D-1 Signing Day
We are very proud to have two of our seniors sign with NCAA Division 1 schools today.
Griffin Murphy, below left with his parents Dennis and Linda, signed with the University of San Diego.
Kyle McNutt, below right with his parents Mike and Terri, signed with UNLV.
2nd Annual Wildcat Baseball Camp on the Horizon
REV Baseball is preparing and excited for the 2nd annual Christmas Break Baseball Camp, held at the REV baseball fields January 3-4. Camp times are from 9:00-2:00, though we recommend campers show up around 8:45. Lunch will be provided both days, along with guest speakers after each lunch.
Coaches for the camp include:
Along with many REV Baseball alum including Griffin Murphy and Jeremy Perez
It's not too late to sign up - click on the "Fundraisers" link to the left and download the flyer for the camp. Please mail into Coach Cordes at the address listed. We look forward to seeing all the campers out on the 3rd!
1st Annual Wildcat Winter Break Baseball Camp a Success
More than 100 up-and-coming baseball players from the Redlands community, ranging from ages 6-14, came out to learn the intricacies of America's pasttime from some of the sharpest baseball minds in the community, along with a present Major League manager.
Dusty Baker (Cincinnati Reds manager) gave offensive and defensive tips throughout the day, then entertained questions from the campers for a half an hour. Other coaches: Scott Laverty (University of Redlands), Chad Zerbe (Former San Francisco Giants), Daren Espinoza (Rialto High School), Tyler Chatwood (Los Angeles Angels), Steve Hernandez (Los Angeles Angels), Robbie Hudson (Chicago White Sox), Trevor Hairgrove (UCR), Curt Mendoza (San Diego State alum).
Please check our "PHOTOS" section soon for pictures from the two-day camp.
Varsity Preseason Tournament Championships
After going through a grueling preseason schedule that, at one point, included 7 games in 8 days, the REV varsity baseball squad concluded its preseason tournament run with an impressive resume: 2 tournament wins in 3 tries.
The Chino Tournament Championship was won by REV - last done in 2002 - with a 19-3 win over host Chino on Saturday, March 13.
The 2nd Annual Redlands Baseball Invitational - co-hosted by REV and RHS - was taken home by the Wildcats with a 4-2 win over their rival Terriers at the University of Redlands
CBL Title Returns To REV
After a year hiatus in 2009, the CBL title has returned to the REV Baseball program. Having taken home the hardware in 2007 and 2008, the Wildcats, with the 2010 title, have earned a championship in three out of the last four years.
Matching the program record of league wins, the 2010 REV squad made it three years in a row of going 12-2 in league - an impressive 36-6 in CBL action since 2008.
After clinching the title at home this past Friday with an 18-8 win over Carter, the Wildcats now await playoff seeding. Expected to be a high-overall seed in the tournament, REV will likely play next Friday in 1st round action; a Wildcard play-in game next Tuesday is an unlikely, but possible scenario as well.
Playoff seeding comes out Monday, May 17th.
Murphy named CBL Player of the Year; 5 Wildcats receive 1st-Team all CBL
At the all-CBL meeting held this past Thursday, the REV baseball team took home 7 lofty awards, including tying the most first-team awards - 6 - that the Wildcats have ever take home (the 2009 squad also took home 6 1st-team awards).
Griffin Murphy, with 5 league wins (all coming against the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th place teams in league) and 46 strikeouts, was unamimously selected the CBL Player of the Year. He is the second Wildcat to bring home this honor in three years (Tyler Chatwood, 2008).
Receiving 1st-team all-CBL awards were five other well-deserving seniors. Brad Burcroff, with his team-leading 37 RBIs; Michael Delcid with a landslide win at 3rd base; Andrew Redman with 11 CBL stolen bases; Aaron Beckley with a .559 average in CBL (second highest of any player this year); and Kyle McNutt with 5 wins on the mound.
REV head coach James Cordes was named co-coach of the year with Daren Espinoza, his close friend and head coach at Rialto High School (second place in CBL).
Griffin Murphy selected by the Toronto Blue Jays, 61st overall
Griffin Murphy was selected in the 2nd round of this year's MLB first-year player draft by the Toronto Blue Jays. With his selection, Griffin will forego college at the University of San Diego and begin minor league baseball this July.
Griffin is the highest draft pick in REV Baseball's history. Congratulations to him and his family.
Miguel (Michael) Gonzalez-Martinez said goodbye to his teammates and coaches last night and headed home to the Dominican Republic. Leaving from Ontario, Miguel had a long day-and-a-half traveling itinerary ahead of him. Once back home in the D.R., he plans to return to the States in a month to enroll in a community college to continue his baseball career. Michael is also a citizen of Spain.
Michael was a second-team all CBL selection this past year, solidifying the first base position for the Wildcats. Against Fontana, he was a double away from the cycle and was thrown out on a bloop single down the right field line. Later in the year, in one of the season's biggest swings, Miguel knocked in 3 runs with a double to the right-center gap at Yucaipa. After both occasions, he popped up from his slide with his patented big smile.
Pictured here with Miguel are his some of his senior teammates, from left to right: Griffin Murphy, Dalton Young, Miguel, Brad Burcroff, Andy Redman, and Michael Delcid.
Varsity Pitching Coach Chad Zerbe Conditioning Camp
Zerbe Conditioning Camp Flyer
One of the Inland Empire's best pitching coaches in the area, REV's Chad Zerbe, will be holding a pitching and conditioning camp this July and August for 30 prospective baseball players in the area. Slots are quickly filling up - download the attached flyer and sign up today.
2010-2011 REV Baseball Campaign Set To Begin
Monday, August 16th, marks the first day of practice for the 2011 Wildcats. Over the next 10 months, the program will play 30 varsity and JV fall and winter games, partake in a grueling, 3-day-a-week lifting program for 6 months, host a community-wide baseball camp, and culminate with the CIF season beginning in March.
Changes within the program are few, which is particularly ideal. Bryan Andriese, a 2005 REV alum and coach since 2008, will take the helm as head coach of the freshmen team. The JV program will retain head coach Pat Paramo, beginning his 4th season molding up and coming varsity ball players. The varsity coaching staff will stay intact as well, maintaining a sense of cohesion for the remaining and incoming varsity ball players.
As always, the goal of each season is to maintain the standard of excellence that past Wildcat ball players have instilled. Thank you for your support.
Nike Fall Spirit Pack Order Form Online - Due To Coach Cordes by Friday, August 20th
Fall Spirit Pack Order Form
The fall spirit pack and gear is available for downloading. Ken's Sporting Goods, the long-time supplier of Wildcat Baseball, has put together a great package with excellent deals. Here's what you need to know:
- All players (10th-12th) are required to get the "Mandatory" package - black shorts, gray shirt, black/gray hat. The extra gear underneath the mandatory pack is for anyone and everyone to order from. Players can get as many of these things as they wish, or as little. Note that we won't have a lifting shirt this year - though the "Pro Hypercool Half Sleeve" shirt would be a great one to lift in.
- Both the mandatory and extra gear are available to all parents, families, relatives and friends. Please put all orders from one family on a single downloaded spirit pack form. This will help with distribution.
- You must include payment with the spirit pack forms. ALL FORMS ARE DUE BY FRIDAY, AUGUST 20TH. This will insure that we receive the gear in a timely manner.
Thanks for getting these orders done.
For all juniors and seniors who hope to receive a scholarship at the NCAA D1 or D2 level - you must first register with the NCAA clearinghouse. This registration is a one-time necessity and costs $50. Below is a link to the registration form. Parents can also sign up their kids. Click on the "NCAA Information" link to the left for more information and handouts.
NCAA Eligibility Center Link
In Loving Memory
Thoughts on Tony Hernandez
Tony Hernandez - father, coach, friend - was unmistakably in love with at least three things in this world: his wife, his children, and the game of baseball. As the Hernandez family begins to cope with the tragedy of his passing, the REV Baseball program would like to provide a vehicle in which to celebrate the impact and affect that Tony had on us all.
