July 27, 2016
San Luis Obispo, CA
For the second must-win game in as many days, the Conejo Oaks needed to walk a fine line between putting everything they had into winning a game to clinch the wildcard spot in the CCL playoffs this weekend and over-taxing their pitching staff so, if they got to the playoffs, they would be fresh enough to compete. And for the second game in a row the Oaks hitters took command of the game early so no pitcher would throw more than three innings and would easily be ready to go in the playoffs, which start Friday, if needed. Conejo racked up 18 hits, 17 singles and a double, and scored in every inning except one en route to a resounding 12-4 win over the San Luis Obispo Blues tonight at Sinsheimer Park. The win clinched a wildcard berth for the Oaks who will play the Academy Barons in the first round of the CCL playoffs 6pm Friday at the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton. As they have for most of the season, the Arkansas connection of Jake Arledge and Chad Spanberger
led Conejo at the plate tonight. Arledge had five hits, scored three times and had an RBI, and Spanberger totaled four hits and a game-high four RBI. Dallas Tessar (Washington)
with three hits, three runs scored and three RBI, and Cody Farhat (Texas Tech)
with three hits, an RBI and two runs scored also had big games. With the win, the Oaks finish the regular season with a 21-15 record in CCL play, a game and a half ahead of the wildcard runner-up Healdsburg Prune Packers who lost their season finale tonight 3-2 to Neptune Beach and, if the results of both games had been reversed, would have inched ahead of the Oaks by mere percentage points and clinched the wildcard berth themselves. As for the Blues, who managed six hits versus the Oaks tonight, their biggest a two-run single by RJ Hassey
, they finish the season with a 16-15 record. See the boxscore/recap of today's game here.
Also in the CCL today:
The Orange County Riptide and the Academy Barons split a doubleheader today at the MLB Urban Youth Academy in the regular season finale for both teams, the Riptide winning the opener 7-2 and the Barons winning the second game 15-1. Dillon Kelley (Chico St)
homered for the second consecutive game, a two-run shot in the fifth, his sixth of the summer, and Aaron Pinto (Stony Brook)
limited the potent Barons offense to two runs on three hits in six innings to earn the win in the opener. See the boxscore/recap of today's 1st game here.
In the second game, the Barons bats came alive with league-leading RBI man Martin Teague (Hope Int)
adding three more RBI on three hits, and Keyon Allen (UNLV)
driving in three runs and scoring three times. Tyler Tungate (UNLV)
held the Riptide scoreless over five innings to pick up the win. With the doubleheader split, the Barons finish the regular season with a CCL best 24-11 record and will face the Conejo Oaks, who clinched the wildcard berth with a 12-4 win in San Luis Obispo tonight, at 6pm Friday in the first round of the playoffs at the Academy. Orange County finishes its CCL season with a 17-19 record. See the boxscore/recap of today's 2nd game here.
Bret Boswell (Texas)
hit a two-run home run and Dylan Paul (Texas State)
had a two-out two-run single in the top of the eleventh inning as the Santa Barbara Foresters beat the Ventura Halos 11-7 today at Ventura College. The extra-inning heroics by Santa Barbara erased the ninth inning heroics of Ventura's Austin Russ (USC)
who hit a dramatic bases loaded three-run double with two out in the inning to tie the score at 7-7. Boswell and Russ each had a game-high total of three RBI in a game that featured 17 different pitchers as both teams played out their regular season finale. With the win, the Foresters finish the regular season with a 21-12 record and will face the Neptune Beach Pearl at 2pm Friday in the first round of the CCL playoffs at the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton. Ventura finishes it season with a 12-23 record. See the boxscore/recap of today's game here.
Palo Alto, CA
The Menlo Park Legends swept a season-ending doubleheader over the Walnut Creek Crawdads, winning 5-2 and 7-4 today at Baylands Park. RJ Williams (UT Arlington)
had two doubles and scored twice, and Ryan Rosa
drove in two runs with a single and a double to lead Menlo Park to the first win, and Miguel Pimentel (Lee U)
had three hits, including a double, and Chandler Bengston (Columbia)
had a double, single, and an RBI to highlight the second. The Legends finish the season with a 14-12 record, narrowly missing qualifying for the wildcard berth to the CCL playoffs this weekend by one game. The Crawdads, who lost a remarkable 20-straight CCL games to finish the season, end the summer with a 4-23 record. See the boxscore/recap of today's 1st game here.
See the boxscore/recap of today's 2nd game here.
La Mirada, CA
Joey Notch (Long Beach St)
hit a double and a triple, and John Montgomery (Eastern Michigan) and Paul Estrada (Utah Valley St)
each had a pair of RBI as the Long Beach Legends finished their regular season on a high note, beating the Southern California Catch 11-2 today at Biola University. Biagio Shutt (Marymount)
had five strikeouts over six innings and allowed only one run on three hits to earn the win for Long Beach. The Catch were led by Rawley Hughes (Biola)
, who hit a solo home run, and Christian Deaton (Cal St Bakersfield)
, who had two hits and an RBI. The Legends finish the season with a 15-21 record while the Catch end one game better at 16-20. See the boxscore/recap of today's game here.
Walker Pennington (Texas A&M)
hit a walk off home run as the Neptune Beach Pearl beat the Healdsburg Prune Packers 3-2 tonight in the regular season finale for both teams at Laney College. Details and statistics from this game were not available at post time, but the win secured Neptune Beach (17-9) the number two seed in the CCL playoffs Friday when they will meet the number three seed Santa Barbara Foresters at 2pm at the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton. With the loss, Healdsburg finishes CCL play at 14-12, a game behind the Conejo Oaks who clinched the wildcard spot with a 12-4 win today in San Luis Obispo.