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Long Ball Lifts Bombers Over Sentinels

June 28, 2017 – 12:30 AM

Alisha Alexander - Director of Baseball Operations

The Bombers sent three balls out of the park on Tuesday night as they defeated the Arroyo Seco Sentinels 11-5.

 

 

Scoring early and scoring often was the theme for the Bomber offense as they kicked off the game by scoring two runs.  Chris Palmer drew a leadoff walk to begin the game, putting a runner on as Jimmy Smith stepped to the plate and crushed his first of two homeruns on the night.  His shot to left field put the Bombers up 2-0.

 

Dallas Burk took the mound for the Bombers and struck out four through his first two innings.

 

The Bombers brought two more across in the top of the third.  Smith got things started with a one-out double and was brought in with an RBI single off the bat of Connor ShepherdAaron Meers followed up with an RBI single of his own to stretch the Bombers lead to 4-0.

 

The Sentinels fought back in the bottom of the fourth, scoring two runs to cut their deficit in half.

 

Answering back quickly, the Bombers scored three in the top of the fifth.  Joey Magro reached on an error by the Arroyo Seco shortstop, putting a runner on for Cody White.  White took an 0-1 pitch over the scoreboard in center field to put the Bombers up 6-2.  Brandon Cody drew a walk next and was knocked in with an RBI single from Eric Mendez, extending the lead to 7-2.

 

The scoring continued in the top of the sixth as Magro earned a free pass after being hit by a pitch.  Smith came to the plate again and crushed his second homerun of the game, sending a ball so far over the left field fence that it hit a building behind the field. 

 

Nolan Cannon threw a solid inning in relief, not allowing a hit.  A walk came around to score for the Sentinels, but any other threat of scoring was extinguished as Mendez caught a runner trying to steal second.

 

The top of the seventh was another two-run inning for the Bombers, their fourth of the night.  Meers and Mendez drew back-to-back walks and a single from Margo brought both in, putting the Bombers up 11-3.

 

James Goodwin and Drew Bjorn came on in relief in the seventh and eighth, respectively, and did not allow a hit.  Christian Beyer finished the game in the bottom of the ninth and allowed two runs as the Bombers hung on to win 11-5.

 

Smith led the offense with three extra-base hits and four RBI.  White had two extra-base hits and two RBI.

 

The Bombers continue SCCBL on Wednesday at they head to Cal Poly Pomona to take on the IV Bucs at 7:05 p.m.

Week 3 Update

June 26, 2017 – 10:00 PM

Alisha Alexander - Director of Baseball Operations

The Bombers had a week filled with SCCBL play as they split a two-game series with the IV Bucs to begin the week before dropping a three-game series, 2-1, to the Palm Springs Power.

 

Game one of the series against the Bucs started with a bang for the Bombers, as they struck for six runs in the first inning en route to an 8-3 win.

 

The Bucs turned the tables in game two of the series as they exploded for a five-run inning in their half of the eighth as the Bombers fell 8-5.

 

Pitching struggled in games one and three in the series in Palm Springs, the main offensive highlight coming off the bat of Connor Shepherd as his three-run shot in the fifth brought the Bombers within two at that point in the game.

 

The bright spot in Palm Springs for the Bombers was Cody White’s stellar outing on the mound in game two.  White shut down to potent Power offense, allowing just one earned run in his complete game performance.  He struck out nine batters while allowing just one free pass.  The Bombers held on to win the game 3-2.

 

Chris Palmer currently leads the team with 19 hits as he currently sits on a six-game hit streak.  He led the Bomber offense this week with eight hits.  Shepherd led the charge with seven RBI and Chris Sandberg did his part with five hits and three RBI.

 

Week four will be another week filled with league play as the Bombers take on the Sentinels, Bucs and Bulldogs all on the road.  They head to Pasadena to take on the Arroyo Seco Sentinels on Tuesday at 6:05 p.m.

