Force Sweep Power in SCCBL Championship Series

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The San Diego Force completed the sweep of the Palm Springs Power in the SCCBL Championship series.

Force pitcher Bobby Orozco quieted the Power bats in 6 dominant innings.

It was 7-0 before the Power were able to get on the board with a small rally in the top of the 6th cutting the lead to 7-3.

But the Force scored another run and never looked back.

The SCCBL will return in June of 2017. In the meantime, the California Winter League will return to Palm Springs in January as baseball players from around the country come to Palm Springs Stadium in hopes of signing a professional contract.

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Force beat Power in Game 1 of SCCBL

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by Wes Williams

The San Diego Force beat the Palm Springs Power 5-3 in Game one of the SCCBL Championship Series.

Doubles machine John Mauldin knocked in the first run with a double to right scoring Colby Schultz.  Ryan Mota scored Mauldin even though he grounded into a double play.

The Power would not score again until Brock Hale out of BYU pulled a homer over the left field wall.

Palm Springs threatened in the bottom of the ninth putting runners on first and second with two outs, but they could not get them home as Andrew Brown struck out to end the game.

Game two of the SCCBL Championship Series will move to Palm Springs Stadium on Saturday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05.

Palm Springs Power Advance to SCCBL Finals

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The Palm Springs Power advanced to the SCCBL championship series with a win against Arroyo Seco in a do or die game last night at Palm Springs Stadium.

Jumpei Akunuma threw 6 and one third innings to keep the Arroyo Seco bats quiet.

The Power go on the road to take on the 28-8 San Diego Force in Game 1 of the SCCBL Championship series on Friday at 4:30 at Grossmont College.

SCCBL Playoff Schedule

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by Wes Williams

The SCCBL Playoffs start on Monday with the top seeded Palm Springs traveling to fourth seeded Arroyo Seco while second seeded San DiegoSan Diego travels to Jay Littleton Ball Park in Ontario to take on the So Cal Bombers.

The first round of the SCCBL playoffs look like this:
Monday 7/18
Palm Springs Power at Arroyo Seco Sentinels
San Diego Force at So Cal Bombers

Tuesday 7/19
Arroyo Seco Sentinels at Palm Springs Power
So Cal Bombers at San Diego Force

Wednesday 7/20
Arroyo Seco Sentinels at Palm Springs Power (if necessary)
So Cal Bombers at San Diego Force (if necessary)

Friday 7/22
Higher seed at Lower seed

Saturday 7/23
Lower seed at Higher Seed

Sunday 7/24
Lower seed at Higher Seed

So what do the Palm Springs Power players and staff think it will take to win their sixth straight SCCBL title?

SCCBL Playoff Start Next Week

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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.
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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.

Palm Springs Power Louisiana Connection

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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.

Just the Scores Podcast for 7-10

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In SCCBL action, the Palm Springs Power beat the So Cal Bombers 9-2. Ryan Mota had 2 RBIs and Cameron Neff threw 5 strong innings.

In the California League, the Inland Empire 66ers got blown out by the Lancaster Jethawks 17-0. The 66ers only managed 3 hits.

The High Desert Mavericks held on to beat the Rancho Cucamunga Quakes 6-5.  Dodgers prospect Yasiel Sierra suffered the loss and his ERA rose to 7.05.

In the MLB, the Dodgers beat the Padres 3-1 behind a 13 strikeout performance from Kenta Maeda.  Adrian Gonzalez homered for the Dodgers, Derek Norris homered for the Padres.

The Angels dropped another game to the Baltimore Orioles 4-2. Tim Lincecum dropped to 1-3 with a 6.85 ERA. Chris Davis homered for Baltimore.

 

First Just the Scores Podcast

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Everyday Southern California sports fans drive to work, they are subjected to the same boring trade rumors and Johnny Manzel gossip on national radio.  National radio ignores Coachella Valley sports, so Reiff Media is introducing the short Just the Scores Podcast.  The goal is to give listeners what they way, a short podcast to update them on sports from the Coachella Valley, Inland Empire, and all over Southern California.

Below is the first Just the Scores Podcast from Reiff Media. More episodes will follow.

 

How the Power Can Win SCCBL Title

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by Wes Williams

The Palm Springs Power have won five straight SCCBL championships, but are in a dog fight to win their sixth.

The San Diego Force currently lead the Power in the standings with the So Cal Bombers just a half game behind with less than a week to play.

So what is it going to take for the Power to win their eighth SCCBL championship in team history? I asked players and staff what they thought, check out the video below.