WICHITA, Ks. - The Santa Barbara Foresters have brought their winning ways back to their second home, Wichita, Kansas.
The Foresters won a tight 7-5 game over Hays Larks as Championship Week began at the National Baseball Congress World Series.
The defending champion Foresters are now 3-0 at this year's tournament and have advanced to the semifinals.
The Foresters have won 19 straight games overall and have not lost since July 11.
Leading 6-5 Nick Proctor worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the eighth inning without allowing a run.
His six-out save wrapped up a great game for the Foresters bullpen.
Santa Barbara trailed 4-2 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning but a 3-run inning gave the Foresters their first lead of the game.
Dylan Leach executed a perfect bunt single to bring in a run while Josh Stinson added an RBI single along with a run-scoring sacrifice fly by Andrew Kachel.
After Hays Larks tied it at 5 in the fifth inning, the Foresters grabbed the lead for good on a triple play in the sixth inning.
With the bases loaded, Kachel grounded into what looked like a 4-6-3 double play but then Seth Stevenson was caught in a rundown and tagged out near the plate.
But Leach scored what proved to be the winning-run on the triple play.
The Foresters are off for the next two days.