Above is a link to my own personal reflection of Tony. I have always used writing as a means for coping and I encourage everyone else to do the same. Please, if you're able and willing, click on our "Guestbook" link in the upper right-hand corner of this page. Once there, submit your own story of Tony: how he helped you as a coach, how he affected your life, a funny moment you remember with him. Anything to pass on his memory and, perhaps, provide a flash of happiness to everyone as we cope.
As always, our prayers and thoughts are with the Hernandez family. Drew, SS is ready for whenever you return.
Tony Hernandez Memorial Service
October 2, 2010 – 02:00 PM
Memorial Service Announcement
This coming Saturday, Kim and the Hernandez family invite all friends of Tony out to the REV baseball field to participate in a memorial service for him. Attached is the announcement for the service. Please download it and share with anyone who might be interested in attending.
Guests will have a chance to share stories of Tony, while refreshments and a DVD of him will be shown afterwards in the Wildcat Cafe. Please dress casually, as we will be on the baseball field in the sun.
Stateline Turnaround Fundraiser a Blow-Out!
This past Saturday, 47 REV baseball parents, coaches, family, friends, and supporters climbed aboard a coach bus and headed to the stateline in Primm, NV. Despite a literal blow-out - the left rear tire blew out and shredded, forcing about a 45-min delay in a random parking lot - the entire crew had a great time.
We would like to thank the following people for helping to make this possible:
- Albert and Pam Vega for the breakfast burritos
- H & L Charter / Ebmeyer Charter
- Shannon for the on-board snacks
- Raffle donors: Redlands Benchwarmers, Empire Bowl, Calimesa Country Club, Yucaipa Golf Club, Jen Lujan, the Tiptons, Robin Jacome, Ballard Plumbing and Air, Griffin Murphy, Tyler Chatwood, Dusty Baker
- And assistant coach Jeff Martinez for setting up the entire fundraiser.
"Coach Tony" Memorial Tournament - REVISED SCHEDULE
October 16, 2010 – 08:00 AM
Revised Tournament Flyer and Schedule
The REV Baseball Program is proud to announce the upcoming Inaugural "Coach Tony" Memorial Baseball Tournament. This 8-team tournament will be played on October 16th at the REV and Redlands High varsity baseball fields. Each team playing rearranged its fall ball schedule to accommodate this tournament - we would like to thank all coaches for doing this. The donations from the tournament entry will go directly to the "Coach Tony" Memorial Scholarship, which will be handed out in June to a deserving REV senior.
- Citrus Valley
- Rancho Cucamonga
- San Gorgonio
REV kicks off the tournament at 8 am vs. San Gorgonio, then plays again at 3:30 vs. Chino. Please download the flyer and schedule for a complete listing of playing times and locations. At the end of the day's games, we will have a BBQ at the REV varsity baseball field for all teams, friends, and family.
Thank you again to everyone who have helped put this tournament together.
2nd Annual Christmas Camp Dates and Participants Finalized!
2nd Annual Camp Flyer and Registration
The Diamond Booster Club is proud to announce the dates and guest coaches for the 2nd Annual Wildcat Christmas Break Baseball Camp. On Monday, January 3rd and Tuesday, January 4th, the REV coaching staff will host campers of ages 8-14 to review offensive, defensive, and pitching techniques and drills.
Each day, the camp will have guest speakers. Monday will be a "Draft Roundtable Discussion" comprised of both Griffin Murphy and Tyler Chatwood
. Tuesday's speaker is the energetic and charismatic Rex Hudler
, former Los Angeles Angel player and broadcaster. Along with those speakers, here is a list of a few of the volunteer coaches from around the community helping:
- Los Angeles Angels Scout
- Riverside Community College
- Former San Francisco Giant
- Former Los Angeles Dodger
- University of Redlands
- Rialto High School
Please click on the above link to download the flyer for this year's camp. Be sure to get your registration in early to save money. If you are registering for multiple family members or teammates, be sure to ask Coach Cordes about the family/team discount.
REV Baseball's 2nd Annual Casino Night
November 13, 2010 – 07:00 PM
2nd Annual Casino Night Flyer
Come join the REV Baseball family for our 2nd Annual Casino Night. Held at the Portuguese American Club in Mentone, CA, and beginning at 7:00 pm, the casino night will feature roulette, blackjack, craps, and poker. While no real gambling takes place, players collect their winnings and work towards a grand prize!
Please pre-register with Coach Cordes before November 13th for the $50 door charge. If you register the day of the event, the cost increases to $60. The flyer can be downloaded above. Drink tickets and dinner come with the door charge. Enjoy a raffle as well. We look forward to seeing you all there.
Spring Spirit Packs Ready
The spirit packs for the 2011 campaign are in and ready for ordering. All players will be given these flyers, along with information on how to sell outfield banner signs to help pay for the gear.
Instructions for each spirit pack are on the forms. There are three possible packs: a V/JV spirit pack, a Freshmen spirit pack, and an optional ordering form. All items on the V/JV and Freshmen forms are mandatory items.
DUE DATE: All forms with quantities and sizes - Friday, November 19th
DUE DATE: All money for all spirit packs - Monday, November 29th
Supplier for these forms is Ken's Sporting Goods.
Please use the Spring Spirit Pack link to access the forms.
The REV Baseball Program is again adopting a family in need this holiday season. This year we have the privilege of helping a couple with two teenage boys.
If you are interested in helping the program donate presents for the family, please see the "Fundraisers" link to the left. Under this link, you will find the "wish lists" of the four members of the family.
If you do buy a present, please have it wrapped with the gender and age of the family member the present is for, along with our family's number (#6).
1st Semester Grades
A - 84 / B - 55 / C - 26 / D - 8 / F - 0
Total Team GPA: 3.22
Congrats to the players of 6th period for having no F's.
Wildcat Baseball Camp: Speakers Thrill Campers
The 2nd Annual Wildcat Winter Break Baseball Camp was a huge success with a record showing of 146 campers. Despite a rain postponement from earlier in the week, campers ranging from ages 7-14 braved the cold and wet conditions to learn baseball from some of the areas top baseball minds.
The real highlights of the two-day camp, however, were the speakers who appeared after lunch. On the first day, former REV players Tyler Chatwood (Los Angeles Angels AAA, #2 prospect in their farm system) and Tommy Hanson (Atlanta Braves starting pitcher, second-runner-up in MLB's 2009 Rookie of the Year voting) sat and fielded all kinds of questions from the campers. Garnering the most laughter was Tommy's answer, when asked who washed the dishes between he and Tyler (they live together in Dana Point): "We use paper plates."
The second day of camp, 13-year MLB veteran and former Los Angeles Angels color announcer Rex Hudler captivated the campers, coaches, and parents with a spirited speech and discussion about his life growing up, his big league experience, and everything in between. Highlights include the story of Cal Ripken Jr. helping him propose to his wife, along with Rex's own mother negotiating his first contract with the New York Yankees.
The REV Baseball program is indebted to all coaches, campers, and parents who came out and helped make the camp a success. Thank you!
To view pictures from the camp, please click on this link: 2nd Annual Camp Photo Gallery
Highland Flooding Clean-Up
This past Saturday, over 50 players and 9 coaches from the REV Baseball program met in Highland at 8 am to help dig out homes who were hit by mud-slides and flooding during the rain storms in December. Encountering entire houses - rooms, kitchens, garages - that were filled with 3-feet of mud, the players shoveled, wheel-barrowed, lifted, and cleaned for three hours. By the end, the damage was still evident, but improving. Pictured to the left are some of the older players afterwards.
To view pictures from the clean-up, click on the link below to take you to the Kodak viewing gallery. Highland Clean-Up Help
2011 Dick's Sporting Goods Preseason Tournament Schedules Released
Games, locations, and times for all three levels competing in the Inaugural Dick's Sporting Goods Preseason Tournament have been received and added to the 2011 campaign calendar. Click on the "calendar" link to the left to see game information. Reminder: Transportation for all junior varsity and freshmen games will not be provided. More information on this will follow from each levels' head coach.
George Thanopoulos Commits to Columbia
REV's senior captain George Thanopoulos had one goal throughout his high school career: Get accepted and attend an Ivy League school. So when Pepperdine and other west coast schools came calling with baseball scholarship offers, he was tempted, but ultimately stuck to his goal. Turning down other Ivies - Cornell and Brown - he committed to Columbia this winter and has become the first REV baseball player to attend an Ivy League school. Recruited as both a pitcher and an outfielder, he is very excited to head east this fall. Congratulations to George and his family.
