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By JP Raineri
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HS Baseball: Local teams compete in Darryl Kile Classic, Temecula Valley claims championship


Last updated 4/13/2019 at 12:37am

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The Temecula Valley Golden Bears goes 4-0 and beats host team Norco 17-3 to claim the Darryl Kile Memorial Tournament Championship Saturday, April 6, at Norco High School.

It's been nearly 17 years since the passing of Darryl Kile shocked the baseball world. Kile, a product of Norco High School, made his way to the big leagues where he pitched from 1991 to 2002 for three teams. Kile was known for his sharp, big-breaking curveball and died unexpectedly of coronary disease in a Chicago hotel room, where he and the St Louis Cardinals were staying for a weekend series against the Cubs. He was the first active major league player to die during the regular season since 1979, when the New York Yankees' Thurman Munson died in an aviation accident.

Since his passing, Norco High School's head coach, Gary Parcell, has honored the late great pitcher by holding a tournament each year in his name.

"He was a special young man, one that I pushed very hard, and though the tournament has grown and shrunken in size over the years, it is something we plan to carry out as a long-standing tradition here at Norco," Parcell said.

This year the tournament featured a good number of local southwest Riverside County teams, which included Paloma Valley, Hemet, Murrieta Mesa and Temecula Valley high schools. The week started off with Paloma Valley facing a Murrieta Mesa team that was just coming off a championship run in the Titan Spring Classic. Murrieta Mesa would be playing eight games in as many days by the end of the tournament, and it would be the third time the Wildcats and the Rams would face each other this season, which is unusual for teams not in the same league. Each matchup had been a good one thus far, as was this third and final matchup, until about the sixth inning when Paloma Valley blew the game wide-open. The Wildcats won every outing against Murrieta Mesa this season and continue to stay relevant in the CIF-SS Division 3 standings. Norco upset Paloma Valley as they faced off Friday night, both garnishing undefeated records. With the win, the stage was set for Norco to get back to the championship. Paloma Valley would go on to take fourth place in the tournament with a 2-2 record.

Each of the southwest Riverside County teams got their fair shake at each other, but it would be Temecula Valley that covered every facet to go undefeated through pool play. The Golden Bears were looking to avenge two straight years of losing in the final game, which has come down to them and host Norco. The third time was definitely the charm as Temecula Valley coasted to an easy 17-3 win over Norco Saturday, April 6. The blow-out victory helped the Golden Bears improve their season record to 10-12 as they prepare to resume Southwestern League play this week against Vista Murrieta High School. Temecula Valley got their offense started in the first inning when they scored seven runs as Norco pitching failed to find the strike zone. The Golden Bears had an early 14-0 lead, which proved too much for Norco to recover. Temecula Valley would score one more run in the third and two in the fourth inning before the game was called. Norco scored two runs in the second and another in the fifth inning.

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Paloma Valley and Murrieta Mesa meet up for the third time this season at the Darryl Kile Memorial Tournament, held at Norco High School.

Cole Urman, who will be playing at California State University Fullerton next season, drove in three runs with a double and scored twice for the Golden Bears. Gant Rayfield also scored two times and had 2 RBIs while Devon Hawks, Ryan Hadeen and Chris McKinney drove in one run each. Ryan Page and Christopher Paciolla scored twice. Jonas Neal was on the mound at the beginning of the game for Temecula Valley and earned the victory. He allowed three hits and two runs over two innings, striking out one. Aidan Stuart and Micheal Farynianrz came out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief.  Isaiah Cortez took the loss for Norco. He lasted two-thirds of an inning, allowing seven runs on one hit and striking out two.

With three weeks left in the regular season, action is going to heat up as the playoffs draw near. Southwestern League match-ups this week also include Murrieta Valley against Great Oak, and Murrieta Mesa will take on Chaparral High School. Paloma Valley gets back to Ivy League action against Heritage High School, and over in the Mountain Pass league for Hemet High School, the Bulldogs, who went 2-2 in the Darryl Kile, they will face San Jacinto High School.

JP Raineri can be reached by email at [email protected]


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