We start in Palm Springs where manager Harry Gurley began his eighth and final season with four wins in five games.
In each of the wins, the POWER received outstanding starting pitching, timely hitting and solid defense. Their only loss was an extra-inning thriller on Saturday night to the So Cal Catch.
The Arroyo Seco Sentinels couldn’t keep up with the Orange County Riptide’s bats or relief pitching on opening night as the Riptide bullpen was able to set down eight batters in the last few innings en route to a 7-2 win. In the next contest, the Sentinels were able to come out on top over the Inland Valley Pirates 5-2 thanks to Vogenthatler in relief. However, the Sentinels fell hard to Solona Beach 16-3 on Friday night. They are sitting at 1-2.
The Inland Valley Bucs jumped to a 3-0 record, casing the Gamers 13-3 during the season opener. Their second game was cancelled but the very next day, the Bucs climbed back from a 4-0 deficit to win behind a Michael Mora RBI, 7-4. They also punched out the Riptide to post their undefeated record. The Bucs had another game cancelled, but host the So Cal Bombers today.
In San Diego, the Force handled the East LA Dodgers in an opening day double header. The scores were 8-5 and 15-1, respectively. They fell to 2-1 on the young summer season after their seven-run rally fell short in a loss to the California Kings but rebounded with an 8-0 victory the next night.
Finally, the So Cal Bombers are off to a 1-0 start and have their first conference game of the year today against the Inland Valley Bucs.
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