College Sports

SLO Blues season ends with 11-inning loss to Neptune Beach Pearl

The San Luis Obispo Blues had their summer collegiate baseball season end Saturday with a 5-4, 11-inning loss to the Neptune Beach Pearl in a loser-out game of the California Collegiate League Tournament at SLO Stadium.

J.B. Moss scored the winning run for Neptune Beach in the top of the 11th inning when he reached on a single, went to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored when Blues pitcher Bryan Sammons threw the ball past first base trying to retire Michael Woodward, who hit a slow roller down the third base line.

Pearl reliever Evan Rutter quickly retired the Blues in the bottom of the 11th with two strikeouts and a groundout.

The Blues (32-16) led 4-1 entering the eighth inning before the Pearl began the inning with back-to-back walks. After a fielder’s choice left runners on the corners with one out, Matt Miller had an RBI single and Eric Sapp followed with a two-run double to tie the score at 4.

San Luis Obispo got off to a quick start with two runs in the first on an RBI single from Nick King and an RBI double from Dustin Williams.

The Blues added two more runs on an error in the sixth inning.

The Pearl moved on to face the Conejo Oaks, who lost 14-2 to the Los Angeles Brewers in Saturday’s winner’s bracket game. The Oaks downed San Luis Obispo 7-6 on Friday night to advance to the winner’s bracket.

Quin Walbergh finished as the Blues’ leading hitter for the season with a .368 batting average. Williams led San Luis Obispo with 29 RBI and four homers, and Tanner Gardner led the Blues in hits and was second in batting average and RBI.

Cannon Chadwick finished as the ace of the pitching staff, going 4-0 with a 1.91 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 42 1/3 innings. Jackson Sigman also had 48 strikeouts in 44 2/3 innings, and reliever Adam Atkins finished with a 0.43 ERA in 21 innings.