2007 Results

Gutierrez Drives POWER’s Momentum (37-11, 15-5)
By Matthew Kinzelberg 8/9/07

Ismael Gutierrez notched his fourth win of the season by hurling and outstanding eight innings with four 4 K’s, guiding the POWER to a 3-0 victory over the L.A. Wildcats.  Ernie Cho, who recorded his first save of the season, kept the shutout intact by getting out a jam in the top of the 9th.  Mike O’Neill stole second and third base after leading off the bottom of the 3rd with a single, and was later driven in by P.J. Jimenez on a groundout.  Jimenez also had a triple earlier in the game and Drew McDonald reached base in all four of his plate appearances by walking twice, reaching on an error, and singling .

Thursday, August 9th
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
L.A. Wildcats 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Palm Springs POWER 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 x 3 6 1

Skipper Valencia Hits Milestone as POWER Clinch (36-11, 15-5)

By Matthew Kinzelberg 8/8/07

After defeating the Langley Blaze 4-2 Wednesday afternoon, the POWER automatically clinch a spot in the WASABI tournament championship game on Friday.  Starter Michael Leal had a quality start going 5 2/3 innings with 2 K’s while only surrendering two runs, but did not receive a decision as he was taken out of the 2-2 tie in the 6th and handed the ball over to Jared Miller.  Miller shutdown the Blaze for 2 1/3 innings with 4 K’s giving him his third win of the season.  Darren Gemoll hit a lead off double in the bottom of the 3rd which was followed by a Michael Lugo walk, a sacrifice bunt by Mike O’Neill, and then a 2-run single by P.J. Jimenez.  Kent Walton hit three singles, stole two bases, scored one run and drove in one.  Darren Gemoll and Michael Lugo each had two hits and one run scored.  With this victory, skipper Estevan Valencia received his 100th victory as a POWER manager over the last three seasons.  Congratulations to Mr. Valencia !  Wednesday’s game was called after 8 innings because of a time limit.  Thursday, the POWER will face-off with the L.A. Wildcats at noon .

Wednesday, August 8th
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
Langley Blaze 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 11 2
Palm Springs POWER 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 4 11 1

POWER Pulls Away with Triumph (35-11, 15-5)

By Matthew Kinzelberg 8/6/07

Starting pitcher Trevor York powered the POWER to its second victory of the WASABI tournament 4-3.  York earned his team leading seventh win of the season by hurling a quality seven innings with three K’s.  In the top of the 4th Mitch Levier, Wes Oberlin, Ryan Wheeler and Drew McDonald hit consecutive singles giving the POWER an early 2-0 lead.  Cody Wise earned his first save of the season by pitching the 9th inning with one K.  Mitch Levier and Drew McDonald had three hits apiece driving the POWER offense.  Wednesday, the POWER will face the Langley Blaze at 3:30 p.m. in San Luis Obispo .

Monday, August 6th
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Palm Springs POWER 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 4 12 1
Anchorage Buccaneers 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 3 10 0

Red Overpowers Blues (34-11, 15-5)

By Matthew Kinzelberg 8/5/07

In their first game in the Western Association’s Summer Amateur Baseball Invitational, the POWER defeated the San Luis Obispo Blues 7-2.  Sean Urena did not allow an earned run in six solid innings and struck out five while recording his second victory of the season.  The POWER started off hot by scoring two runs in each of the first two innings.  Urena was surrounded by a handful of offensive support including P.J. Jimenez, Mitch Levier, Ryan Wheeler, Drew McDonald, and Darren Gemoll all of whom had two hits each.  The POWER will face the Anchorage Buccaneers Monday at 6 p.m. in San Luis Obispo .

Sunday, August 5th
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Palm Springs POWER 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 7 12 3
San Luis Obispo Blues 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 1

POWER End Regular Seaon on a High Note (33-11, 15-5)

By Matthew Kinzelberg 7/28/07

The POWER gave fans one last hurrah in their final regular season game dominating the Newport Beach Storm 10-1.  Seven POWER pitchers combined for 10 K’s while only surrendering one run.  Ismael Gutierrez, who started the game, earned his third win of the season and Kevin Bissell dwarfed the three hitters he faced by striking them all out.  For the third straight game the offense managed to tally up double digits which was led by Evan Davis who had a single, double, walk, stolen base, two RBI’s and a run scored.  Also contributing was Wes Oberlin who went 2-for-3 with two RBI’s and two runs scored, and Ryan Wheeler with a single, triple, two runs scored an a RBI.  The POWER would like to thank all of the fans and sponsors for supporting the team this year as it would not be possible without all of them.  The POWER will be participating in the West Coast World Series in San Luis Obispo starting August 5th.  Check the top of the POWER home page if you would like more information.

Saturday July 28th
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Newport Beach Storm 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 9 2
Palm Springs POWER 2 1 0 6 0 1 0 0 x 10 10 1

POWER Throw a Party (32-11, 15-5)

By Matthew Kinzelberg 7/27/07

The POWER stick’s exploded Friday night for 15 runs and 15 hits crushing the Camp Pendleton Marines 15-1 in the seven inning match.  Mitch Levier and Drew McDonald had two hits apiece, while Kent Walton and Mike O’Neill each had three.  With two outs and Kent Walton on first in the bottom of the 5th, Drew McDonald revived the inning with a single, which was then followed by a RBI double by Mike O’Neill and a RBI double by Darren Gemoll.  Then, Brian Ramirez capped off the inning with a RBI single.  Adam Dedeaux recorded his first win of the season while striking out three Marines.  Come cheer your SCC Champs in the season finale Saturday night as they take on the Newport Beach Storm starting at 7:05 p.m. at Palm Springs Stadium.

Friday July 27th
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Camp Pendleton Marines 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 4
Palm Springs POWER 0 0 3 2 4 6 x 15 15 0

POWER Scare Away Terror (31-11, 15-5)

By Matthew Kinzelberg 7/25/07

Wednesday night the POWER flexed their muscles by unleashing 10 runs that were supported by a strong pitching performance in a 10-1 victory over the Tinsel Town Terror.  Starter Jared Miller earned his second win of the season by tossing five innings, only surrendering one run while striking out four Terror hitters.  The POWER scored three runs in the bottom of the 7th off of four consecutive hits by P.J. Jimenez, Mitch Levier, Wes Oberlin, and Jordan Opdyke.  Kevin Bissell, Cody Wise, and Michael Joannides finished the game for Miller combining with four K’s.  Jordan Opdyke led the offense with three hits and four RBI’s.  Opdyke’s supporting cast included P.J. Jimenez’s two singles and two runs scored, and Mitch Levier who had two doubles, a run scored, and a RBI in his first game with the POWER.  Come support your POWER in the second-to-last game of the regular season as they take on the US Marines Friday night starting at 7:05 p.m. at Palm Springs Stadium.

