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    2017 SCCBL All Star and All SCCBL Infielder
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    SCCBL All Star and 1st Team SCCBL Catcher
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    SCCBL All Star and 2017 1st Team SCCBL Outfielder
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    2017 SCCBL 1st Team Pitcher
  • 2017 SCCBL ALL STARS
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    2017 SCCBL 1st Team Infielder
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    2017 SCCBL All Star and SCCBL 2nd Team Infielder
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News

Seven Bombers Named All-SCCBL

July 23, 2017 – 10:45 AM

Alisha Alexander - Director of Baseball Operations

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The SCCBL announced the selections for all-league on Sunday, with 32 players making up two teams.  Seven SoCal Bombers were named to the teams with four being named to First Team and three named to Second Team.

Chris Palmer, Jimmy Smith, Chris Sandberg and Cody White were all named First Team All-SCCBL, and Joey Magro, Conner Shepherd and Andrew Miner were named Second Team.

 

Palmer led the Bombers at the plate in the regular season with a .474 batting average, primarily in the leadoff spot.  He also led the team with a .535 on-base percentage and his 36 hits ranked second on the team. 

 

Smith gave the Bombers a lot of power at the plate, leading the team with five home runs this summer.  Of his 28 hits, more than half went for extra bases as Smith legged out nine doubles and a triple.  His .711 slugging percentage was the highest on the team.

 

Sandberg was a huge asset behind the plate this summer for the Bombers, catching nine runners attempting to steal during the regular season and then three in the first game of the SCCBL playoffs.  He recorded 24 hits, including two home runs, and knocked in 19 runs.

 

Leading the Bombers from the mound, White led the pitching staff with 26 strikeouts in his 27 innings pitched.  His 3.00 ERA was the best among Bomber starters and he did his part at the plate with three home runs and 14 RBI.  He was the only pitcher with a complete game win this year over the Palm Springs Power, handing them one of only three losses on the season.  He struck out a season-high nine batters in the game.

 

Magro was a consistent producer at the plate for the Bombers, leading the team with 39 hits in the regular season.  He had a .361 batting average and was second on the team with 21 RBI.  He was key defensively as well, seeing time all around the infield as well as the outfield.

 

Shepherd, who signed his letter of intent with TCU this summer, knocked in a team-leading 25 runs for the Bombers.  He logged 28 hits including 13 doubles and three home runs for a .588 slugging percentage.  Shepherd saw a lot of time at the infield corners as well as in the outfield and as a designated hitter.

 

Miner was a strong arm out of the bullpen for the Bombers this season, appearing in nine games with a total of 15 innings on the mound.  He led the team with a 1.80 ERA and logged 18 strikeouts.  Miner allowed just three runs all season.

 

2017 All-SCCBL Team

Name

Team

Pos.

School

FIRST TEAM

Ryan Mota

POWER

INF

Cal Baptist

Tanner Pinkston

Force

INF

Cal State Fullerton

Chris Palmer

Bombers

INF

Biola

Taylor Grace

POWER

INF

Michigan State

John Mauldin

POWER

OF

New Orleans

Jimmy Smith

Bombers

OF

Central Washington

Carl Schwettman

Force

OF

Palomar College

Chris Sandberg

Bombers

C

Mt. SAC

Skyler Hunter

POWER

UTL

Purdue

Cody Ducote

POWER

DH

New Orleans

Sawyer Gipson-Long

POWER

SP

Mercer

Jordan Dreilbelbis

POWER

SP

Harris-Stowe State

Cody White

Bombers

SP

Pittsburg State (KS)

Jacob Rebar

POWER

SP

Utah

Brad Moreno

Force

SP

N/A

Bryan Menendez

POWER

RP

UNLV

SECOND TEAM

Hayden Schilling

POWER

INF

UNM

Joey Magro

Bombers

INF

Biola

Blake Baumgartner

Force

INF

UCSD

Justin Wylie

POWER

INF

San Diego State

Jordan Hernandez

Bucs

OF

Undecided

Jordan Posivak

Sentinels

OF

Lafayette College

Billy Johnson

POWER

OF

York College

Byron Smith

Force

C

N/A

Conner Shepherd

Bombers

UTL

TCU

Aaron McCann

Bucs

DH

Point Loma

Sean Patton

Bucs

SP

Undecided

Hayden Pearce

Bucs

SP

CSUSB

Connor McCollum

Bulldogs

SP

Cypress College

Jason Waley

Sentinels

SP

Glendale CC

Dalton Shelberg

Force

SP

New Mexico State

Patrick Pena

Sentinels

P

ELAC

Andrew Miner

Bombers

RP

BYU

 


Bombers’ Season Comes to a Close with Loss to Force

July 19, 2017 – 08:25 PM

Alisha Alexander - Director of Baseball Operations

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The 2017 season came to an end for the SoCal Bombers on Wednesday as they fell to the San Diego Force in the SCCBL Playoffs.

