Gandy Stubblefield and three relievers combined on a five-hitter Saturday as the San Luis Obispo Blues won their seventh straight game with a 3-1 summer collegiate baseball victory over Top Speed Baseball at SLO Stadium.
Stubblefield struck out nine in five innings and allowed four hits. Austin Christensen followed with 2 1⁄3 scoreless innings, and Thomas Cortese and Parker Ray finished off the win for the Blues (10-4).
Blues pitchers struck out 13 batters, which was key because Top Speed also got a strong start from Brice Miller, who struck out seven and allowed four hits in seven innings.
Offensively, San Luis Obispo scored single runs in the second, fourth and eighth innings. Nick Flair drove in the first run with a triple, and Cody Dufrene’s solo homer in the fourth proved to be the winning run.
Bryan Peters was 2 for 4 for the Blues and was the only player in the game with more than one hit.
SLO Rattlers 7, San Diego Stars 1; San Diego Force 6, SLO Rattlers 5
The Rattlers split two games in an NBC World Series qualifying tournament in Los Angeles, winning the opener behind a strong pitching performance from Travis Wilcox and dropping the second game mostly because of seven errors.
Against the Stars, Wilcox allowed one run and four hits over seven innings, struck out four and walked none before James Lagorio pitched the final two innings.
The Rattlers scored all the runs they needed with four in the bottom of the third and led 6-0 before San Diego scored in the top of the seventh.
Steven Lozier had a double and triple for San Luis Obispo, and Charlie Sharrer also had a triple. They were both 2 for 5, as was Trevor Nathanson. Marc Flores and Scott Shields were both 2 for 3. Lozier had two RBI.
In the second game, the Force broke open a 1-1 game with three runs in the top of the seventh inning when the Rattlers had errors on four plays in a row. San Diego added two runs in the top of the eighth for a 6-1 lead.
The Rattlers almost won it in the bottom of the ninth. San Luis Obispo scored four runs to trim the lead to 6-5 and had runners on second and third when the Rattlers hit into a groundball out to end it.
Flores was 3 for 4 with two RBI against the Force, and Sharrer had a double among his two hits.
North County Indians 5-10, Team San Diego 0-5
The Indians completed a four-game sweep by scoring 15 runs and banging out 22 hits in two seven-inning games.
In the opener, Scott Kaul and Cole Mauter combined on a two-hit shutout. Kaul went the first five innings and allowed one hit, one walk and struck out one. He got seven groundball outs.
Brian Mundell had a home run and two walks for North County, and Mac Stuart and Mike Livingston were both 2 for 3. Stuart and Aaron Ashston both had doubles.
In the nightcap, Tyler Kollmann was 4 for 4 with two home runs and five RBI, Stuart, Ashston and Jason Serda were all 2 for 4 and Stuart, Ashston and Bryce Bassinger all had home runs.
Louis Carlos picked up the pitching win by going six innings and giving up three unearned runs.