- 2009/2013 Southern California Regional Tournament Champions
- 2011/2012 Western Baseball Association Champions
- 2008/09/10/11/12/13/14/15/16 World Series Qualifiers
- 2008/09/11/12/13 WBA Southern Division Champions
- 2015 SCCBL Regular Season Champions/2016 SCCBL League Champions
7- TIME LEAGUE CHAMPIONS:2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016
FORCE RECURITING PLAYERS FOR 2018 SEASON
The Force has been recruiting players for the 2018 season from all over the country and International. All players 18 to 26 years old are welcome to be apart of the Force Organization. Go to the Force website and complete the player questionnaire.
Play for one of the best organizations in summer baseball.
SPRING TRAINING BEGINS MAY 21st, 2018
The Force and Invaders start spring training May 21st at our new outdoor baseball training facility. The new facility includes field, batting cages, multiple bull pens, and plenty of parking with other amenities being coming soon. We are one of the few teams that have their own facility at our disposal anytime.
Open tryouts will be held Sunday, May 20th and Sunday, May 27th. All players are welcome. Be part of the Force.
SPRING TRAINING May 21st, don't miss it.
2018 Force Positions and Internships
The Force has the following positions and interships available for the 2018 season.
For information, please contact the Force.
Assistant Team Trainer
Assistant Grounds Keeper
Coordinator for Fund Raising Events
FORCE THANKS THE 2017 SPONSORS
The Force Organization would like to THANK all of our SPONSORS for there generous donations and help this season.
ZICO, Giant Sunflower Seeds, Mine Bats, North Rock Suites, Quality Inns, Baseball Savings, Hoover Field, Enterprise, Hertz, Delta Airlines, The Brickyard, JP Longball, LA Class Limo, Carolina Winter League, Dunn Edwards Paint, Home Depot, Builders Express, SD Print & Web, Design A Deck, OC Sports, Charlie Rose Sporting Goods, Classic Screen Print, Morgan's Monogram, San Diego Unified School District, Quality Automotive, Dixieline Lumber, and Firestone Tires.
Without your help and support we wouldn't be as successful of an organization, provide the quality of baseball to fans and the training and support to our players. Thank you.
TRAVIS TAIJERON NEW YORK METS
Congratulations to Travis Taijeron making his MLB debut Sunday August 26, 2017 for the METS. Travis played for the Force for 3 years as a catcher and outfielder where he honed his skills. Travis was known for his power, speed and arm. He played at Cal Poly Pomona and was drafted in the 18th round of the 2011 draft and quickly moved up thru the Mets organization. Travis played for the Las Vegas 51's, the Mets AAA affiliated team, where he hit 69 home runs. Moving Travis up to the Mets is long overdo.
PINKSTON SENT TO SCHAUMBURG BOOMERS
The Garyt Rail Cats, a member of the American Association Baseball League, sent Tanner Pinkston to the Schaumburg Boomers in the Frontier League. Pinkston reported for duty and has been used as a 1B as well as a DH. In his first 8 games, he has hit opposing pitchers at a .407 batting average. The Boomers clinched the Division and will be playing for the League Championship, and Pinkston will be a member of that club. Good luck Tanner, we are pulling for you.
PINKSTON SIGNS WITH GARY RAIL CATS
Tanner Pinkston, first baseman with the Force, signed a contract with the Gary Rail Cats, in the American Association. Pinkston was a constant leader for the force both offensively and defensively during the 2017 campaign. Tanner hit .403 during the league getting 50 Hits; 8 Doubles; 10 Home Runs; and drove in 30 runs.
During the NBC World Series in Wichita, Pinkston continued his hot hitting going 6-16 for a .375 average. Hitting Coach for the Force, CJ Thieleke, was the driving force behind getting Pinkston signed. Thieleke was a coach in Gary early in his career.
SHALBERG EARNS FIRST TEAM ALL WORLD SERIES HONORS
Dalton Shalberg, a late arrival for the Force, earned himself All American Honors at the NBC World Series. Shalbert, 6' 5" 200 pounds, pitched for the New Mexico State Team this past spring. Shalberg's performance against the Colorado Sox will go down in history in the NBC World Series. Dalton went 10 innings....gave up one lone hit...gave up no runs...walked 2 and struck out 10 in a masterpiece on the mound. Congrats to Dalton, what an outstanding performance.
RECRUITING FOR THE 2018 SEASON
Recruiting for the 2018 season has begun for the Force and the Invaders. Players can complete the player questionnaire on line and submit it to scouting. Players will be notified immediately. We are recruiting for all positions for the 2018 season. Host families available. This is your opportunity to play for one of the best teams on the West Coast and play in beautiful San Diego.
FORCE DEFEATS COLORADO SOX 3-0 IN 17 INNINGS IN NBC WORLD SERIES
The San Diego Force and the Colorado Sox played the first game of Championship week and had to wait seventeen innings to wait until a winner was declared. The Force came out on top winning 3-0 in 17 innings. Starter Dalton Shalberg went ten (10) innings and gave up no runs while giving up a stingy 1 hit and striking out 8. Veteran Force member Conner McLaughlin threw the next four innings, giving up 2 hits and striking out 4. George Navadel became the winning pitcher when the Force busted the game open with 3 runs in the 17th. Navadel went three innings giving up 1 hit while striking out 3.
The offense did a very good job in putting pressure on the Sox throughout the game , putting on runners. In twelve out of the 17 innings, the Force was able to put 1 or more runners on base, but could not find the formula to get them across home plate. Leading the way with three hits in the game were Tanner Pinkston, Tyler Plantier and Josh Sidley. It was a log game and a tough one to play, however, getting the win in the NBC World Series is a real thrill for the Force and its fans.
The Force plays always strong and Defending Champions the Santa Barbara Forresters at 9:30 pm tomorrow night.
FORCE RETURN PLAYERS FOR THE WORLD SERIES
The Force signed some familiar faces earlier this month that have helped the Force win games in pervious seasons. Hard throwing RHP TJ Looney and RHP Connor McLaughlin will be part of the Force staff that teams will have to deal with. The duo will make a series impact to help the Force win games.
FORCE WINS FIRST ROUND OF PLAYOFFS WITH 6-1 VICTORY
Solid Pitching and timely hitting proved to be the winning combination for a 6-1 victory over the Southern California Bombers in a playoff game played at La Sierra University on Wednesday. Leading the way on the mound was Dalton Shalberg, Garrett Yocum and Matt Bergandi. Shalberg was stellar in going six (6) shutout innings, with Yocum giving up the lone run in his two innings, but pitched very well in the playoff game and Matt Bergandi shut the door in the ninth with a solid inning. Shalberg gave up only three (3) hits in his six (6) innings of work.
On the offensive side, Dan Hetzel and Tanner Pinkston each him mammoth home runs while Blake Baumgartner had two (2) doubles and Carl Schwettman had three (3) hits for the winning Force club. The Force banged out eleven (11) hits while striking out seven (7) times.
The Force continues its climb for the League Championship with a single game against the Palm Springs Power, who have definitely shown they are the "Power" of the league. Game time is 4:30 at James Madison High School in San Diego.
FORCE DEFEATS BOMBERS 4-3 IN THRILLING GAME ONE OF PLAYOFFS
Those fans who decided to attend the Force/Bombers game on Tuesday had to feel very well entertained. This game changed leads many times in the nine innings played, and the Force took the lead in the bottom of the 8th inning and prevailed 4-3. This was the first game of the playoffs and the second will be played tomorrow (7/19) at La Sierra University at 1:00pm. Game 3 is slated for tomorrow at 4:00pm if necessary.
