This is one of those good news-bad news deals. The bad news first: The Foresters were shut out for the first time since 2013, losing 7-0 in their third-round game at the NBC World Series. Led by starter Luke Shower’s complete-game performance, the Valley Center Diamond Dawgs moved on to the Winner’s Bracket finals to face the Seattle Studs on Wednesday.
The good news: This is a double-elimination tournament, and the Foresters will play again Thursday. And another piece of news? The Foresters lost their third game at last year’s World Series…and they came back to win it all. So stay tuned.
In the meantime, the story of Tuesday’s game was the Foresters’ inability to put together hits combined with a disastrous seventh inning during which three Foresters relievers allowed six runs on five walks, two hit batters, and a pair of hits. The Diamond Dawgs managed only one run off Foresters starter Justin Camp, who scattered five hits in his six innings of work. But the Foresters’ ‘pen, for the first time all season, could not keep it close. Meanwhile, the Dawgs’ starter proved to be a cold Shower for Santa Barbara bats. He allowed only three hits in the game and walked just a pair.
The last time the Sters were shutout came in the CCL playoffs in 2013, while their last seven-run loss came in June 2013.
While the Foresters enjoy a day off Wednesday, we invite you to check this site and the Foresters’ Facebook and Twitter pages for updates on the time and opponent in the Foresters’ Super Six game on Thursday. —Jim Buckley