SNOWBIRDS SUFFER FIRST LOSS, A’S WIN FOR FIRST TIME

The Oregon Lumber Jacks (4-3) overcame two deficits to defeat the Palm Desert Coyotes (3-4) 4-3.

The Coyotes jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning, but the Lumber Jacks quickly answered with two runs in the second inning on an Anthony Desomma two-RBI single to knot it up at 2-2.

snowbirds sufferThe Coyotes went ahead 3-2 in the sixth inning, but once again, the Lumber Jacks showed resiliency with a walk-off RBI single by the red-hot Michael Bolling.

In the second game, the undefeated Coachella Valley Snowbirds (6-1) fell to the Palm Springs Power (5-2) 3-2.

Trailing 1-0, the Power used a three-run fifth inning to dethrone the Snowbirds. Jaren Brown, Anthony Kaskadden and Koby Clemens ripped one RBI apiece.

In the game at Palm Springs High School, the Canada A’s (1-6) got off the schneid as pinch-hitter Deaun Williams blasted a three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth to defeat the British Columbia Bombers (3-4) 3-2.

The A’s had no hits through four innings.

Newcomer Anthony Parise notched his first save of the season in his California Winter League debut.

In the final game, the Palm Springs Chill (3-4) heated up with a four-run seventh inning to snatch a 5-4 walk-off victory over the Washington Bluesox (3-4).

The Chill scored one run in the third inning, but the Bluesox replied as Damien Broadnax cranked a two-run single in the fourth to grab a 2-1 lead.

The Bluesox added two more runs in the sixth to extend the lead to 4-1. Gabe Maldonado contributed one RBI.

In the bottom of the seventh, a chill was sent down the spines of the Bluesox. Ladarrius Cole led the charge with the first RBI. Charlie Stewart followed in suit with a two-run single. Stewart scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch to complete the four-run rally.

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THREE LAST AT-BAT WINS HIGHLIGHT SATURDAY

The Washington Bluesox (3-3) defeated the Oregon Lumber Jacks (3-3) 5-4 behind a walk-off RBI sac fly by Tillman Pugh.

The Lumber Jacks jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but the Bluesox quickly answered with four runs on five hits in the second inning. Josh Riley, Brandon Pearl and Anthony Bazant all ripped one RBI each.

three lastThe Lumber Jacks responded as Enrique Ocampo scored in the fifth inning to knot it up at 4-4.

In the second game, the British Columbia Bombers (3-3) melted the Palm Springs Chill (2-4) in a 4-2 win.

Matt Thompson crushed a two-run homer to give the Bombers a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning.

The Chill replied, tying the game at 2-2 with a Yuki Yasuda RBI, but it wasn’t meant to be.

Adam Jones knocked a game-winning two-run double in the sixth inning.

The Canada A’s (0-6) blew a five-run lead for their second consecutive game as Aritz Garcia’s RBI knock sent home Daniel Yancelson for a 7-6 Palm Springs Power (4-2) win.

Trailing 5-0 in the bottom of the fifth, the Power cut the deficit in half. The momentum continued as they added two more runs in the sixth and seventh innings.

Koby Clemens blasted a line-drive bullet home run that took all of about two seconds to clear the left field fence.

In the final game of the quadruple-header, the Coachella Valley Snowbirds (6-0) broke up a scoreless game with a three-run fourth inning and held on for an 8-2 victory over the Palm Desert Coyotes (3-3).

Eric Bainer continued to mash. His three RBI gives him 11 total in the first six games of the season.

Robert Benedict was the catalyst for the offense reaching base three out of four plate appearances.

ROGER CLEMENS VISITS CALIFORNIA WINTER LEAGUE

Seven-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens attended Palm Springs Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

Clemens met with all eight teams sharing stories, giving advice, and even joining the broadcast booth during his son Koby’s game.

roger clemens picAs for the play on the field, it was nothing short of exceptional as usual.

The British Columbia Bombers (1-3) defeated the Palm Desert Coyotes (3-2) 3-2 behind a two-RBI single by Manuel Estrada, scoring Colby Andrews and Adam Jones. Ricky Alvernaz also ripped a RBI.

Wade Myatt picked up the win en route to tossing five strong innings with six strikeouts.

Offensive fireworks highlighted the second game of the doubleheader as the Coachella Valley Snowbirds (5-0) remained unbeaten with a 14-8 victory over the Palm Springs Chill (2-2).

The lead changed hands six times until the Snowbirds finally took the upper hand with a seven-run sixth inning.

