Byrd, Force Send Plaza Tire Capahas Packing
Eight innings, five hits and zero earned runs. Those were the numbers for Adam Byrd as the left-hander completely dominated Plaza Tire in a loser-out game on Friday at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. The only thing hotter than the turf was Byrd who completely kept the Capahas players off-balance and stayed ahead in most counts. His performance continues a very strong three games for the Force pitching staff who have allowed just five earned runs over the course of the World Series. That's right...only five earned runs over 32 innings of work against some of the best hitters in the country.
Despite the domination of Byrd on the mound, the Force found themselves down two runs in the game as they gave up two unearned runs in the fourth inning. With two outs, two fielding errors and a walk led to two runs for Plaza Tire. Going into the sixth it was still 2-0 as the Force were struggling to get batters home. The sixth inning changed all that as the Force got hot scoring four runs on five hits with two outs. David Whiteside got things rolling with a one out base hit and Chris "Mr. Force" Moody followed with a single of his own. After a fly ball that led to the second out, Devon "DK" King smoked a double to left field to score two runs and tie it up. The Force were not done as Sean Walters drilled a double of his own to score King and give the Force a 3-2 lead. Alex Scheiwe then singled up the middle to tack on another run scoring Walters. 4-2 Force.
In the seventh, the Force added an insurance run as Tyler Nordgren hammered a ball over the left field fence for a solo home run and iced the ballgame for the Force. Bobby Orozco came on in the ninth to earn the save and the Force live to see another day. That day will be Sunday when the Force will take on the winner of tomorrow's matchup between the Omaha Strike Zone and the Nevada Griffons. Game time has not been listed yet.
Force Gain Ground in Standings; All Star Game Tonight
A 5-4 win last night in Barona against Team San Diego gave the Force some space atop the WBA Southern Division standings. Team San Diego came into the game a couple games within first place, but left with loss to leave the Force all alone on top of the league.
It didn't start well for the Force as Team San Diego put two runs across in the first inning without a ball leaving the infield. Force starting pitcher, Bobby Orozco, threw a great inning but an error and three infield hits led to the two runs and an early lead for Team San Diego.
The Force battled back in the second inning, scoring two themselves to tie it up. Tim Williams drilled a double off the right-field wall to score one and Dillon Everett singled in Williams to tie it up at two.
In the fourth the Force put up two more runs and then scored another in the sixth. Becker Sankey got his second RBI on the day with a basehit. Orozco ended up throwing six innings on the night giving up two unearned runs and striking out three in a solid performance before giving way to Adam Bileckyj. Bileckyj is a new pickup, but old Force member. He played for the Force in it's first season in 2008. Since leaving the Force Bileckyj has played for Cal State San Marcos, and was drafted and signed last season by the St. Louis Cardinals. Bileckyj is looking to work on some things, and get back to professional baseball soon. In his 2.1 innings of work the left-hander struck out five batters. Adam Byrd came on in the 9th to get his first save of the year and move the Force to 12-1 in WBA play.
In other news, the second annual North/South WBA All-Star Game is tonight at Banning Field in Long Beach at 6:30. The South won the game last year, and this year the Force will be managing the game due to their 2011 Championship. Several Force players will be in the game, and the game will be broadcasted on the Force UStream feed.
Force Make It to the Sweet 16
In college basketball you know you have had a successful season when you get to the "Sweet 16" and that is exactly what the Force have done this year. The Force have made it into the top 16 in the Nation at the NBC World Series. Tomorrow they will take on the Nevada Griffons at 8:00 AM, Kansas time. If the Force can win that game, and win again on Monday they will have made it into the "Super 6" and will be guaranteed a spot back in the World Series in 2013. Please tune into the game early tomorrow on ustream, and see the updates on Facebook.
Force Mentioned in National Rankings
The summer national rankings have come out and your San Diego Force have been mentioned as one of the top teams in the nation. The San Diego Force are ranked #5 in California behind the SLO Blues (5th in nation), Santa Barbara Forresters (20th in nation, and defending national champions), Humboldt Colts and Palm Springs Power. The Force also received national votes to be in the top 25.
The Force split a two-game series with the #2 Forresters earlier in the year, and will take on the Palm Springs Power next weekend in Palm Springs. A couple wins in the desert may vault the Force to the national rankings.
Force Back to Winning Ways
The San Diego are back to their winning ways as they pushed past the Poway Sklz 4-1 on a Thursday "get away" day. The win improves the Force to a league leading 9-1 record in WBA Southern Division play. After the win, the Force headed out of town to hot Palm Springs to take on the Palm Springs Power in a two-game set on Friday and Saturday, before returning home to play a league doubleheader on Sunday at Barona.
Thursday was a game dominated on the mound by Force pitching. Adam Byrd threw 7 1/3 innings of great baseball allowing only one run and six hits on the night. Sean Rowan came on to relieve Byrd in the eighth and got out of a tight situation to go the rest of the game and earn his first save of 2012.
Colby Everett led the charge offensively going 2-3 with a triple, an RBI and a run scored. Chris Moody added an RBI double, and David Whiteside collected two RBI on the evening. The Force were also fast on the basepaths as six different players stole bases, including an unusual one by "Mr. Force" Moody who stole third and slid into the bag with some sort of a double knee, praying in the pew, type of slide. Needless to say, "Mr. Force" had to come out of the game a little early after that athletic display, but should be good to go for this weekend's games.
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4th League Championship in 5 Years!!!
Today - The San Diego Force won their 4th League Championship in five years!!!
