Redlands High School baseball is all about the "pursuit of excellence." It is a pursuit that will challenge and reward you. Playing baseball at Redlands High School is a privilege and an honor. We will provide you with an opportunity to learn, compete, develop, and be challenged. The main goal of our program will be to create an environment that is conducive to success. To do this, we will utilize all resources with the rules set by our team, league and the school district. We will strive to compete for the Citrus Belt League Championship and the CIF Section Championship. The baseball program will assist the student/athlete in realizing his potential. We will help, in any way possible, those who will be continuing on to college and professional baseball. We will also help to recognize opportunities for those team members who choose to explore other avenues. We will strive to insure success for all those dedicated to the program. The Terriers first and foremost represent themselves, their parents, the school, the team, and we will conduct ourselves with professionalism and integrity at all times. As a coaching staff, we will provide an honest and fair environment for the players.
TERRIERS SPLIT THIS WEEK
The Terrier baseball team split a pair of Citrus Belt League games this past week. The Terriers defeated AB Miller by a score of 4-2 at AB Miller. The Terriers were led by Seniors Dylan Baker, Adrian Garcia on the mound, and Michael Tillman on offense. Baker earned the victory and Garcia picked up the save. Michael Tillman was 2 of 3 with a double, RBI, and run scored. On Friday, the Terriers struggled to get their offense going against League leader Cajon. The Terriers were defeated by Cajon 5 - 0. The Terriers resume league play on Wednesday against crosstown rival Redlands East Valley at home at 3:15 pm.
TERRIERS PICK UP 1ST LEAGUE WIN!
After finishing the preseason 7-4, by participating in the Redlands Baseball Invitational Tournament and Chino Tournament, the Terriers opened up Citrus Belt League play by defeating Eisenhower 4-2. The Terries were led by Michael Tillman who was 2 for 3 with a 2 runs scored, a stolen base, and earned the save on the mound for the Terriers. Senior left hander Adrian Garcia threw 3 and 1/3 innings of relief to earn the victory.
TERRIERS OPEN 2014 IN RBI TOURNAMENT
The Terrier baseball program will open the 2014 season by hosting the Redlands Baseball Invitational tournament. The Terriers will open the season on Monday March 3rd at home against Jurupa Hills. The game is set for 3:15 pm. The Terriers have a 6 game home stand. The Terriers will play Wednesday March 5th against Rancho Verde, Thursday March 6th against Cathedral City, Friday March 7th against Patriot to open the Chino Tournament, and finish the RBI tournament on Saturday March 8th against an opponent who is yet to be determined. The Terriers are looking to build off another great succesful 2013 season in which they were Citrus Belt League Champions and CIF play off qualifiers. To see the Terriers 2014 complete schedule go to http://www.maxpreps.com/high-schools/redlands-terriers-(redlands,ca)/baseball/home.htm
FORMER TERRIER GREATS HONORED INTO WALL OF FAME
The Redlands Baseball Wall of Fame welcomed three new inductees last week in Ed Vande Berg (Class of 1976), Dan Whitmer (Class of 1974) and Scott Russell (Class of 1971).
Vande Berg, a left-handed reliever, played at Arizona State and then went onto a seven-year major league career with the Mariners, Dodgers, Indians and Rangers. He was voted the Sporting News Rookie of the Year in 1982 and finished with a career 3.92 ERA.
Whitmer, a catcher, played at Cal State Fullerton. He is Cal State Fullerton's first ever player to make it to the big leagues. He played parts of two seasons with the Blue Jays and Angels in 1980-81 and became the Tigers bullpen catcher, earning a World Series ring in 1984. He also served as the Tigers bullpen coach for 10 seasons.
Russell was a three-time all-CBL honoree and went on to play at Arizona from 1973-75. He later served as a high school baseball coach from 1980-2009 and won a combined seven league titles and one CIF-SS title with Rialto and Rialto Carter. He was inducted into the Rialto City Hall of Fame in 2009.
P & R PAPER SUPPLY HONORED; Local business P & R Paper Supply was honored at the Kick Off Dinner. They were honored as organization of the year. Luke and Mark Maiberger accepted the award on behalf of the company. Each year, P & R supports the Redlands High School baseball program and other programs within the community. There commitment to Redlands High School and the community of Redlands is outstanding.
