Palm Springs, Calif. – Another big crowd at Palm Springs Stadium saw a dramatic finish to Sunday’s slate of California Winter League (CWL) games. The first game of the day took place on the auxiliary field, where the British Columbia Bombers won their third straight by defeating the Oregon Lumberjacks 6-3. Fans then saw the Alberta Grizzly put up nine quick runs in a 9-0 win over MLB DC China before the afternoon’s fantastic finale. In a 0-0 game in the bottom of the ninth, Travious Ford hit a walk-off home run to give the Palm Springs Chill a 1-0 win over the Canada A’s. All three games were played to nine innings to provide additional reps for players with rain expected to hit the Coachella Valley over the next two days.
Oregon Lumberjacks @ British Columbia Bombers
Building on ten runs yesterday, the Bombers (4-3-1) put up ten hits on the way to six runs against the Lumberjacks (4-4). The top of the order dominated led by Evan Lorey’s four hit three RBI day. Brandon Hupe piled on two more hits and an RBI, letting Ayura Kobayashi take over on the mound. The lefty struck out 11 batters in five shutout innings, bringing his strikeout total for the season to 27 K’s across 13 innings. Four Bombers’ pitchers closed out the 6-3 victory.
MLB DC China @ Alberta Grizzly
The top offense in the league continued their hot-hitting on Sunday morning. Canice Ejoh of the Grizzly (5-4) did much of the damage as he walloped a pair of pitches for a double and a triple, driving in three runs on the day. Gavin Stupienski added two RBI while Remy Heckman drove in another run for the blowout victory over MLB DC China (2-7). On the mound, Wyatt Rowland tossed six scoreless innings to pick up the win, his third of the season. Clayton Loranger and Remy Heckman followed with clean frames to wrap up the 9-0 shutout for the Grizzly.
Canada A’s @ Palm Springs Chill
A true pitcher’s duel came down to the bottom of the ninth inning. The A’s (4-3-1) began the game with Kelsie Whitmore on the bump. She threw five clean innings and allowed just four hits while striking out four. The Chill (4-4-1) countered with Jose Estrada (pictured.) He danced around trouble from the get-go, including stranding the bases loaded in the first on the way to four scoreless frames with seven strikeouts. The bullpens grabbed hold of the game from there with eight pitchers combining to carry a 0-0 score into the ninth inning. That’s when Ford stepped up and blasted a walk-off home run to left field, sending the Chill home with a 1-0 win.
The California Winter League will provide social media updates on game statuses over the next two days. In addition, stay tuned tocaliforniawinterleague.com for updates and for more information on upcoming scheduling and promotions.
The California Winter League is the longest running professional showcase league of its kind. Since its inaugural season in 2010, the CWL has seen over 850 of its players sign professional contracts. Each year, it is the premier destination for free agent baseball players who are looking to be scouted and signed.
Fans can buy tickets every gameday at the stadium box office. Palm Springs Stadium is located at 1901 E Baristo Road in Palm Springs. Fans can also tune in on the California Winter League YouTube to watch every 2024 stadium game live.
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