PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – SCCBL Playoffs are less than two weeks away but the regular season conference title is still on the line.
With just one week remaining in conference play, the SD Force are atop the standings with an 11-5 record. The Force haven’t lost since July 1st and have run off seven wins in a row overall. They’ve completed their conference schedule, so the rest of the league will have to play catch-up.
The Palm Springs POWER sit in second place but need to win the remainder of their games to finish first in the regular season.
Newcomers West Tunnell and Colby Schultz have helped the POWER in recent games, but Harry Gurley’s squad still has work to do if they want home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The POWER have a couple league leaders on their team as well. Pitcher Jumpei Akanuma leads the league with 32 strikeouts and Taylor Grace is tied with Justin Gomez (Bucs) for the most RBIs with 18.
Palm Springs still has six conference games remaining; two against the So Cal Bombers and four against the fourth place Inland Valley Bucs.
So Cal still has a shot to at least share the regular season title if they win out, but they are in the middle of a three-game losing streak. The Bombers won the first two meetings with the POWER, so the final two games should be fun to watch.
The Bucs and Sentinels are mathematically eliminated from championship consideration, but not from the playoffs.
SCCBL play concludes July 14th and the All-Star Game will be held July 16th at Palm Springs Stadium.
|Palm Springs POWER||6||4||.600|
|So Cal Bombers||6||5||.545|
|Inland Valley Bucs||4||7||.364|
|Arroyo Seco Sentinels||3||10||.230|
Photo Credit: Alisha Alexander