Blues to end homestand with fireworks

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SAN LUIS OBISPO — This week, beginning on Tuesday, the San Luis Obispo Blues opened up an 8-game homestand, that will be capped off with a firework celebration on Monday the 3rd. The Blues players will have the 4th of July off to relax and see their families, and will then open up a five-game homestand starting on Wednesday. After the conclusion of Wednesday’s game, the Blues record sits at (14-12). According to the California Collegiate League website, the Blues currently sit in 10th place overall and fourth in the central division. The Healdsburg Prune Packers, which the Blues took two out of three from last week, sit in second place overall, and the Foresters are in third, but first in the central section.

The Blues opened their homestand with a 2-10 loss at the hands of the Santa Barbara Foresters on Tuesday with left-handed pitcher Jack Schneider on the mound.  The Foresters jumped out to a hot start and hung four runs on the Blues in the bottom of the first inning, and the Blues never recovered.  After a shaky first inning, Schneider really settled in and didn’t allow a run in his next five innings of work. The Blues made good contact all day, but couldn’t find the gaps in the defense. Each time the wood crack of the bat echoed throughout the stadium, it seemed to travel right towards a waiting Forester defender. After a groundout by Ricky Martinez to start the first inning, Tyson Quolas ripped a ball down the left field foul line for a single. Price Visintainer stepped into the box next and hit into a fielder’s choice, and the lead runner was retired. The Blues stranded men on base in the first inning, the third inning and the fourth inning without bringing any runs across home plate. The Blues won the first game of the series against the Foresters on Sunday (5-2), and dropped the second game (10-2) setting up a huge game on Wednesday.

Wednesday evening the Blues started Cal Poly pitcher Bobby Ay. Ay pitched 5 2-3 innings only giving up two runs and striking out six. The game started to get a little chippy in the top of the sixth inning. Price Visintainer hit a 2 RBI single in the fifth inning to give the Blues the lead and healthy shot of confidence. The erie feeling of tension began to fill the stands, the sleepy crowd began to sit up straight almost in unison as they could feel it rising to a crescendo. Ay, pounded the strike zone and was up 0-2 on the Santa Barbara hitter. After delivering what appeared to be two strikes that were called balls, the crowd began to left the umpire hear it. “Come on, Blue!” rang out from behind the first base dugout. Ay seduced the batter into swinging at a low pitch that ended up dribbling back to the mound. Ay scooped up the ball and stared down the runner all the way to first. The two stared into each other’s eyes menacingly for what felt like a minute before the  batter jogged off the field. Ay was pulled after walking the next batter, but the Blues won the game (3-2) and the series.

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