First Game of CWL ends in 3-3 tie
The California Winter League celebrated its 5th season with a matchup of two of its original four teams; the Palm Springs Chill (0-0-1) and the Coachella Valley Snowbirds (0-0-1). The contest ended in a 3-3 tie after seven innings of play. The standouts were mostly pitchers; chief among them was the Chill’s Seafth Howe.
For the Snowbirds the pitching effort was led by Dillon Ryan who threw two solid innings late in the game to preserve a 3-3 tie. Timothy Vonder Haar would close it out in the seventh to end the game 3-3.
The most impressive portion of the early morning contest was when Chill pitcher Seafth Howe entered by delivering three successive balls to Andre Oliver then coming back to strike out Oliver on the next three pitches. Howe would then go on to strike out the side in order and final six batters of the game.
Palm Springs Power take opener 9-4 over Oregon Lumberjacks
With the Lumberjacks leading 2-0 after two innings, Matt Lowenstein scored the first Power run in the 3rd inning after drawing a two-out walk. Travis Clark followed with a single and Lowenstein would then score on an error by the Lumberjacks shortstop. The Power then took the lead in the 4th inning as Justin Cureton, Tyler Surnbrock and Matt Burns all had base hits in the inning, scoring three runs.
A 5-2 Power lead quickly turned into 5-4 when Steven Landell came in to pitch the 8th inning. The Southern Connecticut State southpaw responded by shutting down the Lumberjacks rally and the Power plated across four insurance runs in the bottom half of the 8th to extend the Power lead to 9-4. Landell finished the job in the 9th, retiring the Lumberjacks in order.
Washington Blue Sox took on the Midwest Haymakers in an offensive showdown. The Haymakers would defeat the Blue Sox by a score of 8-7 thanks to a walk of two run single by Andrew Camaradella. Camardella also had a two run homerun in the fourth inning. He finished the day 3-4 with four RBIs.
Haymakers walk off on opening day
The Haymakers started the day off by scoring three runs in the second inning, two of which came from a Justin Girton two run single. Girton went 2-2 with two singles and a stolen base.
Nick Woodward pitched four innings giving up just two runs and striking out seven batters. Woodward is now 1-0 in the California Winter League.
The Blue Sox were lead by Mark DiTommaso who went 4-4 with two singles, a double, and a three run homerun.
The Blue Sox went into the seventh inning with a one run lead, but Nathan Kroell could not hold the Haymakers at bay as he gave up the winning runs.
Bay Area Bootleggers winners 8-2 over the Bombers
The opening day for the California Winter League started with a bang as the
Bay Area Bootleggers defeated the British Columbia Bombers 8-2 on the
Palm Springs High-school baseball field. The Bootleggers put on an offensive clinic as they tallied eight hits to go along with their eight runs.
The Bootleggers got off to a hot start as Hunter Ridge a first baseman out of UNC Wilmington hit a first inning two run homerun. The bootleggers tallied two more runs in the second inning. Hayden Shirley a right-handed pitcher from Harding University, pitched two innings and struck out five batters to get the win.
The Bombers got off to a slow start as three of the first four batters struck out. They finally got on the board in the third inning as a Ladis Lopez double scored Matthew Kirkwood. Lopez would go on to score the only other run of the game for the Bootleggers on a Tim Leary double.
A’s 17, Coyotes 4 final
The A’s exploded for 13 runs in the third inning en route to a 17-4 opening day victory over the Coyotes. 16 batters came to the plate that inning and all nine hitters scored for the A’s. Deaun Williams led the way with three hits including a 3 RBI triple in that third inning.
A’s starting pitcher Matt Schultz earned the win, allowing two in three innings of work. Four A’s relievers combined to allow two runs in the final four innings.