A four-run fifth inning carried the San Luis Obispo Blues to a 5-4 win over the Las Vegas Baseball Club in a California Collegiate League game Monday night.
The Blues came into the fifth down 4-1, but solid pitching throughout made the sudden rally stand up the rest of the way.
With the victory, the Blues (31-12) improved to 22-11 in the CCL standings and moved into a tie atop the league. They came into the day a half-game back of the Santa Barbara Foresters (32-11, 21-10). A league title — which would snap a streak of eight straight by Santa Barbara — would clinch an automatic berth into the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kan.
Starter Dylan Mendoza (2-1) earned the win. He gave up seven hits in five innings, allowing four earned runs, striking out four batters and walking two.
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Kyle Martin picked up the save, his sixth of the summer. He struck out two of the three batters he faced while tossing a hitless ninth inning.
Michael Holback also had a solid outing for the Blues, tossing three innings of one-hit ball with four strikeouts.
Alex Detz continued his strong season in Monday’s game. The second baseman from Cuesta College and Mission Prep went 1 for 3, drove in one run and drew a walk.
Brannon Champagne and Adam Frazier had identical batting lines, each going 2 for 5 with a double and a run for San Luis Obispo.
The Blues are off today. They’ll play a doubleheader at the Glendale Angelenos on Wednesday night, before returning to SLO Stadium for a league home game against the Orange County Pioneers at 6 p.m. Thursday.