By Jim Buckley
Texas native Jace Jung homered in both games of the Foresters’ doubleheader sweep of the Texas Express. Santa Barbara won 10-2 and 12-1 to run their record to an impressive 8-1.
Jung bashed his second homer of the day in the third inning of Game 2, sparking a seven-run inning that put the game away. Justin Campbell and Nick Oakley both had two-RBI hits in the inning, including Oakley’s two-run double. Campbell led the way in the game with three hits and four RBI. Pat Caulfield continued his thieving ways when his steal of second led to an error that allowed Oakley to score. Then Caulfield stole third for the second day in a row. Santa Barbara stole eight bases in the 15 innings of the two games.
The other big story of Game 2 was the six innings of shutout ball pitched by emerging ace Bryce Warrecker. The former SB High star struck out 12 while walking none and allowing only one hit. Warrecker shot into the team lead with 23 Ks. He followed Kyle Luckham’s three innings of one-run ball.
In Game 1, which went just seven innings, Santa Barbara piled on seven runs in the fourth and fifth. Home runs accounted for most of the scoring—a two-run shot by 2B Jace Jung in the fourth and a three-run blast by 1B Spencer Jones in the fifth.
Matthew McLain had started the game off, as he seems always to do, by getting on base and making it around to score, this time on a sac fly by LF Brandon Boissiere, who had a pair of RBI in the game. In the second inning, McLain scored again, this time on a double by Jung, who had three RBI in the game.
With the Foresters up 6-1 after the Express got one back in the fourth, Boissiere and Ryan Holgate were on base when Jones blasted a long homer to right field. For the lefty-swinging, multi-position pitcher/1B/OF/DH, it was his first of the young season.
While the Foresters bats were cracking, the pitching was solid, too. Ian Churchill started. He scattered five hits but struck out five and allowed only one run. Casey Dykstra struck three in nearly three innings of work, while Charlie Adamson closed things out.