Charlie Sharrer was 3 for 4 and hit his fifth home run of the summer, and the San Luis Obispo Rattlers beat the California Wahoos 5-2 in an afternoon summer collegiate baseball game at SLO Stadium.
A former conference freshman of the year at Cal State East Bay, Sharrer has been phenomenal for the Rattlers this summer, manager Aaron Levin said.
“I kind of had a feeling he was going to provide some power for us,” Levin said, “He wants to play every day. He doesn’t want any days off, and he’s really helped our team win a bunch of games.”
Improving to 32-15, the Rattlers broke a 2-2 tie with a one-run rally in the fifth and added one each in the sixth and eighth innings.
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The Wahoos actually outhit the Rattlers 10-6, but while the Rattlers played solid defense behind starter Garrett Turner, who gave up two runs on nine hits while striking out four and walking none in 6 1⁄3 innings, the Wahoos and Cal Poly sophomore pitcher Danny Zandona were let down by four errors.
The Rattlers broke the tie after a two-out single by former San Luis Obispo High standout Dylan Candaele, and Zandona hurt his own cause with a two-base throwing error, Levin said. Former Cuesta College and San Luis Obispo High catcher Michael Nieporte drove Candaele in one batter later.
Sharrer, who only drove in one run but scored three times, was the only Rattlers player with multiple hits.
Conejo Oaks 3, San Luis Obispo Blues 1
It was a bittersweet day for the Blues. They lost the game but they also confirmed their berth into the National Baseball Congress World Series later this month.
Manager Chal Fanning said his team’s spot was secured, and the franchise must now turn its attention toward fundraising in addition to finishing off a regular season where it sits atop the California Collegiate League standings.
With the Blues (29-13, 17-9 CCL) leading by a run at SLO Stadium, the Oaks (20-17, 8-15 CCL) loaded the bases with no out in the sixth inning and plated all three runners to take the victory.
The Blues scored their only run on a second-inning double by Tanner Donnels. Former Mission Prep and Cuesta standout Alex Detz was 2 for 5, and Donnels was 1 for 3.
The Blues had five runners reach third base, but Oaks pitchers were dominant when it counted, combining to strike out 13 batters.
Conejo reliever Luke Eubank stuck out five of the seven batters he faced in only 1 2⁄3 innings to help preserve the lead, and Zach Mercer struck out the side in the ninth to earn the save.
North County Indians 19, Ventura County All-Stars 9
A scheduled game against the SoCal Halos was replaced by an impromptu seven-inning matchup with the All-Stars, and the Indians (23-6) took control with a 10-run third inning that featured five walks and five hits.
Mac Stuart had a bases-loaded two-run double to break open the game, Mike Livingston was 2 for 2 with four runs, Aaron Ashton was 2 for 4 with three runs and Tanner Thompson was 3 for 5 with four RBI.
The Indians wrap up the season with a doubleheader today, and the Halos are the expected opponent for both games, Indians manager Dan Marple said.