The Bombers jumped ahead 1-0 in the first inning; then, after two Force Coaches were ejected from the field, Eric Poirier and Chris Moody....Byron Smith hit a 2 run Home Run to put the Force ahead 2-1 in the 3rd inning. The Bombers went ahead 3-2 going into the 8th inning. A couple of chances vanished due to some very solid pitching....but Trevor Abrams lined a shot over the 2nd baseman's head to drive in 2 runs and put the Force ahead 4-3 for good.
Skyler Silvester and Mark Carmack (W) held the Bombers in the latter innings and Carmack struck out 4 and earned the victory.
FORCE DEFEATS DOVETAIL BATS 12-8 IN LEAGUE PLAYOFF WARM-UP
The San Diego Force played its final game before the league playoffs, and defeated the Dovetail Bats by a score of 12-8. The Force used six (6) pitchers in the game in an effort to give the staff some innings prior to the league playoffs.
Leading the way for the Force was Tanner Pinkston, who was 2-3 with two (2) home runs and four (4) RBI's. Also with multiple hits in the game for the Force were Joshua Sidley with 3 and Carl Schwettman with 2. Don Roethler and Carl Schwettman also drove in two (2) runs each in the victory.
The Force pitching staff ran into a very solid offensive club giving up eight (8) runs on nine (9) hits. Solid performances were given by Skyler Silvester and Mark Carmack who threw one shutout inning and two respectively.
The Force will be working out on Monday in an effort to get a relaxing practice in prior to the playoffs, which will be played on Tuesday afternoon at 4:30pm.
FORCE DEFEATS BULLDOGS 7-1 IN FINAL LEAGUE GAME
The San Diego Force defeated the Bulldogs in the final league game for both teams by a score of 7-1. Leading the way for the Force was Dylan Gordon, who threw six (6) innings and gave up no earned runs. Garrett Yocum finished the game by going three (3) innings and gave up no runs in his outing. Each pitcher gave up four (4) hits but scattered them throughout the game. It was a very good game by these two pitchers for the final game.
The Force was able to make a complete "makeover" in the fifth (5th) inning so everyone got the chance to play. The only member of the Force to get two or more hits was Haruto Nakano who got two (2). Carl Schwettman scored two (2) runs while getting his first triple of the season. The big blast of the night came off the bat of Trevor Abrams who hit a mammoth three (3) home run in the 2nd inning scoring bringing home Byron Smith and Dan Hetzel. Don Roethler also contributed with a lead off home run to right field in the bottom of the 3rd inning.
The Force entertain the Dovetail Bats on Sunday at 1:00 pm at Madison High School. Playoffs will start on Tuesday and at the time, there is no definite schedule for the playoffs.
FORCE DEFEATS OC SURF IN WILD AFFAIR 11-7
The San Diego Force and the OC Surf scored a lot of runs, got a lot of hits and ultimately it was the bullpen that won the game for the Force. The final score was 11-7 in favor of the Force. However, the Surf jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the 2nd inning with a grand slam. The Force came back with six (6) in the bottom of the 2nd, led by a 3 Run Home Run by Don Roethler. However, that lead did not last as the Surf came back with 3 in the top of the 3rd, going ahead by a score of 7-6.
Offensively, the Force was led by Haruto Nakano and Newcomer Anthony Warneke with three (3) hits each and two (2) by Roethler. The big blow was a three run scoring double by Tyler Plantier in the sixth inning which put the Force ahead 10-7.
On the mound, Mark Carmack led the way and got the win by throwing 4 innings and shutting the Surf out with 2 hits. He walked none and struck out 7. It was a very solid performance, one which the Force has been in need of for days. And in doing so, he only threw 59 pitches in his four innings, 75% which were strikes.
Closing the game was Bryce Gibson, who threw the final two (2) innings and also shut out the Surf on one hit. Six scoreless innings out of the bullpen plus scoring eleven runs was the formula for success on Wednesday.
On Friday, the Force finishes the Southern California Collegiate schedule with a single game against the Bulldogs at Madison at 5:00. On the mound for the Force will be Dylan Gordon.
PLANTIER AND SHALBERG DEFEAT THE BUCS 2-1 IN NIGHTCAP
Tyler Plantier continued his hitting rampage going 2-4 with 2 RBI's, which were the only two the Force was able to generate against Jacob Castillo, pitcher for the Bucs. The Force defeated the Bucs 2-1 in a very closely played game. Plantier hit a 2 run homer in the 6th inning, which was all the Force needed in a real nail biter. Newcomer, Dalton Shalberg threw 5 solid innings for his first outing of the season and shutting down the Bucs. The bullpen of Brett Elgin, Matt Bergandi and Taiyo Konishi held the Bucs at bay for the win. Konishi came into the game in the ninth inning and got his first save for the season enticing the hitter to fly out to left field and end the game.
Hitting stars were Yori Martinez (2-4); Plantier (2-4); Trevor Abrams (2-3) and returning Vet Derek Nakasato (2-4) for the Force.
The Force returns home to play the OC Surf at 5:00 pm at Madison HS.
MORENO AND PLANTIER LEAD THE WAY TO DEFEAT BUCS 4-3
In game one of a doubleheader at Cal Poly Tuesday night, Brad Moreno and Tyler Plantier put on some heroic performances to defeat the Bucs by a score of 4-3 in ten innings. The Force has been in need of a complete game all season, and last night, their "prayers" were answered. Moreno went ten (10) innings in his complete game...and threw 150 pitches in his outing. He gave up a 2 run homer in the 8th to lose the lead 3-2 but shut the Bucs out the rest of the way for the victory.
That tremendous job notwithstanding, Tyler Plantier had one of those nights every young man dreams about. Most young men dream about being at bat, with the bases loaded and two outs...and the crowd roars as he delivers. What Plantier did last night was go 5-5 with a double, home run, 9 total bases and 3 RBI's. What a great performance.
With all the heroics of Moreno and Plantier, it was the "hustle" Jori Martinez that really made the difference. In the top of the 9th and two outs, Carl Schwettman hit a high pop up near the home plate area with Martinez on 2nd...the ball fell between two fielders and Martinez scored the tying run...had he been in a normal ball player trot, the game would have ended.
Plantier (5-5); Tanner Pinkston (3-5) and Yori Martinez (3-5) provided the majority of the Force offense with 11 of the 13 hits for the night.
It was a great game to be involved in and to watch.
TANNER PINKSTON REPRESENTS FORCE IN HOME RUN DERBY
McGINNITY LOST TO FORCE FOR SEASON
The San Diego Force was dealt a harsh blow on Sunday when it learned that Mark McGinnity was going to return home. Mark was one of the stalwarts in the 2016 season, which ended for him in the July Fourth Tournament. On a very hard slide at third base, Mark made the tag and the runner went into his wrist which caused a severe break. Mark had surgery in late 2016 and was well on his way to a successful rehab.
Mark suffered a tweak in his groin and it became a bothersome injury for the current season. After medical advice, the Doctors felt it was best if Mark did not play anymore this season. He will be missed because of his reliable "vacumn like glove at third base"; his potent bat in key situations; but most importantly his positive attitude which permeated throughout the dugout. Good Luck Mark and thanks for all you have done for the Force.
