Palm Springs, Calif.
Seven runs was the magic number for both the Palm Springs POWER and the San Diego Force on Sunday afternoon as the teams split a double-header at Madison Park. The POWER jumped on the Force in the first leg, taking a 7-1 lead into the ninth as a result of stellar pitching from Blake Kearbey (Harris Stowe) and offensive production from Dillon Sears (Western Illinois) and Hayden Schilling (New Mexico) at the top of the order. The POWER then held on to win the first leg 7-5 before dropping game two 7-2 on Sunday night.
Sears manned shortstop and hit leadoff in both games, impressing with both the glove and the bat across 18 innings. Sears reached base in all five plate appearances in the first game, going 4-4 with a BB, three runs scored and two stolen bases. The Western Illinois freshman set the table for Schilling, who tore the cover off the ball all day. The New Mexico junior homered over the right field fence in both contests, finishing the doubleheader 6/9 with two homers, a double, five RBI and three runs scored.
Kearbey followed a quality start from Jack Carberry (Western Illinois) on Saturday night with a solid outing of his own, going six innings while allowing only one run on three hits in game one. The Harris Stowe product picked up his third win of the season, further cementing his spot in the POWER rotation.
The POWER return to action on Tuesday night as they continue their four game set with the Force. Join us for $2 Tuesdays at Palm Springs Stadium with first pitch coming at 7:05. Gates open at 6.