By Harry Croton
Photo of Utah Jones by Vic Neumann
Behind a dominant outing from starter Caleb Sloan, combined with yet another display of consistent and patient Foresters offense, the Foresters beat the Arroyo Seco Saints 6-3, keeping their undefeated season alive. The blanket of clouds above Pershing Park provided a somewhat frigid setting for ‘Sters fans on Saturday, but the ’Sters shone through, reaching 14-0 on Coastal Copy Day Saturday.
Sloan dominated in his first three innings, including a stretch of five consecutive strikeouts to open the game. The TCU right-hander was staked to a quick 3-0 lead, as the ‘Sters scored on RBI by Brandon Zaragoza and Luke Ritter in the third, plus a run-scoring groundout from left fielder Conor Davis in the fourth.
Things got interesting in the fifth, as the Saints were able to even the score following a hit-by-pitch, a double, and a costly throwing error. Manager Bill Pintard called on Isaac Coffey, who entered the game to quickly retire the final batter of the inning and end the threat. Elliott Anderson made his Foresters debut on the mound, throwing 2.3 scoreless innings following Coffey. Closer Chase Wallace tossed a scoreless ninth to earn his third save.
With the score knotted at 3-3, the Foresters retook the lead in the seventh. Davis smacked a long double to left. Second baseman Ryan Cash, who entered the game hitting a sizzling .394, drove in Davis for go-ahead run. A bonus for chilly fans was that Cash’s hit came through on the Endless Summer Bar & Café Chowder Batter promotion! Santa Barbara added two runs in the eighth, via an RBI single by Jones and some key base running by John Jensen, who came around to score on a passed ball.
The Foresters hope to continue the best start in franchise history when they return to Pershing Park on Sunday to conclude the two-game series with the Saints. First pitch on Montecito Bank & Trust Day is 2 p.m.