Wednesday July 25th
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Tinsel Town Terror 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 5
Palm Springs POWER 2 0 0 0 2 1 3 2 x 10 11 2

Bats Erupt to Back Leal (30-11, 15-5)

By Matthew Kinzelberg 7/21/07

Michael Leal cruised to his fifth win of the season as the POWER swept the Dodgers Saturday night with an 8-1 victory.  Leal went five innings strong without allowing an earned run with four K’s.  The offense collected 15 hits; Mike O’Neill, P.J. Jimenez, Kent Walton, Jonathan Cluff and Ryan Wheeler had two apiece.  In the bottom of the 5th, the offense broke open the 1-1 tie with five runs off of four hits, two SB’s and two Dodger errors.  With the win Saturday night, the POWER clinched at least a co-championship of the SCC with the So Cal Fire.  The POWER’s next game will be Wednesday, July 25th against the Tinsel Town Terror at 7:05 p.m. at Palm Springs Stadium. This is the last week in the regular season so make sure to come out and support your POWER.

Saturday July 21st
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
East L.A. Dodgers 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 4
Palm Springs POWER 0 1 0 1 5 1 0 0 x 8 15 2

York Overwhelms Dodgers (29-11, 14-5) By Matthew Kinzelberg 7/20/07 POWER starter Trevor York dominated the East L.A. Dodgers Friday night in a 6-0 triumph.  York earned his team-leading sixth win of the season by hurling eight scoreless innings along with seven K’s.  The POWER bats muscled up in the bottom of the 8th starting a two-out rally which evolved into five runs.  Kent Walton emphasized the inning with a two-run single scoring Mike O’Neill, who had a single, double, two SB and two runs scored, and P.J. Jimenez, who also had two hits a run scored and a RBI.  Saturday night the POWER will take on the same East L.A. Dodgers in their last conference game of the year starting at 7:05 p.m. at Palm Springs Stadium.

Friday July 20th
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
East L.A. Dodgers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
Palm Springs POWER 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 x 6 8 1

Same Game, Different Day (28-11, 13-5) By Frederick Love 7/19/07 The POWER offense was living Déjà vu, or close to it. In another 3-1 loss to the So Cal Fire. Starter Nolan Nicholson gave up three early runs in the first inning but was able to settle down after that. The only run that was scored by the POWER happened in the top of the 7th inning. On a 1-2 pitch Brian Ramirez advanced to first on a dropped third strike and made it all the way around to third on a throwing error by the catcher as he air mailed it in to right field. The next batter Mike O’Neill hit a slow ground ball to the first baseman. This allowed Ramirez to score the POWER’s only run. Remember to bring you trowels tomorrow for a chance to win a diamond ring burred in the warning track. The POWER takes on the East L.A. Dodgers at Palm Springs Stadium both Friday and Saturday at 7:05pm .

Thursday July 19th
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Palm Springs POWER 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 6 3
So Cal Fire 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 x 3 7 2

POWER Blank Glory (28-10, 13-4) By Matthew Kinzelberg 7/17/07 POWER starter Ismael Gutierrez led the POWER to a 4-0 victory Tuesday night.  Gutierrez was dazzling as he hurled six scoreless innings with four K’s.   Ernie Cho and Julian Arballo closed the game for the POWER going the last three innings with a combined four K’s.  The POWER scored two runs in the bottom of the 5th off a sacrifice fly by Wes Oberlin, scoring P.J. Jimenez, and a single by Rene Escobar bringing home Kent Walton.  Walton had three hits for the POWER and Rene Escobar, Ryan Wheeler and Jordan Opdyke each had two.  Come see your POWER All-Stars in action Wednesday night.  Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. , and then at 6:35 p.m. the Home Run Derby will take place which will be followed by the All-Star Game beginning at 7:35 .

Tuesday July 17th
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
So Cal Glory 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3
Palm Springs POWER 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 x 4 13 2

POWER are Runners-up to Fire (27-10, 12-4) By Matthew Kinzelberg 7/15/07 In the second match Sunday afternoon, Michael Leal took the hill for the POWER.  Leal had a quality start going eight innings with three strikeouts, and only allowed two earned runs keeping his team in the game.  However, on this afternoon, the POWER offense was limited to five hits and did not score until the bottom of the 9th, taking a 3-1 loss to the Fire and a second place finish at the NBC Regional Tournament.  Mike O’Neill reached base three times with a single, triple and a walk.  Tuesday, the POWER will take on the So Cal Glory starting at 7:05 p.m. at Palm Springs Stadium.

Sunday July 15th
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
So Cal Fire 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 8 0
Palm Springs POWER 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 2
POWER Fall to Fire in Extras (27-9, 12-4)

By Matthew Kinzelberg 7/15/07 The POWER couldn’t close the door in the 10-inning stint against the So Cal Fire and were defeated 6-5.  With the game knotted at four going into the 10th, Brain Ramirez hit a sacrifice fly, his second of the game, scoring Kent Walton giving the POWER a one-run lead.  But, in the bottom of the 10th, the Fire scored two runs with two-outs off of Michael Joannides. Jonathan Cluff led the POWER offense with two hits with three runs scored.

Sunday July 15th
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Palm Springs POWER 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
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5 7 1
So Cal Fire 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
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6 10 3

POWER Advance to Finals (27-8, 12-4) By Matthew Kinzelberg 7/14/07 The POWER earned a trip to the NBC Regional Tournament finals by defeating the South Bay Saints 4-3 in 11 innings.  Starting POWER pitcher Sean Urena returned to collegiate home, Goodwin Field at Cal State Fullerton, and was marvelous.  Urena allowed only one run over six innings with four K’s, but did not get a decision.  P. J. Jimenez, who went 3-for-5, singled in Daren Gemoll and Michael Lugo, who went 2-for-4, in the bottom of the 3rd giving the POWER an early lead, but that lead couldn’t be held.  POWER reliever Trevor Johnson gave up two runs in the top of the 8th tying the game at three, and would eventually go into extra innings.  In the bottom of the 11th, Matt Lopez led off with a single and was followed by Jordan Opdyke who reached base on a fielder’s choice as the pitcher made an inaccurate throw to second base trying to get Lopez.  After Drew McDonald took one for the team, Darren Gemoll hit a high chopper to the drawn in second baseman giving Opdyke just enough time to beat the throw home giving the POWER the victory.  Cody Wise earned his third win of the season by holding down the fort for the POWER in extra innings, going a 3 1/3 scoreless innings with two K’s.  The POWER will play in the finals Sunday afternoon starting at 1:15 p.m. at Cal State Fullerton.