The Force seemed to control the game from the beginning, scoring a run in the top of the first thanks to doubles from Blake Baumgartner and Tyler Plantier.  Force starter Dalton Shelberg held the Bombers hitless through the first four innings.

 

Logan Grigsby settled in over the next few innings, striking out four batters in his four and a third innings.

 

The Force continued to add on to their lead in the top of the fourth as a leadoff walk came around to score on an RBI single from Trevor Abrams.  In the top of the fifth, an RBI double followed by a massive two-run blast from Tanner Pinkston put the Force on top 5-0.

 

Joey Magro singled up the middle in the bottom of the fifth to give the Bombers their first hit of the game.  Daniel Moriel also singled to put two on, but both would be left stranded.

 

Dallas Burk came on in relief in the fifth, and shut down the Force in the top of the sixth and seventh before giving up a solo shot to Dan Hetzel in the top of the eighth.  Andrew Miner took over on the mound after Hetzel’s solo shot and struck out the first batter he faced before getting a popup to end the inning. 

 

The Bombers finally got on the board in the bottom of the eighth.  Jimmy Smith was hit by a pitch, his third free pass of the game after walking twice, to put a runner on for the Bombers.  An RBI single knocked him in.  Brandon Cody also singled in the inning but would be left on base.

 

Miner held the Force to one hit in the top of the ninth while striking out one.  Conner Shepherd did his part in the bottom of the ninth with a two-out double, but the Force shut down any chance at a comeback.  The Force advance to the SCCBL Championship Series with their 6-1 win over the Bombers.

 

The Bombers finish their 2017 campaign with a 20-12 record after finishing 20-10 in the regular season to finish second in the SCCBL standings.

 

All-league selections will be announced later this week, prior to the completion of the championship series in Palm Springs.


Force Score Late to Take Game One Over Bombers

July 18, 2017 – 11:50 PM

Alisha Alexander - Director of Baseball Operations

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - It was a hard fought battle on Tuesday afternoon as the SoCal Bombers traveled to San Diego to take on the Force in game one of the SCCBL Playoffs.  It was the Force, though, who came out on top by a score of 4-3.

Both starting pitchers threw a solid seven innings, each allowing three runs.  Cody White had a strong outing for the Bombers as the defense helped out behind him.  The Bombers did not make an error and Chris Sandberg kept the running game in check from behind the plate.  Sandberg threw out all three would-be base stealers.

 

The Bombers got on the board in the top of the first as Chris Palmer got things going with a leadoff double.  Joey Magro moved Palmer to third and an RBI single from Daniel Dominguez put the Bombers up 1-0.

 

A two-run shot from Force catcher, Byron Smith, gave San Diego a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third.

 

The Bombers looked to regain the lead in the top of the seventh as Jimmy Smith got things started with a single up the middle.  A double from Sandberg brought in Smith to tie the game at two.  Eric Mendez put the Bombers on top with a single to left center, knocking in Sandberg. 

 

A two-out, two RBI single from the Force’s Trevor Abrams in the bottom of the eighth gave the Force the push they needed to take a 4-3 lead.

 

With the Force taking game one of the three-game series, the Bombers have to win both games of a double header on Wednesday to keep their season alive.  The series shifts to La Sierra where game one is slated for 1 p.m.  If necessary, game two will being 30 minutes after the conclusion of game one.


Bombers Finish Regular Season at 20-10

July 16, 2017 – 12:40 PM

Alisha Alexander - Director of Baseball Operations

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The regular season concluded on Saturday night as the SoCal Bombers dropped their final SCCBL matchup to the Palm Springs Power.  The game was a back-and-forth battle until the Power bats exploded for a huge eighth inning.

It was the Power who struck first as a leadoff triple followed by an error put them up 1-0 in the bottom of the second.

 

Eric Mendez singled to begin the third inning and get the momentum going for the Bombers.  He was thrown out at second, but his team picked him up as Chris Palmer reached on a two out single.  Back-to-back RBI doubles from Joey Magro and Conner Shepherd put the Bombers on top 2-1.

 

The Power quickly answered back in the bottom half of the third, putting up a four spot to reclaim the lead.

 

Daniel Dominguez stayed hot for the Bombers with a leadoff single in the top of the fourth.  Jimmy Smith followed up with an RBI triple down the left field line and was knocked in by a groundout from Chris Sandberg.

 

Sergio Valenzuela took over on the mound for the starter, Dylan Simcik, in the bottom of the fourth and worked a quick, scoreless inning.

 

As the Bombers trailed 5-4, Palmer singled to leadoff the top of the fifth inning.  With two outs, Cody White came to the plate and tied the game with an RBI double as Palmer came around to score.

 

Palm Springs took advantage of a Bomber error in the bottom of the fifth and was able to grab a one-run lead.

 

The Bombers tied the game at six in the bottom of the sixth as Smith doubled and later scored on a single to left off the bat of Sandberg.

