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.
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.