Costa Mesa, CA –The Palm Springs POWER lost for just the third time this season as they fell to the O.C. Pioneers in game two of the SCCBL Championship Series 1 – 0. Pioneer pitcher Daniel Senwick pitched nine scoreless innings giving up just six hits to outduel the POWER staff. A controversial call in the top of the eighth, which would have scored the tying run in the form of Zack Haley prevented the POWER from mounting any form of a comeback. The SCCBL Championship will be decided this Thursday night at Palm Springs Stadium at 7:05pm.
Kayvon Bahramzadeh pitched a gem of a game, allowing six hits and only one run. He was relieved by James Crockett who came in and pitched three innings of shutout baseball, but the POWER pitching staff was outdone by great pitching performances and solid defense by the Pioneers.
Six hits were all the POWER hitters were able to scratch out against a strong outing by Senwick. Senwick kept POWER hitters off balance and guessing for the entire game by mixing speeds and locations. Bahramzadeh showed great command of the strike zone, giving up only one run through six solid innings, a performance worthy of a win most nights this season. The Championship Series is now knotted at one win apiece, with the deciding Championship Game tomorrow.
The Pioneers are now responsible for the second and third losses the POWER have had this season.
“They’re a good ballclub,” said POWER Owner Andrew Starke on his team’s loss. “They play the game the way it’s supposed to be played, they have the talent and ability to win ballgames. I’m especially looking forward to tomorrow’s game. It should be a good game and now it’s a must win for both teams. It’s going to be an exciting night at the (Palm Springs) Stadium.”
The Palm Springs POWER face-off against the O.C. Pioneers for the last time this season in the SCCBL Championship tomorrow night at Palm Springs Stadium. Gates open at 6:00 PM and first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM. This will also be the last Dollar Beer Night of the season so come cheer on your hometown team as they now have a one game winner-take-all championship.
The POWER will also be back in action on Friday night when they host the L.A. Rhinos to conclude their regular season run. Friday will be Christmas in July at the ballpark, and the POWER will be giving away over $15,000.00 in giveaways to fans starting at 6:00 PM when the gates open. Also, fans who bring an unwrapped toy will receive a discounted admission of $5. On Saturday night, the POWER will host the SCCBL All-Star Game and Home Run Derby. The Home Run Derby kicks off at 6:05 PM and the gates will open up at 5:00 PM. The All-Star game will start after the conclusion of the Home Run Derby.