Santa Barbara Foresters v Healdsburg Prune Packers. | Credit: Paul Wellman (file)

The Santa Barbara Foresters announced that they will play a 30-game schedule of summer collegiate baseball at Pershing Park from Wednesday, July 1, to Sunday, August 2.

In observance of COVID-19 restrictions, no fans will be allowed in the ballpark, and all players, coaches, and team personnel will be screened according to county health guidelines.

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Because the professional minor leagues have been shut down, the Foresters will have one of their strongest lineups in the past 30 years. Manager Bill Pintard said, “Ten guys are top 10 [major league] draft picks,” including UCLA shortstop Matthew McLain, a former first-rounder.

The roster will include three Santa Barbara High grads, pitchers Bryce Warrecker and Derek True (both Cal Poly) and outfielder Nick Oakley (UCSB).

Inland Empire will face the Foresters in their opener. Games will be played at 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Pintard said the Foresters will not be going to this year’s 86th National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kansas, ending their streak of 27 consecutive appearances. They brought home the championship trophy seven times, more than any other team.

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