 

The back-and-forth battle continued in the bottom of the sixth as the Power took a 7-6 lead.  After allowing a run, Andrew Miner shut down the Power with a strikeout and a double play to get the Bombers out of a jam.  He worked a quick top of the seventh, sitting the Power down in order.

 

Smith recorded his third extra-base hit of the game with a leadoff double in the top of the eighth as took third on a pass ball.  A sacrifice fly from Sandberg brought Smith in to tie the game at seven, giving Sandberg his third RBI of the night.

 

The wheels seemed to come off for the Bombers in the bottom of the eighth, as the Power bats could not be silenced.  The 10 hit inning pushed Palm Springs past the Bombers as they went on to win 21-7.

 

The SoCal Bombers now turn their attention to playoffs as they locked up the #2 seed with their win over the Bucs on Thursday.  They head to San Diego to begin a best-of-three series with the Force on Tuesday before the series heads back home for game two and an if-necessary game three.


Bombers Overpowered by Palm Springs

July 15, 2017 – 12:00 PM

Alisha Alexander - Director of Baseball Operations

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The first game of the final series of the regular season finished in favor of the Palm Springs Power on Friday night as their potent offense could not be contained.  

It was the SoCal Bombers that struck first in the game, scratching a run across in the top of the first inning.  Joey Magro reached with a two-out single, and a double from Daniel Dominguez knocked him in as the Bombers drew first blood.

 

The Power answered back quickly, however, as they scored four in the home half of the first off of starter James Goodwin.  They added on in the second, extending their lead to 5-1.

  

Reliever Blake Zeleny quieted the Power bats over the next three innings.

 

The Bombers attempted to chip away at the Power lead in the top of the fourth as Daniel Moriel scored on an RBI single from Chris Palmer.

 

The league-leading Power offense did what it had done all season, exploding for another five runs in the bottom of the sixth.  Ryan Mota led the charge in the inning with a three-run shot to right, his twelfth of the season.

  

Chris Sandberg got the Bombers’ half of the seventh inning going with a hard hit single to left.  Magro followed up with a deep double off the center field wall to put both in scoring position.  Dominguez and Jimmy Smith each drove in a run, but the Bombers still trailed 10-4.

 

The unrelenting Power offense brought in another three in the bottom of the seventh to bring the score to 13-4.

  

Logan Frye and Adam Zellers each recorded a strikeout in the bottom of the eighth.

 

The Bombers conclude their regular season on Saturday night as they face the Power in Palm Springs again at 7 p.m.


Bombers’ Comeback Win Earns Them #2 Seed in Playoffs

July 14, 2017 – 12:30 AM

Alisha Alexander - Director of Baseball Operations

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The SoCal Bombers needed just one win heading into Thursday night’s game to earn them the #2 seed in the SCCBL playoffs, and with a huge come-from-behind win over the IV Bucs they did just that. 

The Bombers drew first blood in the final matchup of the regular season between the two teams.  Chris Palmer walked to begin the game and was knocked in by Daniel Dominguez

 

Starter Logan Grigsby had a solid outing on the mound, going six innings and allowing just two runs on two hits while striking out an impressive seven batters.  He had a lot of help from behind the plate in starting catcher, Chris Sandberg.  Sandberg threw out two would-be base stealers to bring his season total to eight.

 

The Bucs extended their lead in the bottom of the seventh, bringing in two runs to put them up 4-1.

 

Some defensive miscues by the Bucs gave the Bombers their opening in the top of the eighth inning.  Joey Magro got things started with a one out single before Dominguez drew a walk to put two on.  Sandberg then reached on an error by the left fielder to load the bases.  Daniel Moriel singled to bring in two to cut the deficit to 4-3.  Brandon Cody came to the plate with two outs and reached on an infield single.  Moriel never slowed when rounding third, catching the Bucs’ first baseman sleeping to score the go-ahead run.  Cody took second on a passed ball, and then scored all the way from second to put the Bombers up 6-4.

 

Sergio Valenzuela was handed the ball in the bottom of the eighth.  After allowing a leadoff single, he struck out the side to maintain the Bomber lead. 

 

The Bombers built upon their lead in the top of the ninth as Magro reached on a fielder’s choice.  Dominguez singled to put two on and Sandberg singled to left to bring in a run.  Moriel followed up with a single of his own, knocking in Dominguez to extend the lead to 9-4.

  

Cody White was called upon to close out the game for the Bombers, and he shut down the Bucs as he struck out two.

  

With the win, the Bombers improve to 20-8 on the season and clinch the #2 seed in playoffs.

 

The conclude the regular season with a trip to Palm Springs to take on the Palm Springs Power in a two game series beginning Friday night at 7 p.m.


Bombers Sail Past Bucs in Fourth-Straight Win

July 13, 2017 – 12:20 AM

Alisha Alexander - Director of Baseball Operations 

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The Bucs struck first in the game, but it was the Bombers who had the final say at the plate on Wednesday night in Pomona. 

