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Summer collegiate baseball: Rattlers defeat a defending champ

San Luis Obispo Rattlers catcher Quentin Cate was 2 for 4 with a home run and a double to help the team defeat the defending NBC World Series champion Santa Barbara Foresters 13-4 on Wednesday.

Cate drove in four runs and scored twice but Colt Ferguson, Kyle Reesing and Todd Fleener also got into the offensive act.

Ferguson and Reesing, the team’s leadoff and No. 2 hitters, combine to go 6 for 9. Each player had an RBI while Reesing also drove in a pair of runs.

Fleener had two RBI after a 2 for 4 effort from the plate.

Rattlers starting pitcher Sam Jones earned the win after five innings of work in which he allowed six of the Forester's seven hits. Jones walked four and struck out six.

Wednesday's game was the second time this summer the Rattlers (14-9) have played Santa Barbara (20-3) tough.

When the two teams met June 22, Santa Barbara pulled out a 7-6 win after the Rattlers committed five errors and left the bases loaded twice.

San Luis Obispo Blues 10, Monterey, 1

Mike Woolery made his first start for the San Luis Obispo Blues since joining the team less than a week ago.

Woolery appeared in a mop-up role during his first game with the club Saturday, but he was allowed to showcase his arm for five innings against the Monterey Wolfpack.

His starting effort helped the Blues (21-10) defeat the Wolfpack, giving the team its ninth consecutive win.

Woolery, a Concordia University pitcher, allowed Monterey's only run off a solo home run in the fourth inning. Despite the one hiccup, Woolery (2-0) surrendered only three hits and a walk while striking out six.

After five strong innings from Woolery, Carson Bryant came in and threw two shutout innings while fanning six hitters.

"Between the two of them, they were dominant," Blues head coach Chal Fanning said about Woolery and Bryant. "They had really good stuff and kept Monterey from getting any momentum."

The game's offensive momentum was in the Blues corner all game.

Blues outfielder Jordan Cruz pieced together a 3 for 3 game with a walk, a triple, two runs scored and two RBI.

Blues shortstop Ian O'Connor was 2 for 3 with three RBI and one run scored.

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