Sports roundup: SLO Rattlers sweep East L.A. Dodgers

With a 4-0 victory at SLO Stadium on Sunday, the San Luis Obispo Rattlers finished off a three-game sweep of the East L.A. Dodgers, winning their fifth consecutive summer collegiate baseball game.

The Rattlers (7-2) opened a stretch of 23 games in 19 days with a doubleheader sweep Saturday, beating the Dodgers 4-1 and 4-3 in 12 innings.

On Saturday, starter Josh Wise pitched seven innings and reliever Jared Levin finished off the four-hit shutout coming on for the final two.

Marc Flores was 3 for 4 with a double and two RBI, and Trevor Nathanson was 2 for 3 with two RBI for San Luis Obispo, which scored two runs in the bottom of the first and led 3-0 after three.

The key to rebounding from a two-game losing streak has been the defense, which did not make an error Sunday. “The pitchers are battling in there, and we’re playing really good defense,” Rattlers manager Aaron Levin said. “We’re picking each other up.

“We started off a little bit shaky defensively. Early in the season, season guys were just getting into town, but now they’re finally starting to settle in and play solid defense,” he said.

Indians lose first game

After rattling off six straight summer collegiate baseball victories to start the season, the North County Indians suffered their first loss Sunday at Templeton High.

Aaron Ashton led the Indians (6-1) with two home runs, including a two-run homer to tie the score in the bottom of the ninth inning, but the Nor Cal Longhorns scored three in the 10th to secure the 7-4 win.

Ashton also had a solo shot to tie the score at 2-2 in the seventh.

It was the second straight day that a North County player hit two home runs in a game.

The Indians swept a doubleheader against Nor Cal on Saturday, winning 26-1 and 4-3 in two seven-inning games.

In the 25-run victory, former Atascadero High standout Bryce Cherry homered twice.