Reagan Todd’s seven stellar innings on the bump and the hot bats of Foresters newcomers led the ’Sters to their fifth straight CCL victory, a 5-2 win over the Menlo Park Legends.
While Todd allowed only one run on five hits, the Foresters’ bats backed him up. They scored in the first when Kyle Isbel’s leadoff double turned into a run on Tyler Adkinson’s sac fly (in Tyler’s 2016 debut).
Hunter Williams had a big day for the ’Sters, going 3 for 4 with two RBI in only his second game with the team. Lex Kaplan, a returning player from the 2015 Foresters, had a big day in his 2016 return, going 2 for 2 with two walks and a stolen base.
Four straight hits to start the fifth inning led to a pair of Foresters runs. Even Cassalotto led off with a double and was knocked in by Adkinson. Williams singled in Adkinson.
For the second straight game, the Foresters’ opponents struck quickly. The Legends leadoff batter, Steven McClean, launched the first pitch of the game onto the warning track for a standup double. After Todd quickly recorded his first of four strikeouts, McClean stole third base with one out. The next batter, Sean Watkins, brought him home courtesy of a sac fly to center.
With the game knotted at 1-1, Reagan Todd settled into a groove for Santa Barbara, ending with six strikeouts. After the game, Todd said, “Yeah, it felt great [out there]. I need to give a lot of credit to my catcher, Steven Coe, he did a great job. Our defense also played a great game behind me.” Indeed, the defense for the Foresters was crisp, going error-free for the first time in three games.
With five straight wins now, the Foresters look to make it a slick six on Saturday night at 5:00 pm in game two against the Legends.—Matthew Selman
Photos by Eric Isaacs