Jul 14, 2013 8:47 PM by Bill Halter

Blues win, take back first place

The fifth ranked San Luis Obispo Blues jumped out to a 4-0 lead and never looked back in an 8-4 win against the visiting Santa Paula Halos. Blake Allemand was 4-5 with four RBI and two stolen bases for the Blues who improved to 32-13 overall and 17-11 in the California Collegiate League. San Luis Obispo retakes possession of first place, passing the Conejo Oaks. Conejo lost 4-1 in Santa Barbara on Sunday, the Foresters are a half game back of the Blues while the Oaks and Halos are a game back.

Allemand opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning with an RBI single and then scored himself on a double by Derek Miller. Consecutive singles by Nick Flair and Allemand in the second inning set up Aaron Attaway for an RBI single to put the Blues up 3-0. Another RBI single by Jimmy Allen put the Blues ahead 4-0 before the Halos scored two runs on two doubles in the sixth inning.

The Blues responded immediately in the bottom of the sixth on an Allemand two RBI single to put the Blues up 6-2. Attaway followed with a sacrifice bunt to plate Will Maddox and extend the lead to 7-4. Maddox was 3 for 5 with three runs scored for the Blues.

The Halos scored two more runs in the top of the eighth, but another Allemand RBI secured a Blues 8-4 victory.

Trevor Fitts pitched six innings, allowing two runs on three hits while striking out eight in the win. Tyler King struck out three in two innings, giving up two runs on two hits. Blake Whitter pitched a scoreless ninth to close it out.

The Blues will play at Conejo on Monday at 5:00pm.

On Wednesday, 11 Blues players will participate in the California Collegiate League All-Star Game at the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton on Wednesday.

The Blues will send Cal Poly's Jimmy Allen, Mississippi State's Daniel Garner, Nebraska's Michael Pritchard and Purdue's Kyle Johnson among others to the All-Star Game which will be televised on Fox Sports West starting at 7:00 pm.



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