2011 CIF New Bat Standards and Rules
For the 2011 season, high school baseball is allowed to use previously BESR-regulated bats in California. These bats - either composite or alloy - are stamped with the BESR label somewhere on the barrel. After this season, all BESR bats will be illegal, making way for the new BBCOR bats, which are being used this season at the NCAA and NAIA levels. BBCOR bats perform much more like wood bats, having a smaller sweet spot on the barrel with less pop. However, the biggest difference is that they cannot be manipulated as easy - such as "rolling the barrell" - which became a big safety concern across aluminum bat baseball throughout the last couple of years.
In order to ensure that you or your son have a legal bat for this year, there are two things you must know:
- If it is a BBCOR bat, it is 100% legal.
- It if is a BESR bat, it must be on the list of "approved bats" in order for it to be legal. The link to a list of these approved bats is:
CIF Approved Composite Bats
Email or call Coach Cordes for more information.
3rd Annual Poker Tournament
3rd Annual Poker Tournament
The REV Baseball program is happy to hold our 3rd annual poker tournament this February. Held once again at the Ciraulo house in Highland - the son, JJ Ciraulo, is '10 REV Baseball Alum - the evening will include, dinner, drinks, a raffle, grand prizes, and a great view of the surrounding neighborhoods. Email head coach James Cordes (firstname.lastname@example.org) to reserve a spot at the tables.
Poker Tournament a Hit!
With the help from a very generous Ciraulo Family (John and Tami, plus kids), the 3rd Annual REV Baseball Poker tournament was a huge success. 40+ players, along with another 20 or so spectators, battled it out until midnight, with Keith Braun taking home first place and Mike Wilson coming in second.
The raffle prizes were impressive as well. Special thanks to Tom and Georgia Thanopoulos, Jesus Ontiveros, Doug Covey, Griffin Murphy, Empire Bowl, Rosa Maria's, and Troy Manning.
To view photos from the tournament, click on the link below, which can also be found in the "Photos" section to the left.
2011 Poker Tournament Pictures
UCR Baseball and REV Alum
This past weekend, the NCAA D-1 baseball campaign was kicked off around the country. In the mix for a run at the Big West championship, the UC-Riverside team squared off against LMU. Though coming away with only one win, there were three REV baseball alum in the starting line-up on Saturday and four total starters over the weekend. Trevor Hairgrove ('07 alum, SS), Matt Andriese ('08 alum, RHP), David Andriese ('09 alum, DH), and freshman Aaron Beckley ('10 alum, LF) all contributed for the Highlanders. To keep track of their progress, visit the UCR website at:
For other alumni news, visit the "Alumni Updates" link on the left.
2011 Varsity Captains
Captains for the 2011 varsity baseball team have been announced. Seniors Luke Bertino and George Thanopoulos, along with junior Frankie Alvarez, will take the reigns as leaders of the ball club. Helped out by a strong senior class, these captains look to help duplicate the program's past successes.
Dick's Sporting Goods Tournament - Final Round Games Announced
The final varsity game in the Dick's Sporting Goods Preseason Tournament is this Saturday, March 12th, at noon at Damien High School. REV will take on West Covina.
JV and Freshmen will finish their tournament games also on Saturday, March 12th. Both teams will be taking on West Covina as well, but with the games slotted to begin at 1:00 pm.
Varsity Runs Into Injuries
As the REV baseball program continues deeper and deeper into the Citrus Belt League season, the varsity squad saw two members hit with injuries this past week. Brian Chaparro, a junior centerfielder, broke the thumb on his catching hand after making a diving catch to end the third inning vs. Yucaipa on Tuesday. While the stab by Chaparro saved a pair of runs in the 10-6 REV win, it looks to cost him about 3-4 weeks in a cast.
Senior pitcher Joseph Molina took the mound the same day against the Thunderbirds in the 5th inning with, what was later identified as, a collapsed left lung. Molina - seen to the left here with his varsity teammates - left the hospital after two days of observation and expects to make a full recovery within the next two weeks.
Tyler Chatwood - '08 REV Alum - Makes MLB Debut
2008 REV Alum and CBL Player of the Year Tyler Chatwood strode out to the Los Angeles Angels' mound on Monday, April 11th, as only the second Wildcat ever to make a MLB debut (Tommy Hanson, '05 Alum). Facing a red-hot Cleveland Indians, Chatwood battled through early nerves and finished with an impressive, albeit unsuccessful, debut line: 5 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 4 BBs, 3 K, and 90 pitches.
The Redlands/Yucaipa/Fontana community had a great showing at Chatwood's debut, with many family, friends, and acquaintances making their way to the Big A to support the local pitcher. All of the nerves were a bit overwhelming for Chatwood. Quoted in the LA Times, Chatwood admitted that he "couldn't feel my body in that first inning...There's a lot of adrenaline going through you, you try to control it." (Courtesy of the LA Times, Mike DiGiovanni)
For more information on Chatwood's distinguished REV career, visit the "Alumni Updates" link on the left, along with "Records" and "All-CBL and CIF."
Varsity Spaghetti Feeds
With CBL contests scheduled every Tuesday and Thursday of each week, the varsity squad has been attending spaghetti feeds each Wednesday night, followed by a baseball movie afterwards - movie classics such as "Bull Durham" and "Major League" have been screened.
A special thanks goes out to all families and parents who have hosted the feeds so far, as well as the families who are scheduled to host in the future. Here's to a successful end of the CBL season.
The REV baseball program is proud to announce that the 2011 squad had 5 selections to the 1st-Team, All-CBL team. Selected by the six head coaches of the Citrus Belt League at the conclusion of the season, these players are on a list of 18 as the league's finest. They are:
- Senior George Thanopoulos
- Senior Joseph Molina
- Senior Matt Wilson
- Junior Frank Alvarez
- Junior Jackson McClelland
Selected to the 2nd-Team, All-CBL are the following players:
- Senior Luke Bertino
- Senior Brett Torrence
- Senior Drew Hernandez
- Junior Justin Jacome
Look for the complete list of 1st-Team, All-CBL players from all teams in the upcoming local newspapers. The REV baseball program is proud of all players both on and off this list.
The banquet for this year's 2011 REV baseball squad will take place Thursday, May 26th, at 7:30 in the Wildcat Cafe. Preceding the banquet is the senior dinner, which is held at BJ's Restaurant off the Tippecanoe exit in Loma Linda. Seniors will eat with the varsity coaching staff, then head over to the Cafe around 7:15, where everyone will be waiting for them. Expect the banquet to run about two hours.
Any questions, please don't hesitate to email James Cordes at email@example.com
MLB Draft - Matt Andriese, 2008 REV Alum
RHP Matt Andriese, who helped guide the Wildcats to the 2008 CIF Title game, has been drafted in the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft by the San Diego Padres. Drafted in the 3rd round as the 112th pick overall, Matt comes out of University of California-Riverside where he had a very successful three-year career. Racking up 180 strikeouts and 14 wins in his Highlander days, Matt also spent a very successful summer playing in the prestigious Cape Cod League in Massachusetts.
As the 112th pick in the draft, Matt is the third-highest draft pick ever to graduate from REV. The top two are Tyler Chatwood (74th overall, 2008 Draft) and Griffin Murphy (61st overall, 2010 Draft).
2nd Annual Stateline Turnaround!
Stateline Turnaround Flyer
The first fundraiser for the 2011-2012 REV Baseball Campaign has been finalized and is ready for participants! The 2nd Annual Stateline Turnaround will take place Saturday, September 3rd. This is a holiday weekend, but it will give parents, friends, and family a chance to spend a day with the REV baseball coaches, while having Sunday and Monday left for the holiday.
Last year's inaugural turnaround was a great success, with all 50 participants having a blast. This year we expect no less. Please get your sign-ups and money in immediately. It is only $35 for pre-registration, which gets your a seat on the bus and a free buffet at the casino in Primm, NV. There are only 50 seats available, so get your registration in quickly.
Any questions? Please contact varsity associate head coach Jeff Martinez, who is heading the turnaround: firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing you all on the bus!
