While the view from the top has been consistent and enjoyable for the POWER since Opening Night, the rest of the SCCBA standings have started to take shape. The SoCal Cardinals entered their weekend series in Palm Springs in second place and also undefeated in conference play prior to being swept in a very close and competitive four games by the POWER. In the meantime, the POWER seem to be winning games any way they can.
“That’s the sign of a good team, that (we) can do that,” said POWER Pitching Coach Harry Gurley. “We’re winning the close games, we’ve had a couple blowouts, we can come from behind, and we can hold our lead. All in all, the guys have done everything we’ve asked them.”
Much credit can go to Gurley for what has been a dominant performance in almost every game this season by the POWER pitching staff.
Taking advantage of the Cardinal slump in Palm Springs were the O.C. Pioneers, who jumped up to second place in the SCCBA. On Wednesday, the Pioneers took advantage of the sliding Cardinals and defeated them in impressive fashion by a final score of 7-1.
The battle for second place seems to be narrowing down between the Pioneers and the Cardinals. The two highly competitive teams have split the two games they have played against each other and two crucial games remain in their season series that could ultimately decide who makes the best-of-three championship series.
In other SCCBA action this week, the Trombly Thunder picked up their first two victories of the season after defeating the East L.A. Dodgers and the L.A. Thrashers.