Bombers Bounce Back Behind White’s Complete Game

June 24, 2017 – 11:00 PM

Alisha Alexander - Director of Baseball Operations

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - After a tough loss to the Palm Springs Power on Friday night, the Bombers came out on Saturday looking to redeem themselves, and they did so behind a stellar performance from starting pitcher Cody White.

 

 

 

 

The Power drew first blood in the bottom of the second off back-to-back base hits.

 

The Bombers answered back in the top half of the third inning as Chris Sandberg forced an error on a well-struck ball to start the inning.  After a groundball moved him over to second to put him in scoring position, Joey Magro came to the plate with two outs and tied the game with an RBI single to left field.

 

An unearned run put the Power back on top in the bottom of the third.

 

Chris Palmer led off the top of the fourth inning with a single to right field.  Jimmy Smith then beat out an infield single to put two on as Sandberg came to the plate with two outs.  Sandberg came up clutch, crushing a ball into left field to bring in both runners and put the Bombers up 3-2. 

 

White continued to shut down the Power bats, allowing just seven hits over the course of the game.  The Power attempted a comeback in the bottom of the ninth as they trailed by a run.  A leadoff base hit put a runner on, but he was thrown out on a fielder’s choice leaving a runner on first with one out.  White struck out the last two batters in the inning, including the league leader in home runs in Ryan Mota.

 

Palmer led the offense with two hits on the night, and Sandberg led with two RBIs, knocking in both the tying run and the go-ahead.

 

White threw the first complete game for the Bombers this summer, going all nine innings and striking out nine while allowing just one earned run and one walk.

 

The series with the Power concludes on Sunday night as the Bombers look to take the series.  First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. in Palm Springs, Calif.

Comeback Falls Short Against Bucs

June 21, 2017 – 11:40 PM

Alisha Alexander - Director of Baseball Operations

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - In a midweek SCCBL matchup, the Bombers fell to the IV Bucs by a score of 8-5.

 

 

The Bucs drew first blood, scoring a run off starter Anthony Villegas in the top of the first.

 

The Bombers quickly answered back, as Joey Magro reached on an error to start the home half of the inning.  Dallas Reed then reached on a fielder’s choice and Chris Palmer followed with a single to put two on.  Connor Shepherd continued his hot streak, knocking in both runners with a double to put the Bombers up 2-1.

 

The Bucs responded in the top of the second and tied the score at two before taking a 3-2 lead in the top of the fifth.

 

Eric Mendez did his part behind the plate, throwing out two would-be base stealers in the top of the sixth inning.

 

Palmer singled in the bottom of the sixth and eventually came around to score on a wild pitch to tie the game back up at three. 

 

The Bucs offense came alive in the top half of the eighth inning as Inland Valley put up a five spot to take a commanding 8-3 lead.  James Goodwin recorded two strikeouts in the inning.

 

Nolan Hoff sparked the Bombers’ attempt at a comeback in the bottom of the ninth, leading the inning off with a double to right field.  Ryon Knowles reached on an error in his pinch-hit at-bat, which brought in Hoff.  Knowles eventually came in to score on a wild pitch but the rally would end there as the comeback fell just a bit short.

 

Palmer led the Bomber offense, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored.  Shepherd had the only two RBIs of the night for the Bombers, as the other runs came around on wild pitches or as the result of errors.

 

The Bombers travel to Palm Springs, Calif. on Friday to begin a three-game series with the Palm Springs Power.  Game one of the series is slated for 7:05 p.m.

Six-Run First Inning Propels Bombers Past Bucs

June 20, 2017 – 11:00 PM

Alisha Alexander - Director of Baseball Operations

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The SoCal Bombers started the game off with a bang, striking for six runs in the top of the first en route to an 8-3 victory over the IV Bucs.

 

Jimmy Smith was the first Bomber to reach after getting hit by a pitch.  Connor Shepherd came to the plate next and reached on a fielder’s choice, and both he and Smith advanced on an error by the short stop.  Back-to-back singles from Cody White and Nolan Hoff brought in two runs before a double from Aaron Meers and a single from Chris Sandberg brought in two more.  Tanner Gilmore reached on an error, bringing in another run, and Collin Gairing added to the inning with an RBI single. 

