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Aug 6, 2013 7:37 PM by Andrew Masuda

SLO Blues win again in Wichita 9-1, stay alive at NBC World Series

The San Luis Obispo Blues overcame an early 1-0 lead by scoring the next nine runs in a 9-1 win over the VC Diamond Dogs on Tuesday to stay alive at the NBC World Series in Wichita, Kansas. The game was halted due to the 8-run rule after Will Maddox delivered a RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning.

The Blues improved to 2-1 in the double-elimination tournament and 40-20 on the season. San Luis Obispo faces the Wellington Heat on Wednesday. The Heat beat the Nevada Griffons 7-5 earlier on Tuesday.

Andrew Lee earned the win for the Blues with 6 solid innings. He allowed just 6 hits and struck out 6. Tyler King was credited with the save with 2 shutout innings of relief.

The Blues won despite being out-hit 7-6 by the Diamond Dogs, who scored the first run of the game in the top of the second inning. The Blues took advantage of an error to score 2 runs in the bottom half to take the lead for good. Taylor Anderson drew a bases loaded walk to tie the game 1-1 and Alex Tucker drove in another run with a ground ball to shortstop.

The Blues built a 3-1 lead with a sacrifice fly to deep center by Cody Jones that scored Blake Allemand in the bottom of the sixth. SLO erupted for 4 runs in the seventh. Aaron Attaway delivered a pinch-hit basehit to center to score 2 runs. Allemand and Michael Pritchard followed with sacrifice flies to build the lead to 7-1 after seven. The Blues added two more runs in the eighth.

Maddox led the Blues with a 2 for 5 effort at the plate with 1 RBI and 1 run scored. Jones went 1 for 2 with a walk, RBI and scored twice. Anderson walked 3 times, while Tucker played solid defense behind the plate and drove in 2 runs.

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