The San Luis Obispo Blues summer collegiate baseball team stayed hot Friday evening, winning their sixth straight game with a 3-1 California Collegiate League victory over the Orange County Pioneers at SLO Stadium.
With six games to go, the Blues (29-11, 20-10) came into the day a half-game back of the Santa Barbara Foresters in the league standings.
The Foresters (21-10) shut out the Glendale Angelenos 3-0 to remain in first place.
The Blues stayed in contention for the title — one that would break the Foresters’ active streak of eight straight championships.
Reliever Paul Twining (1-0) earned the win thanks to four perfect innings. He struck out three batters after coming on in the sixth. All of his pitches went for strikes in the eighth.
Each of the Blues’ eight hits was produced by a different player.
Former Mission Prep and current Cuesta College standout Alex Detz accounted for one of them, going 1 for 4 with an RBI groundout, and Paso Robles grad Thomas Bernal, now a catcher at Kentucky, added a 1-for-3 performance with a double.
Max Homick, a highly touted, ambidextrous incoming freshman at the University of San Diego, went 1 for 1, scored a run and drew three walks for San Luis Obispo.
Carlos Rodriguez had a solid start for the Blues, scattering four hits during the first five innings, in which he gave up one earned run, fanned seven batters and walked three.
The Blues will now hit the road for a three-game series beginning today at the Las Vegas Baseball Club.