 

Dallas Burk got the start on the mound for the Bombers and struck out two in his first inning to sit the Bucs down in order. 

 

The Bucs tried to chip away at the Bomber lead, striking for two runs, one each in the second and third inning.

 

Sergio Valenzuela took over in the bottom of the fourth and recorded two strikeouts without allowing a run in two innings on the mound.

 

Aaron Polley came in in the bottom of the sixth and struck out two in his two innings as well. 

 

The Bombers added some insurance runs in the top of the seventh as Ryon Knowles got a rally going with a single to left.  Dallas Reed followed up with a single of his own to put two on for Connor Shepherd who shot a two-out double to left center to knock in both runners and extend the lead to 8-2.

 

Nolan Cannon pitched a solid bottom of the eighth, striking out the side to get the Bombers out of a bases loaded jam.

 

The Bombers tried to add more on in the ninth as Nick Swizek singled up the middle, but he was left stranded.

 

The Bombers held the lead in the ninth to hang on to a 8-3 win.

 

The two game series with the Bucs continues on Wednesday.  The game will be played at Cal Poly Pomona at 6:05 p.m.

 

Two Week Update

June 20, 2017 – 12:30 PM

Alisha Alexander - Director of Baseball Operations

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Two weeks into the 2017 season, the Bombers sit at a record of 6-4 overall and 3-3 in league with one league game still waiting to be completed.

 

 

The bats have been hot from the start, as the Bombers have scored an impressive 96 runs, not including the 14 they have scored so far in the suspended game against the Sentinels.

 

Nolan Hoff currently leads the team with a .571 batting average while Aaron Meers leads the team in hits with 14.  Collin Gairing’s 11 RBIs lead the team.

 

Reliever Logan Frye holds a 1.29 ERA in his seven innings pitched to lead the Bombers in that category while he and Logan Grigsby each have 11 strikeouts.  The two combined for 12 strikeouts in game one of Saturday’s double-header against the San Diego Force.

 

The Bombers have a full slate of league action coming up this week as they take on the IV Bucs and the Palm Springs Power.  Tuesday and Wednesday they head to Pomona for a two-game series with the Bucs before heading to Palm Springs for a three-game set with the Power.

Bombers Pick Up a Win in Split with San Diego

June 17, 2017 – 11:45 PM

Alisha Alexander - Director of Baseball Operations

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The Bombers wrapped up a three-game series with the San Diego Force on Saturday with a double header in San Diego.  The Force took game one on a walk-off base hit after the Bombers stormed back to tie the game.  In game two, the Bomber bats came alive as they took down the Force 10-5.

 

Game One: Bombers – 5 Force – 6

 

The Force took a commanding 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.  Starter Logan Grigsby settled into a rhythm after the first inning as he would go on to strike out seven batters in his five innings of work.

 

The Bombers began to chip away at the Force lead in the top of the third with the help of a leadoff double from Daniel Moriel.  He came around to score when Aaron Meers reached on an error by the Force defense.

 

After the Force answered back with another run in the bottom of the third, the Bombers struck for two more in the top of the fourth.  Cody White got things started with a leadoff single to right and was lifted for a pinch runner in Nolan Hoff.  Jimmy Smith came to the plate next and ripped an RBI double to left to bring in Hoff.  Smith was then knocked in with an RBI single off the bat of Moriel, cutting the deficit to 5-3 in favor of the Force.

 

Logan Frye took over in the bottom of the sixth in relief of Grigsby and struck out the first two batters he faced in both the sixth and seventh. 

 

The leadoff batter did it again for the Bombers as Ryon Knowles singled to right to start the Bomber’s half of the seventh.  He successfully stole second and scored on a single off the bat of Hoff.  He then scored on a single from Smith to tie the game at five a piece. 

 

Frye continued to silence Force batters, striking out a total of five in his three and 2/3 innings of work.  A leadoff walk in the bottom of the ninth, though, would prove costly as it came around on a two-out base hit as the winning run.

