An Action-Packed August of Santa Barbara Sports

The lazy times of summer time? Not taking place this August in Santa Barbara. While athletes are getting completely ready to compete in the Santa Barbara Triathlon after having skipped out last 12 months simply because of the pandemic spectators have returned to the polo fields, where the action-packed Pacific Coast Open up is staying performed “Soccer Heaven” is open up at UCSB and superior college stadiums are about to open up for the first tumble soccer period because 2019.

Let us start out this report with baseball and the Santa Barbara Foresters. If just about anything could be described as “business as normal,” it is that the Foresters lassoed Lonestar, Texas, 14-2, previous Saturday to get the championship of the 87th National Baseball Congress (NBC) World Sequence. It was Santa Barbara’s ninth NBC title — an unrivaled document — together with two back-to-back again successes, 2011-12 and now 2020-21.

The Foresters also manufactured background by profitable the to start with event in Wichita’s new Riverfront Stadium soon after concluding the 2018 Planet Collection with a victory at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium prior to it was torn down.

Mentor Bill Pintard’s workforce concluded this summer with 21 consecutive wins just after a slower-than-standard 14-7 start out. Among the their standouts had been Oklahoma pitcher Ben Abram and outfielder Kendall Pettis. Their youngest player was Max McGwire, an Oklahoma-sure initial baseman and son of slugger Mark McGwire.

Pintard reported there was a pivotal minute in the 2nd NBC recreation when he brought a newcomer, reduction pitcher Matt Magre of Arkansas, to the mound with the rating tied 4-4 versus the Wichita Sluggers: “I claimed, ‘Son, the bases are loaded with no one out, and they acquired a male who can strike the ball into the river. Welcome to the Foresters. Go get ’em.’” He did, and Santa Barbara won, 9-4.

The NBC also recognized the Foresters by naming New York Mets 2nd baseman Jeff McNeil as the recipient of its 2021 Graduate of the Year Award. McNeil, a Goleta indigenous who attended Nipomo Superior and Extensive Beach State, batted .345 for the Foresters during their NBC title operate in 2011.

An additional baseball milestone was established previous Saturday by previous Santa Barbara Town College pitcher Tyler Gilbert. The rookie southpaw with the Arizona Diamondbacks threw a no-hitter in his initial get started, a 7- gain around the San Diego Padres, only the 2nd time in contemporary significant-league heritage a pitcher manufactured his debut with a no-hitter. Gilbert came to SBCC from northern California and created 27 commences in 2013 and 2014, compiling a 3.11 Era.

Tri Custom: The Santa Barbara Triathlon was suspended in 2018 due to the fact of the Montecito debris circulation disaster and yet again past calendar year mainly because of COVID. Now a single of the oldest triathlons in the state is all set for its 40th anniversary of swimming, biking, and functioning on Saturday, August 28.

“It’s a significant portion of my lifestyle in Santa Barbara,” stated Dawn Schroeder, who was a UCSB swimmer when she did her first triathlon listed here and now is moving into the 55-59 age group. “For numerous of us, it is on a par with Fiesta. You get in form and force your entire body through each and every summer time.”

She remembered performing the dash triathlon with Sue Peterson when both ended up very pregnant. They ended up carrying Grant Schroeder, who grew to become a water polo participant and triathlete at UC Berkeley, and Lakey Peterson, just one of the world’s ideal surfers.

Joe Coito, who expertly structured the triathlon for a quarter of a century, has moved out of town and turned the venture about to the wife-husband team of Elizabeth and Gerry Rodrigues. They have been consulting Coito often with only a couple of months to prepare for this year’s celebration.

They chose to begin out by holding all the divisions (very long class, dash course, relays, family members race, swim-bicycle and bike-operate) on the exact same day. Because only so quite a few bikes can be contained in the transition space at East Beach, there is a restrict of 1,000 entries.

“We just offered out,” Elizabeth Rodrigues stated last 7 days. “The athletes want to get back again out there. Future 12 months, we program to go back again to two days.”


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Again in the Saddle: In its 110th 12 months, the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club managed to phase the spotlight of its polo period, the Pacific Coastline Open up, very last summertime. But there was no public audience to view Klentner Ranch claim the towering silver-and-gold trophy with a 9-8 victory more than Santa Clara.

Higher-target polo has appear roaring back in 2021, and enthusiasts are filling the seats and fieldside tents, surprised at the pace with which wonderful, well-experienced horses chase a minimal white ball from a single finish of a 300-yard area to an additional.

Klentner Ranch is trying to keep on a streak it started off past calendar year. The 4-man staff, helmed by the father-son combo of Justin and Jake Klentner, is undefeated this summer season, winning the 16-target Robert Skene Trophy and USPA Silver Cup tournaments.

“This one’s for the triple crown,” Jesse Bray claimed as the PCO obtained underway Sunday. The 28-year-outdated Bray, a climbing American star, and Argentine whiz Santiago Toccalino mixed for 11 aims in Klentner’s 13-11 victory in excess of Lucchese. In other initial-spherical matches, BenSoleimani.com outscored Farmers and Retailers Bank, 12-8, and Antelope edged Santa Clara, 8-7.

Farmers and Merchants has the ultimate father-son team: 67-calendar year-aged Daniel Walker and son Matt, 44, and Lucas Criado, 48, and son Lucitas, 18. “If we gain, it would be a historic moment in substantial-objective polo,” mentioned the elder Walker, who’s truly the third in a 4-generation polo-enjoying loved ones.

Two additional rounds, slated Friday — like a do-or-die FMB-Lucchese matchup — and Sunday will ascertain the semifinalists, and the grand finale is Sunday, August 29. For info, take a look at sbpolo.com.

Back on the Pitch: The yr 2020 was heading to be a significant one for soccer at More challenging Stadium, but the entire year and a UCSB-hosted men’s College or university Cup had been casualties of COVID. The Gauchos are all set to get started all about all over again with the women’s staff hosting Iowa Condition this week (Thu., Aug. 19) and the guys participating in house video games in opposition to Westmont Faculty on Saturday, San Diego on Thursday (Aug. 26) and Cal on Sunday (Aug. 29), all at 7 p.m.

Friday Evening Lights: Soon after a shortened time in the spring with restricted attendance, prep soccer is back for a total drop plan. Santa Barbara Large and San Marcos each kick off at property Friday night (Aug. 20), the Dons versus Saugus and the Royals towards Morro Bay. Other county groups opening Friday are Santa Ynez at Nipomo, Lompoc internet hosting Paso Robles, and Cabrillo at Nordhoff.

Up coming 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 video games get started at 7 p.m.


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