CWL Wrap 1/27/2014


Bombers earn first win by beating Bluesox 4-1

After dropping their first four games to start the California Winter League season the British Columbia Bombers could have easily fallen victim to low morale, but manager Bart Zeller was not going to let that happen.  He gathered his team together just before first pitch and reminded them how close they were in each of their last three games and that he believed in their abilities.  His Bombers responded by jumping out front 1-0 in the top of the 1st on a Shawn McAndrews single.

Defensive miscues would allow the Bluesox to tie the game in the bottom half of the inning when Justin De La Nunez stole second.  Matt Kirkwood’s throw sailed into center field sending De La Nunez to third and he would score after center fielder Brent Carmichael allowed the ball to skip past him.

Derek Hagy’s RBI single in the top of the 2nd put the Bombers back on top 2-1.  Bombers starter Andrew Ford allowed a leadoff triple in the bottom half, but was able to work around it and preserve the lead.  Up 3-1 in the 5th, the Bombers added an insurance run on Brent Carmichael’s RBI single.  The game only went 5 innings due to a pitching shortage and the Bombers were able to close it out for their first win.

Power win pitching duel over Snowbirds 3-2

Pitching was the story in the opener at the auxiliary field today as a pair of highly touted arms were on display.  The Snowbirds’ Tim Vonder Haar, who is already drawing interest from both affiliated and independent clubs, used his 90-92 mph fastball and devastating breaking ball to throw four strong innings, allowing just one run while striking out eight.  His opponent, lefty Ryan DeJesus of the Power, was just as sharp throwing three shutout innings.

The game’s first run came in the 3rd when Adam Bear of the Power reached on a two-out infield single and eventually scored on a wild pitch.  The Power’s lead was extended to 2-0 on Darnell Jones’s sacrifice fly in the 4th.

The Snowbirds would come back and tie the game following Brian Brauer’s RBI single in the 5th and Eddie Young’s RBI double in the 6th.

The game was decided in the 7th when Jake Rosene drove in Matt Burns to put the Power up 3-2.  Sidearmer Michael Londino earned the save for the Power shutting down the Snowbirds in the bottom half.

Lumberjacks 14-0 Over Haymakers


The Lumberjacks started off hot as Nicholas Schulz blasted a leadoff homerun over the left field wall.  It was all Lumberjacks throughout as they scored three runs in the fourth inning, one in the fifth, and exploded for a nine run sixth inning.


Max Duval pitched three innings  striking out six batters.  Kagen Hopkins pitched three innings to get the save.


This is the Haymakers first loss on the season as Matt Broeder took the loss pitching three innings giving up just one run.


Bootleggers Edge Chill 3-2


A battle of the second and third place teams in the California Winter League turned out to be a pitchers duel as the Bay Area Bootleggers (4-0) defeated the Palm Springs Chill (2-1-1) 3-2.


Seafth Howe made his final appearance in the California Winter League season after signing a professional contract with the Schaumburg Boomers of the Frontier League. Howe worked two scoreless innings striking out three leaving with a no decision. Bootleggers starting pitcher Robert Morales was equally impressive retiring the first seven he faced to start the ball game.


With the Chill leading 2-1 in the top of the seventh Brian Weust put the Bootleggers on top for good with a two run doubles to left. The Chill were unable to respond, losing their first game of the season.


Travis Smith picked up the win for the Bootleggers while David Teasley suffered the loss.


Tuesday Schedule and promotion:

2-For Tuesday – 2 for 1 admission, $2 drinks, beer, hot dogs



Palm Springs Power Vs. Midwest Heymakers – Palm Springs Stadium – 10am


Coahella Valley Snowbirds Vs. Palm Desert Coyotes – Palm Springs Stadium – 12:30pm


Washington Bluesox Vs. Palm Springs Chill– Palm Springs High School – 9:30am


Oregon Lumberjacks Vs. Canada A’s – Palm Springs High School – 12pm


Standings through Day 5

Bay Area Bootleggers 4-0-1

Midwest Haymakers 3-1

Palm Springs Chill 2-1-1

Canada A’s 2-2

Palm Springs Power 2-2

Oregon Lumberjacks 2-2

Washington Blue Sox 1-2-1

Coachella Valley Snowbirds 1-2-1

Palm Desert Coyotes 1-3

British Columbia Bombers 1-4