Rattlers hold on to beat Packers

Daniel Howell hit a grand slam, Robert Vickers provided some much needed insurance in the eighth inning, and the San Luis Obispo Rattlers beat the Santa Maria Valley Packers 8-5 at Elks Field in Santa Maria on Tuesday in a summer collegiate baseball game.

Howell’s slam, his third home run of the season, gave San Luis Obispo (13-17, 5-16 California Collegiate League) an early 4-0 lead.

After Santa Maria rallied to within a run at 6-5 in the eighth, Vickers two-run single put the Rattlers up three for the final margin.

Marc Damon struck out the side in the ninth inning to pick up the save.