BLUES SEASON COMES TO AN END. LOSE IN EXTRAS TO NEPTUNE BEACH.
August 1, 2015 - SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA
By: Andrew Mitchell
The San Luis Obispo Blues season came to an end Saturday morning with a 5-4 eleven inning loss in the California Collegiate League Tournament to the Neptune Beach Pearl.
In the second straight playoff game decided by one run for the Blues, they held a 4-1 lead going into the eighth and the north division champion drew back to back walks off Blues starter Cannon Chadwick with one out. Up to that point, the Arkansas right-hander had allowed just one run through 7 1/3 innings and had struck out ten.
Manager Jaime Clark went to the bullpen and Jackson Sigman induced a groundball which had the runner at first thrown out at second for a fielder’s choice putting runners at the corners two down. A RBI single from Matt Miller followed by a two RBI double from Eric Sapp knotted the game at four. The Blues wouldn’t get a runner in scoring position in the eighth while the Pearl had three singles in the top of the ninth but a double play and a strikeout from Blues reliever Adam Atkins got the Blues back in the dugout. Blues were retired in order to send it to extras.
After both teams went down quickly in the tenth from Adam Atkins and Pearl’s reliever Davon Golden, Bryan Sammons took the mound for the top of the eleventh and J.B Moss answered hitting a shot of Sammons foot that went down for a single. A sacrifice bunt put him into scoring position and then a slow roller down the third base line had Sammons needing to make a good play to beat out the speedy infielder Michael Woodward. The throw ended up in the outfield and Moss came around to score in what would be the run that ended the Blues season and put Sammons in line for the loss.
Pearl’s closer Evan Rutter struck out two and got a groundout to pick up his sixth save of the year.
The north division champions sent out starter Jonathon Tripp to the mound and after allowing three hits including a RBI single from Nick King and a RBI double from Dustin Williams to put the Blues up 2-0, he went on to strikeout ten and allowed just three hits in the next four and 2/3 innings before being replaced by Golden. Golden’s first batter was Burton De Koning and he could have had an out but an error on the second baseman Chris Smutney brought home two runners and gave the Blues a 4-1 lead. Those two runs would be the final scoring for the Blues as they fell in the eleventh.
Offensively for the year, Quin Walbergh finished as the batting average leader with a .368 and Dustin Williams finished with a team high 29 RBI’s and led the team in homeruns with four. Tanner Gardner was the other Blues top offensive player finishing with the most hits and was second on the team in batting average and RBI’s.
Cannon Chadwick led pitching staff as a starter finishing with a 4-0 record in eight games. With 42 and 1/3 innings pitched, the righty finished with a 1.91 ERA and 48 strikeouts. Reliever Adam Atkins led the team in ERA with a 0.43 ERA in 21 innings and Jackson Sigman won the strikeout category with 48 in 44 and 2/3 innings pitched.
The Blues would like to thank all the fans for the support this season and please join us again next summer for more Blues baseball.
BLUES DROP GAME 1. FALL TO LOSERS BRACKET
July 31, 2015 - SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA
By: Andrew Mitchell
A late offensive surge was not enough for the San Luis Obispo Blues as they fell one run short from advancing to the winner’s bracket in the California Collegiate League Tournament Friday night against the Conejo Oaks.
In a 7-6 loss, the Blues went into the ninth inning down by three runs and got within two on the first pitch from Oaks closer Kevin Torres. Corey Hassel took him over the 395 sign in center for a solo home run giving him his fourth RBI in the game. The Oklahoma State Cowboy’s home run was followed by a pair of fly outs, a shallow fly ball from Dustin Williams and a deep fly ball from Tanner Gardner that was caught at the wall for out number two.
One out away from the loss, CCL all-star Brett Barbier drew a walk and kept the game going for another CCL all-star Nick King. Hitless in his first four at-bats, King laced a double into left center scoring Barbier but a Ryan Long fly out to right field ended the game putting the Blues in the loser’s bracket.
The Blues got themselves in an early hole when the Oaks scored in the third inning with a home run from local player Davis Cashiola. A RBI double from Cody Ramer and a sacrifice fly from Zach Gibbons put the Oaks on top 3-0 off Blues starter Jacob Patterson. Patterson went on to throw a scoreless forth before the Blues brought it within two when Hassel had his first RBI with a two out double scoring Ryan Sluder.
Conejo wouldn’t let that two run lead last for long as they extended it by doubling their score in the home half of the fifth. Blues starter Jacob Patterson was chased from the game with two runners and no outs and manager Jaime Clark called on another left-hander Bryan Sammons. The Western Carolina Catamount gave up a single to load the bases and then rolled up a ground ball that had the runner on third thrown out at the plate.
Right-hander Jackson Sigman took over after that and the Oaks took advantage clearing the bases on a double down the third base line from Zach Gibbons pushing their lead to 6-1.
Oaks starter Rafael Ramirez carried that momentum out with him onto the pitcher’s mound and retired the Blues in order on six pitches. Sigman answered with a scoreless inning of his own and the Blues got the bats going in the seventh cutting into the deficit and finally getting Ramirez out of the game after throwing 122 pitches. Brett Langhorne singled, Quin Walbergh singled and Ryan Sluder had a RBI single for the first of three runs that came around to score. In Ramirez’s final batter faced, Hassel took him in the gap again and drove in two runs with a double putting the Blues down 6-4. Tyson Quolas came in and got out of the inning and kept Ramirez in line for the win.
Conejo loaded the bases with no outs off Blues reliever Nigel Ward and then executed a suicide squeeze of Adam Atkins in the bottom of the seventh to get one of those runs back, and their final run before the Blues comeback came short in the top of the ninth.
The Blues will now to have to win four games in a row to win the California Collegiate League Championship and their first attempt will be defeating the Neptune Beach Pearl Saturday morning at 10:00 in the elimination game.