The Redlands East Valley baseball program tends to be at the top of the Citrus Belt League year after year. After winning three consecutive CBL titles from 2012-2014, REV solidified themselves as a dominant force in the league, and this year seems to be no different.
Coming into the season, the team had high expectations for themselves after countless hours of preseason training, which would lead them to a record of 8-4 prior to CBL play.
On March 30, REV played in their CBL opener against the Carter Lions. The Wildcats would go on to lose this game in a score of 6-2, as well as their rematch against the Lions just days later, on April 1, 7-5.
Shocked by these two losses, the team’s hopes for a CBL title looked to be in jeopardy almost immediately.
Reflecting on the losses against Carter, senior pitcher, Andrew Miner, saw the games as a wake-up call, reminding the team that they must, “come to work harder every single day.”
The Wildcats would do just that, as they would go on to win their next seven games, placing them at the top of the CBL standings along with the Lions, with a league record of 7-2.
According to Miner, this winning streak did not just come out of nowhere for REV. Whether the team is practicing hitting, defending, or another key skill in their daily two to two and a half hour practice, they continue to improve each day.
In addition to this work on the field, the Wildcats also has a strong bond with one another off of the field. Miner stated, the team’s great chemistry, “helps us play even better together.”
While the Wildcats look to win out the remainder of their games en route to yet another league title, they look to take each game one at a time, as they have yet to finish their season series against some of the top teams in the CBL, including the Yucaipa Thunderbirds and Cajon Cowboys.
Following a huge win 1-0 against Cajon on Wednesday, April 27, REV now has five games remaining in the season, with the next coming on April 29 against the Cowboys. However, this time around, the Wildcats will not have the home-field advantage this time, when they travel to Cajon for a matchup set to begin at 3:15 PM.