Palm Springs, Calif. – The Oregon Lumberjacks scored the most runs of any team this season and the Washington Blue Sox stayed red hot as part of a sunny Saturday at the California Winter League.
The Blue Sox took down the Canada A’s 5-0 to win their ninth consecutive game. On the stadium the Lumberjacks scored six runs in the first to cruise to a 21-2 victory over MLB DC China. The Alberta Grizzly and British Columbia Bombers relied on shutdown pitching as they played to a 2-2 tie. The final game of the day saw the Palm Springs Chill with a 7-3 win over their rivals the Palm Springs Power.
Washington Blue Sox @ Canada A’s
The Blue Sox (9-2) scored in each of the first four innings and shutout the A’s (3-8-1) by a score of 5-0. The Blue Sox have won nine consecutive games. Sam Rowan led Washington offensively with a pair of base knocks and an RBI. David Reckers tossed two perfect innings in the start for the Blue Sox. Hsin Ming Peng dazzled in relief pitching the final five innings. Peng scattered four hits over his five frames while totaling six strikeouts of A’s hitters.
Oregon Lumberjacks @ MLB DC China
The Lumberjacks (8-4) used 13 hits and a six-run first inning for a 21-2 win over MLB China (4-9). Six runs in the first and four in the second turned the first game at Palm Springs Stadium into a one-sided affair. CJ Mervilus finished a homerun short of the cycle with a four-hit effort including two doubles. Guan Ming Liou played a strong second fiddle to Mervilus with three hits of his own with a double and two RBIs. Justin Rios earned the win on the mound. He went the first four innings limiting MLB China to four hits.
Alberta Grizzly @ British Columbia Bombers
The Grizzly (6-6-1) and Bombers (6-4-2) each scored twice in the second as they finished with a 2-2 tie. Wen Hung Wu led the Grizzly with two hits while Jorge Duran drove in a run for Alberta. Kenny Williams pitched all five innings for the Bombers. He allowed just one earned run with two strikeouts.
Palm Springs Power @ Palm Springs Chill
The Chill (6-6-1) defeated the Power (4-7-1) 7-3 in a battle of local favorites. Luke Churchill and Dylan Smith each propelled the Chill offensively with two-hit days. Cale Jones recorded two RBIs on a sacrifice fly and a ground-out. Jose Estrada earned the win pitching the first four innings. He allowed two earned runs and struck out nine Power hitters.
The California Winter League has a collective day off in observance of Super Bowl Sunday and returns for the final week of the season on Monday. The Oregon Lumberjacks will battle with the Washington Blue Sox in a pivotal game at 10AM between the top two teams in the American Division. The Canada A’s and British Columbia Bombers follow at 12:30PM. Monday is Margarita Monday presented by Luxury Pools Design and Construction with discounted four dollar margaritas. For more information on promotions and scheduling for the California Winter League visit californiawinterleague.com.
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.
For more information, visit californiawinterleague.com or call (760) 778-4487.