Saturday July 14th
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R H E
South Bay Saints 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
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Palm Springs POWER 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0
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4 11 2

York, Escobar Send Bears into Hibernation (26-8, 12-4) By Matthew Kinzelberg 7/13/07 Trevor York earned his team-leading fifth win of the season going six solid innings, surrendering only one earned run with two K’s against a tough Bears lineup leading the POWER to a 7-3 victory.  The POWER busted the door open with four runs in the 7th inning which was highlighted by a Rene Escobar two-run double.  The POWER offense was driven by Mike O’Neill with two singles, two runs scored and two stolen bases, Wes Oberlin who went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI, and Rene Escobar with a double, single, four RBI’s and a run scored.  Saturday afternoon the POWER will play in the semi-finals starting at 4:15 p.m. at Cal State Fullerton.

Friday July 13th
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Palm Springs POWER 1 0 2 0 0 0 4 0 0 7 10 2
So Cal Bears 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 11 1

POWER’s Earthquake too Strong for Aftershocks (25-8, 12-4) By Matthew Kinzelberg 7/12/07 Alan Gatz dealt a first-class game tonight, not allowing an earned run in six innings while striking out five, leading the POWER to a 3-1 victory over the Aftershocks.  The POWER scored off a RBI single by Matt Lopez, scoring Jonathan Cluff, in the bottom of the 2nd, and a RBI single by P.J. Jimenez, bringing home Kent Walton, in the bottom of the 3rd.  Brian Ramirez led off the bottom of the 8th with a double to right-center field and later scored on a wild pitch giving the POWER an insurance run.  The POWER bullpen composed of Trevor Johnson, Cody Wise and Jared Miller, who picked up his first save of the season, shutdown the Aftershocks by tossing a combined three scoreless innings with three strikeouts.  The POWER will play the winner of the So Cal Bears vs. the San Francisco Seals game, Friday night starting at 8:30 p.m. at Cal State Fullerton.

Thursday July 12th
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Aftershocks 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 0
Palm Springs POWER 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 x 3 8 1

Bears Give POWER a Gift (24-8, 12-4) By Matthew Kinzelberg 7/11/07 In the bottom of the 9th with the bases loaded and two-outs, with the POWER down by two, Rene Escobar stepped up to the plate and hit a routine fly ball to deep center field to end the game. . . but it didn’t.  The center fielder dropped the ball after losing it in the lights, allowing the POWER to score three runs in a come-from-behind fashion defeating the So Cal Bears 8-7.  Nolan Nicholson started on the bump for the POWER, going four innings while not surrendering a run.  Cody Wise, from COD, picked up his second win of the season by getting out of a jam in the top of the 9th with one-out and runners on first and second.  Kent Walton led the POWER offense going 3-for-4 including a triple, a run scored, and a RBI.  The POWER are participating in the So Cal NBC Tournament at Cal State Fullerton from Thursday – Sunday.  Make sure to check the homepage for the bracket and driving directions.  The next POWER home game will be on July 17th against the conference So Cal Glory starting at 7:05 p.m. at Palm Springs Stadium.

Wednesday July 11th
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
So Cal Bears 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2 7 11 5
Palm Springs POWER 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 3 8 10 1

Leal Goes the Distance (23-8, 11-4) By Matthew Kinzelberg 7/10/07 POWER starter Michael Leal was absolutely phenomenal today, throwing a complete game two-hit shutout on 82 pitches, leading the POWER to victory over the So Cal Fire 1-0.  The POWER scored the only run in the game in the top of the 5th off an RBI single by Mike O’Neill scoring Drew McDonald from second base.  Come out and cheer for your POWER Wednesday night as they take on the conference So Cal Bears starting at 7:05 p.m. at Palm Springs Stadium.

Tuesday July 10th
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Palm Springs POWER 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 1
So Cal Fire 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0

POWER Sweep Glory (22-8, 10-4) By Matthew Kinzelberg 7/8/07 In the bottom of the 9th with one-out and the scored tied at one, Jordan Opdyke laced a double putting himself in position to score the winning run.  After Evan Davis pinch ran for Opdyke, Davis advanced to third on a wild pitch.  With two-outs and Davis on third, Matt Lopez looked to drive in the game winning run, but as the story goes, he didn’t have to.  Lopez’s ball four was thrown in the dirt and couldn’t be handled by the catcher, letting Davis cross home and give the POWER a 2-1 victory over the Glory.  Starting pitcher Sean Urena was stellar, pitching six innings of shutout ball with five strikeouts.  Tonight’s winning pitcher, Kevin Bissell, got out of a huge jam in the top of the 9th with runners on second and third and one-out.  Darren Gemoll led the POWER offense with two hits and one RBI.  The POWER’s next home game is Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. against the conference So Cal Bears.

Sunday July 8th
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
So Cal Glory 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 3
Palm Springs POWER 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 5 2

POWER Step-up Against Glory and Pull-off Win (21-8, 9-4) By Matthew Kinzelberg 7/7/07 In a wild one at Palm Springs Stadium, the POWER came through and beat the So Cal Glory 10-9 on the luckiest day of the year ( 7/7/07 ).  After the Glory took the lead by two runs in the top of the 8th, the POWER struck back with three runs in their half of the inning on three singles, two stolen bases, a walk, and an error by the Glory.  Going into the 9th inning with a 10-9 lead, Michael Joannides, wearing lucky number seven, earned his first win of the season by pitching a strong 1 2/3 innings with three strikeouts to end the game.  The POWER offense was lead by Darren Gemoll with two hits, three RBIs, and a run scored, Rene Escobar with two singles and two runs scored, and Tyler Moyneur with two doubles and a RBI.  Come cheer your POWER on as they take on the same So Cal Glory Sunday night starting at 7:05 p.m. at Palm Springs Stadium.  The first 100 fans will receive an autographed team photo.

Saturday July 7th
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H e
So Cal Glory 1 0 0 2 0 1 1 4 0 9 12 5
Palm Springs POWER 3 1 1 0 1 1 0 3 x 10 10 3

Fire Too Hot for POWER (20-8, 8-4) By Matthew Kinzelberg 7/6/07 Tonight, the POWER fell just short and were defeated 8-7 by the So Cal Fire.  Alan Gatz received his first loss of the season by going 5 1/3 innings giving up four runs while striking out four Fire hitters.  Adam Dedeaux was hit hard in the top of the 8th giving up the other four runs scored by the Fire.  The POWER scored in the 5th, 6th, and 8th innings and started a rally in the bottom of the 9th with the bases loaded and no one out, but were only able to manufacture two runs.  Kent Walton lead the POWER offense with three singles and two runs scored. Come cheer your POWER on Saturday night as they take on the conference So Cal Glory at 7:05 p.m. at Palm Springs Stadium.

