Friday’s California Winter League action featured both a dominant pitching performance and a slugfest.
The Coachella Valley Snowbirds bested the Canada A’s 11-8 in the afternoon contest, a game which saw a combined total of 31 hits.
The Snowbirds grabbed the early lead, plating five first inning runs thanks to RBI doubles from Suetsugu Takaaki and Drew Boyd.
After the Snowbirds took a 7-0 lead in the top of the third, the A’s responded with three of their own in the bottom half of the inning. A Keith Castillo three-run homer tied the game at seven in the fourth, but the Snowbird offensive onslaught proved too much, as five Snowbirds finished with multi-hit games.
First-baseman Stefan Neece led the Snowbirds, going 2-3 with a double and 3 RBI. Adrian Martinez added three hits of his own, with a double and two RBI.
Castillo’s three-run blast highlighted the Canada effort, and infielder Drew Taddia went 2-3.
The nightcap between the Palm Desert Coyotes and Palm Springs Chill reversed the day’s offensive trend, with the Coyotes picking up the 8-1 victory.
Coyote starter James Janclaes carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning, and only surrendered one run and three hits through seven innings of work. Janclaes stellar outing included seven strikeouts, as only five Chill runners reached base.
The Coyotes struck first blood in the top of the third, scoring three runs on a two RBI single by Marcus Dennistown and an RBI single from Andrew Martirano.
David Holcombe, who was 3-4 with a triple and an RBI, led Palm Desert offensively.
Alex Cowart was the lone bright spot for the Chill, going 2-4 with a double. Cowart’s fifth inning double ended Janclaes’ no-hit bid.
Come join us at Palm Springs stadium Saturday, when all four teams will be in action. The Palm Springs Chill and Coachella Valley Snowbirds square off at 10 am, and the Canada A’s host the Palm Desert Coyotes at 1PM. The afternoon ballgame is “Bark at the Park Day,” so be sure to bring your canines out to the ballpark!