The Santa Barbara Foresters are demonstrating a passion for the dramatic in Wichita, as the defending NBC World Series champions won again on Sunday, a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over the Hutchinson Monarchs in 13 innings.
The Foresters are now 3-0 in Wichita so far, winning their three games by a total of four runs. Two of the three contests so far have gone to extra innings.
In Sunday’s game, a contest that started at 9:30 p.m. local Wichita time, Santa Barbara found themselves trailing 3-0 after six innings.
Single runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings allowed the Foresters to extend the game into extras.
For the winning run in the top of the 13th, Arby Fields drove in his fifth run of the NBC World Series.
Santa Barbara used six pitchers, including five relievers who combined for 12 strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings. Jason Hursh was the winning pitcher for tossing a scoreless 12th and 13th innings.
The win moves the Foresters in the “Sweet Six” part of the tournament. They play Greeley or Haysville on Tuesday evening and are still guaranteed that game and at least one other.
Santa Barbara’s co-California Collegiate League champion San Luis Obispo Blues were knocked out of the tournament on Saturday.
To find more information about the NBC World Series, visit the tournament website.