 

 

 

 

Dallas Burk had a solid start on the mound for the Bombers, retiring the Bucs in order in the top of the first with the help of a double play turned by Ryon Knowles.  The Bucs scratched a run across in the top of the second, but the Bombers quickly answered back.

 

Conner Shepherd and Cody White led off the bottom of the second inning with back-to-back singles.  As Cody white stole second, the throw from the catcher got past the infield, allowing Shepherd to score and tie the game at one.

 

After another quick inning from Burk, the Bombers came into the bottom of the third looking to take the lead.  Joey Magro singled to right to get things started, and Knowles followed up with a single of his own as he moved Magro to third.  A groundout from Jimmy Smith proved to be a productive out as Magro scored to give the Bombers a 2-1 lead.

 

Daniel Dominguez reached on an error in the bottom of the fourth and a single from Aaron Meers knocked him in.  Eric Mendez hit a slow chopper in the infield, which forced an error that allowed Meers to score.

 

The scoring continued in the bottom of the fifth and Shepherd took first on a hit by pitch.  White then came to the plate and crushed an opposite-field home run to right to extend the lead to 6-1.

 

The Bucs pushed a run across in the top of the sixth, but Burk held them to just that run as he struck out two in the inning.

 

The Bombers got that run back in the bottom of the sixth as Chris Sandberg led off the inning with a single to left.  Meers followed with a single up the middle and Mendez moved both into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt.  A sacrifice fly from Magro brought in Sandberg to add to the lead.

 

Ryan Arambula took over on the mound in the top of the seventh and allowed just a run in his two innings of work.

 

Dominguez got the bottom of the eighth started with a triple to center before Sandberg singled to knock him in.  He then stole second and a single from Magro knocked him in to stretch the lead to 9-3.

 

Adam Zellers came on in relief in the top of the ninth and struck out two to end the game.

 

With the win, Burk improves to 2-1 on the season as he went six innings while allowing just three hits with three strikeouts.

 

Magro, White, Sandberg and Meers each had two hits in the game.

 

The Bombers wrap up the season series with the IV Bucs on Thursday at Cal Poly Pomona at 7 p.m.


Clutch Hits from Shepherd Push Bombers Past Bulldogs

July 11, 2017 – 10:30 PM

Alisha Alexander - Director of Baseball Operations

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - In the season finale with the Riverside Bulldogs, the SoCal Bombers fought a back and forth battle that ended with a 10-8 win in favor of the Bombers.

 

 

Things did not get off to a great start for the Bombers, as the Bulldogs put up a four spot in the top of the first inning.  Four-straight singles propelled the Bulldog offense before Jimmy Smith relayed the ball in to Chris Palmer who got the ball to Eric Mendez behind the plate to get a runner trying to score.

 

Starter Anthony Villegas settled in after this inning, not allowing another run through the next three innings.

 

The Bombers got a run back in the bottom of the first as Ryon Knowles came around to score on an error, cutting the lead to 4-1.

 

Things really got going for the Bombers in the bottom of the third as Palmer drew a leadoff walk.  Knowles doubled to put both in scoring position and Conner Shepherd came to the plate with one out.  The TCU commit came up clutch with a double to knock in both runners and bring the Bombers within one, and a single from Daniel Dominguez knocked in Shepherd to tie the game at four. 

 

Palmer gave the Bombers the lead in the bottom of the fourth as he scored on a passed ball.

 

The Bulldogs regained the lead in the top of the fifth as a two-run shot from Alex Rodriguez put them up 6-5.

 

Shepherd came in clutch yet again as he led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a solo shot to right to tie the game at six.

 

Another two-run home run off James Goodwin in the top of the sixth put the Bulldogs in front 8-6, but the Bomber bats quickly retaliated.

 

Mendez led off the inning with a single to left and was able to advance on an error by the left fielder.  Knowles then reached on an error by the pitcher, putting two on with two outs from Smith.  The Bombers’ leaders in home runs added to his total as he crushed a ball to dead center to give the Bombers a 9-8 lead. 

 

They added onto this lead in the bottom of the seventh as Dominguez stretched a routine single into a double to start off the inning.  He was lifted for a pinch runner in Brandon CodyJoey Magro knocked him in with a single to left to extend the lead to 10-8.

 

Blake Zeleny took over on the mound in the top of the seventh and through two scoreless innings including two strikeouts. 

 

Dylan Simcik came on in the top of the ninth to close out the game and earned the save as the Bombers locked up the 10-8 victory.

 

The Bombers head to Pomona on Wednesday to take on the IV Bucs in a two game series.  Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Cal Poly Pomona.


Smith Goes Deep in Derby and Game at 2017 SCCBL All-Star Game

July 9, 2017 – 01:00 PM

Alisha Alexander - Director of Baseball Operations

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The 2017 SCCBL All-Star Game proved to be a fun night under the lights in Palm Springs.  Six Bombers took the field as they teamed up with players from the Palm Springs Power and the Riverside Bulldogs to form the East Team, taking on opponents from the San Diego Force, Inland Valley Bucs and Arroyo Seco Sentinels as the West Team.

