Luke Ritter

Paul Wellman

Luke Ritter

Forester of the Week: Luke Ritter

Outfielder Smashes Grand Slam in Fourth of July Gam

Luke Ritter

It was not a fireworks display but a baseball flying over the left-field fence that had the crowd looking skyward on the evening of July 4 at Pershing Park. Ritter smashed a grand-slam home run in the bottom of the seventh inning, powering the Santa Barbara Foresters to a 5-1 victory over the San Francisco Seals. The Wichita State outfielder, who was the Foresters’ MVP in 2017, hit .357 for the week. After their 10-2 victory Sunday over the MLB Academy Barons, the Foresters had a 25-3 record.

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