Congratulations to the players, coaches, and loyal fans. Next stop is the WBA Championship game on Friday, July 29, 2012.
The team will then be off to Wichita, Kansas in to play in the 78th NBC World Series – July 28 through August 11.
Team Manager, Brian Basteyns and General Manager, Michael King getting the traditional ice bath from Mr. Force – Chris Moody and Becker Sankey.
Ackerlund's Extra Innings Bomb Leads Force Past Waves
The Force and Waves had another epic battle on Wednesday night as both team were preparing for Wichita and playing their last WBA South game of the year. The Force were playing to end their league record at 22-2 after dropping a 2-1 game the previous night to the Stars. The Waves weren't playing for much as they had already locked up second place in league behind the Force. For a game that didn't mean much, it turned out to be a great one that went 11 innings and over three hours.
The Force struck first as they put two on the board early in Escondido in the first inning. Dillon Everett led off the game with a hit, and Alex Scheiwe reached base and moved Everett to second on a pitcher error. Tim Williams did what he has been doing all season and get a two out, two-run single to score both Everett and Scheiwe who moved to second and third on a Colby Everett sacrifice bunt.
The Waves came back in their half of the first to cut the lead in half by scoring a run on two hits off Force starter Adam Bileckyj. Bileckyj settled down and pitched a great game for the Force going six strong innings and allowing only one earned run while striking out seven Waves. Dillon Everett added to the Force lead by leading off the sixth with a single and scoring on a two out Chris Moody single to make it 3-2.
The Waves continued to battle back in the seventh scoring a run off Larry Dillman on two hits. The 3-3 tie would last four more innings as the Force ran Josh Graves and Rick Roeder out on the mound for the eighth and ninth innings to shut down the Waves bats and go into extra innings. Bobby Orozco came in the 10th inning on the mound for the Force and threw two perfect innings.
In the eleventh it was Collin Forgey who got things going by getting hit by a pitch. After moving to second on a David Whiteside ground ball, Forgey was in scoring position hoping to get in on a basehit by Emmett Ackerlund. That hit went a long way, as Ackerlund turned on a high pitch and sent it over the right field fence for what would be the game winning blast, his third homerun of the year for the switch hitter. Orozco finished off the Waves and picked up his third win of the year.
The win ended the WBA Southern Division season for for with a 22-2 record. Overall, the Force are 35-8 in 2012 and are moving into the WBA North/South Championship game against the East Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night in Long Beach. The two teams that played each other in last year's inaugural championship game will square off in a rematch at Banning High School. After Friday's game, the Force will pack up and head out to Wichita, Kansas for the National Baseball Congress World Series where they are scheduled to play Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 Wichita time.
Championship Weekend for the Force
The Force knew that they needed two wins or two North County Waves losses to clinch their fourth WBA Division Championship on Sunday, and they got a little bit of both. The Force decided to win the championship themselves, without help, by sweeping the double header at Otay Ranch High School against Team San Diego. At 13-2 mercy rule shortened win and a convincing 10-1 win in the second game gave the Force their title. On the other side of town, the Waves were swept by the Stars in two games to leave no doubt about who continues to own the WBA South. The Force won their first title in 2008 as a part of the WBA North Division. In 2009 they moved to the South, where they won the division again. They came back to win in it in 2011 and are repeat champions again in 2012.
Game one saw three big innings give the Force a lead they would never relinquish. The Force notched six in the fourth inning, four in the sixth and another three in the eighth to put away Team San Diego in eight innings. The Force used the long ball to get their point across as three Force hitters went deep in the contest. Chris "Mr. Force" Moody hit his fourth big fly of the year to start the homerun fest early in the fourth. Alex Scheiwe jumped on one in the sixth for this first homer of the season, and Emmett Ackerlund dropped his second bomb of the year in the eighth. All told, the Force amassed 17 hits in just eight innings of work. Tim Williams was on fire going 4-4 with two runs scored. David Whiteside was 3-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Newcomer Garrett Barnett got two hits in his debut and an RBI. Scheiwe and Moody both collected two hits on the day in addition to their home runs. Eliot Smith earned his fifth win on the mound going seven strong innings allowing just one earned run and striking out four.
In game two, it was Adrian DeMar seeking his sixth win of the year. He earned that going seven innings and striking out 11 while only giving up one run. Demar's mound worked combined with the hot Force bats were no match for Team San Diego. The Force scored in every inning from the second to the seventh, and then added three more in the eighth. Williams continued his torrid hitting adding three more hits for a total of seven in the two games. Tyler Nordgren became invisible in the second contest going 5-5 with four RBI and hitting the Force's 27th triple on the season. Nordgren was a homerun away from the cycle. Devon King added two hits and two RBI to the contest as well.
Championship Weekend turned into a route as the Force scored a total of 23 runs in the two games. Force batters nailed a total of 30 hits, including three homeruns and seven doubles in the two games. The pitching staff struck out 19 Team San Diego batters and the Force defense was superb making only two errors. Next up for the Force are some remaining league games. The Force play at Barona as the visiting team against the Stars on Tuesday, and travel up north on Wednesday for a 6:30 game against the Waves in Escondido. On Friday, the Force will be up in Long Beach to play the WBA North Division champion. Last year, the Force won the inaugural North vs South Championship by beating the East Los Angeles Dodgers. This year the Force will try to repeat that championship. The Force will then pack up and head out to Wichita on Saturday and they look to win their first ever National Championship at the NBC World Series.
