PALM SPRINGS, CA – The Palm Springs POWER (25-5) got seven strong innings from starting pitcher Nick Baker (3-0) and held off the San Diego Force (19-7) 4-2 on Friday night at Palm Springs Stadium.
Baker allowed just two unearned runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and didn’t walk a batter to pick up the win. He is now 13-0 in two seasons as a member of the POWER.
Offensively, Palm Springs was led by shortstop Chesny Young who continued his recent hot streak, going 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Right fielder Hank Yates also had a big night with three hits and third baseman Chad Clark had two singles and scored two runs in the win.
Closer Edgar Gomez shut the door, retiring six straight Force hitters in the eighth and ninth innings for his third save of the season. The play of the game came in the eighth inning when Young made a leaping catch and doubled off the runner at second base to get out of a jam. Gomez’s ERA is down to just 0.67 this summer.
The two teams will face-off again Saturday night at Palm Springs Stadium, which will serve as Cancer Awareness Night at the ballpark. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.