SAN LUIS OBISPO — The San Luis Obispo Blues were home this weekend for a nice five-game homestand, starting on Thursday, that included a doubleheader on Sunday and a concert on Saturday.
This was a big weekend for the Blues who won all but one of the games and gave the fans a tremendous show in each, with the lowest run total of the weekend being seven.
SLO faced the Ventura Pirates on Thursday night and trailed in the game until the seventh inning when a Slade Heggen (Gonzaga) double bounced over the fence, driving in two runs and giving the Blues a 4-3 lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Friday night marked the beginning of a four-game series against the OC Riptide, who currently hold third place in the division. The game came down to the last pitch, after leading nearly the entire game, the Riptide tied the score at 3 in the top of ninth setting the stage for some late-game heroics. However, rather than ending in fireworks, the game ended with a blunder as the Riptide pitcher lost control of a breaking ball with a Blues runner on third leading to the walk-off wild pitch.
The Blues jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on the Riptide in Saturday’s game before Blayne Jones knocked in a grand slam, leading the boys in blue to a 10-2 victory. The two teams split the games on Sunday with the visitors winning the morning game 7-5 (which was only seven innings) and the Blues winning the final game 6-1.
With the 3-1 series win, San Luis is now 17-16 on the season and 7-11 in the California Collegiate League. Last week, the Blues sat in eighth place in the division, but after winning seven of their last 11 games, and a crucial series with the Riptide, they have moved up into fifth place and are only 3.5 games out of second place.
The Blues have been hot and cold this season and the team goes as the offense goes. In wins this season, the Blues average 8.5 runs per a game, while in their losses just a paltry 3.
SLO will look to continue their hot streak this weekend as they play another four-game series, this time against last place division opponent, the Southern California Catch, with a doubleheader on Saturday.