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An Action-Packed August of Santa Barbara Sports

The lazy days of summer time? Not taking place this August in Santa Barbara. Though athletes are acquiring prepared to contend in the Santa Barbara Triathlon just after acquiring missed out final calendar year because of the pandemic spectators have returned to the polo fields, exactly where the action-packed Pacific Coastline Open up is being played “Soccer Heaven” is open at UCSB and significant university stadiums are about to open for the initial fall soccer period because 2019.

Let’s begin this report with baseball and the Santa Barbara Foresters. If something could be explained as “business as standard,” it is that the Foresters lassoed Lonestar, Texas, 14-2, very last Saturday to acquire the championship of the 87th National Baseball Congress (NBC) Planet Collection. It was Santa Barbara’s ninth NBC title — an unmatched record — such as two back again-to-again successes, 2011-12 and now 2020-21.

The Foresters also created background by successful the first match in Wichita’s new Riverfront Stadium following concluding the 2018 World Sequence with a victory at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium before it was torn down.

Coach Invoice Pintard’s group finished this summer season with 21 consecutive wins following a slower-than-normal 14-7 start off. Amid their standouts were being Oklahoma pitcher Ben Abram and outfielder Kendall Pettis. Their youngest player was Max McGwire, an Oklahoma-certain very first baseman and son of slugger Mark McGwire.

Pintard mentioned there was a pivotal moment in the second NBC game when he brought a newcomer, relief pitcher Matt Magre of Arkansas, to the mound with the rating tied 4-4 from the Wichita Sluggers: “I mentioned, ‘Son, the bases are loaded with no one out, and they obtained a dude who can hit the ball into the river. Welcome to the Foresters. Go get ’em.’” He did, and Santa Barbara gained, 9-4.

The NBC also acknowledged the Foresters by naming New York Mets next baseman Jeff McNeil as the receiver of its 2021 Graduate of the Yr Award. McNeil, a Goleta indigenous who attended Nipomo High and Extended Seaside Condition, batted .345 for the Foresters in the course of their NBC title operate in 2011.

A different baseball milestone was established past Saturday by previous Santa Barbara Town Higher education pitcher Tyler Gilbert. The rookie southpaw with the Arizona Diamondbacks threw a no-hitter in his initially start, a 7- earn in excess of the San Diego Padres, only the next time in present day key-league heritage a pitcher built his debut with a no-hitter. Gilbert arrived to SBCC from northern California and built 27 starts in 2013 and 2014, compiling a 3.11 Era.

Tri Custom: The Santa Barbara Triathlon was suspended in 2018 because of the Montecito debris movement disaster and all over again last calendar year simply because of COVID. Now a person of the oldest triathlons in the place is prepared for its 40th anniversary of swimming, biking, and jogging on Saturday, August 28.

“It’s a huge element of my daily life in Santa Barbara,” reported Dawn Schroeder, who was a UCSB swimmer when she did her 1st triathlon right here and now is moving into the 55-59 age group. “For lots of of us, it is on a par with Fiesta. You get in shape and drive your body by way of each and every summer time.”

She remembered doing the sprint triathlon with Sue Peterson when the two had been pretty pregnant. They were carrying Grant Schroeder, who became a water polo participant and triathlete at UC Berkeley, and Lakey Peterson, a person of the world’s best surfers.

Joe Coito, who expertly organized the triathlon for a quarter of a century, has moved out of city and turned the challenge more than to the spouse-husband team of Elizabeth and Gerry Rodrigues. They have been consulting Coito frequently with only a couple months to put together for this year’s party.

They chose to get started out by holding all the divisions (long training course, sprint class, relays, spouse and children race, swim-bicycle and bicycle-operate) on the exact working day. Due to the fact only so a lot of bikes can be contained in the changeover region at East Beach, there is a limit of 1,000 entries.

“We just offered out,” Elizabeth Rodrigues mentioned last week. “The athletes want to get back out there. Next 12 months, we approach to go back to two days.”


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Again in the Saddle: In its 110th calendar year, the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club managed to stage the highlight of its polo season, the Pacific Coastline Open, last summer months. But there was no public viewers to view Klentner Ranch declare the towering silver-and-gold trophy with a 9-8 victory above Santa Clara.

High-objective polo has occur roaring back again in 2021, and lovers are filling the seats and fieldside tents, shocked at the pace with which gorgeous, properly-trained horses chase a very little white ball from a person conclusion of a 300-property field to another.

Klentner Ranch is attempting to continue a streak it began previous 12 months. The four-person group, helmed by the father-son combo of Justin and Jake Klentner, is undefeated this summertime, successful the 16-aim Robert Skene Trophy and USPA Silver Cup tournaments.

“This one’s for the triple crown,” Jesse Bray stated as the PCO got underway Sunday. The 28-year-old Bray, a rising American star, and Argentine whiz Santiago Toccalino blended for 11 aims in Klentner’s 13-11 victory more than Lucchese. In other very first-round matches, BenSoleimani.com outscored Farmers and Merchants Lender, 12-8, and Antelope edged Santa Clara, 8-7.

Farmers and Retailers has the ultimate father-son group: 67-yr-previous Daniel Walker and son Matt, 44, and Lucas Criado, 48, and son Lucitas, 18. “If we win, it would be a historical second in significant-objective polo,” said the elder Walker, who’s essentially the 3rd in a four-technology polo-enjoying loved ones.

Two a lot more rounds, slated Friday — including a do-or-die FMB-Lucchese matchup — and Sunday will determine the semifinalists, and the grand finale is Sunday, August 29. For data, stop by sbpolo.com.

Back on the Pitch: The yr 2020 was going to be a large 1 for soccer at More durable Stadium, but the full period and a UCSB-hosted men’s School Cup have been casualties of COVID. The Gauchos are all set to commence all more than once more with the women’s crew hosting Iowa Condition this 7 days (Thu., Aug. 19) and the gentlemen playing property video games from Westmont Higher education on Saturday, San Diego on Thursday (Aug. 26) and Cal on Sunday (Aug. 29), all at 7 p.m.

Friday Evening Lights: Just after a shortened period in the spring with limited attendance, prep soccer is back for a total tumble plan. Santa Barbara Significant and San Marcos both kick off at dwelling Friday night time (Aug. 20), the Dons versus Saugus and the Royals against Morro Bay. Other county teams opening Friday are Santa Ynez at Nipomo, Lompoc hosting Paso Robles, and Cabrillo at Nordhoff.

Next Friday (Aug. 27), the lineup is: Santa Barbara at Thousand Oaks, San Marcos at Santa Maria, Dos Pueblos at Nordhoff, Oxnard at Bishop Diego (at SBCC), Carpinteria at Morro Bay, Fillmore at Santa Ynez, Lompoc at Righetti, and Nipomo at Cabrillo. All games begin at 7 p.m.


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