 

 

Festivities began with the Home Run Derby with Jimmy Smith representing the Bombers.  Chris Sandberg threw to Smith in the contest where he took third behind the Power’s Ryan Mota and San Diego Force’s Tanner Pinkston.  Mota ran away with the title after hitting 15 home runs.

 

Two Bombers started in the game with Smith in right and Sandberg behind the plate.

 

Andrew Miner took over on the mound in the top of the second and allowed just one hit.  Smith helped him out as he tracked a ball into deep right to record an out.

 

Logan Fyre came in to pitch in the top of the fourth and struck out a batter.

 

Sandberg squared up a few balls, including a hard line out to third in his first at bat and a well hit fly-out to left in his at bat in the bottom of the sixth.

 

Aaron Meers walked in his first plate appearance of the night in the bottom of the seventh, but would be left on base.

 

Anthony Villegas got his turn on the mound in the top of the eighth.  A leadoff single was quickly erased as Meers fired a laser to second from the left field corner, catching the runner trying to stretch a single into a double.  Villegas closed out the scoreless inning with a strikeout.

 

With the East trailing the West 9-5 in the bottom of the ninth, Smith came to the plate with two on and crushed a no-doubter over the left field fence to bring the East back within a run.  The West would hang on to win 9-8.

 

The Bombers now have a couple days to rest before they jump back into SCCBL play.  The Bulldogs come to town to take on the Bombers for the final time in the regular season on Tuesday at 4:05 p.m. at La Sierra.


Bombers Pick Up a Win Heading into the All-Star Break

July 7, 2017 – 08:35 PM

Alisha Alexander - Director of Baseball Operations

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The Bombers took on a young Imperial Valley Rise today in a non-conference matchup and came away with a 16-3 win.  The game saw a lot of offense as the Bombers recorded 17 hits.

 

 

Tyler Agajanian started on the mound for the Bombers, throwing two scoreless innings in his outing.

 

The Bombers drew first blood in the bottom of the second inning.  Sam Medina homered with one out in the inning to get things started.  Kevin Rodriguez then reached on a fielder’s choice and moved into scoring position by stealing second.  Brandon Cody brought him in with a double and was then knocked in by a single from Chris Palmer.

 

Palmer then took the mound in the top of the third and sat the Rise down in order, striking out the last two batters.

 

The offense continued strongly in the bottom of the third as Joey Magro led off with a single.  He was knocked in by a double from Aaron MeersEric Mendez drew a walk to put two on with two outs for Medina as he came up and tripled to bring in both runs and put the Bombers up 6-0.

 

The IV Rise scratched a run across in the top of the fourth, but this was quickly erased as the Bombers answered back with six in their half of the fourth.

 

Cody led off with a triple and a big fly from Jimmy Smith extended the lead to 8-1.  Back-to-back walks to Magro and Meers put two on as Chris Sandberg doubled to bring in one.  Medina singled to knock in Meers and a two-out single from Jacob Felix brought in Medina.  The Bombers led 12-1 after four innings.

 

The Rise attempted to chip away in the top of the sixth as they brought in two more runs.

 

The Bombers again answered back with runs of their own, scoring three in the bottom of the sixth.  Meers got things started with a single and a double from Mendez knocked him in.  Medina came to the plate next and crushed his second home run of the game, this time a two-run shot to extend the lead to 15-3.

 

James Goodwin pitched two innings in relief, taking the mound for the Bombers in the sixth and seventh innings.  He struck out three and did not allow a run.

 

Cody led off the bottom of the seventh with his second triple of the game and was knocked in with a single from Daniel Sandoval to extend the lead to 16-3.

 

Medina led the offense going 4-for-5 with a single, triple and two home runs with six RBI.  Cody also had a big day at the plate as he went 3-for-4 with a double and two triples.  Smith’s home run put him in sole possession of the team lead in home runs with four on the season.

 

The Bombers have a few days off as they head into the All-Star Break over the weekend.  Meers, Magro, Conner Shepherd, Smith, Sandberg, Andrew Miner, Anthony Villegas, and Logan Frye will represent the Bombers on Saturday at the game.

 

They return to SCCBL play on Tuesday as the take on the Riverside Bulldogs at La Sierra at 4:05 p.m.


Bombers Well Represented in 2017 SCCBL All-Star Game

July 7, 2017 – 10:15 AM

Alisha Alexander - Director of Baseball Operations

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The SoCal Bombers will be sending eight representatives to the 2017 SCCBL All-Star Game in Palm Springs on Saturday, July 8th.

 

 

 

 

Aaron Meers, Joey Magro, Conner Shepherd, Jimmy Smith, Chris Sandberg, Andrew Miner, Anthony Villegas and Logan Frye will represent the Bombers, with Smith participating in the Home Run Derby prior to the game.

