The Blues were the underdog coming into Saturday’s game against the visiting OC Riptide.
The Blues started off hot in the first inning getting two runs. Starting off when Ricky Martinez got hit by a pitch. Tyson Quolas then hit a single. Martinez was brought in on a single from Marco Murillo, and then Quolas was brought in on the throw. The Riptide pushed back getting three runs in the second inning. Mac Lardner let up a double, walk, another double and then a triple, before shutting things down to end the inning.
Lardner was lights out the rest of the game. He pitched a total of seven innings allowing three runs, five hits, two walks, with ten strikeouts. The bullpen, Jack Cosca and Josh Goldberg getting clutch outs in a couple jams.
The Blues were able to get ahead in the third starting with a Quolas single. Price Visintainer was then hit by a pitch, and Murillo was walked. Adam Fogel had an RBI single bringing in Quolas. Justin Beck then hit a two RBI single to bring in Visintainer and Murillo, bringing the Blues up 5-4. The Blues held on to the one run lead to win the game.
Coach Dan Marple named Justin Beck player of the game. “He got two really good hits today, and had some really nice fielding, and got the key pick off in the ninth inning to record the second out which was a huge out.”
The Blues dropped their next game against the Riptide on Saturday afternoon by a score a 5-3.
The Blues bounced back on Saturday evening when they defeated the So Cal Catch by the score of 4-1.
The Blues went up in the fourth when Maaki Yamazaki got on with a single and then Jeremy Jess hit a home run to get the Blues up 2-0. The Catch pushed within one in the fifth, but the Blues increased their lead in the sixth when Yamazaki singled again. Nkosi Djehuti-Mes was then hit by a pitch and then Yamazaki was scored on a single from Ricky Martinez. Djehuti-Mes was brought in on error two bring the Blues up 4-1. Austin Isenhart came in to close and struck out the side to end the game.
Blues return to action this afternoon at 1 P.M. when they will face off against the So Cal Catch for game two of the series.