Seniors Jump Start New Campaign
With a top-heavy and experienced senior class, the 2011-2012 REV baseball campaign is underway. Led by senior varsity returners Frankie Alvarez, Justin Jacome, Kevin Stevens, Jackson McClelland, and Brian Chaparro, and junior returners Marcos Vega, Yanni Thanopoulos, Dayton Reeves, and Blake Braun, the Wildcats hope to continue the past success of the program.
Fall/Winter competition kicks off in the middle of September, but weight lifting and classroom work is underway for the players. Beginning August 22nd, the program takes the field. Click on the "Calendar" link to the left to keep track of all upcoming events.
Wildcat Baseball Gear Order Forms
Wildcat Gear Order Form
Gear to support Wildcat Baseball is now available to all parents and friends of the program. Download the attached form, make your selections, and turn in your order to Coach Cordes.
There are some items that are in limited supply - to ensure getting the gear you want, order immediately. Questions? Email Cordes Cordes at email@example.com.
2012 Spring Schedules Finalized - Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Freshmen
2012 Spring Schedules - V, JV, FR
The schedules for REV Baseball's 2012 spring season are now finalized and available for viewing. Click on the link above to download your own schedule for all three levels. Highlights include:
VARSITY (15 CBL Games, 26 Total Games):
- 4th Annual RBI Tournament (hosted by REV, RHS, and CV)
- National Elite Tournament in Scottsdale, AZ, hosted by Saguaro HS
- Single game vs. Dorsey High School (Los Angeles)
- County Clash vs. Fontana
JUNIOR VARSITY(15 CBL Games, 23 Total Games):
- Tahquitz Tournament (4 games)
- Murrieta Tournament (4 games)
FRESHMEN (15 CBL Games, 23 Total Games):
- Centennial Tournament (4 games)
- Hemet Tournament (4 games)
Seniors Make Commitments
It is with pride that the REV Baseball Program announces the commitments of three seniors who will continue their baseball careers at the next level for the 2012-2013 season.
has committed to University of Santa Barbara, under the new leadership of national renown pitching coach (and now head coach) Andrew Checketts. With landing a very flattering scholarship, Justin will have a chance to compete for a NCAA D1 starting job on the bump next year for the Gauchos.
has committed to Pepperdine University, where he too has been offered a very generous scholarship. Jackson will be playing for the NCAA D1 Waves out in Malibu, CA, where he will have a chance to land in the starting rotation, while also benefiting from a world-class education.
, the lone senior commit to do so as a two-way player, will be attending Cal Baptist next fall. After committing to a scholarship offered to him from head coach Gary Adcock (former pitching coach at UCLA), Kevin will have the fall of 2012 to establish himself as a first baseman as well as a starting pitcher.
REV Baseball is proud of what these young men have accomplished on the field, but even more so in the classroom. Without their high GPAs - averaging just above a 3.4 combined - the scholarship offers would not have been there. Here's to continued great senior years from all three.
Coach Cordes Coaching in the Cape
REV Head Baseball Coach James Cordes has accepted an assistant coaching position for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in the Cape Cod League for the 2012 summer. Coaching under Scott Picker - long time Y-D Red Sox and legendary Cypress Community College head coach - Cordes will head back to the Cape from June-August. The Cape League, considered the nation's premier amateur collegiate summer league, is comprised of the top NCAA D1 prospects in the country. REV Baseball has an alum of the Y-D Red Sox as well. Stevie Chatwood, an '06 REV alum and USD third baseman, played under Pickler during the 2009 summer.
To learn more about the Cape Cod League, follow the link below:
Cape Cod League Official Wedbsite
To learn more about the Y-D Red Sox, follow this link:
Y-D Red Sox Home Page
Wildcats - Present and Alumni - Show at the Big "A"
Wednesday was a Wildcat reunion at the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Stadium. Six Wildcats - both present and alumni - took the field, three of them playing for the Angels Elite Scout Team and three playing for Riverside Community College.
Angels Elite Scout Ball players, pictured left, were Justin Jacome, Kevin Stevens, and Brian Chaparro (with Coach Cordes). Not pictured but usually present is Jackson McClelland. Jacome, on his 18th birthday, threw a shut-out inning, striking out 3. Stevens, playing 1B and pitching, was solid in the field and plate, and threw his own shut-out inning. Chaparro, manning left field, center field, and right field, contributed with a 2-2 effort (2B, RBI) and made a based loaded, 2-out running catch at the fence in the fourth inning.
Pitching for Riverside Community College were Kyle McNutt ('09 REV Alum) and Joseph Molina ('10), both who threw shut-out innings. Brad Burcroff ('09) played three innings at catcher and contributed a walk in his only at-bat.
Spring Spirit Packs Ready!
Spring Spirit Pack Order Form
The spring spirit packs are ready to be downloaded and ordered. Please click on the link above to download the pack. Coach Cordes will also have hard copies of the order form.
Some very important notes for ordering the spirit pack:
- Order forms are due by Friday, November 18th.
- Payments for the spirit packs are due by Friday, December 2nd
(see other payment options on the form itself).
- If a player orders gear and does not make the spring roster, the order will not be placed and any checks/payments will be returned.
- Coach Cordes will have sizes samples for the dri-fit shirts, polo, pants, jersey, and jackets.
- It will take roughly 3-4 weeks for the gear to come in.
Any questions? Email Coach Cordes at firstname.lastname@example.org
Red vs. Gray Classic - An Instant Classic
Capping off the end of the fall season with the Inaugural Red vs. Gray Classic, the REV Baseball program's ball players made the game live up to its billing. Taking a 10-7 lead into the ninth inning, the Red team barely hung on after putting the tying run in scoring position with two outs.
The Red team, lead by senior coaches Nick Mercado, Justin Jacome, Jordan Gonzales, Brian Chaparro, and Jackson McClelland, took home the Classic plaque and championship t-shirts. Falling just short, the gray team was lead by senior coaches Kevin Stevens, Frankie Alvarez, Hakeem Haynes, Jonathan Arthur, and Travis Borges.
At the conclusion of the game, all players and parents were treated to a BBQ with the Vega family manning the grill. Fall Ball Awards were given out afterwards.
As the 2011 fall campaign comes to a close, the coaching staff extends a big thank you to all players, parents, and friends who helped make it a successful one. Happy Holidays.
Senior Signing - Biggest in REV Baseball Ranks
REV Baseball is proud to celebrate the signing of four student-athletes from the program, along with a fellow Wildcat softball player.
All seniors, the following athletes signed national letters of intent to their respective universities. In attendance were their parents, friends, and teammates. In order of the picture to the left:
- Jackson McClelland signing with Pepperdine University. Parents Tim and Michelle McClelland.
- Frankie Alvarez signing with Cal Baptist University. Parents Frankie and Dina Alvarez.
- Olivia Bennett signing with Tennessee Tech. Parents Manny and Jennifer Gonzales.
- Kevin Stevens signing with Cal Baptist University. Parents Craig and Kim Stevens.
- Justin Jacome signing with Santa Barbara University. Parents Paul and Robin Jacome.
Congrats to all students-athletes as they worked hard in the classroom and on the field.
3rd Annual Wildcat Winter Break Baseball Camp
2012 Camp Registration
The REV baseball program is proud to host its 3rd annual baseball camp this coming January 3rd and 4th, 2012. Focusing on players aged 8-14, the camp will be a two-day, defensive and offensive event. Campers will receive t-shirts and lunch both days. Headlining the camp will be the retirement of Tyler Chatwood's
(Colorado Rockies) jersey number, along with a Q&A with Griffin Murphy
(Toronto Blue Jays) and Taijuan Walker
As has been a staple for the camp the last two years, one main draw is the amount of baseball minds and experience that come work the camp. This year, some headline coaches who will be in attendance are:
- Chad Zerbe (2002 Game 5 World Series winning pitching), Manny Gonzales (8 years in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization), Steve Hernandez (all-time winningest REV baseball coach), Daren Espinoza (long time Rialto High School baseball coach), Frank Martinez (5 CBL titles as AB Miller High School baseball coach), Jerry Renfro (long time HS head coach, collegiate assistant coach in area), Aaron Holley (REV alum, Associate Head Coach at Cal Baptist), Matt Andriese ('08, San Deigo Padres), Trevor Hairgrove ('08, Los Angeles Angels), Josh Salmon ('09, Westmont), David Andriese ('09, UCR), Jeremy Perez ('09, Chico State), Aaron Beckley ('10, UCR)
For the third consecutive year, the REV Baseball Program was happy to adopt a family in need during the holiday season. All classes - freshmen through seniors - along with managers and coaches pitched in to make sure the family received something under the tree.