 

Game Two: Bomers – 10 Force – 5

 

The Bombers came into game two of the twin bill looking to avenge their second straight loss of the season, and did so, getting on the board first.  Smith’s one-out double in the top of the first put a runner in scoring position for Connor Shepherd, who knocked a single into right to bring Smith in.

 

Dylan Simcik held the Force to just one run through his first four innings as the Bombers extended their lead in the third with the help of hits from Jerron Largusa and Knowles. 

 

In the top of the fourth, Chris Palmer legged out an infield single and Dallas Reed reached on a fielder’s choice.  Tanner Gilmore walked to load the bases as Largusa knocked in two with a long single to center.

 

The Force got two back in the bottom of the fourth but the Bombers quickly got those runs back in the top of the fifth.  Smith drew a leadoff walk and was knocked in as Shepherd doubled.  Shepherd then stole third and took home on an error by the catcher to put the Bombers up 6-3. 

 

Anthony Villegas threw a quick one, two, three inning in the bottom of the sixth to get the Bombers back into the dugout for the top of the seventh.  

 

Smith stayed hot as he singled to lead off the bottom of the seventh.  An RBI single from Chris Sandberg brought him in and he was moved over by a single from Hoff.  Reed singled to knock in Sandberg before Hoff scored on a wild pitch to extend the lead to 10-3.

 

Dallas Burk threw a solid seventh inning in relief, allowing just one base runner that was left stranded at third.

 

Andrew Miner came in to close out the game, striking out two in his inning of work.

 

The Bombers continue SCCBL play on Tuesday as they take on the Inland Valley Bucs at Cal Poly Pomona.  First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m.

Bombers Fall to Force in Opening Game of Series

June 16, 2017 – 10:00 PM

Alisha Alexander - Director of Baseball Operations

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - In game one of the three game series, the SoCal Bombers fell to the San Diego Force by a score of 8-3.

 

 

The Bombers drew first blood in the top of the first inning.  Aaron Meers ‘s two-out double to right put him in scoring position for Connor Shepherd who brought him in with a double to left, putting the Bombers up 1-0.

 

The Force answered with two runs in their half of the first to take a 2-1 lead.

 

Jimmy Smith singled to lead off the top of second in his first at bat with the Bombers this summer.  A fly ball from Jerron Largusa moved Smith to third before he scored on a groundout from Tanner Gilmore

 

With the score tied heading into the bottom of the second, the Force squeezed the go-ahead run across to take a 3-2 lead.

 

Bomber starter Cody White shut out the Force over the next two innings and didn’t allow a hit in the second, third and fourth.  The Force struck for three in the top of the fifth to extend their lead to 6-2.

 

Down 8-2 in the top of the eighth, Ryon Knowles singled with two outs to put a runner on for the Bombers.  An error by the Force short stop extended the inning and put Meers on base before a single from Shepherd knocked in Knowles to bring the score to 8-3.

 

Tyler Agajanian and Baron Phillips each threw a scoreless inning in relief but the damage was already done. 

 

Shepherd led the Bombers offensively going 3-for4 with two RBI.

 

The Bombers now sit at a 2-2 record in league play as they continue the series with the Force on Saturday with a double header starting at 11 a.m.

Bombers Ride the Waves for 20 Runs

June 14, 2017 – 10:20 PM

Alisha Alexander - Director of Baseball Operations

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The offense absolutely surged on Wednesday as the Bombers defeated the OC Waves 20-6 in seven innings.  The Bombers combined for 22 hits as a team.

 

 

The scoring started early as the Bombers struck for eight runs in the top of the first.  Joey Magro got things started with a double and took third on a passed ball.  Chris Sandberg then reached on an error, knocking in Magro.  Aaron Meers and Jerron Largusa hit back-to-back singles to load the bases for Collin Gairing who knocked in two with a single of his own.  The barrage of offense continued as Eric Mendez knocked in another run with an RBI single.  Jacob Felix walked to put a runner in scoring position for Ruben Rios whose single knocked in another.  He would later come in to score the eighth run of the inning.

