By Jim Buckley
The Doctor had the right prescription for the Foresters’ first road victory of the summer, 6-5 on Sunday over the San Luis Blues. Nick Proctor closed out the one-run game with a 1-2-3 ninth for his second save of the summer. He and the team’s other pitchers were supported by a solid offensive outing, as eight ’Sters had at least one hit, with Rylan Charles, Hunter Ensley, and Nate Rombach each having multi-hit outings. The win puts the Foresters above .500 at 5-4 heading into a day off Monday, followed by three mid-week roadies.
The Foresters got the scoring started in the first as Saturday’s hero Gavin Kash continued his RBI ways, knocking in Charles. In the second, the Foresters showed how they can make a lot from a little, scoring three runs on only one hit. A Will Pendergrass single with two on turned into a run when the left fielder bobbled the ball. Austin Stracener’s groundout scored a second run, while Miguel Santos put up a sac fly to make the score 4-0 Foresters.
By the end of the fourth, the Blues had made it 4-3. But in the sixth, Rombach knocked in Kevin Bazzell and then scored on a wild pitch a bit later with what turned out to be a key insurance run when the Blue scratched out a pair against the usually unhittable Ian Churchill (pictured). A less-than-positive highlight were the 13 strikeouts recorded by Foresters hitters.
Churchill had taken over for Andrew Dusalbon who tossed 2.1 scoreless innings after starter David Shaw allowed only two earned runs.
After the Blues got to 6-5, it was time for the Doctor to operate and set down San Luis.
The Foresters play Tuesday at Arroyo Seco in a 6 pm game you can hear on AM 1290 KZSB and 96.9 KZSB FM.