POWER SWEEPS FORCE WITH LATE INNING HEROICS
The Palm Springs Power demonstrated why they are sitting on top of the Southern California Collegiate League. They swept the Force by scores of 7-2 and 11-10...and both games were decided in the last two innings. In the opener, newcomer Skyler Sylvester threw a very solid seven (7) innings holding the Power to three (3) runs on six (6) hits. He left the game with the Power leading 3-2 and he definitely gave the Force the opportunity to win the game. The Power pushed across four (4) runs in the last two innings which made the score 7-2. The Force went on top 2-0 in the first inning but was unable to do much more in the last eight (8) innings. Offensively, Zack Felix went 3-4 while Dan Hetzel was 2-4 and that was the majority of the offense.
In the second game, the Force was looking at splitting the doubleheader with a lead going into the ninth inning of 10-7. Late inning heroics, and the apparent attitude of the Power that they would be successful just was too much for the Force. Once again, the starting pitcher, George Navadel did a very good job keeping the Force in the ball game against the very strong Power. Offensively, the Force outhit the Power 13 hits to 8; however, it is runs that count. Dan Hetzel continued to lead the way with a 3-5 game and Tyler Plantier, Blake Baumgartner and Carl Schwettman each contributed two hits each.
The Force continues its schedule on Tuesday, traveling to Cal Poly with a doubleheader with the Bucs.
MARTIN'S LATE HR LIFTS WEST OVER EAST
Team West weathered a late rally to defeat Team East 9-8 in the 2017 SCCBL All-Star Game.
After a quick warm-up for both teams, the All-Star Game began, and Team East got off to a quick start. Mota smashed a two-run triple in the bottom of the first to give East a 2-0 lead that they would hold until the fourth inning. West struck back with four runs of their own, two of them off a single by the Force’s Avery Tuck. West would put up another run in the fifth, but some creative baserunning from the POWER’s Hayden Schilling would manufacture a run for Team East in the fifth as well to bring the score to 5-3.
The score would remain that way until the bottom of the eighth when the POWER’s Skyler Hunter would lead off the inning by reaching on catcher’s interference, stealing second and third, and eventually scoring on a single by the Bulldog’s Alex Rodriguez. Rodriguez would get to second on a wild pitch, third on a passed ball, and score on a sacrifice fly from fellow Bulldog Pierson Loska to tie the game at 5-5 heading into the ninth.
West answered back in decisive fashion. Buccaneer Christian Lyman led off the ninth with a single, stole second, and scored on a double from Sentinel Matt Colomes. Buccaneer Aaron McCann would also single, moving Colomes to third for the Force’s Connor Martin. On a 1-1 pitch, Martin crushed a home run to right field to give Team West a 9-5 lead.
Haruto Nakano of the Force came on to pitch the bottom of the 9th and ended the game on a strikeout to give Team West a 9-8 victory. Congratulations to all the players selected to the 2017 SCCBL All-Star Game.
The Force will square off against the Palm Springs Power on Sunday (7/9) at Madison High School in the final 2 games of the season series between the top two teams in the league. Game times are 1:00pm and 4:00pm.
2017 ALLSTAR SELECTED
The 2017 Force ALLSTARS have been selected.
1) Tanner Pinkston 1st base
2) Avery Tuck OF
3) Carl Schwettman OF
4) Byron Smith C
5) Brad Moreno RHP
6) Haruto Nakano UTL
7) Matt Bergandi RHP
8) Connor Martin DH
9) Logan Cordeiro IF
10) Don Roethler UTL
11) Brandon Bentson LHP
The Allstar game will be play Saturday July 8th, at Palm Springs Stadium. Game time 7:30 PM
Tanner Pinkston will represent the Force in the HR Derby.
FORCE SPLITS DH WITH BOMBERS
In a very important league game for the Force, the team traveled to Soboba Sports Complex in San Jacinto to play the always strong Bombers. It was a very good venue and everything about the surroundings was surreal and calm. Well, that is not what happened between the white lines.
In the opening game, the first batter, Carl Schwettman drive the ball over the CF fence to get the ball rolling for the Force. To start with, two Force Pitchers did an outstanding job in 95 degree heat to shut down a very potent Bombers club. Thomas Rowan scattered four (4) hits and gave up two (2) earned runs in his five (5) innings of work. Brandon Bentson, a member of the League All Star Team, closed out the game with four (4) strong innings. Ultimately the Force won the game going away with a 11-4 decision.
Offensively, Schwettman led the way with three (3) hits and 2 RBI's; Dan Hetzel with 2 RBI;s and Jake Smith with 2 RBI's. Multiple hit games went to Tanner Pinkston, Brady Groesbeck and Don Roethler with two (2) each. It was a great way to start the day.
In the nightcap, the Bombers exploded in one inning and won a tightly contested game by a score of 6-5. The outcome ruined an otherwise outstanding eight (8) inning performance by Kyle Bedsole. He pitched all eight (8) innings in sweltering heat, giving up 7 hits; six (6) runs and only fouyr (4) earned runs. He walked only one (1) hitter and struck out six (6). One would think that was good enough to win...well, the Force put together a very strong offense gathering fourteen (14) hits but only able to score five (5) runs. Multiple hit games were obtained by Haruto Nakano (3); Logan Cordeiro (2); Yori Martinez (2); Trevor Abrams (2) and Max Taulbee (2). Defensively, the Force made some mistakes which led to a big inning for the Bombers and ultimately the 6-5 defeat. In the last three innings the Force put the pressure on the Bombers, however, Force hitters were unable to put the ball in play when needed.
Sunday, the Force faces the very strong and League Leaders in the Palm Spring Power at Madison. The last time these two teams met, the Power dominated the Force by scores of 14-1 and 20-2.
FORCE DEFEATS CALIFORNIA JAYS BLACK 7-2 IN CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
The San Diego Force defeated the California Jays Black by a score of 7-2 in the Championship game at Grossmont College. The star of the game had to be RHP Matt Bergandi who threw seven (7) magnificent innings for the champions. This was the first game that Matt had been called upon to go more than three (3) innings and giving up only two (2) runs was what the Force needed. Scoreless innings were pitched by Bryce Gibson and Kyle Bedsole.
Offensive stars for the Force were Jaron Balman with a HR and 3 RBI's; Tanner Pinkston 2-4; Logan Cordeiro 2-4; and stolen bases by Brady Groesbeck, Logan Cordeiro and a very important Sac Fly from Carl Schwettman.
It was a long day for the Force and its fans, however, winning the championship was very special since the entire roster took a role in the victories.
Next on tap is a double header against the always strong California Bombers on Thursday at Jay Littleton Field.
FORCE DEFEATS SHARKS 7-5 IN TIGHTLY CONTESTED GAME IN PLAYOFFS
The San Diego Force defeated the Sharks from San Diego in a very odd but successful game. This was the first game of the semi-finals and the win took them to the Championship game. Although the Force only was able to get three (3) hits off of Justin Burkey, the team was the beneficiary of 12 walks and 2 errors. It was quite evident that Burkey, who threw 138 pitches in the contest, was getting tired. That is an alarming number of pitches for a pitcher to be throwing in seven (7) innings and this overuse is not good for young arms.
However, the Force was happy to walk away from the game with a 7-5 win, thanks to three (3) RBI's from Jake Smith. The Force struck out 9 times during the contest but the calm on the Force bench was indicative that a win was in the cards. The star pitcher for the Force was Dylan Gordon, who went 5 innings giving up 1 earned run and striking out 6.
There were really no offensive stars in the game for the Force, however, it was great to win the game and move to the Championship game that was played at Grossmont College.