Friday July 6th
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2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
So Cal Fire
0 0 1 0 0 3 0 4 0 8 7 5
Palm Springs POWER
0 0 0 0 1 2 0 2 2 7 8 1

Santa Barbara Shutsdown POWER (20-7, 8-3) By Matthew Kinzelberg 7/5/07 One day after throwing a one-hitter against the US Air Force Davis-Monthan Mustangs, The POWER were shutout by the Santa Barbara Foresters.  Starting Forester pitcher, Chris Joyce, threw five innings of one-hit shutout ball leading Santa Barbara to an 8-0 victory over the POWER.  The bullpen for the Foresters followed Joyce by not allowing another hit for the rest of the game. POWER starting pitcher Ismael Gutierrez received his first loss of the season.  Come support your POWER Friday night as they take on the So Cal Fire starting at 7:05 p.m. at Palm Springs Stadium.

Thursday July 5th
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Palm Springs POWER
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Santa Barbara Foresters
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Pefect Game for Miller, One-hitter for POWER (20-6, 8-3)
By Matthew Kinzelberg 7/4/07

The 4th of July brought the best out of POWER starting pitcher Jared Miller.  Miller was phenomenal, untouchable and un-hittable as he threw a perfect game against the US Air Force Davis-Monthan Mustangs through five innings with eight strikeouts leading the POWER to a 5-0 victory.  Ernie Cho, Adam Dedeaux, Trevor Johnson and Cody Wise combined for a one-hitter for the final four innings with five strikeouts.  The offense was lead by Wes Oberlin who went 2-for-3 with two stolen bases, Matt Lopez who had two hits and a run, and Brian Ramirez who hit two doubles, a run and a RBI.  Come cheer on your POWER Friday night as they match up in a conference duel between the So Cal Fire starting at 7:05 p.m. at Palm Springs Stadium.

Wednesday July 4th
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DMAFB Mustangs
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POWER Turn On the Fuse in Second Match (19-6, 8-3)
By Matthew Kinzelberg 7/1/07

In the second game of the double dip, the POWER exploded with 13 runs on 17 hits.  Seven POWER hitters had at least two hits including Michael Lugo who had a single, double, triple, two stolen bases, three runs and a RBI, Ryan Wheeler who hit two doubles, a single, scored three times and also drove in a run, and Mike O’Neill who had a triple, two singles, a run and two RBIs.  Starting pitcher Sean Urena earned his first win with the POWER going five innings, only allowing two earned runs and striking out five Saints.  Come celebrate the 4th of July with your POWER as they take on the U.S. Military.  The game will start an hour earlier, at 6:05 p.m. , and will be followed by a 30 minute firework show.

Sunday July 1st
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2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Palm Springs POWER
1 0 0 1 3 1 1 1 5 13 17 3
South Bay Saints
1 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 5 8 4

Not Enough Voltage for POWER (18-6, 7-3)

By Matthew Kinzelberg 7/1/07

The POWER lost 9-7 to the South Bay Saints in the first game of their double-header Sunday afternoon.  Nolan Nicholson was roughed up in his first loss of the season giving up seven runs in two-plus innings.  In the bottom of the 3rd, the Saints started a two-out rally with seven Saints reaching base which resulted in five runs.  Cody Wise relieved Nicholson going five innings and not allowing an earned run, giving the POWER a chance to come back.  The POWER sparked its offense with a leadoff double by Kent Walton in the top of the 6th which was then followed by five hits and one walk giving the POWER six runs in the inning.  Trailing by three in the top of the 9th, the POWER began the inning with two doubles and a run, but that was all they were able to produce.  Today’s offense was lead by Kent Walton who went 3-for-4 including two doubles, a walk and two runs scored,  P.J. Jimenez had a single, double, two RBIs and a run scored, and Rene Escobar who had two hits a RBI and a run.  This was the POWER’s third conference loss of the season.

Sunday July 1st
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2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Palm Springs POWER
0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 1 7 12 3
South Bay Saints
2 0 5 1 0 0 1 0 x 9 14 1

POWER Lead Slips Away (18-5, 7-2)

By Matthew Kinzelberg 6/30/07

The POWER lost their second conference game to the East Los Angeles Dodgers 6-5 Saturday.  Alan Gatz started on the hill for the POWER going six innings, surrendering three runs while striking out eight Dodgers.  Adam Dedeaux pitched the 7th and 8th innings with a 4-3 lead and gave way to closer Julian Arballo.  Tonight, Arballo just couldn’t seem to close the door and got his first loss of the season giving up three runs in the top of the 9th giving the Dodgers a 6-4 lead.  The POWER bats showed a glimpse of life in the bottom of the 9th scoring one run, but left the tying run on second.  Kent Walton, Rene Escobar and Darren Gemoll all had two hits for the POWER this evening.  The POWER attempt to spark the fire beneath them when they return home for the 4th of July against the U.S. Military.  The game will start an hour earlier, at 6:05 p.m. , and will be followed by a 30 minute firework show.

Saturday June 30th
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2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
East Los Angeles Dodgers
0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 3 6 10 3
Palm Springs POWER
0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 5 10 1

POWER Outslug Dodgers (18-4, 7-1)

By Matthew Kinzelberg 6/29/07

The POWER came through with timely hitting against the conference East L.A. Dodgers in an 8-5 victory.  The POWER started a two-out rally in the bottom of the 3rd with a single by P.J. Jimenez which was then followed up by a RBI double by Kevin Macdonald to score Jimenez.  After Wes Oberlin walked, Rene Escobar scorched a triple to deep left-centerfield scoring Macdonald and Oberlin.  The 4-run inning was topped off by Drew McDonald singling in Escobar.  The offense also tacked on a run in the 2nd, one in the 4th, and two insurance runs in the 6th.  Trevor York earned his team leading forth win of the season going five innings, allowing three earned runs while striking out two Dodgers.  York gave way to the POWER bullpen for the final four innings including Jared Miller, Kevin Bissell and Julian Arballo who received his fourth save of the season striking out the side in the top of the 9th.  Four POWER hitters had two hits including Kevin Macdonald, Rene Escobar, Drew McDonald and Brian Ramirez.  Celebrate Rocky’s Birthday Saturday night in the conference match-up with the East L.A. Dodgers starting at 7:05 at Palm Springs Stadium.

