A shiny national championship trophy graced City Council and county supervisors’ meetings with its presence this week, as Santa Barbara’s beloved Foresters baseball team returned to town as the newly crowned World Series Champions of the National Baseball Congress (NBC). A hard-fought 8-7 victory over the Twins of Derby, Kansas, last Saturday culminated in the first-ever national championship for the local amateur ball club. “We regrouped our team and went and got this year what we were supposed to get last year,” beaming team manager Bill Pintard announced to the county supervisors. The Foresters have made it to the finals of the NBC World Series twice before, but came up painfully short in 2003 and 2005. On their way to this year’s crown, the Foresters went 50-11 in the regular season, winning their 13th California Coastal League Title, and then went undefeated in the double-elimination championship tournament. Pitcher Alexander Francisco (3-0 in the tourney), 2nd baseman Hector Estrella, and 19-year-old 3rd baseman Conor Gillaspie were all named to the NBC All-America team.
— Ethan Stewart