 

The Waves got two back in the top of the second, but the Bombers quickly answered back with five more.

 

Meers led off the second inning with a walk followed by a single from Largusa.  Gairing knocked in the pair with a double.  Mendez then doubled and was knocked in by a single from Rios.  Nolan Hoff kept the inning going with an RBI double before Magro knocked him in with a single.

 

The Bombers continued to score often, putting up a three spot in the bottom of the third.  There were two hits in the inning, but all three runs scored on passed balls and wild pitches.

 

Anthony Villegas finished his outing in the top of the fourth.  He allowed four runs on five hits.

 

Tanner Gilmore led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a walk and would come aroud to score on a single from Hoff. He was knocked in by a big home run off the bat of Margo.  Meers followed this up with a big fly off the scoreboard in left field to put the Bombers up 20-4.

 

Christian Beyer took over in relief in the top of the fifth and gave up two runs.   Dylan Simcik threw a scoreless top of the sixth, allowing just one hit while striking out one.  Brenden Bergen came in in the top of the seventh and faced the minimum, striking out one. 

 

The top of the seventh was capped off by a diving play by Drew Bjorn at third to get the runner at first for the final out of the game.

 

Seven different Bombers recorded a multi-hit game in the slugfest.  Gairing led the team with four RBI and Largusa went 5-for-5.  Hoff and Meers each had four hits.  Both Meers and Margo were a triple shy of the cycle.

 

The Bombers look to keep the offense rolling as they head into a weekend series against the reigning SCCBL Champion San Diego Force.  The series begins on Friday in San Diego at 5 p.m.

Palmer's Four Hits Can’t Push Bombers Past Bulldogs

June 13, 2017 – 10:25 PM

Alisha Alexander - Director of Baseball Operations

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - It was a slugfest at La Sierra on Tuesday as the SoCal Bombers took on the Riverside Bulldogs.  The Bombers jumped out to an early 9-4 lead but the Bulldog offense would surge in the last three innings to come out with an 18-13 win.

 

 

Nolan Cannon had a solid start on the mound for the Bombers, going 3 2/3 while giving up three runs and striking out three.  Though the Bulldogs struck first, the Bombers quickly answered back.

 

Joey Magro led off the inning with a double and Dallas Reed was hit by a pitch, putting two on for Chris Sandberg.  Sandberg reached on an error by the short stop, knocking in Magro to tie the game at one.  Aaron Meers came to the plate next and sent a double into right field to bring in two more.  He later scored on a failed pick off by the Bulldog pitcher as the Bombers went up 4-1.

 

Riverside brought another run across in their half of the third and the Bombers answered back with three of their own.

 

Meers drew a one-out walk before Chris Palmer brought him in on an RBI double.  Everyone was safe on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Jerron Largusa and a two-out walk to Collin Gairing loaded the bases for Margo who doubled two bring in two more runs and extend the Bomber lead 7-2.

 

An opposite field home run from Cody White in the bottom of the fourth made it a 9-3 game in favor of the Bombers.

 

A three run top of the fifth gave the Bulldogs momentum heading into the later innings.  Reed knocked in Nolan Hoff in the home half of the fifth to help maintain the now small lead over the Bulldogs. 

 

After getting one in the top of the sixth, the Bulldog offense really exploded in the seventh and eighth innings as they scored four in each.

 

The Bombers tried to chip away at the 16-9 deficit in the bottom of the eighth.  White led off the inning with a walk but was thrown out at second as Ruben Rios reached on a fielder’s choice.  Palmer and Largusa hit back-to-back singled to load to bases for Hoff who knocked in a run with a single of his own.  Gairing followed up with a two-run double, and Magro an RBI groundout but the Bomers could not catch the Bulldogs.

 

Palmer led the offense with four hits including three doubles.

 

The Bombers take a break from SCCBL play on Wednesday as the take on the OC Waves at home at 4:05 p.m.  They return to league play this weekend as they take on the San Diego Force in San Diego on Friday and Saturday.

