By Emma del Sol
The ‘Sters were able to strike first, however, two runs in the first inning were not enough to beat the Seals, snapping their twelve game home winning streak. The Seals starting pitcher Jim Ploeger, pitched a complete game, only allowing the ‘Sters to score two runs on five hits and an error. Ploeger allowed three hits after the first inning. Granger Studdard extended his hitting streak to eleven games after his RBI single in the first inning.
Brock Larson made his first start on the mound for the Foresters in over a month, striking out three, giving up three runs, on seven hits in four innings of work. The ‘Sters pitching staff consisting of Larson, Dave Graybill, Ryan Trieglaff (‘Sters debut), Cody Van Aken, and Brandon Quintero combined for twelve strikeouts and only gave up one extra base hit, a double. The Seals scored their runs on eleven singles, two walks, and an error.
The ‘Sters bats were alive in the bottom of the first inning as they scored two runs on two hits and an error. David Greer reached on an error to the right fielder and was then brought home on a single by Jaylin Davis. With two outs, Studdard hit a single to center, driving home Davis.
In his first at-bat of the season, Troy Cruz had a single up the middle in the bottom of the second inning. Keaton Jones also making his batting debut for the ‘Sters, had a single to right in the seventh inning.
The ‘Sters threatened in the sixth inning as Greer led the inning off by being hit by a pitch and then stole second, but no one was able to bring him home.
The ‘Sters look to bounce back from this game as they play the Santa Barbara Grizzlies at 4pm today in the Rawlings California Cub at UCSB.