Pictured to the right are some of the REV seniors, along with the two senior managers, Synthia and Cecilia.
Happy Holidays from the REV Baseball Family!
3rd Annual Camp A Success!
Thanks to the help of local camp coaches - REV coaches, REV alum, and area baseball coaches - the 3rd annual winter break baseball camp was another success at the REV baseball fields during the first week of January. 141 campers made an appearance for the two-day clinic and left with schooling in the finer techniques of defense and offense.
The highlight of the camp was the number-retiring ceremony of Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood ('08 REV Alum). Chatwood took questions from the campers, posed for pictures, and signed well over 200 autographs for a 45-minutes period.
It is because of the following camp coaches that this camp is a success. They do it willingly and for free, and for that the REV program is indebted: Griffin Murphy, Trevor Hairgrove, David Andriese, Jeremy Perez, Josh Salmon, Rico Alanis, AJ Beckley, Aaron Holley, Daren Espinoza, Bobby Ramirez, Steve Hernandez, Manny Gonzalez, Andy Redman, Michael Delcid, Tim Young, Matt Wilson, and the entire REV coaching staff.
For more coverage on this event, please click on the following link for the article from the Redlands Daily Facts: Facts Camp Article
The Press-Enterprise has uploaded the video of Tyler's number-retiring ceremony. Click on this link, then scroll down to the video on the left. Press-Enterprise Video
All camp pictures have been uploaded - and the glitch has been fixed. Please click on the Photo Album
link to the left to view them.
Preseason Tournaments Updates: All Levels
The CIF season has been kicked off for more than two weeks as all three levels - Varsity, JV, and Freshmen - have had a number of games in preseason tournaments. With the CBL season around the corner, here are the latest updates from these games:
VARSITY: Placing 3rd in the 20-team Redlands Baseball Invitational, the Wildcats lost to Riverside North (#8 in the nation) in the semi-final game, 4-2. Rebounding from that lost, the varsity squad took home the 3rd place game with an 8-4 win over La Sierra. Highlights from the tournament include two combined no-hitters (both games started by Kevin Stevens) and an exciting 5-4 come-from-behind win against Big-VII powerhouse MLK. The varsity team is in Scottsdale, AZ, for their second tournament. More information to come.
JUNIOR VARSITY: Beginning the year red-hot at the plate, the JV team took home the Tahquitz Tournament championship with a 7-1 win in the championship game over the host school. Outscoring their opponents 49-12 in the tournament, the JV squad played solid defense and their young pitching impressed. At the plate, Ben Cripe went 9-14 with 4 doubles and 9 RBIs. Freshman Jake Gozzo won the championship game, throwing 5 innings of 1-run ball. The JV team continues in the Vista-Murrieta tournament (played on Saturdays throughout the next month), along with CBL play next week.
FRESHMEN: With the most loaded preseason schedule of the three levels, the freshmen team played 8 games in just two weeks. In the Centennial freshmen tournament, the Wildcats walked away with a 2-2 record after having faced some of the area's best freshmen talent. The squad fared better in the Hemet tournament, securing a 3rd place finish after going 3-1. On the hill, lefthanders Ryan Taylor and Anthony Cruz shined, with Jake Diaz provided the offense pop. Freshmen begin CBL play next Friday.
Cleats Sports Classic - Final Results and Top 25 Players
The Inaugural Cleats Sports Classic in Scottsdale, AZ, where the varsity team played this past spring break, has received a lot of press from the recruiting likes of Perfect Game. The REV varsity baseball team went 2-3 in the tournament, beating Fort Collins (CO) and Cactus Shadows (AZ), while dropping games to Arcadia and Seton Catholic (AZ) and Houston Christian (TX). Key performers for the week at the plate were Frankie Alvarez (6-16, HR), Brian Chaparro (7-15, 3 2B), and Hakeem Haynes (6-6, 3 2B). On the hill, seniors Justin Jacome, Kevin Stevens, and Jackson McClelland continued to impress and turn heads.
Below are excerpts from Perfect Game - the largest scouting company in the nation - which attended all REV games in Scottsdale. At the conclusion of the tournament, the companyu ranked the top 25 players. Considering that the best teams in the greater Scottsdale and Phoenix areas were competing, it's great to see some Wildcats break into the list:
2. Jackson McClelland, 2012 RHP/1B, Redlands East Valley (CA)
Choosing the top prospect at the 2012 Cleats Sports Invitational was far more difficult than anticipated heading into the tournament. Mitchell Traver is firmly established as a high level prospect, a well-known commodity whom has played on the biggest stages in amateur baseball. McClelland is relatively new to pitching, and has really come on strong of late. Both pitchers touched 94 mph, both are tall, physical right handers. Traver worked at 90-92 during a gritty complete game performance against Arcadia in the National Game of the Week. McClelland typically sat 88-92 during his two outings. Traver's power breaking ball, ability to hold his velocity late in games and larger build give him a very slight edge. McClelland's young age (turns 18 in July) and inexperience combined with his recent development suggest that he could overtake Traver, but for now Traver is more advanced and has a higher floor.
Both pitchers posses physical tools that simply cannot be taught or developed by most humans. Both lack present feel for their secondary pitches. Both of them are inconsistent with their command at times due to occasional balance and timing issues in their deliveries, which is quite common amongst tall teenage pitchers. It also leaves room to project improvement from both pitchers. At their best, they each pound the bottom half of the strike zone with heavy low 90s fastballs that very few high school hitters can square up.
Traver's start against Arcadia drew 20-30 MLB scouts and executives, each of McClelland's starts drew exactly one. Suggesting that Pepperdine (where McClelland is committed) may be in line for a major recruiting coup.
15. Justin Jacome, 2012 LHP/1B, Redlands East Valley (CA)
You can dream on the 6-foot-6 southpaw, who is nowhere near his ceiling. His long lanky build is immature, and he will likely add considerable strength. The added strength combined with improved balance should allow him to make a big jump with his velocity. In an unexpected relief appearance on a chilly night in the tourney opener Jacome sat 82-84 and topped out at 85. We have heard that he threw harder later in the week, in a complete game 10 strikeout performance against Fort Collins, and given what we saw on Monday it is certainly believable. He also showed some promise with the bat, though his large strike zone works against him. We expect him to make a big jump as he matures physically and are comfortable with projecting him aggressively.
For more information, click on the link to get to Perfect Games' website: Perfect Game Website
2012 Banquet Date Set
The REV baseball program would like to announce the 2012 banquet date, time, and details. Taking place in the Wildcat Cafe on the REV campus, the banquet will be on Wednesday, May 30th from 7:15-9:30. Karen Grozak and Tina Kundig are in charge of the event - if you'd like to get involved, please email Coach Cordes and he will put you in touch with either of them.
We ask that the these families be responsible for the following items:
- Freshmen/Sophomore Families:
Bring 1 dessert plate that feeds at least 5 people.
- Junior Families:
Bring one case of water/soda/juice
Keeping up with tradition, seniors will be having dinner with Coach Cordes and the varsity coaching staff at BJ's Restaurant from 5:30-7:00. They will then return to campus for the banquet.
Mandatory attire for all players is slacks, collared shirt, and tie.
Senior Day to Remember
May 9th was a Senior Day to remember for the 8 graduating REV baseball seniors. Honored before the game with their family members (photo, above), the seniors and their teammates took on the visiting Thunderbirds of Yucaipa in a first-place showdown between perennial CBL powerhouses. On the line for REV with a win was a clinch of the #1 CBL seed and a guaranteed share of the CBL title. Yucaipa needed to sweep the week series to win CBL out-right and claim that #1 seed.
