A’s, Coyotes pick up key CWL victories

Palm Springs, CA-Jan 30, 2011

Game 1: Canada A’s 7, Coachella Valley Snowbirds 0
In game 1 the Canada A’s held their opponent scoreless, taking down the league leading Coachella Valley Snowbirds, 7-0.

It was the third straight win for the A’s, who improved their record to 4-3 with a third-consecutive California Winter League victory.

Pitcher Taylor King led the defensive dominance for the A’s, tossing five scoreless innings to pick up the win. King struck out seven, allowed no walks while surrendering only three hits to stifle the Snowbirds’ potent offense.

Meanwhile, the A’s offensive charge was led by third baseman Mark Hill, who went 2-for-2 including a triple. Hill also run scored and added a pair of RBIs.

Catcher Keith Castillo added a hit, a stolen base and a pair of runs for the A’s.

Game 2: Palm Desert Coyotes 4, Palm Springs Chill 3
The Palm Desert Coyotes battled back from an early deficit and Kevin Crimmel pitched a great game to take down the struggling Palm Springs Chill, 4-3.

Crimmel pitched 4.2 innings, giving up three runs on two hits while striking out 11. Brian Fowler recorded the last out of the fifth in relief and tacked on two scoreless innings to pick up his second win of the season.

The Chill, however, took an immediate lead, striking in the top of the first inning after a fly ball on the Coyotes’ infield found its way to the ground after a miscommunication by first baseman Wes Hoskins and Crimmel and the Chill took a 1-0 advantage.

But in the bottom of the second, the Coyotes took the lead. Justin Uribe led off the inning with a single and moved to third on a single by Hoskins. Uribe then scored on a single by Nate Wilson-Traisman. Then Kevin Hoeff singled to score Hoskins and Wilson-Traisman to give the Coyotes a 3-1 lead.

The Chill tied the game in the sixth inning with a pair of runs. But as has been the theme for the Chill this season, they left too many runners on base.

The Coyotes manufactured a run in the bottom of the seventh and held on for the 4-3 win behind James LoPresti who picked up his first save of the season.