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Valley roundup: Table-turning wins the story of night on Desert Empire League diamonds, hardwood

The Desert Sun (Palm Springs) logo The Desert Sun (Palm Springs) 5/13/2021 Shad Powers, Palm Springs Desert Sun

The high school sports schedules are different this year as seasons are condensed and manipulated due to the coronavirus pandemic. It has created some exciting scenarios where the same teams play each other in back-to-back games, which can lead to increased drama. 

a baseball player holding a bat on a field: Xavier's Blake Powers steals third base during the game against La Quinta High in La Quinta, Calif., on April 20, 2021. © Taya Gray/The Desert Sun Xavier's Blake Powers steals third base during the game against La Quinta High in La Quinta, Calif., on April 20, 2021.

You just played your rival in a tense, electric game last night and you have to turn right around and play them again the next day. 

That was the case this week in the Desert Empire League in baseball, softball and basketball, and on Wednesday night, revenge was the order of the day. 

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Baseball

Xavier Prep 4, Shadow Hills 3: In a battle of the top teams in the DEL standings, the Saints pulled out a huge road victory Wednesday after losing to the Knights at home 12-1 on Tuesday. 

Dylan Van Meeteren was huge on the mound, throwing a complete game with 11 strikeouts. 

The two teams meet again at Shadow Hills on Friday night in a game that will go a long way to deciding the league champion. As it stands now, Shadow Hills is in first place at 8-3, and Xavier Prep and La Quinta are tied for second at 7-4 with Palm Desert still in it at 6-5.

Softball

Palm Springs 11, La Quinta 1: The top teams in the DEL race also met Wednesday night with the Indians dominating the Blackhawks, one day after La Quinta beat them 6-4. 

Jazmine Lara had a bases-loaded double as part of the Indians' offensive attack. 

The teams are now re-tied atop the standings at 9-2 and play again at Palm Springs on Friday in a game that will almost certainly determine the league champion as the season ends next week. 

Palm Desert 5, Rancho Mirage 3: Natalie Rey tossed a complete victory for the Aztecs on Tuesday. Brooklyn Dowdle went 3 for 4, scored two runs and had an RBI. Sidney Sherrod had two hits. Angelina Gonzalez added two RBIs.

On Wednesday, the Aztecs beat the Rattlers 9-2 to move to 7-4 in DEL play behind a five-hitter from Rey and Mary Jane Limon. Limon added two hits and two RBIs. Dowdle had three hits and scored two runs. Aubrey Martinez had two doubles and drove in three runs. Helena Martinez contributed two hits and scored three runs. Kassidy Munoz added two hits, scored twice and had an RBI.

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Boys' basketball

Shadow Hills 56, Palm Springs 43: Continuing the theme, the Shadow Hills Knights turned the tables on the Palm Springs team that beat them Monday, picking up an impressive league victory. 

La Quinta 48, Palm Desert 45: Are you sensing a pattern here? La Quinta clamped down on defense to pull off an upset of league-leading Palm Desert on Wednesday, reversing the outcome of their Monday matchup won by the Aztecs 70-60. 

In the loss Wednesday, Palm Desert was led by Joseph Rojas with 14 points, Deandre Sanders with 12 and Hayden Matthews with 10. 

Rancho Mirage 62, Xavier Prep 47: Sherwin John led the Rattlers with a 24-point night, while Matt Davidson and Mason Gossett both scored 11 points. The Rattlers host Palm Springs on Friday. 

The strange Desert Empire League standings look like this with the 10-game league season ending next week: Palm Desert 6-2, Palm Springs 4-2, Rancho Mirage 4-2, Shadow Hills 4-4, La Quinta 4-4 and Xavier Prep 0-8.

Twentynine Palms 94, Yucca Valley 67: Jacob Hueso led the way with 22 points and seven steals. Izaiah Leopoldo added 16 points and five rebounds. Josh Herne had 15 points, and Jeremiah Holmes had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. 

Girls' basketball

Yucca Valley 82, Twentynine Palms 28: Senior Sara Mills paced the seemingly unstoppable Trojans in this win over their league rivals with 28 points, including five 3-pointers. Malia Ulery added 17 points, while Chloe McNellie had a big game with 14 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. Junior Maliah Rodriguez had seven points and four assists. The Trojans made 10 first-half 3-pointers and have taken over the top spot in the DVL at 3-0.

The Wildcats were paced by Kate Bobadilla with 16 points. 

Girls' tennis playoffs

Twentynine Palms 12, Duarte 6: The Wildcats kept their Division 5 playoff run going with an impressive road win Wednesday. Anaid Montero and Makenna Whitefield each won two of their three singles matches, while Natalia Henry won one of hers. In doubles, the teams of Mariah Banerjee and Madi Soster as well as Isabel Plummer and Danesa Rife both swept all three of their sets. Natalie Plummer and Carly Bateman teamed to win one. The Wildcats earned a home game in the second round Friday and will host Patriot, the No. 2 team in the division. 

Heritage 12, Coachella Valley 6: The DVL champion Arabs dropped their first-round match, which was played at Desert Mirage. The loss puts an end to a great year for the Arabs, who captured their third consecutive league title.

Boys' tennis

DVL individual: The Twentynine Palms doubles team of Troy Silva and Titus Bosch navigated their way through the bracket to emerge as the DVL doubles champions on Wednesday. The win means the Wildcats' duo earns a spot in the CIF individual doubles tournament.

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