Blues get out to big lead and hold on for win

The San Luis Obispo Blues got out to a 5-0 lead after the third inning Monday night in Compton, and held on to win a California Collegiate League baseball game over the MLB Urban Academy Barons, 6-3.

With the win, the Blues (26-11, 17-10), ranked 17th in the nation among summer collegiate clubs in the latest Top 25, stayed within striking distance of the first-place, fifth-ranked Santa Barbara Foresters (28-8, 20-8) in the CCL standings.

The two Central Coast league powers will face off twice later this week at SLO Stadium in Sinsheimer Park, with the first meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday and the second at 6 p.m. Thursday.

On Monday, Cuesta College’s Alex Detz, formerly a Mission Prep star, went 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored to help lead the Blues’ eight-hit attack.

Nick Grim, a Monterey Peninsula College transfer and incoming Cal Poly signee, came to the mound in the seventh, earning his second save of the season after striking out six batters in three shutout innings of two-hit ball.

Travis Huber (3-0) picked up the win, scattering four hits while yielding three earned runs in six innings. He had seven strikeouts and one walk.

The Blues won despite stranding eight base runners.

Brandon Wood added a two-run triple for San Luis Obispo, which is off today.

Cal State San Bernardino’s Josh Lee hit a home run in the loss for the Barons (7-22, 7-21).