The San Luis Obispo Blues gave up a run in the top of the first inning but rallied to score eight unanswered runs for an 8-1 victory over the Walnut Creek Crawdads in the first round of the California Collegiate League playoffs Friday at SLO Stadium.
Hosting the four-team double-elimination event, the second-seeded Blues advanced to the winner’s game, where they will play the fourth-seeded Neptune Beach Pearl today at 2 p.m. The Pearl toppled the top-seeded Los Angeles Brewers 6-3 earlier Friday.
The Blues and Crawdads had seven hits apiece, but the Blues were able to put up two-run rallies in the second, fourth and sixth innings and single runs in the first and third.
Helped in part by three Crawdads errors, the Blues also got an RBI double off the wall by Collin Ferguson and RBI single by Cal Poly’s Zack Zehner, who also scored twice.
Blues starter Dominic Taccolini got the win, allowing one run on six hits and five walks while striking out eight in six innings.
After a scoreless frame by reliever Alec Hansen in the seventh, Blake Whittier pitched two perfect innings to close out the game.
In the earlier game, the Pearl accumulated 10 hits against the Brewers, who also committed four errors.
The Crawdads and Brewers will play an elimination game today at 10 a.m. The winner will advance to play the loser of the second-round game between the Blues and Pearl in another elimination game.
The championship game is scheduled for Sunday at noon. If necessary, a final game will follow at 4 p.m.