Seven-Run 6th Propels POWER to Comeback Victory

Box Score

By Kurt Martin

The POWER had late inning heroics for the third time this season winning tonight by a score of 13-6. One would never know by the score, but this game was a close one for a majority of the ballgame.

Things did not get started well for the POWER tonight as the POWER went down early by a score of 6-0. As a matter of fact, Dodger starter Oscar Munoz had already tossed five shutout innings of baseball while only allowing one man to reach 2nd base going into the 6th. And that’s when the offense woke up for the POWER.

After two walks and one man out, Scotty Burcham (Sac State) reached on an error. Following the error

Jake Howeth (Texas Weslyan) ripped a triple to right field which plated the first two runs of the game.

Jordan Zimmerman (Mesa CC) followed his teammate Howeth with a single of his own which cut the Dodger lead to three. 

Following another walk and single, Brandon Gomez (FIU) came up with another huge hit. Gomez crushed a double to deep left field which scored three runs and gave the POWER the lead.

But Gomez would not be done.

After a walk to Nick King (Georgia), Brandon Gomez hit a homerun against Dodger reliever Adam Cienfuegos as Gomez put one over the left field wall to give the POWER some much needed insurance runs as the POWER lead at that point by a score of 9-6. It was the third homerun the POWER hit this season and Gomez’s first long ball for the red and white.

“I was just trying to move Nick King over” says Gomez. “Coach Dale [Legaspi] told me to just swing and I put a good swing on it and thank goodness the wind wasn’t blowing and I got it out of here.”

The unsung heroes for Palm Springs was the bullpen tonight as Austin Lord (Mercer) improved to 2-0 on the season and Alex Mistuloff (Chico) earned his first save of the season. The two relievers combined tossed five straight shutout innings punching a total of six men.

The POWER wrap up this quick mini two game series against the East LA Dodgers tomorrow with first pitch scheduled for 7:05.

Tomorrow is also Craft Beer Night at the ballpark where the first 200 fans get a POWER beer mug.

La Quinta Brewery will also be at the stadium serving up some of their excellent local beers on tap.