Ninth Inning Run Caps Blues Win in CCL Opener

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Updated: June 5, 2018

June 5, 2018

Thousand Oaks, CA
With the score 4-4, Jay Charleston (Tennessee) tripled to lead off the ninth inning and scored the game winning run on an infield grounder to lead the San Luis Obispo Blues to a 5-4 win over the Conejo Oaks in the opening game of the 2018 CCL season at Sparky Anderson Field. The triple was Charleston’s third hit of the game, a total matched by his teammate from Tennessee, Luc Lipcius, who notched three singles to share game-high honors. San Luis Obispo jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning after loading the bases with no outs, getting RBI-singles from Tanner Thompson and Charleston and a third run on a bases-loaded walk. The Blues added a run in the fourth inning when Thompson reached on an error and would eventually score on a passed ball. The Oaks answered with two runs in the bottom of the fourth when Brandon Lewis (UC Irvine) hit a two-out double and scored on an error, and Sam Shaikin (Valparaiso) added an RBI-single, and Conejo then tied the score at 4-4 in the seventh inning on a two-out, two-run single by Elijah Alexander (Rio Grande Valley). Frankie Scalzo (San Jose St) started on the mound for the Blues, pitching five innings with five strikeouts before turning the ball over to the bullpen. TJ Mullins (Grayson) picked up the win with a scoreless ninth inning of work, getting a groundball double-play to secure the win.

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