In three of the late innings, the San Luis Obispo Blues combined to go 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position.
That doomed the Blues in their second game at the National Baseball Congress World Series on Thursday as they lost 1-0 to the Greeley (Colo.) Grays in 10 innings at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita, Kan.
The Blues (35-17) will face Impact Sports (Colo.) on Saturday in an elimination game.
Against the Grays, San Luis Obispo had a runner in scoring position with one out in the seventh, eight and ninth innings but came up empty each time. The Blues, who are 1-1 in their first appearance in the national tournament since 2006, also left 11 runners on base.
“We had plenty of opportunities,” Blues manager Chal Fanning said. “We didn’t capitalize when we had chances to score.”
The Grays scored the game’s only run in the top of the 10th, when Justin Byrd singled in a run.
San Luis Obispo had seven hits, with former Mission Prep and Cuesta College standout Alex Detz contributing a double. Chad Girodo was charged with the loss after striking out four and allowing one run and four hits in the final 2 2⁄3 innings. John Tiedemann started the first four innings with two strikeouts, and Phillip Gerber came on and struck out two in 3 1⁄3 innings.
The Blues “were pretty down after the game and pretty frustrated, leaving as many guys on as we did,” Fanning said. “(The Grays) executed when they needed to and they played defense when they needed to. They held us in check and that frustrated our guys.”