FORCE AND CALIFORNIA JAYS TIE AT 8-8-STOPPED BY TIME LIMIT
The San Diego Force and the California Jays played a very exciting game of baseball in the final game of pool play. By a tie, the Force was named the #1 seed in the 4th of July Tournament. Starting pitcher Haruto Nakano went 4.2 innings and only gave up 3 hits while allowing 1 earned run. Brandon Bentson threw 2.2 innings of strong relief to keep the game tied.
Tanner Pinkston, who literally flew into LAX and drove down to play with the Force was definitely a Force in the game. Pinkston hit a mammoth home run and got a single to drive in three runs. Multiple hit games went to Avery Tuck, Jaron Balman, Blake Baumgartner and of course Pinkston.
The Force plays in the Winner's Bracket on Tuesday at noon at Grossmont College.
FORCE DEFEATS HIGHLANDERS 8-1 IN 4TH OF JULY TOURNEY
Reliable veteran Brad Moreno threw seven (7) shutout innings today and defeated the Highlanders by a score of 8-2. For five (5) innings it was anyone's guess who would take charge of this game. It so happened that the Force had a 1-0 lead for the first six innings and then put up a 7 spot in the 7th to end the scoring for the Force.
The Force did not get its first hit until the fourth inning and that was a bunt single by Yori Martinez. He later scored the first run and that score held up for three more innings.
The Force returns to Pool Play on Monday, when they take on the California Jays at 4 pm at Grossmont College.
FORCE CONTINUES WINNING WAYS 11-2 IN 4TH OF JULY TOURNAMENT
The San Diego Force used nine (9) hits and strong pitching from Taiyo Konishi and defeated the CCCBL's Hawks by a score of 11-2 on Saturday Morning. Leading the way on the mound was newcomer from Japan, Taiyo Konishi who pitched five (5) shutout innings giving up only 1 hit while striking out 4. His pitching performance gave the Force the breathing room it needed to score in four of the first five innings.
Leading the way in the HR department were newcomers Dan Hetzel and Travis Abrams. Replacement for Tanner Pinkston at first base, Donny Roethler gathered three (3) hits and Conner Martin drove in three (3) runs as did Hetzel. Great weather in San Diego, players loved playing game in the morning. Next game in the Tournament is at 5:00 pm tomorrow night at Mesa CC Field.
The San Diego Force opened the Fourth of July Tournament with a resounding 11-1 Victory over a young and aggressive Dovetail Bats club. Kyle Bedsole, RHP from the Force, pitched 7 innings in the game shortened by the "run differential rule". He gave up 6 hits, struck out 4 while giving 3 free passes. It was definitely one of the better pitching performances this season.
The leading offensive players were Carl Schwettman and Byron Smith who each hit mammoth home runs in the game. Schwettman also delivered a double and single in 4 trips to the plate while Byron collected a base hit to go along with his home run. Others getting 2 hits were Avery Tuck and Trevor Abrams in leading the Force to victory.
Game number two will be played at 10:30 am at Mesa CC.
FORCE GETS BACK ON WINNING TRACK WITH AN 8-3 VICTORY OVER SURF
The San Diego Force enjoyed home field advantage Thursday night by defeating the Orange County Surf by a score of 8-3. Thomas Rowan pitched seven (7) strong innings thus setting the stage for the victory. The only blemish in those seven (7) innings was a home run in the fifth. Rowan went about his business getting the Surf in order for the first four (4) innings. This was Thomas' second outing for the Force and he only had to throw 84 pitches in the victory.
Leading the way offensively was catcher Byron Smith with 3 hits in 4 at bats and scored 2 runs. The bottom of the batting order for the Force went 7-11 and scored seven (7) of the eight (8) runs in the game. Haruto Nakano went 2-4 and scored 2 runs and Conner Martin went 2-3 and scored three (3) runs.
On Friday, the Force plays the Dovetail Bats at 4:30 at Grossmont College in the opening of the July Fourth Tournament.
FORCE SPLITS HOME DH WITH SENTINELS
The first pitch in the doubleheader was thrown at 1:00 PM and the last pitch of the doubleheader was thrown at 6:40 pm. It's a long time between pitches to end up in the same place we were in before the game started. The Force was victorious in the first by a score of 14-4 and lost the second game in a late inning thriller by a score of 10-8. Leading the way in the first game was pitcher Thomas Rowen who went four strong innings in his first game with the Force. Finishing up for the Force was Taiyo Kenoshi and Kyle Gracey who went three innings and two innings respectively. Blake Baumgartner led the way offensively for the Force, driving home six (6) runs and scoring once himself during his 3-5 day at the plate (3-run home run, a double, a single and a walk).
In the second game, the Force staked starter Dylan Gordon to a 3-0 lead after one inning before the bottom fell out. The Sentinels scored five (5) in the second and the Force responded with three (3) in the third. After many lead changes, the Force went ahead in the bottom of the eighth by a score of 9-8. No sooner had the first pitch been thrown in the ninth inning, the Sentinels mounted a rally of their own, and ended in a 10-8 victory for the visitors.
FORCE DEFEATS SENTINELS IN FIRST GAME OF THREE GAME SERIES
The San Diego Force used some solid pitching and some late inning heroics to defeat the Sentinels in a league game. The same two clubs play each other in a double header on Sunday at Madison High School.
Kyle Bedsole got news that he was starting the game 30 minutes before it was scheduled to start. He pitched five (5) strong innings and got a little tired in the 6th. Brad Moreno came in the later innings and threw shutout baseball for 2 2/3 innings.
On the offensive side, the game was won on a walk off base hit by Blake Baumgartner driving in Isaiah Peters and Jake Smith. Smith went 2-3 in the game but two Force members came off the bench to keep rallies going....Conner Martin hit a 2-out double in the 7th and Veteran Devin Carter had a pinch hit double which drove in the tying run, which set the stage for Baumgartner's heroics.
The Force is off on Saturday and will play the Sentinels a doubleheader on Sunday.
FORCE TRAVEL TO PASADENA AND DEFEAT SAINTS 10-8
The San Diego Force traveled to Pasadena for a Wednesday night battle with the Arroyo Seco Saints. It was a see-saw battle with the Force....and the end result was a 10-8 Force victory. Brad Moreno started on the mound for the Force and gave up one hit, which was a Home Run in the second inning. Troy Lieberman followed Moreno, and two errors opened the door for a four run fourth inning for the Saints. Brett Elgin, winning pitcher, threw two scoreless innings in providing the pitching needed to claim the victory. With this win, the Force has a 12 Win 4 Loss and 1 Tie record.
Hitting stars for the Force were Haruto Nakano who was 3-5 with two RBI's; while Yori Martinez was 2-4 with a walk and 2 RBI's. The biggest blow was a mammoth home run by Tanner Pinkston which traveled well over 375 feet at Jackie Robinson Park. Pinkston was 3-4 with a Hit by pitcher and a Base on Balls.
Next game for the Force is Friday at 5 pm versus the Sentinels.
FORCE DEFEATS DOVETAIL BATS 3-2 IN THRILLER
The San Diego Force defeated the Dovetail Bats by a score of 3-2 in a closely contested game at James Madison HS. Three Force pitchers went three innings each for the victory. Tylier Campbell, Brandon Bentson and Matt Bergandi combined for eleven (11) strikeouts and nine (9) hits to seal the victory.
Two outstanding plays from Outfielders Carl Schwettman and Sam Terry threw out potential runs at home plate to end innings.
Offensively, the Force was led by Carl Schwettman who went 2-4 with a triple and a single. Driving in runs for the Force were Wyatt Logan, Jake Smith and newcomer Blake Baumgartner, who drove in the winning run with 2 outs in the 7th inning.
