After taking game one of the series against the Conejo Oaks yesterday 4-2, the Foresters could not seem to get the clutch hit that they needed to break through in their 9-2 loss Wednesday afternoon.
The Oaks struck first in the first inning and never looked back. A 2-out hit by pitch of Zach Gibbons followed by a triple by Corey Pool got the Oaks on the board early.
The story of the game for the Foresters offensively was runners left on base. 10 runners were left on in total, including two runners in the third inning and three in the fourth.
In the third, the Foresters threatened with a leadoff walk to Michael Smith followed by a bunt single by the speedy Ryan Chandler. Trying to get a good jump on the sacrifice bunt, Smith was back-picked at second base and the ground ball double play that followed ended the ‘Ster’s rally.
In the fourth, Bret Boswell, Kaleb Denny, and Matt Henderson all earned consecutive full count walks with 2 outs. With the bases full of ‘Sters, Oaks starter Garrett Harris got himself out of the jam by striking out Smith.
The Oaks blew the game open in the 6th inning with 6 hits and 2 Forester errors. Key hits included a 2 RBI single by Jack Kruger and a 2 RBI double by Corey Pool.
The ‘Sters broke onto the scoreboard in the seventh when a double by Smith scored Henderson, who had walked to lead off the inning. Smith advanced to third on an error and then scored on a sacrifice fly by John Holland, making the score 8-2.
Kyle Sanchez continued his good day at the plate by hitting a solo homerun over the right field fence to make what would be the final score of 9-2.
Five Foresters pitchers made appearances in the game. Starter Justin Camp went three innings and gave up one earned run and took the loss. Relievers Elliot Surrey, Tyler Cohen, Andres Nunez, and Dylan Hecht finished the game out.
The Foresters look to take the final game of the series tomorrow at 5:00 PM at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.
By: Daniel Kolodin