CCL Week Three Review, Week Four Look-Ahead

| July 6, 2021

With three weeks under each teams' belt, things have started to take shape in the standings. The preseason favorites, Santa Barbara and Healdsburg, have taken control of first place in their respective divisions, although the South division is still very much up for grabs. Here is the CCL week three (June 29 to July 4) review for all 10 clubs.

CCL North Division

(Team, Week Record)

Lincoln Potters: 6-0

The Potters bats were hot all week, as they topped the Solano Mudcats in back-to-back games, combining for 25 runs. Lincoln kept it's momentum going in a non-league contest against the Yuba Sutter Gold Sox, beating them 10-4. The Potters also beat the Novato Knicks, scoring eight runs in both contests.

Garret Forrester (Oregon State) came out on fire this week. Forrester went 8-17 with seven runs, seven RBI, two triples, and a home run. Despite his late arrival on June 26, Forrester came in hot and now bats .417. Quinton Hall (Johnson County CC) continues to dominate in the batter’s box, going 9-13 with three doubles, seven runs, and two RBI. Hall now has a .365 BA on the season.

The pitchers had impressive outings on the mound. Marlin Brucato (Undecided) struck out six batters in four and two thirds innings, only allowing two hits and no runs. Logan Bell (Bowling Green) also had a solid performance, with six strikeouts in three innings, not allowing a single run.

The Potters have a three-game series next week against the Medford Rogues, one game against the Gold Sox, and then face the Walnut Creek Crawdads to close out the week.

-- Gianna Cefalu, CCL Reporter

Healdsburg Prune Packers: 5-1

The Healdsburg Prune Packers have continued to dominate, topping the league standings with three-straight wins and only one loss to the Crawdads this past week.

Ian McMillan (Houston) was a consistent force for the Prune Packers, counting four runs on six hits between two back-to-back victories over the Crawdads. McMillan rounded out the week with a notable .307 BA.

Jesse Lopez (Long Beach State) kept the heat by averaging a .438 BA on the week with four runs on seven hits. The senior also logged one triple and two RBI in the Prune Packers’ 10-4 win over the Crawdads.

Francis “LJ” McDonough (Wichita State) pitched 3.1 innings against the Crawdads, striking out seven. The junior now sits with an impressive 0.96 ERA on the season.

The Prune Packers will look to continue their momentum as they face the Fresno A’s in back-to-back games, as well as CCL North match-ups against the Crawdads and Mudcats.

-- Andi Basista, CCL Reporter

Walnut Creek Crawdads: 2-3

In a four-game gauntlet with the Prune Packers, the Crawdads managed to avoid a sweep with a 3-0 win on July 2 after dropping the first three games. A convincing 19-6 win over the Santa Rosa A’s rounded out their week.

Infielder Anthony Pomilia (Cal State Fullerton) was on fire at the plate, going 7-for-11 (.636). A grand slam on July 3 against Santa Rosa capped off a standout week for Pomilia, where he drove in seven runs and struck out just once.

Outfielder Curran Ozawa-Burns (West Valley College) went 5-for-13 (.385) with a 1.043 OPS.

On the mound, Daniel Garza (Texas San Antonio) put together a masterful performance to help the Crawdads secure the win over the Potters. Garza struck out nine and walked none in seven shutout innings to earn the victory.

Next week, the Crawdads face the Solano Mudcats and San Francisco Seals, followed by a pair of home-and-home series against the Prune Packers and Potters.

-- Joe Pohoryles, CCL Reporter

Solano Mudcats: 1-3

 The Mudcats dropped three straight before notching their first win of the week, a 6-1 victory over the Humboldt Crabs on July 3. They faced the Crabs again on Independence Day.

Jordan Petrushka (Holy Cross) ended the week going 4-for-7 (.571). The outfielder hit a two-run bomb in the Mudcats’ 6-1 win over the Crabs, highlighting a 3-for-5 night.

Outfielder Kenny DeCelle (Santa Monica) had an impressive week, batting .389 with a .421 OBP. A top offensive player last week, DeCelle continues to be a consistent presence at the plate and a contributor the Mudcats can rely on.

Pitcher Brady Joyner (Willamette) had an elite week on the bump. In two appearances, Joyner pitched five innings with no earned runs and no hits. He struck out all three batters he faced in Solano’s 13-1 loss to Lincoln on June 30, then dished a four-inning save, striking out eight of 16 batters faced and walking just three in the win over the Crabs on July 3.

The Mudcats open the week by hosting the Walnut Creek Crawdads and West Coast Kings, then square-off against the Prune Packers in a three-game set.

-- Joe Pohoryles, CCL Reporter

CCL South Division

Orange County Riptide: 4-1

The Orange County Riptide kicked off the week beating the San Luis Obispo Blues in back-to-back games. They also put up 16 runs against the Ventura County Pirates. Orange County continue their win streak, as they beat the Arroyo Seco Saints 9-6 in a nearly four-hour game.

