Playoff push too late?

Blues win 10 of 11 with six games left in season

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The San Luis Obispo Blues are absolutely on fire. The wood bat collegiate team has now won 10 of their last 11 games as they make an end-of-the-season push for the playoffs.

In their previous homestand, the Blues played four games in three days and won three of them, only losing the seven-inning game that was scheduled first in a day with two games. Since that weekend the Blues have won six straight games and most of them have come with a comfortable margin.

This weekend the Blues hosted the So. Cal Catch at Sinsheimer Stadium for a second consecutive four-game weekend. In this series, the Blues won a game in three different ways, one with great offense, one with incredible defense and another with a lights-out pitching performance. The closest and most interesting game of the series came in the first one on Friday fiesta night. The Blues got on the board early thanks to a two-run moonshot from San Luis Obispo local Marco Murillo (Campbellsville) who quickly donned a party sombrero after crossing home plate. Starting pitcher Jordan Chriss held the Catch scoreless through the fifth inning before the game was eventually tied at two.

The game was still knotted at two apiece after 27 outs, so the fans in attendance got free baseball in the form of extra innings. In the bottom of the 12th inning, catcher Matt Anderson (Georgia Southern) hit a walk-off, sacrifice fly deep into the outfield that scored Luc Lipcius (Tennessee) for the game-winner.

Saturday featured a doubleheader between the two squads in which the Blues completely dominated. The Blues opened the first game with two runs in the first inning and never looked back. San Luis put up eight runs on the Catch in the first game and while some fans might have worried that they used up all of their offense in the first game, the Blues came out and put up eight more runs in the second game.

However, it was the defense that came up big in the second game of the series. In the seventh inning, while the game was tied at four, the Blues threw out not one, but two runners at home from the outfield to keep the game tied up. With adrenaline running through his veins after helping on two beautiful, crucial plays, Anderson belted a two-run bomb over the left-field fence giving the Blues a 6-4 lead late. They would eventually win by a score of 8-4.

Sunday’s game was all about pitching. Left-hander Peyton Sherlin (Dallas Baptist) started on the mound and three seven nearly perfect innings. During his time on the mound, Sherlin recorded eight strikeouts and allowed zero runs.

The Blues have outscored their opponents 62-26 in their last 11 games and will host two of their final four home games this Thursday and Friday. SLO is currently tied for fourth place in the California Collegiate League with both games this weekend being incredibly important. Thursday the Blues host the Santa Barbara Foresters (22-3 in league) who are currently in first place and on Friday, in the final fireworks game of the year, they host the Conejo Oaks (13-11 in league) who they are currently tied with.


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