Coaches reflect on season that was at annual IEBCA All-Star Game
By David Zink
SAN BERNARDINO – Being that it was the Seventh Annual Inland Empire Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Game, I wasn’t surprised to find coaches that wanted to talk about the season that was.
From first-year coach Bryan Ducey of Redlands East Valley to Jurupa Valley’s Paul Kumomoto and longtime San Bernardino coach Daren Espinoza of Citrus Valley, many Inland area programs had successful campaigns in 2017. And, normally tight-lipped managers were happy to discuss this 2017 season.
After all, the game is sort of a celebration of achievements of more than 50 seniors that made up the San Bernardino and Riverside rosters. And, it was also to honor coach and friend, former Riverside Poly coach Gary Voelker, who was relieved of his duties 3 p.m. on the Friday of Memorial Day.weekend.
At the game’s conclusion, Riverside County, led by game Most Valuable Player Norco catcher Josh Pimintel, used 21 hits to defeat San Bernardino County, 9-2, in front of a intimate crowd of parents and onlookers at San Manuel Stadium in downtown San Bernardino Monday evening.
First-year high school head coach Bryan Ducey said the game was a chance to help good friend Espinoza and check out the talent the Inland area has to offer.
“It’s a cool atmosphere, everybody can play so it will be fun to sit back and watch these guys do their thing,” said Ducey. “It will be fun to watch them tonight and also to watch what they all do in the future.”
Ducey guided REV to a third-place finish in the Citrus Belt League and quarterfinal appearance in the CIF-SS Divsion 1 quarterfinals. The Wildcats lost to Mater, 13-6.
Asked if there was anything he’d take back from his first foray into being a varsity baseball coach, Ducey elluded to REV’s loss to Yucaipa at the County clash in April.
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