Byrd IS the Word
Two starts, 16 innings, two complete games, two earned runs, and two wins. Those are the stats in the last two games on the mound for the dominant left-hander Adam Byrd. Byrd is quickly moving up to being the Force's ace, and if the last two starts have anything to do with it, he will be one to watch in Wichita. Byrd took a perfect game into the seventh inning last weekend before giving up a two-out single that would eventually be the only hit he gave up in the shortened mercy ruled shutout. That momentum continued Friday night as he threw another complete game to beat Team San Diego in a huge start of a big weekend for the Force.
As Byrd was mowing down TSD, the offense got going in the third inning. Devon King led off the inning by working a full-count walk which led to a Shawn Walters perfectly placed sacrifice bunt. Dillon Everett hit his second single of the game to move King to third and set up a Sal Belfonte triple that scored both King and Everett. Colby Everett capped off the inning with an RBI groundout to give the Force an early 3-1 lead.
The Force got three more in the sixth as two straight basehits by Colby Everett and David Whiteside with one out set up a bases clearing triple by Tyler Nordgren. Nordgren then scored on a Collin Forgey sacrifice fly. The Force tacked on another in the eight as Belfonte singled, stole second and scored on a Forgey ground ball. That was all the Force needed to secure a big win at Barona.
The win puts the magic number for the Force at two, pending on how the Waves did on Friday. It also ran the Force's win streak to 12 games, and to an impressive 20-1 in WBA Southern Division play. On Sunday, you will find the Force down in Otay Ranch as they take on Team San Diego in a double header. Two wins on Sunday will clinch the WBA Southern Division Championship for the Force and also give the Force the season sweep of TSD.
Everett Show Powers Force into Pivotal Sunday
Three triples, two singles, a homerun, a double, seven RBI and seven runs scored sounds like a great month for most hitters; that was one day of baseball for Colby Everett on Saturday. The Force third baseman/outfielder was absolutely on a tear against the Hustle in an important WBA Southern Division game at Barona on Saturday, and led the Force to two much needed mercy ruled shortened victories. Everett completed the amazing day in game two as he hit the first ever Force cycle. Everett also ended the game with a walk off three-run homer in the eighth to give the Force the 11 run victory.
Chase Tucker and Chris Moody also belted homeruns on the day to help the offensive output which saw the Force put up a whopping 28 runs in the two games combined with 29 hits. It was all offense, though. Left-hander Adam Byrd took a perfect game in game one into the seventh inning as he threw a complete game one-hitter while striking out four Hustle batters to earn his third victory of the season. Dani Schlarmann, Jeff Cashmer, Anthony Olivieri and Josh Graves combined to help the Force in the second game victory on the mound striking out a combined seven Hustle batters.
But the day belonged to Everett who received a nice shaving cream pie to the face during his post-game interview for his efforts. An 8-9 day at the plate will earn such honors. The Force hope to take this momentum into Sunday for the big showdown against the second-place Waves. Just one game separates the two teams, and two wins would put the Force only one game away from clinching their fourth league championship in five years. First pitch will be thrown at 12:00 at Barona as the starting pitching matchups look to be some of the best in the league season so far. The Force will be Adrian DeMar and Eliot Smith on the mound in games one and two. The Waves will be throwing their two big guns as well. Fans will be able to see the four best pitchers in the league battling it out on the reservation in Barona. If you can't be at the game, please listen to the live broadcast on ustream. Jeff Mehnert and Chris Davis will be bringing you all the action live.
Force Eliminate Stars; Put together another 30 win Season
Since it's inception in 2008, the Force have won 30 or more games every year. 2012 is no different. Another WBA Southern Division win against the Barona Stars gave the Force 30 wins for the fifth straight year, and also eliminated the Stars from a chance to win league. The Force are now just three games away from clinching their fourth league championship in five years.
In their first two seasons the Force put together 30 plus wins a year going a whopping 69-15. 2010 added another 35 win season as the team finished with a 35-15 mark. Last year, the Force won 31 games. The 2012 Force still have 5 games remaining on their schedule and already have 30 wins (32 if you count the forfeit victories this week over Tuscon). But all that means nothing if the Force can't grab their fourth league title. The magic number is now three for the Force. Both the Waves and Team San Diego are still mathematically in it to win league. With three games this weekend coming up against TSD, the Force could put themselves in the driver's seat for good.
Thursday's game against the Stars marked the first start of the year on the mound for Adam Bileckyj. The hard throwing left-hander had been getting his arm back in shape and has been used mostly out of the pen for the Force. He looked strong early sending the Stars down for the first three innings, striking out six, including the side in the second inning. The Force also gave Bileckyj an early lead by scoring one in the bottom half of the third as Becker Sankey led the inning off with a long double off the wall in left field. Dillon Everett got the second of his three hits on the day and David Whiteside singled to give the Force an early 1-0 lead.
After getting two outs in the fourth,both on strikeouts, Bileckyj began to tire. The Stars rallied for three runs on three hits and two walks in the inning. Bobby Orozco came out of the pen and got a groundout to end the inning. The Force didn't hesitate to take the lead back, however, as they erupted for four runs themselves in the bottom half of the inning. With one out Chris Moody, Alex Scheiwe and Becker Sankey all worked walks. Dillon Everett then doubled in a run for the Force after both Moody and Scheiwe scored on a passed ball. Tim Williams was hit by a pitch and Colby Everett continued his torrid hitting with a single. David Whiteside ended the scoring for the Force with a sacrifice fly scoring Dillon Everett.
