Austin Kaiser, a former Atascadero High boys golfer who is now an Allan Hancock College sophomore, is expected to sign his National Letter of Intent today to play for San Diego State, according to Hancock College coach Mike Denne.
Kaiser ended his Bulldogs career with a fourth-place finish at the junior college state championships May 14. He fired a 1-over 143, including shooting a 70 on the second day. He was named the Western State Conference MVP after shooting an average score of 72.6.
Kaiser holds Atascadero’s scoring school record at 67. In his senior year, he was named the PAC 7 MVP and an all-CIF team member.
San Luis Obispo Blues win league opener
The San Luis Obispo Blues exploded for six runs in the second inning on their way to a dominating 7-1 road win over the Conejo Oaks in their California Collegiate League opener Wednesday night.
Starting pitcher John Tiedemann had three strikeouts and gave up four hits and one earned run in four solid innings for the Blues (2-2, 1-0 CCL), who added another run in the fourth. Four Blues pitchers combined to shut out the Oaks (3-1, 0-1 CCL) over the final five innings.
Austin Grisham had three RBI, and Nick Rosso added two RBI for the Blues. Nick Flair scored twice.
SLO Rattlers rally to beat Santa Maria Packers
The SLO Rattlers rallied with a three-run ninth inning to win 6-5 at the Santa Maria Packers — thanks to Scott Shields’ two-run, two-out double base hit with the bases loaded, followed by Mark Velasquez’s go-ahead RBI single.
The Rattlers entered the ninth inning trailing 5-3.
Brian Brademan went 3 for 5 for the Rattlers, and both Velasquez and Josh Miller finished with two hits. Starting pitcher Travis Wilcox went 61⁄3 innings with two strikeouts and one earned run before James Lagorio got the win in relief.