 

Meers is a freshman outfielder out of Neosho Community College in Kansas.  He is currently tied for the team-lead in home runs with Smith at three a piece.  He is one of the top offensive producers with 21 hits and 17 RBI.  He is one of five Bombers with a triple this summer.  His 15 RBI rank second on the team.

 

Magro, a junior at Biola University, has logged 27 hits hits this summer.  He lead sto the team 40 total bases and also has 17 RBI as well as being extremely versatile in the field.  Magro has seen time at first, second, third and the outfield.  He has racked up two home runs and a .323 batting average.

 

Shepherd comes to the Bombers from Mt. SAC and leads the team with 19 RBI.  Of his 23 hits this year, 11 have been doubles, which is a team best.  Shepherd is another versatile asset on the field as he has seen time at both corner positions as well as the outfield and as a DH.

 

A senior at Central Washington University, Smith will be representing the Bombers’ representative in the Home Run Derby.  He is tied for the team-lead in home runs with three so far this year.  He leads the team with a .717 slugging percentage and 1.173 OPS.  His power at the plate has been on display throughout the season, including a game in Pasadena where Smith hit a ball off a nearby building a few feet past the left field fence.  He will be an exciting player to watch in the derby this year.

 

The Bombers’ wall behind the plate, Sandberg will also be representing the team in Palm Springs.  The sophomore out of Mt. SAC has caught five runners attempting to steal this season.  Sandberg is just as good at the plate as he is behind the plate, as he is tied for second in home runs with two, and RBI with 15.

 

Miner leads the pitching staff with a 1.64 ERA, allowing just two earned runs in 11 innings on the mound.  He has 14 strikeouts on the season and has allowed just six hits.

 

Villegas has struck out 11 so far this season in his 18.1 innings for the Bombers.  He sits at a 2-0 record so far this summer.

 

Frye, a sophomore out of the University of La Verne, leads the team in strikeouts with 18.  He has achieved this in just 11 innings in relief.

 

The game will take place on Saturday at Palm Springs Stadium, home of the Palm Springs Power.  The Home Run Derby is set to start at 6 p.m. with a pregame ceremony starting at approximately 7:15 p.m.  The game is set to start at 7:30 p.m. 


Bombers Split Twin Bill with Force

July 6, 2017 – 10:45 PM

Alisha Alexander - Director of Baseball Operations

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - In the last matchup of the regular season, the SoCal Bombers split a double header with the San Diego Force after dropping game one 11-4 before winning game two 6-5.

 

 

Game One: Bombers – 4 SD Force – 11

 

The Force got things started quickly in their half of the first inning as leadoff man Carl Schwettman went deep to start off the game.  They kept the offense going in the top of the second, striking for three more on four singles.

 

The Bombers answered back in the bottom of the second as Conner Shepherd led off with a single to right.  He came around to score from first on an RBI double from Daniel Moriel as the Bombers cut the deficit to 4-2.

 

Starter Dallas Burk settled in over the next few innings for the Bombers, as he struck out the side in both the third and fourth innings.

 

The Force had a big inning in the top of the seventh, putting up a five spot to increase their lead to 9-2.

 

The Bombers attempted to chip away at the lead in the bottom of the seventh as Sam Medina was hit by a pitch and Aaron Meers drew a walk to put the first two runners on.  Joey Magro singled to load the bases before Eric Mendez singled to knock in a run.  Jimmy Smith walked with the bases loaded to bring in another run, but that was all the Bombers could muster.

 

Game Two: Bombers – 6 SD Force – 5

 

The Force was, again, the team to strike first in game two of the double header.  The first run came across in the top of the second but Cody White held the Force to just this one run in his three innings of work.  He racked up four strikeouts in his outing.

 

The Bombers answered back in the bottom of the third, beginning with Meers reaching on an error on a hard hit ball to second.  Sam Medina singled next before Magro doubled to bring in both runners and put the Bombers up 2-1.  Ryon Knowles singled to move Magro into scoring position.  Back-to-back RBI hits from Smith and Shepherd extended the lead to 4-1.

 

San Diego scored two more in the top of the fifth off reliever Logan Frye who was then replaced with Dylan Simcik who shut down the Force over the next few innings.

 

Leading 4-3, the Bombers looked to add to their lead in the bottom of the sixth as Smith led off the inning with a double to left.  He took third on a passed ball and a sacrifice fly from White brought him in to score.

 

The Force rallied back in their half of the eighth inning and Simcik turned the ball over to Andrew Miner.  Simcik finished his day with five strikeouts in three and a third innings pitched.

 

With the score tied at five a piece in the bottom of the eighth, Knowles reached after being hit by a pitch to lead off for the Bombers.  Smith came to the plate next and forced an error by the shortstop, allowing Knowles to score the go-ahead run.

 

Miner went back out to the mound to close out the game in the top of the ninth, striking out the last two batters to seal the victory for the Bombers.

 

The Bombers take a break from SCCBL play on Friday as they play a non-conference game against the Imperial Valley Rise at home.  The game will be played at La Sierra at 1:00 p.m.


