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Jul 4, 2013 1:30 AM by Andrew Masuda

Pritchard sparks Blues comeback leading into fireworks show

In front of a season-high crowd of 2,205 fans at Sinsheimer Stadium, Michael Pritchard helped the San Luis Obispo Blues overcame a 3-1 deficit in the sixth inning to beat the Bakersfield Sound 4-3 on Wednesday night. The game was followed by a fireworks show. The Blues, who are ranked #4 in the nation this week ,improved to 27-8 on the season and 14-7 in California Collegiate League action play. The visiting Sound scored 3 times on just 2 hits in the first inning against Blues starter Kyle Johnson. The Blues got one run back on a RBI single by Pritchard, his first of 3 on the night, to score Will Maddox. The game remained 3-1 until the Blues tied it in the home half of the sixth. Pritchard, who's out of the University of Nebraska, doubled to the left-center field gap. He scored on a bloop basehit to left by Aaron Attaway to make it a 3-2 game. Daniel Garner followed with a double down the third base line to put runners at second and third with one out. Cody Jones followed with a sacrifice fly to right to score Attaway and make it a 3-3 game. The Blues took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the seventh when Maddox reached on a bunt single to third. He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by pinch hitter Blake Allemand and moved to third on a ground ball from Jimmy Allen. That's when Pritchard delivered a 2-strike, 2-out single up the middle to score Maddox with the game-winning run. Pritchard went 3 for 4 with 2 RBI, while Attaway added 2 hits. Five Blues pitchers combined to strike out 15 hitters in the victory. Johnson started and went 5 innings allowing just the 2 hits and 3 runs, 2 of which were earned, in the first inning. He struck out 8. Jordan Smith, Tyler King, Tyler Powell and Drake Owenby combined to strike out 7 over the final four innings. Owenby struck out the side in the 9th for the save. The Blues return to action Friday at 6pm at home against the Santa Maria Valley Packers.

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