The Blues were able to hold on to an early lead to defeat the visting Santa Barbara Foresters 3-2. Great pitching paired with clutch hitting combined for a crucial victory for the Blues.
The Foresters started off hot earning two runs in the first two innings. Starting off with a lead off triple and then an RBI double. The Foresters struck again in the second with an RBI single.
The Blues pushed back in the bottom of the second with a Price Visintainer single, he was brought in by a single from Myles Emmerson. In the fourth, Drew Judson hit a single and then was advanced to third on an error. Ricky Martinez reached second on the same error. Another Visintainer single brought in both Judson and Martinez.
A pitching battle ensued for the remainder of the game, with both teams combining for a total of 24 strikeouts Bobby Ay pitched just under six innings. He allowed two runs, seven hits and two walks, with six strikeouts. Jake Swiech pitched just over two innings in relief allowing no runs, one hit and one walk with four strikeouts. Austin Isenhart closed for the Blues letting up one hit and one walk but ultimately he struck out the side.
Coach Dan Marple was pleased with his teams’ resilience after losing 10-2 to the Foresters the previous night. “Timely hitting. We’d like to swing the bat a little better, but timely hitting is key.” Said Marple. “[Ay] did a nice job today getting ahead of the count, and just really battling.”
Coach Marple named pitcher Bobby Ay player of the game. Ay bounced back after a shaky previous start against the Healdsburg Prune Packers. “I really tried to work down in the zone, my change up was working good today so that was good it kept the guys off balance. Loved the energy out there today so I just fed off that.” Said Ay.
The Blues return to action tonight at 6 P.M. when they will take on the visiting Long Beach Legends.