By Emma del Sol
Ford Stainback was the player of the game as he extended his hitting streak to 12 games today and went 4-4 with a walk. Stainback provided the ‘Sters with almost half of their hits today as they tied the visiting Santa Paula Halos 4-4. The game was postponed due to darkness and will be finished at a later date.
The Halos started off the game by scoring one run in the first and second innings, taking an early lead. Starting pitcher Kyle Kubat was able to get back into the groove after giving up two early runs. Kubat went seven strong innings, not giving up a run after the third inning.
The ‘Sters bats came alive in the bottom of the fifth inning as they loaded the bases with two outs. On the first pitch of the at-bat, Stainback drove in two runs with a groundball single up the middle. In the fifth inning Stainback had 3 of the ‘Sters 4 hits and was able to tie the game.
The ‘Sters took the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning after a single by Jeremy Montalbano, who reached third on a fielding error. Montalbano came home after Bret Boswell hit a double down the left field line.
Stainback had his fourth hit of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning with a double to center. Jaylin Davis then hit a pop fly single to left field, scoring Stainback and giving the ‘Sters the 2-run lead.
The Halos came back though, scoring two runs in the top of the eighth inning.
With one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, the ‘Sters had runners on the corners, but were unable to capitalize on anything, sending the game into extra innings. After completing two more innings the game had to be called due to darkness.