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Two-out Run Production Keys Oaks Win; Foresters Win Twelfth Straight

| June 24, 2018

June 24, 2018 Healdsburg, CA Dylan Francis (Cal Poly Pomona) pitched six innings of shutout ball, and Sam Shaikin (Valparaiso) and Chase Cockrell (Ole Miss) each hit two-out two-run doubles to lead the Conejo Oaks to a 8-1 win over the Healdsburg Prune Packers today at Recreation Park. Francis allowed only two hits in his six-inning start, striking out five while walking two. He retired the side in order in three of his innings, retired three of four batters twice and allowed only one runner to get into scoring position, in the fifth inning when the two hits he allowed, both singles with two outs by Sam Wezniak (Cal) and Cade Peters (UC Riverside), but retired the next batter on a fly ball to continue unscathed. The Oaks offense took advantage of eleven walks allowed by Healdsburg pitchers, converting five of them into runs. The Oaks got on the board in the second inning when three walks loaded the bases and Zach Kaminkow (UNLV) hit a two-out two-run single to make the score 2-0. Two walks helped Conejo load the bases again in the fourth inning and this time it was Shaikin's turn to come through with two outs, driving in a pair with a double and later scoring on a two-run error to up the Oaks lead to 6-0. Then, with two outs in the sixth inning, a Brandon Lewis (UC Irvine) double and a walk put two runners aboard for Cockrell to drive in with his double. Nick Rincover (Pierce College) relieved Francis in the seventh inning and pitched one an two-thirds innings without allowing a hit and the only baserunner he allowed, a lead-off walk to start the eighth inning was erased on a double-play. Angus Denton (Arkansas) recorded the last four outs for Conejo, striking out two and allowed the Packers only run of the game in the ninth when Ryan Ruley (Loyola Marymount) doubled, advanced to third on an infield groundout and scored on a sacrifice fly to make the final score 8-1. Click here for recaps of this game Elsewhere in the CCL today: Santa Barbara, CA The Santa Barbara Foresters chased down the Arroyo Seco Saints, trailing 3-0 after Saints starting pitcher Blake Beers (Michigan) held them scoreless for the five innings he pitched, but scored twice immediately following his exit and twice more in the eighth inning to win their twelfth game in a row to start the CCL season 4-3 today at Pershing Park. Beers, who scattered five hits, struck out three and walked two before being replaced, was helped by two double-plays turned in by the defense around him and, in his final inning, despite allowing three singles to load the bases, escaped with his scoreless outing intact. Once Beers left the game, however, the Foresters offense started scoring. A leadoff walk started the sixth inning for Santa Barbara, followed by an RBI-double by Chase Illig (West Virginia), his second of the game, and a run-scoring error that made the score 3-2 with no outs recorded in the inning. Wyatt Kelley (New Mexico St) came into pitch with a runner in scoring position and escaped further damage by striking out two and got another out on groundball. Kelley pitched another scoreless inning in the seventh to maintain the Saints lead, escaping a dangerous inning that saw five baserunners reach base without a run scoring as two baserunners were erased off the bases in fielder's choice outs and Kelley stranded three by getting a line drive out to end the inning. JD Russomano (Corban) entered the game in the eighth and got the first two outs quickly, but a single by Kameron Guangorena (Cal St Fullerton), an RBI-triple by Ryan Cash (Oklahoma St) and a throwing error that allowed Cash to score put the Foresters ahead for good. Santa Barbara utilized seven pitchers in the game, with the last five relief pitchers combining to throw four hitless, scoreless innings to secure the win. Brett Standlee (Oklahoma State) started on the mound, throwing four innings with five strikeouts and two runs allowed, one via a Cooper Williams (New Mexico St) triple and an RBI-single by Brennan McKenzie (Cal Poly Pomona) in the second inning, the other generated by Jack Smith (ASU), who singled and stole two bases to score in the third. After the Saints scored their third run of the game via a leadoff walk, a bunt hit and a sacrifice fly, three Santa Barbara relievers retired the Saints in order for three consecutive innings to allow the offense to take the lead. Trailing for the first time in the game going into the ninth inning, Arroyo Seco did get the tying run into scoring position with no outs when the first two batters walked. Garrett Crochet (Tennessee) came into pitch mid-inning with the two runners on, struck out the first batter he faced, hit the next batter to load the bases, but then started a one-two-three groundball double-play to end the game and keep the Foresters winning streak going. Click here for recaps of this game Compton, CA The Academy Barons scored four runs in their final at bat, Jacob Shanks (UC Riverside) hit a bases-clearing three-run triple, and Trent Anderson (CSU Bakersfield) had a game-high three hits, including the big hit in the eighth inning to lead the Barons to a 7-6 win over the Southern California Catch today at the MLB Urban Youth Academy. Trailing 5-3 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning, Anderson came to bat with the bases loaded and one out and drove in two runs with a double to tie the score 5-5. Then, after the second out was recorded on a fielder's choice out at the plate, Anderson scored the go ahead run on a passed ball and an insurance run scored after on an error to make the score 7-5. The insurance run proved valuable because the Catch would score one in the top of the ninth inning when Jacob Rogers (UNLV) and Omar Ortiz (Cochise College) led off the inning with consecutive singles. Kris Keach (Cal State LA), who was brought into pitch to close out the win for the Barons, struck out one batter, wild pitched the two runners into scoring position, got the second out on a run-scoring groundout and then struck out the last batter to secure the win. The Catch scored single runs in each of the first five innings and got a strong pitching performance from Tayt Smith (Azusa Pacific), who notched six strikeouts in three innings of work in relief of starter Matt Reitz (Covenant College) who left the game after three innings with the score tied, having allowed Shanks' three-run triple in the third inning. Deylen Miley (Tiffin) had his second three-hit game in as many nights, driving in two runs on a double and two singles, Ortiz matched Miley and Anderson with a game-high three hits, Anj Bourgeois (Biola) had an RBI-double and Daniel Jung (Notre Dame) added an RBI-single to highlight the Catch offense. Click here for recaps of this game
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