The San Luis Obispo Blues’ summer collegiate league baseball team won for the second day in a row Tuesday to extend its stay at the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kan.
The Blues (40-20) won 9-1 over the Valley Center Diamond Dawgs of Kansas behind starter Andrew Lee, who tallied six strikeouts and allowed just one earned run on five hits and no walks over six innings.
The Blues will play the Wellington (Kan.) Heat today at 2 p.m.
Aaron Attaway had a pinch hit that drove in two runs for the Blues, who rallied for four runs in the seventh inning.
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Will Maddox went 2 for 5 with a run and an RBI, and Blake Allemand was 1 for 2 with a double, scoring a run and knocking in one as well.
With a lead of eight runs after eight innings, the Blues took advantage of a NBC World Series mercy rule that awards a victory to a team ahead by eight runs after eight innings.
“We did a good job of capitalizing on some errors they made early in the game,” Blues coach Chal Fanning said. “We had some timely hitting. Andrew Lee wasn’t as sharp as he usually is, but he did a good job of working out of some jams and put up some zeroes for us.”
Blues reliever Tyler King pitched the seventh and eighth innings, striking out one and allowing two hits and no runs.
The Blues are 2-1 in the double-elimination tournament and have allowed three total runs.
“It will be a dog fight,” Fanning said of today’s game. “Wellington is a good club. They play well. They’ll be fired up. Our guys will have to come out and respond.”
Fanning said he’d likely use a combination of pitchers in the game since Corey Ray, who fills the next spot in the starting rotation, needs until Thursday to rest after throwing seven innings in a 2-1 loss to the Hutchinson (Kan.) Monarchs on Saturday.