Austin O’Brien collected three hits, including a two-run homer in the eighth inning, and he and Zack Zehner both drove in three runs to lead the San Luis Obispo Blues to a 9-3 summer collegiate baseball league victory over the MLB Academy Barons on Friday at SLO Stadium.
O’Brien finished 3 for 5 with three RBI and two runs for the Blues (32-10, 21-9 California Collegiate League), who fell behind 2-0 early but scored the next nine runs, including five in the fourth.
Zehner also scored twice, and Jeff Moberg had a pair of hits to celebrate his 20th birthday. Justin Kelly got the win on the mound, pitching two innings in relief of starter Cole Foster, who allowed two runs, five walks and three hits in two innings. Kelly gave up two hits and a walk and struck out one.
Todd, Casciola lead Indians to win over Paso Robles Reds
Sinjin Todd drove in three runs, fellow San Luis Obispo native Davey Casciola had three hits, and the North County Indians scored four runs in the eighth inning to come from behind and defeat the Paso Robles Reds, 10-7, in Templeton.
The Reds jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second before the Indians scored three in the third and tied it in the fifth. Both teams got another run in the sixth and Paso Robles took a 7-6 lead in the seventh before North County’s late outburst.
Johnny Balliet had two RBI for the Indians (25-8), and Mac Stuart, Ben Polshuk and Christian Priore each scored at least twice.
Sean Pellermaine homered and drove in four runs for the Reds. Ryan Mathes also hit a solo shot for Paso Robles, which outhit the Indians 12-11 but committed three errors.
Mathias hitless as Team USA earns top seed
Cal Poly second baseman Mark Mathias was held without a hit for the second straight game, going 0 for 2 with a walk as the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team sewed up the top seed at Honkbal Week in the Netherlands with a 3-0 win over Chinese Taipei.
Mathias, who is hitting .301 during his time with Team USA, drew his team-leading 14th walk in the first inning and laid down a sacrifice bunt to move a runner over in the sixth.
Team USA advances to the sudden-death playoffs as the No. 1 seed, meaning it will face Chinese Taipei in the semifinals today.
Cal Poly recruit signs contract with Giants
Logan Webb, a hard-throwing right-handed pitcher from Rocklin High who had committed to Cal Poly, has decided to forgo his collegiate career and sign with the San Francisco Giants, who picked him in the fourth round of this past June’s draft.
The Mustangs were a long shot to keep Webb after the 2012 World Series champs selected him 118th overall, which carries a standard signing bonus of $440,600.
San Francisco ended up paying a far greater price for the 6-foot-2 195-pounder, agreeing to a bonus of $600,000.
Zehner stuck to his commitment to play his senior year in San Luis Obispo, as he was the lone selection in the seventh round (204th overall to the Toronto Blue Jays) to not sign a professional contract.