Pintard celebrates 800th win as Foresters manager

Bill Pintard - Santa Barbara Foresters

Bill Pintard won his 800th game as the Manager of the Santa Barbara Foresters. (Vince Agapito/Presidio Sports File Photo)

Bill Pintard’s dedication, hard work, leadership and love of the game have been keys to the success of the Santa Barbara Foresters baseball team.

On Saturday, Pintard earned the 800th win as manager of the Foresters as his ballclub defeated the Menlo Park Legends 10-5 at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.

Sam Odom turned in a stellar effort on the mound. He went seven innings, allowing just three hits and no runs. David Graybill and Cody Van Aken each pitched an inning of relief as the Foresters improved to 21-4 and 19-4 in the California Collegiate League.

As they’ve done often this season, the Foresters scored in the first inning. Leadoff batter Colt Atwood singled to left. Ford Stainback worked a 0-2 count into a walk and Granger Studdard singled up the middle to bring home Atwood.

Atwood drove in David Greer for a run in the fifth inning.

In the sixth, Santa Barbara exploded for six runs. Studdard doubled and scored on a single by AJ Balta. Greer then had a double down the third base line, bringing home Bret Boswell, who was hit by a pitch, and Balta. Grant Davis brought home two more runs on a double to right and Atwood added the sixth run of the game with a sac fly to right.

Santa Barbara added two more runs in the seventh off a triple from Boswell and a sac fly from Balta.

Coach Pintard was celebrated on the field after the win. Surrounded by the Forester family, Pintard was honored by current players, board members, and fans and received accolades from former players who could not be in attendance.