Tomorrow the Force was scheduled to play a game at James Madison, but will spend the afternoon practicing before traveling to Pasadena to play the Non-League Saints.
FORCE MLB DRAFTED PLAYERS
The Force had 2 players taken in the 2017 MLB draft. RHP Tyler Ahearn drafted by Boston Red Sox and CJ Saylor drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals. Congratulations.
FORCE SPLIT DH WITH BOMBERS
The San Diego Force split a doubleheader with the Southern California bombers in game played at San Diego College's Morley Field on Saturday. In the first game, the Force scored five (5) runs in the first two innings and then allowed the Bombers to chip away at the lead, scoring one (1) in the third inning; two (2) in the fourth and two (2) in the seventh. In the bottom of the ninth, with the score tied, the Force loaded the bases with no outs, and it appeared that the Force would find a way to win the opening game. Sam Terry walked, Derek Nakasato got a base hit and Carl Schwettman walked loading the bases. After a shallow fly ball to CF that did not allow the runner to tag up and a strikeout, it looked gloomy for the Force. On the first pitch, Yori Martinez hit a shot between second and first base for a walkoff single, giving the Force a 6-5 win. Newcomer Dylan Gordon threw five strong innings giving up three (3) earned runs in his five inning stint. Bryce Gibson and Matt Bergandi continued their strong pitching performances by shutting out the Bombers over the last two innings. The Force was the recipient of six bases on balls, two hit batsmen in the game. A newcomer behind the plate, Byron Smith was the offensive leader with a double and single in his five at bats, driving in 3 runs. The usual strong offensive lineup struck out thirteen (13) times in the opening game.
The Bombers came roaring back in the second game with a resounding 10-5 victory. Schuyler Hill got the nod for the Force and gave up five (5) runs in five innings. It was not a good night for the pitching staff, except that Parker Aspegreen and Haruto Nakano shut out the Bombers in the last two innings. Offensively the Force was led by Logan Cordeiro and Carl Schwettman who each had two (2) hits, however the rest of the order only garnished four (4) hits.
The Force continues its schedule with a game on Monday at James Madison High School at 5:00 against the Dovetail Bats Baseball Club. The Force's record is 10-4-1 to date.
FORCE TAKES GAME ONE FROM BOMBERS 8-3
The San Diego Force used solid pitching, timely pitching and solid defense to defeat the So-Cal Bombers by a score of 8-3. The game was played at San Diego City College's Morley Field, which was in excellent shape for the club. The Force plays a doubleheader on Saturday at 11:00 am and the second game will follow in 30 minutes.
It looked like the teams were going to score in every inning, with the Bombers scoring one (1) run in the first and second innings, while the Force scored two (2) in the first and one (1) in the second. Then Brad Moreno went to work and held the very strong Bomber offense scoreless for the next five (5) innings while the Force put runners across home in the fifth and sixth innings. Moreno threw 111 pitches in eight (8) innings for a very strong win. Bryce Gibson pitched a scoreless ninth inning.Tanner Pinkston (3-5 with 3 RBI's) and Isaiah Peters (3-3 and a Hit By Pitcher)
Offensive stalwarts were Tanner Pinkston (3-5 with 3 RBI's)...Isaiah Peters (3-3) and Brady Groesbeck (2-4). Others driving in runs were Avery Tuck (Sac Fly) and Carl Schwettman (Sac Fly). Derek Nakasato who was a very strong player in Palm Springs, continued his hot hitting going 2-4 with a Base on balls. Defensive standout was Harturo Nakano who stopped two Bomber rallies with outstanding defensive plays at third base.
The Force and Bombers continue their three game series tomorrow morning at 11:00 followed by a second game which will start 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.
As a sidebar, Coach Eric Poirier will be unable to attend the second game due to the fact that he is getting married Saturday Afternoon. The entire San Diego Force Organization...Players, Coaches, Front Office, Owner and Fans want to wish Eric and Kathy a very happy life together.
FORCE PIN FIRST LOSS ON POWER
The San Diego Force traveled to Palm Springs and defeated the previously undefeated Palm Springs Power by a score of 10-6. Leading the way on the mound was newcomer Tylier Campbell who went 5.2 innings against a very strong Power offense. He allowed 11 hits but only gave up five (5) runs in his initial contest with the Force. Brett Elgin and Brandon Bentson finished the game in routine fashion.
Leading the way for the offense was Avery Tuck, who went 3-4 with a 2 run homer in the third inning. Also contributing was a very solid performance by Derek Nakasato, who went 4-5, scored 3 runs and drove in another 3. A well executed squeeze play in the 8th inning gave the Force the lead that would not be relinquished.
The Force return to action against the California Bombers at Morley Field in San Diego on Friday at 5pm and a doubleheader Saturday at 11am and 3pm.
FORCE SPLITS DH WITH THE SENTINELS IN PASADENA
The San Diego Force and the Arroyo Sentinels split a DH on Sunday in Pasadena. The first game won by the Sentinels by a score of 6-4 saw a little bit of good baseball as well as some costly errors on both sides. Troy Lieberman's very good outing was ruined by a lack of offense as he went five (5) innings giving up three (3) earned runs while allowing seven (7) hits and striking out seven (7) Sentinel batters.
Offensively, the Force was led by the consistent hitting of Connor Martin who had a Sac Fly and a 2 run Dinger in the 8th inning to bring the Force within striking distance. However, they could not muster up any type of rally in the ninth, and the Force's record fell to 6-3-1 in the young season.
In the second game, Schuyler Hill threw seven (7) very strong innings for the 6-2 Force victory. Hill pitched very well giving up two walks and struck out eight (8) hitters. Closing out the victory were Taiyo Kenoshi and Matt Bergandi who have been real workhorses for the Force. Bergandi got his third save in the young season.
Offensively, Isaiah Peters had 2 singles and a double with 2 RBI's and scored a run. Haruto Nakano had a single, a sac bunt and an RBI during his first start for the Force. With the victory, the Force's record is 7-3-1 with a two day break before playing the Power in Palm Springs on Wednesday night.
FORCE SWEEPS BUCS AT MADISON
The San Diego Force swept the Inland Valley Bucs on Saturday by scores of 4-3 and 1-3.
In the first game, Taylor Ahearn pitched five (5) shutout innings before giving up two (2) runs in the sixth. One of the runs was earned. Bryce Gibson and Matt Bergandi held on to the lead with Bergandi posting his 3rd save in the young season. Hitting stars for the Force were Tanner Pinkston with a two (2) run HR in the fourth (4th) to get the force on board. Logan Cordeiro had two singles while Wyatt Logan had a double for the Force. Brady Groesbeck had a run scoring double which provided the winning edge for the Force. Mason Gavre had a solo home run in the 5th while Derek Nakasato drove in Groesbek with a single to end the scoring.
In the second game, the Force batted around in two innings....the fourth and the seventh, putting five runs on the scoreboard in each of those innings. Carl Schwettman led the way with three (3) singles and scored 2 runs and had 1 RBI, while Tanner Pinkston had a single and scored twice. Logan Cordeiro continued his hot hitting with single and triple scoring twice and drove in one run. Connor Martin, who has been on a hot streak, had two doubles and a Home Run with four (4) RBI's and scored twice.
Leading the way on the mound was Brad Moreno who threw seven (7) strong innings. Brad gave up only one (1) earned run while striking out eight (8) Bucs. Bryce Gibson and Taiyo Konishi finished the game to give the Force the winning margin.