Friday June 29th
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2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
East Los Angeles Dodgers
0 0 1 2 1 0 1 0 0 5 7 3
Palm Springs POWER
0 1 4 1 0 2 0 0 x 8 11 2

POWER Stroll by Glory (17-4, 6-1)

By Matthew Kinzelberg 6/27/07

The Power cruised by the So Cal Glory in a 19-5 victory making the POWER 6-1 in conference.  Starter Michael Leal picked up his third win of the season by going three innings, not giving up a run while setting down four Glory hitters.  The POWER offense totaled 19 runs on 20 hits in 41 at-bats lead by many POWER hitters; Ryan Wheeler went 4-for-4 including two doubles with four runs scored and 4 RBIs, Wes Oberlin went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and a RBI, Matt Lopez went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and 2 RBIs, and Kent Walton went 2-for-3 with two runs scored.  Come support your POWER Friday night in a conference match up with the East L.A. Dodgers starting at 7:05 p.m. at Palm Springs Stadium.

Wednesday June 27th
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So Cal Glory
0 0 0 0 2 3 0 5 10 6
Palm Springs POWER
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POWER Beat Defending National Champions (16-4, 5-1)

By Matthew Kinzelberg 6/26/07

Tonight, the POWER beat the defending national champions, the Santa Barbara Foresters, 4-3 in a full team effort.  Sean Urena, in his first appearance for the POWER, fought through five innings surrendering three runs on four hits while striking out seven Foresters.  However, the superb POWER relief pitchers shut down the Foresters throughout the rest of the game.  Ismael Gutierrez, Trevor Johnson, who earned his first win of the year, and Julian Arballo, who picked up his third save of the season, went three innings of shutout baseball while striking out three.  The POWER offense was lead by Kent Walton, who went 3-for-4 with a run scored, but the biggest hit of the night was off the bat of Jordan Opdyke.  In the bottom of the 8th with the scored knotted at three, Opdyke crushed a two-out double in to the left-centerfield gap allowing Kevin Macdonald to score the would-be winning run.  In the top of the 9th Jordan Snider came cold off the bench to play right field in a strategically defensive substitution by Coach Valencia .  With one out and Foresters’ Kenny Williams on first base, Andy Preston hit a single through the right side of the infield.  Williams, the tying run, tried to reach third base but was thrown out at third with a laser-no-bounce throw by Snider.  See your POWER in a conference match up with So Cal Glory Wednesday night starting at 7:05 p.m. at Palm Springs Stadium.

Tuesday June 26th
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Santa Barbara Foresters
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3 7 2
Palm Springs POWER
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4 5 2

POWER Lose First SCC Game (15-4, 5-1)

By Matthew Kinzelberg 6/24/07

The POWER lost their first SCC game of the season 5-3 versus the So Cal Bears in the second game of the double-header.  In a game that was shortened to seven innings every play mattered even more, but the POWER only managed three runs off of So Cal Bear’s starter Angel Mata in the top of the 6th and nothing more.  Jared Miller pitched a strong game until the bottom of the 6th when the Bears scored twice off of Miller, who got his first loss of the season, and once off of Kevin Bissell.  P.J. Jimenez had two hits and a run scored.  Come out to support your POWER on Tuesday as they take on the defending National Champions, the Santa Barbra Foresters, starting at 7:05 p.m. at Palm Springs Stadium.

Sunday June 24th
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Palm Springs POWER
0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 6 1
So Cal Bears
0 0 0 1 1 3 x 5 6 1

POWER Hold Off Bears Again (15-3, 5-0)

By Matthew Kinzelberg 6/24/07

Nolan Nicholson pitched six solid innings without allowing an earned run against the Bears in the first game of the double-header.  In the top of the 5th, P.J. Jimenez crushed a grand slam home run over the left centerfield wall and in the top of the 6th Tyler Moyneur hit a solo shot over left field which were crucial runs in such a tight ball game.  Julian Arballo came into the game in the bottom of the 9th and got his second save of the season by striking out the last batter of the game with the tying run on third and giving the POWER an 8-7 victory over the Bears.

Sunday June 24th
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Palm Springs POWER
0 0 0 0 4 1 2 0
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8 11 3
So Cal Bears
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7 12 0

POWER Pull Off Win in Nail Biter (14-3, 4-0)

By Matthew Kinzelberg 6/23/07

With two outs in the bottom of the 9th and the game knotted up at two, Brian Ramirez took one for the team by getting hit by a pitch.  Ramirez then stole second which was followed by a base hit by Kent Walton allowing Ramirez to reach third base.  Mike O’Neill stepped into the batter’s box hoping to drive in the winning run, but he didn’t have to.  So Cal Bears’ relief pitcher Angel Mata threw a fastball to O’Neill which would have been called a ball, but catcher Paul Vargo couldn’t hold on letting the ball reach the backstop allowing Ramirez to score the winning run, beating the Bears 3-2.  Trevor York, POWER’s starting pitcher, went a strong eight innings, surrendering only two runs while striking out four giving his team an opportunity to win the game.  Julian Arballo pitched a perfect top of the 9th and received his second win of the season.  Kent Walton went 3-for-5 with a 2B and a SB, and Darren Gemoll went 2-for-3 with a BB, SB, R and RBI.  Come out and support your POWER in their next home game on Tuesday starting at 7:05 p.m. at Palm Springs Stadium versus the defending National Champion Santa Barbra Foresters.

Saturday June 23rd
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So Cal Bears
0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
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2 5 0
Palm Springs Power
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3 8 1

Denver Snap 11-Game Winning Streak (13-3, 3-0)

By Matthew Kinzelberg 6/22/07

The POWER lost their first game in over two weeks to the Denver Cougars 6-5 in a non-conference game.  The POWER scored one in each of the 4th and 5th innings along with three in the 6th off of Cougar starter Spencer Roberts, but that is all they were able to manufacture.  The Cougars sent in Tony Gonzales in relief who didn’t let a POWER runner reach third base in 3 2/3 innings.  The POWER were in the lead going into the 8th inning, but the Cougars were able to score three runs off of three BB, three SB a HPB and a POWER error.  Jonathan Cluff reached base in all four of his plate appearances with a single, double, intentional walk, and was hit by the pitch.  Tomorrow, the POWER look to start a new streak versus the Fontana Bears starting at 7:05 at Palm Springs Stadium in their fourth conference game of the year.