Kolton Freeman (Dartmouth) went 6-12 on the week, with two doubles and four RBI. Kyle Booker (Tennessee) shined offensively against the Blues, going 5-9 with two doubles and two RBI. He also went 2-6 with two RBI in the Riptide's grind-it-out win against the Saints.

Pitcher Andrew Pogue (Illinois) had a solid week on the mound, combining for eight strikeouts in 5.1 IP, allowing three hits and no runs. Hunter Ash (Cal Poly Pomona) did his job as a reliever, coming in for one inning and striking out the side against the Saints. He also had two strikeouts in one inning in their 4-0 win against the Blues.

The Riptide are back in action with a full slate of conference games against the Saints, Oaks, Blues, Barons, and Foresters. They end the week with a non conference game against the Palm Springs Power.

-- Gianna Cefalu, CCL Reporter

Santa Barbara Foresters: 4-2

The Foresters took home back-to-back wins over the San Francisco Seals and added in wins over the Ventura County Pirates and Conejo Oaks. Santa Barbara dropped close games to both the Barons and the Saints.

Infielder Andrew Kachel (Fresno State) had a solid week at the plated batting .444, the highest for the team in the past seven days. In his 18 at-bats, he had eight hits and six runs while only striking out twice. Tanner O'Tremba (Arizona) hit .421 with eight hits and six RBI.

Right-handed pitcher Christian Delashmit (Tennessee) picked up a win against the Conejo Oaks, pitching six innings and only giving up one run. Delaschmit struck out four and only allowed two hits to the 21 batters he faced.

The Foresters have another CCL South stretch of games, facing-off against the Blues, Saints and Riptide.

-- Emily Morton, CCL Reporter

Academy Barons: 2-1

The Barons took advantage of their three-game week, beating the Foresters and Riptide and dropping Wednesday's game to the Oaks. Darrien McDowell (Pensacola State) launched two homers in the loss to the Oaks, and was 4-8 on the week, continuing his hot start to the season. Jaelen Williams (Jackson State) hit a big three-run dinger on Saturday, helping the Barons knock off the Riptide.

Nicholas Martinez (Undecided) was lights out coming out of the pen this week, pitching 3.2 innings and allowing just two hits while striking out three.

The Barons will have a full six-game slate, facing the Oaks, Saints, and Riptide twice apiece.

-- Lucas Banks, CCL Reporter

Arroyo Seco Saints: 3-2

After starting the week with three straight wins against the Oaks, Foresters, and Blues, the Saints dropped two close contests against the Riptide and Blues. Jake McMurray (Oral Roberts) broke out of his early season slump, smashing three hits in back-to-back games to raise his average to .333. Drew Cowley (Cal Poly Pomona) was red hot, going 10-20 (.500) with three RBI and five runs scored. He leads the team with a .404 batting average for Arroyo Seco this summer.

The pitching led the way for the Saints. Tommy Steier (Creighton) had a quality start against the Foresters, giving up one run on three hits over six innings, while striking out six in the win.

The Saints will try to get back to their winning ways and will face the Riptide before playing two against the Foresters and two against the Barons.

-- Lucas Banks, CCL Reporter

San Luis Obispo Blues: 3-3

The Blues started off the week on a three-game losing streak, but were able to pick-up wins against both the Oaks and Arroyo Seco Saints to finish on a high note.

Austin Schell (Cal State Fullerton) led the Blues offensively with a .471 batting average. He had eight hits in 17 at-bats with only two strikeouts. This brings Schell's season average to .391.

Zac McCleve (Utah) was one of the two Blues pitchers to pick up a win this week. His performance against the Oaks helped the Blues to win. He pitched 3.1 innings with five strikeouts against the ten batters he faced.

The Blues will face-off against the Oaks, Foresters and Riptide. San Luis Obispo's games against the Foresters will be must-see, as the two teams are currently in ranked first and second place in the CCL's South Division.

-- Emily Morton, CCL Reporter

Conejo Oaks: 2-4

The Conejo Oaks faced some struggles, losing to the Saints, Foresters and the Blues. The Oaks were, however, able to pull out a commanding win over the Barons on Wednesday, 11-6.

Grant Smith (Incarnate Word) found solid success at the plate as of late. The junior produced an impressive .411 BA over the week. Smith totaled five runs, three of which came in the Oaks’ win over the Barons, where he also had four hits including a homer.

Reagan Burford (Mississippi) notched four runs on four hits, five RBI and two doubles.

Cody Adcock (Mississippi) had an exceptional start on Friday, lowering his season ERA to 1.80 after his performance against the Blues. The freshman faced 17 batters and tossed eight strikeouts in 5.0 innings pitched in that game’s unfortunate 4-5 loss.

The Oaks will look for redemption as they face the Barons and Blues, and the OC Riptide for the first time this season.

-- Andi Basista, CCL Reporter

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