown (Sr) went 2 for 4 with 2 runs batted in while Brandon Reyes (Jr), JJ Peterson (Jr) and Jake Umathum (Sr) all had hits that helped drive in runs for the visiting Wildcats. Elsinore pitcher Jacob Ruggles threw a complete game for the Tigers.

During Friday's game at home it would be Paloma Valley again on the winning side as senior hurler Jake Umathum threw a strong four innings for the Wildcats to earn the win, striking out eight batters and only allowing one run during his stint on the mound. Junior right-hander Cade Swenson pitched the fifth inning for Paloma Valley, senior Dallas Frederick threw the sixth inning, recording one strike out, and junior Drew Rico pitched the seventh inning and struck out the side.

Offensively in the second game of the week, Umathum led the hitting attack going 2 for 3 with a triple and knocked in two runs for the Wildcats. Senior third baseman Chase Castor went 2 for 3 as did senior catcher Jordan Daniels, who also scored a run with one of his hits. Corey Farber went 2 for 3 at the plate to lead all Elsinore hitters.


Paloma Valley pitcher, Trevor Bateson, leads the Sunbelt League in strikeouts and threw a complete game no-hitter against the Elsinore Tigers.

Paloma Valley has Perris on deck this week, Lakeside and Elsinore will hit the fields to take each other on and Heritage and Temescal Canyon, who are both tied at 9-2 in league, will battle for the top spot with two weeks to go.

Sunbelt Standings

Temescal Canyon (17-6-1, 9-2)

Heritage (15-6, 9-2)

Paloma Valley (8-12, 6-5)

Perris (13-12, 4-7)

Elsinore (13-11, 3-8)

Lakeside (6-16, 2-9)

* Standings are read as overall, then league record.

** Reported scores/stats/recaps get priority in print. Email [email protected] to report info.


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