The San Luis Obispo Blues notched their 40th win of the year in the final contest of the regular season, defeating the Santa Paula Halos 3-2 in a summer collegiate baseball game at SLO Stadium.
The Blues (40-12, 29-11 California Collegiate League) scored all their runs in the sixth inning, when Collin Ferguson hit a home run to right field with Jeff Moberg and Sheldon Neuse on base.
The Halos outhit San Luis Obispo 11-4, but starting pitcher Cole Foster and relievers Tucker Forbes, Vance Tatum, Blake Whitter, Max Gibbs and Sheldon Neuse combined to hold Santa Paula to just a run in the third and seventh.
The Blues will host the CCL tournament starting Friday. The four-team, double-elimination bracket features San Luis Obispo, the Los Angeles Brewers, the Walnut Creek Crawdads and the Neptune Beach Pearl. Central Division rival Santa Barbara decided to forgo the CCL playoffs in order to attend the NBC World Series in Wichita, Kan., which began Wednesday.
Indians top Braves in season finale
Davey Casciola hit a two-run home run, 10 players recorded at least one hit, and the North County Indians ended their season on a high note, pummeling the Bakersfield Braves, 12-1, in Templeton.
The Indians finish 33-8-1 record, having won seven straight and 13 of their final 14 — the other of which was a tie.
Casciola was 3 for 3 with three RBI, two runs and his fifth-inning homer. Nate Javine also drove in three runs from the No. 9 spot, and Ben Polshuk and Christian Priore also had multi-hit efforts.
Scott Romuk allowed a run in the first inning but settled down to strike out five in three frames. James Kannenberg, Spencer Howard and Erich Uelmen each had scoreless stints in relief.