The Blues were able to pull off a hard fought win, riding on excellent pitching from left handed pitcher Mac Lardner. The Blues defeated the visiting Conejo Oaks by the score of 3-0.
Lardner went four innings straight, retiring the side in order. Getting five strikeouts over the four frames. In the first inning, Lardner struck one one batter. The Blues went up 1-0 in the first after Ricky Martinez led off with a double. He advanced to third on a wild pitch and the was brought in on a Drew Judson sac fly.
Myles Emmerson led off in the second inning with a double. He was then brought in on a line drive single from Martinez. Lardner struck out two in the third and Adam Fogel made an excellent diving play in right field to keep the Oaks at no hits. In the bottom of the inning, Fogel reached base on a fielder’s choice, and then was brought in on an error.
The Blues were unable to generate any more runs but Emmerson was able to get another hit and Fogel hit a single. Martinez went two-for-three with one RBI and Emmerson went two-for-four.
Lardner pitched a complete game. He threw just 111 pitches over the nine innings. He struck out nine batters, allowed no runs, four hits, and no walks. He was also named player of the game for his efforts.
Coach Dan Marple was happy to see the team turn things around. “[Lardner] was the highlight of the game, but we came out today with a little more intensity. We put up early runs and that makes pitching a lot easier, having a lead.”
Lardner was happy to give his team a chance at victory. He made some changes to his pre-game routine that he thinks may have helped his performance. “[I] just tried to switch things up, trying to find a routine for the summer. [Emmerson] called a great game and we just kept on rolling.”
The Blues are on the road for two games this weekend. They return home on Tuesday, June 27 at 6 P.M. to face the Santa Barbara Foresters.