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Yucaipa Thunderbirds Softball Off To Good Start In Citrus Belt League

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Sophomore, Kenzie Maxwell, has a 5-1 record, 0.78 ERA, and pitched 36 innings in helping the T-Birds to a 5-2 overall record, 2-0 in the Citrus Belt League. Photo By BOB OTTO

YUCAIPA, CA – Each Spring like an annual pilgrimage the Yucaipa Thunderbirds travel to play in the tough Corona Stu Penter Softball Tournament March 5-11. The tournament features some of the strongest teams in California.

The T-Birds have played well in the tournament but never won it – and this year it was no exception. They finished with a respectable 3-2 record, and T-Birds coach Dave Kivett is OK with that.

Because for Kivett, the tournament serves as a Spring training and an evaluation of sorts that allows him to gauge just what kind of team he has to work with when the most important part of the season begins: The Citrus Belt League.

And if the T-Birds can finish in the top three, it assures an automatic berth into the CIF-Southern Section post-season playoffs.

That being said, Kivett’s T-Birds got off to a strong start in CBL play when they swept the visiting Fontana Steelers, 1-0, and 9-2, in games played on Tuesday and Wednesday.

“We just didn’t hit the ball well in the first game,” Kivett said before the start of the second encounter.

But after the second game, he was pleased with the T-Birds offensive explosion – especially that of Courtney Brown, who was 4 for 4 including two doubles and four RBIs. Brown’s offensive outburst has now boasted her stats into the stratosphere: She has a .476 batting average, 8 RBIs, scored 7 runs, along with 2 doubles and 2 home runs.

Senior, Courtney Brown, has been a hitting dynamo for the Thunderbirds. Photo By BOB OTTO

“Courtney is seeing the ball well and she is making it happen for us,” Kivett said of his senior third baseman.

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Check out Yucaipa High School JV Water Polo Photos

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

Cameron Gilmore (my handsome grandson) makes a save during a Yucaipa High junior varsity water polo match in the Damien High School tournament, Saturday, Aug. 18.
Photo By BOB OTTO, proud grandpa

YUCAIPA, CA – The Yucaipa High Thunderbirds competed in a water polo tournament at Damien High School, Aug. 17-18.

Visit my photo gallery to see how the sport is played.

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Walk off home run sends Yucaipa to CIF championship

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Photos By BOB OTTO

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YUCAIPA, CA – Game ending dramatics don’t come any better than this.

With two out and the winning run on base, Matt Hardison belted a 390-foot walk-off home run over the left field fence in the bottom of the seventh inning to power the Yucaipa Thunderbirds to a 7-5 victory over the El Toro Chargers (23-7-1) in the semifinals of CIF-Southern Section Division 2 playoffs, Tuesday, at Yucaipa.

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Taijuan Walker hurls Yucaipa into CIF baseball semifinals

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

Story and Photos By BOB OTTO

YUCAIPA, CA – Senior, Taijuan Walker scattered five hits in leading the Yucaipa Thunderbirds to a 3-0 victory over the visiting Santa Barbara Dons in the semi-finals of the CIF-Southern Section Division II Playoffs, Friday.

The win improves Yucaipa’s record to 26-6 and continues its post-season run in the playoffs at 3-0. The Thunderbirds will host El Toro (23-6-1) on Tuesday, June 1, with the winner advancing to the division II championship on June 5th.

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First Annual Yucaipa Adult Soccer League Kick-Off Karnival

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Get your kicks playing adult soccer! Sign up now, and don’t miss the Kick-Off Karnival.

By Melissa Huggins
(951) 330-1660.

YUCAIPA, CA – If you and your family love soccer, then you can’t miss this event! There’s something for the whole family to do at the First Annual Yucaipa Adult Soccer League (YASL) “Kick-Off Karnival”. The event is sponsored by the newly formed YASL in conjunction with the Yucaipa High School Girls Soccer team.

It will be held at Yucaipa High School on Sunday, June 27 from 2:00pm – 7:00pm.

Adults can play in full-field “pick-up” games, while children 10 and under can play in short-sided games. Individuals or teams can play on this day. The cost to play in a pick-up game is $5 per player which goes toward referee fees and field costs.

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Don’t miss Yucaipa’s Kivetts in NCAA regional softball finals

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

YUCAIPA, CA – Ashley and Cortney Kivett, daughters of Yucaipa High School softball coach, Dave Kivett, play for the Oregon Ducks softball team. The girls will be on ESPN live at 10 a.m. as the No. 20 ranked Ducks battle the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (49-9) in the NCAA Atlantic Regional championship game.

The Ducks are undefeated, so should they lose the first game, an if necessary second game will follow at 12:30 – also televised.

The winner advances to the NCAA Super Regional, May 28-30, with times and locations to be determined.

To learn more about Oregon Ducks softball, visit the team website. Oregon Ducks Softball website

See photos of Fontana and Yucaipa high school baseball action

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Photos By BOB OTTO

YUCAIPA, CA – The Fontana Steelers and Yucaipa Thunderbirds finished Citrus Belt League play on Friday. Check out both teams in action by visiting the game’s photo gallery.

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See photos of Yucaipa Thunderbirds and Fontana A.B. Miller Rebels Baseball

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Photos By BOB OTTO

SAN BERNARDINO, CA – The Yucaipa Thunderbirds knocked off the Fontana A.B. Miller Rebels, 6-2, in a Citrus Belt League game on the strength of Taijuan Walker’s two-hit pitching and 12 strikeouts. Walker also hit a home run, double, and drove in two runs.

See both teams in action on my photo gallery.
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Check out Photos of Citrus Belt League Track & Field Finals

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Photos By BOB OTTO

FONTANA, CA – A.B. Miller High School hosted the Citrus Belt League Track and Field Finals, Wednesday, May 5th. Check out my photo gallery of the event. Pictures are available for purchase.
Citrus Belt League Finals Photo Gallery

Crafty Cota pitches Yucaipa over Fontana A.B. Miller

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Photos By BOB OTTO

YUCAIPA, CA – He doesn’t blow the ball by batters. He doesn’t over power batters with great breaking pitches. He doesn’t leave batters feeling in awe. But what Pedro Cota does very well is this: He wins.

And the Fontana A.B. Miller Rebels will a test to that after dropping a 7-2 decision to the senior right-hander and the Yucaipa Thunderbirds, Wednesday, in Citrus Belt League play.

“He’s a good, crafty pitcher,” said Rebels Head Coach, Frank Martinez. “He kept us off balance and threw strikes. We talked about his off speed pitches and change ups, and staying back and the hitting the ball the other way and not trying to pull the ball. (But) that Cota kid is a real good pitcher.”

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