BUCS COMEBACK IN NINTH TO DEFEAT FORCE 4-3
A ride to San Diego from Pomona can be relatively quick...or excessively slow. Last night the drive home was very slow following a heart breaking loss to the Inland Valley Bucs, who were sporting an 0-4-1 record prior to last night's game. Through seven (7) innings, the Force held a 3-1 lead with much credit going to Brandon Bentson, veteran LHP who gave up one in the first and then shut the Bucs out for six (6) straight innings. Although the Force was in the lead, it had only gotten three (3) hits through those seven innings, and the only members of the Force to garnish hits were Avery Tuck with a single and double and Carl Schwettman's bunt single. The Bucs pitchers attacked the strike zone with the Force only striking out four (4) times, however, Mark McGinnity reached first base on one on a past ball. Thirteen (13) of the outs were on ground balls. Several balls were hit well by the Force, but as luck would have it, they were directed right to Bucs players.
The bright spot for the Force, if there can be one in a loss, was the pitching of Brandon Bentson. The LHP from San Marcos, usually held for duties in the last three innings was a "rush start" for the Force. After giving up one run in the first, he mowed the Bucs down for six innings and got them 1-2-3 in four (4) of the last six innings. It was a very strong performance for Bentson and kept the Force in the game during his time on the mound.
The Force went 1-2-3 in three (3) of the first five (5) innings which got to be very frustrating, however, once in a while in baseball, you have to tip your cap to the opposing pitcher. In the sixth inning, the Force batted around but was only able to score three (3) runs with two (2) hits. With the bases loaded and a 3-1 score, the Force was unable to get a run across thus leaving a golden opportunity to be wasted.
In the ninth with the score tied, the Bucs were able to plate the winning run on a botched relay, and the long drive begun.
The Force resumes is schedule against the San Francisco Seals today at Madison HS at 5:00
FORCE SWEEPS DOUBLEHEADER FROM BULLDOGS
The San Diego Force traveled to Corona for a doubleheader with the Bulldogs, a new team in the Southern California Collegiate League. It was a very positive trip with the Force ending up on the right side of both games. In game #1, Troy Lieberman threw five (5) innings and gave the bullpen a much needed rest. He gave up 4 runs and struck out 2 in the 11-4 Force victory. The offense was led by Derek Nakasato (3-5, 2 RBI) and Wyatt Logan (3-6) and Avery Tuck (3-6) along with Tanner Pinkston (2-4, 2 RBI), Carl Schwettman (2-3, 2 RBI), Mason Gavre (2-5). The long ball played an important role in the outcome with Tanner Pinkston and Wyatt Logan going deep for the Force. It was a great team win and a good way to start the day.
In game 2, Newcomer Brock Eissman, threw a great game in leading the way for the Force. He went eight (8) strong innings with the 8th inning being the toughest. Brock struck out nine (9) Bulldogs who are a very strong hitting team. He gave up a HR in the 8th and a second run to put an end to their scoring. The Force scored first with a run scoring single by Haruto Takigichu in the third inning. That score standed until the 8th when the Bulldogs went ahead 2-1. Alex Sawelson started the Force off with a base hit, his third of the game. Pinch hitter Tanner Pinkston followed with a single which put two runners on base. Mark McGinnity came through with a 2 run single and the Force took the lead 3-2. Isaiah Peters and Yori Martinez led the way in the ninth with Mason Gavre ending the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the ninth giving the Force a 5-2 win. Players with multiple hits were Yori Martinez (2-5), Alex Sawelson (3-4), and newcomer Nick Mora (2-3). Mora, a City College catcher did a very good job behind the plate working with Eissman in keeping the Bulldogs offense down, while throwing out a runner trying to steal.
The Force is off to a 4-1 start with a 3-1 record in the league. Today, Wednesday, the Force travels to Pamona for a 6:-- game in the league.
STARS OF THE GAME
Brad Moreno RHP vs West Coast Clippers 5 IP, R1, 5K
FORCE SPLITS AGAINST THE BULLDOGS
Taylor Ahearn deserved a better fate in the League Opener at Madison High School on Saturday. He pitched five strong innings giving up only one earned run and four hits during his five inning stint. On multiple occasions, the Force had runners on third with less than two outs and was not able to get the runner across home plate. In the Opening Game, pinch hitter Connor Martin hit a mammoth triple off the CF fence and scored the tying run. It appeared that the Force were going to pull another game out of the fire with late inning heroics. Derek Nakasato hit a line drive that the pitcher was able to deflect with his glove and threw him out at first for the third out. Once again, the Force were led by Carl Schwettman with another multiple hit game.
It appeared that it was going to be a long day for the Force, giving up five runs in the first before coming to bat. However, the Force continued to chip away at the lead and ultimately took over the lead in a 10-8 exciting ball game that finished with the sun setting. Pitching standout in the second game was Darrell Yocum who pitched three scoreless innings in relief and kept the Bulldog hitters at bay during the middle innings. The Force mee the Bulldogs in a doubleheader on Tuesday in Riverside.
Force Wins Season Opener Against Clippers
The San Diego Force opened the season with a very solid performance defeating the Clippers from Palomar 4-2. Returning veteran Brad Moreno pitched six very strong innings giving up one earned run and limiting the Clippers to three hits. This game marked the first appearance of Taiyo Konishi, who is a member of the Force via Japan on the mound. Wyatt Logan was the offensive standout along with Carl Schwettman who garnished multiple hits in the contest.
It was a chance for members of the Force to play at Palomar College, one of the finest and most impressive baseball complexes in the United States. This facility would rank right near the top of most Minor League parks.
2017 SEASON PREVIEW
The Force coming off an excellent 2016 season - winning the SCCBL League Championship and placing 3rd in the NBC World Series, are looking to improve in the 2017 season. The Force sent 9 players to Professional Baseball from the 2016 team. The Force is preparing for the conference league teams with each team improving this year. The SCCBL has 6 teams this year with a 25 game league schedule.
The Force has been in Spring Training for the past 10 days and has had a larger number of players attend early in the season. The quality of players arriving early has been a plus and the talent level greatly improved from last year. Over the next few weeks additional players will be arriving, giving even more depth to the Force roster.
For many years the Force has had a 70 percent returning players each year. Over the last several years returning players have gone down dramatically as players move on. The 2017 season brings back 15 players with familiar faces like Outfielders - Derek Nakasato, Carl Schwettmann, Infielders -Mark McGinnity, Brady Groesbeck, Alex Sawlson, and Pitchers - Brad Moreno, Brett Elgin, Brandon Bentson and Matt Bergandi. All players have been training vigorously the past few weeks. The Force has gained an alarming amount of buzz internationally with new players from Japan, Cuba, France, China and Dominican Republic, and numerous States scattered throughout the USA.
With systems running smoothly and the players ready to go, we leap into the 2017 season, competitive and confident in repeating last year's magic. Once the new 2017 San Diego Force steps onto Madison Stadium field with the "F" on their head, and a " FORCE" on their chest, they will realize how much those uniforms mean in the legacy they hold.
Prepare for the FORCE - " WE ARE BACK"!
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TRYOUTS, TRYOUTS. Its time to Play Baseball
OPEN TRYOUTS Sunday May 21st and 28th. 8:15 AM registration, tryouts start at 9:00 AM.
All Players are WELCOMED. 17 to 26 years old.
