It’s no secret that pitching wins championships.
If the first two games at the National Baseball Congress World Series are any indication, the Santa Barbara Foresters should be the odds-on favorites to defend their national title.
Luke Taggart recovered from a rough first inning to retire 16 consecutive batters, striking out 10 of them to lead the Foresters to a 6-1 win over the Great Bend Bat Cats.
Santa Barbara starters have given up only one run over 12 innings thus far in Wichita, while the bullpen has worked six scoreless innings.
Carson Carter, Clayton Beeter and Brad Demco surrendered only a single hit to close things out.
The Foresters offense got going in the second inning, with Zach Presno smashing his seventh home run of the summer to tie the game, with Blake Hall following with a ground-rule double, eventually scoring on Quentin Selma’s infield single to shortstop.
Santa Barbara added a run in third on a bases-loaded walk by Ross Cadena.
Jacob Katzfey drove home two with a triple in the fourth inning, scoring moments later on a Nick Bellafronto sacrifice fly.
Santa Barbara will complete pool play on Tuesday against the Gameday Saints, at a time yet to be determined.