June 10, 2017 – 10:45 PM

Alisha Alexander - Director of Baseball Operations

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The SoCal Bombers faced a tough SoCal Catch team on Saturday and suffered their first loss by a final score of 14-3.

Though the Bombers had nine hits in the game, only one came with a runner in scoring position and six runners were left on base.
 
The highlight of the day came in the top of the second inning as Connor Shepherd led off the inning with a double to left field.  Aaron Meers came to the plate next and ripped a ball down the left field line for an RBI double, plating Shepherd for the Bombers' first run of the game.  Meers took third on a groundout by Jerron Largusa before diving head first safely into home on a close play on a wild pitch.
 
The third and final run scored by the Bombers came in the top of the fourth.  Cody White led off the inning with a single to right and a hit from Meers moved him to third.  A sacrifice fly from Largusa brought him in, but the Bomers trailed 11-3.
 
Brenden Bergen threw a sold three innings in relief, giving up just one run on three hits while striking out two.
 
Ryon Knowles, White, Shepherd and Meers all had two hits in the game.
 
The Bombers resume SCCBL play on Tuesday when they take on the RIverside Bulldogs at home at 4:05 p.m.

Bombers Strike for 11 in Win Over Sentinels

June 9, 2017 – 11:00 PM

Alisha Alexander - Director of Baseball Operations

 

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The SoCal Bombers came out strong in their third straight game against the Arroyo Seco Sentinel, scoring 11 runs.  Eight of those runs came in the first two innings as the Bombers took advantage of costly Sentinel mistakes.

 

Ryon Knowles wore a pitch in the top of the first inning and Chris Sandberg drew a walk next to put two on with one out.  Cody White came to the plate next and ripped an RBI double into right field.  Dallas Reed drew a walk to load the bases before Sandberg and White would both score on wild pitches.  An RBI groundout from Chris Palmer put the Bombers up 4-0.

 

Starter James Goodwin faced the minimum in the bottom of the first after inducing a ground-ball double play to end the inning quickly.

 

The Bombers picked up where they left off in the top of the second as Collin Gairing drew a leadoff walk to start the inning.  Joey Magro followed up with a double to put two in scoring position with no outs.  Back-to-back sacrifice flies from Knowles and Sandberg extended the Bomber lead to 6-0, before two wild pitches brought in two more runs. 

 

The Sentinels fought back in the bottom of the second to cut the lead to 8-3.

 

Logan Grigsby took over on the mound in the bottom of the third, striking out two during his first two innings of work. 

 

Reed led of the Bombers’ half of the fifth with a single to left field, putting a runner on for Connor Shepherd.  Shepherd crushed a ball into center for a double, and the throw coming in to home was off target and got by the Sentinel catcher.  Shepherd did not slow down as he came in to score on the error, going all the way around for a little league homerun.  The Bombers now led 10-3.

 

Grigsby continued to shut down the Arroyo offence through the seventh inning, finishing his night going five innings with no walks given up and three strikeouts.

 

Tyler Agajanian came on in relief in the bottom of the eighth and struck out a batter while allowing one run.  The Bombers got this run back in the top of the ninth thanks to hits from White and Palmer. 

 

Sergio Valenzuela came in to close out the game in the bottom of the ninth, getting a ground ball double play to end the game while facing the minimum. 

 

The Bombers picked up their second straight win and are still undefeated on the season.  With his strong outing, Grigsby picked up his first win of the season.

 

The Bombers head to Biola University in La Mirada to take on the Catch on Saturday in a non-league matchup at 5:05 p.m.

Largusa and Gairing Combine for Seven RBI in Bomber Victory

Alisha Alexander - Director of Baseball Operations

 

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - After Wednesday’s slugfest was called due to lack of light in the bottom of the eighth with the Bombers leading 14-11, the two teams picked up right where they left off offensively. 

 

The Bombers battled again with SCCBL opponent, the Arroyo Seco Sentinels, and pulled off a 9-5 win.