The Force tacked on anther run in the sixth as insurance as Whiteside singled in Tim Williams to give the Force a 6-3 lead. That was all that Orozco needed as the right-hander dominated the Stars lineup the rest of the way picking up the victory. Orozco when 5 1/3 innings while allowing just three hit and striking out four Stars. With the win Orozco improves to 2-0 on the season.
The Force will be looking to clinch the league championship this weekend as they play Team San Diego Friday at Barona, then a double header against them at Otay Ranch H.S. on Sunday. If you can't get out to the ballpark please tune into the live broadcasts on ustream.
Force Pitching Shuts Down Waves
When Eric Krause takes the mound for the San Diego Force, WBA Southern Division opponents might as well take their licks and hope to do better the next game. The two-time Force Cy Young Award winner has been dominating WBA foes for three years now, and Thursday's game against the second place Waves was no exception. Krause was Krause out there again. He threw six innings giving up only two hits and striking out nine to earn his fifth win on the season as the Force handled the Waves 4-1. In his 32.2 innings of work this season the right-hander has only allowed 18 hits while striking out 49 batters and walking only two.
Krause didn't need much run support, but got a little help in the second as the Force put two on the board. Nick LaFace worked a walk, and Chris Moody was hit by a pitch to start the inning. Colby Everett singled and David Whiteside followed with an RBI single of his own. Jason Moralez finished off the scoring by grounding out to allow Moody to score from third.
After Krause was done with his work for the day he gave the ball to Sean Rowan who pitched two innings in relief before handing the ball to closer Alex Cann who earned his second save of the season pitching a perfect ninth, striking out one.
The Force got two more in the eighth to put the game out of reach. With an out Corbin Cutshaw got things started with a single and stole second. Jacob Ludvik drove him in with a single and followed suit by stealing second as well. Ludvik moved to third on a Marcus Himelhoch ground out and then scored on a passed ball by the Waves' catcher.
The win puts the Force all by themselves in WBA Southern Division play at an amazing 17-1 and drops the second place Waves to 8-6. The Force will try to avenge their only loss in Division play tomorrow night at Barona as they take on Team San Diego who gave the Force their only Division blemish last Friday in a 3-2 loss. On Saturday the Force will finish their series with the Waves in a doubleheader at Barona starting at noon.
June 29, 2011 Overmatched didn't even describe Sklz hitters against San Diego Force pitching on Wednesday night at Barona. Force hurlers combined to strike out 19 Sklz players on their way to a 5-0 shutout victory that puts them at 13-0 in WBA Southern Division play. The game also featured the first ever "Force Nickname Night," where each Force player was announced with his nickname.
The main Sklz killer was starting pitcher, Trevor Longfellow. The powerful right-hander mowed down 16 batters in just seven innings of work. "Deeds" as he is so eloquently called, struck out the side twice and struck out two batters in four other innings. The sixteen strikeout performance ties a Force record set by Will Oliver who accomplished the feat in 2009. Oliver is now pitching for the New York Yankee organization and we may be seeing Longfellow joining him soon with performances like this. In his seven innings of work he allowed only three hits and walked none.
After Longfellow struck out the side in the first, the Force hitters gave him a solid lead in their half of the first. Corbin "Cutty" Cutshaw singled and stole second to start out the inning. Jardin"Killer" Killinger followed him with a single of his own to score the speedy Cutshaw. After that it was Marcus "16th Seed" Himelhoch who drilled a triple down the right field line to score Killinger and make it a two-run lead. The Force weren't done, however, as Travis "Big Mac" McCleary got the fourth straight hit for the Force on a RBI single.
The Force pieced together another run in the fourth inning as Devon "DK" King worked a two out walk, and David "The Vacuum" Whiteside drove him in with a double in the gap. The sixth inning was the last scoring opportunity for the Force as Chris "Tall Can" Moody got things started with a single and then scored on a Sklz error. That was more than enough runs for the Force on this night as the Sklz were being sent down quicker than frankfurters at the Coney Island Hot Dog Eating Contest on the 4th of July.
Jonathan "Flying Squirrel" Davis came on in relief of Longfellow in the eighth and put them down 1-2-3. Alex "Gas Man" Cann came on in the ninth to close it and struck out the side to finish the deal and the night for the Sklz. The Force will start the NBC Qualifier Tournament on Friday at Grossmont College. They will take on the veteran Shockers with first pitch being thrown at 1:00.
2011 NBC Qualifying Tournament Headlines
The Force took care of the Grizzlies on Saturday night at Grossmont College to move them to the winner's bracket finals at Barona at 4:30 on Sunday. The winner of the game between the Force and The System (CSUSM) will play in the tournament finals at Barona on Monday.
Eric Krause and David Whiteside did a lot of the damage for the Force against the Grizzlies. Krause was his usual dominant self going seven strong innings, striking out 14 Grizzlies while giving up only one run. Whiteside took care of his business at the plate going 4-5 with a homerun and six RBI. The rest of the Force contributed to the 13-3 drubbing of the Grizzlies and put the Force in a strong position to contend for the tournament championship and a bid to the NBC World Series in Wichita, Kansas in early August.
Coach Bell lost the flip once again for the Force before the game so they were the visiting team. With that, they struck early as Corbin Cutshaw led off the game with a single and Jacob Ludvik worked a walk. With one out, Travis McCleary was hit by a pitch to load them up for Chris Moody. Moody hit a ball to short that he booted and the Force were up 1-0. In the third inning the Force scored two more runs. McCleary got things going with a single and a Grizzly error led to a Whiteside two-run single.
