Coming into this week, the San Luis Obispo Blues knew their series with the rival Santa Barbara Foresters would be an important one. But the Blues never expected it to have so many twists and turns.
San Luis Obispo won both of its summer collegiate baseball games over the Foresters on Thursday at SLO Stadium to take complete charge of the California Collegiate League standings. The Blues won 10-9 in 13 innings to capture the first game — which was suspended late Wednesday night because of an 11 p.m. curfew and continued Thursday — before picking up an 8-7 victory to complete the three-game sweep.
The Blues won the opener 5-3 on Tuesday to take a half-game lead over the Foresters in the league standings.
“Winning the first game always helps, then we had the continuation and we jumped out and won that second game,” San Luis Obispo manager Chal Fanning said. “That propelled us with a lot of momentum into the third game. It was another battle. We really battled extremely well all week. Santa Barbara is a top-notch club.”
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After having the second game suspended after 12 completed innings, the Blues (28-12, 17-8 CCL) and Foresters (24-14, 14-8 CCL) — last year’s co-league champions — continued Thursday. It didn’t take long for San Luis Obispo to end the game, as Keegan Dale singled in Tanner Witt for the game-winning run in the bottom of the 13th inning.
In that game, the Blues had 51 at-bats, with Dale going 3 for 7 with two RBI. Nick Flair was 5 for 6 and Austin Grisham went 3 for 6, with both players driving in a run. And Taylor Anderson chipped in with two RBI.
San Luis Obispo used seven pitchers, with Parker Ray coming throwing three innings and finishing with six strikeouts. Will Cox got the win in the 13th inning.
In the finale, the game had several lead changes and was tied 7-7 until Grisham came up with an RBI triple in the bottom of the eighth.Dale went 3 for 5 with three RBI, and Anderson was 2 for 3 with two RBI.
SLO RATTLERS 6, CALIFORNIA WAHOOS 1
The Rattlers (31-15) scored all six of their runs in the third inning, and David Murillo struck out 10 and walked none in eight shutout innings to beat the Wahoos at SLO Stadium.