What unfolded over those next four hours will forever live in REV baseball lore. From Brian Chaparro's gritty two-strike, two-out, game-savings at-bats, to Justin Jacome's legendary pitching performance, REV and Yucaipa had a 14-inning showdown that ended with a CBL title clinch and a dog pile.
Below are articles covering the game and the aftermath. Enjoy and congrats to the 8 seniors and two senior managers.
Redlands Daily Facts Story
Press-Enterprise Follow-Up Story
2012 CBL CHAMPIONS
For the 4th time in the past 6 years, the Citrus Belt League title sits atop the REV Baseball trophy case. With a 12-3 CBL record, the Wildcats share the title with Yucaipa (12-3), but boast the #1 overall CBL seed, with a 2-1 record over the Thunderbirds during the regular season.
Led by 8 seniors and a supporting cast of 12 underclassmen, the Wildcats tied the record for second-most CBL wins in program history (12 wins - a feat repeated in three of the past four seasons). CIF Playoffs, considered the third season, are up next. Times TBA.
The varsity squad begins CIF Playoff action this Thursday (5/17) at 3:15 at REV. As the CBL #1 seed, the Wildcat club awaits the winner of La Mirada/Damien, which is a wildcard play-in game, taking place Tuesday, 5/15.
Finishing 19-7 overall with a 12-3 clip in CBL, the Wildcats welcomed back the CBL Title, securing their 4th title in the last 6th years.
To follow all playoff action, refer to the REV Baseball MaxPreps Page (link in the upper right-hand corner of this homepage).
Citrus Belt League Post-Season Awards
The 2012 REV Baseball squad welcomed back the CBL Title and, along with that, jumped into the record books with a program-high 7 1st-Team All-CBL players. Led by Jackson McClelland, who became the 3rd Wildcat to be named Player-of-the-Year (voted in as co-POY with Yucaipa's rightly deserved Tyler Sapp), REV solidified three of the four infield positions, along with two on the bump, one in the outfield, and one at the dish. The award winners:
- Jackson McClelland, P/DH, Co-Player-of-the-Year, 2nd straight 1st-Team All-CBL
- Frankie Alvarez, 2B, 2nd straight 1st-Team All-CBL
- Justin Jacome, 1B
- Kevin Stevens, OF
- Brian Chaparro, OF
- Marcos Vega, 3B
- Blake Braun, DH
The Wildcats are also proud to announce their 2nd-Team All-CBL class:
- Travis Borges, OF
- Yanni Thanopoulos, OF
With these awards, REV now boasts 24 1st-Team All-CBL players in the past four years, with 2 Player-of-the-Year honors (McClelland, Griffin Murphy). Rounding out the field was Yucaipa (6 selections), AB Miller (2), Redlands High (2), and Fontana (1).
3rd Annual Chad Zerbe Summer Training Camp
2012 Zerbe Camp Flyer
For the third summer in a row, REV varsity pitching coach Chad Zerbe - a former San Francisco Giant pitcher and winner of game 5 of the 2002 World Series - will be hosting his baseball throwing and conditioning camp for players ages 12 and up. Held on 8 days throughout June at Beattie Middle School, the camp is quickly filling up. Download the attached flyer for more information and to reserve your spot.
REV Player and Alum Drafted in 2012 MLB Draft
The REV Baseball program congratulates both Jackson McClelland (REV '12) and Paul Eshelman (REV '07) for being taken in the MLB amateur player draft. With their selections, the Wildcat ranks now have had 9 players drafted in the past decade.
McClelland, drafted in the 35th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates, just finished his senior year at REV and is the reigning CBL Player-of-the-Year. He is deciding whether to sign with the Bucs or head to Pepperdine, where he has a baseball scholarship waiting.
Eshelman, drafted in the 23rd round by Milwaukee Brewers, was drafted as a catcher out of Cal State San Bernardino, where he played as a junior this past year. Eshelman, who played in the 2008 CIF title game for REV, played at University of Oregon his first two years in college.
66er Cheerleaders Team Up with REV Baseball's Golf Classic
Golf Classic Informational Brochure
The Wildcat Baseball Diamond Club is excited to announce the inaugural Golf Classic, which will take place Saturday, October 20th. All proceeds go towards the Diamond Club and the REV Baseball Program. Teaming up with this event with be the San Bernardino 66er Cheerleaders, who will be helping sell raffle items and enjoy the banquet with the golfers.
The link above will take you to the Golf Classic brochure. This provides all information on the tournament, including sponsorship packages, schedule of events, and prices. Please download and spread the word...and most importantly, sign up soon!
REV Players and the 5th Annual Believe Walk
Stater Bros. Charities and Inland Women Fighting Cancer teamed up yet again to organize the 5th Annual "Believe Walk," a fundraiser that directly funds cancer research in women. Having taken place on October 7th in downtown Redlands, the event hosted 10,000 walkers and 1,000 runners from all over the Inland Empire. Teaming up to help make this event possible were 30 REV Wildcat Baseball players who worked to help set-up and take-down the barricades that line the walk trail, along with acted as walking marshals during the event. The REV connection comes from the "Believe Walk" organizer Nancy Negrette, who was a 1998 REV graduate.
For more information on the event, please go to 5th Annual Believe Walk Website
Thank you to the following Wildcat players who have volunteered their time:
Yanni Thanopoulos, Chris Jimenez, Matt Garcia, Tristan Kundig, Marcos Vega, JT Grozak, Casey Sheehan, Conner Berry, Blake Tuthill, Justin Wear, Michael Cortez, Zach Mercado, Carter Flowers, Angel Flores, Anthony Pacheco, Zack Kirtley, Anthony Cruz, Jake Arnett, Ryan England, Brody Robinson, Conner Berry, Isaac Gonzalez, Dayton Reeves, Bo Boisvert, Kyle Manning, Tyler Waner, Alijah Sevick, Shawn Sweeney, Scott Moreno, Nik Pagan
Inaugural Golf Classic a Great Success
Thanks are in line to all the parent volunteers, along with the local business sponsors who helped to make the Inaugural Golf Classic a success. With 102 paid golfers, a beautiful day, a filled raffle and prizes, and lots of fun at the event and banquet, the tournament raised a large chunk of money for the upcoming field maintenance for the REV Baseball program.
Many thanks to these local sponsors:
- Casino Morongo, Cyclery USA, Ontario Reign Hockey, San Bernardino 66ers, Byron Marquez, Johnny's Restaurant, Alliant Consulting, Athletic Field Specialists, Ballard Air Conditioning, The Bates Family, Beaches, BNI Inland Insurance, Burger Town USA, Caprice Restaurant, Cobra Puma Golf, Concorde Battery Corporation, The Kundig Family, Dr. Diehl, Dr. Nichols, Embroidery $U, Fundraiser Direct, Gourmet Pizza, The Grozak Family, The Manning Family, Hangar 24, Hitter's Choice Batting Cage, IE Elite, ISU Barich Insurance, Jaeger Throwing Bands, Joe Greensleeves, Ken's Sporting Goods, Magic Castle, Manny Gonzalez, Mike Danari, MVPO Fundraising, Olive Market, One Stop Landscaping, P&R Paper, Redlands Community Hospital, Redlands Country Club, Redlands Family Dental, Rich Preci, Roger Dunn Golf, Romano's, Stater Bros, Tire Guys, Todd Hamilton Studios, Redlands Pool and Spa, Redlands Underground, REV Basketball, Tom Thanopoulos, Two Guys Pizza, The Waner Family, Wilbur's, Yucaipa Golf Club, Chase Bank, California Mentor, Big 5 Sports, Qdoba Burritos, Sports Chalet, and Office Depot.
Demons on the Diamond Celebrity Game
Team Freddy outlasted Team Jason 6-4 in the recent REV Baseball Halloween game. Superman came in for the save to face the cheerleader, a piece of bacon, and a hot dog to shut the door.
Steadied by a strong defense from Fred Flintstone in the outfield, along with the sports agent at third base and the red-masked man at shortstop, Team Freddy got out to a quick 5-0 lead. They were led by their beach-ridden coach and assisted by Death himself. Dr. Seuss's Thing 1 helped with the offensive onslaught and the Blind Replacement Red managed a steady third base coach. Highlights for Team Jason were doubles from the Marshmallow Man and from Dorothy (who, subsequently, had to pick up Toto in her basket after the swing).
