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Jul 30, 2013 8:14 PM by Andrew Masuda

Blues prepare to hit the road for Wichita and NBC World Series

The San Luis Obispo Blues practiced on Tuesday for the last time this summer on the Central Coast. The team will embark on the road to Wichita for the NBC World Series on Wednesday.

Some players are already driving to Kansas, some will fly to Wichita, while others will board a van on Wednesday morning. "I feel like the first couple of hours will be fun but then after that probably really going to be hard. 24 straight hours, so I'm going to try to sleep a little bit and just make ways to make it fun," said third baseman Jimmy Allen, who will return to Cal Poly for his senior season.

" It's quite the hodgepodge. I think if you had a GPS on everyone, you'd see a bunch of zig zags across the country, but we'll meet at 5 pm that's our meet time on Thursday," said head coach Chal Fanning.

The Blues finished the regular season 38-19 and are ranked 26th in the nation in this week's poll.

Fanning is able to add a few players to his roster for Wichita. One of the additions is San Luis Obispo High and Cuesta College graduate Max Duval. The recent graduate from the University of Hawaii played infield and catcher in college. But he's been pitching this summer for both the North County Indians and a team in the San Diego area. He'll pitch in Wichita for his hometown Blues.

Last year, the Blues went 1-2 in Wichita and tied for 17th place. They also went 1-2 in 2005. Management says this year's team was built with a national title run in mind.

The Blues open Saturday at 8:30 am PST against the Hutchinson Monarchs. The Kansas-based team is 22-20 this summer.

Santa Barbara enters the NBC World Series as the two-time defending national champion. The Foresters open on Friday against the Northwest Honkers.

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