Robert Dimperio was electric, going 3-for-3 with three runs scored. Zach Brosten also went 3-for-3 and added a RBI.

Finally, the Palm Springs Power (2-2) silenced the Canada A’s (0-4) 2-0 with a combined one-hitter by Clayton Vanderlaan, Tyler Anzmann and Billy Pullia.

Anthony Amedei belted a RBI-double, while Adrian Ibarra and Jaren Brown each scored once.

SNOWBIRDS, LUMBER JACKS BOTH HURL TWO-HITTERS ON DAY FOUR

The Oregon Lumber Jacks (2-2) shut down the Palm Springs Power (1-2) 4-0 to start the fourth day of the California Winter League at Palm Springs Stadium.

The Lumber Jacks bats struck early when Mark DiTommaso doubled and scored in the second inning.

snowbirds, lumber jacksThe momentum continued as the Lumber Jacks added one in the third and two in the fourth. Bobby Martin, Trey Austin and Tyler Eichmeyer belted one RBI each. Ray Hernandez, Gabe DeMarco and Austin scored once.

The Power was turned off by Nathan Wheelock, who tossed four exceptional innings en route to a two-hitter.

The Palm Desert Coyotes (3-1) defeated the Canada A’s (0-3) 9-5 in a topsy-turvy second contest of the afternoon that included five lead changes.

Dustin Smith came through for the second consecutive game with the game-winning hit, a two RBI double in the fifth inning to break a 4-4 tie.

Danny Dyer ripped a home run and scored twice.

Mike Meaney crushed a homer into orbit in a losing effort for the A’s.

In the final game of the tripleheader, the Coachella Valley Snowbirds (4-0) beat the Washington Bluesox (2-2) 4-0.

Seafth Howe struck out all nine hitters he faced and the Snowbirds hurled the second two-hitter of the day.

The Snowbirds scored three runs in the sixth inning as Austin Fraker and Troy Zawadski had RBI. Matt Chavez, Zach Brosten and Eric Bainer scored once each.

Wacy Sorenson picked up the win for the second consecutive game.

THREE HOMERS HIGHLIGHT DAY THREE

The Coachella Valley Snowbirds (3-0) chopped down the Oregon Lumber Jacks (1-2) 9-5 to open the third day of the California Winter League at Palm Springs Stadium.

Relly Mercurio blasted a homer in the fourth inning and finished 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Eric Bainer added a home run in the sixth.

three homersThe Snowbirds sandwiched a five-run fifth inning in between the two majestic big flies. Trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the fifth, Robert Benedict, Andrew Sterling, Matt Chavez, Zach Brosten and Relly Mercurio all scored.

Wacy Sorenson tossed three innings, striking out four en route to the win.

The Washington Bluesox (2-1) overcame an early three-run deficit to beat the British Columbia Bombers (0-3) 6-3 in the second contest of the afternoon.

George Williams came off the bench in the fifth inning and ripped the game-winning homer, which was the third round-tripper in the California Winter League in consecutive days. Cody Reiger added a two RBI double.

Edward Jamerson struck out one in one inning and registered the victory.

In the final game of the tripleheader, the Palm Desert Coyotes (2-1) cooled off the previously unbeaten Palm Springs Chill (2-1) 6-5 with a three-run sixth inning.

Dustin Smith connected on the game-winning RBI and finished 2-for-3 with two RBI. Sean Jarrett went 3-for-3 and scored twice.

Bobby Hillier slammed the door shut, recording two strikeouts in two innings to get the win.

SECOND DAY OF WINTER LEAGUE WORKOUTS ENDS WITH DRAFT

Palm Springs, CA, January 18, 2012– Organized workouts for the California Winter League continued Friday afternoon as more than 150 players with hopes of signing with professional teams took the field at Palm Springs Stadium.

Players sharpened their skills in front of a host of professional scouts.

“I’ve been at a lot of tryouts of this nature before,” said Barry Moss. “But this is some of the best talent I’ve ever seen in my four years here.”

The draft was held Friday evening to determine the rosters for the upcoming season, which begins Saturday, January 19 at 9 a.m. The schedule for Opening Day is as follows:

Washington Bluesox vs Palm Springs Chill – 9 a.m.
Palm Desert Coyotes vs Palm Springs Power – 12 p.m.
Coachella Valley Snowbirds vs Canada A’s – 3 p.m. (Broadcast airs on 1010 KXPS AM)
Oregon Lumber Jacks vs British Columbia Bombers – 5:30 p.m.