TERRIERS TOP ALUMNI
The Terrier baseball team defeated the Alumni team by a score of 12-11. On a beautiful sunny day at the Redlands High School "Field of Dreams" the Terriers got on board in the bottom of the 1st inning when Junior Anthony Graziano scored from third. Starting pitcher, Senior Dylan Baker threw a solid 1st inning by striking out 3. The Alumni tied the game in the 2nd inning. In the top of the 3rd, the Alumni were able to capitalize on errors by the Terrier defense. They were able to score 5 runs. 1 run was earned. 2007 grad Lance Lutz hit a bases loaded double to drive in 2 runs. 2005 Alum Matt Norris also hit a double in the inning. The Terriers were able to get on board in the bottom of the 5th when they took advanatge of multiple fielding errors by the Alumni. The winning pitcher of record was sophomore Austin Williams. Senior Michael Tillman came in and threw the 7th to earn the save.
RUHM WINS 2014 HOMERUN DERBY
2012 Grad Brian Ruhm won the 2014 Alumni Game Homerun derby. Ruhm who currently plays at UC Davis hit 5 homeruns in the first round. 2010 graduate, Jason Henning also hit 5 homeruns in the first round to force a tie. In the 2nd round Henning and Ruhm both hit 1 homerun to force a 3rd round. In the third round, Ruhm hit 2 homeruns to Henning's 1 to seal the victory.
SMITH SIGNS WITH CHICO STATE
Redlands High School 2013 graduate Sean Smith has signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Chico State. Smith was an All-League 1st Team CBL, All Area player, and Terrier award winner. He holds the Redlands High School record for most games played with 94. "I am really excited for Sean. He has worked hard and deserves everything he gets. Chico is getting a great player and a fine young man." Coach Valencia said. The Terriers finished the season 19-6 and were 2013 Citrus Belt League Champions.
TERRIERS WIN NATIONAL AWARD; Redlands High School Baseball field has won the 2013 Baseball Coaches Association Region 8 Field of the Year. "The Field of Dreams" is now up for National Field of the year. Region 8 consistents of CA, OR, WA, HI, AK.
NOTTINGHAM;SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED
Catcher Jacob Nottingham was selected by the Houston Astros in the 6th round of the 2013 MLB Draft. Nottingham signed his contract on Tuesday and left for Florida on Thursday. Nottingham will be assigned to Rookie level in Florida to start his professional career. "Today is a great day for Jacob, his family, and the Terrier baseball family." Coach Valencia said, upon learning Nottingham was drafted on day 2 of the MLB draft.
SMITH WINS TERRIER AWARD
The Redlands High School baseball program concluded it's 2013 season with their annual end of the year banquet on Monday June 3rd in Terrier Hall. The baseball program honored all of the players from the Freshmen, Junior Varsity, and Varsity teams. This year's Terrier Award, the highest honor that any Terrier can recieve, was won by 4 year letterman Sean Smith. The Terrier Award is given out to the player who exemplifies what it is to be a Redlands High School baseball player on and off the field. For his dedication, leadership, positivie actions on and off the field, respect for the game; his teammates and opponents and for leaving a lasting legacy to the Terrier Baseball program for all to follow. Smith finished off a stellar career at RHS. He played in a total of 111 games, an RHS record, scored 102 career runs, stole 60 bases, was a 3 time 1st Team All-CBL selection, a 3 year Captain, and help lead the Terriers to 2 Citrus Belt League titles. "The day Sean Smith played his first varsity game as a Freshmen, he ran a hard 90. His last at bat as a Senior, he ran a hard 90." Coach Valencia said. "Sean is a player that was a leader on and off the field, gave everything he had to this program and was a great example to his teammates and the kids in the community. I am honored to present this award to Sean."
TERRIERS SELECTED FOR ALL-STAR GAME
4 Seniors from the 2013 Redlands High School baseball team were selected for the Inland Empire Baseball Coaches Association All-Star game. Seniors Pitchers, Jimmy Walker and Angel Landazuri, and centerfielder Sean Smith were selected to play in the San Bernardino vs. Riverside County All-Star game to be held on June 13th at the 66ers Stadium at 7 pm. Third basemen Roman Cross was selected to play in the San Bernardino/Riverside County vs. High Desert Cities game to be played on June 9th at Maverick Stadium at 7 pm. All 4 Seniors were 1st Team All-Citrus Belt League selections. Smith finished the 2013 season hitting .446 with 29 runs scored, 4 doubles, 10 RBI's and 8 stolen bases. Cross hit .453 on the season with 30 RBI's, 5 doubles, and 10 runs scored. On the mound, Landazuri was 10-2 with a 1.02 ERA and 89 strikeouts and Walker was 5-1 with a 1.47 ERA and 43 strikeouts.
