For the second straight night, the San Luis Obispo Rattlers rode a two-out, ninth-inning comeback to a summer collegiate baseball victory.
The Rattlers (4-2) used two RBI singles in the ninth to pull ahead and held on in the bottom of the inning for a 2-1 road victory against the Santa Maria Packers on Thursday.
San Luis Obispo scored three runs on a bases-loaded, two-out double for a 6-5 victory over the Packers on Wednesday. “Today was the same thing,” Rattlers manager Aaron Levin said, “so it’s nice to see that we can battle back.”
With two outs and two strikes, Mark Flores came through with a pinch-hit RBI single to tie the score, and two batters later, Kyle Crist knocked in Flores for the winning run with another single.
San Luis Obispo’s Griffin Paul struck out the side in the ninth to earn the save and seal the win for reliever Jared Levin, who threw 1 2⁄3 scoreless innings. Rattlers starter Jason Bell gave up one run in 6 1⁄3 innings while striking out four and walking two.
Mark Velazquez was 2 for 4, leading San Luis Obispo at the plate.
BLUES 17, CAL POLY CLUB 4
The San Luis Obispo Blues pounced for six first-inning runs against the Cal Poly Club team and won their third straight summer collegiate baseball game after an 0-2 start.
The Blues (3-2) were led by their seventh through ninth hitters, who accounted for nine of the team’s 17 hits.
In order, Cody Dufrene was 3 for 4 with a solo home run and four RBI, Matt Shortall had a two-run homer while batting 3 for 4 with three RBI, and Austin Cristensen was 3 for 4 with a double, a triple and four runs scored.
Cuesta College’s Sean Mullen picked up the victory, allowing two runs —one earned — on two hits, four walks and five strikeouts in five innings.
Ryan Brekke was 2 for 3 with three runs to lead Cal Poly Club.
ATASCADERO HIGH LOOKING FOR COACHES
The Atascadero High athletics department is looking to hire new head coaches for its varsity boys basketball and wrestling programs.
For more information, contact athletic director Sam DeRose at 462-4311.