In the meantime it was all business for Krause on the mound. The fireballer struck out the side in the first, then proceeded to do the same in the second inning. He nailed down two more in the third before looking a little human by only striking out one in the fourth. In the fifth inning the Force scored another run as Jardin Killinger scored on a Cutshaw two-out single. Two more would score in the sixth as Marcus Himelhoch tripled to lead off the inning and scored on a McCleary RBI single. Moody worked a walk and Colby Everett singled to score a run.
After striking out two more in the seventh Krause hit the showers to give the Grizzlies a chance down 5-0. That chance was no more as the Force put up a five spot in the eighth and another two in their half of the ninth to ice the game and send the Grizzlies packing to the loser bracket and an early game tomorrow. The eighth was capped off by Whiteside's two run blast over the right centerfield fence. The laser beam of a shot got out quickly and the Force had a comfortable lead they would never give up.
Newcomer Matt Baudino came in for relief of Krause in the eighth. The left-hander pitched two strong innings striking out one and allowing only two unearned runs on just two hits. Whiteside stayed hot driving in a run in the ninth on a single, and Josh Riley came into the game a hit a long sacrifice fly to score Killinger who singled earlier in the inning.
Force Take Two on Day One of NBC Western Regional
The Force are coming in HOT to the NBC Western Regional Tournament having won 13 straight games in league and also getting victories in their last eight games. You can add two more to that victory list now, as the Force won both of their games on Friday in the tournament to make it 10 in a row. The Force out dueled both the Shockers and the Hustle to get to the quarterfinal game on Saturday at Grossmont College at 4:30.
In game one the Force took on old tournament foe, the Shockers. The game was a pitching duel early on as both Keegan Yuhl for the Force and the Shockers starter shut down the opposition through five innings. In the top of the sixth the Force finally broke it open with a two-run inning. Corbin Cutshaw did what he always does and led off the inning by being hit by a pitch. Jacob Ludvik after getting hits in his first two at bats worked a walk, and Marcus Himelhoch enticed the third baseman to boot the ball for a run. With an out Chris Moody nailed a single to score Himelhoch to give the Force a lead they would not relinquish.
Yuhl was dominant on the mound as he went seven strong innings giving up only five hits and striking out four Shockers. In the eighth the Force rallied for two more runs to put the game away for good. An error on a McCleary ground ball and a Nick La Face Double got things started for the Force. Moody once again hit in a clutch situation, this time delivering a RBI single. Cutshaw finished off the inning with another hit by pitch, this time with the bases loaded to end the scoring for the Force. Ryan Wynveen came on in the eighth and pitched a perfect two innings to give the Force a game one victory and move them on to game two against the always tough Hustle.
In the nightcap, it was the Force on the board early. Cutshaw singled in the first and scored on a Himelhoch double. In the second inning Devon King doubled to lead off the innings and scored on a Jason Moralez single to give the Force the quick 2-0 lead.
The Hustle fought their way back in the game scoring two runs off starter, Richard Martin in the fifth before Jonathan Davis came on to stop the bleeding in relief. With the score tied, the Force opened up the lead once again in their half of the inning scoring three runs on only one hit. That hit was a big one, however, as King tripled in both Nick La Face and McCleary. King later scored on a a Hustle error from the shortstop.
The Force followed their three run fifth with a three run sixth. Himelhoch singled in Cutshaw who hit this second of three singles in the game. Chris Moody pinch it for La Face and drilled a single to score Colby Everett and David Whiteside walked with the bases loaded to give the Force the six run lead.
The Hustle would not go away, however, as they clawed back for three runs in the seventh before the Force once again answered with another three run inning. This time it was all Moody as he drilled a homer over the right-centerfield fence. The Hustle scratched across three more in the eighth and another in the ninth before finally falling to closer Alex Cann and the Force.
The Force will take on the Grizzlies at Grossmont College in the quarterfinals on Saturday. First pitch is at 4:30.
Force Take It To The Samurai
In the second inning the Force got a lead and never looked back. Travis McCleary started things off with a single, and Chris Moody followed with a double. Devon King nailed a RBI single to score McCleary and get the first of six runs in the inning. With an out Michael Cala worked a walk and Jason Moralez cleared the loaded bases with a three-run triple. Colby Everett nailed a two-out single to score Moralez and scored himself after a stolen base and a Marcus Himelhoch single.
The Force got two more in the fourth as Tim Levaughn-Williams started things off with a triple. Cala followed with his second walk of the game. Moralez got his fourth RBI and the second of his three hits on the night with an RBI single. With two outs Himelhoch drove in his second run with another single to give the Force the 8-0 lead.
The Samurai struck back in the fifth with three unearned runs off Force starter, David Whiteside. Whiteside got out of the inning finishing his outing with five K's while only giving up two hits. The Samurai squeaked across another run in the sixth, but were shut down the rest of the way. Devin Lange, Alex Sammons and Andrew Pointer combined to shut out the Samurai in the next three innings.
The Force were not done, however, as they rallied for two more in the seventh and six more in the eighth. McCleary hit a two-run blast over the right field fence and beyond to drive in Himelhoch in the seventh. In the eighth the Samurai pitchers walked four Force batters and hit two. The Force scored all six runs on only one hit, that being the third of the night off the bat of Moralez.
The Force take on the Skilz tomorrow at Barona and begin tournament play on Friday at Grossmont C.C.
Big League Run For The Force
It was all San Diego Force once again at Alliant Field on Sunday as the Force swept a doubleheader against the San Diego Mavericks. The two wins make it a perfect 11-0 in WBA Southern Division play. The Force were 6-0 this week in league play and find themselves all alone at the top of the standings with two more league games next week.
