Baseball in Palm Springs is ending soon as the California Winter League comes to a close on February 12th. In the week between the start of Major League baseball’s Arizona Cactus League, baseball fans should venture out to a college baseball ballpark.
Southern California boasts some of the best college baseball programs in the nation. Below are the dates of opening day for local colleges.
USC– February 17 vs Coppin State
UCLA– February 17 vs San Jose State
Long Beach State– February 17 vs Oklahoma
Cal State Northridge– February 17 vs Portland
Cal State Fullerton– February 17 vs Stanford
UC Irvine– February 17 vs Minnesota
UC Riverside– February 17 vs Nebraska
College of the Desert– February 10 vs West LA
by Wes Williams
After sweeping a four game series against the Inland Valley Bucs, The Palm Springs Power will start the SCCBL playoffs as the top seed.
Palm Springs will start their quest for a sixth straight SCCBL title with a semifinal road game against fourth seeded Arroyo Seco Sentinels.
Game two will be in Palm Springs on July 19 with game three the following day if necessary.
In the other semifinal, the San Diego Force and So Cal Bombers will battle for the chance to go to the three game finals on July 22 through 24th.
The Bombers are coming into the playoffs on a seven game losing streak and have lost nine of their last ten. San Diego is currently on a three game winning streak.
Be sure to follow Reiff Media on Twitter and Instagram for all of your SCCBL playoff news. In Palm Springs, check out KESQ for highlights at ten on Fox and eleven on ABC with Blake Arthur and Cody Krupp.
John Mauldin, Tyler Laporte, and Cody Ducote are having big summers for the Palm Springs Power.
Mauldin out of Baton Rougue Community College has been the offensive leader for the team batting .350 with 2 homeruns and 14 stolen bases.
Laporte is also from Batton Rougue Community College and has been a key player off the bench with 5 RBIs in 23 at bats.
Ducote out of LSU was leading the team with a .373 average before heading back to Louisiana.
The Louisiana connection will have to continue their strong play for the rest of the summer as the Power try to win their sixth straight SCCBL championship.
Baseball will take place in Dodger Stadium this weekend, but not Major League Baseball with the boys in blue. Instead, top college players from four top college baseball teams will clash in the Dodger Stadium Baseball Classic.
Oklahoma (4-5), #20 Mississippi State (7-2), #22 USC (5-3), and #21 UCLA (3-5) will battle all weekend culminating with games on Sunday being played at Dodger Stadium.
The first games of the classic start on Friday night when Oklahoma plays USC at Dedeaux Field at 6. Across town at Jackie Robinson Field, Mississippi State will take on UCLA at 6.
The Sooners and Trojans met in in the 1995 College World Series with USC posting a 9-4 win in Lincoln. USC right hander Kyle Davis will take the bump for the Trojans and Oklahoma will counter with Jake Elliot and his 3.00 ERA.
In a replay of the College World Series final of 2013, Mississippi State will try to avenge their loss to UCLA in the championship game when they take the field Friday night. Junior Dakota Hudson of the Bulldogs will take his 1.64 ERA into the game and try to improve his 1-0 record. UCLA will counter with sophomore right hander Griffin Canning.
On Saturday, Oklahoma will travel to UCLA while Mississippi State heads to USC.
The Dodger Stadium College Baseball Classic will culminate at Dodger Stadium on Sunday.
Oklahoma will take on Mississippi State on Sunday at 11 in the opening game. Crosstown rivals USC and UCLA will do battle at 3. The USC and UCLA game will be televised live by the Pac-12 Network.
Tickets for the Sunday games are very reasonably priced with Pavillon seats $10 and Field Level seats only $15.