Brewers best Foresters for CCL Championship

The Santa Barbara Foresters looked lethargic for the second and final game of the California Collegiate League Championship Series, falling 6-1 to the Los Angeles Brewers on Sunday in San Juan Capistrano.

The win gives the Brewcrew their first CCL title in the first ever CCL Championship Series, sweeping the Foresters in a best-of-three series.

The Foresters batters were only able to muster one run against Brewers starting pitcher Phillip Ferragamo, who went seven innings with seven strikeouts, before being shut down by the Los Angeles bullpen combo of Austin Boyle and Blake Bass. Four Sters errors and timely hitting from Nico Garbella allowed the Brewers to score six runs, an insurmountable number for Santa Barbara to overcome.

The trouble started early for the Foresters due in part to defensive miscues, just as the night before in Game 1. Santa Barbara starter Andrew Godail worked around an error in the top of the first inning, but in the second a dropped throw to first base allowed Nico Garbella to come to the plate with a man on and two outs. On a 1-1 pitch, Garbella nailed a belt high fastball over the short porch in left field to put the Brewers ahead 2-0, a lead they never relinquished.

Over the next three innings Godail was able to keep L.A.’s hot bats at bay, but the Sters struggling offense failed to propel the team back in to the game. The Foresters biggest threat over that span came in the bottom of the fourth, as Ryan O’Hearn and Austin Darby both singled to give S.B. a couple of base runners, but with two outs Jacob Felts was unable to do any damage, striking out to end the inning.

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