For many more pictures from the event, go to the "REV Baseball" Facebook page.
2nd Annual Red v. Gray Comes Down to Final At-Bat
The 2012 Red vs. Gray Classic had a lot of hype to live up to, after the inaugural match-up went down to the final pitch. This year's game did not disappoint. Up 7-5 in the top of the 9th, the Gray Team faced a base-loaded, two-out jam, as the Red Team tried to force a bottom of the 9th. With a pop-out to first base, the Gray Team clinched the trophy and the first ever Gray Team win. The winning team - led by senior coaches Marcos Vega, Isaac Gonzalez, Peter Escobedo, Ryan England, Chris Daniel Wall, and Travis Moffatt - went home with championship shirts, a plaque, and bragging rights for a year. The Red Team was led by senior coaches Yanni Thanopoulos, Brody Robinson, Chris Jimenez, Angel Flores, Dayton Reeves, and Matt Garcia.
The Championship Gray Team: Seniors Marcos Vega, Isaac Gonzalez, Peter Escobedo, Ryan England, Chris Daniel Wall, and Travis Moffatt. Juniors Blake Tuthill, Bobby Alvarez, Casey Sheehan, Shawn Sweeney, Kyle Manning, and Gavin Luna. Sophomores Michael Hanson, Anthony Cruz, Brady Austin, Carter Flowers, Andrew Chacon, Jake Arnett, and JT Grozak. Freshmen Isaac Humildad and Justin Wear. Manager Marcella Ortiz.
The Red vs. Gray Classic signifies the end to the 2012 Fall Ball season for Wildcat Baseball. The fall season consisted of 39 lift sessions, 38 practices, 18 varsity and junior varsity games, 15 kangaroo courts, 12 grade checks, and 9 senior stories.
A big thank you to the Wildcat baseball players and parents who chipped in to help two families in need during this holiday season. Happy Holidays to everyone.
Inaugural Alumni Game and 4th Annual Camp Huge Successes
The inaugural alumni game for the young Wildcat Baseball program saw more than 30 former players come out and challenge the 2013 varsity squad to a 7-inning game, along with relive some past glory during batting practice and the home run derby. 2003 alumni Matt Millet was outlasted by 2004 graduate Bryan Ducey in the home run derby, as Ducey won the derby in the second round of the championship pairing. Later in the actual contest, the 2013 varsity squad put up a 4-run 4th inning to get by the alumni 8-5. Two highlights stand out from the game: Trevor Hairgrove ('08 alum and presently playing with the Los Angeles Angels farm system) led the game off with a deep drive to leftfield. REV outfielder Isaac Gonzalez lept, went over the fence, and brought back the fateful home run ball. Running ten steps back to his position, Gonzalez finally showed the ball in his glove to the amazed fans. Not to be out done, two innings later, Hairgrove hit one of the furthest balls in REV history (BESR-aided), as the three-run home run landed on Colton Ave beyond left field.
The 4th annual camp was also a hit, as the Wildcat program saw 130 campers show up for the two-day event. More than 20 coaches were on hand to teach the fundamentals of the game, including high school head coaches Daren Espinoza (Rialto), Tim Kleveno (Centennial), and Bobby Ramirez (Pioneer). Professional scout and coach Steve Hernandez was also on hand, along with other professional players Hairgrove, Griffin Murphy, and Matt Andriese. Other collegiate players and REV alum who worked the camp were Kyle McNutt, Jackson McClelland, Justin Jacome, Brad Burcroff, George Thanopoulos, AJ Beckley, Frank Alvarez, Jeremy Perez, and Brian Chaparro.
Many thanks are in order to all who helped make both events great success.
Championship Moment Photo Ranked in Top 100 Pictures of 2012
PRESEASON WRAP-UP / CBL UPCOMING
The preseason/tournament section of the Wildcat varsity and junior varsity schedule is complete, with the freshmen team continuing play in a Saturday tournament throughout the next month. With CBL play beginning the week of March 18, the Wildcats hope to continue the momentum they have created in the preseason section of the schedule. Highlights below:
VARSITY: 10-1-1 Record, RBI Tournament Runners-Up, Chino Tournament 9th Place. First CBL match-up is Saturday, March 23 at the 66ers Stadium vs. Yucaipa at 7:00. Tickets are $4.
JUNIOR VARSITY: 8-2 Record, Tahquitz Tournament Champions, Centennial Tournament Runners-Up. First CBL match-up is Thursday, March 21 at Yucaipa at 3:15.
FRESHMEN: 3-2 Record, Centennial Tournament Consolation Bracket. First CBL match-up is Thursday, March 21 at Yucaipa at 3:15.
A highlight of the preseason schedule was the home double-headers that the varsity and junior varsity teams hosted against Dorsey High School. Below is a picture of the varsity teams in the Wildcat Clubhouse after the games.
Varsity Team Eclipses Best Start in Program History (12-1-1)
The CBL season is young and has many tough games ahead, but the varsity program set a new record for best start in program history, starting 12-1-1. This mark broke the 2008 club's squad, which started 12-2. CBL play continues as the month turns to April, with four formidable teams atop the CBL rankings.
2013 Senior Picture
Taken with the professional work of Robert Carmell and Precise Exposures, the 2013 senior class was snapped for the composite team picture below. This senior picture, along with individual senior pictures and individual underclassmen photos, are available for purchase. Contact Rob at email@example.com for information on buying the print below or on having him out to photograph your son/favorite REV player. Get in touch with him soon to get your own 2013 senior class poster.
Freshmen Players Honored as "Hometown Heroes"
REV Wildcat freshmen baseball players Justin Wear and Mason Fowles were recently honored at a San Bernardino 66ers game at San Manuel Stadium as "Hometown Heroes" for deeds that took place earlier in the week. While waiting for rides home after practice, both Wear and Fowles were instrumental in helping track down a man who broke into a softball coach's car. Luckily, no one was injured and the man was caught. Another example of Wildcat baseball players being great off the field, as well as on.
REV Back Atop CBL Standings
The Wildcat varsity squad had a week to remember, sweeping crosstown rival Redlands 3-1 and 1-0 on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively. The two wins put REV (18-4-1, 8-3 CBL), the defending CBL champions, tied on top of the standings with the Terriers. Two big weeks remain in the campaign and the results are far from being decided. REV travels to Eisenhower next Tuesday to begin a week-long series vs. the Eagles. For more information, stats, and box scores, please visit the REV Wildcats MaxPreps page at: REV Wildcats MaxPreps.
2013 CBL Champions! Back-to-Back and 5th in 7 years!
The 2013 Wildcat varsity team flew under the radar for most of the year. Having lost 88% of its innings pitched and 76% of its at-bats from the 2012 CBL championship club, along with a strong rival club, a competitive CBL new-comer, and many underclassmen on the bump, the '13 squad refused to embrace the tempered expectations.
Rather, they had a regular season for the record books.
Setting the record for the best start in program history (10-1-1) and finishing with the second-best regular season in program history (22-4-1), along with tying the club record for most CBL wins (12, with has occurred 4 times in the last 5 years), the team showed how chemistry, hard work, and quiet confidence, can lead to success.
CIF Playoffs are now here. Pairings to be announced Monday. The third season is underway.
Parents, Seniors, and Teachers Honored on CBL's Final Day
The Wildcat program was excited to honor 10 senior baseball players and 1 senior manager this past Friday on the last regular-season day of CBL competition. With their mother's on their arms, fathers by their sides, and favorite teachers sporting their black jerseys, the seniors made their way to home plate and were honored by the program. Shortly after, the chosen teachers sent out 10 perfect first-pitches, firing strikes to their senior counterparts. To everyone involved, thank you for the time, dedication, committment and loyalty to the REV baseball program.
2013 Campaign Wrap-Up: All-CBL, Senior All-Star Games, Celebration
The 2013 version of Wildcat Baseball saw many successes on many levels. Team and individual records were set, championships were defended, and memories were made. With a varsity record of 23-5-1 (12-3), a junior varsity record of 21-4 (13-2), and a freshmen record of 15-9 (10-5), the program finished with a remarkable 59-18-1 overall record, along with a 35-10 CBL record.