Friday June 22nd
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Denver Cougars
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6 7 1
Palm Springs Power
0 0 0 1 1 3 0 0
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5 7 2

POWER Extend Streak (13-2, 3-0)

By Matthew Kinzelberg 6/20/07

Starting on the bump tonight for the POWER was Alan Gatz, who went six innings, surrendered only one run and struck out six leading the POWER to a 5-1 victory over the Saints and their 11th consecutive win.  In the bottom of the 4th the POWER muscled up by scoring their only runs of the night.  Mike O’Neill, who went 3-for-3 with a run scored, lead off the inning with a walk.  After Jordan Snider reached on a bunt single, Kevin Macdonald singled scoring O’Neill.  Then, Matt Lopez singled driving in Macdonald which was then followed by another RBI single by Wes Oberlin bringing in Snider.  Tyler Moyneur then came to the plate and did work.  He doubled to the right-center field gap scoring Lopez and Oberlin giving the POWER a secure lead which they held onto the rest of the night.  Between the POWER’s bullpen of Cody Wise, Ernie Cho and Julian Arballo, the Saints didn’t have a chance.  They went a combined three innings not allowing a run while striking out two.  Cheer on your POWER as they try to make it 12 in a row as they take on the Denver Cougars Friday starting at 7:05 p.m. at Palm Springs Stadium.

Wednesday June 20th
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South Bay Saints
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Palm Springs Power
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5 10 4

POWER Shutout Saints (12-2, 2-0)

By Matthew Kinzelberg 6/19/07

The POWER extended their winning streak to 10 games tonight by beating the South Bay Saints 7-0.  Michael Leal, from Riverside C.C., started the game for the POWER and went five scoreless innings while striking out two, picking up his second win of the season and leading the POWER to their second straight shutout.  Already up by two in the bottom of the 8th, the POWER bats came to life.  With Matt Lopez on second base with two outs, Drew McDonald had a base knock driving in Lopez while McDonald advanced to second on the throw.  P.J. Jimenez, who went 2-for-3 with a run scored, drew a walk and then Brian Ramirez, who went 3-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI, singled.  Then Matt Montgomery, in relief for the Saints, threw a wild pitch with Kent Walton at-bat allowing McDonald to score.  After a visit to the mound by Saint pitching coach, Walton belted a three-run home run over the left field.  POWER’s bullpen shut down the Saints between Jared Miller, Kevin Bissell and Trevor Johnson.  They went a combined four innings not allowing a run while striking out six.  The POWER try to make it 11 in a row tomorrow night as the take on the same South Bay Saints starting at 7:05 p.m. at Palm Springs Stadium.

Tuesday June 19th
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South Bay Saints
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0 3 1
Palm Springs Power
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POWER Blank Sox behind Nicholson (11-2, 1-0)

By Matthew Kinzelberg 6/17/07

Starting pitcher for the POWER Nolan Nicholson picked up his second win of the season by hurling an outstanding game.  He went six strong innings, not allowing a run and set down four Sox hitters on strikes to lead the POWER to a 4-0 win and their ninth strait victory.  In the bottom of the 6th, Brian Ramirez reached first on a Sox error and was later driven in by a Daren Gemoll double.  Rene Escobar proceeded to single moving Gemoll to third which allowed Escobar to advance to second on the throw.  After Jordan Opdyke grounded out to the second baseman, Ryan Wheeler smoked a ball up the middle scoring Gemoll.  Matt Lopez, from Oklahoma State , in his first game with the POWER drove in Escobar on a fielder’s choice to give the POWER a secure lead.   Pitching in relief for the POWER was Ernie Cho, Kevin Bissell and Julian Arballo.  They shut down the Sox in the final three innings not allowing a runner to reach second base and striking out a combined four Sox hitters.  Daren Gemoll led the POWER offense with two hits, a run scored and a run driven in, and in a supporting role Jordan Snider had two hits a run scored.  Come cheer the POWER on as they attempt to make it 10 in a row and 2-0 in conference as they take on the South Bay Saints on Tuesday starting at 7:05 p.m. at Palm Springs Stadium.

Sunday June 17th
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Colorado Sox
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0 7 1
Palm Springs Power
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4 8 1

POWER Keep Ball Rolling (10-2, 1-0)

By Matthew Kinzelberg 6/16/07

P.J. Jimenez lead off the bottom of the 9th with a line drive single into centerfield with the game knotted up at three.  Jimenez was moved over to second base by a sacrifice bunt by Mike O’Neill and then reached third on a groundout to the shortstop by Kent Walton.  With one out and Jimenez at third, Lugo stepped to the plate wanting to drive in the winning run, but he didn’t have to.  Tyler Henry, the catcher for the Colorado Sox, threw the ball back to Kyle Gumleny, Colorado ’s Pitcher, but the throw was misdirected and ended up in centerfield allowing Jimenez to score and give the POWER the victory 4-3 and extend their winning streak to eight games.  Ismael Gutierrez started on the bump tonight for the POWER going four innings, allowing one earned run while striking out eight which was followed by a superb relief act.  Michael Joannides, Trevor Johnson, and Kesler Reifel pitched a combined five innings of shutout baseball while striking out six.  Designated Hitter Rene Escobar, from Riverside Community College , hit a standup triple in his first starting appearance for the POWER in the 6th inning and later scored on a double by Wes Oberlin which scored two.  Come celebrate Father’s Day with the POWER as they take on the Colorado Sox once again starting at 7:05 p.m. at Palm Springs Stadium.

Saturday June 16th
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Colorado Sox
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Palm Springs Power
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4 7 7

POWER Out-Duel Fire (9-2, 1-0)

By Matthew Kinzelberg 6/15/07

The POWER and So Cal Fire battled throughout the game with strong pitching performances by Trevor York, from Sacramento State , and Nick Haughian.  It was all knotted up 1-1 in the bottom of the 8th when Kevin Macdonalad stepped up to the plate and smashed a home run over the centerfield wall giving the POWER the lead which also proved to be the winning run in the 2-1 victory over the Fire.  The Fire came into tonight’s game with high expectations as they were the fourth best team in the nation last year and are arch rivals with the POWER.  York showed the Fire who the boss was tonight by going a superb 8 innings allowing only one run and striking out three picking up his third win of the season.   Julian Arballo slammed the door closed in the 9th inning by striking out two and picking up his first save of the season.  Come support your POWER as they try to make it eight in a row tomorrow night as they challenge the Colorado Sox starting at 7:05 at Palm Springs Stadium.

