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Jun 26, 2013 12:25 AM by Andrew Masuda

SLO Blues rout rival Foresters 10-2 in CCL showdown

Aided by a three-run seventh and a four-run ninth, the San Luis Obispo Blues beat their rivals in Santa Barbara 10-2 on Tuesday night in the first showdown between California Collegiate League rivals. The Blues, ranked fifth in the nation by Perfect Game USA, racked up 13 hits to improve to 22-5 overall and 10-4 in CCL action. They handed the defending national champion Foresters their first home loss of the season and dropped Santa Barbara to 7-7 in league and 14-7 overall. The two rivals shared the CCL title in 2011 and 2012. The Foresters have won at least a share of the league title in 19 of the league's 20 seasons. Derek Miller opened up scoring for the Blues in the second inning with a line drive double to center field to score Cody Jones. Miller advanced to third on a passed ball and then scored off a single by Bryan Case. Santa Barbara answered in the bottom of the third with a two-run home run by Texas senior Jacob Felts to tie the game, but would not score the remainder of the game. Blues center fielder Kyle Johnson doubled to center to score Aaron Attaway in the sixth to give SLO the lead for good 3-2. Cuesta product Zack Dominguez singled in a run in the seventh to make it a 4-2 game and Attaway followed with a 2-run double to give the Blues a 6-2 advantage. Attaway collected another single to score Case and Michael Pritchard's two RBI double were part of a 4-run ninth inning. Attaway, a junior from Western Carolina, was 3 for 5 with two doubles, three RBI and two runs scored and Case was 3 for 4 with an RBI. Cody Jones went 2 for 5. Travis Evans (3-0) pitched five innings, allowing two runs on five hits and striking out two in the win for the Blues. Three relievers combined for four shutout innings the rest of the way. Joey Epperson led the Foresters with a 3 for 5 effort, while Felts went 2 for 3 with a 2-run home run to account for the scoring. The Blues host the Foresters Wednesday at Sinsheimer Park at 6 p.m.

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