 

Baron Phillips got the start on the bump for the Bombers and started the game off with a strike out.  He was helped out in the inning by a diving catch from Jerron Largusa. He allowed one run in the top of the second inning but the Bombers quickly struck back.

 

Dallas Reed and Cody White led off the inning with back-to-back singles, setting the stage for Largusa to knock in his first run of the game as his double plated Reed.  Collin Gairing came to the plate next and crushed the first Bombers home run of the season with a three-run shot to left field, giving the Bombers a 4-1 lead.

 

The Sentinels struck for three more in the top of the third, but the threat was ended by an impressive relay as centerfielder Aaron Meers got the ball to White in the infield who then fired it home to coach/catcher Daniel Moriel to keep the go-ahead run from scoring.  Moriel then fired to second to get the runner trying to advance to complete a 8-3-2-6 double play.

 

Chris Palmer led off the bottom of the fourth with a double and would later score as Gairing grounded into a double play, giving the Bombers a 5-4 lead.

 

Logan Frye, who took over with two outs in the top of the fourth, walked the leadoff batter in the top of the fifth.  This runner would come in to score, though Frye recorded three strikeouts in the inning.

 

He sat the Sentinels down in order in the top of the sixth, and some impressive defense in the top of the seventh held the Arroyo offense as Largusa made another diving catch in the left field, this time laying out to his right.

 

Frye fanned five before Drew Bjorn came in in relief with one out in the top of the eight and got the Bombers out of a jam as he forced a ground-ball double play to end the inning.

 

The Bombers broke the 5-5 tie in the bottom of the eighth, scoring four runs all with two outs.  Dallas Reed notched a single then took second on a wild pitch before White did his part with the go-ahead RBI single.  Palmer followed up with a single of his own, putting two on with two outs.  Largusa came to the plate next and cranked a triple into the right field corner to bring in two more runs.  Gairing would cap-off the run scoring by beating out an infield single to bring in the Bombers’ ninth run, putting them up 9-5.

 

Nick Swizek came in to close the game in the top of the ninth and struck out two to sit the Sentinels down in order.

 

Largusa had a great day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with three RBI; two runs scored and was a home run shy of the cycle.  Palmer also recorded three hits.  Gairing led the team with four RBI in the game, including his three-run shot.

 

The Bombers travel to Pasadena on Friday as they face the Sentinels once again.  The game will be played at Brookside Park and first pitch is set for 6:05 p.m.

June 7th Game vs Arroyo Sentinels to be Resumed at Later Date

June 8, 2017 – 10:30 AM

Due to a lack of light, the June 7th game between the Bombers and Sentinels was called in the bottom of the eighth with the Bombers leading 14-11.  The game will be resumed at a later date.

Timely Hitting Pushes Bombers Past Jays

June 6, 2017 – 11:50 PM

 

Alisha Alexander - Director of Baseball Operations

 

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - After a win over the Bombers of the Musial League, the SoCal Bombers officially opened up their 2017 season with a victory over the Cal Jays.

 

Aaron Polley got the start on the bump for the Bombers, going three innings.  After sitting them down in order in the top of the first, the Jays scored one run in the top of the second to take a one-run lead.

 

Chris Sandberg led off the Bombers’ half of the second with a base hit to right field.  Brandon Johnson wore a pitch to put two on with one out before Dallas Reed loaded the bases with a single to left.  Jerron Largusa sent a sacrifice fly to right field to tie the game at one.  Collin Gairing’s two out single gave the Bombers a 2-1 lead after two innings.

 

The Jays struck for two more in the top of the third before scratching another one across off Bomber reliever, Nolan Cannon.  Cannon then worked around a leadoff walk in the top of the fifth, holding the deficit to just one. 

 

The Bombers rallied with two outs in the bottom of the fifth as Joey Magro reached on a two-out single.  Ryon Knowles reached on an error by the shortstop to put two on.  Aaron Meers came to the plate next and tripled to knock in both runs to tie up the game at 4-4.

 

Andrew Miner took over on the mound in the sixth and struck out two batters in his one inning of work.  Tyler Agajanian also worked a scoreless inning in the top of the seventh.

