The Palm Springs POWER were unable to capture the Southern California Collegiate Baseball League (S.C.C.B.L.) Championship in a rematch of last year’s playoff series. The POWER fell to the O.C. Pioneers 5-4 in a decisive third game of the championship series.
The POWER finish the SCCBL season with a record of 20-3 against conference opponents, including this playoff series. The POWER’S overall record of 33-4 is the best winning percentage in team history. The POWER rallied in the bottom of the eighth inning with four runs, but came up one run short of the victory. In the ninth inning, the POWER had the tying run on first, but failed to bring him around.
The POWER broke through in the eighth inning by loading the bases after an error, a single, and another single. This brought up third baseman Chett Zeise who tripled over the right fielder?s head to clear the bases. Brett Hambright then pinch hit, and promptly singled to right to drive in Zeise for the fourth POWER run. Palm Springs relief pitcher Ismael Guiterrez entered in the fourth inning and allowed only one hit over five innings. to keep the POWER in the game.
The POWER return to action Friday night against the LA Rhinos at Palm Springs Stadium for Christmas in July. Fans are encouraged to bring unwrapped toys to receive $5 admission. The POWER will be giving away over $15,000 in prizes. First-pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm and the gates open up at 6:00 pm.
Saturday night at Palm Springs Stadium features the Homerun Derby and the 2010 All-Star Game. The Derby will begin at 6:00 pm, with the All-Star Game following at 7:05 pm. All kids who attend wearing their youth baseball league jersey and hat (and have a baseball glove) will receive free admission to the Derby and game. Kids will also be allowed to help POWER players and staff in the outfield of the Homerun Derby.