SAN LUIS OBISPO — Another season is in the books for the San Luis Obispo Blues but after a hot start, they will miss the playoffs that were set to begin on Thursday from Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. The Blues started off the season going 12-2 but cooled off as of late dropping four straight before defeating the MSLB all-stars on Wednesday night 12-0.
San Luis Obispo finishes the season in fourth place in the California Collegiate League (16-19 in CCL, 29-20 overall) behind the first-place Santa Barbara Foresters (27-8 in CCL, 29-9 overall), second-place Orange Country RipTide (23-12 in CCL, 24-16-1 overall), third-place Arroyo Seco Saints (18-17 in CCL, 20-17 overall). The Blues’ shot at landing in first place disappeared early into the season as the Foresters look to repeat as National Champions but they did have a shot at coming in third and possibly second but their recent losing streak sealed their fate. Last weekend, the Blues hosted a four-game homestand beginning on Thursday with all four games against division opponents but suffered a power shortage being outscored 26-11 in the series.
In the first game of last weekend, the boys in blue gave up a season-high in runs to the Foresters losing 11-7 and followed it up with a close game against the RipTide but ultimately the Blues couldn’t get enough timely hits falling 4-1. The final two games of the weekend were the Blues final CCL games of the season, Saturday against the Conejo Oaks and Sunday against the RipTide once again. SLO dropped both.
Offensively this season, the Blues were led by three men: Taison Corio, Ryan Cole and Hunter Swift. After a hot summer, we might get used to hearing Corio’s name who will play for Cal Poly during the spring, with a wood bat in his hand he hit .331 with six doubles, a triple and two home runs while also playing middle infield.
Cole, who plays for Notre Dame, was expected to be one of the Blues top contributors when the season started and did exactly that slashing .309/ .416/ .397. Cole also led the team in extra-base hits with 10 and walks with 20 while patrolling the outfield on defense.
Swift was probably the Blues brightest star and biggest surprise over the summer performing on both the mound and in the box. Standing only 5-foot-7-inches he led the team in batting average slashing .358/ .432/ .455, all three of which are considerably higher than the numbers he put up in the spring. On the mound, Swift finished with an 0-1 record with one save over eight innings of work only giving up a single earned run.
The Blues will play their final contest of the season tonight at 6 p.m.against the California Expos with a firework show following the conclusion of the game. For tickets and information go to Bluesbaseball.com