Baseball
Foresters Stay Unbeaten; Saints, Barons Win One-Run Games

| June 20, 2018

June 20, 2018 La Mirada, CA Chase Illig hit a pair of solo home runs and drove in the first of five runs in the eighth inning as the Santa Barbara Foresters, winners of eight straight games to start the CCL season, overcame a 3-2 deficit to beat the Southern California Catch 7-3 today at Biola University. Trailing for the first half of the game after Jacob Rogers (UNLV) hit a two-run double and scored three batters later on a bases-loaded walk gave the Catch a 3-0 lead in the second inning, the Foresters got back into the game one Illig hit at a time. Illig hit his first home run with one out in the fourth inning off Catch starting pitcher Declan Kearney (Azusa Pacific), the only run Kearney, who struck out seven in five innings, would allow before turning the pitching duties over to the bullpen with the Catch leading 3-1. Illig struck again in the sixth inning, hitting his second solo home run of the game to get Santa Barbara within one. Then, coming to the plate with the bases loaded and no outs in the eighth inning, Illig tied the score with an RBI-ground out and, three batters and one out later, scored the go ahead run when Tyler Hardman (Oklahoma) hit a bases-loaded two-out two-run single to give the Foresters the lead. Andrew Wiss (Air Force), who along with college teammate Christian Gambale (Air Force) were playing in their final summer game this season before returning to the Academy for duty, then followed Hardman with a two-run triple to post the final 7-3 score. Bailey Reid (Westmont College), the fourth Santa Barbara pitcher of the game, was credited with the win after striking out six over the seventh and eighth innings before turning the ball over to Chase Wallace (Tennessee) who pitched a scoreless ninth to close out the win. Hunter Breault (Oregon) pitched three-plus innings scoreless in relief of Santa Barbara starting pitcher Dane Acker (Rice), who went one and two-thirds innings, and Miles Sandum pitched a scoreless sixth inning to keep the Foresters within striking distance. Rogers added two late-inning singles to go with his early double to finish with a game-high three hits, while Daniel Jung (Notre Dame) had a pair of singles for the Catch. Click here for recaps of this game Elsewhere around the CCL today: Thousand Oaks, CA Gabe Chavez Christian Moya (USC) hit a double to drive in the tying and go-ahead run with one out in the top of eighth inning and Joey Steele (USF) entered the game to pitch with two runners on with one in the bottom of the eighth and struck out two, and then pitched a scoreless ninth to lead the Arroyo Seco Saints to a 4-3 victory over the Conejo Oaks today at Sparky Anderson Field. Trailing after a pair of Michael Spears (Ole Miss) doubles and an RBI-double by Elijah Alexander (Rio Grande Valley) generated three early runs for the Oaks, the Saints got within striking distance in the fifth inning when Brennan McKenzie (Cal Poly Pomona), who finished with a game-high three hits, led off with a single and scored on a double by Mitch Kerner, and a two-out RBI-single by Gabe Chavez (San Bernardino), who drove in Kerner to make the score 3-2. Michael Gomez (Cal Poly Pomona) pitched two-plus innings scoreless, allowing only one hit in relief of Saints starting pitcher Jonathan Russomano (Corban), and Reed Osborn (Howard JC), who followed Gomez with one and third inning scoreless, held the Oaks offense in check until a pair of one out walks to Saints hitters set the table for Moya's big hit. Click here for recaps of this game San Luis Obispo, CA Logan Pollack (Michigan) drove in Andrew Wilson (Marymount-NAIA), who had reached base on a two-base error, with the go-ahead run with two outs in the top of the ninth inning and Kris Keach (Cal State LA) retired the side in order in the bottom of the ninth to lead the Academy Barons to a 4-3 win over the San Luis Obispo Blues tonight at Sinsheimer Park. In a game that saw the lead change three times late, it was the team who capitalized on miscues last who came out on top. With the score tied 2-2 after seven innings of play, the Barons took advantage of a passed ball to move a runner into scoring position with two outs, an opportunity RJ Bates (San Bernardino) turned into a run with a run-scoring single. In the bottom of the eighth inning it was the Blues turn to cash in as four consecutive one-out walks tied the score 3-3. Then, in the top of the ninth, Wilson reached second base with two outs via an error and Pollack delivered the game-winner. An RBI-single in the third inning by Auston Chastain (Fresno St) and a Conagher Sands (Cal Poly) run-scoring single in the fourth drove in Justin Lutes (Pepperdine), who had led off the inning with a triple, generated the Blues' two early runs. Roosevelt Barnes (Morehouse College) hit a solo home run in the fifth inning and, earlier, Joseph Argumedo (Lynn) singled and eventually scored on a Pollack sacrifice fly in the second to score the Barons first two runs. Jake Binder (Ithaca College) started on the mound for the Academy, allowing two runs over five innings of work while striking out five and did not figure in the decision. Thomas Triantos (Cal Poly) started and pitched the first four innings for the Blues, allowing one run while recording four strikeouts before turning the pitching duties over to Cameron Ziegler and Clark Eder (San Diego St) who each allowed one run in two innings pitched with two and three strikeouts respectively. Ben Kirke (Grand Canyon) struck one while working the ninth inning and, when Pollack's hit proved enough, was saddled with the loss. Click here for recaps of this game
Similar Posts More News
Card image cap
Football / April 24, 2024
California Collegiate League Announces 2024 Summer Schedule

(LOS ANGELES, CA) After celebrating the league’s 30th season in 2023, the California Collegiate League is pleased to announce the 2024 season schedule. Every league member will play a minimum of 30 league games. Opening Night of this year’s campaign is slated for Thursday, June 6, as 10 clubs will be in action: In the […]

Read More
Card image cap
Football / August 17, 2023
California Collegiate League Announces 2023 CCL 30 All-League Team

SELECTIONS BY POSITION CATCHERSBrendan Durfee – CONolan Wilson – LPOmar Gastelum – SS FIRST BASEJake Tandy – SMRyan Brome – WCCEamonn Lance – SBF SECOND BASEHunter Dorraugh – HPPRyan Ellis – WCCConnor McGuire – OCR THIRD BASERaider Tello – ASJeff Hoffman – SM SHORTSTOPKamau Neighbor – MLBMatt King – WCC UTILITYZach Chamizo – LPWill Rogers […]

Read More
Card image cap
Football / August 7, 2023
Three-Peat in CCL 30: Prune Packers Defeat Saints 8-5, Win Third Straight CCL State Championship

By CCL Reporter Sean Brennan (THOUSAND OAKS, CA) – For the third straight year, the CCL State Championship belongs to the ‘Burg. After dropping the first contest of the best-of-three CCL 30 State Championship Series against the Arroyo Seco Saints, the Healdsburg Prune Packers pulled off a gutsy, come-from-behind victory in Game 2, setting the […]

Read More
Card image cap
Football / August 6, 2023
Prune Packers Even CCL 30 State Championship in 5-4 Victory, Winner Take All Game 3 on Tap Tomorrow

Photo Credit: Christina Thai By CCL Reporter Dylan Wickman The Healdsburg Prune Packers, defending CCL champions of the last two seasons, found themselves in vulnerable territory Saturday in George “Sparky” Anderson Field. They trailed 4-2 in the seventh inning with their hopes of a threepeat threatened to be washed away by the Arroyo Seco Saints, […]

Read More