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Santa Barbara, CA Foresters- At-Large

California Collegiate League
Granted an at-large bid after a 3-1 finish in 2019, Santa Barbara is the only team to have appeared in all 21 Modern Wood Era tournaments. The Foresters have proved to be one of the power teams in the tournament, winning seven NBC World Series titles in the last 13 years.
In addition to being a power summer baseball team in California Collegiate Baseball League and the NBC World Series, several Foresters alumni have made their name on the Major League stage. Well-known MLB players such as James Shields, Matt Garza, Delwyn Young, Sean Tracey, and Wichita State Baseball great Conor Gillaspie have all played for the Foresters.
In the 2019 NBC World Series, the Foresters led the NBC World Series in pitching with a 1.80 earned run average to go along with 49 strikeouts.
August 4, Eck Stadium, Wichita, Kansas
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WICHITA, Kan. – Only allowing two hits, the Santa Barbara, CA Foresters defeated the Denver, CO Cougars 8-0 by run-rule in the seventh inning in the 2020 NBC World Series powered by Evergy on Tuesday night at Eck Stadium.

Christian Encarnacion and Casey Dykstra led the Foresters with two hits each, Dykstra co-leading the team with two RBIs.

Matthew McLain came up with the first home run at Eck Stadium of the 2020 NBC World Series in the top of the first inning, with a sacrifice fly following a ground-rule double scoring the second run of the game for the Foresters. Santa Barbara scored again off a wild pitch to extend its lead 3-0 heading into the middle of the first.

Sean McLain smashed a home run in the top of the fourth inning with a runner on base to extend the Foresters’ lead to five runs, with another home run by Encarnacion allowing Santa Barbara to go up 6-0. Dykstra capped off Santa Barbara’s scoring run with a two-run home run in the top of the sixth inning.

Santa Barbara will play the Liberal, KS Bee Jays on Thursday in Wichita. The Cougars will play the Hattiesburg, MS Black Sox on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. at Eck Stadium.

August 6, Eck Stadium, Wichita, Kansas
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WICHITA, Kan. – Santa Barbara, CA Foresters’ pitchers Sean Johnson, Coleman Huntley III, Peyton Pallette and Elijah Trest  pitched a no-hitter to help the Foresters to an 8-0 win over the Liberal, KS Bee Jays in the 2020 NBC World Series powered by Evergy on Thursday night at Eck Stadium.

Johnson (Ole Miss), Huntley III (Point Loma Nazarena), Pallette and Trest (Arkansas) threw the first no-hitter in the NBC World Series since August 14, 2001, when Seth Hill of Prairie Gravel, IL achieved the milestone against Clarinda, IA.

Getting the start and pitching the first six innings, Johnson came up with seven strikeouts and retired all the batters that he faced. Facing only three batters in the top of the seventh inning, Huntley III dominated with three strikeouts to keep the no-hitter alive heading into the eighth inning.

Pallette kept the momentum going with three strikeouts in the eighth inning. Trest came up with a strikeout and retired the other two batters he faced following a walk to give the Foresters the collective no-hitter.

Branden Boissiere led the Foresters on offense with a 3-for-5 performance at the plate with two runs and two RBIs. Eight different Santa Barbara hitters recorded at least one hit on Thursday.

The Foresters advance in the winner’s bracket, facing the Cheney, KS Diamond Dawgs on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Eck Stadium in Wichita. Liberal will have a rematch with the Houston, TX Express on Friday at 6 p.m. at Eck Stadium.

August 8, Eck Stadium, Wichita, Kansas
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WICHITA, Kan. – The Santa Barbara, KS Foresters secured its spot in Monday night’s championship game in the 2020 NBC World Series powered by Evergy with a 5-1 victory over the Cheney, KS Diamond Dawgs on Saturday night at Eck Stadium.

Santa Barbara will make its 10th championship game appearance in NBC World Series history, having a 7-2 record overall in the finals. The Foresters will also make its sixth championship game appearance in the last 10 years at the NBC World Series.

Casey Dykstra led the Foresters with a 3-for-3 day at the plate to go with three RBIs while Ryan Holgate came up with a 2-for-3 outing and scored two runs. Pitcher Kyle Luckham Came up with four strikeouts in six innings pitched for the Foresters.

Following a double by Jace Jung, who advanced to third base off a wild pitch, the Foresters scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the first after a fielding error by Cheney. Sean McLain drew a two-out walk and advanced to second off a wild pitch in the bottom of the second inning, scoring off an RBI single by Dykstra to move the Foresters ahead 2-0.

A wild pitch and an RBI triple in the bottom of the fourth inning allowed the Foresters to double its lead, with Dykstra coming up with an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning to give Santa Barbara a five-run lead. Cheney avoided the shutout in the top of the ninth inning, scoring its only run off a double by Jackson Glenn.

Cheney will face the winner between the Hutchinson, KS Monarchs and the Houston, TX Express on Sunday night at 6 p.m. at Eck Stadium.

August 10, Eck Stadium, Wichita, Kansas
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WICHITA, Kan – The Santa Barbara, CA Foresters claimed the 2020 NBC World Series powered by Evergy title and its eighth NBC championship in franchise history on Monday night at Eck Stadium, defeating the Cheney, KS Diamond Dawgs 12-3.

Santa Barbara’s four wins mark the first time the tournament champion had four wins. The Foresters’ perfect fielding percentage is also the first time in NBC World Series history where a team playing more than three games has had a 1.000 defensive mark.

Sean Johnson (Ole Miss) earned tournament MVP honors, earning a win, save in six innings pitched throughout the tournament. Santa Barbara had five players record a multi-hit game, with Sean McLain going 3-for-3 with three runs and an RBI.

The Foresters immediately hit the ground running, with Jace Jung giving Santa Barbara a 2-0 lead following a leadoff single by Matt McLain in the top of the first inning. A wild pitch added an insurance run later in the inning and extended the Foresters’ lead to three runs.

Hunter Cullen hit a solo home run in the top of the fourth inning to extend the Foresters’ lead, with Christian Encarnacion coming up with an RBI single later in the inning to make it a 5-0 Santa Barbara advantage. McLain drove in another run for the Foresters in the top of the fifth inning, hitting a two-out RBI single to put the Foresters ahead by six runs. Matthew McLain came up in the clutch in the following at-bat, hitting a two-run home run to give Santa Barbara an 8-0 lead.

The Foresters scored for the third straight inning in the top of the sixth, tacking on two more runs with an RBI single and scoring off a fielding error to move ahead 10-0. Texas Tech’s Jace Jung drove in the game’s 11th run with a sacrifice fly to left field in the top of the seventh inning, giving the Foresters its fourth straight inning with a run. A 1-3 putout allowed a second runner to score in the top of the seventh, putting the Foresters ahead by 12 runs.

Caleb Farmer helped Cheney avoid the shutout in the top of the ninth inning, hitting a three-run home run to cut the deficit to single digits.

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