By Emma del Sol
Andrew Lantrip had yet another stellar outing and was backed by a strong offensive performance from Bret Boswell and top-notch fielding from the whole team. The ‘Sters were able to generate runs today and shut out the Los Angeles Brewers 6-0, snapping their league record 11 straight wins.
On the first pitch he saw, leadoff batter, Colt Atwood had a hard hit double to right. Jaylin Davis brought him home on a ground out to first. With two outs, Granger Studdard ripped a single up the middle. Bret Boswell drove him home with a triple to left.
“Two out runs win games” as coach Pintard always says, and that is what the ‘Sters did in the bottom of the third inning. With two outs, Studdard had his second single of the game, bringing home Ford Stainback who had reached on a walk. Boswell, with his second stand-up triple of the game, once again brought Studdard home.
In the fifth inning, the Brewers looked as if they were going to fight back. With runners on the corners and one out, there was a close call at the plate. Atwood, the right fielder, threw the ball to second baseman Troy Cruz who threw home, where Cody Walker was there to tag out the runner.
Lantrip pitched six scoreless innings, giving up five hits and striking out five Brewers in his fourth win of the season. Lantrip leads the ‘Sters with four wins, three of those wins coming in the CCL to tie him for league lead with fellow ‘Sters Jon Duplaniter and Jon Woodcock.
In the bottom of the sixth inning AJ Balta pulled the ball to right field for a two run home run, his second of the season, giving the ‘Sters a 6-0 lead over the Brewers.
Dalton Brown and Brandon Quintero came in for relief and struck out two batters each in their three innings of work.
After the game Coach Pintard talked about the phenomenal offensive performance from Boswell who went 3-3, with two triples, a double, and a walk. Pintard also talked about the fielding performance put on by the ‘Sters defense. EP Player of the Game top honors goes to Bret Boswell for his power from the plate and for his fielding at third.
The ‘Sters and the Brewers face off tomorrow in the rubber match of this three game set at 1pm.
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