The San Luis Obispo Blues’ summer collegiate baseball team couldn’t hold off the Santa Barbara Foresters on Saturday in dropping an 8-4 California Collegiate League game.
After the Blues won the series opener 10-4 on Friday, the Foresters (9-3) overcame an early 3-0 deficit to jump back into first place in the CCL standings at 5-2. San Luis Obispo (8-3) is 5-3 in the league standings.
The Blues were held to five hits by five Foresters pitchers. Starter Albert Minnis allowed one hit in five innings but left the game trailing 3-0.
San Luis Obispo manufactured a first-inning run when Sal Belfonte walked with one out, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a ground out.
The Blues added two more runs in the fifth when Dylan Gavin walked with one out, Brannon Champagne was hit by a pitch and both runners stole a base. After Gavin was thrown out at home on a fielder’s choice, Tanner Witt singled to score two runs.
Santa Barbara immediately responded with three runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie it at 3 thanks to two hits and two Blues errors and a sacrifice fly.
The Foresters took control in the sixth with three more runs on a double by Blake Brown, an error and an RBI single by Nipomo High graduate Jeff McNeil.
While the Blues were held to five hits, Santa Barbara had 13 hits, including three by Brown and Derek Legg, and two hits by James Wharton.
The two teams conclude their three-game series today at 1 p.m. in Santa Barbara.