MADISON HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL STADIUM
4833 Doliva Dr., San Diego, CA 92117
NICK ZAHARIAN SIGNS WITH SAN RAFAEL
San Rafael Pacifics in the Pacific Association Professional Baseball League has signed Nick Zaharian. Nick played for the Force in 2016 playing Left field. Nick hit 350, with 43 hits, 38 RBI's, 28 runs and 5 hrs. Nick was one of the key players that help the Force win the SCCBL league Championship and Placing 3rd in the World Series. His hitting was key to many of the runs the Force scored.
INVADERS THE FORCE FARM TEAM
The Force Organization is always looking to improve and to build a competitive sports franchise. In 2015 a farm team for the Force was started to provide younger college baseball players 18-22 years old the opportunity to receive a lot of playtime, AB's, work on fundamentals, improve their skills and knowledge of the game without a lot of pressure on them to perform at a high level immediately. The team also provide a pipeline of players ready to play at the next level for the Force thru out the season.
In 2016 the "Invaders" the farm team won the "SDCCL", San Diego Coastal Collegiate League Championship the teams first year in the league. The Invaders is a farm team for the Force as the Lake Elsinore Storm is to the San Diego Padres.
The Invaders look to be competitive again this year, During the off season long time assistant General Manager Pat Allen of the Force was chosen to be the General Manager of the Invaders, New Manager Marq Taylor was signed and a talent coaching has been assembled that has many years of experience in baseball to guide the Invaders.
Along with the Invaders, the Force will develop a youth travel ball program that will help develop players at younger ages and bring them thru the Force system to one day play for the Force.
DEVIN CARTER SIGNS WITH WINDY CITY THUNDERBOLTS
Ron Biga, Manager of the Windy City Thunderbolts has announced the signing of Devin Carter for the 2017 season. Devin was a member of the 2016 Force Team that won the Southern California Collegiate League and ultimately came in 3rd at the NBC World Series in Wichita.
Devin hit a robust .383, going 31-81 with 7 doubles; 2 triples and 2 Home Runs with 26 RBI's. Devin played center field for the Force and had several assists with his strong arm. On the base paths, he stole 12 bases and constantly put the pressure on opposing pitchers. He will be given an opportunity to win a job with the Thunderbolts in Spring Training. We wish him nothing but success and lots of base hits.
DeRoche Signs With Sioux City Explorers
The Sioux City Explorers, a team in the American Association, has announced the signing of Joe DeRoche Duffin, a member of the 2016 San Diego Force. Joe has been invited to Spring Training as a signed player and will be given every opportunity to earn his spot on the Explorer's roster. They are planning on using him as a Designated Hitter and First Baseman.
Joe had a very busy year in 2016, being named the Player of the Year in the American Athletic Conference; being named to the American Baseball Coach's 2nd Team All Region; and making the First Team All Conference Team. In his Senior year, Joe had 17 Home Runs, 55 Runs batted In in 62 starts. With the Force, he hit .351 in 23 games while hitting 6 HR's and 7 2B and 23 RBI's. He also won the Southern California Collegiate Conference Home Run Derby held in Palm Springs, California during the All Star Break. Finally, at the NBC World Series held in Wichita, Joe hit .294 with 3 HR's and 9 RBI's in 5 games and came in 2nd in the Home Run Derby.
All members of the San Diego Force organization wish Joe the best of luck as he enters the next step of his playing career.
MARQ TAYLOR NAMED INVADERS NEW MANAGER
Marq Taylor has been signed to be the new Manager for the Invaders. Marq brings years of baseball experience to the Force Organization. Marq has coached high school and college baseball, Managed the Military Allstar Baseball Team and been instrumental in developing many baseball players over the years.
Marq's managerial skills will prove to be successful in communicating and developing players.
FORCE PLACE 3RD in 82ND NBC WORLD SERIES
The San Diego Force placed 3rd in the 82nd 2016 NBC World Series. Congratulations to the Players, Coaches and Staff.
NEW INFIELD COACH
CJ Thieleke Has been signed by the Force to be the new infield coach for the 2017 season. CJ has been along time player, scout, college/ professional coach and manager. Cj scouted for the St Louis Cardinals and the Minnesota twins, coached for the Bombers in the Frontier League and the Manager for 5 years for the Mallards in the Northwoods league.
PLAY FOR THE BEST
If you want to play for one of the best baseball teams in the country, play with the San Diego Force.
THIRD PLACE 2016 NBC WORLD SERIES
35-10 2016 SEASON
40-8 2015 SEASON
7 Division Championships
3 League Championships
9 World Series Appearances
847 winning percentage
325 plus games won since 2008
Average 38 wins per season
125 plus players signed to Professional baseball
Numerous awards and recommendations
Accomplished in 9years.
FORCE NEW PRACTICE FACILITY
The Force is on the move again building a new baseball practice facility that will be ready for the 2017 season. The facility will include a practice field, batting cage, 6 bull pens, offices, dressing rooms and parking.
The Force Organization will use the facility for practice during season and in the off season the facility will be used for camps, training, travel ball teams and other outdoor activates.
The management of the Force continues to improve the organization and to make it into one of the premier baseball programs in the Country.
National Baseball Congress, Wichita Kansas has announced the 83rd World Series dates, July 22nd- August 6th, 2017. The San Diego Force looks forward to attending its 10th consecutive World Series.
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NBC WORLD SERIES LEADERS
It seems each year the Force has players that are the best in the World Series. This year is no exceptions. The Force has 3 players at the top of the Stats leader board.
Derek Nakasato 667
Joseph DeRoche-Duffin 3
Jason Yano 0.00
Congratulations to the players. We also had several other players that did very well in each of the Stats.
FORCE'S ROAD TO NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ENDS AT 4:00 AM
The Force once again had to wait for the start of their quarter final game until 12:30 am, but the wait did no good as they were defeated by the Foresters from Santa Barbara by a score of 7-6 in 12 innings. The Force jumped out to a 4-0 lead after 3 innings and then were unable to generate base runners nor runs until the 12th inning. The Force went up 6-4 but the Foresters, a very solid baseball team, overturned our joy with three (3) runs in the bottom of the 12th for the victory. To add insult to injury, Force batters struck out fifteen (15) times in the game which was very uncommon for the club.
Statistics will be entered on our database early this coming week as the team is in the midst of making arrangements to travel back to their respective homes. On behalf of the Force Family, we want to thank everyone for their loyalty, interest and support over the course of this season and the NBC World Series. It was a great run, we are so proud of the team and the very professional coaching staff, Chris Moody, Bench Coach; Eric Poirier, Hitting Coach; Brian Harrison and Shawn Joy, Pitching Coaches. They invest their time and energy every day for the development of the players, and brought a very positive influence on the baseball team. Safe Travel to everyone.
FORCE TRIUMPHS OVER NATIONAL JUNIOR COLLEGE ALL STARS
The San Diego Force gave up the lead early in the game with six unearned runs in the first three innings and then fought back in a 12-8 victory. The National Junior College All Stars was a solid club who took advantage of errors and free passes. However the Force started its comeback with a line drive bases clearing double off the bat of Joe Deroche-Duffin and closed the gap to 6-3. Deroche-Duffin hit a mammoth shot over the center field wall and the Force never looked back. Jason Yano threw six solid innings and never got away from his normal pitching routine, regardless of the breaks he encountered. Solid relief by Connor McGlaughlin, TJ Looney and Coleman Huntley III closed the door on the All Stars. The Force continues with a game tonight at 9:30 against the Santa Barbara Foresters.
