The Palm Springs POWER remain atop the SCCBL Standings, now 6-1 in conference play and owning a 12-3 overall record. First baseman Ryan Jones’ 12 game hit streak has powered (pardon the pun) the team over the past two weeks. The POWER also owe three of their wins to the phenomenal performance of right-handed pitcher Nick Baker, whose 1.06 ERA and .185 batting average against evidence his dominance over opposing hitters.
Trailing the POWER by half a game, the So Cal Athletics are 8-4 in conference play. The Athletics have beaten four of their five conference opponents, with the POWER standing as the lone team yet to fall at their hands.
Coming off of their sixth overall victory (which also provided the POWER’s only conference loss), the Pirates sit in third place at 5-3 in conference play. Their hot start can be attributed to the great attitudes of their ballplayers and the big strides made by their three recent high school graduates: INF/RHP Joel Belk, RHP Zach Hedges, and C Bryce Harrison. The Pirates also had two players picked in this year’s MLB Draft: LHP Mike Finnigan (Orioles) and 3B Matt Anderson (Marlins).
The LA Thrashers own a 4-3 conference record, placing them fourth in the SCCBL. The Thrashers biggest strength has been up the middle, with three stellar catchers, a quartet of stellar middle infielders, and the talented Vince Lawrence in centerfield.
The Inland Empire Aces are 2-5 against conference opponents thus far in their inaugural season. The Aces had a key victory over the Athletics on the 21st, giving hope of good things to come.
Behind the Aces are the East LA Dodgers, with a 1-10 record against their conference foes. East LA’s first victory came against the Aces on the sixteenth, and they’ll look to improve on last season’s results to move up in the standings this year.