Friday June 15th
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So Cal Fire
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1 5 0
Palm Springs Power
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2 6 0

Power Goes out, but POWER Stay On (8-2)

By Matthew Kinzelberg 6/13/07

The POWER and Crestwood Panthers went deep into the night playing back-and-forth baseball.   Finally, in the bottom of the 13th Wes Oberlin scored the winning run on a wild pitch to end the four-plus hour game as the POWER prevailed 5-4.  The book keeps getting thicker as the POWER starting pitching continues to overwhelm hitters.  Starting on the hill tonight for the POWER was Jared Miller who was unyielding to Panther hitters, going five innings, allowing no earned runs, and only giving up three hits to go along with seven punch outs.  The POWER scored one in the 2nd and three in the 5th, off of two bunt singles, two walks and a base hit, but the lead didn’t last long as the Panthers scored three in the top of the 6th to knot the game up at four.  Goose eggs grew across the scoreboard inning after inning until the 13th.  Wes Oberlin started the inning off with a base hit single which was followed by a four pitch base-on-balls by Ryan Wheeler.  Drew McDonald then stepped up to the plate a successfully sacrifice bunted the runners into scoring position.  With one out and men at 2nd and 3rd, the outfield lights started to diminish.  Players, coaches and fans would have to wait 30 minutes for the action to return to play after owner Andrew Starke solved the power problem.  After all was settled, P.J. Jimenez was intentionally walked to bring up Kent Walton.  New pitcher Dan Kreczmer threw a wild pitch on his first pitch to Walton which brought in Oberlin and gave the POWER the victory.  The POWER offense was lead by P.J. Jimenez who had three hits, a run scored and one run driven in.  The win was given to Cody Wise who pitched the 13th inning.  Come watch your POWER in the league opener this Friday as the POWER challenge the fourth best team in the nation last year, the So Cal Fire, beginning at 7:05 p.m. at Palm Springs Stadium.

Wednesday June 13th
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Crestwood Panthers
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Palm Springs Power
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0 0 0 1 5 11 4

POWER Tame the Panthers (7-2)

By Matthew Kinzelberg 6/12/07

Once again POWER’s starting pitching was the headline.  Michael Leal, from Riverside C.C., went six superb innings, giving up no runs, allowing only three hits while striking out nine Panthers to lead the POWER to its fifth strait victory 7-3.  POWER hitters, who drew a total of 10 walks, jumped on Crestwood Panthers starting pitcher Robert Hamdan in the third inning scoring six runs.  Kent Walton was walked to lead off the inning followed by Michael Lugo who laid down a bunt single moving Walton to second, but a throwing error by the third baseman allowed Walton to go to third and Lugo to reach second.  Then Kevin Macdonald, who went 2-4 with three RBI’s, singled in both Walton and Lugo .  After the POWER hit into a double play, Jon Cluff, who scored on a passed ball later in the inning, singled and was followed by Drew McDonald, Darren Gemoll and P.J. Jimenez all whom drew consecutive walks loading the bases for Brian Ramirez.  Ramirez took advantage and smoked a bases clearing double to give the POWER a comfortable lead.  Alan Gatz struck out four in the 8th and 9th innings to shut the door on the Panthers and give the POWER the victory.  This was the biggest victory of the season so far for the POWER by beating the Panthers, from Chicago, who placed an overall 3rd place in last years NBC World Series. One side note:  Tonight the beer/soda batter struck out five times.  Come support your POWER as they face the same Crestwood Panthers tomorrow night starting at 7:05 p.m. at Palm Springs Stadium.  Remember, tomorrow night, and every Wednesday night is Senior Citizen Night when Senior Citizens get in for only $3.

Tuesday June 12th
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Crestwood Panthers
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3 8 3
Palm Springs Power
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7 6 2

POWER Roundup the Longhorns (6-2)

By Matthew Kinzelberg 6/10/07

POWER’s starting pitching continued to dominate opponent hitters.  Tonight the POWER sent Nolan Nicholson to the hill, who shut down the Nor Cal Longhorn hitters by going six innings, only allowing one run while striking out three to lead the POWER to a 7-3 victory.  In the eight games played so far, every POWER starting pitcher has gone at least five innings and only given up two or fewer runs in seven of those occasions.  In the bottom of the 4th the POWER executed their small ball tactics.  After Brian Ramirez was hit by the pitch to reach first, Kent Walton laid down a picture perfect sacrifice bunt to advance Ramirez to second.  Drew McDonald then walked and was followed by consecutive singles by Wes Oberlin, scoring Ramirez, and Ryan Wheeler.  With the bases loaded and one out, Jordan Snider fulfilled his duty by hitting a ball to deep center field sacrificing in McDonald.  The POWER tacked on one more in the 6th and then two in each the 7th and 8th innings.  Leading the POWER in offense tonight was Kent Walton, who went 3-3, including an RBI triple, a walk and a run scored.  Come bring your dog to the ballpark on Tuesday for “Bark at the Ballpark” and support your POWER as they try to make it five in a row as they take on the Crestwood Panthers starting at 7:05 p.m. at Palm Springs Stadium.

Sunday June 10th
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Nor Cal Longhorns
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3 5 1
Palm Springs Power
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7 10 0

Lucky 13 (5-2)

By Matthew Kinzelberg 6/9/07

Kent Walton, P.J. Jimenez, and Brian Ramirez hit consecutive singles in the bottom the 13th inning to set the stage for Michael Lugo.  Lugo , from USD, came through in the clutch and smoked a single back up the middle to score Walton and win the game for the POWER 5-4 over the Nor Cal Longhorns.  The POWER were in the lead throughout the game until the 9th when the Longhorns scored four runs off of Michael Leal.  Kevin Bissell and Alan Gatz made sure those were the only runs the Longhorns would score the rest of the night by combining for four innings, allowing one hit and striking out four in the extra-inning stint.  POWER’s starting pitcher Ismael Gutierrez, from COD, threw a magnificent six innings giving up only one hit while striking out nine Longhorns.  Darren Gemoll, from USC, and Wes Oberlin drove the POWER offense by each going 3-6.  Come support your POWER tomorrow night as they take on the Nor Cal Longhorns once again starting at 7:05 p.m. at Palm Springs Stadium.

Saturday June 9th
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Nor Cal Longhorns
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0 0 0 0 4 7 2
Palm Springs Power
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0 0 0 1 5 18 2

POWER Bats Blast Off (4-2)

By Matthew Kinzelberg 6/8/07

The POWER went kookoo for Coco Puffs as they compiled 19 hits and 25 runs in their victory over the Arizona Diamondjaxx 25-3.  Darren Gemoll, from USC, went 4-5 with five runs scored and four RBI’s.  Michael Lugo, from University of San Diego , had three hits while scoring three times and driving in two runs.  Wes Oberlin, out of Sacramento State , went 3-6 with four RBI’s and five runs scored.  And center fielder Kent Walton, from BYU, had two hits, two runs scored, and five RBI’s.  Also, Evan Davis, from COD, hit a single in his first at-bat of the season in the 7th inning.  The starting pitcher for the POWER was Trevor York, from Sacramento State , who had a strong outing going six innings, giving up only three runs while striking out five.  Michael Joannides finished the game for the POWER pitching three innings while striking out three.  The POWER try to make it three in a row as they take on the Northern California Longhorns tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. at Palm Springs Stadium.