The Force won the first game 12-7 behind some great offensive hitting. Corbin Cutshaw had a great game going 2-3 with three RBI, three runs scored and collecting two hit by pitches. Marcus Himelhoch also had a monster game going 4-5 with three RBI and two stolen bases. Nick La Face also added some power by belting a long homerun in the ninth inning. La Face ended up going 3-4 with two doubles and two walks to go along with his jack. Chris Moody added two RBI on a double, and Devon King scored two runs, with a single and two hit by pitches. Colby Everett also added two runs with a hit and working two walks.
On the mound it was Sean Rowan getting the victory in relief. Rowan came on in the sixth inning to get the trailing Force out of a jam and then continued for the rest of the game without allowing a hit and striking out three Mavericks. The win was Rowan's third on the season.
Game two featured Force domination on the mound. Eric Krause was simply unhittable on the day. Krause cruised through seven innings allowing only three hits and striking out eight Mavericks. Mike Massari and Ryan Wynveen both threw an inning a piece to take down the Mavericks. Wynveen struck out the side to end the game with a 7-1 Force win.
Cutshaw stayed hot in game two getting a hit, two RBI and scoring two more runs. Everett was a perfect 2-2 with a walk and a run scored. La Face racked up another two RBI on a double. Tim Levaughn-Williams scored two runs and stole three bases on the day. Himelhoch and Moody both added RBI in the game as well.
The Force will take on the Samurai for the third time on the year at Barona on Tuesday and then play the Poway Skilz at Barona on Wednesday. Later in the week the Force will play in a tournament over the Independence Day weekend.
Force Do It Again
Jonathan Davis has been virtually unhittable this season. In his five outings going into Friday's WBA Southern Division game against the Samurai, Davis has thrown 16 innings, has struck out 24 batters and is 1-0 with four saves. And, oh by the way, he has yet to give up a run in 2011. So the Samurai had their hands full if they ever had to face Davis, but it got much worse for them in the bottom of the ninth on Friday night.
If Davis is thought of as being lights out this year, the lights were literally out when he came in to close the game in the ninth at Alliant. The sun had already set and it was dark. A late start, slow play and an injury pushed the game back, but it continued to be played despite the setting sun. By the time Davis got in with a two-run lead to face the Samurai, the fans, players, coaches, and most importantly, the Samurai could barely see in front of the them. With ease, Davis sent down the Samurai to earn his fifth save of the year and move the Force to a perfect 9-0 in WBA Southern Division play.
The Samurai struck first in the bottom of the first scoring a run on a walk and a hit off starting pitcher Richard Martin. But that would be the last time the Samurai would lead the game as the Force stormed back in the third to tie it up. Corbin Cutshaw led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a throwing error by the pitcher trying to pick him off. With two outs Travis McCleary continued this clutch hitting with a RBI single to knot the game at one.
Martin settled in the game shutting down the Samurai for the next three innings striking out three. In the fifth the Force erupted for five runs, all with two outs. A two out single by Cutshaw started the inning off for the Force. Jacob Ludvik followed by getting hit by a pitch and Marcus Himelhoch worked a walk. McCleary then came up with the bases juiced and two out. He worked a four-pitch walk for his second of three RBI on the night. Chris Moody came to bat with the same situation and drilled a two-run double into left center field to get Ludvik and Himelhoch home. The Force weren't done as Moody used his tremendous speed to get in a run down and get McCleary to score. McCleary read the run down perfectly and a collision at the plate jarred the ball loose from the Samurai catcher for the run. Devon King followed that with a single to score Moody and end the scoring for the inning.
The Samurai battled back in their half of the fifth scoring two runs on a couple hits and then were shut down in the sixth before starting another rally in the seventh. They put up two runs in the seventh on a couple hits to make it a one-run lead going into the eight for the Force. Cutshaw led off the eighth being hit by a pitch and Ludvik sacrificed him over with a great bunt. With two outs, it was once again the clutch McCleary up, and he delivered with an RBI single to give the Force the much needed two run lead.
The bottom of the eighth looked to be trouble for the Force as the Samurai led off the inning with a walk, and followed up with a one-out single and another walk to load the bases. Left-handed relief specialist, Jeff Cashmere, got Kono to pop up to Michael Cala to end the inning and give the game to Davis.
The win makes it a perfect nine for nine in league play for the Force as they complete a tremendous week of baseball at Alliant on Sunday with a doubleheader against the Mavericks.
Eight and Counting...
Eight up, and eight down. If you are a WBA Southern Division team you don't want to be facing the Force anytime soon. The San Diego Force just keep winning in league play. Thursday's 13-6 drubbing of the Stars made it a perfect eight for eight as they approach the halfway point in league play.
The Force got on the board both early and often in the first as they racked up four runs on five hits and two walks. Corbin Cutshaw led things off with a single and Jardin Killinger followed suit. Marcus Himelhoch drove in the first run of the inning with a single of his own. With two outs a two-run double by Colby Everett kept the inning alive before David Whiteside drove in the last run of the inning with a double of his own to score Everett.
On the mound for the Force was Keegan Yuhl. Yuhl shut the Stars down through the first four innings before some sketchy defense brought in three runs in the fifth for the Stars. In the sixth the Stars took the lead scoring two runs and putting the game in their favor 5-4. The lead wouldn't last long though as the Force came back in their half of the sixth to tie it at six. Jason Moralez led the inning off with a double in the right-field gap and scored on a Jason Henning pinch hit single.
