Jul 5, 2014 11:45 PM by Travis Clark
After their impressive high scoring victory over the California Expos, the Blues started their final series in the invitational against the Long Beach Legends. The Legends are a unique team in that they are divided into two separate teams that play in the same league. One team is the Legends (Red) and the one the Blues will be facing is the Legends (Blue). In the Orange County Collegiate League, the Legends play against teams such as the Blue Sharks, Bulldogs, Inland Empire Senators, NLB Waves, North All-Stars, So Cal Thunder, So Cal Whitesox and South All-Stars. Going into this game the Legends have 9-5 record and the Blues hold a 16-8 record. In another high scoring game the Blues dominate the Legends in the series opener.
The Blues quickly got on base early in the game with a single from the leadoff batter Erik Lewis in the top of the first. But with a swing of the bat Austin O'Brien hit his 4th home run of the season which brought two batters into score making the score 3-0. The next inning with 2 outs Austin O'Brien followed up his home run with an RBI single which brought Collin Ferguson into score. Mitch Willaims, the next batter after O'Brien, hit another RBI single that brought Zach Zehner into score the Blues 5th run of the game. The Blues kept a comfortable lead and kept adding to it with an RBI double from Jacob Hoyle who brought Sheldon Neuse into score. In the same inning Zach Zehner hit a sacrifice fly into left field which brought Jacob Hoyle into score from third base. The inning ended with the Blues leading the Legends 7-0. Blue pitcher David Gonzalez finally gave up the first hit for the Legends in the top of the 5th inning but prior to that had led a no hit, 5 strikeout outing. The Legends got on the board for the first time in the game off of a walk from David Gonzalez with bases loaded. With a score of 8-1, after a RBI single from Erik Lewis, the Blues beat the Legends in the first game of the series.
David Gonzalez started the Blues off on the mound and began what would be a stellar outing with a 3-up-3-down, 2 strikeout top of the 1st inning. Gonzalez led the Blues through 5 strong innings, 4 of which were 3-up-3-down. After a rough 5th inning Gonzalez finished his outing with 1 run, 2 hits, 7 strikeouts and 3 walks. Retiring him on the mound was Cole Foster in the top of the 6th inning. Foster struggled through his outing but did not allow the Legends to score again. Kyle Brown took over the game in the 7th inning after Foster's single inning pitched. Brown had a rough start to his outing but kept any runs from being scored. Brown was able to strikeout 1 batter in the 7th before being retired by Avery Geyer in the 8th. Geyer pitched into the 9th inning and closed the game for the Blues. With 2 innings pitched no runs, 1 hit and a strikeout Geyer closed the game and kept the Blues ahead.
In the bottom of the 2ed inning Austin O'Brien hit a home run over the left-center field fence which gave the Blues the early lead. So far this season O'Brien has hit more home runs than any other Blues' player, and this was hit 4th. For the rest of the game O'Brien went 2-5 with 1 single, 1 homerun and 4 RBIs. Not only did O'Brien hit a ball that went over the outfield fence but in the 6th inning Jacob Hoyle also hit a home run. The first pitch he saw he swung and hit the ball deep into right field scoring 1 run for the Blues. Hoyle continued on in the game and went 2-5 with 1 double, 1 home run and 2 RBIs.
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