Garret King was superb in his six innings of work against the Santa Paula Halos, allowing no runs, striking out seven, and scattering two hits. He improved his record to 2-0 on the young season and now carries a minuscule 0.96 ERA through 18 2/3 innings of work.
The Foresters lead early and would never look back after jumping to an early 5-0 lead at the end of the third. John Holland started off the game by getting hit by a pitch, and later came around to score by stealing home when Granger Studdard got caught in a rundown between first and second, giving the Foresters the early 1-0 lead in the top of the first.
The Foresters would break out in the third and fifth innings adding three runs apiece, lead offensively by Studdard who had three hits accompanied with two RBI. Santa Paula punched back in the bottom half of the seventh with four runs of their own, but ultimately came up short.
Santa Barbara earned their 20th win on the season improving their overall record to 20-3 and a trio of Foresters pitched in with at least two or more hits. The team sports an ERA of 2.52 while holding opposing batters to a .198 BAA and will look to continue their dominant pitching with the upcoming Rawlings California Cup.
The ‘Sters will play host to the Inland Valley Pirates in the opening round of the Rawlings California Cup at 4 p.m. Thursday July 2nd at UCSB.
By: Jonathan Herkins