The Inland Valley Pirates (11-10-1) fell to the Santa Barbara Foresters (21-3) 11-5 on Thursday night at UCSB.
The score doesn’t indicate how close the contest was in terms of just sheer hits.
The Pirates finished the game with 12 hits, just one fewer than the Foresters.
The Foresters got out to a 7-0 lead at the end of the fourth inning, but the Pirates answered with three in the sixth to cut it to 7-3.
The three runs scored on a double by Nick Marshall.
Santa Barbara responded with two in the bottom of the inning to extend the margin back to 9-3.
Inland Valley went right back to work in the eighth plating two runs to cut the score to 9-5.
Jake Thumm and Nolan Henley scored in the inning, while Chaneng Varela provided the RBI single.
The Foresters came back with two insurance runs in the frame and held on for an 11-5 victory.
The Pirates play again tomorrow at UCSB against Conejo Oaks at 12 p.m.
Batting2B: Nick Marshall, Justin Gomez, Drew Seelman
TB: Jonny Reynoso, Chaneng Varela 3, Nick Marshall 2, Justin Gomez 3, Jake Thumm, Nick Hernandez 2, Drew Seelman 2, Nick Costello
RBI: Chaneng Varela, Nick Marshall 3
ROE: Jake Thumm
FC: Nolan Henley
PitchingL: Brett Early
HBP: Brett Early