Mary Nutter Softball Collegiate Classic Day 1 Results

Rain was supposed to wash away most of the softball games Friday at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City, but it held off long enough for fans to be treated to some epic softball battles. ucla-softball_0006

UCLA had two of the more exciting games yesterday as they beat Cal Poly 3-1 and Central Florida 1-0.

Oregon went 2-0 as well with victories over Kentucky and Kent State.  Each of those victories were decided by one run.

Other results from softball games yesterday at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic:

UC Davis    1        vs      Kentucky    4

UCF            2       vs      Cal Poly      1

Liberty        8       vs      LMU  10

Oregon      5       vs      Kentucky    4

UCLA 3       vs      Cal Poly      1

Liberty        0       vs      UC Davis    3

Oregon       4      vs      Kent State 3

Cal             2       vs      Illinois         1

UCLA 1        vs      UCF   0

Make sure to check out Flosports for continuing coverage from the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City.

 

 

Colonials Capture California Winter League Title

Two Palm Springs teams were in the final four of the California Winter League playoffs only to be beaten by the same team.

The fourth seeded New York Colonials upset both teams and won the California Winter League championship by beating the Palm Springs Chill 10-3.

This game was essentially over after two innings. The Colonials jumped out to a 9-0 lead going into the bottom of the 2nd.

Edgar Lebron Jr. started the onslaught with a triple to drive in two.  Lebron ended the day with four RBIs.
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Palm Springs got runners in scoring position in the first three innings, but could not get the key hit to create a long rally to put them back into the game.

The Chill cut the lead to 9-3 and Dakota Freese kept the Colonials off the board with a strong relief appearance fanning five in his three innings of pitching.

But Colonials pitcher Dylan Thompson was even more impressive. He went six strong innings only giving up one earned run to earn the victory.

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Power Eliminated in Semifinals

In an offensive battle, the New York Colonials eliminated the top seed Palm Springs Power today nine to six.

The Colonials jumped out to a five nothing lead in the bottom of the first. Kalani Brackenridge singled in two runs in the inning and finished with three RBIs.cwl-logo-black-text-thumbnail

The Power erased the lead in the next two innings with one in the first and four in the second. Nicholas Buckner led off the second with a mammoth solo shot to center.

Pitching took over the next few innings as the teams were tied at six going into the final inning. Martin Windisch threw six innings for the Power only allowing one earned run.

Errors in the top of the sixth by the Power allowed three Colonials to score.

Kyano Cummings shut down the Power 1-2-3 in the seventh as the Colonials won nine to six.

The Colonials will move onto play the Palm Springs Chill in the California Winter League finals at noon on Sunday.

 

Power Battle Back to Beat Blue Sox

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Despite trailing by four runs, the Palm Springs Power came back to beat the Washington Blue Sox 8-6 in California Winter League action Sunday afternoon.baseballscore-1-29

Christopher Burks had a double and three RBIs for the Power as they improve to 7-1.

Joe Wittig had two RBI and scored a run.

Takashi Miyoshi struggled on the mound after having had success at the plate this season.

Miyoshi got the win, but gave up four earned runs in less than three innings of work on top of walking six batters.

The Palm Springs Power battles the Palm Springs Chill at 12:30 Monday at Palm Springs Stadium.

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Power Win Pitching Duel 3-2

by Wes Williams

It took 4 hours of work by California Winter League officials to get the baseball field ready for today’s baseball action after all the rain in the Coachella Valley, but baseball games continued today and the Palm Springs Power played a good one.screen-shot-2017-01-21-at-6-28-14-pm

Peyton Lobdell was dominant striking out 5 batters in his first 2 innings of work.

The Power offense rallied for two in the second led by DH Marquis Kidd who smacked a line drive into left field, which the left fielder kicked all the way to right field like he was Pele. Joe Wittig scored to put them up 1-0 and the Power went onto win 3-2 as they improved to 2-0 on the season.

Palm Springs Power off to 2-0 start in 2017

Check out Blake Arthur and Cody Krupp on KESQ and CBS Local 2 in Palm Springs for California Winter League highlights.
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National Bobblehead Day Should be Moved

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When the Dodgers promotional schedule comes out in the winter, I always circle bobblehead nights as games I must attend. Bobbleheads are awesome for man caves or offices. When people walk into my office, the most common thing they do is touch the #bobbleheads on my desk and watch the head nod up and down.
 
Celebrating these awesome toys is a great idea, but the organizers screwed up by making National Bobblehead Day in January. Bobbleheads are associated with baseball and baseball season starts in spring. The celebration should occur in April in association with the start of the baseball season. Baseball Antiques Bobbleheads Figures Vintage
 
I understand that not all bobbleheads are baseball related. I have Los Angeles Kings and Lakers bobbleheads along with my dozens of Dodgers bobbleheads. But I think the general public associates bobbleheads with baseball more than any other sport or activity.
 
Every team MLB team celebrates opening day, but why couldn’t the second or third day of the season be NationalBobbleheadDay?

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California Winter League Releases 2017 Schedule

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The California Winter League released their schedule today. Over 300 players will report on January 16 to Palm Springs with games starting on the 19th. cwl-logo-black-text-thumbnail

The CWL is the official winter league of the Frontier League and showcases players looking to sign professional contracts. Over 50 players signed contracts at the end of the season with Frontier League teams.

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Other Winners from Game 7

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After the World Series, I thought about a few things beyond the historic win for the Cubs and the heart break the Indians must be feeling.

554px-chicago_cubs_cap_insignia-svg1. From a business point of view, Fox scored a huge victory with a 25.2 rating.
2. Major League Baseball can use that 25.2 rating when they negotiate a new television deal.

3. Youth baseball scored a victory because many young fans were created last night with all of the twists and turns. How many kids now want to be Anthony Rizzo, Chris Bryant, Ben Zobrist, or one of the other players?

Highlights from Palm Springs Baseball Tryouts

As the dreams of baseball players are being realized in the World Series, 75 players flocked to Palm Springs to try and continue their dreams of a professional baseball career.

Palm Springs Power Manager Casey Dill and the Southern Illinois Miners put together the event consisting of players from 17-34 years old.

Scouts from the major, minor, and international leagues evaluated the players as they went through drills at historic Palm Springs Stadium.

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Week 10 Friday Night Lights

Big games with playoff implications Friday night in the Coachella Valley. Follow the link below to see all of the highlights on the Best Local Sports Show with Blake Arthur and Cody Krupp.

Week 10 HS football scores & highlights

Thursday:
La Quinta – 63 @ Indio – 0

Friday:
Joshua Springs – 54 @ Desert Christian – 14

Rancho Mirage – 52 @ Desert Mirage – 8

Xavier Prep – 28 @ Palm Springs – 56

Palm Desert – 20 @ Cathedral City – 13

Coachella Valley – 30 @ 29 Palms – 47

Yucca Valley – 13 @ Desert Hot Springs – 6

 

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