Blues can’t hold early lead in loss to Team Vegas

The San Luis Obispo Blues jumped out to a three-run lead in a summer collegiate game against host Team Vegas, but starting pitcher Tom Barry was unable to hold the lead, and Cal Poly signee Nick Grim gave up the winning run in a 5-4 loss.

San Luis Obispo fell to 29-12 overall (20-11 in California Collegiate League play). Team Vegas, which has yet to play a nonconference opponent, improved to 14-11 in the CCL.

The Blues dropped to one game behind the Santa Barbara Foresters for the CCL lead. Santa Barbara has won eight straight league titles.

The Foresters played Menlo Park on Saturday, but no result was available at press time.

Blues first baseman Zac Elgie, who batted 3 for 4 with three RBI, had a two-run single, and shortstop Tanner Witt added an RBI single in the third to put San Luis Obispo up 3-0.

Barry allowed only one hit through the first three innings but was touched up by Vegas in the fourth, allowing four runs on four hits, including a wild pitch that scored a run.

Grim allowed only two hits while striking out six in four innings, but the ground-rule double he gave up to Marvin Campbell in the fifth made Grim pay for walking Cameron Harper in the previous at-bat.

Harper, who was 1 for 3 with two runs and a stolen base, scored the go-ahead run on what turned out to be the decisive play after the teams combined for only one more hit the rest of the game.

Cuesta College standout Alex Detz, a former all-county performer from Mission Prep, batted 2 for 5 with a double and a run and was the only other Blues player with multiple hits.

Jordan Hanley and Kris Kaplan were each 2 for 4 with a run and an RBI for Vegas.