The North County Indians set the table for their big hitters, and incoming Cal Poly pitching recruit Casey Bloomquist mostly stymied the California Wahoos in a 12-1 seven-inning summer collegiate baseball victory Saturday in Templeton.
Fellow Cal Poly recruit Brian Mundell hit a third-inning grand slam, and former Atascadero High standout Bryce Cherry also homered for the Indians (21-5) at Vineyard Athletic Complex.
Bloomquist allowed one run while scattering five hits through six innings. The incoming freshman from Bakersfield Christian struck out five without allowing a walk, and nine of the 13 remaining outs he got came on ground balls.
Armed with a mid-80s sinker, the 6-foot-3 Bloomquist improved to 4-1 this summer. In 32 2⁄3 innings, he’s struck out 21 and walked only seven with a 4.96 ERA.
While Bloomquist might not be a weekend rotation candidate in his first year at Cal Poly, his current coach projects him as a solid contributor.“I’m not sure if they plan on redshirting him,” Indians manager Dan Marple said, “but he can come in and pitch at that level. With some development and some off-speed stuff, he’s going to help them. He’s going to throw a lot of innings for Cal Poly.”
The Indians backed Bloomquist by loading the bases in identical fashion in both the second and third innings.
Each time, the first two North County hitters walked and the third batter reached on a bunt single. The Indians brought home two in the second, and Mundell’s slam started a seven-run rally in the third.
Mundell was 2 for 2 with three runs, four RBI and a double, and Cherry, who hit a two-run home run in the fourth, was 2 for 2 with three runs and two RBI. Mike Livingston was 2 for 4 with a run scored and two steals.
San Luis Obispo Rattlers 12, Fresno Sand Gnats 5
The Rattlers (27-14) had six players double and scored three-run rallies in the first, third and eighth innings.
Travis Wilcox was 4 for 5 with a double and two RBI, Scott Shields was 2 for 4 with a double and two RBI, and Brian Brademan was 2 for 4 with two runs and one RBI. Marc Flores, Charlie Sharrer and Steven Takahashi also doubled for San Luis Obispo.
Rattlers starter Josh Weiss allowed two runs, none earned, on three hits and five walks in six innings while striking out five.
MLB Urban Youth Academy Barons 2, San Luis Obispo Blues 1
A day after they won with a two-out eighth-inning rally, the Blues (25-12, 14-7 California Collegiate League) saw the Barons score a tie-breaking run in the eighth and tie the three-game series at one.
With two out in the bottom of the eighth at Compton Community College, Chris Allen singled and stole second for the Barons, and Derek Mendoza drove Allen in with a single for the winning run.
Allen scored both of the Barons’ runs after hitting a solo home run to break a scoreless tie in the sixth. The Blues’ Austin Grisham tied the score with his own solo home run in the next half inning.
The loss went to former Cuesta College and San Luis Obispo High standout John Tiedemann, who allowed one run on two hits while striking out three and walking none over the final two innings.