Cal Poly baseball infielder Mark Mathias reached base three times Friday, but Team USA was held to just one hit and fell 1-0 to Japan in the opening game of the 27th edition of Honkbal Week.
USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team, which won a three-game International Friendship Series against Japan, two games to one, earlier in the week, fell to 11-3-2 with the loss.
Hitting fourth and playing third base, Mathias was hit by a pitch and walked twice for Team USA, which continues the double round-robin portion of the tournament today with a prime-time showdown against the host Netherlands.
Mathias has hit safely in 13 of Team USA’s 16 games this summer and has reached base in every game. Mathias is 20 for 54 (.370) in 16 games for Team USA this summer with seven doubles, one home run, nine RBI, 13 runs scored and six stolen bases. He is one of just two Team USA players to start all 16 games.
Youth football camp at Mission Prep
Mission Prep is hosting a football skills camp for kids ages 7 to 14. Running July 21 through 24, cost per camper is $75 until the day before the camp opens.
Royals head coach Chad Henry leads the camp and will be joined by assistant Rich Seubert, a Super Bowl champion and former NFL offensive lineman, and seven other former NCAA Division I players.
For details, see www.missionprep.org/athletics/summer-sports-camps.
SLO Blues top Conejo Oaks, 8-3
Jacob Hoyle was 3 for 4 with three RBI, Sheldon Neuse and Collin Ferguson had two hits apiece, and the San Luis Obispo Blues took an 8-3 summer collegiate baseball victory over the visiting Conejo Oaks.
Hoyle and Joel Atkinson each had a double, and starter Zach Mercier earned the win, allowing two runs on three hits and three walks in five innings while striking out three.
Three Blues relievers combined to allow three hits and a walk as the Oaks mustered six hits.
North County outdueled late
Fomer San Luis Obispo High standout Davey Casciola homered and Paso Robles High product Mac Stuart tripled, but the North County Indians lost 7-5 to the San Francisco Seals.
Casciola was 3 for 5 with two RBI, Stuart was 1 for 3 with two runs and two walks, and Josh Ramirez was 2 for 4 with a double.
The Seals trailed 5-4 after six innings but scored single runs in each of the final three frames to earn the victory.