A fusillade of 10 Foresters hits combined with a trio of untimely Brewers’ errors to give Santa Barbara a 9-6 win on the road at Cypress College. With the score tied 6-6 in the eighth, an error by the L.A. second baseman allowed the go-ahead run to score, then a muffed fly ball brought home two more to clinch the win. Only three of the Foresters’ nine runs were earned. The victory gave Santa Barbara a win in the series (which concludes Friday at 1 pm) and makes it eight wins in their last nine games.
Errors were not the Brewers’ only problem. The initial pair of Foresters runs scored in the first inning via a passed ball and wild pitch. Michael Smith drove home the inning’s third run with a single. Matt Henderson drove home another run in the second with one of his three hits on the day.
Foresters’ starter Willy Amador struggled in the third, giving up four runs on five hits and then the Brewers tied things up in the fourth.
The Foresters bounced back on top in the fifth, as David Greer scored on a sacrifice fly by Dylan Paul. The back-and-forth action continued when the Brewers tied the game at 6-6 off reliever Tylor Megill.
Then came the eighth, when the Brewers gifted the Foresters with a trio of runs. Ryan Chandler came across on the first error, followed by John Brontsema and John Holland as the left fielder misplayed a possible inning-ending fly ball off the bat of Granger Studddard. Tyler Cohen and Dalton Brown combined for a scoreless eighth and ninth, and Brown recorded his third save of the year.
The win improves Santa Barbara’s record to a CCL-best 22-7, and give them eight wins in their past nine games.
Game three of the series will take place at Cypress College Friday at 1 P.M.