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SLO Blues facing big stretch of California Collegiate League games

jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

The San Luis Obispo Blues are headed into a big weekend of California Collegiate League action after a week of mixed results in non-league play.

The Blues (5-7 CCL, 11-11 overall) currently sit in ninth place and 4 ½ games back in the league standings as they kick off a three-game set Friday against the seventh-place Menlo Park Legends (4-5 CCL, 15-7) in the middle of their current 16-game home stand at Sinsheimer Stadium.

The Blues started the stretch of home games with a 3-4 record, with the last six games coming against non-league opponents the Humbolt Crabs and Union Pacific Capitalists. After dropping four straight to start the week, San Luis Obispo posted a 6-3 win Thursday over the Capitalists.

In that game, Mississippi State shortstop Harrison Bragg led the way offensively, going 2 for 4 with a triple and four RBI. He also had a big game Sunday, in a 9-8 loss to Humbolt, with a 2-for-5 performance that included a home run and five RBI.

On the mound Thursday, Western Carolina’s Brendan Nail started and gave up five hits, two earned runs and all three runs in five innings pitched. Louisiana Tech’s Graham Ahlrich was lights out in relief, pitching three scoreless innings with four strikeouts and just one hit allowed.

Hendrix Arkansas infielder Harley Faye has been the team’s most consistent peformer from the plate with a team-leading average among regulars of .339, with 17 runs scored. Cuesta College product RJ Hassey leads the team with 16 RBI and is hitting .259 with nine runs scored and 10 walks.

UCLA’s Matt Walker leads the team with four starts and has posted a 1-1 record with a 3.52 ERA in a team-leading 23 innings pitched.

After the Blues wrap up their series with Menlo Park with a Sunday night fireworks show, they’ll welcome the fourth-place Healdsburg Prune Packers (7-4 CCL, 20-7) into town for a three-game set starting Tuesday.

Blues Report

Recent results

June 26 Humbolt Crabs 9, Blues 8

June 28 Union Pacific Capitalists 3, Blues 1

June 29 Union Pacific 8, Blues 3

June 20 Union Pacific 3, Blues 6

Upcoming games

Friday vs. Menlo Park Legends, Sinsheimer Stadium, 6 p.m.

Saturday vs. Menlo Park, Sinsheimer Stadium, 6 p.m.

Sunday vs. Menlo Park, Sinsheimer Stadium, 6 p.m. (Fireworks Night)

Tuesday vs. Healdsburg Prune Packers, Sinsheimer Stadium, 6 p.m.

Wednesday vs. Healdsburg, Sinsheimer Stadium, 6 p.m.

Thursday vs. Healdsburg, Sinsheimer Stadium, 6 p.m.

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