Bombers Complete Season Sweep of Sentinels

July 5, 2017

Alisha Alexander - Director of Baseball Operations

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - After the conclusion of the of the suspended game from June 6th, which the Bombers won 14-11, the Bombers took the final game of the regular season against the Arroyo Seco Sentinels by a score of 6-2.

 

 

 

 

The Sentinels struck first with a run in the bottom of the first inning off Bombers starter, Sergio Valenzuela.  They struck again in the bottom of the second with an unearned run but Valenzuela was able to shut them down over his next three innings.  He would go on to earn the win as the Bombers took the lead in the top of the sixth inning.

 

Their first run came across in the top of the fifth as Chris Palmer reached after getting hit by a pitch to lead off the inning.  A base hit from Ryon Knowles, his third of the game, moved Palmer into scoring position.  Sentinel pitching loaded the bases with one out before Cody White walked to bring in a run.

 

The top of the sixth got off to a hot start for the Bombers as Brandon Cody led off with a double to deep center field.  Eric Mendez drew a walk to put runners on first and second.  Sam Medina, fresh off an impressive diving catch in center, laid down a successful sacrifice bunt to move both runners over.  Knowles stayed hot at the plate and singled to knock in both the tying and go-ahead run.  With two outs and a runner on, Conner Shepherd crushed a ball to the roof of a nearby building past the right field to extend the lead to 5-2.

 

Ryan Arambula came on in relief in the bottom of the sixth and recorded three strikeouts in his two and a third innings. 

 

The Bombers continued to stay hot at the plate in the top of the seventh as three consecutive singles from Cody, Chris Sandberg and Medina brought in another run.

 

Logan Grigsby took over on the mound in the bottom of the ninth and struck out the side, all of them looking.

 

Knowles led the way offensively, going 4-for-5 with two RBI and a stolen base. Cody was the other Bomber with a multi-hit game as he went 2-for-4.

 

The Bombers take on the San Diego Force tomorrow in a double-header to be played at the Soboba Indian Reservation.  Game one is slated for 1 p.m.


Bombers Sweep Bulldogs to Go 5-0 on the Week

July 1, 2017 – 11:45 PM

Alisha Alexander - Director of Baseball Operations

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The Bombers wrapped up their week with a series sweep over the Riverside Bulldogs with a 17-13 win on Saturday.  The team scored a total of 59 in five games, going a perfect 5-0 to improve to a 13-7 record overall.

 

A four-run inning is what got things started for the Bombers in the top of the first.  Jerron Largusa led off with a ground-rule double to left and came around to score on an error that allowed Chris Sandberg to reach third.  Aaron Meers drew a walk to put two runners on before Joey Magro brought both in with a three-run home run to left, his second big fly of the season.

 

The Bulldogs were able to scratch one run across in the bottom of the first, but Logan Grigsby shut them down the next two innings.

 

Meers got the offense going in the top of the third by legging out an infield single. He then stole second and third and then scored on an error by the catcher.  Magro drew a walk next and was knocked in by a single from Daniel Moriel.

 

The scoring continued in the top of the fourth as Ryon Knowles sent a flare into right for a single.  Sandberg came to the plate next and sent a ball over the fence in center for his second home run in as many games.  His two-run shot put the Bombers up 8-1.

 

The Bulldogs chipped away at the lead, adding one more in the bottom of the fourth before Grigsby struck out two to end the inning.

 

Reed drove in Eric Mendez with an RBI single in the top of the fifth, and Largusa followed up with an RBI single of his own.  Back-to-back RBI doubles from Knowles and Sandberg further extended the lead for the Bombers.

 

The top of the sixth followed the same pattern as Moriel and Reed both reached on base hits.  A sacrifice fly from Largusa brought Moriel in before Knowles knocked in Reed with a single.  Three-straight RBI doubles from Sandberg, Conner Shepherd and Meers brought in three more as the Bombers took a commanding 17-4 lead.

 

The Bulldogs tried to mount a comeback in the last few innings but the Bombers were able to hang on to win 17-13.

 

Sandberg had another big day at the plate, going 4-6 with two doubles, a triple and a home run.  He also added four RBI. 

 

The Bombers take the holiday weekend off to rest up for the challenging week ahead.  They jump right back in to SCCBL play as they head to Pasadena for their final game with the Arroyo Seco Sentinels on Wednesday afternoon.


Three Bombers Homer in Fourth-Straight Win

June 30, 2017 – 10:30 PM

Alisha Alexander - Director of Baseball Operations

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The offense kept rolling for the SoCal Bombers on Thursday as they defeated the Riverside Bulldogs 15-3 to earn their fourth win in a row.

 

Jimmy Smith got things started early as he led the game off with a double off the top of the fence in left field.  Ryon Knowles drew a walk to put two runners on as Connor Shepherd laced a double into left center to clear the bases.  A sacrifice fly from Joey Magro brought in Shepherd to give the Bombers a three-run lead.

