The San Luis Obispo Blues did their part to try and move into first place in the California Collegiate League, but even with their 11-2 win over the Orange County Pioneers on Thursday at San Luis Obispo Stadium, the race is out of their control.
Instead, it is the Santa Barbara Foresters who control their fate. With Santa Barbara’s 12-3 win over the MLB Academy Barons on Thursday, the Foresters would need to win one of their final three games to clinch a co-share of the title and two to claim the outright championship.
“We need some help for over the weekend,” Blues manager Chal Fanning said. “It’s going to make for some interesting radio listening.”
The Blues (33-13, 24-12 CCL) wouldn’t have been in this situation, though, had they not defeated the Pioneers in their final CCL game of the season. They used an 11-hit, 11-run offensive outpour to pick up a win over the Pioneers (18-13, 17-12 CCL).
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“It was really nice for us to take care of business in the CCL,” Fanning said. “Now, we just have to see where fate stands with us.”
The Blues broke the game open in the sixth inning to rush out to a 7-0 lead. Up 2-0 to begin the inning, the Blues scored two runs on a Jo Jo Sharrar double to right center, one run on an Alex Detz single and two more runs on wild pitches for a five-run inning.
The Blues will close the season with a home series against the San Luis Obispo Rattlers this weekend.