Palm Springs Power Week in Review 6/2-6/9

For those baseball fans that missed any of the first week of the SCCBL season, the Palm Springs Power have started the season 6-0. Check out the highlights from this week.

Opening Night 6/2

Saturday 6/3

Sunday 6/4

Wednesday 6/7

Friday 6/9

Wednesday June 14 will be the first true test for the Power as they face the San Diego Force, a team they lost to in last year’s SCCBL Championship Series.  

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Top Baseball Prospects Compete All Summer in Palm Springs

by Steve Sitter and Wes Williams

Baseball fans in the Coachella Valley do not have to drive ninety minutes to see high quality baseball. Top college prospects from the Pac 12, Big West, SEC, Big Ten, and the Big 12 converge on downtown Palm Springs each summer to play for the Palm Springs Power.

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The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim held spring training at Palm Springs Stadium until 1992.

Fans can enjoy the national pastime each summer evening under the cool misters of historic Palm Springs Stadium, former spring training home of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.  

Elite college players compete each year in collegiate summer baseball leagues with teams like the Palm Springs Power. The most well known league is the Cape Cod League, with teams like the Chatham Anglers having produced Jeff Bagwell, Thurman Munson, and Evan Longoria in their 54 year history.

In only 13 years, the Palm Springs Power have had 93 players sign professional baseball contracts, 81 of those to Major League organizations.  Notable former players include Brian Shaw (Cleveland Indians) and Tyler Saladino (Chicago White Sox). 

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Tyler Saladino played for the Palm Springs Power and now starts for the Chicago White Sox

The Power play in the Southern California Collegiate Baseball League, which includes six teams.  The team has an overall record of 465-130 and has won seven league championships, including five straight from 2011 to 2015.  Last year, the Power finished in second place in the league with a record of 28-11.

Andrew Starke is the founder and president of the Palm Springs Power.  Starke continues to place great importance on community involvement, earning praise not only from the Palm Springs Chamber Of Commerce, but from Mayor Robert Moon as well.

While they are not the first team to play in historic Palm Springs Stadium, they have achieved the greatest level of success there since the Angels in 1961.

According to Starke,  “The lack of success of previous teams was well documented, but there was one glaring mistake that they were all committing; none of those minor league teams were local, and the community couldn’t relate.  I look at the success of Gene Autry’s Angels, and used that as a template for creating a hometown team that the community can really get behind.”

Earlier in the year, Starke named Casey Dill as manager of the Power.  Dill has an extensive background in professional baseball and hopes to add to the already successful Palm Springs baseball franchise.

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Casey Dill was named Power Manager in September

“This is a team whose success is determined by winning championships and promoting our players into MLB organizations” Dill said. “We aim to stay at the forefront of player development and knowledge of MLB scouting standards to continue to guide and lead our players into professional baseball.”

Dill has nine years of professional and summer collegiate managing experience, earning an overall record of 371-220 with four league championships. He is a graduate of Major League Baseball Scout School and also works as an Associate Scout with the Atlanta Braves.

“The greater Palm Springs community does a great job embracing the Palm Springs Power as the hometown team. Our mascot Rocky the Ram is one of the most recognizable characters in the community. It is an honor and pleasure to manage a team that is loved and supported as well as the Power are in Palm Springs.” said Power Manager Casey Dill.

On top of coming out to the ballpark for top level baseball from elite college players, fans can come out for an entertaining evening in Palm Springs.  Kids can enjoy the bounce house and meet Rocky the Ram down the third baseline. Adults can enjoy dollar beer night throughout the summer on Tuesdays.

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Tuesdays are Dollar Beer Nights at Palm Springs Stadium

“Power games are a blast and they’re affordable for the whole family to come. It is a wonderful social atmosphere and the kids always have fun in the bounce house and the race around the bases” said longtime Palm Springs resident Wendy Patterson.

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Question Answer
Is the Palm Springs Power a A, AA, or AAA minor league team? The Power is not a minor league team, it is a summer collegiate team made up of players from universities around the country. Collegiate summer baseball, or, “wood bat leagues,” as they are commonly known, are amateur baseball leagues that operate between the college baseball season in the spring, and the beginning of the fall college semester.

 

About what is the equivalent minor league level? The Palm Springs Power play at a level roughly below AA ball. In other words, fans are seeing prospects 2-4 years away from the MLB.
Does the team play the Rancho Cucamunga Quakes or Inland Empire 66ers? No. They play in the Southern California Collegiate Baseball League, which includes six teams  In 12 years of baseball, the Power have an overall record of 465-130 (win percentage of .782), and have won seven league championships, including five straight from 2011 to 2015. Teams in the league include the San Diego Force and So Cal Bombers
Have Power players made it to the MLB? Since the team’s inception, they have had a total of 93 players sign professional baseball contracts, 81 of those to Major League organizations.  Notable former players include Brian Shaw (Indians) and Tyler Saladino (White Sox).
What is the history of the Palm Springs Power? The Palm Springs Power is the brainchild of Andrew Starke, who remains owner and President.  They aren’t the first team to play in historic Palm Springs Stadium, but they have achieved the greatest level of success there since the Angels in 1961. According to Starke,  “The lack of success of previous teams was well documented, but there was one glaring mistake that they were all committing; none of those minor league teams were local, and the community couldn’t relate.  I look at the success of Gene Autry’s Angels, and used that as a template for creating a hometown team that the community can really get behind.”  Starke continues to place great importance on community involvement, earning praise not only from the Palm Springs Chamber Of Commerce, but from Mayor Robert Moon and Palm Springs Police Chief Brian Reyes as well. Both Mayor Moon and Chief Reyes threw out the first pitch at Power games in 2016

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.

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.

Just the Scores Podcast 7-21

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The Palm Springs Power advanced to the S-C-C-B-L championship series with a 4-2 victory over the Arroyo Seco Sentinals Thursday night and will play the San Diego Force on Friday at Grossmont College at 4:30. Game 2 will be in Palm Springs on Saturday at 7:05.

In Major League Baseball action, the Padres blew a 4 run lead with 6 outs to go in St Louis as the Cards beat the friars 6-5.

The Dodgers handed Steven Strasburg his first loss as the LA beat the Washington Nationals 6-3. Justin Turner homered twice and Julio Urias pitched 4 solid innings.

The red hot Angels had the day off and will take on the Astros tomorrow with Shoe-maker getting the start for the Halos.

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?

Three Run Single

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by Wes Williams

From a young age, I was taught to hit the cutoff man.  I remember being yelled at for not doing it in a Pony League game when I was 11 and that lesson stuck with me throughout my baseball career.

Not hitting the cutoff man led to a strange three run single in the Palm Springs Power game last night.

CJ Broussard of the Power came up early in the game with the bases loaded and two outs. Broussard singled to knock in two runners. However, the San Diego Waves outfielder did not hit the cutoff man in a futile attempt to throw the runner out at home. This led to the runner from first advancing to third when hitting the cutoff man would have probably trapped that runner and ended the inning.

Instead, the runner made it to third and the catcher threw to second causing Broussard to get into a pickle.  As Broussard avoided the first and second basemen, the runner from third broke for home. The first baseman threw home but the runner scored easily with Broussard taking second on the throw.

Broussard ended up with a three RBI single instead of a two RBI single and the Waves being out of the inning.

The lesson is simple, hit the cutoff man.