Friday June 8th
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Arizona Diamondjaxx
0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0
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3 7 9
Palm Springs Power
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25 19 2

Cluff Goes Crazy and POWER (3-2) Squeeze by with Win By Matthew Kinzelberg 6/6/07 Newly acquired BYU outfielder Jonathan Cluff, from BYU, had a triple, single, BB, run scored and two RBI’s leading the POWER over ex-Dodger Darrell Thomas’ Moreno Valley Rockets 5-4.  After the Rockets tied the game in the top of the 9th on a POWER error, the POWER rose to the occasion in the bottom of the 9th in thrilling fashion.  Leading off the inning, P.J. Jimenez drew a full-count walk and then stole second on the first pitch to Michael Lugo.  Lugo , in his first game with the POWER from University of San Diego , moved Jimenez over to third on a groundout to the shortstop which brought Kent Walton to the plate.  Wasting no time, Manager Estevan Valencia put the suicide squeeze on; P.J. broke for home while Walton laid down a beautiful bunt down the third base line scoring Jimenez and sending the POWER home victorious.  Ernie Cho, an ‘05 Palm Desert High School graduate, hurled a solid outing going five innings, giving up only two earned runs while striking out four.  Julian Arballo, who was credited with the win, came in to the game in the 8th inning in a sticky situation with runners on first and second with only one out.  Arballo only needed one pitch to force Darrek Duarte to hit into a tailored made four-six-three double play to get out of the jam.  The POWER will try to make it two in a row as they will face the Arizona Diamondjacks on Friday starting at 7:05 p.m. at Palm Springs Stadium.

Wednesday June 6th
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Moreno Valley Rockets
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4 7 1
Palm Springs Power
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5 8 5

Errors Cost POWER the Game By Matthew Kinzelberg 6/5/07 POWER’s defense gives up 3 unearned runs on 4 errors and end up losing 3-2 versus the Tinsel Town Terror.  Chris Siegfried battled through 5 innings giving up zero earned runs while striking out four and walking four.  Tim Jolly, who started on the mound for the Terror, tossed a strong 7 innings not allowing an earned run while striking out 9 POWER hitters.  In the bottom of the 8th with one out POWER newcomer Jon Cluff, from BYU, smashed an RBI double to left-center scoring Ryan Aguayo who reached base on a walk earlier in the inning.  That proved to be the last run of the game for the POWER as the Terror would score one unearned run in the top of the 9th off of two POWER errors.  The POWER will try to get back on the winning track tomorrow as they will play former Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Darrell Thomas’ Moreno Valley Rockets team at 7:05 p.m. at Palm Springs Stadium.

Tuesday June 5th
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Tinsel Town Terror
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3 3 1
Palm Springs Power
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2 3 4
POWER Get Back on Winning Track
By Matthew Kinzelberg 6/3/07

Ismael Gutierrez, from College of the Desert, and Daniel Fenwick of the Newport Beach Storm went deep into the night battling inning after inning.  Behind a strong defense, Gutierrez shutout the Storm allowing one hit and striking out three in 7 innings leading the POWER to a 3-0 victory for their second win of the season.  Through 5 innings Fenwick, who had not lost a game in two years for Santa Ann Community College , was solid only allowing 4 hits and striking out five.  But in the 6th inning P.J. Jimenez and Kevin Macdonald, who is 7 for 11 in the season, each singled to reach base.  With one out and two on, Fenwick made his biggest mistake of the night to catcher Drew McDonald who smashed a three-run home run over the left-center field wall.  The bullpen then sealed the deal lead by Ernie Cho, a Palm Desert High graduate, who struck out the side in the 8th inning, and Michael Leal who slammed the door shut in the 9th to get his first save of the season.  The POWER’s next game will be played on Tuesday at Palm Springs Stadium starting at 7:05 p.m. when the POWER take on the Tinsel Town Terror.

Sunday June 3rd
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Newport Beach Storm
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0 2 0
Palm Springs Power
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3 7 0
POWER’s Rally in the 9th Falls Just Short
By Matthew Kinzelberg 6/2/07

The POWER loaded the bases on three consecutive walks in the bottom of the 9th with only one out and showed hopes of a comeback.  After Jordan Snider was hit by a pitch, second baseman Brian Ramirez hit a single up the middle to score two, but that is all the POWER were able to manufacture and lost their first game of the season 4-6.  Nolan Nicholson pitched a strong 5 innings not giving up a run, and only allowing 5 hits while striking out two.  Things started to get shaky when Michael Joannides gave up 2 runs in 1 1/3 innings taking the loss for the POWER.  In the top of the 9th Chase McGuire hit a bases clearing double to cap a 4 run-inning for the Blackjacks.  San Diego then inserted John Eubanks in the 9th, but had to send in closer Kevin McClaughry to clean up the mess and closed the game with two consecutive groundouts to the shortstop.  The POWER will return to action Sunday night against the Newport Beach Storm at Palm Springs Stadium at 7:05 p.m. COD’s Ismael Gutierrez will be the POWER’s starting pitcher.

Saturday June 2nd
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San Diego Blackjacks
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6 10 2
Palm Springs Power
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The POWER start the season by blazing past The Blackjacks By Matthew Kinzelberg 6/1/07

Led by the exceptional performance at the plate from Kevin Macdonald and the flawless act on the mound recorded by Trevor York, The POWER defeated The San Diego Blackjacks 7-1 in the season opener.  The POWER started right out of the gates by scoring 3 runs in the first inning off of Andrew Taylor, who only lasted two innings, and never looked back.  Four of the thirteen hits by The POWER were supplied by the 2006 Palm Desert High School graduate Kevin Macdonald who went 4-for-4 with 2 RBI’s.  On the pitching end, the returning RHP Trevor York from Sacramento State was almost unhittable.  York went 5 2/3 innings, giving up only 3 hits and 1 run, as The Blackjacks were never able to come across their lucky 21.  Jared Miller, Cody Wise, and Julian Arballo combined for the last 2 1/3 innings without awarding a hit while striking out 6.  Other notable performances include Loyola Marymount’s Ryan Wheeler who went 3-5 with 2 RBI’s and 2 runs, center fielder Kent Walton who had two hits and three runs, and shortstop P.J. Jimenez who hit two singles and a stolen base.  Tomorrow’s Game starts at 7:05 P.M. vs. The San Diego Blackjacks as The POWER try to keep rolling.
Friday June 1st
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San Diego Blackjacks
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Palm Springs Power
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