Palm Springs, CA—Sitting atop the SCC standings, the Palm Springs POWER have been absolutely dominant this season, 12-1 in conference play and 23-3 overall. With a pitching staff that Manager Harry Gurley has mentored towards a cumulative 2.06 ERA and a patient lineup that keeps punishing opposing pitchers by hitting .323 and getting on-base at a .430 clip, the team that energizes Palm Springs Stadium with baseball five nights a week received national recognition on June 28th. PerfectGame.org, a website that prides itself on being “Baseball’s Largest Scouting Service,” noted the POWER as one of the teams receiving consideration as they ranked the country’s top 25 Summer Collegiate programs.
While the POWER are certainly honored to be mentioned amongst the country’s top teams, POWER fans certainly shouldn’t be surprised to see their team ranked so highly. The POWER offense boasts mature, disciplined hitters like Riverside City College’s David Kiriakos, whose seven walks in ten games (seven starts) are products of what might be the best batter’s eye not just on the team, but in the league. Defensively, the POWER have enjoyed a perfect 5-0 record from Palm Desert High School product and Chico State sophomore Nick Baker, 23 K’s in 14.2 innings of shutdown relief from Cal. State, San Bernardino’s Tony Guerra, and innumerable sure-handed plays at third base from the Co-Captain out of the University of Iowa, Chett Zeise.
After a two-game sweep of the Nor Cal Yankees, the POWER will play two against Team San Diego this week and a pair of games against the San Diego Force on Friday and Saturday before returning to conference play on the tenth when the second-place Southern California Athletics come to town.