Devin Lange came in relief for Yuhl in the seventh and got out a tough lefty before giving the ball to Sean Rowan. Rowan sent the Stars down in order and let his offense do the rest. The Force erupted for six runs in their half of the seventh to put the game away. Everett worked a lead off walk and David Whiteside laid down the perfect sacrifice bunt to move Everett into scoring position. Devon King stayed hot with a single and Nick La Face pinch hit for Moralez and was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Cutshaw. Cutshaw was also hit by a pitch and that scored Everett. Killinger worked a bases loaded walk for another run, and Henning once again clutched up for a two-run single. Two more runs scored on a Chris Moody single. The inning ended with Moody trying to stretch the single into a limping double and he was thrown out at second.
Rowan held the Stars to a run in the eighth and the Force scored two more in their half on another Everett basehit and a few passed balls by Star's pitching. Adam Byrd came on in the ninth for the Force and struck out one while sending the Stars home for the night.
The win keeps the Force all alone atop the WBA Southern Division standings at 8-0. The Force continue league play on Friday at Alliant against the Samurai.
Force, Weather in Wichita are Smoking!
After Coach Bell lost the flip the Force settled for leading off the game as the visiting team and quickly put the Collegians behind on the scoreboard. Brandon Decker led off the game working a walk and Julio Torres followed with a basehit. After an out, Travis Taijeron drilled a double in right-center field that bounced over the fence scoring Decker and giving the Force runners at second and third. Newcomer Brian Compton walked on four pitches, and Chris Moody worked a bases loaded walk to score Torres. Zach Plancich stepped up and hit a sacrifice fly to give the Force a solid three-run inning, but little did they know that it would just be an appetizer for the second inning.
Starting pitcher Eric Krause shut down the Collegians in their half of the first and the Force batters got ready to put up one of the best innings in NBC World Series history. It all started with a Chase Tucker single to right field. Decker and Torres followed with back to back basehit bunts. Josh Miller lifted a fly ball to left that looked to be a sacrifice fly, but the Collegian's left fielder misjudged it and it fell to score a run. Taijeron worked a walk to score a batter and keep the bases loaded and Compton followed with a two-RBI single. Moody stepped up and hit the first of three hits on the day and drove in anther Force runner. Plancich followed with a double and David Whiteside singled in Moody. Tucker stroked his second single of the inning and Decker worked his second walk of the game. Still bases loaded, still nobody out, when the Collegians finally got Torres to fly out for the first out of the inning. But, the Force didn't lose focus as Miller worked a RBI walk to score a run, Taijeron walked and Moody smacked a two-run single to end the 12 run inning.
After giving up a couple runs to the Collegians in the second and one in the third, the Force put the game away by scoring three in the fourth to give them 18 runs on the day. Decker led off with a double. Jardin Killinger reached base on an error and Moody drove in his fifth run of the game with his third single. Not to be outdone Plancich singled in a run as well.
The Collegians scored four meaningless runs in the bottom of the fifth and the game was over due to the NBC run rule. The Force will play the top-ranked BeeJays on Thursday, game time at 5:00.
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Next Stop - Wichita!
The first game was all Force as they took down the Waves 7-3. The Force got off early as they scored three runs in the first thank to a Travis McCleary three-run blast over the right field fence. They added another in the third as Brandon Decker got his second basehit of the game and Jardin Killinger followed with a basehit of his own. A fielder's choice by Josh Miller moved Decker over and Travis Taijeron grounded out to score Decker.
Eric Krause was dominant on the hill through the fifth striking out six Waves batters while only allowing two hits. He ran into a little trouble in the sixth when the Waves strung together a couple hits and an error scored three runs, but Josh Pond came in to close the deal striking out the last batter of the inning. Pond continued to mow down the Waves in the seventh and eighth striking out four, including the side in the seventh.
The Force added their lead by getting one across in the seventh as Jason Moralez hit an RBI single to score Chase Tucker. Two more runs came for the Force in the 8th as Miller walked and with two outs, Chris Moody doubled off the center field fence to score Collin Forgey who pinch ran for Miller. Devon King then clutched up with a hit to right to score Moody. Alex Cann came in the ninth and closed it for the Force striking out two Waves.
The bats continued to stay hot in game two as Taijeron hit an absolute bomb over the center field wall in the first to get things going for the Force. They added four more in the second as Tucker, Alec Martinez both got basehits, and Collin Forgey drilled one over the left field wall for a three run jack. That was all the offense the Force needed as six pitchers shut out the Waves for the win. Bobby Orozco started the game and went two solid innings giving up only one hit, then Oliver Inzuna, Jonathan Davis, Sean Rowan, Jeff Cashmere and Eric Julienne combined to pitch the shutout for the rest of the game, allowing no hits.
Usual Suspects Dominate Mavericks in WBA League Opener
On the hill was Force ace, Eric Krause. Krause flat out dominated the Maverick hitters going six scoreless innings while striking out 12, and giving up only one hit. His fellow Force returnees from the previous year also dominated on the offensive side as Chase Tucker went 4-5 with three stolen bases, two runs scored and an RBI. Force veteran Travis McCleary scored two runs on a walk, a hit by pitch and a stolen base. Josh Miller went 2-4 with a walk, a double and two RBI. And Mr. Force, Chris Moody hit a two-run double to put the game away for the Force.
