By Taylor Jennings
The Santa Barbara Foresters continued their offensive brilliance Friday night as every member of their starting lineup recorded a hit in a comfortable 8-3 victory over the Conejo Oaks.
Spencer Jones was the only ’Ster with a multi-hit game, but collective and timely production was more than enough for Luke Taggart and the Santa Barbara bullpen to secure the win.
Taggart spun four spectacular one-hit innings in the winning effort. His command of both sides of the plate and multiple pitches was clearly evident as he kept the Oaks hitters off balance all night. Isaac Coffey, Kevin Larson, and Connor Woods combined to finish off the win in the final five frames.
It took four innings for the ’Sters to break through against Oaks’ starter Eric Ma, but they did so in a big way in the fourth. After Zach Presno led off with a single, Ma appeared to settle back in when he retired the next two Foresters on three pitches; then, the floodgates opened. Spencer Jones, Tevin Tucker, and Ryan Cash all singled to plate a pair and set the table for leadoff man Eric Kennedy, who gave SB all the offense they needed when he laced a two-run double to complete the four-run outburst which all happened with two outs.
The Foresters continued their onslaught against the Oaks in the Finney’s Fifth despite only tallying one hit. A Blake Hall double and consecutive sacrifice flies from Jacob Katzfey and Spencer Jones resulted in a 7-0 lead after five.
Santa Barbara finished the game with three sacrifice flies and a showcase of timely and effective hitting from top to bottom. Eric Kennedy’s three RBI and Jones’ two hits will draw attention in the box score, but a grand time was had by all at the plate. The ‘Sters improved to 5-1 against the Oaks on the season.
Gabe Baldovino collected a pair of hits for the Oaks while Nico Lima launched a two-run bomb in the 9th to make the score a bit more respectable for the visitors.
The Foresters return to Pershing Park Saturday night to clash with the Arroyo Seco Saints starting at 6:00 pm. Tune in to AM 1290 to catch all of the exciting action.