The Foresters had another tough game, and The Pearl simply played better baseball to beat Santa Barbara 4-2 on Friday night.
While neither team played a great game, Neptune Beach’s larger number of hits and better pitching prevailed. Reagan Todd, who started on the bump for the Foresters, gave up a season-high three earned runs. The Pearl’s starter, Nick Orwelier, didn’t fare much better, giving up two earned runs in 4.2 innings pitched.
At the plate, the story was much the same, with Neptune Beach out-performing Santa Barbara. The Pearl put up four runs on twelve hits to the Foresters’ two runs on eight hits. Nonetheless, it was another big day for Lex Kaplan. The lefty from Tulane University went 2 for 4 at the plate and had another monstrous throw from right field, cutting down a potential run at the plate.
Without a win in their last four games, the ‘Sters look for one tomorrow night in game two against Neptune Beach at 5:05 pm.—Matthew Selman