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By JP Raineri
Sports Editor 

HS Baseball: Temecula Valley heating up as playoffs begin, stun San Dimas in first round opener

 

Last updated 5/5/2019 at 7:51am

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Junior right-hander, James Wambold, guided the Golden Bears past Millikan in a wild-card matchup that set the stage for a first-round victory against San Dimas Friday, May 3.

The Temecula Valley Golden Bears got off to a shaky start this season, in fact, they were 3-10 at one point, but that was then ... and this is now.

After going 13-4 to finish the regular season, Temecula Valley clinched a tie for second place in the Southwestern League, earning a wild-card bid in the CIF-SS Division 2 playoffs.

Behind the arm of junior James Wambold, Temecula Valley rallied to beat Millikan High School 3-0 in that wild-card game Wednesday, May 1.

Wambold, a verbal commit to Cal State Fullerton, was almost perfect on the mound against the Millikan Rams, allowing one hit in his complete game shutout.

Christopher Paciolla, Gant Rayfield and Ryan Page drove in the three runs for Temecula Valley, which consisted of Devon Hawks, Cole Urman and Nolan George. The victory advanced the Golden Bears to round one of the Division 2 playoffs against San Dimas Friday, May 3.

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Temecula Valley senior, Gant Rayfield, executed a perfectly placed bunt with two outs late in the game that set the table for a Golden Bears win Wednesday, May 1.

When the Golden Bears took to the road to face the Saints going into this past weekend, hopes were high, but they knew it was going to be a battle. San Dimas (23-5), the undefeated Valle Vista Champions who advanced to the prestigious National Classic championship game just a month ago, didn't take Temecula Valley lightly, but also couldn't overcome a series of early errors.

The Saints committed three that led to the Golden Bears' 3-0 lead that they took to the seventh inning. They would tack on two more runs in the final inning to put the game out of reach, 5-1, behind the sticks of Urman and Chris McKinney, who both hit 2 doubles in the game.

Temecula Valley sophomore left-hander Ethan Van Scoy took a two-hitter into the seventh before giving up a run. Aiden Stuart would come in to close the game in relief for the final out.

The Golden Bears will be home against Villa Park for a second-round game Tuesday, May 7. Villa Park defeated Corona del Mar in their first-round game.

 

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