FORCE FALLS TO DEFENDING CHAMPIONS 5-4
The San Diego Force lost their third and final game in pool play on Wednesday. They were defeated by the defending champion Seattle Studs by a score of 5-4. The Force jumped out to a 4-0 lead early in the game and then the Studs picked away at the lead finally tying the score in the 6th inning. The Studs scored 3 runs in the 6th inning without getting a base hit. The Force was unable to generate any offense in the last five innings.
On Thursday, the Force will play the National Junior College All Americans at 9:30 pm in the playoffs. The Winner goes on and the Loser goes home. This will be a very good challenge for the Force as the Junior College club is hand picked from all Junior Colleges throughout the country. Go Force.
FORCE WINS SECOND GAME IN POOL PLAY IN NBC WORLD SERIES
The San Diego Force moved one step closer to the playoffs in the NBC World Series in Wichita, Kansas this afternoon, defeating the Diamond Dawgs 4-1. Nick Vautrin went a very strong 7.2 innings giving up only one run and 6 hits. CJ Looney and Cameron Huntley closed the door for the final 4 outs in saving the victory for the Force. Sam Thorne provided important insurance runs in the top of the ninth driving in two additional runs. The Force collected eight (8) hits with Thorne and Carl Schwettman coming through with two each.
JOE DEROCHE-DUFFIN WINNER
Joe Deroche-Duffin was the winner of the Home Run Derby for the 2016 SCCBL ALL-Star Game. He will also represent the Force in the Home Run Derby at the World Series August 6th.
FORCE COMES BACK AGAINST KINGS FOR 19TH CONSECUTIVE WIN
The San Diego Force continued its winning ways defeating the California Kings by a score of 7-6. The Force jumped off to a 5-1 lead at the end of six innings but gave up a five (5) spot due to 3 walks and 3 basehits. Fortunately the Force came back in the bottom of the 7th with 2 runs and Brandon Bentson stopped the Kings the rest of the way. Leading the Force with 3 RBI''s was Brandon Baeckel while Carl Schwettman and Alex Sawelson gathered three hits each in the victory.
FORCE HAVING FUN AT BAKED BEAR
FORCE DEFEATS POWER IN FINALS
After a 5-3 victory at home, the Force traveled to Palm Springs, where most teams have a difficult time winning. The Force came out "smoking" and scored 2 in the second inning; 2 in the fourth inning; 3 in the fifth inning....giving them a 7-0 lead going into the bottom of the fifth. Devin Carter and Jake Smith drove in runs in the second inning; and Carter drove two more in with a monster home run shot to left center field; then Nick Zaharion and Anthony Wiggins drove in a run each in the fifth inning before Carter drove in his fourth run finishing the scoring in the 5th. Bobby Orozco pitched 6 six strong innings against a very potent Power offense striking out 5 and giving up only 5 hits . William Chen-Hu, Brandon Bentson, TJ Looney and Cameron Huntley finished off the Power with 3 scoreless innings of relief.
Congratulations to every member of the San Diego Force. Special thanks to my coaching staff, Brian Harrison, Chris Moody and Eric Poirer who gave countless hours of their time in making sure the club got the skills training needed and the playing time deserved. Thanks to all the fans who made the trip to Palm Springs and you made it clear that you were rooting for the Force. Thanks for a great ending to League Play...but not the season. Next is Wichita.
FORCE WINS CHAMPIONSHIP
The two Titians of the SCCBL went to war for the 2016 Championship. After sweeping the So Cal Bombers in the playoffs, the FORCE swept thePalm Springs Power in two games, 5-3 and 8-3. The pitching from Jason Yano in the first game and Bobby Orozco in the second game proved to be too much for the Power.
Jason Yano, in the first game, after settling in after the first inning, retired 14 Power players in a row, 2 runs, 6 SO. In the second game, Bobby Orozco pitched a tremendous game that kept the Power off balance and pitched six and a third innings, giving up 3 runs, 7hits, 5 SO. The relief pitchers continued to keep the Power in check. The FORCE bull pen has been strong all year.
The FORCE had a combined 23 hits in the two games. FORCE hit 3 home runs, Nick Zaharian 1, and Devin Carter 2. In game two, Carter was a triple away in hitting the cycle. If Carter would have hit the cycle, it would have been the second one for the FORCE franchise in 9 years.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL PLAYERS, STAFF FAMILIES AND FANS!
Force Wins Game 1 in Southern California Collegiate League Finals
The San Diego Force won the first game in the League's Final Playoffs this afternoon by a score of 5-3. Outstanding pitching by Jason Yano (7 innings; 2 Runs; 3 hits and 6 K's) and timely hitting by Nick Zaharion, Devin Carter and Carl Schwettman led the offense. Zaharion and Carter hit Home Runs for the Force. Game #2 will be played in Palm Springs on Saturday night.
SCCBL CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES
Clash of the two Titians start Friday for the 2016 SCCL Championship. San Diego Force and the Palm Springs Power two of the premier baseball teams on the West Coast. The Championship will be the best 2 out of 3 games.
Joe Deroche-Duffin Wins Homerun Derby
In a tightly fought contest in the Home Run Derby contest which preceded the All Star Game, Joe Deroche-Duffin was crowned the King of the Derby for 2016. Joe tied Justin Gomez in the first round with 4 each. As a right handed hitter, Joe had to hit into a very strong wind, while the left handed hitters had the wind in their favor. Joe overcame both the wind and the partial Power fans. In the Final Round, Gomez hit 3 and Joe hit his 4th for the win. The entire Force Organization congratulates Joe on this accomplishment. His teammates who were on the All Star Team gave him a resounding celebration. Nice job Joe.
Congratulations to the 2016 Force Allstars. They will be playing in the Allstar game held July 16th at Palm Springs Stadium. Home run derby starts at 6:00 PM, game time 7:25 PM.
HOME RUN DERBY:
Bobby Orozco, RHP
Nick Vautrin, RHP
Brandon Moreno, RHP
Brandon Bentson, RHp
Coleman Huntley, RHP
Nick Zaharion, OF
Alex Sawelson, IF
Carl Schwettman. OF
Derek Nakasato, OF
Brandon Baeckel, IF
Joe Thorne, C
Austin Owen, C
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FORCE PLAYERS PLAYING PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL
Most Summer College teams are just that, Summer Teams. The Force organization and its Staff operate year round to make the Force Organization one of the premiere not only in California but the country. We are advocates for Players helping them into college, obtaining scholarships for players and signing players to play pro baseball.
2016 will be no exception; The Force started signing players to pro baseball in January. If you want to have an Organization that will be an advocate for you and have your best interest in mind, play for the Force.
The Force is looking for College players including Seniors and Graduated Seniors to play for us this summer.
Force Capture SCCBL Regular Season Title
In their first year in the Southern California Collegiate Baseball League the San Diego Force earned a regular season championship. The Force finished league play with a 14-4-2 record, finishing just ahead of the Palm Springs Power who finished with a 14-6 record. Both ties on the record were games called due to darkness.
The Championship capped off a great regular season for the Force which won't end til Sunday when they take on the ATH Grizzlies in their last regular season game before heading to Wichita to play in the NBC World Series. The Force currently have a 36-6-2 record going into Sunday and hope to expand on that win total at Madison High School. First pitch will be at 1:00.
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Force Win National Baseball Congress Award
The National Baseball Congress has announced that the San Diego Force have been named the 2014 Sportsmanship Award winners. The award was given to the Force at the end of the 80th Annual NBC World Series. The Force video done on their trip to the Hospital Burn Unit was aired on the big screen during the Championship Game.
The San Diego Force's choice for custom baseball hats