The San Bernardino Stampede are off to an incredible start in í06. They went 11-2 at home and 11-2 on the road to give them a 22-4 overall record in month one. What an awesome start! After losing two games at home to South Range (and nearly a third for a sweep if not for a walk-off HR by Derrek Lee) they finished the month winning those last 14 games in a row.


It all started with a CG, shutout by team ace, Cris Carpenter over Exeter. San Bernardino showed their talent by slugging out 17 hits to score 8 runs in the game. Exeter won the fourth game of the series and then the Keglers ripped the Stampede 11-1 in-between San Bernardino wins in Waukesha. San Bernardino then swept Silver 3-0 at home before dropping 2 of 3 to South Range in San Bernardino. The Stampede roared back though by sweeping all 3 in Alaska, sweeping all 3 in Santa Barbara, sweeping all 3 at home against Alaska, and finished the month with a 4-game sweep at home against Exeter.


For the month San Bernardino hit .308 with 30 HRís. Gary Matthews (.444) and Juan Encarnacion (.379) lead in average while Alex Rodriguez and Derrek Lee led in HRís with 6 each. Lee also led the team with 24 RBI. On the hill, Cris Carpenter had 5 wins followed by 4 from Jon Garland. Garlandís 2.08 ERA also lead the teamís starters while Affeldt (0.00), Gonzalez (0.00), Ayala (0.47) and Rivera (0.96) all sported ERAís below 1 in relief. As a team San Bernardinoís ERA was 2.77 and they allowed just 18 HRís.Rivera had 7 saves to lead the team.


The Stampede are off to a great start but will they be able to continue their dominance? They did not face a team with a record above .500 (as of this writing) in April. Gotham City, Plum Island and Hoboken will give them tougher competition. And unfortunately for San Bernardino, all three are in their division, the Ruth division. It could an exciting run for top honors in the Ruth this year. At least this time around, and for the first time, San Bernardino looks to be in the mix.


Tom Fish

San Bernardino Stampede