 

Dylan Simcik came in the top of the eighth and faced the minimum.

 

In the bottom of the inning, Nolan Hoff doubled with one out before taking third on passed ball.  This heads up base running allowed him to score on a groundout by Connor Shepherd to give the Bombers a 5-4 lead.  Sandberg singled in the inning before scoring on a passed ball, bringing the score to 6-4.

 

Simcik sat the Jays down in order again in the top of the ninth to seal the victory for the Bombers.

 

The Bombers open up SCCBL play on Wednesday as they take on the Arroyo Sentinel at home at 4:35 p.m. at La Sierra University.

Bombers Prepare for 2017 Season

May 30, 2017 – 05:00 PM

Alisha Alexander - Director of Baseball Operations

RIVERSIDE, Calif.- After a successful inaugural season in the SCCBL, the SoCal Bombers are ready to accomplish even more in 2017. 

Daniel Moriel (Iowa) will be at the helm for the Bombers this year and will be assisted by Rich Rios (St. Pius Matthias Academy).

Finishing the 2016 season with a 18-17 record, the Bombers bring back some big bats in Jimmy Smith (Central Washington) and Nolan Hoff (Morningside College).  Smith is coming off his junior season at Central Washington where he hit .286 on the season.  He tied for the team lead with seven homeruns and was second on the team with 35 RBI.  He was named an All-GNAC Honorable Mention selection.  Last summer with the Bombers Smith led the team with four homeruns and knocked in 19 runs.

Hoff was named to the All-Great Plains Athletic Conference First-Team as a second baseman for the Morningside College Mustangs in Iowa.  He hit .349 in his senior season and was third on the team with a .461 on-base percentage.  His 49 runs scored ranked second on the team and he logged 65 hits.  He hit .333 with the Bombers last season.

Also returning are catcher, Robert Mendez (Westmont), and pitcher/infielder, Tanner Gilmore (Hope College).

On the mound, the Bombers have four arms from last season in Dallas Burk (RCC), Brenden Bergen (La Verne), Logan Frye (La Verne) and Baron Phillips (Northwest Oklahoma State).

The Bombers open up their 2017 season on June 6th as they take on the California Jays at La Sierra University at 4:30 p.m.  They begin SCCBL play on June 7th in a home series against the Arroyo Sentinel.

Bombers 2017 Roster filling up

The SoCal Bombers have been busy the last few weeks signing players to the 2017 summer season. In the last week alone they have received commitments from Eric Mendez(Westmont), Joey Magro(Biola), Cody White(CSU Bakersfield), Dallas Reed(Pitt State, KS), and returning infielder Zak Felix(University of New Mexico).

Verbal commitments bring slew of arms

The Bombers recently added a slew of arms to there 2017 roster. Brenden Bergan(U of La Verne), Dallas Burk(Riverside City College), Nico Gonzalez(U of La Verne), and Baron Phillips(Northwest Oklahoma State University) have agreed to return for the 2017 summer season. Also agreeing to come play are Andrew Miner(Uncommitted), Cooper Gardner(Pitt State, KS), along with high school prospects Anthony Villegas(Uncommitted) and Christian Beyer(Uncommitted).

Janell Wheaton Joins Bombers as 2017 Intern

The Bombers hired their first intern of the 2017 season in Janell Wheaton.  Wheaton is a Sport Management student at the University of Florida where she plays softball.  She will assist the Director of Baseball Operations with media responsibilities as well as keeping statistics and helping with game day operations.

Meers signs with Bombers

Aaron Meers a freshman outfielder from Neosho CC in Kansas has agreed to play for the Bombers in 2017.

Begg to play infield for Bombers

Chris Begg from Avila State University has given his commitment to play for the Bombers in 2017.

Alisha Alexander officially named Director of Baseball Operations

Alisha officially will take over the reigns on all Media Relations and off the field responsibilities. Alisha was our intern last summer and this season has taken a role on the Executive Management team. We look forward to seeing her do what she loves to and also joke around with the team.