Photo of Brett Standlee by Vic Neumann
By Will Bashur
After giving up twelve runs to the Oaks in an unusually poor performance last night, the Santa Barbara pitching staff responded triumphantly, shutting out Conejo to give the ’Sters a 1-0 victory on Cottage Health Systems and Host Family Appreciation Day. With the win on Sunday, the Foresters improved their overall record to 33-4, and secured their 24th CCL victory.
Foresters starter Brett Standlee delivered another strong performance, allowing no runs on three hits through four and two-thirds innings of work. Standlee had his off-speed pitches working well on Sunday, as he consistently threw his changeup with sharp downward action to freeze Oaks batters. His slider was potent as well, and Oaks batters could do nothing but swing right through the deadly pitch.
But Standlee wasn’t the only one dealing.
Conejo starter Dylan Francis tossed a gem, throwing seven innings of one-run ball. Francis surrendered just two hits, and struck out three Santa Barbara batters. The Cal Poly Pomona product pitched his best game of the summer, and kept the formidable Foresters offense at bay. Ryan Cash was the only ’Ster who was able to do any damage off Francis, as he drove in the sole run of the game on an RBI single in the third.
Unfortunately for Francis, his teammates provided absolutely no run support.
After Standlee had to abruptly exit the game in the fifth due to an apparent minor injury, Hunter Breault entered and immediately asserted his dominance.
Breault was lights out, striking out five Oaks over four and a third shutout innings. The Oregon Duck was spotless, as he didn’t allow a single hit or walk. The outing was just another one of many stellar performances Breault has pitched this summer, as he kept his ERA at a perfect 0.00. Breault also obtained the win, and moved his record to 3-0.
The Foresters will have a day off tomorrow, and will resume action on Tuesday against the Academy Barons in Compton at 4 PM. Be sure to tune into 1290 AM for full coverage of the game.