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Valley roundup: Xavier Prep baseball secures piece of first-ever Desert Empire League title

The Desert Sun (Palm Springs) logo The Desert Sun (Palm Springs) 5/15/2021 Shad Powers, Palm Springs Desert Sun

The Xavier Prep baseball team had the interesting distinction of having won a CIF-SS title but never having won a league title. That ended Friday. 

The Saints opened up a 6-0 lead on Shadow Hills and held on for a 6-5 victory for a win that clinched at least a share of the Desert Empire League baseball title, the school's first in league history. 

Seth Mattox started and got the win for the Saints and Justin Johnson had the big hit with a bases-loaded triple.

The current standings show Xavier Prep, Shadow Hills and La Quinta all tied for first place at 8-4 with three games remaining. But the Saints will finish 11-4 because their final three games were to be against Palm Springs, but the Indians weren't able to field a team this year, therefore all games against them go as forfeit wins.

a group of baseball players standing next to a fence: La Quinta hosted Xavier Prep in a varsity baseball game in La Quinta, Calif., on April 20, 2021. © Taya Gray/The Desert Sun La Quinta hosted Xavier Prep in a varsity baseball game in La Quinta, Calif., on April 20, 2021.

The Knights and Blackhawks, who have already had their three freebies in the win column this year against Palm Springs, can both earn a share of the league title with the Saints by sweeping their three games next week. The Blackhawks play a three-game set with Rancho Mirage, and the Knights play three against Palm Desert.

The Saints, meanwhile, can sit back and watch, and await their playoff destination. Remember, Xavier Prep is going for an unusual back-to-back CIF-SS title as the last time there was a high school baseball postseason, Xavier Prep went the distance and won the crown. 

Girls' soccer playoffs

Desert Mirage 7, Ganesha 1: As the playoffs get deeper, the Rams get tougher and that was the case Friday night. Desert Mirage made quick work of their visitors from Pomona with two different stars recording hat-tricks. 

Amerie Felix and Yisel Ybarra each netted three goals for the Rams with Carina Farfael tallying the other one. Miriam Pimentel had two assists, while Felix, Ybarra, Lizbeth Reyes, Natalia Zamora and Lesley Dominguez added one each. 

The Rams will be at home again Tuesday in the quarterfinals, as they won the coin flip and will host Summit High School from Fontana. 

More: Palm Springs girls' soccer sees season end in penalty kick shootout

Desert Hot Springs 4, Tarbut V'Torah 0: The Golden Eagles flew into the quarterfinal with a comfortable road win Friday, never allowing a shot on goal thanks to the defense of Yesica Villa and Ana Tupul.

Ariana Soto scored twice for Desert Hot Springs, while Citlaly Fuentes and Johanna Duran also scored. Yuni Santana and Villa each had assists. This is the second quarterfinal trip in three years for the Golden Eagles. They will host their next game on Tuesday against No. 3-ranked Garey High School out of Pomona. 

Shadow Hills 1, Santa Ynez 0: For the second straight playoff game, Janessa Navarro carded the only goal in a Knights 1-0 victory on the road. Natalie Hamilton had the assist and freshman goalkeeper Georgina Rojas had 11 saves. 

The Knights will now host a quarterfinal game on Tuesday against Costa Mesa.

Archer School for Girls 1, Cathedral City 0: After Archer scored a beautiful first-half goal, the Lions had several opportunities to come up with the equalizer, but couldn't figure out a way to get the ball in the back of the net. The loss ends a fine season for the Lions, which included a playoff win and a third-place finish in the loaded DVL.

Sage Hill 3, Coachella Valley 2: The No. 1-ranked and unbeaten Coachella Valley girls' soccer team was upset Friday in the second round of the playoffs.  Sophomore Brianna Partida scored both goals for the Arabs, who won the Desert Valley League with a 14-0 record.  

Girls' playoff tennis

Patriot 14, Twentynine Palms 4: The Wildcats saw their fantastic season come to an end, making the second round of the playoffs for the first time in at least seven years. 

In the loss Friday, the doubles team of Isabel Plummer and Emily Stuckey won all three of their sets, while Maria Banerjee and Madi Soster combined to win one set.

More: Top-seed Palm Desert advances in CIF girls' tennis playoffs with win over Long Beach Poly

Girls' basketball

Shadow Hills 63, Xavier Prep 61 (OT): In almost certainly the most exciting girls' basketball game of the year, the Knights kept themselves in the Desert Empire League race with a dramatic win over the Saints. 

How close was this game? The Knights led 14-12 after one quarter, 27-26 at the half, 38-37 after three quarters, the game was tied at 50 after the fourth quarter, and the Knights won the OT period 13-11. 

Carla Hyatt had 23 points, Sonia Urbina had 15 and Victoria Hyatt had 12 to lead the Knights. Carla Hyatt also had 14 rebounds and 10 steals for an unusual triple-double. 

The Saints were led by Maliah Bosley with 17 points, Trinity Skinner with 11 and Dejah Saldivar with 10 points. Genna Weinecke added six points, 11 rebounds and six assists for the Saints. 

Both teams are 7-2 in the league standings and they play each other again Monday in the final DEL game for both teams. The winner will likely take second place in the league behind La Quinta, which is 7-1 and has two games remaining against winless Palm Springs.

Boys' volleyball

Xavier Prep: The Saints, coming off the school's first-ever boys' volleyball league title, learned their playoff path Saturday morning. 

The Saints, participating in the boys' volleyball postseason for the first time ever, will host Estancia on Thursday in the Division 6 first-round. 

Baseball

Indio 5, Coachella Valley 1: The impressive Rajahs move to 9-0 in the DVL and 11-2 overall behind a dominating pitching performance from Fredy Lopez, who allowed just one hit in a complete-game victory, striking out nine. Lopez was also 2-for-4 with an RBI. Ricky Hernandez was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Jacob Orozco was 2 for 2.

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CIF-SS playoff schedule

MONDAY'S GAME

Girls' tennis (3 p.m.)

D2: Palm Desert at Temescal Canyon

TUESDAY'S GAMES

Girls' soccer (3 or 5 p.m.)

D4: Costa Mesa at Shadow Hills 

D6: Summit at Desert Mirage

D7: Garey at Desert Hot Springs

THURSDAY'S GAME

Boys' volleyball

D6: Estancia at Xavier Prep, 6 p.m.

This article originally appeared on Palm Springs Desert Sun: Valley roundup: Xavier Prep baseball secures piece of first-ever Desert Empire League title

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