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Halos

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Blues

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blueslogo75The Blues finished up their 2014 summer with a two-game series against the Santa Paula Halos. With the Santa Barbra Foresters heading to the NBC World Series, the Blues have already clinched the CCL Central Division title and are headed to the CCL Championship this weekend in SLO. This season the Blues have faced the Halos one time prior and won 4-3. The Blues went into the first game of the series 38-12 and with a sweep could increase them to 40 wins to end the season. And the Blues got one game closer to that goal as they beat the Halos in the first game of the series.

The Halos started out the game with a ground out but followed that up with a triple into left-center field. From third, that batter would later be run in by an RBI ground out and the Halos took an early one-run lead in the top of the 1st inning. With an error in the second inning by the Blues the Halos extended their lead to two runs. The Blues got on the board in the home side of the 3rd inning with an RBI single from Jeff Moberg that brought Mitch Williams into score. But the Blues still trailed the Halos 1-2 until later the same inning Sheldon Neuse hit an RBI single that brought in Erik Lewis to score and tie the game. Moberg, who hit in the first run of the inning, was run home for the tie breaking by a sacrifice fly to center field by Collin Ferguson. But the Halos offense wasted no time tying the game and scored in the top of the 4th inning making the score 3-3. But neither did the Blues offense as Williams hit a single that got Erik Long from second into score the tie breaking run. The Blues extended their lead with another RBI single from Moberg and ended the inning 5-3. With two batters on and two outs in the bottom of the 6th inning Moberg continued to hit as he hit a three-run home run making the score 8-3. Just for good measure, Neuse scored off of a sacrifice fly to left field by Ferguson in the bottom of the 7th inning. The Halos scored three runs in the 9th but could not catch up to the Blues and San Luis Obispo won 9-6.

Aside from Blake Whitter, Zach Merciez holds the best ERA in the Blues bullpen and started the first game of the series for the Blues. Merciez struggled through his outing and was burdened by a number of errors made by the Blues defense. Merciez struggled his outing and was pulled out of the game after the 3rd inning. With three hits, two runs and one walk Merciez was retired by Justin Kelly. However Kelly had a hard time in his first inning and finished his outing with six hits, one run, one walk and two strikeouts. Alec Hansen took the mound after the dizzy bat race in the top of the 7th inning. Hansen, infamous for his high speed fast ball, finished in the 9th inning with four strikeouts and no runs or hits. Andrew Cheray was pulled out of the game after allowing three hits, three runs, one walk and one strikeout. Cheray was replaced by Andrew Vinson and he took the mound one out into the 9th inning.

Truly the star hitter of the game was Moberg who went 3-4 with a single, a double, a home run and two stolen bases. Not only that but Moberg was responsible for four RBIs and scored two runs for the Blues. That was offensively and even on the defense Moberg led a flawless game at second base.