The San Luis Obispo Rattlers overcame a strong start from Nipomo High standout Ryan McNeil to beat the California Wahoos 3-1 in a summer collegiate baseball game Monday at SLO Stadium.
McNeil retired the first 10 batters he faced and allowed just one hit through five innings before Rattlers designated hitter Gabe Loweree led off the sixth with a double.
After a single by Nigel Morton moved Loweree to third, former San Luis Obispo High star and current Cuesta College standout Davey Schultz hit a sacrifice fly to tie the score at 1-1.
Two batters later, incoming Cal Poly freshman Jimmy Allen singled in Morton to give the Rattlers their first lead.Morton, who finished 2 for 3 with a walk, singled in Kyle Wise for the final margin an inning later.
The Wahoos, an 18-and-under team comprised almost exclusively of players from either the Los Padres League or PAC 7, got two hits and a run scored from LPL MVP Nicho Dellavalle of Santa Ynez High.
Cal Poly reliever Jeff Johnson struck out the side in the ninth to pick up the save for the Rattlers (17-18), who have won seven of their past eight games.
Conejo Oaks 2, San Luis Obispo Blues 0Conejo’s Blair Walters scattered six hits in a complete game shutout.
Mike Kindel had a double and Matt Juengel added two singles for the Blues (23-13,17-9 CCL).
San Luis Obispo starter Dylan Mendoza was the hard luck loser, allowing one run on three hits in five innings. He struck out four with no walks.