With Krause dominating on the hill the Force bats woke up in the third as they scored two runs. With one out Julio Torres doubled but was thrown out at the plate while trying to score on Tucker's first knock of the game. After Tucker stole second, Mcleary was hit by a pitch and an error by the Maverick's shortstop led to the first run by the Force. Miller got the clutch RBI single to give the Force the 2-0 lead.
The Force added four more in the fifth as Tucker once again got things going with a single to right. McCleary reached on an error and Ryan Williams worked a walk. It was Miller Time again as this time he doubled in both Tucker and McCleary before Moody hit a double himself to give the Force the comfortable 6-0 lead. A run in the sixth on a RBI single by Tucker to score Devon King who was on by a double himself was all the Force needed.
In the seventh another Eric took the mound for the Force as Eric Julienne pitched the final three innings of the game earning his first save of the season. Not much changed with the new Eric, however, as he allowed only one hit while strking out two Mavericks.
The shutout was the third straight shutout for Force pitchers. In fact, it has been 31 innings since the Force have allowed a run to an opponent. Meanwhile the Force bats have started to heat up as they have scored 29 runs in their last four games. The Force go on the road Friday to Lake Elsinore to play the Caps, then they head to San Juan Capistrano on Saturday for a double header against the always tough California Mariners. The games continue on Sunday as the Force take on the Gamers at Granite Hills High School on Sunday in another double header.
Three Pitchers Combine for Second No-Hitter in Force History
Despite their great pitching the Force found themselves struggling early against the SDCC starter as they went scoreless the first four innings and were down 2-0. This changed in the fifth as the Force took the lead by scoring five runs on just three hits. Josh Miller led the inning off by earning a walk and Julio Torres followed suit with a walk of his own. With men on first and second and nobody out, Chris Moody worked a great at bat for the third straight walk of the inning. The next batter struck out, but Jimmy Filter clutched up for a two run single to tie the game. Joseph Willis followed with an infield hit to score Moody. With two outs Travis McCleary opened the game up with a base clearing two-run double to give the Force the 5-2 advantage.
The seventh inning saw two more runs for the Force as Filter got on via a SDCC error and Chase Tucker came on for a pinch hit single. A great bunt by Michael DiRocco gave the Force men on second and third. Ryan Williams got a two-out, two-run single to give the Force their final two runs and a solid 7-2 victory.
The Force move to 5-0 on the season and play the Caps on Friday at Barona and travel to Cal State Dominguez Hills in lovely Compton, California for a double-header on Sunday against the Saints.
Force Win 2010 Memorial Stars and Stripes Tournament
Force closer Alex Cann made three appearances during the tournament and earned three saves including two on the last day of the tournament to help the Force seal both victories.
In the championship game against the Stars, Force batters scored three runs to open the first inning as Josh Miller doubled to score the first run of the game and a Star error led to to more runs. The Stars came back to take the lead by scoring four runs in the fourth. The seventh inning was the dagger for the Stars as the Force put together five runs on just three hits. It was Miller again that had the big hit as his single with two outs scored two runs to end the scoring for the inning.
Chris Skaalen came on in relief in the fifth inning and shut down the Stars giving up only two unearned runs in the 8th for the win. The 2010 Memorial Stars and Stripes Tournament was the second tournament the Force has won in the last two years with the So Cal Regional Tournament being the first in 2009. The Force move to 4-0 on the young season.
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No-Hitter Gives Force Second League Championship
The first inning told much of the tale for the rest of the game. The visiting Force put up two quick runs against the Mavericks starting pitcher. Brandon Owashi led off the game with a great at bat working a walk. After a fly out, Travis McCleary hit a single and Josh Miller followed with a single of his own. Manny Cardeiro drove in the first run with a ground ball fielder's choice, and McCleary scored on a passed ball to give the Force a 2-0 lead. At the time, nobody knew that would be all the offense the Force needed to win, but Oliver took the mound and started things off strong striking out the side, sending the Mavericks down on just 12 pitches.
Force batters battled for another four runs in the top of the second. With one out Danny Susdorf got the inning going with a single. Chris Moody followed with a walk and Owashi was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Chase Tucker worked a RBI walk before McCleary got an RBI by getting hit by a pitch. Miller clutched up again hitting a two-run single to give the Force a 6-0 lead.
The Force got another across in the third as Steve Winnick singled and scored on a Susdorf sacrifice fly. After holding their 7-0 lead for another few innings, the Force ended the game in the eighth by putting up four runs. Susdorf got his second single of the game to start the inning and stole second. Moody drove him in with a double off the wall in left-center field. Tucker came up big with another double to score Moody, and McCleary followed with a base clearing triple. Teddy Bingham came off the bench to replace Miller and stayed hot with an RBI single to end the scoring for the Force.
In the meantime it was complete domination by Oliver on the mound. Oliver struck out 8 while not walking a batter. He allowed only one baserunner, who got to first on a fielding error. Oliver only allowed one ball to leave the infield the entire game, which was an easy fly ball to Susdorf in center field. Maverick batters had no chance against his mid 90's fastball and great breaking stuff.
Miller ended the day going 3-4 with two RBI at the plate. Moody was 2-2 with 2 walks, 2 runs scored and an RBI. Susdorf finished 2-3 with 2 runs scored. McCleary went 2-4 with 2 RBI and 2 Runs scored. Tucker scored twice and had 2 RBI and Owashi scored twice.
Next stop for the Force is Wichita, Kansas where they will be playing for a World Series Championship. After finishing the season with a 31-7 record, and losing only three games in one of the tougher leagues in the nation, the Force will be one of the top ranked teams going into the World Series.