Below are some post-season highlights:
- 4 Wildcat players were named 1st-Team All-CBL. They are, from left to right, senior Yanni Thanopoulos, senior Dayton Reeves, junior Zach Kirtley, and sophomore David Barela.
- Named 2nd-Team All-CBL: senior Marcoa Vega, senior Brody Robinson, senior Ryan England, senior Isaac Gonzalez, andjunior Blake Tuthill.
- 4 seniors will be participating in post-season all-star games. Brody Robinson and Marcos Vega will be playing in the Riverside County/San Bernardino County vs. the High Desert All-Star game at High Desert Maverick Stadium in Adelanto on June 9th. Yanni Thanopoulos and Dayton Reeves will be playing in the IEBCA Riverside County vs. San Bernardino All-Star game at the San Manuel 66ers Stadium in San Bernardino on June 13th.
- Three seniors were awarded scholarships from the REV Baseball Program. Chris Jimenez received the Wildcat Diamond Baseball Club scholarship, which he will put towards his studies at San Luis Obispo. Matt Garcia received the "Coach Tony" Memorial Scholarship, which he will use at Cal State San Marcos. And Travis Moffatt received the "Rich Laabs" Memorial Scholarship and will use that at the University of Redlands next year.
- The end-of-the-year senior celebration took place in the REV theater on May 30th. Highlights included recaps of all three seasons, thanks you's and recognitions, senior speeches, and schoalrship presentations from the Hernandez family and the Laabs family. Thank you to everyone who helped make it possible.
REV Baseball and the entire Redlands community say goodbye to Mike Kelly
Longtime Redlands Unified School District teacher and coach Mike Kelly, who served as an honorary coach with the 2013 Wildcat baseball squad during a spring game, passed away after a long and courageous fight with cancer. He was 56 years old. Above is a picture of Mike during that game he attended. This was shortly before he fired a first-pitch, 60 ft 6 inches strike to senior catcher Dayton Reeves. The Wildcat family passes along our sincerest condolences to the entire Kelly family.
To read Mike's obituary, please follow this link: Mike Kelly's Obituary.
2013-2014 Fall and Winter Campaign
With the new school year on the horizon, the fall and winter campaign schedule for the 2013-2014 school year has been updated. Click on the "Calendar" link to the left, make sure you are under the "2014 Campaign" and scroll through the months of August-February to see what's on tap.
Scheduled highlights include:
- 2nd Annual Wildcat Golf Tourney, 2nd Annual Demons on the Diamond Halloween Game, 3rd Annual Red vs. Gray Classic, 5th Annual Wildcat Winter Break Baseball Camp, and 2nd Annual Wildcat Alumni Game.
- 20 varsity games and 13 junior varsity games, against some new opponents and some old foes.
- Freshmen camps, tryouts, intersquads, and team announcements.
As always, the schedule is subject to - and always inevitably does - change. However, the Wildcat community hopes by giving as much information ahead of time as possible, families can adjust schedules to the baseball calendar. As always, holidays over the fall schedule are off limit to practices or games, including Thanksgiving and the majority of Christmas break.
Look for the Fall Spirit Pack to be uploaded to this website on August 1st. See the calendar for due dates.
Fall Spirit Pack Order Form Available for Download
2013-2014 Fall Spirit Pack Order Form
The order form for this year's fall and winter practice gear is available and ready to be downloaded. Please click on the link above to print it out. Due date for the order form without payment is Wednesday, August 14th. Payment is not due until September 2nd, with a second payment option available as well (see form for more information).
Please feel free to order as many items as desired, including any items for family members and friends. Extra gear is ordered, but in very limited supply once the orders arrive. There will not be a second order done. All and any freshmen who are participating in fall camps and tryouts are free to order gear as well, with the understanding that refunds will not be made if players do not make the spring team (for all levels). The spring spirit pack will be available by Thanksgiving.
If you have any other questions regarding this order, please contact Coach Cordes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2nd Annual Wildcat Golf Classic
The brochure and sign-ups for the 2nd Annual Wildcat Golf Classic are ready to be downloaded. With the tournament held at the Shandin Hills Golf Club this year on October 5th, the Wildcat baseball community looks forward to another big turn-out and a fun-filled day. Teamed with the San Bernardino 66er cheerleaders again, along with many great raffle prizes, the golf tournament looks to raise money for the 2013-2014 baseball campaign as the Wildcats go for a 3-peat of the CBL Championship.
Please download the brochure below and get your registration in immediately, as we have limited spots for the tournament. Tournament Brochure.
2010 VARSITY Third Quarter Grades:
A - 54 / B - 28 / C - 11 / D - 5 / F - 2
Total Team GPA: 3.30
2010 JUNIOR VARSITY Third Quarter Grades:
A - 48 / B - 37 / C - 19 / D - 6 / F - 2
Total Team GPA: 3.04
2010 FRESHMEN Third Quarter Grades:
A - 56 / B - 35 / C - 21 / D - 10 / F - 2
Total Team GPA: 3.02
MLB Draft - Trevor Hairgrove, 2007 REV Alum
Much like his fellow UCR Teammate Matt Andriese, Trevor Hairgrove, the 1st-Team Big West shortstop who graduated from REV in 2007, was drafted on the second day of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft. He was taken in the 18th round by his hometown Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Trevor enjoyed his best year as a Highlander in 2011, where, as a senior, he hit .336 with 16 2Bs, 32 RBIs, and 3 HR.
During the draft, Trevor was on the golf course, hitting the links to try and stay away from the nerves that the draft process brings. His former coach, Steve Hernandez - now an Angels scout - had the opportunity to call his former player and be the first to welcome him to the Angels organization.
Fall Spirit Packs - Available Now!
2011 Fall Spirit Pack
The spirit packs for this fall and winter season are now available. Click on the link above to download the flyer. Each player in 6th period baseball needs to turn in his own spirit pack flyer with sizes and a check made out to "Ken's Sporting Goods."
FAMILY AND FRIENDS
: You are more than welcome to order any number of items on the spirit pack for yourselves. There is a designated "Parents T," but feel free to order anything else you'd like. We'd like to encourage you to buy the turf shoes for your son because of how much work we do in the weight room in the fall and winter, but it is not mandatory.
: Please download and begin saving money for this spirit pack immediately. It is a great value - only $103 gets you four different Nike items - and REV baseball encourages you to raise the money yourself. The packs are due by August 12 at the latest, but you can begin turning them into Coach Cordes as early as July 20th. The sooner, the better.
For the first time, the REV baseball program is selling our own Wildcat Cards. Loaded with discounts from local businesses on the back, these cards are going for $10 each. Find any REV baseball player to buy one. If you are interested in buying multiples of these, please email Coach Cordes. Thank you for supporting the Wildcats.
Inaugural RED VS. GRAY CLASSIC
Fall Ball Classic Flyer
After more than three months of fall baseball - practice, lifts, class work, fundraisers, and games - the REV Baseball Program is excited to celebrated the last day of fall ball. Please come out and join us for the Inaugural Red vs. Gray Classic.
This game will be replacing the scheduled fall games vs. Valley View. A serious, 9-inning baseball game, the Classic will consist of:
- 2 teams of seniors drafting their own players, running their own team
practice, setting line-ups, and coaching the game.
- REV Coaches umpiring the game.
- A game announcer doing the play-by-play.
- Nike T-shirts and a Trophy for the winning team.
- A program BBQ after the Classic, in which all parents, players, friends, and family are invited.
After the Classic and the BBQ, Coach Cordes and his coaching staff will address the parents and players. Shortly after, Coach Cordes will hand out the 2011 Fall Ball "Awards." We look forward to seeing everyone out at the field for this last day of fall baseball. For more information, download the Classic flyer attached at the beginning of this entry.
The pictures of the new 2011-2012 clubhouse are now up and ready to be viewed. Please click on the "Clubhouse" link to the left to see them.
Wildcat Baseball would like to thank the following individuals who helped make this clubhouse possible:
- Doug Covey and all REV baseball assistant coaches
- Shad Kirkland and all REV administrators
- Steve "Coach H" Hernandez
- John Frey
- Gene Boisvert
- The Dusick Family
- The Guillen Family
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