By Blythe Hastings; photo by Will Huebner
The first-place Foresters stretched their six-game win streak to seven with a blowout 12-0 win over the Academy Barons on Saturday. With four runs in each of the first two innings, the ’Sters had the Barons on their heels early. Starter Graham Osman (pictured) was on fire, throwing five one-hit scoreless innings while running his record to 3-1. The SB offense was no exception. The highlight of the night was a three-run homer by third baseman Will Pendergrass. The bottom of the lineup was deadly, with the final three batters scoring half the team’s runs. Capping it off was another standout bullpen performance.
The scoring started in the second after a leadoff walk by Sebastian Orduno. Pendergrass smoked a standup double into left center field as Orduno flew around the bases for the first run of the night. A groundball from Jack Holman saw Pendergrass advance to third. Pendergrass then jogged home for the second run of the inning following a wild pitch. After a pair of stolen bases and two singles from Austin Stracener and Josh Stinson, followed by a Hudson White walk, Kevin Bazzell doubled in two more to make it 4-0.
Four was a such a good number, the Foresters did it again in the third. A pair of walks and a wild pitch let Orduno and Pendergrass reach second and third. The bases were loaded after Holman walked, and Kade Higgins smacked a line drive past first base to score two. A sac fly from Stracener brought home Holman and an RBI double by Hudson White scored Higgins. Almost before the fans settled into the seats, it was 8-0.
Pendergrass was at it again in the fourth, when he hit that screamer of a dinger, scoring Nate Rombach and Orduno ahead of him. Hudson White drove in the final run of the night in the seventh with a sac fly.
The Sters hope to continue their standout performance tomorrow against the SLO Blues pm the road at 1 PM. Tune in to AM 1290 KZSB to hear the action.