The Foresters simply didn’t string hits together at all on Thursday night and the Barons rode an early lead to a 4-2 victory.
Right from the start, Santa Barbara had a rough time of it, giving up three runs in only the first inning. A leadoff triple, a Foresters error, and a couple of passed balls were more than enough to provide the Barons with an early 3-0 lead.
The ‘Sters offense really struggled to get anything going for much of the rest of the game. A few nice leadoff hits were followed by strikeouts and fly outs, leaving runners stranded in each of five innings.
A bright note was that Foresters relievers again came through strong, allowing no runs in the last four frames. The trio responsible was comprised of Cody Crouse, Jackson Sigman, and Austin Schnabel, who combined for six strikeouts on the day.
The Foresters hope to start up another long-awaited win streak with a game on Friday against the Ventura Halos at 5:05 pm.—Matthew Selman