By Jim Buckley: Another quiet offensive night for the Foresters led to their third loss of the season, though not without some late-game drama when Santa Barbara loaded the bases with no outs. But the rally faded and the ’Sters ended up losing on the road to the Arroyo Seco Saints 6-3. A lack of timely hits proved the Foresters’ undoing Wednesday night.
The Saints struck first in the second inning. With two on and two outs, a single to center field eluded Foresters centerfielder Josh Stinson and it was 2-0 Saints. They added a run to their lead in the third, following a single and a double with another single before a great double play by the Sters defense muffled the threat.
The Foresters got on the board in the fourth after two straight two-out singles. With Tyler Casagrande up, a pitch that was called ball four was also a wild pitch, allowing Jashia Morrissey to speed home all the way home from second base.
The Saints made it 6-1 in the seventh when Jackson Cobb whacked a ball down the first base line that allowed a leadoff double to score. Two more runs scored on singles as the Saints continued to pile on the hits. Foresters pitchers ended up surrendering 12 knocks on the night.
The ninth inning was exciting, if ultimately disappointing, as the Foresters scored twice without a hit. Tanner O’Tremba walked and moved to second on a wild pitch. On ball four to Casagrande, O’Tremba stole third and the throw soared into left field, giving him a clear path home with run No. 2 for the Foresters. Two more walks loaded the bases and Nate Rombach earned the inning’s fifth free pass to send home a second run to make it 6-3. However, a pair of strikeouts with the sacks full ended the threat.
The Foresters will look to home cooking to break this short losing streak as they return to Pershing Park on Thursday to start a four-game home stand. The Conejo Oaks come to town on July 1 at 6 pm. Come out to Pershing to cheer on the ’Sters or listen to AM 1290 KZSB.