Fireworks at Sinsheimer

Blues beginning league play

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The San Luis Obispo Blues had their first fireworks night last Friday in an absolutely packed house at Sinsheimer Stadium. More than 1,400 fans filled the chairs and grassy area located just behind the seats, but unfortunately saw the Blues get shutout 5-0.

Through the first month of the season, the Blues featured players from local high schools such as Paso Robles, Atascadero, SLO and Mission Prep because college players are not allowed to report until after June 16.

“I think it was a win-win for the whole program, everybody involved,” said Blues head coach Dan Marple. “I think we gave added experience to the younger players and they were able to get us through a critical part of our season, early in the season when our regular players aren’t in and you know what, I would say they performed even better than expected. We’re talking about Brooks Lee, Justice Gibbons, Barnhart, Johnson and Beavers they all contributed and we were able to win some critical early games.”

While the Blues fans on Friday might have received the actual fireworks after the game, it was the fans on Sunday that saw fireworks come from the Blues bats. In the game against the Humboldt Crabs, Justin Lutes hit a solo homer in the eighth inning and then crushed a grand slam in the ninth. The comeback came up short as the Blues lost 8-6, but the Crabs’ starting pitcher threw 127 pitches over 8 1/3 innings which is a high number of pitches for one arm in a summer league game.

The Blues are 4-4 over their last eight games and have finally made it through what coach Marple calls, “The dogs days of June,” and will begin league play again next week after another weekend of non-league games.

“We are approaching the league games a little differently than we did last year,” Marple said. “Mainly with our pitching. We don’t have a real set of five starters, we are pitching these stretch of games mainly as a committee. Whoever actually does start, we are still treating them as a two or three inning guy so that everyone gets an equal amount of work and at the same token we won't burn anyone out.”

On Friday night at 6 p.m. the Blues will take on the Ventura Pirates before facing the OC Surf over the weekend for a pair of daytime games. Saturday’s game will start at 4 p.m. and Sunday’s will start at 1 p.m.

Tuesday night the Blues will host the Arroyo Seco Saints for their second fireworks show of the season to celebrate the Fourth of July (game is played July 3).


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