By Kyle Howie
The bats were hot and the arms were firing for the ‘Sters. A complete turnaround from Saturday put the Foresters back in the win column. After a 10-1 victory over the Arroyo Seco Saints, on Sunday afternoon, the ‘Sters won the series and took two out of three games from the Saints. The Foresters’ hitting was unstoppable with 12 hits, but the Saints did not help themselves by committing five errors.
The main contributors at the plate for the Foresters were Jacob Kendro, Max Belyeu, and Will Rogers. Together they combined for 8 hits, 4 RBIs, and 2 runs. Sean Youngerman started the game and pitched a gem through five innings. His final stat line included 4 hits, 5 strikeouts, and 1 walk. Youngerman found out two hours before the game he was going to start and was unfazed, according to Manager Bill Pintard. Chase Hoover, Zachary Yates, Jacob Hughes, and Michael Lombardi all came in from the bullpen in that order. The relievers only allowed 3 hits and 1 run. Pintard expressed his thoughts about his pitching staff after the game, “We got a lot of confidence in them and we are where we are at because of pitching”. The Foresters’ pitching staff leads the league in ERA and in batting average against, just to name a few.
The Foresters made sure they jumped out in front first, thanks to an RBI single from John Newman. Belyeu was able to score from second due to a fielding error by the Saints’ right fielder. The score was quickly 1-0.
The defensive woes for the Saints continued into the third inning when the Foresters scored a run off of a fielding error from the Saints’ second basemen, Roberto Gonzalez. The ‘Sters tacked on an additional run with an RBI double from Rogers. After three innings the ‘Sters led 3-0.
In the 4th, Rylan Galvan scored off of a fielder’s choice from Daniel Patterson, and a batter later, Kendro knocked in his first RBI as a Forester to score Greg Pace. The next inning featured a 2 RBI double from Pace which scored Rogers and Ryan Black.
Kendro’s big day carried over to the 7th inning with a double that was scorched to the outfield. Black and Galvan came around to score to put the game out of reach. Pace touched home for the final run off a fielder’s choice from Eamonn Lance which concluded the 10-1 ball game.
The Foresters made sure they stayed atop the CCL South Division as they moved to 10-4 in league play. On Monday, the ‘Sters will travel to San Luis Obispo to take on the Blues at Sinsheimer Stadium. The contest will start at 4:30 and the game can be heard live on AM 1290 radio; or listen online or stream live via the Foresters’ website, www.sbforesters.org.