TERRIERS EARN ALL CBL SELECTIONS
Jacob Nottingham earned the 2013 Citrus Belt League Player of the Year. Seniors earning 1st Team All-Citrus Belt League were Sean Smith, Angel Landazuri, Roman Cross, Anthony Aguila, and Jimmy Walker. Smith and Landzuri have earned First Team All CBL for 3 season in a row. Senior Chad Butler earned 2nd Team All League and Junior Michael Tillman was Honorable Mention. Head Coach Estevan Valencia was selected as Co-Coach of the Year. The Terriers finished the season 19-6 and won a share of the Citrus Belt League title. (Not pictured; Jacob Nottingham, Michael Tillman, Coach Estevan Valencia)
TERRIERS KNOCKED OUT OF PLAYOFFS
The 2013 baseball season came to an end on Friday May 16th at the hands of Santa Barbara. The Terriers lost 6-3. The Terriers led through the first 5 innings by a score of 3 to 1. In the 6th inning, the Dons were able to score 4 runs to pull ahead and then they added 2 more runs in the top of the 7th. Senior Angel Landazuri took the loss on the mound for the Terriers. Redlands finished the season 19-6, and shared the Citrus Belt League title.
TERRIERS IN CIF PLAYOFFS
The Redlands baseball team will play in the 1st round of the CIF Play offs on Friday May 17th at home at 3:15. The Terriers will play the winner of the Santa Barbara - Pasadena game. The Terriers were seeded 5th in the CIF tournament.
TERRIERS IN CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
The Terrier baseball program won 5 -4 against La Quinta in the Semi-Final game of the Redlands Baseball Invitational. Senior Chad Butler hit a double to drive in fellow Senior Jacob Nottingham, who led off with a single and stole 2nd base in the bottom of the 6th inning. The Terrier were led on the mound by Dylan Baker, Joe Rigius, Angel Landazuri, and Sean Smith who recorded his first save of the year. The Terriers will take on Redland East Valley for the RBI Championship at the University of Redlands on Saturday March 2nd at 1 pm.
TERRIERS INK DIVISION 1 SCHOLARSHIPS
On Tuesday November 14th, Seniors Angel Landazuri and Jacob Nottingham signed their letters of intent to play college baseball. Angel signed with UC Riverside and Jacob signed his letter of intent with the University of Oklahoma. Angel, who is a right handed pitcher, has been a member of the varsity team since his Freshmen year. He has been an All-League CBL selection and CIF selection. Last season Angel posted an 8-2 record with a 1.06 ERA and 75 strikeouts. Angel is at the top of nearly every Redlands High School career pitching records. Jacob has been an All-League CBL selection and CIF selection. In a shortened Junior season, Jacob hit .341 with 6 doubles and 16 RBI's. "This is a great day for Redlands High School, the Terrier baseball program and Angel and Jacob's families. I am excited for these two guys." said Coach Valencia. The Terriers open the 2013 season on Saturday February 23rd in the Redlands Baseball Invitational.
CHAPMAN & EASON NAMED TO HALL OF FAME
The Terrier Baseball program inducted Mike Eason and longtime Redlands baseball supporter Steven Champman into the Terrier Baseball Hall of Fame. The Ceremony took place at the Annual Kick Off Dinner on Friday night at Terrier Hall on the campus of Redlands High School. Eason graduated from RHS in 1992. Mike was an All -Citrus Belt League player. He played collegiately at UC Riverside. He still holds many of UCR records for shutouts, games pitched, and won. He was drafted by the Florida Marlins in 1996. Steven Champman has been involved in the Redlands baseball for Youth, Aussie Baseball, and PONY baseball for nearly 25 years. He is currently the President of the Benchwarmers. He played a major role in tranforming Redlands Little League to PONY baseball.
SUPERHEROES OF TERRIER BASEBALL
FORMER TERRIER TO MANAGE MEMPHIS REDBIRDS
Former Redlands High School standout Ron "Pops" Warner has been promoted as the the Memphis Redbirds new skipper. This will be Warner's first time as a manager in the Pacific Coast League but not his first time being a part of the PCL. Pop is the only Birds manager to have actually played for the Memphis Redbirds. Warner is a 1987 graduate of Redlands High School. He was a 3 year varsity player and First Team All-Citrus Belt League Shortstop in 1987. He played at Riverside City College from 1987-1989. He was a First Team All-Orange Empire Conference Shortstop in 1989. Warner moved on to the University of Wyoming from 1989-1991, where he earned First Team All-WAC Shortstop in 1991. He was drafted by the Cardinals in the 17th round in 1991.