Both Blues and Rattlers starters strike out 10

San Luis Obispo Blues pitcher Cory Ginther struck out 10 batters in five innings to help the Blues earn a doubleheader split with the Team Vegas Baseball Club on Sunday in Las Vegas.

Ginther, a Cuesta College product, started the second game of the doubleheader after the Blues dropped a 13-10 decision in the opener.

Dylan Mendoza replaced Ginther in the sixth inning with the Blues (6-7, 5-5 California Collegiate League) up by a run. After increasing the lead to 6-3 in seventh inning, Blues closer Sean Johnson allowed two runs in the ninth before closing the door on Team Vegas (4-5, 4-5 CCL).

The Blues jumped out to an early lead in the opener on Max Duval’s run-scoring double in the first.

Santa Maria Packers 7, San Luis Obispo Rattlers 4Leading 2-0 into the seventh inning, the Rattlers surrendered all seven Santa Maria runs in the following two innings to fall behind by five.

San Luis Obispo starting pitcher Richie Mirowski scattered four hits in five innings, striking out 10 and walking none.

Former San Luis Obispo High standout Daniel Howell had two hits and two RBI for the Rattlers (8-6, 2-6 CCL) while fellow former Tiger Davey Schultz and Nigel Morton added a hit and an RBI each.

Santa Maria (8-4, 5-4 CCL) tagged D.J. Gunderson for four runs in the seventh, only one of which was earned, before adding three more in the eighth.

The Rattlers play the MP Legends today before hosting the San Luis Obispo Blues for a three-game series at SLO Stadium beginning Tuesday.