 

Cody White started on the mound for the Bombers and struck out two Bulldogs in the bottom of the first inning.  The only blemish on his day came in the bottom of the second as two errors allowed two unearned runs to score.  He finished his day going four innings while striking out three and allowing just two hits.

 

The Bulldogs kept the Bomber bats silent for two innings, but things got hot again in the top of the fourth.  A two-out rally was sparked as Aaron Meers drew a walk.  Dallas Reed followed with a single and both runners were brought in by an RBI single from Smith.  Knowles drew a walk to put two on again, this time for Chris Sandberg who blasted his first homerun of the season over the fence in right field.  His three-run shot put the Bombers up 8-2.

 

The long ball became the trend as Meers sent a two-run bomb to right center for his second homerun in as many days.

 

Shepherd added another RBI to his day with a single in the top of the sixth to bring in Knowles.  A sacrifice fly off the bat of Jerron Largusa knocked in Sandberg to add to the commanding 12-2 lead. 

 

James Goodwin took over on the mound in the bottom of the fifth and pitched two innings without allowing a run.  He struck out four, including three in the bottom of the sixth.

 

Knowles and Sandberg each added RBIs in the top of the seventh, and the scoring was capped by a solo shot off the scoreboard in left center by Largusa in the top of the eighth. 

 

The three-game series with the Riverside Bulldogs concludes on Saturday as the Bombers look to sweep.  The game will be at Corona High School at 4 p.m.


Offense Explosion Earns Bombers Third Straight Win

Alisha Alexander - Director of Baseball Operations

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The SoCal Bombers bats were on fire on Thursday afternoon as they defeated the Riverside Bulldogs 14-4.

 

 

 

 

The scoring started early in the top of the first inning as Ryon Knowles got things started with a single to left.  He stole second and a ground-rule double to right off the bat of Connor Shepherd brought him in as the first run of the game.  An RBI single up the middle from Cody White put the Bombers up 2-0.

 

Anthony Villegas got the start on the bump for the Bombers and threw five strong innings to earn the victory.  The Bulldogs struck for a run in the bottom of the second, but Villegas struck out the side to end any further threats in the inning.

 

The Bombers continued their offensive attack in the fourth inning as Jerron Largusa led off the inning with a single.  He stole second, putting himself in scoring position to score on an RBI groundout from Eric Mendez

 

The bats really exploded in the top half of the fifth inning as the Bombers batted around.  Chris Palmer led off the inning with a double to right and scored on a single from Knowles.  Another ground-rule double from Shepherd put both runners in scoring position before a sacrifice fly from White brought in Knowles.  Largusa then doubled to knock in a run and Brandon Cody brought him in with a single to right.  Mendez kept things rolling with a single and Joey Magro and Palmer each followed up with RBI singles.

 

The barrage of hits continued into the top of the sixth with Shepherd’s leadoff single.  Aaron Meers came in to pinch hit and crushed a ball to dead center field for a two-run homerun to extend the lead to 11-1.

 

Logan Frye came on in relief in the bottom of the sixth and struck out all three batters he faced to add to his team-leading total of 17.

 

Jimmy Smith started the top of the seventh off with a big solo shot to left field.  Largusa reached on a two-out single before Cody sent a two-run shot to right center to stretch the lead to 14-1.

 

The Bombers finished the game with a 14-4 win, their third straight victory.

 

Palmer, Shepherd and Largusa each had three hits and Cody led the team with three RBI.

 

The three-game series with the Riverside Bulldogs continues Friday at Corona High School at 4 p.m.


Bombers Get a Win in Extra Innings

Alisha Alexander - Director of Baseball Operations

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - It was a pitchers’ duel under the lights in Pomona, Calif. on Wednesday night as the SoCal Bombers took on the IV Bucs.

 

 

Despite both teams’ efforts to push runs across, the game remained scoreless until the top of the seventh inning.

 

Andrew Miner had the start on the mound for the Bombers, going five strong innings.  He struck out three and did not allow a run on just three hits. 

 

The Bombers left a runner stranded in five of the first six innings, but were finally able to capitalize in the seventh as Cody White started the inning off with a single to left.  A sacrifice bunt from Chris Sandberg moved him into scoring position and the run was brought in thanks to an RBI single off the bat of Chris Palmer, his third hit of the game. 

 

The Bucs tied things up in the bottom of the eighth on a passed ball and the game headed into the ninth inning.

 

Sergio Valenzuela took over on the mound in the bottom of the ninth and sat the Bucs down in order including two strikeouts.

 

Ryon Knowles led off the top of the 10th with a base hit to right and he was moved into scoring position with a groundout from Jimmy Smith.   An error forced by Connor Shepherd brought in Knowles to put the Bombers up 2-1.

 

Valenzuela took to the mound again in the bottom of the 10th and retired the Bucs in order to seal the victory for the Bombers.

 

The Bombers keep rolling through SCCBL play as the take on the Riverside Bulldogs on Thursday at 4 p.m. at Santiago High School in Corona, Calif.


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.

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