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Bergert, Bullpen Post Shutout for Foresters; Villers Eight-K Performance Leads Packers

June 27, 2019 Santa Barbara, CA Christian Franklin (Arkansas) hit a leadoff home run in the first inning, Conor McKenna (Oklahoma) hit a two-run home run in the fourth, and Ryan Bergert (West Virginia) and four relievers combined to throw a five-hit shutout to lead the Santa Barbara Foresters to an 8-0 win over the […]

| June 27, 2019

June 27, 2019 Santa Barbara, CA Christian Franklin (Arkansas) hit a leadoff home run in the first inning, Conor McKenna (Oklahoma) hit a two-run home run in the fourth, and Ryan Bergert (West Virginia) and four relievers combined to throw a five-hit shutout to lead the Santa Barbara Foresters to an 8-0 win over the San Luis Obispo Blues tonight at Pershing Park. Franklin’s home run, which followed a two-strikeout scoreless top of the first inning turned in by Bergert, gave Santa Barbara all the run production they would need. Bergert went four innings in his start and allowed only three baserunners, two singles by Hunter Swift (Oral Roberts) and a walk, while striking out six. By the time Elijah Trest (Arkansas) relieved Bergert to start the fifth inning, the Foresters had increased their lead by three, scoring once in the third inning on an RBI-triple by Blake Hall (Oral Roberts) and twice in the fourth on McKenna’s home run. Trest pitched around a two-out single by Dane Stankiewicz (Grand Canyon) to hold the Blues scoreless through five, then Caden Monke (Arkansas) and Jacob Burton (Arkansas) each pitched a scoreless inning before Brock Helverson (West Virginia) pitched two scoreless innings with four strikeouts to close out the win. The Foresters blew the game open with a four-run sixth inning, scoring on a run-producing groundout, a two-run single by Ryan Cash (Oral Roberts) and an RBI-single by Franklin. Noah Huerta (Texas Tech) started on the mound for San Luis and suffered the loss, allowing four runs on four hits while striking out five in his four-inning start. Gabe Constantine (Rio Grande Valley) relieved Huerta to start the fifth inning and allowed four runs on five hits before Brett Super (Pitzer) pitched a one-two-three seventh with one strikeout and Connor Wilford pitched a scoreless eighth with two strikeouts. Click here for recaps of these games Elsewhere around the CCL today: Fairfield, CA Eric Robles (Sterling College) singled with one out in the tenth inning, advanced to third base when the next two batters reached base via a hit batter and a walk, and scored the winning run when James Harwell (Sonoma St) hit a walk-off single to give the Solano Mudcats an 8-7 win over the San Francisco Seals today at Vanden High. Harwell’s game-winning single, his third of the game and his second RBI, came after the two teams each scored once on sacrifice flyballs in the ninth inning to send the game into extras. The Seals had the lead for most of the game today, scoring once in the second inning when Donny Bendo hit a leadoff home run and twice in the third on a two-run double by Robert Lujan (Cal St East Bay) before Solano got on the board in their half of the third, scoring once on a sacrifice fly. San Francisco increased their lead in their next at bat, scoring twice in the third when Nate Petrov (Vanguard) hit a two-run triple to make the score 5-1. William Moscato (Macalester) started on the mound for the Seals, pitching five innings and allowing one run on three hits while striking out three. As soon as Moscato left the game, however, the Mudcats rallied. Solano scored four runs on two walks and six singles, including RBI-hits by Jack Pridy (Sonoma St), Nick Peifer (Cal Poly Pomona) and a two-run single by Jason Pridy (Solano JC), to tie the score 5-5. Nate Freeman (UC Davis), the third Solano pitcher of the game, pitched around a two-out single and error, to pitch a scoreless seventh inning by striking out three, before the Mudcats took their first lead of the game in their half of the inning when Jack Pridy walked with one out and scored from first base on a double by Justin Banks (Coppin St). Diego Ramirez (Occidental) relieved Freeman to start the eighth and surrendered the first tying run to score like the second, on a sacrifice fly. Cody Switzer (Napa Valley JC) was the starting pitcher tonight for Solano, allowing five runs on seven hits while striking out six in four innings of work before turning the pitching duties over to Nik Dodson who pitched two scoreless and hitless innings. Peyton Barker (Alabama A&M) was the first reliever in for Moscato and the Seals and allowed six runs on eight hits over four innings before being relieved by Miles Minier who pitched the fateful tenth inning and suffered the loss. Click here for recaps of this game Pasadena, CA Marco Martinez (Pasadena CC) hit a two-run double and Andy Garriola (Old Dominion) hit a two-run home run to break a tie ballgame in the bottom of the eighth inning and lead the Arroyo Seco Saints to a 10-6 win over the Academy Barons tonight at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The two go-ahead hits in the eighth inning were setup when the leadoff batter reached on an error, the next batter walked and a sacrifice moved them both into scoring position. The double was Martinez’ third hit and third RBI of the game and was immediately followed by the home run by Garriola who was appearing as a pinch hitter for his only at bat of the game. Alex Cornwell (USC), who entered the game to pitch for the Saints with one out in the top of the eighth inning after the Barons scored once on two walks and a pair of wild pitches, struck out the first batter he faced, walked one to load the bases and got a groundball out to preserve the tie in the eighth, then pitched around a leadoff walk and a two-out single to strand two more runners on base in the ninth inning by striking out three to earn the win. Colin King (Regis) started on the mound for Arroyo Seco tonight, working five innings and allowing one unearned run on three hits while striking out four. King left the game with a comfortable 6-1 lead after the Saints scored twice in their first at bat on a run-producing groundout and a Martinez RBI-single, three times in the third inning when David Reyna (Ark-Monticello) hit a double to lead off the inning and scored on a Evan Russell (Tennessee) RBI-single, and two more singles, a bases loaded hit batter and a run-producing double-play scored the other two, and once in the fourth on a Reyna RBI-single. When King left the game, however, the Barons rallied. Christian Lucio (Eastern Kentucky) hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning off of Jeremy Taylor (Cal Poly Pomona) to make the score 6-4, and after Taylor walked two batters with one out in the seventh and was relieved by Zach Griggs (UTSA), Basiel Williams Jr. (Jones JC) hit an RBI-single that got the Academy within one. Griggs struck out the last two batters he faced in the seventh inning to limit the damage but after surrendering three walks and one run in the eighth, turned the pitching duties over to Cornwell. Yuji Sakane (East LA JC) was the starting pitcher tonight for the Academy and allowed five runs on five hits over three innings before turning the pitching duties over to AJ Stinson II (Lawson State JC) who also went three innings, allowing one run on four hits, and Larry Barabino III (Southern), who pitched the last two innings, allowing four runs on four hits and suffering the loss. Click here for recaps of this game Healdsburg, CA Ian Villers (Cal) struck out eight in a five-inning start, Randy Polonia (UConn) struck out three in two hitless innings, and Spencer Hynes (Houston) and Devin Kirby each pitched a scoreless inning to lead the Healdsburg Prune Packers to a 4-1 win over the Lincoln Potters tonight at Recreation Park. Villers retired 12 of the first 14 batters he faced tonight, allowing only a two-out single to Matt Lopez in the first inning and a two-out walk in the fourth. He received all the run support the Packers would need in the bottom of the first inning when Kevin Sandri (Pacific) and Justin Dicochea (Santa Clara) led off the inning with consecutive singles and scored on a one-out RBI-single by Cam Blake (Texas A&M) and a sacrifice fly. Villers carried that lead all the way until the fifth inning when three consecutive Lincoln singles by Jordan Berry (Cochise JC), Jake Plecas (Utah Valley) and Thomas Greely (Long Beach St) and an error allowed the Potters only run to score unearned. Villers struck out the last three batters he faced in the inning to limit the damage and then turned the pitching duties over to the Healdsburg bullpen. Jakob Frederick (San Joaquin JC) was the starting pitcher tonight for Lincoln and pitched four scoreless innings with two hits allowed after giving up the first two runs in the first inning. Grant Woodside relieved Frederick to start the sixth inning and allowed one run in that inning when Cole Brodnansky (UConn) tripled and scored on a run-producing groundout, and one in the seventh when Connor Mack (Cal), who hit the sacrifice fly in the first inning for his first RBI, hit an RBI-single to plate the Packers fourth run. Tyler Mead (Biola) pitched around a single in the eighth to finish with a scoreless inning in relief of Woodside. Click here for recaps of this game Thousand Oaks, CA Today’s game between the Orange County Riptide and the Conejo Oaks was suspended due to darkness in the ninth inning with the Riptide leading 10-6. The game will be resumed prior to the previously scheduled meeting between the teams July 13, at which point the recap and stats will be posted to the CCL website.
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